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									   UNIVERSITY OF BELIZE
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            UB QUALITY
    As Strong as each Link in the UB Chain




GENERAL EDUCATION CORE
        MANUAL
       (DRAFT 5)


    DECEMBER, 2010
                         TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword ………………………………………………………………………….….3
1. Rationale……………………………………………………………………….….4
2. Philosophy……………………………………………………...............................4
3. General Education Core Elements………………...............................................4
4.1.1 GEC Intended Learning Outcomes for
       General Bachelor Degree Programs………………………………………..5
4.1.2 GEC Intended Learning Outcomes for
       Professional/Technical Bachelor Degree Programs…………………..…...5
4.2 GEC Intended Learning Outcomes for
      General Associate Degree programs………………………………………..6
4.3 GEC Intended Learning Outcomes for
      Technical/Professional Associate Degree Programs……………………….8
5.1. Distribution of G.E. C. Courses per ILOs:
       General Bachelor Degree Programs……………………………………….12
5.2 Distribution of G.E. C. Courses per ILOs:
     Professional/Technical Bachelor Degree Programs…………..………….14
5.3 Distribution of G.E.C. Courses per ILOs:
     General Associate Degree Programs………………………………………16
5.4 Distribution of G.E. C. Courses per ILOs:
     Professional/Technical Associate Degree Programs……………….…….18
5.5 Summary of Required and Elective GEC courses
    by level of certification……………………………………………………....20
6.     Implementation Implications of the Proposed GEC requirements at
       three levels of certification……...………………………………………….23
7.     G.E.C. Courses and Course Descriptions………………………………...28
8.     Management, Monitoring and Quality Assurance of GEC……………..34
9.     Draft Terms of Reference for GEC coordinator………………………...34
10.    Principles governing the transfer of GEC credits to UB ……………….35
11.    Amendments to Draft 4……………………………………………………35
12.    Additional Recommendations to 20 December 2010 ……………………35




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Forward
A cursory scan at the University of Belize (UB)’s fifty two academic programs reveals
that the General Education Core curriculum is being applied inconsistently. Given that
situation the Provost’s Office mandated the Quality Assurance coordinator to conduct a
review of the existing policy and to research comparable models and good practices at
universities abroad to arrive at a comprehensive proposal for UB’s General Education
Core curriculum. The Provost’s Meeting with Deans and Academic Directors
recommended that Deans and Department Chairs work with the Quality Assurance
coordinator to arrive at the proposal for further discussion within the institution prior to
the proposal being sent to the Board of Trustees for further review and approval.

The working committee was made up of the following persons: from the Faculty of
Education and Arts, Mr. Nestor Chan, Chair, Mr. Stanley Nicholas, Administrator of the
Toledo University Center and Dr. Deborah McMillan, Director of the Regional Language
Center; from the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, Dean Mr. Fatai
Akinkuolie; from the Faculty of Nursing, Allied Health and Social Work, Mrs. Cynthia
Guild, Chair and Mrs. Trudy Tillett, Chair; from the Faculty of Science and Technology,
Mr. Farshad Rabbani, representing the Chair of the I.T. department and Mrs. Carol
August, Chair of the Science Department; from the Agriculture department, Mr. Gabino
Canto, Administrator, Mr. Erwin Woodye, Library Director, Dr. Roy Young, Registrar
and Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Jean Perriott. Dr. Angel Cal Quality Assurance
coordinator chaired and facilitated the work of the committee. The Committee recognizes
with thanks the secretarial support of Ms. Dezorie Contreras of the Multicultural Studies
Center.

The Committee referred to material on file relating to discussions held at UB ending in
April 2003 on the General Education Core (GEC) curriculum, looked at a number of
GEC requirement/distribution samples from colleges and universities primarily in the
United States, looked at an accreditation agency (Southern Association of Colleges and
School)’s GEC requirement, and a number of other publications relating to GEC. Based
on these documents the Committee began by addressing the question of whether or not
UB ought to have a GEC component in its curriculum. By unanimous vote the
Committee supported the principle of the GEC in the UB curriculum and set out to draft
the purpose, philosophy and elements of its GEC curriculum in the context of the UB
mission and vision statements and the profile of the ideal UB student. The Committee
also took into consideration the data collected from the field work conducted among
UB’s stakeholders regarding the quality of UB programs and available information on
ATLIB GEC requirements. These were the main principles used to inform the drafting of
the Intended Learning Outcomes or objectives that the GEC curriculum is intended to
help achieve among UB students. The selection of courses under the three major branches
of human knowledge and the category of Special Competencies and across each level of
certification was guided by the Intended Learning Outcomes. The addition or deletion of
any course has direct ILO implications.

The review process for this document is important in that the university community needs
to fully participate in its formulation prior to it being sent to the Board of Trustees for



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further review and approval. The Committee conducted a two-day workshop among all
UB full time faculty to review draft one. This comprehensive review produced draft 2
that was reviewed with instructors of all technical/associate degree programs and GEC
instructors (mostly full time). Draft number 3 is based on the inputs from these last
reviews conducted between August and October, 2007. Draft 4 includes inputs received
from the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize (ATLIB). Tabled at its
January 2008 regular meeting, comments were received through ATLIB’s National
Articulation Framework Committee that has begun the work of defining processes for the
easier mobility of students and faculty with tertiary level institutions in Belize.
Draft 4 was tabled at Academic Council that undertook to review it through a
committee that included Deans and the QA Officer and chaired by the Provost.
Material in bold incorporate the recommended modifications to Draft 4. The
Provost’s GEC review committee suggests that draft 5 be re-tabled at Academic
Council for a final review by all Academic Council members and that the final
document be submitted to the President for her review and subsequent submission
to the Academic Committee of the Board for the Board’s review and approval at its
February 2011 meeting.

1. Rationale
The General Education Core Curriculum (GEC) is a vital component of the UB
curriculum that provides for general competencies in knowledge, skills and values for all
University of Belize students at a given level of certification. The GEC is consistent with
the UB mission and vision statements and the profile of the model UB student. The
overall aim is two-fold: to develop necessary GEC competencies for the associate and
baccalaureate degree levels, independent of area of specialization and to contribute to
the formation of a well-rounded educated individual by introducing students to the three
major branches of human knowledge (Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences
and Social Sciences).

2. Philosophy:
The GEC is designed to contribute to the development of a knowledgeable, competent
and socially conscious graduate who together with a given level of specialization in a
discipline is capable of fully participating in and contributing to the sustainable
development of society at appropriate institutional, local, national, regional and global
levels. The GEC curriculum is thus intended to develop in learners an appreciation of the
complex and multi disciplinary nature of accumulated, current and changing human
knowledge, wisdom and expertise both in its formal and in its informal contexts.

3. General Education Core (GEC) Elements:
The GEC contains the following elements:
   a. Range of knowledge necessary for appreciation of the breadth, depth and meaning
      of human wisdom and experience (such as history, natural environment, self,
      society, science and arts).
   b. Range of competencies (such as communication, numeracy, thinking, problem
      solving, effective use of technology and research) necessary as life skills and for
      academic development and life-long learning.



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   c. Range of values of Belizean cultures that deepen understanding and appreciation
      of diverse human experiences that helped shape Belizean society over time.
   d. Increased opportunities for individual learners to realize their potential through
      personal enrichment, self awareness and examination of their own values and
      ethical standards.
   e. Promote responsible citizenship, aware of and responsive to the challenges and
      opportunities of society at diverse levels.
   f. Help solidify the foundations for the area of specialization by exploring additional
      dimensions of human knowledge, additional competencies and values.

4. 1.1 GEC Intended Learning Outcomes for General Bachelor Degree programs
Apart from the curriculum in the area of specialization, the GEC aims to contribute to the
holistic education of the UB graduate as outlined in the relevant Program Specifications
Document through the following competencies labeled as Intended Learning Outcomes
(ILOs).

4.1. 1.1 Knowledge and its Application
Graduates will be able to
    a. outline the major concepts and trends in Belizean history and their relationship to
        modern day Belize;
    b. outline major trends in current Belizean affairs;
    c. define fundamental concepts of economics or management and psychology or
        anthropology or sociology or philosophy;
    d. apply the fundamental concepts of economics or management and psychology or
        anthropology or sociology or philosophy to modern day Belize;
    e. define the fundamental concepts in the natural sciences and mathematics;
    f. apply the fundamental concepts in the natural sciences and mathematics.

4.1.1.2. Skills and their Application
Graduates will be able to
a. Communication
       i. demonstrate proficiency in standard English in reading, speaking and writing
            tasks;
       ii. demonstrate adequate proficiency at Level II in standard Spanish at the
            associate degree level and Level III at the baccalaureate degree level in
            reading, speaking and writing tasks;
       iii. comprehend written, audio and visual information;
       iv. express oneself clearly and effectively orally and in writing in a manner
            suitable for the intended audience;
       v. use current technological skills to locate, use and communicate information.

b. Thinking Competencies and their Application
   i.     use research and data management skills to find information;
   ii.    critically analyze written, audio and visual information and apply the analysis
          to solve problems;




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   iii.    synthesize and integrate written, audio and visual information and apply the
           synthesis to solve problems;
   iv.     evaluate qualitative and quantitative data/information and thereby arrive at
           reasoned judgments based on the evidence;
   v.      show proficiency in the use of information technology as a tool in various
           forms of information and communications management.

c. Social Skills
   i. use leadership skills;
   ii. use team building skills;
   iii. use skills in working independently.

d. Understanding and Applying fundamental principles in human knowledge
   i. explain fundamental principles and methods of mathematics and the natural
        sciences;
   ii. apply fundamental principles and methods of mathematics and natural sciences to
        major issues in these disciplines and their relevance to Belize;
   iii. explain fundamental principles and methods of the humanities;
   iv. apply fundamental principles and methods of the humanities to major issues in
        these disciplines and their relevance to Belize;
   v. explain fundamental principles and methods of the social sciences;
   vi. apply fundamental principles and methods of the social sciences to major issues in
        these disciplines and their relevance to Belize.

4.1.1.3. Values and Attitudes and their Application
Graduates will be able to
a.      demonstrate personal and social responsibility for achieving a better quality of life
        by facing real life challenges in Belize and elsewhere;
b.      explain enduring, contemporary and changing issues in life and society such as
        cultural world-views and values, science and religion, global interdependence,
        human dignity and freedom;
c.      explain how one thinks, reasons and makes value judgments;
d.      demonstrate behavior consistent with the ethical norms of society (such as respect
        for life, property and the environment) embedded in the Constitution and laws of
        Belize;
e.      display strong and positive work ethic aimed at personal excellence based on
        values such as honesty, integrity, cooperation, competitiveness, accountability,
        equity and social justice.

4. 1.2 GEC Intended Learning Outcomes for Professional/Technical Bachelor
Degree programs
Apart from the curriculum in the area of specialization, the GEC aims to contribute to the
holistic education of the UB graduate as outlined in the relevant Program Specifications
Document through the following competencies labeled as Intended Learning Outcomes
(ILOs). A reduced number of GEC credit hour requirements for
professional/technical baccalaureate degree programs is established on the premise



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that these programs have such a high number of professional core course
requirements (based on graduate profiles) that it is not possible to fit the
requirements without increasing program length.

4.1. 2.1 Knowledge and its Application
Graduates will be able to
a.      outline the major concepts and trends in Belizean history and their relationship to
        modern day Belize;
b.      outline major trends in current Belizean affairs;
c.      define fundamental concepts of economics or management or psychology or
        anthropology or sociology or philosophy;
d.      apply the fundamental concepts of economics or management or psychology or
        anthropology or sociology or philosophy to modern day Belize;
e.      define the fundamental concepts in mathematics;
f.      apply the fundamental concepts in mathematics.

4.1.2.2. Skills and their Application
Graduates will be able to
a. Communication
         i. demonstrate proficiency in standard English in reading, speaking and writing
            tasks;
    ii.      demonstrate adequate proficiency at Level II in standard Spanish at the
             associate degree level and Level III at the baccalaureate degree level in
             reading, speaking and writing tasks;
    iii.     comprehend written, audio and visual information;
    iv.      express oneself clearly and effectively orally and in writing in a manner
             suitable for the intended audience;
    v.       apply current technological tools to locate, use and communicate information.

b. Thinking Competencies and their Application
   i. use research and data management skills to find information;
   ii. critically analyze written, audio and visual information and apply the analysis to
            solve problems;
   iii. synthesize and integrate written, audio and visual information and apply the
            synthesis to solve problems;
   iv. evaluate qualitative and quantitative data/information and thereby arrive at
            reasoned judgments based on the evidence;
   v. show proficiency in the use of information technology as a tool in various forms
            of information and communications management.

c. Social Skills
   i. use leadership skills;
   ii. use team building skills;
   iii. use skills in working independently.

d. Understanding and Applying fundamental principles in human knowledge



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   i. explain fundamental principles and methods of mathematics and the natural
           sciences;
   ii. apply fundamental principles and methods of mathematics and natural sciences to
           major issues in these disciplines and their relevance to Belize;
   iii. explain fundamental principles and methods of the humanities;
   iv. apply fundamental principles and methods of the humanities to major issues in
           these disciplines and their relevance to Belize;
   v. explain fundamental principles and methods of the social sciences;
   vi. apply fundamental principles and methods of the social sciences to major issues in
           these disciplines and their relevance to Belize.

4.1.2.3. Values and Attitudes and their Application
Graduates will be able to
a.      demonstrate personal and social responsibility for achieving a better quality of life
        by facing real life challenges in Belize and elsewhere;
b.      explain enduring, contemporary and changing issues in life and society such as
        cultural world-views and values, science and religion, global interdependence,
        human dignity and freedom;
c.      explain how one thinks, reasons and makes value judgments;
d.      demonstrate behavior consistent with the ethical norms of society (such as respect
        for life, property and the environment) embedded in the Constitution and laws of
        Belize;
e.      display strong and positive work ethic aimed at personal excellence based on
        values such as honesty, integrity, cooperation, competitiveness, accountability,
        equity and social justice.

4.2 GEC Intended Learning Outcomes for General Associate Degree programs
UB offers some baccalaureate degree programs in collaboration with its partners in the
Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize (ATLIB). Students take the
equivalent of the first two years of a bachelor degree at their junior college or sixth form
and may transfer credits, including General Education Core credits to a relevant UB
bachelor degree program provided these courses meet UB regulations. Additionally, UB
offers Associate Degree programs of its own for students who may terminate their formal
academic career at that level of certification or may continue subsequently into a bachelor
degree program at UB or at other institutions. Such students may transfer their General
Education Core requirements to the senior component of the program provided they meet
UB regulations. UB expects transfer students or its own Associate Degree graduates to
have reached a given level of knowledge, skills and value competencies. Associate
Degree graduates will be able to:

4.2.1. Knowledge and its Application
    a.    outline the major concepts and trends in Belizean history and their
          relationship to modern day Belize;
    b.    outline the major trends in current Belizean affairs;
    c.    define the fundamental concepts of economics or management and
          psychology or anthropology or sociology or philosophy;



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   d.       apply the fundamental concepts of economics or management and psychology
           or anthropology or sociology or philosophy to modern day Belize;
   e.      define the fundamental concepts in the natural sciences and mathematics;
   f.      apply the fundamental concepts in the natural sciences and mathematics.

4.2.2 Skills and their Application
a. Communication
              i. demonstrate fluency in standard English in reading, speaking and writing
                    tasks;
              ii. demonstrate adequate proficiency at Level II in standard Spanish at
                   the associate degree level in reading, speaking and writing tasks;
              iii. comprehend written, audio and visual information;
              iv. express oneself clearly and effectively orally and in writing in a manner
                   suitable for the intended audience;
              v. use current technological skills to locate, use and communicate
                   information.
b. Thinking Competencies and their Application
         i.        use data management skills to find information;
         ii.       critically analyze written, audio and visual information;
         iii.      synthesize and integrate written, audio and visual information;
         iv.       evaluate qualitative or quantitative data/information and thereby arrive at
                   reasoned judgments based on the evidence;
         v.        demonstrate proficiency in the use of current information technology.
c. Social Skills
    i. use leadership skills;
    ii. use team-building skills;
    iii. use skills in working independently.

d. Understanding fundamental principles of Mathematics and Social Sciences.
   i. explain fundamental principles and methods of mathematics and the natural
        sciences;
   ii. explain fundamental principles and methods of the social sciences;

4.2.3. Values and Attitudes and their Application
          a. demonstrate personal and social responsibility for achieving a better
              quality of life by facing real life challenges in Belize and elsewhere;
          b. describe contemporary and enduring issues in life and society such as
              cultural worldviews and values, science and religion, global
              interdependence, human dignity and freedom;
          c. explain how one thinks, reasons and makes value judgments;
          d. demonstrate behavior consistent with the ethical norms of society (such as
              respect for life, property and the environment) embedded in the
              Constitution and laws of Belize;
          e. display strong and positive work ethic aimed at personal excellence based
              on values such as honesty, integrity, competitiveness, cooperation,
              accountability, equity and social justice.



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4.3 GEC Intended Learning Outcomes for Professional/Technical Associate Degree
programs
UB offers a number of Associate Degree programs that may be classified as “technical or
professional” in that its graduates qualify for entry level requirement in their field. These
include Agriculture, Engineering, Medical Laboratory Technology, Pharmacy, Social
Work, Environmental Health and Primary School Teacher Education. Because content
and methodological considerations require curricula for these programs to often exceed
even the normal range of credits for a “regular” associate degree, UB has a modified set
of Intended Learning Outcomes for these graduates. Graduates of these programs will be
able to:

4.3.1. Knowledge and its Application
    a.    outline the major concepts and trends in Belizean history and their
          relationship to modern day Belize;
    b.    outline the major trends in current Belizean affairs;
    c.   define the fundamental concepts of economics or management or psychology
         or anthropology or sociology or philosophy;
    d.   apply the fundamental concepts of economics or management or psychology
         or anthropology or sociology or philosophy to modern day Belize;
    e.   define fundamental concepts in mathematics;
    f.   apply fundamental concepts in mathematics.

4.3.2 Skills & Competencies and their Application
a. Communication
          i. demonstrate fluency in standard English in reading, speaking and writing
               tasks;
          ii. demonstrate adequate proficiency at Level II in standard Spanish at
               the associate degree level in reading, speaking and writing tasks;
          iii. comprehend written, audio and visual information;
          iv. express oneself clearly and effectively orally and in writing in a manner
               suitable for the intended audience;

b. Technological Competencies and their Application
         i. use data management skills to find information;
         ii. use information technology as a tool in problem solving;
         iii. apply current technological tools to locate, use and communicate
              information.

c. Social Skills
   i. use leadership skills;
   ii. use team-building skills;
   iii. use skills in working independently.

d. Understanding fundamental principles of mathematics and social sciences.
   i. explain fundamental principles and methods of mathematics;



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   ii. explain fundamental principles of the social sciences

4.3.3. Values and Attitudes and their Application
          a. demonstrate personal and social responsibility for achieving a better
              quality of life by facing real life challenges in Belize and elsewhere;
          b. describe contemporary and enduring issues in life and society such as
              cultural worldviews and values, science and religion, global
              interdependence, human dignity and freedom;
          c. explain how one thinks, reasons and makes value judgments;
          d. demonstrate behavior consistent with the ethical norms of society (such as
              respect for life, property and the environment) embedded in the
              Constitution and laws of Belize;
          e. display strong and positive work ethic aimed at personal excellence based
              on values such as integrity, competitiveness, cooperation, accountability,
              equity and social justice




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          5.1. Distribution of G.E. C. Courses per ILOs: General Bachelor Degree Programs1
ILOs (see sec. Humanities         Mathematics & Natural         Social Sciences          Special
4.1)                              Sciences                                               Competencies
4.1.1.1(a)       HIST 201 –
                 Bze. Hist. 3 cr.
4.1.1.1 (b)      All GEC courses to have a component that applies their material to modern day Belize.
4.1.1.1 (c and                                                  ECON 101 or MGMT
d)                                                              101 3 cr.
                                                                Any ONE of
                                                                PSYC 221
                                                                ANTH 221
                                                                SOCL 221
                                                                PHIL 221
                                                                or any relevant social
                                                                science course 3 cr.
4.1.1.1 (e and                    MATH 121 – 3 cr.
f)                                Any ONE of
                                  BIOL 121
                                  BIOL 122
                                  CHEM 121
                                  PHYS 241
                                  NRMP 101
                                  ENVR 101
                                  MRST 101
                                  or any relevant natural
                                  science course 3cr.
Sub-Total        3                6                             6
4.1.1.2.a(i)                                                                             ENGL 111- 3 cr.
                                                                                         ENGL 112 – 3 cr
4.1.1.2.a(ii)                                                                            SPAN 101 –
                                                                                         SPAN 102 –
                                                                                         SPAN 201 –
                                                                                         Level III
                                                                                         Spanish - 9cr.
4.1.1.2.a (iii &                                                                         ENGL 111
iv)                                                                                      ENGL 112
4.1.1.2.a (v)                     CMPS 140 – 3 cr.
4.1.1.2.b(i)     HIST 201
4.1.1.2.b(i to                    MATH 121                      ECON 101 or MGMT         ENGL 299 – 3
v)                                Any ONE of                    101;                     cr.
                                  BIOL 121        NRMP 101      Any ONE of
                                  BIOL 122        ENVR 101      PSYC 221 ANTH 221
                                  CHEM 121        MRST 101      SOCL 221 PHIL 221
                                  PHYS 241

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       Distribution of G.E. C. Courses per ILOs: General Bachelor Degree Programs (Cont.d.)
ILOs (see sec.         Humanities         Mathematics & Natural   Social Sciences        Special
4.1)                                      Sciences                                       Competencies
4.1.1.2.b(i to v)                         CMPS 140                                       RSCH 299 –
                                                                                         Research
                                                                                         Methods 3 cr.
4.1.1.2.c(i. to iii)   HIST 201                                   ECON 101 or MGMT
                                                                  101
                                                                  Any ONE of
                                                                  PSYC 221
                                                                  ANTH 221
                                                                  SOCL 221
                                                                  PHIL 221
4.1.1.d(i. and ii.)                       MATH 121 –
                                          Any ONE of
                                          BIOL 121
                                          BIOL 122
                                          CHEM 121
                                          PHYS 241
                                          NRMP 101
                                          ENVR 101
                                          MRST 101
4.1.1.2.d(iii, iv)     HIST 201
4.1.1.2.d(v. and                                                     ECON 101 or MGMT
vi)                                                                  101
                                                                     Any ONE of
                                                                     PSYC 221
                                                                     ANTH 221
                                                                     SOCL 221
                                                                     PHIL 221
Sub-Total              0                   3                         0                   21
4.1.1.3 a – e          All GEC courses to have components that address these ILOs.
4.1.1.3 a – e          PHIL 210 – Ethics
                       3 cr.
4.1.1.3 a – e                                                        ECON 101 or MGMT
                                                                     101
                                                                     Any ONE of
                                                                     PSYC 221
                                                                     ANTH 221
                                                                     SOCL 221
                                                                     PHIL 221
4.1.1.3.c                                  MATH 121; CMPS 140
4.1.1.3 c-d                                                                              ENGL 299
Sub-total              3                  0                       0                      0
Grand-Total            06                 09                      06                     21


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                     5.2 Distribution of G.E. C. Courses per ILOs: Professional and Technical
                     Bachelor Degree Programs
ILOs (see       Humanities          Mathematics & Natural          Social Sciences         Special
sec. 4.1)                           Sciences                                               Competencies
4.1.2.1(a)      HIST 201 – Bze.
                Hist. 3 cr.
4.1.2.1 (b)     All GEC courses to have components that apply their material to modern day Belize.
4.1.2.1 (c                                                        Any ONE of
and d)                                                            ECON 101
                                                                  MGMT 101
                                                                  PSYC 221
                                                                  ANTH 221
                                                                  SOCL 221
                                                                  PHIL 221
                                                                  or any relevant social
                                                                  science course 3 cr.
4.1.2.1 (e                          MATH 121 – 3 cr.
and f)
Sub-Total       3                   6                              3
4.1.2.2.a(i)                                                                               ENGL 111- 3 cr.
                                                                                           ENGL 112 – 3
                                                                                           cr.
4.1.2.2.a(ii)                                                                              SPAN 101 –
                                                                                           SPAN 102 –
                                                                                           SPAN 201 –
                                                                                           Level III
                                                                                           Spanish - 9 cr.
4.1.2.2.a                                                                                  ENGL 111
(iii & iv)                                                                                 ENGL 112
4.1.2.2.a                           CMPS 140 – 3 cr.
(v)
4.1.2.2.b(i)    HIST 201
4.1.2.2.b(i                         MATH 121                       Any ONE of              ENGL 299 – 3
to v)                                                              ECON 101                cr.
                                                                   MGMT 101
                                                                   PSYC 221
                                                                   ANTH 221
                                                                   SOCL 221
                                                                   PHIL 221




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  Distribution of G.E. C. Courses: Professional/Technical Bachelor Degree Programs (Cont.d.)
ILOs (see      Humanities         Mathematics & Natural        Social Sciences        Special
sec. 4.1)                         Sciences                                            Competencies
4.1.2.2.b(i                       CMPS 140                                            RSCH 299 –
to v)                                                                                 Research
                                                                                      Methods 3 cr.
4.1.2.2.c(i.   HIST 201                                        Any ONE of
to iii)                                                        ECON 101
                                                               MGMT 101
                                                               PSYC 221
                                                               ANTH 221
                                                               SOCL 221
                                                               PHIL 221
4.1.2.2.d(i.                      MATH 121 –
and ii.)
4.1.2.2.d(iii HIST 201
and iv)
4.1.2.2.d(v.                                                     Any ONE of
and vi)                                                          ECON 101
                                                                 MGMT 101
                                                                 PSYC 221
                                                                 ANTH 221
                                                                 SOCL 221
                                                                 PHIL 221
Sub-Total      0                   3                             0                    21
4.1.2.3 a –    All GEC courses to have components that address these ILOs.
e
4.1.2.3 a –    PHIL 210 –
e              Ethics 3 cr.
4.1.2.3 a –                                                    Any ONE of
e                                                              ECON 101
                                                               MGMT 101
                                                               PSYC 221
                                                               ANTH 221
                                                               SOCL 221
                                                               PHIL 221
4.1.2.3.c                         MATH 121; CMPS 140
4.1.2.3 c-d                                                                           ENGL 299
Sub-total      3                  0                            0                      0
Grand-         06                 06                           03                     21
Total                                                     36




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         5.3 Distribution of G.E. C. Courses per ILOs: General Associate Degree Programs

ILOs (See         Humanities   Maths & Natural         Social Sciences    Special          Total
section 4.2)                   Sciences                                   Competencies
4.2.1(a)          HIST 201 –                                                               3
                   3 cr.
4.2.1 (b)         All GEC courses to have components that apply their material to modern day
                  Belize.
4.2.1 (c and d)                                        ECON 101 or                         6
                                                       MGMT 101 – 3
                                                       cr.
                                                       Any ONE of
                                                       PSYC 221
                                                       ANTH 221
                                                       SOCL 221
                                                       PHIL 221
                                                       or any relevant
                                                       Social Science
                                                       for 3 cr.
4.2.1 (e and f)               MATH 121 – 3 cr.                                             6
                              Any ONE of
                              BIOL 121 NRMP101
                              BIOL 122 ENVR101
                              CHEM 121
                              PHYS 241
                              MRST 101
                              or any relevant natural
                              science course for 3 cr.
Sub-Total         3           6                        6                  0                15
4.2.2.a(i)                                                                ENGL 111- 3      6
                                                                          cr.
                                                                          ENGL 112 – 3
                                                                          cr.
4.2.2.a(ii)                                                                SPAN 101        6
                                                                          SPAN 102
                                                                          Level II– 6 cr.
4.2.2.a (iii &                                                            ENGL 111
iv)                                                                       ENGL 112
                                                                          SPAN 101
                                                                          SPAN 102
4.2.2.a (v)                   CMPS 140 – 3cr.                                              3
4.2.2.b(i)        HIST 201    CMPS 140                                                     0




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             Distribution of G.E. C. Courses Per ILOs: General Associate Degree Programs
                                                 (Cont.d)
ILOs (See sec. Humanities           Maths & Natural       Social Sciences Special          Total
4.2)                                Sciences                              Competencies
4.2.2.b(ii-v)       HIST 201        MATH 121              ECON 101 or
                                    Any ONE of            MGMT 101
                                    BIOL 121              Any ONE of
                                    BIOL 122              PSYC 221
                                    CHEM 121              ANTH 221
                                    PHYS 241              SOCL 221
                                    NRMP 101              PHIL 221
                                    ENVR 101
                                    MRST 101
                                    Any relevant natural
                                    science course
4.2.2.b (v)                         CMPS 140
4.2.2.c(i. to iii) HIST 201(iii)                          ECON 101 or
                                                          MGMT 101
                                                          Any ONE of
                                                          PSYC 221
                                                          ANTH 221
                                                          SOCL 221
                                                          PHIL 221
4.2.2 d(i)                          MATH 121
                                    Any ONE of
                                    BIOL 121
                                    BIOL 122
                                    CHEM 121
                                    PHYS 241
                                    NRMP 101
                                    ENVR 101
                                    MRST 101
                                    Any relevant natural
                                    science course
4.2.2 d(ii)         HIST 201                              ECON 101 or
                                                          MGMT 101
                                                          Any ONE of
                                                          PSYC 221
                                                          ANTH 221
                                                          SOCL 221
                                                          PHIL 221
Sub-total           0               3                     0               12               15




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     Distribution of G.E. C. Courses Per ILOs: General Associate Degree Programs (Cont.d)
ILOs (See sec. Humanities         Maths & Natural       Social Sciences Special                    Total
4.2)                              Sciences                              Competencies
4.2.3 (a-e)       HIST 201        MATH 121              ECON 101 or     ENGL 111                   3
                  PHIL 210        Any ONE of            MGMT 101        ENGL 112
                  (Ethics) –      BIOL 121              Any ONE of
                  3cr.            BIOL 122              PSYC 221        SPAN 101
                                  CHEM 121              ANTH 221        SPAN 102
                                  PHYS 241              SOCL 221
                                  NRMP 101              PHIL 221
                                  ENVR 101
                                  MRST 101
                                  Any relevant natural
                                  science course
Sub Total         3               0                     0               0                          3
Grand Total       6               9                     6               12                         33



                  5.4 Distribution of G.E. C. Courses Per ILOs: Professional/Technical
                      Associate Degree Programs

ILOs (See sec.       Humanities      Mathematics             Social Sciences     Special           Total
4.3)                                                                             Competencies
4.3.1(a)             HIST 201                                                                     3
                      3 cr.
4.3.1 (b)            All GEC courses to have components that apply their material to modern day Belize.
4.3.1 (c and d)                                             Any ONE of                            3
                                                            ECON 101
                                                            MGMT 101
                                                            PSYC 221
                                                            ANTH 221
                                                            SOCL 221
                                                            PHIL 221
                                                            or any relevant
                                                            Social Science
                                                            course for 3 cr.
4.3.1 (e and f)                     MATH 121 – 3 cr.                                              3
Sub-Total            3              3                       3                    0                9




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         5.1.3 Distribution of G.E. C. Courses Per ILOs: Technical/Professional Associate
         Degree Programs (Cont.d)

ILOs (See sec.       Humanities       Mathematics        Social Sciences   Special          Total
4.2)                                                                       Competencies
4.3.2.a(i)                                                                 ENGL 111- 3 cr. 6
                                                                           ENGL 112 – 3
                                                                           cr.
4.3.2.a(ii)                                                                SPAN 101         6
                                                                           SPAN 102
                                                                           Level II – 6 cr.
4.3.2.a (iii & iv)   HIST 201                            Any ONE of        ENGL 111
                                                         ECON 101          ENGL 112
                                                         MGMT 101
                                                         PSYC 221
                                                         ANTH 221
                                                         SOCL 221
                                                         PHIL 221
                                                         or any relevant
                                                         Social Science
4.3.2.b(i)           HIST 201         CMPS 140 – 3cr.    Any ONE of                         3
                                                         ECON 101
                                                         MGMT 101
                                                         PSYC 221
                                                         ANTH 221
                                                         SOCL 221
                                                         PHIL 221
                                                         or any relevant
                                                         Social Science
4.3.2.b(ii & iii)                     CMPS 140
4.3.2.c(i. to iii)   HIST 201 (iii)   MATH 121           Any ONE of
                                                         ECON 101
                                                         MGMT 101
                                                         PSYC 221
                                                         ANTH 221
                                                         SOCL 221
                                                         PHIL 221
                                                         or any relevant
                                                         Social Science
4.3.2 d(i)                            MATH 121 –




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         5.1.3 Distribution of G.E. C. Courses Per ILOs Across Four Areas:
         Technical/Professional Associate Degree Programs (Cont.d)
ILOs (See sec. Humanities          Mathematics           Social Sciences Special               Total
4.2)                                                                     Competencies
4.3.2 d(ii)        HIST 201                              Any ONE of
                                                         ECON 101
                                                         MGMT 101
                                                         PSYC 221
                                                         ANTH 221
                                                         SOCL 221
                                                         PHIL 221
                                                         or any relevant
                                                         Social Science
Sub-total          0               3                     0               9                     12
4.3.3 (a – e)      HIST 201        MATH 121              Any ONE of      ENGL 111              3
                   PHIL 210                              ECON 101        ENGL 112
                   (Ethics) 3 cr.                        MGMT 101
                                                         PSYC 221        SPAN 101
                                                         ANTH 221        SPAN 102
                                                         SOCL 221        Level II
                                                         PHIL 221
                                                         or any relevant
                                                         Social Science
Sub Total          0               0                     0               0                     3
Grand Total        6               6                     3               12                    27


       5.5 Summary of Required and Elective GEC courses by level of certification
       5.5.1 General Baccalaureate Degree Programs:                             Credit Hours
       Note: Up to 33 GEC semester credit hours may be transferred from an Associate Degree
       program according to UB regulations. Additionally, students may transfer Research
       Methods and Composing Process from a Junior College or University.
       Area I:       Humanities and Arts                                               06
                     HIST 201 (Belizean History) 3 cr.
                     PHIL 210 (Ethics)
                     or another relevant PHIL course for 3 cr.
       Area II:      Mathematics and Natural Sciences                                  09
                     MATH 121 (Intermediate Algebra) 3 cr.
                     Any ONE of
                     BIOL 121
                     BIOL 122
                     CHEM 121
                     PHYS 241
                     NRMP 101
                     ENVR 101
                     MRST 101


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              or any other relevant natural science course for 3 cr.
              CMPS 140 (Introduction to Computer Studies) 3 cr.

Area III:     Social Sciences                                                 06
              ECON 101 (Introduction to Economics) or
              MGMT 101 (Fundamentals of Mgt.) for 3 cr.
              Any ONE of
              PSYC 221 (Intro. to Psychology)
              ANTH 221 (Intro. to Anthropology)
              SOCL 221 (Intro. to Sociology)
              PHIL 221 (Intro. to Philosophy)
              Any other relevant Social Science for 3 cr.

Area IV:      Special Competencies                                            21
              ENGL 111 (College English I) 3 cr.
              ENGL 112 (College English II) 3 cr.
              SPAN 101 (Level 1 Beginning Spanish)
              SPAN 102 (Level 2 Lower Intermediate Spanish)
              SPAN 201 (Level 3 Intermediate Spanish)
              for 9 cr.
              ENGL 299 (revised syllabus) 3 cr.
              RSCH 299 (Research Methods) 3 cr.

Total for General Baccalaureate Degree programs:                              42

5.5.2 Professional/Technical Baccalaureate Programs:                     Credit Hours
Note: Up to 30 GEC semester credit hours may be transferred from an Associate Degree
program according to UB regulations. Additionally, students may transfer Research
Methods and Composing Process from a Junior College or University.
Area I:        Humanities and Arts                                              06
               HIST 201 (Belizean History) 3 cr.
               PHIL 210 (Ethics)
               or another relevant PHIL course for 3 cr.

Area II:      Mathematics and Computer Studies                                06
              MATH 121 (Intermediate Algebra) 3 cr.
              CMPS 140 (Introduction to Computer Studies) 3 cr.

Area III:     Social Sciences                                                 03
              Any ONE of
              ECON 101 (Introduction to Economics)
              MGMT 101 (Fundamentals of Mgt.)
              PSYC 221 (Intro. to Psychology)
              ANTH 221 (Intro. to Anthropology)
              SOCL 221 (Intro. to Sociology)
              PHIL 221 (Intro. to Philosophy)



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              Any other relevant Social Science for 3 cr.

Area IV:      Special Competencies                                        21
              ENGL 111 (College English I) 3 cr.
              ENGL 112 (College English II) 3 cr.
              ENGL 299 (revised syllabus) 3 cr.
              SPAN 101 (Level 1 Beginning Spanish) 3 cr.
              SPAN 102 (Level 2 Lower Intermediate Spanish) 3 cr.
              SPAN 201 (Level 3 Intermediate Spanish) 3 cr.
              RSCH 299 (Research Methods) 3 cr.

Total for Professional/technical baccalaureate degree programs:           36

5.5.3 General Associate Degree Programs:                            Credit Hours
Area I:     Humanities                                                     06
            HIST 201 (Belizean History) 3 cr.
            PHIL 210 (Ethics)
            or another relevant PHIL course for 3 cr.

Area II:      Mathematics and Natural Sciences                            09
              MATH 121 (Intermediate Algebra) 3 cr.
              Any ONE of
              BIOL 121
              BIOL 122
              CHEM 121
              PHYS 241
              NRMP 101
              ENVR 101
              MRST 101
              Any other relevant Natural Science course for 3 cr.
              CMPS 140 (Introduction to Computer Studies) 3 cr.

Area III:     Social Sciences                                             06
              ECON 101 (Introduction to Economics) or
              MGMT 101 (Fundamentals of Mgt.) for 3 cr.
              Any ONE of
              PSYC 221 (Intro. to Psychology)
              ANTH 221 (Intro. to Anthropology)
              SOCL 221 (Intro. to Sociology)
              PHIL 221 (Intro. to Philosophy)
              Any other relevant Social Science course for 3 cr.

Area IV:      Special Competencies                                        12
              ENGL 111 (College English I) 3 cr.
              ENGL 112 (College English II) 3 cr.
              SPAN 101 (Level 1 Beginning Spanish) 3 cr.



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               SPAN 102 (Level 2 Lower Intermediate Spanish) 3 cr.

Total for General Associate Degree Programs:                                        33

5.5.4 Professional/Technical Associate Degree Programs:                    Credit Hours
Area I:      Humanities                                                           06
             HIST 201 (Belizean History) 3 cr.
             PHIL 210 (Ethics)
             or another relevant PHIL course for 3 cr.

Area II:       Mathematics and Computer Studies                                     06
               MATH 121 (Intermediate Algebra) 3 cr.
               CMPS 140 (Introduction to Computer Studies) 3 cr.

Area III:      Social Sciences                                                      03
               Any ONE of
               ECON 101 (Introduction to Economics)
               MGMT 101 (Fundamentals of Mgt.)
               PSYC 221 (Intro. to Psychology)
               ANTH 221 (Intro. to Anthropology)
               PHIL 221 (Intro. to Philosophy)
               SOCL 221 (Intro. to Sociology)
               Any other relevant Social Science for 3 cr.

Area IV:       Special Competencies                                                 12
               ENGL 111 (College English I) 3 cr.
               ENGL 112 (College English II) 3 cr.
               SPAN 101 (Level 1 Beginning Spanish) 3 cr.
               SPAN 102 (Level 2 Lower Intermediate Spanish) 3 cr.

Total for Professional/technical Associate Degree Programs:                         27

6. Implementation Implications of the Proposed GEC requirements at three levels
   of certification at UB.

6.1 Challenges of Current Scenarios
    At this point in our discussion of the GEC manual, there are proposals for a total of
            a. 27 GEC credit hours for technical/professional associate degree programs
                (Tourism, Social Work, Medical Laboratory Technology, Pharmacy,
                Agriculture and Information Technology),
            b. 33 GEC credit hours for general associate degrees and
            c. 42 for general baccalaureate degree programs.
            d. 36 for professional/technical baccalaureate degree programs.

The tables below illustrate the current number of GEC credit hours in each of the
Associate and Bachelor degree programs on offer at the University of Belize, the



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difference between their respective current number of GEC credit hours and the proposed
number of GEC credit hours and the estimated number of additional courses that each
program would need to add to meet the proposed requirement.

           Table 1: Technical/Professional Associate Degree Programs
Program       Code      Total      Existing Proposed Add’l Crs.           Add’l
                        Cr. Hrs. GEC         GEC        to meet           courses to
                        in         Cr.       Cr. Hrs. requirement         meet
                        Program Hrs.                                      requirement
Agriculture   AAGR 78              16        27         11                3 courses
Architectural AARC 78              12        27         15                5 courses
Technology
Building &    ABCE 79              9         27         18                6 courses
Civil                                                                     (Double
Engineering                                                               major)
Information   AINT 73              24        27         03                1 course
Technology
Mechanical    AMEE 85              9         27         18                6 courses
& Electrical                                                              (Double
Engineering                                                               major)
Medical Lab. AMLT 100              32        27         nil               nil
Technology
Pharmacy      APHA 114             32        27         nil               nil
Primary Sch. APRE 93               36        27         nil               nil
Teacher
Educ.
Social Work ASOW 78                30        27         nil               nil
Tourism       ATOS 75              33        27         nil               Nil; check
Studies                                                                   courses.

Observations and Recommendation:
  As is, at least 3 of the 10 programs will not be able to implement without significant
  extension of the program (though two of the three of these are double major
  programs). In combination with other options, the reduction in the GEC requirement
  to 27 makes the requirement within reach and for the Associate degrees in Allied
  Health and Social Work, there is no problem.
  It is proposed that the Department of Engineering through the Chair, Dean and
  Provost address this matter aimed at extending the programs to three years. The
  recommendation is that this be done in time for academic 2011-12 and that the
  restructured programs be applicable to incoming students only. The
  restructuring should provide room for the further improvement of the programs
  with the medium term view of developing the programs into baccalaureate
  degree programs.
  It is further proposed that the program in Agriculture be restructured to include
  the required number of GEC credits and in time for new students in academic
  2011-12.


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     There will be need to cross check the courses offered as GEC to ensure
     compliance with the Manual. Some “trading” may be required.

                          Table 2: General Associate Degree Programs
Program        Code       Total      Existing Proposed Add’l Crs.             Add’l
                          Cr. Hrs.   GEC       GEC          to meet           courses to
                          in         Cr. Hrs. Cr. Hrs.      requirement       meet
                          Program                                             requirement
Biology         ABIO      74         24        33           09                3
Business        ABUA      72         39        33           nil               nil
Studies
Chemistry       ACHM         72          22         33          11             4
English         AENG         69          36         33          nil            nil
Mathematics     AMAT         74          24         33          09             3
Marine          AMAS         65          34         33          nil            nil
Science
Natural         ANRM         76          21         33          12             4
Resources
Mgt.
Physics         APHY         82          24         33          09             3
Biology &       ABMB         84          24         33          09             3
Math
Chemistry &     ACMB         81          25         33          08             3
Math
Biology &       ABMS         87          24         33          09             3
Marine
Biology (Sc.)
Biology,        ABCM         112         25         33          08             3
Chem & Math
Marine          AMSC         72          24         33          09             3
Biology (Sc.)
Biology, Math ABMP           112         24         33          09             3
& Physics
Chemistry,      ACMP         110         25         33          08             3
Math and
Physics
      Observations and Recommendations:
      The overall thrust is to comply with the Manual while doing our utmost not to
      increase the total number of credit hours in any program.
      A combination of options to address the above may make implementation difficult
      but do-able. There will be need to cross check the courses offered as GEC to
      ensure compliance with the Manual. Some “trading” may be required.
      ACHM and ANRM may find it particularly difficult but we need to do a careful
      review to see whether or not one or two of the courses in the Professional Core
      or Support Core may not qualify as GEC courses. Programs with electives may
      opt to give up one or two electives to accommodate the additional GEC courses.


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                             Table 3: Bachelor Degree Programs
Program       Code     Total      Existing Proposed Add’l Crs.         Add’l
                       Cr. Hrs. GEC         GEC        to meet         courses to
                       in         Cr.       Cr. Hrs. GEC               meet GEC
                       Program Hrs.         42 or 36 requirement       requirement
Accounting    BACT     144        36        42         6               2
Biology       BBIE     138        36        42         6               2
Education
Biology       BBIO     139        34         42         8              3
Management    BBUA     133?       36         42         6              2
Science
Accounting    BBUE     162        36         42         6              2
Ed.
Inform.       BBUE     153        36         36         nil            nil
Tech. Ed.
Management    BBUE     156        36         42         6              2
Ed.
English       BENE     162        36         42         6              2
Educ.
English       BENG     144        36         42         6              2
Information   BITW     133        24         36         10             3
Technology
Math Educ.    BMAE 153            36         42         6              2
Mathematics   BMAT 139            27         42         15             5
Natural       BNRM 151            37         42         5              2
Resources
Mgt.
Nursing       BNRS     138        38         36         nil            nil
Primary       BPRE     165        27         36         9              3
School
Teacher
Educ
Public        BPSM     138        36         42         6              2
Sector
Management
Social Work   BSOW 123            30         36         6              2
BTOM          BTOM 147            36         42         6              2
Spanish            129            36         42         6              2
Education
History                132        42         42         nil            nil

   Observations and Recommendations on Bachelor Degree GEC requirements:
   1. It appears that as currently proposed only Mathematics is likely to face a
      considerable hurdle in implementing the new set of GEC proposals. To
      address this difficulty, there would be need to sit with the Mathematics team


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         to discuss options, including finding in the Professional Core a course
         equivalent to Intermediate Algebra, reconsidering electives (if any), and
         those remaining credits that cannot otherwise be accommodated be added to
         the program. In any case, BMAT has a total of 139 credit hours. In the worst
         case scenario, adding 15 credits would still put the revised total within the
         range of several other bachelor degree programs at UB.
      2. In time, and especially if we make this policy applicable only to incoming
         students, if we accept the revised GEC requirement of 33 credit hours for general
         associate degree programs, most students will transfer these credits onto the
         bachelor degree program. They will then only have a maximum of 9 GEC credit
         hours to complete at upper half of the program.
      3. The Bachelor degree GEC requirement of 42 credit hours will signify an average
         6 GEC credits that Bachelor degree programs will add to their existing curricula
         thereby making the GEC requirement tenable.
      4. The timing of implementation for Bachelor degree programs is critical. We have
         to provide ample advance notice especially to feeder institutions within ATLIB so
         that GEC does not become a major burden on incoming students who may not
         have taken the required number of GEC credit hours at the associate degree level.
         It is recommended that ATLIB junior colleges be given two academic years
         notice since their programs are typically of two years duration and their
         incoming 2011-12 students will not graduate until 2012-13 at the earliest.

6.2      Options to Address Current Challenges to Implement GEC Requirements
         There is no set formula for addressing the implementation of GEC requirements
         but a combination of the following recommendations may significantly facilitate
         implementation.
             a. It is theoretically possible to further reduce the proposed number of GEC
                 credit hours (though there is a “price” to pay for every such reduction) by
                 modifying GEC ILOs. This option affects the overall program
                 specifications document, the generic graduate student profile and
                 consequently the overall competency of the graduate.
             b. Another approach is for each program team (its teaching faculty led by the
                 Chair) to analyze its Program Specifications Document ILOs (Intended
                 Learning Outcomes) in relation to the GEC manual’s requirements.
                 Without adversely affecting the integrity of the program, it may be
                 possible for the program team to arrive at their own combination of
                 options to comply with the Manual’s requirements.
             c. The following principle is also helpful: “Any program that has in its
                 professional or support core a course that is equivalent to or higher than a
                 GEC course can credit that course as a GEC course.” For example, the
                 Department of Engineering requires Computer Aided Applications for its
                 three programs, a course regarded as higher than the GEC course,
                 Introduction to Computer Studies. In such cases, students in those
                 programs need not do the CMPS 140 course. The limitation though is no
                 course can be credited twice, that is as both Professional Core and GEC.




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         d. Any program that has “free” electives may apply these to GEC
            requirements to address the need for additional GEC credits (if
            applicable).
         e. It should be noted that some programs are implicitly or explicitly double
            majors, e.g., Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Business Education
            and several in the natural sciences. If such programs are to retain both
            their comprehensive Professional and Support Core courses and their
            General Education core courses, the “normal” length of time of the
            program may have to be extended proportionately. Students should be
            advised of this up front from the beginning of their program. The rule of
            thumb is that a single-major Associate Degree should be do-able in two
            calendar years.
         f. It is not the intent of this GEC exercise to require any program to
            arbitrarily reduce its professional or support core requirements to
            accommodate GEC courses since that would be self-defeating in terms of
            the program graduate profile outlined in the Program Specifications
            Document.
         g. A program that has more than the minimum GEC required credit hours
            need not automatically remove these courses from its curriculum since that
            may affect the program graduate profile in the Program Specifications
            Document.
         h. Finally, the least desirable option is to increase the total number of credit
            hours of the program to comply with the GEC requirement if the program
            is already overloaded (see APHA, for example). This option has serious
            cost and time implications for both students and UB. The cost and the
            completion time of the program would increase making the UB program
            less attractive to prospective students.
         i. In any case, any change in the GEC curriculum requirement that requires
            additional credit hours can only be made applicable to incoming not to
            current students.

7. GEC Courses and Course Descriptions
7.1   Listing of UB GEC courses (See 7.2 for details)
GEC Course Numbers as at 22 December 2010 supplied by Records.
OLD CODE NUMBER           NEW CODE NUMBER
ANTH 221                  ANTH1014
BIOL121                   BIOL1015
BIOL122                   BIOL1025
CMPS140                   CMPS1012
ECON101                   ECON1014
ENGL111                   ENGL1014
ENGL112                   ENGL1025
ENGL299                   ENGL1035
ENVR101                   ENVR1014
HIST201                   HIST1014
MATH121                   MATH1014



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MGMT101                       MGMT1014
MRST101                       MRST1014
NRMP101                       NRMP1014
PHIL210                       PHIL1014
PHIL221                       PHIL1014
PHYS242
PSYC221                       PSYC1014
RSCH299                       RSCH2014
SOCL221                       SOCL1014
SPAN101                       SPAN1015
SPAN201                       SPAN2015


7.2    Course Descriptions

ANTH 221 INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY                                            3 cr.
Introduction to the cross cultural study of human behavior and society. Topics will
include economic and social organizations, marriage, and family, culture, personality and
religion. This course examines the way cultures meet the common and distinct needs of
societies. Particular emphasis is placed on the cultures of the various ethnic groups in
Belize. Prerequisite: ENGL 111

BIOL 121        GENERAL BIOLOGY I                                                     3 cr.
General Biology I covers the basic principles of biology: levels of organization, chemical
building blocks of life, sub-cellular and cellular structure for both prokaryotes and
eukaryotes, membrane structure and function, energy and metabolism, cellular
respiration, photosynthesis, the cell cycle and cell division: mitosis and meiosis, patterns
of inheritance. Ten laboratory sessions that follow the lecture course sequence are
integrated into this course offering for non-majors. Prerequisite: High School biology
or BIOL 090.

BIOL 122       GENERAL BIOLOGY II                                               3 cr.
The course is designed to provide an overview of taxonomy and the basic biology for all
groups of living organisms. A brief overview of the anatomy and physiology of higher
plants and animals is also included. Prerequisite: none.

CHEM 121 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I                                                        4 cr.
This 4 credit lecture and lab course for non-majors covers the general principals of
chemistry. Topics covered include: states of matter, atomic theory and structure,
chemical bonding; chemical reactions; stoichiometry; solutions; acids and bases;
coordination chemistry, gas laws. The lab component is an introduction to methods and
techniques of chemical experimentation and covers topics included in the lecture portion.
Pre-requisite: High School Chemistry or Chem. 090 and MATH 121




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CMPS 140        INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SYSTEMS                                 3 cr.
This course is designed for students who would like to learn how to use the computer as a
problem-solving tool. Emphasis is placed on providing students with an understanding of
computer concepts along with hands-on experience in working with a number of widely
used computer applications. Topics include: computer concepts, Internet and email, text
editors, spreadsheets and database management systems. This course is cross-listed as
CMPS 104. Prerequisite: Basic operational knowledge of computers.

ECON 101 INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS                                                3 cr.
This introductory course in Economics is designed to provide students with a basic
understanding of theory and policy in economics and how these affect economic
problems and policy options. It will introduce students to microeconomic concepts such
as scarcity, supply and demand, price determination, and macroeconomic concepts such
as Gross Domestic Product, inflation and unemployment. The course will emphasize
examples from the Belizean economy and the wider Caribbean where possible.

ENGL 111 COLLEGE ENGLISH I                                                           3 cr.
This course focuses on critical writing using an awareness of English grammar along
with the concepts of rhetoric through critical reading and analysis, research and revising.
The two basic modes of writing namely, exposition and argumentation are fully explored,
and through continuous writing practice, students hone their skills by composing several
essays and a major position paper. This course is also designed to strengthen students’
abilities to think critically and to communicate clearly and effectively in writing.
Prerequisite: Acceptable performance in placement test or ENGL 090

ENGL 112 COLLEGE ENGLISH 11                                                            3 cr.
This course is designed to strengthen the research and critical thinking skills of students.
Emphasis is placed on styles of writing, especially in analyzing and writing paraphrases,
summaries and critical reviews. It also aims at further developing proficiency in essay
writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 111

ENGL 299       [This course to be reconfigurated to meet GEC ILOs and critical
thinking.]                                                            3 cr.

ENVR 101                                                                             3 cr.
This is a 3 credit course intended to be an introduction to environmental science. It is
taught as a multi-disciplinary course with emphasis on the scientific and social science
components of the topic. In addition it is taught at such a level that non-science majors
can grasp the major concepts and principles. The course introduces students to most
aspect of environmental science--the social, biological and economic. The course begins
with an introductory level with components of ecology, then advancing into the study of
various environmental issues. This class takes into account various components of the
CAPE syllabus for Environmental Science.




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HIST 201        BELIZEAN HSTORY                                                      3 cr.
In this course students are offered the opportunity to study how the past has shaped the
present in which they live. The course is designed to adopt a thematic and topical
approach covering social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of Belizean society
from 2000 B.C. to the present. Students are introduced to the subjects of cause and effect,
process, and hence change in Belizean history, dating back to the pre-Columbian,
Columbian, and post- Columbian periods. Above all, the course offers students the
opportunity to understand concepts such as domination, resistance, politics of nationalism
and independence, and the forces of globalization. Co-requisite: ENGL 111 [GEC
NOTE: REVIEW SYLLABUS TO ENSURE THAT COURSE IS NOT MERE
REPETITION OF WHAT IS COVERED IN HIGH SCHOOL. ENSURE THAT ILOs
ARE COVERED IN SCOPE AND DEPTH.]

MATH 121 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA                                                           3 cr.
[Ms. Pasos to send course description.]

MGMT 101 FUNDAMENTALS OF MANAGEMENT                                                3 cr.
This course enables students to recognize the basic concepts of management and
entrepreneurship, including planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Students will
also develop the skills that are necessary for new business ventures, or for real life
applications especially at their places of employment. [GEC NOTE: REVIEW
SYLLABUS TO ENSURE ILOs ARE COVERED.]

MRST 101 [Course title and description to be provided by Ms. Pasos]                     3 cr.
This is a 2 credit course designed to introduce students to geology. It is an introductory
course with components of marine and environmental geology. In the course the physical
and chemical characteristics of the Earth are discussed. Students who successfully
complete this course will have a basic understanding of how the Earth formed, and most
basic geological processes. [GEC note: This may not work since it is a 2 not a 3 credit
course. If the course has to remain as a 2 cr. course, we will need to remove it from
the list of courses that satisfy the natural science requirement.]

NRMP 101        ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT 3 cr.
This is an introductory level course intended to provide students with a general
introduction to topics typically discussed in the fields of environmental science,
conservation and sustainable development. Major topics discussed in this course include:
basic principles of ecosystems, ecosystem functioning, ecological impacts of human
activities and solutions to current environmental challenges. We will focus on global and
local examples of human and ecosystem interaction, examine developmental issues and
propose ways that may achieve more balanced lifestyles that respect the ecological
structure, function and dynamics of Earth’s ecosystems for a sustainable future. Co-
requisite: ENGL 111

PHIL 210       ETHICS                                                               3 cr.
The course explores the moral dimensions of human life, the social and religious ways of
understanding the basis of moral authority, and the grounds for moral responsibility. The



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moral institutions of society are analyzed and then applied to specific moral dilemmas
where social, political, and economic costs and benefits complicate decision-making. The
course provides students with the foundation necessary to evaluate, analyze, and respond
to ethical issues in our society and in the global community. The course requires
individual, original, and critical thinking pertaining to moral concerns faced by the global
community as a whole. Prerequisite: ENGL 112

PHIL 221      INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY                                            3 cr.
[Course description to be requested from Dean FMSS]

PHYS 241       GENERAL PHYSICS I                                                3 cr.
[Course description to be obtained in January 2011 through Ms. Julianne Pasos.]
Prerequisite: MATH 121

PSYC 221        INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY                                          3 cr.
This introductory course addresses the basic principles and concepts of psychology and
provides an overview of the field of psychology. Throughout the course there is an
emphasis in developing an understanding of psychology as the science of cognition and
human behavior. Special attention is given to provide a general understanding of the
affective, behavioral and cognitive processes of human behavior. Topics surveyed
include but are not limited to research methodology, consciousness, motivation, learning,
cognition, physiology, perception, intelligence, psychological disorders, personality
theories, and human development. It also explores the application of psychological
principles and concepts to business, social and personal life in Belize. Prerequisite:
ENGL 112

RSCH 299         RESEARCH METHODS                                                     3 cr.
This introductory course provides students with an understanding and the skills necessary
for a formal participation in the research process. It acquaints students with the most
appropriate and feasible designs for their research projects. It familiarizes students with
the need for reliability and validity in research.The course also introduces students to
methods of developing instruments for data collection and analysis and a comprehensive
presentation of their findings. The course also introduces students to the human and
ethical issues in research. Prerequisites: ENGL 112 & QMGT 104

SOCL 221         INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY                                            3 cr.
It provides a general introduction to sociological perspectives, issues, and concepts in
order to encourage a better understanding of society and its changes. This introductory
course is designed not only to teach students some of the major findings of sociology but
to help them explore fundamental sociological skills which include the ability to think
with a “sociological imagination” [FST: ??]and thus encourage a better understanding of
society and its changes. Therefore, this course also focuses on, and provides insights into
Belizean social issues and concerns, using the application of sociological knowledge to
arrive at possible solutions. Prerequisite: ENGL 112
[GEC note: Course description needs to be revisited in light of GEC ILOs.]




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SPAN 101 – LEVEL 1, BEGINNING SPANISH                                              3 cr.
This beginners’ Spanish course is the first step in the five-level Spanish programme. This
Spanish language course is geared toward complete beginners and those who may have
had some prior exposure to the language, but whose knowledge is solely passive and
therefore feel that they cannot speak or write. It provides students with basic competency
in Spanish (e.g., tackling how to greet people, introduce themselves, go shopping, talk
about everyday habits) and more importantly it builds up their confidence. A
communicative approach is used to allow students to speak and write in the target
language from day one and to make progress in a step-by-step and cyclical fashion.
Prerequisite: None
45 contact hours over a 15-week semester (plus 15 hours of independent work in the
Lab for extra listening practice).

SPAN 102 – LEVEL 2 LOWER INTERMEDIATE SPANISH                                      3 cr.

Span 102 is the second of the five levels in the Spanish programme. It bridges the gap
between the beginners and intermediate stages in the language acquisition process. This
course utilizes the communicative approach to reinforce structures learned earlier and to
build up students’ confidence level. Some of the benefits of this course include being able
to carry on conversations about familiar topics in the present and past, responding to
everyday events by asking questions, making comparisons, formulating and expressing
opinions, offering congratulations, expressing regret and making predictions using the
future tense. Prerequisite: Spanish 101
45 contact hours over a 15-week semester (plus 15 hours of independent work in the
Lab for extra listening practice).

SPAN 201        LEVEL 3 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH                                      3 cr.
In this Spanish course, emphasis is placed on communication in real life situations, not
withstanding the learning of appropriate grammatical and lexical structures and the
translation of acquired knowledge into useful writing skills. This course aims to further
develop prior linguistic competency in Spanish (as covered in Span 102, or equivalent) in
order to provide the students with a solid intermediate-level grounding in Spanish to help
them move on to the final stages of their second language acquisition process. By the end
of Span 201, students will be able to evaluate past events and express future wishes,
interpret behaviours according to social codes of conduct and react accordingly, and
empathize with people’s concerns as well as convey their own concerns in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 102
Contact hours over a 15-week semester (plus 15 hours of independent work in the
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8. Management, Monitoring and Quality Assurance of GEC.

The Committee recommends that UB’s GEC be managed through the Faculty of
Management and Social Sciences since most of the GEC courses are offered by that
faculty. The Deans under whose authority other GEC courses are offered formally
delegate their responsibility for those GEC courses to the FMSS Dean. However, given
the intensive work involved in managing this vital component of the UB curriculum, it is
further recommended that in fiscal 2012-13 a full time position be secured to mange
GEC if UB is to meet SACS accreditation standards. In the interim, it is
recommended that a GEC coordinator be appointed with two course load reductions per
semester and the relevant telephone allowance be granted. To ensure that the curriculum
is planned, delivered, assessed and continuously improved the final recommendation is
that the Dean of FMSS formally delegates the responsibility of supervising the GEC
Coordinator to the Quality Assurance Office.

9.     Draft Terms of Reference for the GEC Coordinator

The GEC coordinator is nominated by the Dean of the Faculty of Management and Social
Sciences in consultation with the Quality Assurance Officer from among the FMSS
faculty if possible or from FEA. Preference will be given to a person in a full time
position as a GEC lecturer with a strong background in curriculum development and
supervision. The coordinator is responsible for the effective implementation of UB’s
GEC policy as outlined in the GEC Manual. That is, he/she is responsible for the
planning, delivery, assessment and regular review of UB’s GEC curriculum. He/she
reports to the Quality Assurance Officer who in turn liaises with the FMSS Dean on the
effective delivery of the coordinator’s outputs. The GEC coordinator is relieved of two
courses per semester and receives the regular coordinator’s telephone allowance.

Specific duties:
    Ensures that all UB programs comply with UB’s GEC requirement;
    Assists the Dean with the allocation of GEC courses to teaching faculty with the
       requisite qualifications;
    Ensures that there is an approved UB syllabus for each GEC course taught at UB;
    Facilitates the regular review of GEC course syllabi;
    Coordinates the regular review of UB’s GEC policies and procedures as outlined
       in the manual;
    Monitors on a regular basis the delivery of GEC courses at all UB sites;
    Supports the delivery of GEC courses at all UB sites;
    Coordinates the planning of common final examinations as applicable to GEC
       courses university wide;
    Coordinates the implementation of Student Evaluation of Instruction exercise for
       GEC courses university wide;
    Participates in the evaluation of instructors who teach GEC courses;
    Participates in program reviews to represent the GEC component of the
       curriculum;



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         Within time limitations undergoes training for the better management of UB’s
          GEC curriculum;
         Facilitates training of instructors for the continuous improvement of the quality of
          UB’s GEC
         Any other duty specifically related to the goals and objectives of the GEC.

10.   Principles governing the transfer of GEC credits to UB.
      The University of Belize will process the transfer of General Education Core
      credits earned at other tertiary level institutions based on the following principles.
          a. The transferring student makes arrangements for the submission of an
              official transcript from a UB-recognized higher education institution.
          b. The grade in the official transcript meets UB’s minimum requirement for
              the transfer of General Education Core courses.
          c. UB will recognize courses that are equivalent (or of a higher level) to
              those listed in UB’s GEC manual including courses classified as
              Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences except wherein
              specifically indicated (such as Introduction to Belizean History).
          d. A student who did a course in a program that has one or more UB GEC
              course requirements may use that course(s) for the UB GEC requirement
              provided the student meets all other UB program requirements.
          e. UB will recognize as equivalent all GEC courses that have been
              evaluated and found to be equivalent through the ATLIB National
              Articulation Framework Committee’s exercise on course equivalency
              and as updated from time to time. (Added, 21 December 2010)
21 May 2008

NOTE: Amendments to Draft 4 reflect:

      1. Deletion of GSTU (Study Skills) 1 Cr. as approved by the UB Board of Trustees.
      2. Withdrawal of recommendation to add HIST 314 as a Bachelor degree
         requirement given fiscal constraints and implementation difficulties?
      3. Possible withdrawal of recommendation to add a second course in Spanish
         proficiency as a Bachelor degree requirement given fiscal constraints and
         implementation difficulties?
      4. The possibility of reducing the Bachelor degree GEC requirements for
         professional/technical Bachelor degree programs to parallel the GEC
         requirements for professional/technical associate degrees.

24 November 2009

NOTES: Additional Recommendations to 20 December 2010.
1.  Other than Belizean History, the humanities requirement may be met with
    PHIL 210 (Ethics) or any other equivalent course that UB may add in the
    future or an equivalent ethics course (such as Theology) taken at a partner
    institution deemed equivalent by UB.




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2.    The natural science requirement may be met with the UB courses listed or
      other equivalent courses that UB may add in future or any natural science
      course taken at a partner institution deeded equivalent by UB.
3.    The social science requirement may be met with the UB courses listed or
      other equivalent courses that UB may add in future or any social science
      course taken at a partner institution deeded equivalent by UB.
4.    The special competency requirements may be met with the UB courses listed
      or other equivalent courses that UB may add in future or special competency
      courses taken at a partner institution deeded equivalent by UB.
5.    The Spanish language requirement at the associate degree level is Level II as
      defined by UB in its SPAN 102 syllabus.
6.    The Spanish language requirement at the baccalaureate degree level is Level
      III as defined by UB in its SPAN 201 syllabus.
7.    Junior College graduates may transfer RSCH 299 and ENGL 299 to UB
      provided the courses taken at the Junior College are deemed equivalent by
      UB. It should be noted that the ENGL 299 syllabus will be restructured to
      include a section in critical thinking.
8.    In respect to CMPS 140, UB will restructure the syllabus to ensure that the
      course meets the GEC Intended Learning Outcomes at the university level.
9.    Incoming associate degree and baccalaureate degree students will be invited
      to take placement tests in Spanish and Information Technology respectively.
      Their performance in these tests will determine whether they can be exempt
      from Level I and/or Level II in Spanish and the Information Technology
      GEC course. Students who perform at or above the relevant standard will be
      encouraged to Challenge the course so that UB can assess and assign a grade
      for the course challenged. UB’s regulations governing Challenged courses
      will apply.
10.   On the other hand, students who perform poorly in a placement test
      suggesting the need for a remedial course will be encouraged to take the
      remedial course offered by UB in the summer prior to the beginning of the
      new academic year to avoid the difficulties that often arise from being out of
      sequence.


21 December 2010




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