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Lackawanna College

College 201 AB

Capstone Syllabus

Fall 2015 - 1 Credit


Instructor: Megan Rentschler           

Office Location: Basement of Seeley Hall                    Office Hours: By appointment                        

E-mail:                        Phone: 570-961-7875

Class Meeting Time: 1x week                                    Room: 207, Angeli Hall                       
                                 Fridays: 1:00-2:30 PM            


Required Textbook:

Job Start 101 information will be 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.


Nature and Goals of the Course:

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, that grade will remain on their transcript and will affect their GPA.


* Capstone is a hybrid course that begins the week of September 4th and runs through October 23rd (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.


Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes:

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 community service 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, 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.


An overview of your expertise 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/Financial Avenue:

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. Financial Avenue is designed to assist you in making financial decisions throughout your college years and provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to attain your financial goals.


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 Project:

Through involvement in Community Service 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


COL 201/ 1 time a week


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.



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/Backpacks to Briefcases (Spring Only)


FOCUS 2 Career Assessment and Action Plan


Letters of Recommendation – Work/School


Résumé (College Central)


Reflection Paper/Coursework


LinkedIn (Profile, LC Group & Connect) (How to use Social Media)


Job Start 101/Financial Avenue


Community Service/Essay


Portfolio Submission



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



Late Work:

In order to be fair to classmates who meet deadlines promptly, late penalties apply. In the event of an unusual and dire emergency, please contact the instructor before an assignment is due or as soon as possible thereafter.


Due Dates and Late Penalties:

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

  • The grace period for late assignments is as follows:
    • 1 day late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade
    • 2 days late-20% off of the assignment grade
    • 3 days late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%
  • Extra credit will be at the discretion of the teacher.


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 academic development 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 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: Anita Cola, Affirmative Action Officer/Dean of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, or Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer/Dean of Students, Angeli Hall, Room 104, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1579,  

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:   

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.


Topics, weekly breakdown and Course Objectives (CO#) met


1 -2

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

CO #1,5,6,7


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

Class 3 – (FOCUS 2 Submission) Résumé Intro, LOR Intent w/ Titles Submitted and Course Work Review
Class 4 Online – Résumé: Email Rough Draft

CO #2,5,6,8




FOCUS 2 Career Assessment & Action Plan

Letters of Recommendation Intent (w/Titles)


Community Service Site Location


Résumé (rough draft)


WEEK 3 – Résumé Cont.

Class 5 – Résumé Review, Community Service Site Location Submitted
Class 6 Online – Email Résumé Final Draft

CO #3,6,7


WEEK 4 – Reflection Paper, Transfer, LinkedIn/Networking

Class 7 – Résumé Submitted, Assigned Reflection Paper, LinkedIn, and Job Start 101 Assignments.

Class 8 Online – Complete Job 101 Assignment, LinkedIn Profile & Reflection Paper

CO #5,6





WEEK 5 – Grad Survey, LinkedIn

Class 9 – Reflection Paper, Graduation Survey, LinkedIn Profile, Job Start 101 Assignment Due; Guest Speaker on Transfer Services
Class 10 Online – Coursework submission, LOR, and Portfolio submission (Please try to submit all documents online or through email)

CO #2,6

Online Graduation Application (in –class)


Résumé Final Draft





Job Start 10, Modules 1 & 2 (on discussion board)


Reflection Paper


LinkedIn Assignment




Graduation Survey


Portfolio, including Coursework and LOR





WEEK 6 – Job Start 101

Class 11 – Portfolio Submission/Review, Job Start 101 Assignment, Financial Aid Visit
Class 12 Online - Job Start 101 Assignment

CO #2,3,4,6


WEEK 7 – Interview Week

Class 13 – Mock Interviews/ Job Start 101 Assignment Due, Student Wellness Visit

Class 14 Online – JobStart/Financial Avenue Modules; and Community Service 5 Hours and essay

CO #6,9


WEEK 8 - Job Start 101, Financial Avenue, Community Service

Class 15 - Job Start 101/ Financial Avenue Assignment Due/Alumni Services Visit
Class 16 Online – Community Service Assignment Submission

CO #1,4


Job Start 101, Modules 3 & 4 (on discussion board)


Interview Prep.







Job Start 101/Financial Avenue Modules (on discussion board)





Community Service Time Sheet Submission (5 Hours) and essay





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