College 101 Syllabus - Online SP17

Lackawanna College

College 101 Freshman Experience ONLINE

COL101OA - One Credit

Fall 2017 Syllabus

August 28 – October 17, 2017

Instructor: Karen Legge, Director of Student Life/Adjunct Humanities Instructor

Email:  Office Hours: Angeli Hall, Suite 105 M - F, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

TEXTBOOK:  Hot Dogs & Hamburgers by Rob Schindler. Hot Dogs & Hamburgers will be the topic of one discussion question per week.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  COL101: Freshman Experience 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 realize their full potential. COL101 extends the welcome you received in orientation and demonstrates how you can continue to use your learning about the basics throughout your college career. Further, COL101 sets up the framework for beginning of the semester events hosted by Student Affairs that allow you to check in, trade success stories, and refresh your memory of the fundamental learning tools.  COL101 serves as a motivational introduction to the College and to the skills essential for your journey toward personal, academic and career success. Thirteen competencies – including intellectual inquiry; critical and creative thinking; communication; personal reflection and research skills – will be explored to help you to define short and long-term goals and to engage in strategies to attain those goals.

COURSE OBJECTIVES & LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  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.)



1.) Online Discussions:  112 points (16 points per week) – Two discussion questions will be posted each week.  You are required to reply to all Discussion Questions (DQs), responding once to DQ 1 and twice to DQ 2 (an initial response to my question and a comment on at least one other student’s post).  You must reply on two separate days, for a total of no less than three posts per week, to get full credit for the week.  ONLY POSTS REPLYING TO DISCUSSION QUESTIONS COUNT TOWARD THE WEEKLY 14 POINTS; your introductory post or asking general questions to the instructor DO NOT COUNT.

2.) Academic Honesty Pledge: 4 points Students will copy & paste the pledge and then write one to two sentences regarding the need for academic integrity. 

3.) Syllabus Quiz: 10 points – Have you read through the syllabus for this course?  This quiz assesses your understanding of the important information contained on the syllabus.

4.) Course Navigation Quiz: 10 points – The Course Navigation Quiz will test your knowledge of navigating the Portal for an online course. To answer these questions correctly, you must click on the links and review the information contained in each.

5.) Haven & Alcohol-Wise Online Questionnaires: 5 points – Completion of Part 1 of the Haven and Alcohol-Wise online questionnaires. At the conclusion of Part I of each questionnaire students can print out, scan, and email the proof of completion or the email confirming completion of Part I for grading purposes.  Each worth 2.5 points for a total of 5 points.

6.) Introductory Reflection Paper: 15 points - Introductory Reflection Paper: 15 points - This 1-2-page paper is a personal reflection of your learning goals and on how Lackawanna College courses will help you to achieve those goals.  The paper must follow proper grammar, mechanics, formatting and style.  SPELLCHECK YOUR PAPER!

7.) Academic Advisor Assignment: 10 points - Getting to know your academic advisor encourages you to be more comfortable in approaching them for help, and meeting with them on a regular basis is a crucial part of your college experience. Advisors can assist you with a variety of different issues including deciding on a major, selecting courses each semester, apprising you of important registration and withdrawal dates, course sequencing/prerequisites, and more.

8.) Curriculum Quiz: 10 points – Knowledge of the curriculum requirements for your major (ex.: what specific courses, course sequencing, prerequisites, total number of credits needed for graduation, developmental education requirements/impact on projected graduation date, elective options, etc.) is important for a complete understanding of what to expect as you matriculate through your freshman and sophomore years at LC.  The Curriculum Quiz assesses your knowledge of your curriculum requirements.

9.) Learning Styles Inventory/Assessment: 5 points – Knowing your preferred learning style is important to.... In this assignment, you will complete a learning styles inventory, determine your dominant learning style, learn about specific study techniques that enhance your style, and discuss how you can incorporate these strategies into your study routines.

10.) Test-Taking Strategies Quiz: 10 points – Test-taking strategies for specific types of tests as well as educated guessing strategies will be explained.  The Test-Taking Strategies Quiz, which will be accessed on the course page, will assess your understanding and application of these strategies.

11.) Plagiarism Quiz: 10 points - This online quiz tests your knowledge of plagiarism.  You must email me the pre-and post-test (5 points each) results. 

12.) FOCUS 2 Career Exploration: 20 points - Students will utilize FOCUS 2, the self-paced, online career and education planning tool found on the Career Development link on the College’s website, to begin an in-depth career exploration. 

13.) “A Class Divided” Power Point Presentation: 40 points – Students will partner with a classmate and prepare a presentation (including research component) reflecting on the ethics of Jane Elliot’s “A Class Divided” experiment. 

14.) Autobiographical CD Playlist: 10 points - You will select songs that represent who you are and significant moments in your life, explain why you chose each and design a CD cover.

15.) Final Essay: 15 points - You will write a 1-2-page reflection paper explaining why you feel College 101 was helpful to you as you continue your learning journey at LC.  SPELLCHECK YOUR PAPER!  

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

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: If you have any technical problems, IT is available 24/7 by email at or by phone at 570-955-1500.

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

# of Days Required for Discussion in an Online, One Credit Course

Maximum # of Weeks Allowed without Discussion 

  Three replies on any two days in a week (3 total)


You are required to engage in discussion at least TWO SEPARATE days throughout the week for a total of THREE replies 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 the Course Resources link.
  • 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 reply no less than three times per week –on any two days.  Good Discussions in the Course Resources link 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

16 points per week for seven weeks for a total of 112 points 

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I

do this?


Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly, demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, providing 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, and relating to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or both, and use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette.  

(DQ1: 1 reply to teacher’s initial question required – worth 4 points;

DQ2 - 2 replies required, one to teacher’s original question and one reply to a classmate’s response – worth 8 points). ONLY POSTS REPLYING TO DISCUSSION QUESTIONS COUNT TOWARD THE WEEKLY 16 POINTS; your introductory post or asking general questions to the instructor DO NOT COUNT.






Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted on two separate days. (Graded separately.)