Lackawanna College

College 101 Freshman Experience ONLINE

COL101OA - One Credit

Spring 2019 Syllabus

January 22 – March 17


Instructor: Adrienne Asbury  


Office Hours: 107 Angeli Hall, Tuesday 12:30-2:30 and Friday 9:50-10:50


REQUIRED MATERIALS:  No required materials. An academic planner will be provided.


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.


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

  1. Describe the value of higher education 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, etc.)




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



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 making posts and replies in a course-related graded discussion forum or submitting a course-related written assignment. Activities (Syllabus quiz, Course Navigation Quiz, Academic Honesty Pledge, Autobiography) not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.

Students who fail to participate in an academic activity as described above in the online classroom prior to the last day to drop/add, will automatically be dropped from the course.

* You are required to engage in discussion by making an initial post to your instructor’s prompt by the assigned day of the week, and then submitting the required number of replies by the end of the week.

* Students who do not participate in any course-related discussions AND who do not submit any course-related assignments for ONE week will be DROPPED from the course. It is the responsibility of the student to formally withdraw from the course at the Registrar’s office.




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.

Good Discussions in Course Resources 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!


Ask yourself the following questions to help guide you in having a great discussion:

* Did I answer the discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material that promoted conversation?

* Did I support my answers to the discussion questions with research and reading?

* Did I make the required number of replies to my classmates?

* Did I continue the conversation with peers that replied to my discussion?

* Did I answer any additional questions the instructor may have asked?

* Are all of my responses detailed and clear?

* Did I make my initial post and replies by the assigned due dates?

* Did I relate my responses to the course reading, notes, and/or personal life?

* Did I provide the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learned from what I have contributed and can continue the conversation

* Did I use proper grammar, spelling and netiquette?

Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will negatively affect your weekly score.



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.


* All emails and responses posted in the General Questions section of the forum will be answered within one day.

* All assignments will be graded within 1 week of the assignment due date



GRADING:  Below is Lackawanna College’s grading scale, showing the value of each grade.


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:  To be fair to classmates who meet deadlines promptly, late assignments will not be accepted. 


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. 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. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty 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 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: Ms. Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, or Mr. Gopu Kiron, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of eLearning, Angeli Hall, Ground Floor, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570)504-7929,


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.



Graded Assignments


Due Date: Sundays by 11:55 pm

Online Discussion each week on TWO separate days


Initial posts are general due Thursday, and replies are generally due Sunday. 

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 post in response to my question and a comment on at least one other student’s post).  You must participate in discussion on two separate days, for a total of no less than three posts per week, to get full credit for the week. 


2.) Academic Honesty Pledge: 8 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. 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.