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School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation


If you dream of designing buildings, bridges, or parks, discover the possibilities in this hands-on course. This hands-on course is designed to assist you in making an intelligent choice about a possible career in architecture. You will learn about careers in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. Get the chance to learn basic design principles that you'll use to complete your own design project. You will work on your active learning design projects and interact with graduate students in architecture while getting a taste of what it's like to be an architecture student. Experience creative, innovative ways to view the world through architectural design thinking.

Course Supplies: Students must purchase the items listed on TYS-Online ARCH150 Course Materials before the first day of classes.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

College of Arts and Humanities


We are on the verge of constructing artificial systems that will rival or surpass human minds in many ways. The current world champions in chess, go, and Jeopardy are all AI-powered computers. Do these devices think? How, if at all, are they different from human minds in terms of producing intelligent behavior? Are there different kinds of intelligence? Indeed, what is intelligence and what is it to be an intelligent system?

Artificial Intelligence also raises new and urgent ethical questions. How can we make sure that AI systems will respect our ethical principles when they make decisions at speeds mere humans can’t achieve or on the basis of reasoning that mere human can't comprehend? Should we think of AI devices merely as sophisticated machines? Or are they a new form of life? What legal and moral rights, if any, should we grant them?

This course will introduce students to philosophical frameworks for thinking about these issues in order to achieve a deeper theoretical and practical understanding of AI.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

Immerse yourself in the writing of fiction and poetry that encourages creativity while expanding knowledge. Hone your writing craft in a nurturing, interactive environment while developing skills that help uncover your own distinctive voice. You will read great poems and stories from across cultures, refine your skill through close reading, radical revision, and the delivery of constructive criticism on peer work. Morning sessions emphasize assigned readings, writing, analysis, and discussions of craft. Students receive careful, detailed responses to their writing from both instructors and peers. Afternoon sessions are devoted to studio time spent reading and writing. You will share your original writing in a supportive workshop setting and discover new approaches to revision.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Through lectures and hands-on experience, this course will cover: Criminalistics, Digital & Multimedia Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Jurisprudence (lawyers and judges), Odontology (Forensic dentistry), Pathology/Biology, Physical Anthropology, Psychiatry/Behavioral Science, Questioned Documents, Toxicology and General Forensic Sciences. Also covered would be such general topics as evidence, testimony, standards and real world applications of the forensic sciences such as mass disasters or human rights violation.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

Discover the world of Criminology. This course examines criminal behavior and the methods of its study; causation; typologies of criminal acts and offenders; punishment, correction and incapacitation; prevention of crime.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

Earth observations from space enable the mapping and monitoring of our changing planet. This survey course reviews current observational capabilities and examines scientific applications in quantifying global environmental change. Drivers and outcomes of key dynamics will be illustrated and discussed, including sea and continental ice loss, deforestation, ocean warming, urbanization, agricultural expansion and intensification, and vegetation response to climate change.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

Discover what it takes to be a world leader in this hands-on exploration of the field of international relations. Using the major theories of international relations, find out how the international system works in an intensive, interactive exploration. Learn why nations go to war and why they make peace and whether the nature of the international system is inherently hostile or inherently collaborative. Finally, consider how countries react when new issues, threats, risks, and opportunities emerge in the international arena.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

Experience the excitement and reward of arguing, and perhaps winning your client's case in court! Mock Trial is designed to introduce students to the key principles of trial advocacy through a “learn by doing” approach to instruction. While classes will include explanatory lectures, the emphasis will be on learning through student exercises and by students observing and analyzing the performances of others.

While no one should expect to leave this class as a polished advocate ready for trial, everyone can expect to leave with a greater understanding of litigation tactics and courtroom performance.  Irrespective of initial skill levels, students will leave this class with greater confidence in public speaking and advocacy. Should you apply and be admitted to the University of Maryland, College Park as a degree-seeking student, this course will also prepare you to join the national champion UMD Mock Trial team when you enroll.

Recording: Due to course content, MLAW298M- Mock Trial requires students to use their webcam at all times, even while recording. In addition, online synchronous course meetings may be recorded. When sessions are being recorded the instructor will verbally announce the recording. Recorded material will be accessible to and only used by students enrolled in that course via the course's secure ELMS page. Recorded material is designed to assist students with studying and accessibility and disability accommodation.

  • Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.
  • In addition, students registered in this course will need a way to transmit video. Cameras built into computer monitors are sufficient. For students that do not have a built-in camera on their computer, a web-cam attachment will be needed.

This course looks closely at the influence of social factors on the individual and on interpersonal behavior. Topics such as conformity, attitude change, person perception, interpersonal attraction, and group behavior will be discussed. Students in this class will study the psychology of persons and their relationships with others and with groups and with society as a whole. This class will also look at macrosocial phenomena (e.g. social class) as they relate to the attitudes and behavior of individuals. Of special concern to psychological sociologists is how to explain a variety of demographic, social, and cultural facts in terms of human social interaction. Some of the major topics in this field are social inequality, group dynamics, social change, socialization, and social identity.

Course supplies: This course utilizes TurningPoint for student polling. To participate in a TurningPoint web poll, you will need to have a TurningPoint account. Once you have an account, to participate in a TurningPoint web poll, you will need the TurningPoint app on your mobile device, or you can log in to ttpoll.com on a web enabled device, and enter the Session ID provided by your instructor. For assistance with TurningPoint registration contact the UMD's Division of Information Technology at 301-405-1500 or itsupport@umd.edu. You’ll need to provide your full name and your student UID (after you’ve confirmed the offer of admission to the program).

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

What are the psychological implications of racism, sexism, homophobia and other structures of inequality in the United States? How do socio-cultural privilege and oppression influence individual and group thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? This course will take a current events focus to understanding multicultural and social justice issues in psychology with an emphasis on self-reflection, mental health, cross-cultural communication, and strategies for social change.

Course supplies: This course utilizes TurningPoint for student polling.  To participate in a TurningPoint web poll, you will need to have a TurningPoint account. Once you have an account, to participate in a TurningPoint web poll, you will need the TurningPoint app on your mobile device, or you can log in to ttpoll.com on a web enabled device, and enter the Session ID provided by your instructor. For assistance with TurningPoint registration contact the UMD's Division of Information Technology at 301-405-1500 or itsupport@umd.edu. You’ll need to provide your full name and your student UID (after you’ve confirmed the offer of admission to the program).

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

Robert H. Smith School of Business


As a student in this course you will spend three weeks connecting to the University of Maryland while learning from top faculty at the Smith School of Business. This is the time to discover things about yourself and define the “why” of your life. What problems in the world do you want to solve? Why are these important to you?

Students will learn the value of business in society and develop enterprise and leadership skills that enable personal happiness and upward mobility. This is an intensive course where each student will go through the process of creating a new venture, first as a solo entrepreneur and later in teams. Work will be done in a highly collaborative group setting and will include evaluating opportunities, conducting customer discovery, developing a business model, and presenting a venture pitch. Students will proactively apply what they learn to real-world problems while gaining a better understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset. Additionally, they will be exposed to marketing, strategy, market-based economics and personal finance.

The Robert H. Smith School of Business provides a limited number of scholarships for students enrolled in BMGT198C. For more information contact Caitlin Stiffler at cstiff@umd.edu.

Course Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed (or be currently enrolled in with anticipated successful completion) high school geometry, and any two of the following – high school biology, chemistry or physics before enrolling in this course.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences


What causes disease? How do we diagnose and treat disease? This course explores human biological systems, functions, and issues such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, and neurological disorders. In addition, students explore the genetic, infectious and environmental causes of disease, and learn how various research laboratories on campus use modern scientific techniques to unravel these mysteries. The program incorporates a variety of laboratory and active learning activities. Students also explore the general principles of science.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

This course provides an introduction to the internet/web capabilities and trends, and to computer programming in the context of building simple web pages. Intended for students with no previous programming experience who wish to understand the technologies making web sites possible, this course will provide a set of practical problem solving skills necessary for the development of dynamic client-side web content.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

  • Note: Chromebooks do not run the specific software used in this course.

College of Education


This course offers students the opportunity to explore the strengths and values of individuals and teams to better understand how to engage in effective, collaborative leadership. Tools such as the Gallup Organization's CliftonStrengths Assessment will be used with a critical lens. Themes of teamwork, problem-solving, diversity and inclusion, coaching others, and conflict resolution are woven throughout the course. Through engaging in this course, students will: 1) Understand leadership as a relational, process-based phenomenon, beyond person-centric conceptions; 2) Explore personal and group strengths and values and how these influence our understanding and practice of leadership.; 3) Practice effective collaboration and dialogue with diverse others, and; 4) Explore the purpose of leadership as making positive change in organizations and communities. This is a seminar-style online course with both synchronous (live class meetings) and asynchronous (outside of class) components.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

A. James Clark School of Engineering


This course is an introduction to engineering and the engineering design process. Students work in teams to design, build, test, and analyze a working prototype of an emergency first responder robot. The project focuses on autonomous operations of the robot to detect and report on hazards including fire, liquid spills, and electrical faults. Students learn skills in microcontrollers, 3D printing, laser etching, electronics, sensors, and programming. Prior experience with electronics and computer programming is helpful, but not mandatory. All of the necessary subjects are covered in class lectures. Student teams also prepare written reports and oral presentations to showcase their projects and develop communications skills. Students interact with several faculty and current undergraduate engineering students, and participate in lab demonstrations and on-campus engineering facility tours.

Course Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed (or be currently enrolled in with anticipated successful completion) high school physics and algebra II before enrolling in this course.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

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