Interdisciplinary Studies

IDS 010 - RMC Exit Assessment Exam
Semester: Fall, Spring, and Summer
Semester hours: 0
IDS 010 is an online proficiency exam used to assess core curriculum outcomes. It is a critical component of the college assessment system. Results of this exam play an important role in evaluating the quality of an RMC education and guiding curricular improvement. Students are enrolled in the course automatically upon submission of a graduation application. The course is graded as pass/no pass. A passing grade is issued on completion of the exam.
IDS 101 - Campus Compass
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 1
This course introduces the freshman student to college life and academics. Topics include note taking, study techniques, test taking, time management, personal growth, and more. The course meets twice a week for the first six weeks of the semester.
IDS 105 - Humanities Enrichment
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 1
This course introduces students to the humanities and familiarizes them with cultural opportunities in that area. Students will investigate museums, poetry, painting, live performances, reading, and music.
IDS 110 - Introduction to the Humanities
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
This course introduces students to the humanities through a series of basic lectures and discussions on history, mythology, philosophy, religion, drama, poetry, literature, music, art, and politics along with an emphasis on the importance of these subjects in contributing to our development as humans. This course does not fulfill a core curriculum requirement. The credits will count toward the 124 needed to graduate.
IDS 112 - Student Leadership
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 1
This course assists student leaders in confronting campus issues and challenges. Emphasis is on student development theory, basic leadership skills, communication, and social issues. It is mandatory for resident assistants but greatly beneficial to all students in or aspiring to campus leadership roles. Recommended for ASRMC, hall council, and other club officers.
IDS 115 - Indispensable Qualities of Leadership
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
This course is the study of the art of leadership and how leadership skills can be developed. We will study leaders throughout history, from Sun Tzu (of over 2,000 years ago) to the latest leadership examples. This course will utilize reading, classroom discussions, group participation efforts, and two films in the attempt to dissect the idea of leadership. This course will also look at “personal leadership” characteristics that will enable the student to achieve success at Rocky Mountain College and in society.
IDS 120 - College Study Skills/Developmental Reading
Semester: Fall and Spring
Semester hours: 2
Sponsored by Services for Academic Success (SAS), this course introduces major learning strategies that lead to academic success. Key topics include note-taking systems, scheduling methods, memory principles, academic resources, and test-taking strategies. Students are provided with class-related assignments that encourage study skills mastery. In addition, students are provided individualized reading programs based on their present reading skills.
IDS 131 - Habitat Mission
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 1
This weekend will serve as an introduction both to Habitat for Humanity and a local affiliate program. Students will be invited to learn about both the goals and intentions of a service program (by reading a book by the program’s founder) and the personal impact it has in communities and the impact it has on a volunteer (through active participation). By meeting a family who will be living in the home we are building, students will be able to hear first-hand accounts of the struggles of low-income families and the difference programs such as Habitat for Humanity make in the lives of individuals and families.

The program is designed for students in their first or second year, but will not be limited to underclassmen. The local Habitat for Humanity affiliate may need to supplement our volunteer group with other local volunteers while we are on site, including those who are accepted by the affiliated Habitat for Humanity to receive a home. This interaction allows students to work side-by-side with future homeowners, past homeowners, and volunteers who have experience with construction and the Habitat for Humanity program.

Students will learn more details about on-site safety, accommodations, dining, transportation, and packing lists at the required orientation. All registered students will receive a message regarding the day and time of this mandatory orientation during the first weeks of class. After the add/drop period, students may join the group without taking the course for credit.
IDS 180 - Arabic I
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
This course provides an introduction to Arabic language through mastering the alphabet system. It emphasizes the four language skills – reading, writing, listening, and speaking. It presents basic vocabulary acquisition, and it is an exploration of the Arab world culture.
IDS 180 - Arabic II
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
This course continues the focus on improving the proficiency of the four language skills and establishes intensive grammatical structure. Cultural exposure expands and functional vocabulary acquisition increases. Communication and interaction techniques develop through encouraging group encounters and expressive discussions.
IDS 202 - Career Exploration and Planning
Semester: On Demand
Semester hours: 2
This course focuses on the various facets of career search and choice. Students will assess their skills, values, interests, and aptitudes to see where they fit in the world of work. Topics include information about job market trends, job search skills, resume writing, and interviewing.
IDS 205 - Negotiations
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 2
Negotiation constitutes the primary form of dispute resolution. Negotiation is a comprehensible social process, not a mystical process in a black box; it can be analyzed, understood, and modeled. Negotiation is a learnable and teachable skill. Negotiators are made, not born, and skills can be improved and re-learned throughout life. The goal of this course is to empower the student to become a comfortable negotiator – to appreciate the professional and personal enjoyment to be derived from negotiating.
IDS 220 - College Newspaper
Semester: On Demand
Semester hours: 1-3
Requires permission of the faculty advisor. Pass/no pass grading.
IDS 243 - Scientific Writing and Analysis
Semester: Fall and Spring
Semester hours: 2
Students will write clear and concise scientific papers and reports. Writing assignments will focus on grammatical requirements for formal scientific writing; abstracts; outlines and organization including paper, paragraph, and sentence structure; paraphrasing and citation usage; and methods of data presentation. A portion of the course will be devoted to data analysis, drafting of tables, and preparation of graphs. IDS 243 is required for biology and chemistry majors and minors.
Prerequisite: ENG 120 and declared major or minor in a natural science or permission of instructor
IDS 276 - Irish Protest
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 1
The contentious political culture of Ireland has transitioned multiple times throughout the last 300 years. Governmental, non-governmental, religious, and local groups have emerged in the debate about governmental power in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This course will trace the current developments in Irish politics through a history of the IRA, Sinn Fein, Ulster Unionist, and Irish Nationalist party. The protest rhetoric in these social movements has framed the political identity of the citizens of these two countries. This course will track the progression of current developments in Irish politics by examining communication attributes of the various organizations that have engaged in the political protests. We will travel to Dublin, Belfast, Derry, Galway, and Dingle to gain diverse political and religious perspectives in the respective countries. Introductory material will be presented prior to departure so students have a historical and political context in which to understand the political protest and the cultural tours.
IDS 278 - The Rhetoric of Irish Protest
Semester: Summer
Semester hours: 1
This credit is earned by the students during the 12-day trip to Ireland in the May session. The contentious political culture of Ireland has transitioned multiple times throughout the last 300 years. Governmental, non-governmental, religious, and local groups have emerged in the debate about governmental power in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This course will trace the current developments in Irish politics through a history of the IRA, Sinn Fein, Ulster Unionist, and Irish Nationalist party. The protest rhetoric in these social movements has framed the political identity of the citizens of these two countries. This course will track the progression of current developments in Irish politics by examining communication attributes of the various organizations that have engaged in the political protests. We will travel to Dublin, Belfast, Derry, Galway, and Dingle to gain diverse political and religious perspectives in the respective countries. Introductory material will be presented prior to departure so students have a historical and political context in which to understand the political protest and the cultural tours.
Prerequisite: IDS 276
IDS 305 - Mediation
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 3
Mediation is an interdisciplinary field. Mediators come from all disciplines and walks of life. A potential mediator ought to possess the patience of Job, the hide of a rhinoceros, and the wisdom of Solomon. Mediation is an alternative to a decision rendered by a judge, arbitrator, or other decision-maker. Mediators help the parties in a dispute to engage in constructive and creative communication, which will allow them to explore the issues and reach a mutually acceptable resolution of their dispute. The goal of the course is to provide those basic skills necessary to further pursue mediation, either as a profession or as another arrow in the student’s quiver of practical and life skills.
IDS 422 - Methods And Materials: Teaching Natural Science In The Secondary School
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 2
This course emphasizes the teaching of biology or chemistry at the secondary 5-12 level. Methods of teaching these subjects, including incorporation of active hands-on experiences, reviewing texts for content appropriate to various grade levels, and the use of technology in the classroom, constitute major parts of the course. Particular attention will be paid to thinking, reading, listening, writing, and speaking instruction. Teaching diverse and at-risk student populations will also be discussed. This course is the capstone course for the biology or chemistry education major.
Prerequisite: EDC 040, admission to the teacher education program, senior standing
IDS 443 - Literature of Leadership
Semester: On Demand
Semester hours: 3
This course reviews current literature regarding leadership. Different leadership theories are explored in the context of current literature.
IDS 483 - Organizational Leadership
Semester: Spring; Even years
Semester hours: 3
This course operates on a format of open discussion, risk-taking, initiative, honest self-assessment, experiential exercises, and observation of real-life leadership practice. It will challenge students to craft their own perspectives strengthened through critical examination of case studies, workshops, readings, and local public leaders who will share their own leadership perspectives.
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