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  • Agricultural Education and Communication
    College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
    AECALS
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication
    Credits: 3.
    Strategies and techniques for effective presentations in the food, agricultural and natural resource professions. Emphasis on oral and visual techniques for formal and informal situations including leadership and group settings.
    AEC 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences
    Credits: 3; Prereq: Junior or senior standing.
    Establishes the importance of effective communication to success in both the educational and professional environments; emphasizes writing as a primary form of communication; examines the elements of effective written communication in organizational and scholarly areas; and explores the causes of ineffective writing and ways to correct them. (WR)
    AEC 3065 Issues in Agricultural and Life Sciences
    Credits: 3; Prereq: Sophomore standing.
    Methods used to effectively communicate, inform, and influence policy decisions about agricultural and life sciences issues.
    AEC 3070C Digital Media Production in Agricultural and Life Sciences
    Credits: 3.
    Introduces the history and incorporation of electronic media used in agricultural and natural resources sciences. Hands-on learning of electronic media technology as it relates to agriculture is emphasized.
    AEC 3073 Intercultural Communication
    Credits: 3.
    Basic culturally coded communication behaviors, such as cultural values and beliefs, attitudes and verbal and non-verbal behavior, are examined to identify basic differences among individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. Special emphasis on cultural communication issues in the agricultural and natural resources sciences are addressed. (S and N OR S and D)
    AEC 3209 Instructional and Event Planning in Agricultural and Life Sciences
    Credits: 3.
    Instructional methodology that focuses on the selection and use of innovative teaching, presentation, meeting planning and evaluation strategies for teaching agricultural subjects in various educational settings.
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    AEC 3313 Development and Role of Extension Education
    Credits: 3.
    Extension philosophy, programs, methods and leadership principles, and history of federal, state and local leadership in the development of the cooperative extension service.
    AEC 3322 Moral Leadership in Agriculture and Natural Resources
    Credits: 3; Prereq: junior standing.
    Explores ethical and moral foundations for organizational and personal practice within the context of agriculture, natural resources, and beyond; gain a greater understanding for the intersection between morality and ethics, effective decision-making, and applied organizational ethics.
    AEC 3410 Fostering Innovation through Leadership
    Credits: 3; Coreq: Enrollment in the Innovation Academy.
    By studying key leadership theories and models students will develop the basic skills and knowledge necessary to move an innovation from creation to implementation. Using specifically designed experiences, students will be able to think critically about leadership’s direct application to innovation and change.
    AEC 3413 Working with People: Interpersonal Leadership Skills
    Credits: 3.
    Identifies and defines leadership in terms of intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.
    AEC 3414 Leadership Development
    Credits: 3.
    An understanding of the dynamic interactions of personal characteristics, technical skills, interpersonal influence, commitment, goals and power necessary for effective organizational leader and follower behaviors.
    AEC 4031 The Communication Process in Agricultural and Life Sciences
    Credits: 3
    Survey of basic communication concepts as they apply to agriculture and natural resource industries. (WR)
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    AEC 4035 Communication Practices for Agricultural and Life Sciences
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEC 3070C and AEC 4031 or JOU 3101, with minimum grades of C.
    Provides the opportunity to master a variety of writing styles and graphic design practices used in corporate and media settings. (WR)
    AEC 4036 Advanced Agricultural Communication Production
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits; Prereq: AEC 3070.
    Provides directed experience in the following areas of agricultural communication: video production, graphic design, visual composition, desktop publishing and multimedia development.
    AEC 4052 Communication Campaign Strategies in Agricultural and Life Sciences
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEC 4031 with a minimum grade of C.
    Examines the role of communication in agriculture, focusing on strategies and methods for agricultural information transfer.
    AEC 4200 Teaching Methods in Agricultural Education
    Credits: 3.
    Focuses on the selection and use of teaching strategies, methods/ approaches and techniques; evaluating learning; managing learning environments; and classroom management for teaching agricultural subjects in formal educational settings.
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    AEC 4202 Curriculum Development and Assessment Techniques in Emerging Agricultural Technologies
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEC 4200.
    Introduces new and emerging areas in food agriculture and natural resource sciences. Emphasizes appropriate teaching techniques, curricula, and resources.
    AEC 4224 Special Methods in Teaching Agricultural Education
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEC 4200 and AEC 3323.
    Emphasizes supervised agricultural experience programs, record keeping, and related FFA awards. Classroom management techniques, discipline and liability issues are also discussed.
    AEC 4228 Laboratory Practices in Teaching Agricultural Education
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEC 4200, AEC 3323 and AOM 3220.
    Laboratory practices in teaching mechanics and other operative skills, conducting field and laboratory classes and providing space and teaching facilities.
    AEC 4323 Development and Philosophy of Agricultural Education
    Credits: 3; Prereq: Junior or senior standing.
    Analyzes evolving concepts and philosophies of agricultural education programs by emphasizing the history, legislation, and principles underlying organization and practice.
    AEC 4417 Leadership for Personal and Organizational Change
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEC 3414.
    Preparation for addressing complex personal and organizational issues related to leading change.
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    AEC 4434 Communication and Leadership in Groups and Teams
    Credits: 3.
    Focuses on leadership and communication in groups and teams. Topics include: what makes effective groups and teams, processes of groups and teams, relationships of members, and improving group/team performance.
    AEC 4465 Global Leadership
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEC 3413 or AEC 3414.
    Integrated, practical, and dynamic framework for students to develop global literacy and leadership competencies. (N and S)
    AEC 4500 Program Development and Evaluation
    Credits: 3.
    In-depth analysis of the development and evaluation of human and community resource programs based on programming theories, concepts and research. Emphasizes dimensions of responsive communities, determination of community needs and goals.
    AEC 4504 Curriculum and Program Planning for Agricultural Education
    Credits: 3.
    Principles and practices used in designing courses of instruction for effective teaching and total program development.
    AEC 4506 Nonformal Teaching Methods and Delivery Strategies
    Credits: 3.
    Focuses on the creation and implementation of educational programs and teaching methods within the realm of nonformal education.
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    AEC 4900 Supervised Extension in Agricultural Education and Communication
    Credits: 0-3; can be repeated up to 6 credits.
    Firsthand, authentic extension experiences in agricultural education and communication under the supervision of a faculty member. Projects may involve program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation. (S-U)
    AEC 4905 Individual Study
    Credits: 1 to 5; Prereq: instructor permission.
    Topics and special problems selected from fields such as 4-H and FFA work, demonstrations, farm and home management, rural development, pre-school planning and post-school evaluation and planning.
    AEC 4911 Supervised Research in Agricultural Education and Communication
    Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated up to 6 credits.
    Firsthand, authentic research in Agricultural Education and Communication under the supervision of a faculty member. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application. (S-U)
    AEC 4915 Honors Thesis Research in Agricultural Education and Communication
    Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: junior standing, upper division GPA of 3.75 or higher and completed honors thesis proposal on file.
    Independent research in Agricultural Education and Communication leading to an honors thesis. Student will be mentored by a faculty member. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application. (S-U)
    AEC 4930 Communication and Leadership Development Capstone Experience
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AEC 3070C, AEC 4031, AEC 4035, AEC 4036.
    Integrates communication and leadership content and skills learned in prerequisite courses.
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    AEC 4932 Special Topics in Agricultural Education and Communication
    Credits: 1; can be repeated up to 6 credits. Prereq: Sophomore standing.
    Special topics in Agricultural Education and Communication.
    AEC 4941 Agricultural Education Internship
    Credits: 1 to 9; can be repeated up to 4 credits. Prereq: junior or senior standing; AEC or TCH major.
    Practical experience in agricultural training and development through agricultural education organizations, agribusiness and natural resources education, and/or agricultural and outreach programming.
    AEC 4942 Agricultural Education Internship
    Credits: 6 to 9; Prereq: senior standing and successful completion of all three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) - General Knowledge, Professional Education and Agriculture 6-12.
    Individual capstone internship within a school-based setting where students observe, participate in, and lead educational instruction, curricula development, assessment of school-based student learning, supervision, and assist in advising a student leadership organization.
    AEC 4943 Leadership Development Internship
    Credits: 2 to 6; Prereq: 15 credits of communication and leadership courses with no grade below C. Nine credits must include AEC 3070C, AEC 4031, and AEC 3413 or AEC 4434.
    An individual program whereby students are apprenticed to officials to gain practical experience in agricultural organizations, industry and/or the county extension program.
    AEC 4944 Cooperative Extension Internship
    Credits: 4 to 6; Prereq: senior standing, AEC 3313; minimum 2.0 GPA.
    The cooperative extension internship provides students the opportunity to develop practical on-the-job supervised experience in cooperative extension, primarily at the county level.
    AEC 4948 Agricultural Communication Internship
    Credits: 2 to 6; Prereq: 15 credits of communication and leadership courses with no grade below C. Nine credits must include AEC 3070C, AEC 4031, and AEC 3413 or AEC 4434.
    An individual program whereby students gain supervised experience in agricultural communications including reporting, writing, editing, photography, graphics, broadcasting, advertising or public relations.
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    ALS 3415 Challenge 2050: Developing Tools for Changing the World
    Credits: 3; Prereq: ALS 2410.
    The global population is projected to exceed 9 billion by the year 2050. Challenge 2050 requires innovative development of transdisciplinary solutions to complex, global issues. This course explores individual and team-based skills, competencies, and dispositions necessary to addressing the complex adaptive issues surrounding the challenge.
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