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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 1999 series of educational videos from the University of Iowa and broadcast statewide on Iowa Public Television.

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 the Center for Credit Programs of the UI Division of Continuing Education.

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

The spring 1999 schedule includes:

--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 Tuesday, Jan. 19. Registration deadline is Jan. 8.

--Health Studies. "Healthy Living," taught by Michael Teague, professor in the department of sport, health, leisure and physical studies, focuses on health issues in America today, including genetic screening, abortion, media violence, violence in the workplace, and weight discrimination. Broadcasts include 26 half-hour programs starting Monday, Jan. 18. Registration deadline is Jan. 8.

-- 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 Thursday, Jan. 21. Registration deadline is Jan. 11.

-- 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. 22. Registration deadline is Jan. 15.

-- 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. 18. Registration deadline is Jan. 8

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 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. Individual proctors at other sites may also be arranged.

Tuition is $112 per semester hour for undergraduates and $176 per semester hour for graduate students.

For more information, contact the Center for Credit 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: