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UI offers courses over Iowa Public Television beginning in January

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- People interested in working on their college degrees or who want to explore new ideas and concepts can get academic credit through the spring 1998 series of educational videos from the University of Iowa and broadcast statewide.

The programs, known as "telecourses," provide a convenient form of course work to earn UI academic credit without attending classes on campus. Weekly broadcasts of an educational video series carried by Iowa Public Television provide the backbone for the courses.

Students' work, including materials, assignments, and tests, is supervised by UI faculty. The courses are coordinated by Off-Campus Courses and Programs of the UI Division of Continuing Education.

The spring catalog includes courses on geology, physics and astronomy, political science, psychology, anthropology and wellness. All have official university course numbers and titles and are approved by academic departments.

Here's the spring 1997 selections:

-- Geology. "The Earth Revealed," taught by Robert Carmichael, professor in the department of geology. The course will explore geology's relevance to modern issues of resource needs, global diversity and environmental problems as well as the dynamic processes that shape the earth. Broadcasts include 26 half-hour programs beginning Monday, Jan. 5.

-- Physics and Astronomy. "Universe: The Infinite Frontier," taught by Jack Fix, professor in the department of physics and astronomy. The course will explore a range of astronomy topics, concepts and principles, including motions of the visible sky, dark matter, Earth, stars and galaxies. Broadcasts include 26 half-hour programs beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6.

-- Political Science. "Government by Consent," taught by Russell Ross, professor emeritus in the department of political science. The course is an examination of the federal, state and local forms of government in the United States. Broadcasts include 26 half-hour programs beginning Monday, Jan. 5.

-- Psychology. "The World of Abnormal Psychology," taught by Don Fowles, professor in the department of psychology. The course will examine common behavior and psychiatric disorders and look at types of therapies and strategies for preventing disorders. Broadcasts include 13 one-hour programs beginning Thursday, Jan. 8.

-- Anthropology. "Faces of Culture," taught by Alfrieta Monagan, visiting associate professor in the department of anthropology. The course is a broad study of the nature and diversity of human cultures, exploring such issues as the nature of culture, language and communication, marriage and family, and others. Broadcasts include 26 half-hour programs beginning Monday, Jan. 5

-- Wellness. "Living Well," taught by Michael Teague, professor in the department of sport, health, leisure and physical studies. The course looks at health issues of continuing concern, such as sexually transmitted diseases, anorexia and substance abuse, but also examines newer concerns such as youth violence, violence in the workplace, surviving trauma and assisted reproduction. Broadcasts include 26 half-hour programs, beginning Mondays, Jan. 5.

A toll-free telephone is available to consult with the instructor at any time. Tests are given in communities under the supervision of an approved proctor at one of the 19 learning centers located throughout Iowa. Learning center sites include (see list of local sites).

Individual proctors at other sites may also be arranged.

Tuition is $107 per semester hour for undergraduates and $170 per semester hour for graduate students.

For more information, contact Off-Campus Courses and Programs, The University of Iowa, 116 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; call toll-free: 1-800-272-6430; fax: (319) 335-2001; email:; World Wide Web:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Learning center locations for UI telecourses include: Ankeny, Atlantic, Bettendorf, Carroll, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Creston, Decorah, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Harlan, Iowa City, Mason City, Mt. Pleasant, Ottumwa, Rock Rapids, Sioux City, Storm Lake and Waterloo.