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Department Sponsor Code Title Description Credits Instructor
STEM CNSE N SCI 101/N ENG 101 Nanotechnology Survey Introduction to the definitions, principles and applications of nanotechnology. Discussion of emergent nanoscale properties, atomic and molecular self-assembly and concepts of bottom-up and top-down processing and fabrication. Introduction to selected nanoscale systems, including quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, and graphene. 3 (SUNY) Murphy
STEM HVCC ELET 210 Digital Electronics An introductory course in digital systems. The topics covered include: number systems, Boolean algebra, logic gates, logic simplification, implementation and analysis of digital system, flip-flops, counters, mux/demux, adders. 4 (SUNY) Murphy
STEM SUNY Albany PHYS 103 General Physics A study of motion, force, work, and mechanical energy; fluids; heat. Includes laboratory. Competence in high school algebra, plane geometry, and plane trigonometry is assumed. Includes laboratory. 4 (SUNY) Murphy
STEM SUNY Albany PHYS 104 General Physics II Continuation of PHYS 103, covering electrostatics; circuit elements, and their behavior; simple DC circuits; magnetism; wave motion; geometric and physical optics. 4 (SUNY) Murphy
Fine Arts TVHS 2 Dimensional Art & Design Using the formal elements of art and principles of design, students will experience creative investigations of the art making process through a variety of materials and technology in 2 dimensional form. This course will promote critical thinking as well as the development of art technique, composition, and content/idea within each piece of work. Units of study include but are not be limited to: drawing/painting, printing and transfer, photography and adobe photoshop, and stop animation. 1 Muirhead
TECH TVHS Electronics and Robotics Students will use electronics to solve a variety of technical problems. Topics will include an introduction to electricity and electronics, robotics, game design, and programming. The emphasis will be on building solutions based on theoretical understanding. 1 Hartnett
LOTE TVHS Chinese III Students will focus on conversational Chinese, mastery of characters, and practical phrases used to communicate in authentic Chinese culture. Students will have the opportunity to take this course for college credits through HVCC and will prepare for the Chinese Regents exam in June. Successful completion of three years of a foreign language is required for an Advanced NYS Regents Diploma. 1 Hsia
SS TVHS Social Problems This course is only offered during Semester 1, and is taught by Ms. Hower where students will study major American social problems with an emphasis on their nature, scope, causes, consequences and possible solutions. Major topics covered include: political, educational and familial problems, inequality and poverty, environmental problems, crime, and mental illness. 0.5 Hower
LOTE HVCC Chinese IV Full Year Course. This is the last course in the Chinese sequence, and it's usually taught by an exchange teacher from China. The course is designed to provide students with opportunities to further their proficiency across the Standards for Foreign Language Learning for the 21st Century, with a special emphasis on deepening students’ understanding of Chinese culture. The curriculum is flexible and reflects interests shared by the students and the teacher. 1 Hsia/Cai (exchanged teacher from China)
Fine Arts TVHS Mixed Media This course is only offered during Semester 1, and it provides an investigative and constructivist method for exploring art making possibilities. While using the formal elements of art and principles of design, students will create a variety of 2-D and 3-D mixed media works based upon a “learn by doing process” that promotes exploration of techniques through workshops, informed research and personal reflection. Units of study will include but not be limited to drawing/painting, transfer, collage, digital art, paper making, and found-object/recyclable art. 0.5 Muirhead
Fine Arts TVHS 3D Art and Design Using the formal elements of art and principles of design, students will experience creative investigations of the art making process through a variety of materials and technology in 3-dimensional form. This course will promote critical thinking as well as a basic experience in the expression of personal ideas in form. Student will experiment with the ongoing process of making art that involves informed and critical decision making to create art that is meaningful to them. Use of mediums/technology may include but not be limited to: clay, 3D printer, mask-making, wood, CNC machine, chip board and fabric. 0.5 Muirhead
Fine Arts TVHS Photo as Art This course provides a “hands-on” introduction to digital photography. Students will gain experience in using a digital SLR camera and photo-editing software such as Photoshop to produce digitally enhanced/edited photography. The technical and aesthetic possibilities of digital photograph will be examined through the investigation of the history of photography, elements of art and principles of design, “hand-on” workshops/demonstrations, editing and critiques. It is expected that students will spend additional time outside of class completing course assignments and shooting photographs.* Students will need to have access to a digital camera with manual exposure control. 0.5 Muirhead
Tech TVHS Creativity and Innovation A course which encourages the solving of technical problems through the use of unconventional approaches. Topics include: methods of approaching problem­solving, finding and defining the problem, and cultural impact of solutions. Given a defined supply of materials, students will use laboratory facilities to find solutions to stated historical and contemporary technical problems. 0.5 Hartnett
SS/ELA HVCC Inventing America (American History I & 2) This course begins with the colonial and constitutional foundations of the United States and explores the government structure and functions written in the Constitution. The development of the nation and the political, social, and economic factors that led to the challenges our nation faced in the Civil War are addressed. Industrialization, urbanization, and the accompanying problems are examined, along with America’s emergence as a world power, the two world wars of the 20th century, and the Cold War. Students explore the expansion of the federal government, the threat of terrorism, and the place of the United States in an increasingly globalized and interconnected world. 1 SS/1ELA/6 SUNY Morrill/Hower
Math HVCC Algebra 2 Common Core (College Algebra and Trigonometry) Building on their work with linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, students extend their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions.2 Students work closely with the expressions that define the functions, and continue to expand and hone their abilities to model situations and to solve equations, including solving quadratic equations over the set of complex numbers and solving exponential equations using the properties of logarithms. 1 Math/3 SUNY Vaughan
SS/ELA TVHS Global Humanities 9 Global Humanities is an integration of social studies and English language arts in which you will closely examine issues that currently affect the lives of individuals and communities around the world. As readers, writers, historians and literary scholars, we will explore many varied social, political and economic points of view, and probe the myriad texts that tell the stories of humankind, from ancient times to the present. The ninth grade curriculum will cover global history from ancient times to the mid-18th century. 1 ELA/1Social Studies Ezzo/O'Brien
SS/ELA TVHS Global Humanities 10 Global Humanities is an integration of social studies and English language arts in which you will closely examine issues that currently affect the lives of individuals and communities around the world. As readers, writers, historians and literary scholars, we will explore many varied social, political and economic points of view, and probe the myriad texts that tell the stories of humankind, from ancient times to the present. The tenth grade curriculum will cover global events from the 18th century to the present. 1 ELA/1Social Studies Ezzo/O'Brien
PE TVHS Physical Education 0.5 Cohen
LOTE TVHS Chinese I This course is designed for individuals who have little or no background of the Chinese language. In this course, you will be introduced to the pinyin and character system, which in turns help you to speak/listen, read and write basic Chinese. In addition, we will learn interesting things about China (and other Chinese-speaking countries from time-to-time); its history, geography, arts/music, culture, folklore/idiom stories, myths, and more. You will enjoy the different language and cultural activities conducted in class along with high-interest projects. 1 Hsia
Math TVHS CC Geometry Geometry is one of the oldest sciences and most widely used branches of mathematics across all professions. Geometry is a branch of mathematics that deals with the measurement, properties, and relationships among points, lines, angles, surfaces, and solids. Furthermore, these geometric elements are the building blocks of engineering design.
Through projects in this course, you will learn the fundamentals of geometry and apply what you learned to solve real-world problems through the design and production process. Although there are many types of geometry, this course is devoted primarily to plane Euclidean geometry, studied both synthetically (without coordinates) and analytically (with coordinates).
1 Irwin
Sp Ed TVHS ACE Resource Room service for special education students. 1
Math TVHS Geometry 9/DDP Look around, geometry is everywhere! From architecture to astronomy, from carpentry to civil engineering--geometry was even used to create the table you are sitting at! Geometry is one of the oldest sciences and most widely used branches of mathematics across all professions. Geometry is a branch of mathematics that deals with the measurement, properties, and relationships among points, lines, angles, surfaces, and solids. Furthermore, these geometric elements are the building blocks of engineering design.
Through projects in this course, you will learn the fundamentals of geometry and apply what you learned to solve real-world problems through the design and production process. Although there are many types of geometry, this course is devoted primarily to plane Euclidean geometry, studied both synthetically (without coordinates) and analytically (with coordinates).
Design and Drawing for Production, or DDP, focuses on how ideas are transformed into finished products. Technical drawing, by hand and computer, is an essential part of this process. In this course, students will learn the design process and how to express ideas through the graphical language of technology.
1 Math/1 Fine Arts Irwin/Hartnett
Science TVHS Bio Engineering 9 Great advances have been made in the field of biology in recent decades that will continue to have a major impact on our lives. From advanced in nanomedicine to green technology, Tech Valley Region is at the forefront of these developments. To participate in these advances, Tech Valley High school students enroll in Bioengineering, a 2.0 credit course, with one credit earned in Living Environment and the second in Engineering. The course is focused on “science in service” and engages students in solving real world problems that impact our community. 1 Science/ 1 Elective Robinson
Science TVHS Health Cohen
LOTE TVHS Chinese II By now, you would have already acquired a basic command of the Chinese language and culture. In this follow-up course, we will build from the foundation we started last year, and you will learn more complex grammar and sentence structure along with thematic conversational Chinese. We will introduce more language and cultural activities along with interesting projects which will help you to gain a better understanding of Chinese. Focus will be placed on tone marks to help you pronounce more accurately. We will learn to write more characters as well and continue the journey to mastery level. As you expand your oral vocabulary and increase your memory load for characters, you will be able to listen, speak, read and write more confidently. Hsia
Science TVHS Bio Engineering 10 Great advances have been made in the field of biology in recent decades that will continue to have a major impact on our lives. From advanced in nanomedicine to green technology, Tech Valley Region is at the forefront of these developments. To participate in these advances, Tech Valley High school students enroll in Bioengineering, a 2.0 credit course, with one credit earned in Living Environment and the second in Engineering. The course is focused on “science in service” and engages students in solving real world problems that impact our community. 1 Science/ 1 Elective Robinson
Math TVHS Intermediate Algebra Intermediate Algebra is designed to broaden and expand the concepts of Algebra l. This course covers all the essential topics needed to be successful in Algebra ll. Topics include: right triangle trigonometry; linear, quadratic and exponential functions; transformations; polynomials. 1 Math Sweeny
Math TVHS Pre-Calculus This course is designed to prepare students for Calculus 1 and other math courses at the college level. This course will focus on the following main areas:
Review the fundamental concepts of algebra
Further explore exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions and construct functions from verbal descriptions and formulas;
Conic section applications and analytical Geometry;
Polynomial and Rational Functions applications;
Review trigonometry from the perspective of the unit circle;
Explore additional topics in trigonometry such as: Polar Coordinates, Vectors, The Dot Product;
Further explore Complex Numbers;
Matrices and determinants;
and at the end of the 2nd semester we will introduce calculus topics such as limits, continuity and derivatives.
1 Math Irwin
SS TVHS PIG&Econ This course integrates the principles of modern economics with participation in government. Students will explore the challenges facing the global economy and various policy-making opportunities available to government to address these challenges. This course aims to provide students with opportunities to become engaged in the political process by acquiring the knowledge and practicing the skills necessary for active citizenship. Participation in government and in our communities is fundamental to the success of American democracy. 1 SS Morrill
ELA TVHS ELA 12 This class has a dual purpose. The first purpose is to support and guide seniors through their senior year project. The support will come in the form of determining an action plan, developing a research plan, research methods, the writing and editing of an extensive research paper and refining the presentation of the senior project as a whole. The second purpose is to explore, discuss, analyze and write about provocative texts in order to prepare seniors for college level reading, writing, analysis and discussions. We will focus on text that are of interest to the students along with helping them to explore the world around them through reading and discussions. 1 ELA Hower
Math TVHS Applied Geometry This course will offer a review of geometry topics. We will be studying Coordinate Geometry and Logic, and proving the properties of Triangles, Quadrilaterals and Circles. The course will end in the Geometry Regents in January. .5 Math Vaughan
Math TVHS Statistics This course serves as an introduction to the concepts of data analysis and statistics. Applications will come from a variety of areas. Topics include, but are not limited to, data analysis and summary for both one and two variables, sampling techniques and design of experiments, basic probability concepts, discrete and continuous probability distributions, the central limit theorem, sampling distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. This course is project driven and will include significant use of technology for computations and analysis. Students will be eligible to receive HVCC credit for this course. 0.5 math/3 HVCC Vaughan
SS TVHS Financial Literacy Students learn how money works in the world; more specifically, they learn a set of skills and knowledge that allows an individual to make informed and effective decisions with all of their financial resources. Students set personal financial goals, recognize their income needs and debt obligations, and know how to utilize effective budgeting, borrowing, and investment strategies to maximize well-being. .5 Math Morrill
Science/Fine Arts TVHS Chartreuse (Chemistry and Art) Chartreuse is an integration of chemistry and art. This course will cover atomic and molecular theories, chemical periodicity, chemical reactivity and bonding, chemical equilibria, acid-base and solution chemistry, phase diagrams, electrochemistry, kinetics, and nuclear chemistry and combine these concepts with art. Using the formal elements of art and principles of design, students will experience creative investigations of making art through processes and methods inspired by various principles in chemistry. This course will promote critical thinking/disucssion as well as the development of art technique, composition, and content/idea within each piece of work. 1 Science/1 Fine Arts Weldon/Muirhead
Science TVHS Physics This is an introductory Physics course. The course includes an algebra based introduction to mechanics, dynamics, electricity and magnetism, waves and modern physics. The mathematical emphasis is on modeling physical systems using formulas, graphs and scaled diagrams. 1 Science Sweeny
Math TVHS CC Algebra 1 This course will deepen and extend understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend, and students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. 1 Math Sweeny/Vaughan


 

 

 


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