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Fall Syllabus


Standardized Syllabus

Capstone COL 201

Thursday 3-4:30PM



Kellyn Nolan




Lake Region Center


Office Hours

8AM-3 PM





A Job Start 101 workbook provided by the instructor will serve as the text for this course. However, you may also be provided with readings via either handout or email to supplement your understanding of course objectives. The student must provide a three ring binder with their final portfolio submission.


COL 201: The Capstone is the culmination of the Lackawanna College learning experience. Students will assemble the portfolio and final reflection, demonstrating how their education has been applied to illustrate their value as a professional. The Capstone course will further prepare all students for success in post-college employment and/or future education.

Note: College 201 is mandatory for all Students. Students who receive a failing grade or did not attend the course must complete their portfolio requirements in order to graduate and are subject to a $150 late fee.

* Capstone is a hybrid course that begins the week of September 1st and runs through October 20th (8 Weeks). One day will be in the classroom and one day will be online completing any assigned work and work not completed in class.

Method of Instruction:

This course is highly interactive and will guide engagement through self-evaluation, application of specific techniques, discussions, field experiences, and traditional classroom exercises including lectures, discussions, individual research, film and video tapes, and written exercises.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the value of career preparation, explain how your applied learning in and/or acquired important life skills through your major coursework and non-academic pursuits relate to your career.
  2. Transact basic College business (e.g. utilize transfer resources and agreements on portal, Financial Aid Exit Interview etc.).
  3. Live, work, and learn respectfully and cooperatively with people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs to develop a professional network.
  4. Participate in the community culture by completing a service learning activity.
  5. Engage in reflection, self-knowledge, self-discovery and problem-solving to identify and assess personal strengths and weaknesses and define personal values and goals to enhance your professional development.
  6. Practice oral and written business communication skills including effective reading, listening, and public speaking and collaborating.
  7. Recognize and utilize resources and technology effectively for career development.
  8. Locate, evaluate and interpret career information and articulate acquired learning in a résumé.
  9. Identify the various purposes of portfolios and know the conventions of developing and professionally presenting a portfolio.


Your Responsibilities

In this course, you will have a variety of regular responsibilities. Your grade for the course will be determined by these responsibilities, which include your participation in class discussions, homework and outside assignments that meet the course competencies. Keep this syllabus safe and handy. It will serve as your contract and guide for this course, and it will provide you with the information you need to succeed. However, if you have questions regarding any portion of this syllabus or the course please do not hesitate to ask either via email, phone, or in-person. Your ideas and suggestions are welcome!    


Participation and interaction is the key to your success! Therefore, late arrivals and absences will reduce your participation grade.

FOCUS 2 Career Assessment

A self-paced, online career and education planning tool for college students and future employers.

Letters of Recommendation

The letter of recommendation is a letter written on your behalf, typically from a faculty member or employer that recommends you as a good candidate for graduate study or employment.


A brochure to market who you are! Each résumé should be tailored to the job or career that you are seeking. Your résumé MUST be 100% error free, otherwise it will be 100% rejected.

Reflection Paper

The final section of your portfolio is a reflective paper documenting your overall academic experience at Lackawanna College.


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Job Start 101

The goal of JobSTART 101 is to provide you with a foundation for building skills so that you can be effective working in the professional world.


A practice interview to help prepare a job candidate gain confidence by better knowing and preparing themselves.

Portfolio Submission

The portfolio is a collection of student learning documentation that provides tangible evidence of a student’s proficiency in selected courses.  It is developed by each individual student and should include several representative samples of a student’s work with the emphasis on the student’s chosen major.

Community Service with Essay

Through involvement in Service Learning projects, students have the opportunity to gain a deeper hands-on understanding of the complex needs in their local community settings. This style of learning not only helps those who are benefiting from the student efforts, the students themselves are gaining critical thinking skills, more enhanced communication skills and a confident sense of how their contributions can make powerful changes in people’s lives. Also looks good on your résumé!

Attendance Policy:

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online classes as well. Attendance is tracked by instructors, so be sure to log on and adhere to the following scale:


# of Times Class Meets

Maximum # of Absences Allowed

3 times a week


2 times a week 4


1 time a week 2

2  (This is your class)

Developmental Classes

DE 010, DE 020, DE 030



Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.


Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.


Instructor Policies

Cellphones will not be tolerated!



Your grade for the course will be based on an average of the scores that you earn on each assignment. Below, the first table shows the allocation of your course grade. The second table shows the value of each grade as determined by Lackawanna College.

Course Assignment/Activity

 % Value

Participation/ JOBStart101


Graduation Application/Survey


FOCUS 2 Career Assessment and Action Plan


Mock Interviews


Letters of Recommendation – Work/School




Reflection Paper


LinkedIn (Profile, LC Group & Connect)


Internship/Career Week


Community Service/Essay


Graded Classwork




Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


96 – 100



90 – 95



87 – 89



83 – 86



80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76



70 – 72



67 – 69



60 – 66



0 – 59



Due Dates and Late Penalties

You must hand work in on or before the due date!

There will be no “extra credit.”


Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated either in the online or traditional classrooms. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course


(Please see the student handbook for more information.)


Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.

Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment.


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 


Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589,

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Carolyn Quinn, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, or Tony Ferrese, Affirmative Action Officer/Seeley Hall Residence Director, Seeley Hall, First Floor, North Washington Avenue, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1760,  


Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email:   

Equal Opportunity Statement

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification.  Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State law, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and with Federal law, including Titles VI and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Inquiries should be directed to Anita Cola, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 961-7815 or OR Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 504-1579 or


Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.


Course Schedule

Below is a tentative course planner for the experiences of this course. Please note that the schedule is subject to change based on our progress, your interests, and unforeseen circumstances.


Goals and Learning Outcomes








WEEK 1 – Introduce Portfolio, FOCUS 2 Career Assessment & Community Service, Grad Application
Class 1 – Introductions, Career Coordinator Why?, 5Hours/Community Service, LOR Guidelines, Course Work
Class 2 Online – FOCUS 2 Career Assessment & Action Plan (Due Week 2 Class 3)

WEEK 2 – LOR, Course Work & Résumé, College Central

Class 3 – (FOCUS 2 Submission) Résumé Intro, LOR Intent w/ Titles Submitted and Course Work Review, Review college central website

Class 4 Online – Resume Rough Draft, JobStart101 Module 1

FOCUS 2 Career Assessment & Action Plan
Find Coursework

Ask for LOR

Online Graduation Application in Class

Résumé rough draft
LOR Intent w/ Titles

Job Start 101 Module 1













WEEK 3 – Résumé Cont. /Cover Letters/ Coursework

Class 5 – Résumé  & Cover Letter Review, Peer Review, Community Service Site Location Submitted/Timesheet
Class 6 Online – LOR Follow-up, JobStart101 Module 2


WEEK 4 – Community Service Day

Class 7 – Community Service Hours/Essay, Community Service Timesheet, Find Coursework

Class 8 Online – Job Start 101/Module 3


WEEK 5 – Grad Survey,  Reflection Paper/ LinkedIn

Class 9 – Reflection Paper Guidelines, Graduation Survey, LinkedIn,

Final Resume DUE
Class 10 Online – LinkedIn, Job Start 101 Module 4


Job Start 101 Module 2

Location Submitted

Two Letters of Recommendation


Course Work Submission

Community Service Site

JobStart 101 Module 3



Graduation Survey

Final Résumé

Job Start 101 Module 4










WEEK 6 – Reflection Paper, Transfer, LinkedIn/Networking

Class 11 – Peer Review Reflection Paper, Transcript Requests

Class 12 Online - Job Start 101/Module 5

WEEK 7 – Interview Week/Exit Counseling PP

Class 13 – Interview Preparation(Video), 30second Elevator Speech  Transfer Information/Build Portfolio(Format)
Class 14 Online –  JobSTART 101 Module6

WEEK 8 – Final

Class 15 - Alumni Services/ Portfolio Submission

Class 16 –  By Appt. Miss Nolan’s Office

Job Start 101 Module 5 & 6


Final Reflection Paper

Interview Assignment

Binder Due

Community Service Time Sheet Submission

Community Service 5hrs.

Community Service Paper

Final Portfolio

  • The above schedule does not include homework assignments or other ungraded activities that your instructor may require to supplement an exercise or lesson.
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