All resources in Middlesex Community College

Writing Skills 2

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This course develops language skills needed to communicate effectively in college study, in the professions,and in the business world. The course includes sentence formation, applied grammar, spelling, mechanics,and paragraph development. All course content created by Katie Slezas Content added to OER Commons by Joanna Gray 

Material Type: Module

Author: Joanna Gray

College Chemistry I

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The fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry including the physical and chemical properties of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, the gas laws, solutions, acids and bases, redox reactions, and chemical equilibria. All course content created by Patricia Richard. Content added to OER Commons by Joanna Gray.

Material Type: Syllabus

Author: Joanna Gray

Computing System Fundamentals

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This course is designed to familiarize students with basic computer architecture and operating systems and the relationships between hardware and operating systems will be explored. A student who successfully completes this course will also be able to gain strong foundation in the core fundamentals of digital technology. Basic concepts are reinforced by exercises, and hand-on applications. Students will also program and run simple macros in Linux shell. Employability skills, such as Problem solving, Teamwork, Communications and Critical Thinking are integrated into the course work. 4 hours’ lecture. All course content created by Syeda Ferdous Arar Begum. Content added to OER Commons by Joanna Gray.

Material Type: Reading, Syllabus

Author: Joanna Gray

Ethical Hacking

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Ethical Hacking is a course in our IT Cyber Security Program created by Syeda Ferdous Ara Begum. This course teaches students how to properly secure a network by introducing them to various methodologies and techniques of attacking and disabling a network. Students will receive a hands-on practical approach in penetration testing measures and ethical hacking. Coursework is supplemented by hands-on exercises of attacking and disabling a network, and the use of appropriate tools for defense and countermeasures, with emphasis on teaching students to use what they learn ethically and legally. Students will be required to sign the White Hat Oath. All course content created by Syeda Ferdous Ara Begum. Content added to OER Commons by Jordana Shaw.

Material Type: Syllabus

Author: Jordana Shaw

Cambodian Art and Architecture

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This is a unit I created for a section of my art history course.  Our community college has a sizeable population of Cambodian immigrants with an interest in learning about their heritage.   Most art history survey courses in the United States do not sufficiently expose students to the culture of Southeast Asia.  

Material Type: Module

Author: Shelley Hawks, Ph.D.

English Composition I & Writing Skills Seminar (ALP)

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This resource is used in an Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) for developmental writing students. At Middlesex Community College, ALP is a co-requisite model which allows students to take English Composition I (ENG 101) and a developmental writing course entitled Writing Skills Seminar (ENG 099) in the same semester. Previously, developmental writing students needed to take the semester-long Basic Writing before continuing on to ENG 101. The Basic Writing course is not longer offered since ALP gives developmental writing students the extra support while offering college credit in one semester. This resource includes a syllabus for ENG 099 and one for ENG 101. It also includes a few assignments (long and short) used in the course.

Material Type: Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Syllabus

Author: Peter Maskaluk

ETH 101: Ethics and Society

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This is a suggested course syllabus for a 100-level introductory ethics course. I have focused primarily on primary source readings when possible, and using secondary or summary readings to supplement students' understanding of the primary sources. The only exception to this general rule, however, is the readings for Immanuel Kant, as his writings are far more dense and technical, and can be very difficult for the average undergraduate to parse through. For this reason I have included only secondary and summary readings for Kant's ethics. The suggested syllabus is formatted on the assumption that the readings are primarily a springboard for class discussion, and for each week's selections I have included suggested discussion starters which correlate to that week's readings. As I continue to build on and modify this resource I plan to attach some of my Google Slides for each section, as well as editable Mid Term and Final materials, so feel free to contact me about those or simply check back. The open resources that I drew from each have additional selections which I chose not include but may be of interest to others, particularly "Introduction to Ethics" from Lumen Learning which contains various chapters exploring specific ethical dilemmas. So I encourage anyone who finds my course helpful to explore these other resources to see what else you may want to include for your students. Below are the various open sources I relied on to create this course. Lumen Learning, "Introduction to Ethics," CC Licensed Content, Original, License: CC BY: Attribution. Dimmock, Mark, and Andrew Fisher. Ethics for A-Level. 1st ed., Open Book Publishers, 2017. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt1wc7r6j. Jeff McLaughlin, "The Originals: Classic Readings in Western Philosophy," CC Licensed Content, License: CC BY: Attribution. https://www.earlymoderntexts.com, operated Jonathan Bennett.

Material Type: Syllabus

Author: Jonah Ford

Introduction to Chemistry

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This module seeks to answer the question, what is chemistry? To answer this question, topics such as the scientific method, physical state of matter, law of conservation of matter, classification of matter, physical and chemical properties, measurements etc. are addressed. This module is designed primarily for students with no previous chemistry courses.

Material Type: Module

Author: Sherryllene Pinnock

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Toolkit

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This is a list of resources to help promote diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at schools and college. This curation of resources was first developed for the "Closing the Achievement" gap Professional Day held at Middlesex Community College's all-college Professional Day held in spring 2014. This resource is being updated by member's of Middlesex Community College of Massachusetts "Leading for Change" group which is associated with the Leading for Change Higher Education Diversity Consortium which is " a voluntary collaboration of higher education institutions in Massachusetts and New England committed to identifying student and employee diversity best practices through uniform and transparent use of data, institutional benchmarks and reflective practice."

Material Type: Assessment, Game, Homework/Assignment, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Darcy Orellana, Peter Shea

Dynamics of Interpersonal Relations I

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 Dynamics of Interpersonal Relations I, is an exploration of the small-group process through participation, interpretation and study. Major focus is on the class itself as an interacting group providing for personal, interpersonal, and intellectual challenge.The modules are designed for undergraduate students to become familiar with group dynamics. This resource has a syllabus, OpenStax text chapters, TedTalks and group activities. 

Material Type: Module

Author: Jennifer A Burns, MA

Composition I

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An introductory course that focuses on sentence and paragraph structure, title development, and writing by method, including narration, description, process, compare/contrast, cause and effect, persuasion, and more. A solid overview of citations and sources, as well as thesis statements and conclusions, is also provided. 

Material Type: Reading, Unit of Study

Author: Stephanie Pesce

Trivium Art History

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Trivium Art History is a free, online art history textbook designed for discovery. Meet history's greatest artists, browse artwork, and explore the timeline of human creativity. Trivium offers short, conversational essays and artist biographies and encourages exploration by artistic movements, mediums and themes.

Material Type: Reading, Textbook

Authors: Reed Enger, Rick Love

Animals & Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights

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This book provides an overview of the current debates about the nature and extent of our moral obligations to animals. Which, if any, uses of animals are morally wrong, which are morally permissible (i.e., not wrong) and why? What, if any, moral obligations do we, individually and as a society (and a global community), have towards animals and why? How should animals be treated? Why? We will explore the most influential and most developed answers to these questions – given by philosophers, scientists, and animal advocates and their critics – to try to determine which positions are supported by the best moral reasons.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Nathan Nobis

Composition II: The Things We All Carry

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This course incorporates original OER materials with readings from the novel The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien, a gripping and compassionate account of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in the Vietnam War and readings from the textbook Composition II from Lumen Learning. The course will challenge students in their reading and writing skills while providing them with a historical and cultural context to better understand war, peace, and the human condition.

Material Type: Assessment, Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan, Reading, Syllabus

Author: Katie Durant

Introduction to Psychology

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This course introduces students to the scientific study of the mind and behavior and to the applications of psychological theory to life. Topics include: research methods; biopsychology; lifespan development; memory; learning; social psychology; personality; and psychological health and disorders. This course will establish a foundation for subsequent study in psychology. Resources include: Video, Articles, and Class Activities.

Material Type: Assessment, Case Study, Data Set, Reading

Author: Jennifer A Burns, MA