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Course Syllabus

Lackawanna College

COL 101: Instructor Training Course Syllabus

Online Classroom: XX credits

Fall 2017: August 31-September 25


 Mr. Gopu Kiron


 (570) 504-7929


Angeli Hall 103


Office Hours

Available via email/chat or by appointment.




There is no required textbook for this class. All assigned readings & resources can be found under the Handouts and Links tab.


Freshman Experience Success Seminar is a course for first-year students at Lackawanna College intended to maximize the benefits of the college education by developing supportive relationships with faculty, staff and classmates and enabling students to understand and use the skills to help them realize their full potential. (1 Credits) 


1. Describe the value of higher education (mission, vision, etc.); make connections among courses in the core curriculum; and emphasize the benefits of lifelong learning

2. Describe the roles and responsibilities of a Lackawanna College student with regard to the College’s policies (e.g. Student Handbook)

3. Transact basic College business (e.g. advising and registration, interact with Financial Aid, view semester grades, navigate the portal, etc.)

4. Critically evaluate information, both in and out of the classroom, and examine choices and consequences of college life in order to employ methods of staying safe and healthy, both physically and mentally (e.g. drugs, alcohol, stress, relationships, etc.)

5. Identify ethical issues; demonstrate the role of critical thinking in examining alternatives; and formulate a personal position on selected issues

6. Live, work, and learn respectfully and cooperatively with people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs to develop a network of supportive peers

7. Create awareness of College community culture (e.g. student life activities and organizations)

8. Engage in reflection, self-knowledge, self-discovery and problem-solving to identify and assess personal strengths and weaknesses and define personal values and goals

9. Understand learning styles and how to adapt a personal style to the college classroom environment

10. Use organization and time-management techniques in response to competing curricular and co-curricular priorities and deadlines

11. Develop study and research skills including note and test-taking strategies

12. Practice oral and written communication skills including effective reading, listening, public speaking and collaborating

13. Recognize and use campus resources and technology (e.g. Seeley Memorial Library, Focus 2, College Central, etc.)

 Online Course 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 courses as well.

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Postings not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.

 # of Days Required for Discussion in an Online Course

Maximum # of Weeks Allowed without Discussion


Twice on any four days in a week (8 total)



 You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHT posts in all, minimum.

  • You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score.
  • Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course.

 Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

You MUST post no less than 8 times per week – twice on any four days.

Good Discussions in Handouts and Links will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

 Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?


Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 posts)





Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 posts)











Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 posts)




Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 posts)




Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.




Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both




Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation




Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette








 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:

  • Complete all assignments and discussions on-time.
  • Respect your classmates, and do not post negative or disparaging comments to others.
  • Always think twice before posting. Sometimes the most well-intentioned post can be misinterpreted by the reader due to the choice of words.
  • Help your classmates, and do not hesitate to ask questions to the instructor.


The discussions assignments in this course are tracked by points. Use the Points Value column to check your grade based on how many points you have earned. You might also estimate how many more points you need in order to earn the final grade that you want.

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Points Value

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:

Late assignments will earn a penalty. Technical difficulties are NOT a justification for lateness.

  • 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%
  • 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

 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 Ms. 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.

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, assessing 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:




Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity


Value of higher education

 CO1, CO2, CO7

Read Week 1 Handouts and Links

Post in the About You forum.

Complete Syllabus quiz.


Ethical Decision-Making and Financial Literacy

CO5, CO3

Emailing advisor.

DQ 1: Ethical Dilemma Discussion

DQ 2: Financial Literacy Discussion

Autobiographical Playlist


Test-taking, study skills, learning styles, and organization.

CO11, CO 9, CO 10,

Letter to Freshman

DQ 1: Test-Taking Approach Discussion

DQ 2: Study Skills Discussion


Cultural Awareness and Diversity


DQ 1: Diversity Discussion

DQ 2: Ethnical


Research and Library Information


Research Project Assignment

DQ 1:


Student Wellness

CO4, CO12

Wellness Group Assignment

DQ 1: Emotional Wellness Discussion

DQ 2: Drugs and Alcohol Discussion


Career Decision-Making

CO8, CO13,

Career Inventory and Online Resources Assignment

DQ 1: Career Choice Discussion

DQ 2: Discussion of Career Inventory Results.

Assignments (See rubrics in Course Resources)

Emailing Advisor

Letter to Freshmen

Research Project Assignment

Wellness Group Project

Career Inventory and Online Resources Assignment

(.docx, 30K)