Two NEW COURSES in Undergraduate Research

research

U UNI 240 The Research Journey (3)
Class Number: 10613
Grading: A-E
Course Info: UUNI 240 The Research Journey
Meeting Info: TTH 02:45_PM-04:05_PM BB0151 
Comments: Open to Freshmen and Sophomores Only

This course is aimed at freshmen and sophomores with an interest in research. This will be an interdisciplinary course, exploring the rigor and principles of research across disciplines – from social studies, to arts, to humanities, to nursing, to natural and physical sciences. The purpose is not to explore how research is conducted in any single discipline, but to facilitate an understanding of how researchers identify and define problems and the discipline that lies behind imagining research. The course will empower students to think of research communities as cultures with unique vocabulary, rituals, norms, and best practices. Readings will be diverse, taken from a range of disciplinary specializations. The course will accomplish four objectives: (1) inspire excitement about the research process; (2) dissuade students of the inviolability of rigid disciplinary boundaries; (3) instill comfort with the (seemingly arcane) terminology and concepts of research; and (4) expand perception of the range of domains in need of informed researchers.

U UNI 250 Becoming a Researcher (3) STARTING SPRING 2018
This course will prepare freshmen and sophomores to participate in research, individually, in groups, or with supervising faculty. The course will introduce students to the common steps in the research process, and how they apply across disciplines. Students will learn how to define problems across disciplines, the research designs commonly adopted across disciplines, and the commonly adopted methods of analyzing qualitative and quantitative data. The purpose of the course will be to empower students to participate with confidence in the various formal and co-curricular learning environments that characterize a Research I university. The course will accomplish four objectives: (1) recognize the similarities and distinctions in research across disciplines; (2) identify how to define a research problem; (3) understand the commonly adopted research designs across disciplines, and how to select among designs; and (4) become exposed to the commonly adopted analysis procedures of both quantitative and qualitative data, across disciplines.


Examples of how UAlbany students are working with faculty on various research projects:

New Course: UNI 350 – The Threat Within

Hot off the Press – New Course

The Threat Within

Prerequisite: Sophomore, junior, or senior standing.

Level: Undergraduate
College or School: University (General)
Department or Program: Interdisciplinary Studies
Class Number: 19417
Grading: A-E
Course Info: UUNI 350 Selected Interdiscip Topics
Meeting Info: – ARR Salavitabar,Hadi
Comments: Blended/Hybrid – Asynchronous: Online course activity replaces from 30 – 79% of required face-to-face class sessions and class “seat-time” is reduced commensurately. Asynchronous: describes forms of education, instruction, and learning that do not occur in the same place or same time. Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.
Credit Range: 3.0- 3.0
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Topic if applicable: The Threat Within
Seats remaining as of last update: 50

 

Course Description: The Threat Within – A new operating reality is confronting public and private sector organizations and institutions of all shapes and sizes everywhere: the threat from within that is able to exploit and expose an organization’s greatest competitive edge – the “secret sauce.” Initially many experts thought of the insider threat challenge as a technical problem to solve.  However, if there is anything that one of the largest and most damaging data breaches in U.S. Government history – Edward Snowden – has taught us, it is that this challenge is simply not one dimensional. Insider threats can surface at the strategic, operational and tactical layers of an organization, and therefore, the solution needs to be comprehensive, logical, and balanced.

In this course, students from a variety of disciplines will work in teams of about six to eight students with course faculty, team faculty liaisons, and industry experts as mentors using an online/cloud communication platform. The goal of the course is to enable students to analyze realistic case scenarios and identify the depth and breadth of the cybersecurity challenge from multiple perspectives. Students will focus on the interrelated dimensions of the threat (which may include but are not limited to technical, procedural, legal, behavioral, skills/proficiencies) and the spectrum of constituent cyber domains/functional areas in which to identify solutions.

Course contact hours: Arranged. Most of the teaching will be online but some meetings will take place in person. Meeting hours will be arranged based on availability of team members who register for the course.