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Z-courses at RVCC

A "z-course" is a course for which there is zero cost for textbooks or course materials. In these courses, students are still required to consult course materials throughout their learning, but those materials are freely available to the students, often through Canvas, library databases or ebook collections, or internet resources. In some cases, a printed version of the materials may be available for purchase from the RVCC Bookstore or can be printed for free or for a small fee from the website where it is published. Your instructor will provide you with more information about how the course materials can be accessed. In certain courses, only specific professors run the course as a z-course. Check the "Instructor" column on the chart for which professors run z-course sections.

There is also a list of low-cost courses for which all course materials cost less than $45/semester.

Check back often! This list will be continuously updated as more faculty adopt open educational resources. Bookmark https://library.raritanval.edu/z-courses for quick access

Z-courses (zero textbook costs)

Course Name Course Code Instructors (Last Name) Catalog Description
Introduction to Business BUSI 111 All This course examines the fundamental aspects of the business community. Emphasis is placed on business functions as they apply to current business practices. Current events comprise the framework for topic development and class assignments. (3 credits)
Business Law I BUSI 131 All An introduction to the study of law as it relates to society with special emphasis on business applications. General areas covered include an overview of law, court systems and procedure, introduction to legal research, torts, contracts, and agency. This course is also based on a broader premise that the law is worthy of the study and respect of all educated persons irrespective of discipline. (3 credits)
Business Law II BUSI 132 All

Prerequisite(s): BUSI 131 Business Law I.


This course surveys the legal environment of business and covers employment, real estate, commercial paper, personal property, bailments, sales, and business organizations.  Service Learning opportunities offered. (3 credits)

Speech COMM 101 Kinebrew-Bosa

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.


Speech is a “hands-on” course in which students learn public speaking by preparing and delivering oral presentations. The course emphasizes two important components of effective public speaking: selecting and organizing good material for speeches, and developing good presentation skills. It helps students enhance their speeches by using visual aids, such as flip charts and PowerPoint slides, effectively. The course also helps students develop strategies for managing anxiety about public speaking. (3 credits)

Introduction to Criminal Justice CRMJ 101 All This course surveys the criminal justice system’s adjudication process through an examination of the police, courts, and corrections components. Explores in depth the mechanics of the criminal justice system and its inherent problems. Current efforts to improve the justice process are also reviewed. (3 credits)
Education Field Experience EDUC 230 All

Prerequisite(s): EDUC 212 - Foundations of Education and Grade of B or higher in ENGL 050 - Introduction to College Reading & Composition I or Grade of B or higher in ENGL 060 - Introduction to College Reading & Composition II or appropriate score on placement test.


This course provides opportunities for the observation, analysis, and guided interaction of the teaching/learning experience within the elementary, middle and high school settings. Students are assigned to observe and perform specific teaching duties within a variety of public and private school settings. Psychological, philosophical and historic educational theories are analyzed in light of current best practices as they occur in contemporary classrooms. Students are required to complete 30 hours of assigned field observation over the course of the semester. (3 credits)

English Composition II ENGL 112

Arvay

Chase

Gaffney

Pipitone

Rosenblithe

Zieba

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 English Composition I.


English Composition II is the second in a two-course composition sequence that continues to expand and refine analytical writing and critical reading skills. Students produce a series of documented essays based on a range of fiction and non-fiction sources, focusing on the challenges posed by writing longer essays and using advanced research techniques. (3 credits)

Introduction to Literature ENGL 201 Arvay

Prerequisite: ENGL 111 English Composition I.

Introduction to Literature examines selected essays and works of poetry, fiction, and drama in ways that develop in-depth analytical and critical reading skills. Open to majors and non-majors, the course is designed for students who desire an introduction to literary study. The course requires students to utilize careful textual analysis, to explore thematic connections among and between texts, and to recognize and apply literary terminology in class discussions, papers and examinations. (3 credits)

American Literature: Post Civil War to the Present ENGL 222 Chase

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.


American Literature:  Post Civil War to the Present introduces students to a diverse range of American literary works that have been produced from the mid-1860s until the contemporary moment. Students will critically read literary works from representative American literary movements of this time period within their social, political, economic, and aesthetic contexts. Writers may include Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin, Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsberg, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Art Spiegelman, Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, Maxine Hong Kingston, Sandra Cisneros, and Tony Kushner. (3 credits)

Shakespeare ENGL 233 Arvay

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.


This course is a study of the works of William Shakespeare through reading a selection of plays and poems.  In addition to the literary aspects of the plays, students study the staging conventions of Elizabethan England and explore the social and historical context in which the plays were written and first performed. (3 credits)

English Literature: Middle Ages through the Eighteenth Century  ENGL 235 Arvay

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.


A chronological study of English literature through the 18th century including authors such as Chaucer, Kempe, More, Shakespeare, Donne, Montagu, Swift and Behn. Students will examine the authors’ ideas and the development of literary forms in a historical context. Religion, politics, gender roles, science and philosophy are discussed in terms of their impact on these writers. The Honors Option is available for this course. (3 credits)

Creative Writing ENGL 248 All Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.

A Workshop course designed to encourage and develop a student’s creative talents principally in poetry and the short story. Students will analyze and critique their peers’ manuscripts as well as examples of published work. (3 credits)
Dynamics of Fitness and Wellness FITN 115 All This course is designed to teach the student the necessary information to improve  fitness and wellness by adhering to a healthier lifestyle.  Student will learn how to  assess physical fitness and implement a program based on those results that will  enhance their fitness levels.  Stress reduction, nutrition and weight management,  and management of risk factors for major disease will be explored to improve life expectancy and overall quality of life. (1 credit)
Current Health Issues FITN 131 Romaine A comprehensive study of personal, school and community health problems, this course will devote special attention to chronic and degenerative diseases, communicable diseases, air and water pollution, accidents and mental illness. Other topics covered include nutrition and weight control and the effects of alcohol and narcotics. (3 credits)
Cardiovascular Conditioning FITN 132 Bingel

This course introduces the student to program design for cardiovascular training. Students will be taught how to administer and interpret field tests for speed, agility, and cardiovascular endurance and use the information gathered from testing to design an appropriate program to meet the goals of competitive athletes, special populations, and the general population. A variety of training techniques will be introduced along with proper technique, the benefits of warm up and cool down, the science behind effective training. (2 credits)

Geology GEOL 157 All
There are no prerequisites for this course.  This course is an introductory course in physical geology that examines the materials composing the Earth and seeks to understand the many processes that operate beneath and upon its surface.  Applications are presented that include evaluating mineral, water, and energy resources and the nature of natural hazards.  Laboratory activities include mineral and rock identification, dating of rocks and fossils, the construction of geologic maps and their interpretation, and evaluation of stream, groundwater, and shoreline data.  One field trip is required for the on campus course.  No field trip is required for online and summer courses. (4 credits)
Pharmacology HLTH 109 Stetson

Prerequisite(s): HLTH 150 - Medical Terminology; BIOL 120 - Human Biology or BIOL 124 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I & BIOL 125 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II.

This course is an introduction to pharmacology, including terminology, drug category, use, side effects, contraindications, and interactions. Common dosage ranges and routes of administration will also be examined. A general understanding of the actions and reasons for use of various groups of pharmacologic agents is introduced. Medications are discussed according to major drug classifications and body systems. (2 credits)

Web Development I IDMX 225 All This course provides students the skills required to author standards based Web sites using the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) specifications. HTML5 and CSS will be used to create effective Web pages accessible on a variety of computer platforms. Students will learn how to incorporate tables, forms, images, and video into Web pages and will be briefly introduced to responsive web page design. (3 credits)
Web Development II IDMX 268 All Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or better in IDMX 225 - Web Page Development I .

This course builds upon the concepts taught in Web Page Development I by utilizing advanced Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) techniques to teach students how to create complex page layouts for a variety of media and devices using HTML5. Students will also learn how to create dynamic Web pages using JavaScript, jQuery, and CSS3. (3 credits)
Information Seeking in Today's World INFO 101 All This course is designed to prepare students for information seeking at the college level. Students will examine the information landscape and the role of technology in delivering information in a variety of formats. By learning effective search techniques, appropriate attribution of sources, and the ethical use of information, students will become savvy consumers and producers of information in both academic and social situations. At the end of the course, students will be equipped to discover, evaluate and use information sources for a variety of purposes and across disciplines. (1 credit)
Introduction to Philosophy PHIL 101 Hotchkiss This course is an historical and thematic introduction to Philosophy emphasizing the historical development of the discipline and related issues in logic, ethics, metaphysics, theory of knowledge, and philosophy of religion. It addresses such questions as, What is the difference between good and evil? What are the limits of intellectual knowledge? Does God exist? Am I essentially a free agent or a machine? Where am I ultimately headed? (3 credits)
Astronomy PHYS 130 All

Prerequisite: MATH 020-Elementary Algebra.

This course studies periodic changes in the night sky, astronomical instrumentation, the solar system, stars, nebulae and galaxies, and cosmology. Laboratory exercises will utilize simulations and night-sky observations. May be used to fulfill one semester of a laboratory science requirement for non-science majors, or as an elective for science majors. (4 credits) 

The Nature of Science SCIE 101 All

In this course, students will examine the development of scientific theories, and discuss how science is viewed by the public through various forms of media sources.  The use of the scientific method to conduct research and experiments will encourage students to distinguish credible science from false scientific claims.  The importance to society of scientists and citizens making informed decisions on science/technology issues are stressed. (2 credits)

Pathways to College Success SCCS 100 All This course examines ways in which students can build the cognitive and non-cognitive skills necessary for success in college and career. Students engage in and utilize independent and collaborative tools and exercises to enhance reading and notetaking, writing, studying and test taking, critical thinking, research, and reflection. Enhanced skills are applied to current and future personal, academic and career exploration and readiness experiences.  Students engage in the college experience as intentional learners who are empowered to persist for personal and collective outcomes. (2 credits)
       

 

Z-courses limited to defined populations of students.
Student Success Seminar STDV 013 All The Student Success Seminar is a course specifically designed for students whose appeal of academic suspension has been accepted by the Academic Standards Committee. In this course, students are offered support and in depth knowledge on how to succeed in college. Topics covered will include self-assessment, accepting personal responsibility, motivation, study skills, time management, learning styles, communicating effectively, goal setting and developing a support network. For billing purposes, this course is considered 1 credit. Credit for this course does not apply to credit hours earned, grade point average, or graduation requirements.

 

Low-cost Courses

Courses on this list require course materials that cost less than $45/semester. Some materials may be used for more than one semester.

Course Name Course Code Instructors  (Last Name) Catalog Description Approx. cost of materials
Foundations of Game Engines ARTS 106 All This course will introduce students to the art and programming aspects of developing for commercial game engines.  The focus will be on the processes and techniques necessary to add creative and advertising components into functional computer game models. Students will work with game development programmers in industry standard software (Unity, Construct) on a series of modular assignments. (3 credits)  
Human Anatomy & Physiology I BIOL 124 All

Prerequisite(s): Two years of college preparatory laboratory science or equivalent.


This course is an in-depth study of the structure and function of the human body. The course content highlights the chemical, cellular, and tissue levels of organization, and the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. In the laboratory, students will examine anatomical models and preserved specimens, and conduct physiological as well as computer-simulated experiments. Completion of Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 125) may be required for transfer of credits. The Honors Option is available for this course. (4 credits)

$35 for Mastering A&P
Human Anatomy & Physiology II BIOL 125 All

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 124 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I.


This course is an in-depth study of the structures and functions of the general and special senses and the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.  In the laboratory students will examine models and preserved specimens, and conduct physiological as well as computer simulated experiments.  Students that successfully complete this course will be able to identify relevant anatomical structures and integrate this knowledge with a physiological understanding of the systems covered in this course.  The Honors Option is available for this course. (4 credits)

$35 for Mastering A&P
Plants, Humans & the Environment BIOL 150 All This course explores the relationship between plants, people and the environment. Lectures cover the cultural, economic and political significance of plants to human societies, and the effects of human activities on plants and the environment. Labs provide a first-hand introduction to the current and historical human uses of plants (e.g., food, fuel, shelter, fiber, dyes) in New Jersey and around the world. Students will go on field trips to local natural areas, farms and winery. One weekend field trip is required. (4 credits) $10
General Chemistry I CHEM 103 All

Prerequisite(s): Two years of college preparatory laboratory science or equivalent.
Corequisite(s): MATH 112 - Precalculus I.

This is the first course in a two-course sequence providing an introductory survey of modern chemistry. Emphasis is placed on electronic structure and its relationship to bonding and the periodic table, the physical states of matter, stoichiometry, molecular geometry, gas laws, solutions, and their chemistry. (4 credits)

$44 - Knewton access for 2 years
General Chemistry II CHEM 104 All

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 103 - General Chemistry I and MATH 112 - Precalculus I.


This course is a continuation of General Chemistry I. Emphasis is placed on kinetics, equilibrium behavior, thermodynamics, acids and bases, solubility equilibria, and electrochemistry. (4 credits)

Knewton access purhcased in CHEM 103
Introduction to College Reading & Writing ENGL 060

Darkenwald-Decola

Pipitone

Prerequisite(s): Grade of C in ENGL 050 - Introduction to College Reading and Composition I or appropriate score on placement test.


Introduction to College Reading and Composition II is an intensive and accelerated developmental course designed to provide students with the foundations needed for academic reading and writing. In this integrated reading and writing course students continue to develop a range of strategies for reading different kinds of texts and will practice the stages of the writing process with special attention given to essay organization and sentence structure. This four-credit class meets for four hours each week: two hours in a traditional classroom and two hours in a computer lab. (4 credits)
Less than $25
Introduction to Literature ENGL 201 Felix

Prerequisite: ENGL 111 English Composition I.

Introduction to Literature examines selected essays and works of poetry, fiction, and drama in ways that develop in-depth analytical and critical reading skills. Open to majors and non-majors, the course is designed for students who desire an introduction to literary study. The course requires students to utilize careful textual analysis, to explore thematic connections among and between texts, and to recognize and apply literary terminology in class discussions, papers and examinations. (3 credits)

Less than $25
Race in American Literature and Popular Culture ENGL 214 Gaffney

Prerequisite: ENGL 111 English Composition I.

This course examines the social construction of race in the US through the lens of American literature and popular culture. It focuses on key moments in American history, from seventeenth-century colonial America to the present, to explore how racial categories have been created and re-created. Students will analyze the evolution of these racial categories, like white, black, Asian, Latino, and Native American, while exploring how racial groups are pitted against each other and how categories like gender, class, and sexuality intersect with race. Readings from a range of disciplines will provide students with the historical and social context necessary to analyze cultural texts, like novels, short stories, advertisements, films, political cartoons, TV shows, songs, and speeches. (3 credits)

Less than $30
Introduction to Poetry ENGL 226 Bondhus

This course will help students to understand both the craft and the art of poetry; how poems are made and why they are valuable. Texts will range from the lyrics of Sappho to the odes of Pablo Neruda to the newest work of contemporary U.S. poets. A central issue will be defining poetry and the myriad forms that poetry can take. The approach will be interdisciplinary, uniting historical and cultural perspectives to explore the relationship between experience and poetry, and between poetic theory and poetry. Students can expect, therefore, to gain not only a knowledge of the nature, history, and variety of poetry but also greater skill, insight, and pleasure as readers, writers, and thinkers. (3 credits)
Between $20-$40 approx.
Introduction to Engineering ENGR 105 All The course is designed to help students to develop skills such as: communication, time management, group work. Lectures are supported by videos and guest speakers to expose students to different engineering disciplines and functions. Students will be introduced to all campus resources and services. (1 credit) No more than $30

Environmental Field Study

ENVI 201 Kelly  Stander

Prerequisite(s): ENVI 101 - Environmental Studies and 12 hours of laboratory science .


An interdisciplinary study of research and field methods related to the science of environmental issues. Students will develop basic scientific research skills, from literature review to report preparation, and will gain hands-on experience with various types of field methods and applications, ranging from soil, air, and water quality analysis, to environmental restoration and planning, using remote sensing and GIS. Regular class trips, including visits to wastewater treatment plant, recycling center, and environmental restoration sites. One weekend field trip required. (3 credits)
 

Less than $20
Art of the Movies: Film Appreciation and Analysis FILM 101 Kinebrew-Bosa Art of the Movies: Film Appreciation and Analysis is an introduction to film as a contemporary art form. It emphasizes close observation and analysis of essential film language, specifically mise en scene, camera and editing techniques, lighting, and the cinematic use of sound. Screenings for this course include a broad range of films and film excerpts representing different time periods, cultures, and cinematic traditions. Students record their reactions to films in weekly journal entries or short response papers. Students who complete this course will have a deeper understanding and appreciation of movies. (3 credits) $40 for e-text and interactive media
Yoga FITN 143 All Students will be introduced to the history and practice of yoga, which includes physical postures (asana), and the formal practice of controlling breath (pranayama).  Students will learn relaxation techniques incorporated in the yoga practice, and understand the psychological and physical benefits of the practice, which include stress reduction, relaxation, increased flexibility, muscle strength and tone.  (1 credit). $25
Rock and Roll History and Culture MUSC 103 Eckhart This is an introductory course which traces the history of Rock N’ Roll music from its rise as a blending of White and African-American music traditions amidst the youth-oriented culture of post- World War II America to its subsequent diversification and internationalization. This history will be viewed in the context of the political, historical, demographic, cultural and technological forces at work in the modern and post-modern world. The course will also encourage the development of qualitative and quantitative listening skills and will incorporate extensive use of recorded musical examples. Students will be expected to complete listening and research assignments. Offered in the fall semester. (3 credites) less than $40