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Electives & College Courses

In the 2018-2019 academy year, over 70 elective courses on a wide range of academic and arts subjects will be offered to high school students at Fei Tian Academy of the Arts-Middletown (FTAA-MT). These include academic electives such as Business Management, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Public Speaking, Chinese History, Science Olympiad, Neuroscience, and over 20 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and other college level courses, and many arts electives in dance, ballet, fine arts and music.

Our newly established Fine Arts Department will offer a number of electives such as Chinese Painting, Chinese Calligraphy, Drawing, Basic Sculpture, Graphic Design, Photography, and Film Production.

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For college level courses, please see Fei Tian College Course Offering for details and prerequisites.

The following are the descriptions of some of the electives courses offered in 2018 academic year.

Business

Business Management

(Fall Semester)

The objective of this course is to make the educational process investigative and personal.  Students are encouraged to develop interdisciplinary thinking skills (problem solving, critical thinking, communication, creativity).  Understanding basic business principles is an essential part of professional, personal, social and ethical decision-making.  Students will acquire an understanding of key business management concepts and ideas, and develop an awareness of the relevance that business organization and planning, human resource management and leadership have on institutional, professional and personal levels.

Introduction to Marketing

(Spring Semester)

Introduction to Marketing provides students with an introduction to the principles of Marketing.  This course focuses on basic marketing concepts, marketing functions, entrepreneurship concepts, national and global economies, international marketing, and human relations.

Students will be expected to meet all of the course goals and be able to demonstrate their understanding of the underlying concepts. The instructional strategies will include small and large group discussion, lecture, role play, research reports, presentations and problem-based learning activities used to integrate process skills such as decision making, problem solving, and critical thinking.

Computer Science

Web Programming

(Fall Semester)

Web Programming is a one-semester course covering required topics in most introductory “Web Design” settings. The topic covers HTML5/CSS/Javascript. Other introductory programming courses are not required; students merely need to have typical computer usage skills prior to starting this course.

Introduction to Computer Programming

(Spring Semester)

This course is an introduction to computer science and software engineering for all students interested in developing software applications, not just using them.

Through a project oriented approach, students will explore a variety of programming systems and languages to create interactive applications and systems. By collaborating in a hands-on environment, students will learn problem-solving, software design, debugging strategies, and the foundations of computer science (data structures, procedures, and algorithms). Students will work on projects (both individual and team) in the areas of graphics and games, animation and art, electronics systems, and interactive fashion, all using open-source software tools such as Scratch, Arduino, Processing and Python.

Prerequisite for this course is basic familiarity with computers and software applications, plus a curious spirit and a willingness to experiment and learn.

AP Computer Science A

(Full Year)

This is a one-year introductory course on computer science for students whose future work or study will significantly involve technology and computers.

This course will teach students to design and implement computer-based solutions to practical problems; to select and use commonly used data structures and algorithms; to code fluently in an object-oriented paradigm using the programming language Java and its commonly used class libraries; to read and understand a large programs consisting of several classes and interacting objects; and to recognize the ethical and social implications of computer use.

Fei Tian College Courses

(For course details and prerequisites, see Fei Tian College course offering listing.)

CIS101 Introduction to Computer Sciences

(Summer & Fall Semester)

CIS102 Introduction to Computing

(Fall Semester)

English

Creative Writing

(Fall Semester)

This is a course designed to give students an opportunity to explore numerous genres/styles of writing, with the intention to push their own personal creative boundaries. During the semester, students will discuss, analyze, and engage in constructive criticism about famous authors, as well as the works of their fellow classmates. By the end of the course, students will have a portfolio of writing to represent the path they have taken to find their own creative voice and style.

Poetry Appreciation

(Fall Semester)

This course will introduce the various forms and conventions of poetry through discussion and critique. During the semester, students will read and analyze a number of styles from varying countries and time periods. By the end of the course, students will create a poetry portfolio of their own.

Public Speaking and Debate

(Spring Semester)

Public Speaking and Debate is a one-semester beginning level course offered in the spring for students who are interested in learning more about public speaking or have never debated before. After completing this course, students will have a set of portable argumentation and advocacy skills that they can use in a variety of experiences throughout the curriculum at Northern.

Students will initially learn about and practice structured extemporaneous speeches with emphasis on verbal and nonverbal delivery skills (organization, projection, inflection, eye-contact, hand gestures, and more). Students will then build a foundation for effective argumentation and advocacy (claim/warrant/evidence) by participating in “SPAR” debates and finally, students will develop and deliver one research-based persuasive speech.

Because public speaking functions in a larger democratic context, the class will also consistently stress critical listening skills and an attitude of appreciative inquiry with diverse perspectives.

AP English Literature and Composition

(Full Year)

The AP English Literature and Composition course will engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature.

Through the close reading of selected texts, students will deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to create meaning. Students will learn to consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as smaller-scale elements such as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.

This course is intended to provide the experience of a typical introductory college literature course. It includes intensive study of representative works from various genres, periods, and cultures, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. Reading in the course builds on the reading done in previous English courses.

Students will read deliberately and thoroughly, taking time to understand a work’s complexity, to absorb its richness of meaning, and to analyze how that meaning is embodied in literary form. Students will also learn to consider the social and historical values a work reflects and embodies.

Careful attention to both textual detail and historical context provides a foundation for interpreting a text. Writing is also an integral part of the AP English Literature and Composition course and of the AP Exam. Writing assignments in the course will address the critical analysis of literature and will include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. In addition, creative-writing assignments such as response and reaction papers, free- writing, or keeping a journal will help you see from the inside how literature is written. The goal of both types of writing assignments is to increase students’ ability to explain literary works clearly and cogently and how to interpret them.

AP English Language and Composition

(Full Year)

This course is designed to help students become both skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Students will learn to read primary and secondary sources carefully, to synthesize materials from these texts in their own compositions, and to cite sources using conventions recommended by professional organizations such as the Modern Language Association (MLA), the University of Chicago Press (The Chicago Manual of Style), and the American Psychological Association (APA). Students in this class should be willing to work hard and challenge themselves to think clearly and express themselves at a relatively high level of sophistication.

This course is for juniors and seniors. It will be two-semesters long. The first semester will be devoted to understanding rhetoric and the various techniques authors use based on pathos, ethos, and logos. Reading and writing assignments will be structured to analyze and demonstrate certain specific techniques. For this purpose Everything’s an Argument by Lunsford and Ruskiewicz works very well paired with selections from The Norton Sampler edited by Thomas Cooley. The second semester will switch over to a more thematic approach. Students will read classical and modern pieces devoted to specific themes. Students can choose for themselves which techniques they would want to apply from the first semester in order to address each theme in their assignments. A World of Ideas, edited by Lee Jacobus, has a fantastic selection of classic works suited to this purpose.

Writer’s workshops will be interspersed throughout the year to help students develop ideas, organization, word choice, sentence fluency, voice, and conventions in their essays.

Fei Tian College Courses

(For course details and prerequisites, see Fei Tian College course offering listing.)

ENG103 Effective English

(Summer & Fall Semester)

ENG104 Public Speaking

(Summer & Spring Semester)

ENG203 Introduction to British Literature

(Summer & Fall & Spring Semester)

ENG304 Writing for Media

(Summer)

Math

AP Calculus AB

(Full Year)

Calculus brings together methods and skills the students have learned throughout their high school years and is thus the culmination of their high school Mathematics. Calculus is also a gateway to more advanced courses in Mathematics. This course is a one-year introductory course on Calculus following the AP Calculus AB curriculum standards and preparing students for the AP Calculus AB exam.

The course is primarily concerned with developing students’ thorough understanding of the concepts of Calculus, and providing experience with its methods and applications. The course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to Calculus, with concepts, results, and applications being expressed verbally, numerically, graphically, and analytically. Historical perspectives that developed the field of Calculus are incorporated into the course. To be eligible, students must demonstrate exceptional ability and achievement in prior math courses.

AP Calculus BC

(Full Year)

This one-year course is designed to meet the Advanced Placement curricular requirements for Calculus BC by the College Board. The major topics of this course are limits, derivatives, integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, series, and parametrics. Calculus BC provides a more theoretical development of the calculus than Calculus AB and includes the additional topic of series.

Fei Tian College Courses

(For course details and prerequisites, see Fei Tian College course offering listing.)

MAT101 Applied Math

(Fall Semester)

MAT105 Calculus I

(Summer & Fall Semester)

STA101 Principles of Probability and Statistics

(Summer & Spring Semester)

MAT103 Linear Algebra

(Spring Semester)

CIS211 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics

(Spring Semester)

Science

Science Olympiad (Projects and Competition)

(Full Year)

Science Olympiad is an American team competition in which students compete in “events” pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Over 7,300 middle school and high school teams from 50 U.S. states compete each year.

Northern Academy will open Science Olympiad courses in the fall of 2018.  The first year program will cover biology, chemistry, physical science, astronomy and earth science.  Students who participate in the class may have opportunities representing Northern Academy to compete with other schools’ teams in regional, state, and national levels.

Science Olympiad courses in Northern Academy will be held four times per week with a year long program.  Any high school students and middle school students at grade 8 or above and who have previously taken biology, chemistry, physics or integrated science classes with great interests can register the course. (Placement tests will be taken place at the school in the first week of the Fall semester).

Introduction to Neuroscience

(Fall Semester)

Prerequisite:  Biology, chemistry, physics (or integrated science)

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, particularly the workings of the brain.

In this course, students will learn some fascinating facts on the basic structures or functions of brain and neuronal system, and explore some questions:

  • what we know and don’t know yet about neuronal system or brain……
    how we learn……
    how we memorize things during our study ……
    how we sense pain? smell? feel? visualize the images……
    why we sometimes make stupid mistakes ……
    what happens in your brain while you sleep?
    how our mind, body and brain are interwoven, etc..

Grade will be determined by attendance,  reading comprehension, oral presentation and quizzes.

Environmental Science

(Spring Semester)

The objective of this course is to make the educational process investigative and personal.  Students are encouraged to develop interdisciplinary thinking (problem solving, critical thinking, communication, creativity).  Understanding the science behind major environmental issues of the world today on both local and global scales is an essential part of personal, societal and ethical decision-making.  Students will strengthen their awareness of their role in our environment and the responsibilities that role carries.

AP Biology

(Full Year)

This course is constructed around the AP Biology Curriculum Framework, which focuses on the four big ideas, enduring understandings, and science practices, with an emphasis on the connections between the big ideas.

Students will have opportunities to engage in hands-on laboratory investigations, which will make up at least 25% of instructional time. Students will complete all the 13 required labs in the AP Lab Manual for Students, and a variety of additional labs. Students will also conduct a minimum of 8 inquiry-based laboratory investigations (two per each of the big ideas).

These labs will provide opportunities for students to develop and test hypotheses, collect and analyze data, as well as communicate the results of their investigations. Through hands-on activities, formal labs, inquiry-based learning, and student-directed investigations, students will be able to apply, and integrate the seven science practices with biological knowledge. Students will be required to report on all laboratory investigations according to the criteria specified in the lab report rubric of the AP Lab Manual.

In addition to hands-on lab experience, students will improve their critical thinking skills, and problem solving abilities through journal readings, group discussions, and scientific writings. These activities will also let students apply biological and scientific knowledge to major social concerns.

AP Chemistry

(Full Year)

This AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first year of college. This course will focus on six “Big Ideas” in chemistry: structure of matter, bonding and intermolecular forces, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and chemical equilibrium. A special emphasis will be placed on the seven science practices, which capture important aspects of the work of scientists.

This course adopts various lesson formats, including Socratic seminars, jigsaw type presentations, and small group discussions. “Hands on” laboratory time and inquiry-based investigations will account for 25% of instructional time. By the end of the course, students will be able to develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills, teamwork abilities, laboratory techniques, and effective oral and written communication skills.

AP Physics 1 & 2

(Full Year)

AP Physics topics closely follow those outlined by the College Board and also mirror an introductory college course in algebra-based physics.

AP Physics 1 is the equivalent to a first semester college course. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy and power; mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits.

AP Physics 2 is the equivalent to a second semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.

Each course is full-year.

Earth Science

(Full Year)

The objective of this course is to make the educational process investigative and personal. Students are encouraged to develop interdisciplinary thinking skills (problem solving, communication, creativity). Understanding the scientific view of the natural world is an essential part of personal, social and ethical decision-making. Students will acquire an understanding of key scientific concepts and ideas, and develop an awareness of the relevance that Science plays in our daily lives.

Fei Tian College Courses

(For course details and prerequisites, see Fei Tian College course offering listing.)

BMS101 Introduction to Biomedical Science

(Summer & Spring Semester)

Social Studies

AP World History

(Full Year)

AP World History is a challenging course, equivalent to an introductory college survey course. It is designed to prepare students for higher-level college and university history courses. APWH focuses on the development of analysis and critical thinking skills. The investigation of selected themes (or topics) is woven into key concepts covering distinct chronological periods. Students are assessed on their mastery of the course goals when they take the College Board AP World History Exam in May.

AP U.S. History

(Full Year)

The AP U.S. History course will be two-semesters long and culminate with the AP test in May. This course is primarily intended for 11th grade students.

Students will read all required materials in advance so that class time can be devoted to various Socratic seminars, jigsaw type presentations, small group discussions, debates, projects, note taking & developing a word bank, viewing film clips and artistic works, reading and analyzing primary sources of evidence, and applying concepts from the readings toward analysis of current events. Students will be expected to be active participants in class and in their own learning.

Our main textbook will be the America’s History 8th Edition by Henretta, Hinderaker, Edwards, and Self. The course will be taught thematically with students focusing their attention on the characteristics of U.S. History divided into 9 distinct time periods (from 1491 to present day). Weekly topics will follow the basic structure of the textbook chapters (in that order – achronological order of events in U.S. History). Each weekly topic will have supplementary readings and/or viewings from a variety of sources listed below (see supplementary materials). Students will be assessed on how they accomplish historical thinking skills, academic skills, and AP test type questions, essays, and/or tasks. Students will have a major exam at the end of each of the 9 time periods…plus several full-length practice exams before the AP test in May.

AP Art History

(Full Year)

AP Art history at FTAA covers all aspects to achieve a high score in the AP Art History test. The exam is completely aligned with the course learning objectives and content. Students explore works of art through observation, discussion, reading, and research. Students develop skills in visual, contextual, and comparative analysis. They learn through class discussions on specific works, historical contexts, art periods and styles, and themes. They learn to critically analyze works of art within diverse historical and cultural contexts, considering issues such as politics, religion, patronage, gender, and ethnicity. There is a focus on the major forms of artistic expression of architecture, sculpture, and painting from across a variety of cultures.

The curriculum limits the required course content to 250 works of art, aligning with college and university faculty expectations of the number and types of works students should know. The AP Art History course and exam are structured around ten content areas: Global Prehistory, Ancient Mediterranean, Early Europe and Colonial Americas, Later Europe and Americas, Indigenous Americas, Africa, West and Central Asia, South, East, and Southeast Asia, The Pacific, and Global Contemporary. The depth of learning students experience in AP Art History prepares them for advanced college coursework in art history and other disciplines.

Art History I & II

(Full Year)

The study of art history directly links to the history of the world’s great civilizations. Art History I is a first semester course covering artwork from ancient Egypt and Classical Greece to the High Renaissance. Students will learn what is great art and be introduced to the work of the great masters–Phidias, Michelangelo, Raphael, Giotto–among many others. Art projects during the course will help students understand methods and techniques for each period.

If there is interest, students may take Art History II in the second semester that covers the Baroque period to 1900 with special units on art of the ancient Chinese civilization, illustration, and the history of printmaking. Both courses are an excellent introduction to AP Art History.

Each of Art History I and II is a one-semester course and can be taken independently.

Mythology

(Spring Semester)

How hard is it to divide myth from reality? This course will aim to explore both common and uncommon myths alike around the globe. Using discussion, analysis, research, and creative writing, this course will expand on central themes in myths and how they affect our understanding of the world.

Introduction to Chinese History

(Full Year)

This course is designed for students to acquire a general knowledge of Chinese history. The course comes in a two-part sequence offering a general history of China from the earliest records of Chinese civilization through the Ch’ing [Qing] Dynasty.  The course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of China.

The course will be taught in Chinese, therefore students are required to understand spoken Chinese.  The organization of the course is basically chronological, but within that framework we will be approaching China from a wide range of viewpoints, taking up political, economic, social, religious, philosophical, and artistic developments.

Fei Tian College Courses

(For course details and prerequisites, see Fei Tian College course offering listing.)

HUM101 Western Civilization

(Fall Semester)

HUM105 World Civilization

(Spring Semester)

HUM125 US Society and Government

(Summer & Fall & Spring Semester)

CLC131 Topics in Chinese History

(Fall & Spring Semester)

BMS135 Introduction to Psychology

(Summer & Fall & Spring Semester)

ECO101 Principles of Economics

(Summer & Fall & Spring Semester)

ECO105 International Economics

(Summer)

DAN242G History of Dance: East and West

(Fall Semester)

MUS240A History of Western Music A

(Fall Semester)

MUS240B History of Western Music B

(Spring Semester)

MUS243 History of Chinese Music

(Spring Semester)

Visual Arts

AP Studio Art: Drawing

(Full Year)

The AP Studio Art-Drawing course is a two-semester course of study. Students will develop a portfolio of their work to be evaluated by AP evaluators. The final student portfolio will comprise three components: 1) a Quality series of five artworks most representative of the student’s best effort; 2) Concentration in an area where the student conceives, develops, and submits a series of 12 works related by content; and 3) Breadth that demonstrates the student’s mastery of all basic elements of design.

The process of developing a portfolio requires a great deal of time. Besides the four 50-minute classes each week, students will be required to draw outside of class to practice and discover where they excel. Students will use a sketchbook as a visual journal to work through ideas, practice drawing and design skills, and record their artistic journey throughout the course.

Introduction to Graphic Design

This course explores the basic foundations of design through a series of visual projects that explore the principles and elements of design, introduces the interaction of text and image and the fundamental components of graphic communication. Students will work both with analog and digital media as they explore two-dimensional design, hone skills in working with text and image as they create solutions to a series of design problems. Students will be expected to expand their proficiency in all aspects of the design process, including the use of formal design principles, type as image, creative brainstorming, conceptualizing, critical thinking, collaboration, and presentation.

Introduction to Photography

In this course, students will learn the basic principles of photographic composition, lighting, and development to move from taking “snapshots” to great shots. The class is designed to allow students with entry level to intermediate photography skills to advance their understanding and knowledge of photography. Students will develop their visual literacy through the study of fundamental principles in fine art. They will take careful study of the visual masters, from renaissance artists through to contemporary professional photographers. The course will provide an introduction to various fields of photography and equip students with a sound general knowledge of each.

Film Appreciation

(Spring Semester)

This a course that will expect you to be more than just a passive audience member when watching movies. Do you think you have what it takes to be a movie critic? Not only will this class be devoted to all things film, we will also understand the basic techniques behind making them. During the semester, students will be able to analyze, discuss, and critique films from varying genres.

Chinese Calligraphy and Painting

This course helps students develop the basic knowledge and techniques in Chinese calligraphy and painting, two separate, yet closely related, major art forms in traditional Chinese culture. Chinese painting, also known in Chinese as “national painting” (國畫 guohua), has a long history and long-standing tradition in China. Students will learn the two main techniques in Chinese painting: “fine brush” (工筆 gongbi) and “freehand style” (xieyie 寫意). There will be painting sessions focusing on landscape painting, bird-and-flower painting, and figure painting. In calligraphy, students will be introduced to the theoretical bases of the art form as well as the practical skills. Throughout the course, students will imitate the works of famous painters and calligraphers in Chinese history with the purpose of developing an appreciation and aesthetic understanding of the beauty in them.

Fashion Construction Using the Golden Proportion

(Fall Semester)

The Golden Proportion can be found in nature’s animate as well as inanimate elements. It underlines the order found in the structures of plants, animals and the human body – quite simply, it is all around us and within us as well.

The Golden Proportion has been used for centuries in fine arts, architecture, and is currently being used in graphic design, film making, photography and lately, even in the field of plastic surgery, in order to achieve balance, harmony, and beauty. Surprisingly, it has never been adopted in fashion design, despite the fact that that we use clothes to cover our human bodies.

In this course students will learn the advantages of using the Golden Proportion in fashion construction in a workshop environment. The emphasis will be on structure over style. Students will apply the GP to produce garments that reflect their understanding of the GP and their ability to manipulate this simple mathematical rule so as to achieve a harmonious garment. By the end of the course, students will have a small collection of garments and a portfolio of experiments which will serve as a stepping stone in their college applications, should they wish to pursue a carrier in fashion design.

Northern Academy of the Arts is arguably the first school in the world to offer such a course.

Chinese Language

AP Chinese Language and Culture

(Full Year)

Designed for students who were raised in a Chinese speaking country and came to the English speaking country in elementary school or junior high school, this course aims to consolidate and enhance the students’ Chinese as the mother tongue of the language ability, emphasize the students’ appreciation of classical literature, develop students’ appreciation and awareness of Chinese culture. Prerequisite: Placement test and teacher consent.

Beginning Chinese A

(Full Year)

Designed for non-heritage students, with no or minimal previous study of Chinese, this course helps students build a solid foundation in the four skills of Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua)—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—while introducing prominent aspects of Chinese culture. It covers basic sentence structures in daily conversations in addition to approximately 350 traditional characters.

Beginning Chinese B

(Full Year)

This course helps beginning students of Mandarin Chinese to further develop the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing both for everyday communication and for understanding Chinese culture. Students will learn approximately 400 traditional characters and more advanced sentence structures. Prerequisite: Beginning Chinese A and teacher consent.

Chinese for Advanced Beginners A

(Full Year)

Designed for advanced beginners with basic conversational skills in Chinese, this course focuses on reading, writing, and grammar, along with continuing improvement of oral communication skills. Students will learn to read and write several hundred Chinese characters. Prerequisite: Beginning Chinese B and teacher consent.

Chinese for Advanced Beginners B

(Full Year)

This course consolidates the foundation that students have built in Chinese for Advanced Beginners A. Focusing on reading, writing, and grammar, it expands students’ vocabularies and introduces them to more complex grammatical structures. Students will recognize 800 Chinese characters, be able to use related 1500 words, and write 600 characters without dictionary. Prerequisite: Chinese for Advanced Beginners A and teacher consent.

Elementary Chinese

(Full Year)

Designed for students who can understand and speak conversational Chinese related to daily-life situations, but have very limited skills on character reading and writing. This course improves students’ proficiency in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of Chinese by focusing on consolidating basic conversational skills and improving reading confidence. Students will recognize 800 Chinese characters, be able to use related 1500 words, and write 600 characters without a dictionary. Based on students’ prior knowledge, students can complete this level within one or two years. Prerequisite: Placement test and teacher consent.

Intermediate Chinese

(Full Year)

This course further develops students’ skills in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of Mandarin Chinese. There is a progressive emphasis on writing and composition. Students will recognize 1600 Chinese characters and 4000 associated words, and be able to write 1000 characters without a dictionary. Based on students’ prior knowledge, students can complete this level within one or two years. Prerequisite: Elementary Chinese and teacher consent.

Advanced Chinese

(Full Year)

Designed for students who were raised in a Chinese speaking country and came to the English speaking country in elementary school or junior high school. This course aims to consolidate and enhance the students’ language ability in the mother tongue through emphasis on developing students’ appreciation of classical literature, and traditional Chinese culture. Prerequisite: Placement test and teacher consent.