College 101 Syllabus - Online FL18

Lackawanna College

College 101 Freshman Experience ONLINE

COL101OA - One Credit

Fall 2018 Syllabus

August 27 – October 16


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.


REQUIRED MATERIALS:  No required materials. An academic planner will be provided for students who can pick one up in Angeli 105C.


DESCRIPTION: COL 101: Freshman Experience is a course for first semester students at Lackawanna College intended to maximize the benefits of the college education by developing supportive relationships with faculty, staff and classmates. Emphasis will be placed on the college experience, academic skills, life skills, and institutional values. (One Credit)


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, videos, written exercises, creative projects, and introduction to and use of a variety of campus resources.


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

12 points per week


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 REPLIES 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.)










DUE DATES AND LATE PENALTIES:  To be fair to classmates who meet deadlines promptly, late assignments will not be accepted.  Also, there will be no extra credit.

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.



Graded Assignments


Due Date: Sundays by 11:55 pm

Online Discussion THREE responses each week on TWO separate days


Every Sunday by 11:55 pm

Academic Honesty Pledge



Course Navigation Quiz



Syllabus Quiz



Scavenger Hunt



Introductory Essay



Consent/Respect & Alcohol Wise Questionnaires



Curriculum Quiz & Academic Advisor Assignment



Test-Taking Strategies Quiz



Plagiarism Quiz



Focus 2 Career/Research Assignment



PowerPoint Presentation with Partner



Reflection Essay



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



1.) Online Discussions:  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 REPLIES TO DISCUSSION QUESTIONS COUNT TOWARD THE WEEKLY POINTS; your introductory post or asking general questions to the instructor DO NOT COUNT.


2.) Academic Honesty Pledge: 8 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.) Scavenger Hunt: 10 points - In order to get to know the resources available to you at Lackawanna College, you will complete a “scavenger hunt” that will take you on a tour of the people and places associated with student affairs, career development, the registrar, Seeley Memorial Library, Academic Support Labs, athletics, and more.  You will be provided with a Scavenger Hunt  checklist. And use the New Student Survival Guide to complete the checklist.


6.) Introductory Essay: 15 points - This 300-500 word paper is a personal reflection of your learning goals, as well as your thoughts on how Lackawanna College courses will help you to achieve those goals, including a discussion of what you know now and what you hope to learn by graduation. Papers must be typed, follow proper grammar, mechanics, formatting and style, and be spell-checked.


7.) Consent/Respect & Alcohol Wise Online Questionnaires: 10 points – Completion these online questionnaires are a mandatory requirement for all new students. Each worth 5 points for a total of 10 points.


8.) Curriculum Quiz & Academic Advisor Assignment: 20 points - Student will review curriculum requirements and gain an understanding of course sequencing semester by semester. This overview will provide the student with a view of their long-term goals, such as earning a degree, and will illustrate the path for how they can reach that goal without taking excess credits, Students will also make contact with their Academic Advisor for further explanation of curriculum and degree requirements.


9.) 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.


10.) 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. 


11.) Focus 2 Career/Research: 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.  Student will research an occupation using the Bureau of Labor Statistics website ( and submit a 300-word essay that includes the occupation title and brief description of the profession, location of job, range of wages, and job outlook. Please also use or Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Papers must be typed and spellchecked, follow proper grammar, mechanics, formatting and style, and be uploaded in a Word document by the due date.


12.) PowerPoint Presentation with Partner: 40 Points - TOPIC: What Constitutes Credible, Scholarly Research Data for College Assignments?  Is it important to understand the credibility of a source?  Do you think you have a good understanding of what’s a credible source and where to find them? Many students do not, so this assignment will give you an introduction into how to begin basic research for college papers and projects, as well as proper MLA citation formats.  Refer to the APA & MLA Formatting Guidelines and the OWL Online Writing Lab on our Course Resources page for information and samples of MLA formats.


13.) Reflection Essay: 15 points - Students will write a 300-500 word essay on your experiences this semester and in this class.  Papers must be typed, follow proper grammar, mechanics, formatting and style, and be spell-checked.


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