Program Development Committee
University of Windsor

Minutes of meeting
PDC030213M

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2003
Time: 3:32pm to 4:14pm
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Committee Members: Dr. Philip Adamson, Dr. Sheila Cameron, Dr. Michael Crawford, Dr. Sheila Dresen, Ms. Gwen Ebbett, Dr. Linda Feldman, Prof. Neil Gold (Chair), Dr. Kai Hildebrandt, Dr. David Kellenberger, Dr. Wayne Marino, Ms. Jennifer McConnell, Dr. Martha Reavley, Prof. Myra Tawfik

Absent: Prof. Philip Alexander (regrets), Dr. Sheila Dresen (regrets), Mr. Wayne Girard (regrets), Mr. Enver Villamizar, Ms. Yue (Amber) Zhang, Dr. Cyril Rodrigues
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In Attendance: Mr. Kerry Eagen, Dr. Sang-Chul Suh, Prof Peter Miller, Ms. Renée Wintermute (Secretary)
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Formal Business
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Approval of Agenda
Motion to approve the Agenda - Dr. Sheila Cameron
Seconded - Ms. Gwen Ebbett
Carried

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2

Approval of Minutes
Minutes of January 3 (7, 10 and 14th) 2003
Motion to adopt the minutes - Dr. Sheila Cameron
Seconded - Ms. Gwen Ebbett
Carried


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Minutes of February 4, 2003
Motion to adopt the minutes - Dr. Michael Crawford
Seconded - Dr. David Kellenberger
Carried


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3

Business arising from the minutes
It was NOTED that:
• the draft PDC report on Engineering’s Five Year Plan Third Annual Status Report will likely be ready for full-PDC review, at the March 11, 2003 committee meeting.
• given concerns raised by Education with regard to accuracy, the PDC reports on Education’s Five Year Plan and Undergraduate Program Review Annual Status Reports were withdrawn from the February 19, 2003 Senate agenda. Once these concerns have been adequately addressed, the PDC reports will be resubmitted to Senate.


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4

Outstanding business
Nothing to report.


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5

Chair's Report


Nothing to report.

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Items for Approval/Discussion
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6

Reports/New Business

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6.1 MA in Economics -Course-based program
It was NOTED that:
• the course-based program has received OCGS approval.
• several Canadian universities offer course-based Masters programs in Economics.
• the University offers a number of course-based Masters programs offered.
• the number of courses required in a course-based Masters programs depends on the program content and varies across disciplines and universities.
• very few Economics masters students move on to doctoral studies. These students should be identified and encouraged to complete the MA in Economics with major paper.
• the course-based option will help the department manage its MA program within existing resources.
• additional courses cannot be added to take place of the major paper which is counted for 2 courses.
• 70% of graduate students in Economics receive graduate assistanceships. These require a commitment of approximately 7 hrs/week.
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MOTION: That the proposal for a course-based MA in Economics be approved.
Dr. S. Cameron/Dr. M. Reavley
CARRIED

6.2a Business Program/Course Changes (part 1)
It was NOTED that:
• 73-105 and 73-205 have been revised as 73-101 and 73-102, in response to the changes made to the high school math curriculum.
• the following should be added to the course descriptions for 73-105 and 73-205: “Antirequisites: 73-101 and 73-102)”.
• the level of internet knowledge required for 74-433 does not necessitate that students take 60-205 as a prerequisite.

MOTION 1: That the following course additions be made:
73-101 An Introduction to Business Data Analysis
73-102 Business Data Analysis
74-433 Internet Marketing
Dr. M.Reavley/Dr. K. Hildebrandt
CARRIED
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MOTION 2: That the course sequence for semester 1 and semester 2 Business students be changed according to the submitted PDC Program/Course change forms.
Dr. M. Reavley/Dr. M. Tawfik
CARRIED

6.2b Business Program/Course Changes (part 2)
It was NOTED that:
• an APC Working Group is currently reviewing Business’ proposed residency requirement changes. The outcome of the review may necessitate further degree requirement changes to Business’ programs.
• the proposed changes are based on high school curriculum changes and changes recommended by Computer Science with regard to the joint program.
• the changes to the statistics requirements (removal of 73-105 and 73-205 as options) in the Business and Economics joint program were proposed by Mathematics and Statistics and approved by the Department of Economics. This change may impact negatively on enrolments to the program given the content and (perceived) level of difficulty of 65-205 and 41-212.
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It was AGREED that:
• the Dean of Science and the Head of Economics should be informed of the probable impact on enrolments in the Business and Economics program due to the change in statistics requirements.

MOTION: That motions 1-4, in document PDC030213-6.2b, be approved.
Dr. M. Reavley/Ms. G. Ebbett
CARRIED

*6.3 JD/LLB Minor Program Change

MOTION: That the degree requirements for the JD/LLB program be changed according to the submitted PDC Program/Course change forms.
*CARRIED
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Items for Information


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*6.4 Summary of Business Minor Calendar Changes


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7

Action Plan 2002 Items - Working Group Memberships


7.1 Distance Education
No report at this time.

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7.2 First-Year Experience
No report at this time.
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Additional Business
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8

Question period/Other business
It was NOTED that:
• Dr. Harry Hubball, an expert in course and curriculum development, will be leading a series of workshops on campus during the week of February 17, 2003.
• FASS is considering changing the title ‘Combined Honours Degree’ to ‘Double Major Degree’ across the Faculty. In cases where a combined degree is offered between FASS and another Faculty, approval will need to be sought from both Faculties. A motion with a rationale should be forwarded to PDC for review, following approval from all appropriate areas/Faculties.
• concern was expressed that the University Prospectus, which is distributed to prospective students and contains valuable information for first-year students is not accessible electronically. Consideration should be given to posting the document on the web. This request will be brought to the attention of Mr. Mike Houston.

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Adjournment
Motion to adjourn - Dr. Kai Hildebrandt
Seconded - Dr. Sheila Cameron
Carried