College 101 Syllabus - Online FL18

Intersession - Online Standardized Syllabus

College 101 Syllabus

1 credit

                                           

Instructor

Abbey Judge

Phone

570-955-1516

Office

Rm 223, Healey Hall, 2nd fl

E-mail

judgea@lackawanna.edu

Office Hours

By appointment

 

 

 

Text

No textbooks required for this course.  All course materials can be found within the course.

 

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.

 

Objectives

Objective: 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

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

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

Objective: 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.)

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

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

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

Objective: 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

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

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

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

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

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

Requirements

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), posting an initial response to DQ 1 and  DQ 2 & replying twice to a classmate(s).  You must reply on two separate days, for a total of no less than four 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 results. My email is judgea@lackawanna.edu 

 

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 (https://www.bls.gov/bls/occupation.htmand 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 https://www.onetonline.org/ or Bureau of Labor Statistics. https://www.bls.gov/bls/occupation.htm.  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:  Are high school students ready for college?  You can explore different aspects of what it means to be college ready.  Some examples are: what constitutes college readiness; are there certain experiences, characteristics, or habits that make some students more ready than others; or what can high schools and colleges do to ensure students are ready when they arrive at college.  This presentation will also give you experience in 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.

 

 

Evaluation

See Course Schedule/Graded Assignments below.

 

 

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 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 that 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.

 

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.

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.

 

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

  • 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

 

Lackawanna College Grading Scale

 

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points

A

96 – 100

4.0

A-

90 – 95

3.67

B+

87 – 89

3.33

B

83 – 86

3.0

B-

80 – 82

2.67

C+

77 – 79

2.33

C

73 – 76

2.0

C-

70 – 72

1.67

D+

67 – 69

1.33

D

60 – 66

1.0

F

0 – 59

0

 

 

Graded Assignments

Value

Due Date: Sundays by 11:55 pm unless otherwise indicated

Online Discussion FOUR responses each week on TWO separate days

 112

Every Thursday by 11:55pm for initial posts Sunday by 11:55 pm for replies

Academic Honesty Pledge

    8

 1/24

Course Navigation Quiz

   10 

 1/27

Syllabus Quiz

   10

 1/27

Scavenger Hunt

   10

 2/3

Introductory Essay

   15

 2/3

Consent/Respect & Alcohol Wise Questionnaires

   10

 2/10

Curriculum Quiz & Academic Advisor Assignment

   20

 2/10

Test-Taking Strategies Quiz

   10

 2/17

Plagiarism Quiz

   10

 2/17

Focus 2 Career/Research Assignment

   20

 2/24

PowerPoint Presentation with Partner

   40

 3/3

Reflection Essay

   15

 FRIDAY 3/15

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric

16 points per week

 

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I

do this?

Where?

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 post  & 1 reply required, one to teacher’s initial question and one reply to a classmate's response– worth 6 points;

DQ2 - 1 post & 1 reply required, one to teacher’s original question and one reply to a classmate’s response – worth 6 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.

 

12

 

 

 

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

4

 

 

 

TOTAL POINTS for EACH WEEKLY DISCUSSION:

16

 

 

 

 

Introductory Reflection Paper Rubric

Point Value: 15 points

 

Criteria

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

Degree to which paper fulfills the assignment

10 

9

8

7

Proper spelling, punctuation & grammar

 5 

4

3

2

TOTAL POINTS

15

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

Academic Advisor Assignment Rubric

Point Value: 10 points

 

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I

Do This?

Where?

Points Earned

Correctly identifies academic advisor

1

     

Correctly answers all assignment questions.

8

     

Uploads assignment into a Word document.

1

 

 

 

 

 

     

TOTAL POINTS

10

   

 

 

Focus 2 Career Research Assignment Rubric

Points Value: 20 points

 

Criteria

Excellent

Good

Fair

Needs Improvement

Part I: Completion of Focus 2 Online Self-Assessment   

10

8

6

4

Part II: Occupation research paper: utilized specific websites, 300 words, proper grammar, mechanics, formatting, punctuation; spellchecked

10   

8

6

4

TOTAL POINTS

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PowerPoint Presentation Rubric

Point Value: 40 points

 

What Should I Do?

Excellent

Good

Fair

Needs Improvement

 

 

 

 

 

Content fulfills requirements: Title, Three Research Sources, Conclusion, Works Cited.

10

 

8

 

6

 

4

Min. six slides; no paragraphs on slides - bullet points; contains color and images.

6

 

5

 

4

 

3

Presentation is clear, well organized, creative, and free of grammar and spelling errors.

10

 

8

 

6

 

4

Proper MLA formatted citation on slides and Works Cited page.

5

 

4

 

3

 

2

Partner assessment score.

9

 

6

 

3

 

0

TOTAL POINTS for PowerPoint Assignment:

      40

 

 

 

 

 


 

Final Essay Reflection Paper Rubric

Point Value: 15 points

 

Criteria

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

Degree to which paper fulfills the assignment

10

9

8

7

Proper spelling, punctuation & grammar

5   

4

3

2

TOTAL POINTS

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties

Online course assignments are due within the week they are assigned unless otherwise noted. You must adhere to online due dates to receive credit for assignments.  If extreme circumstances arise it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor.  The instructor will decide if assignments will be accepted after the due dates outlined.  If assignments are accepted late, the following grading policy will apply.

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” for this course.

 

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, 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 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 Disability Services 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, piggam@lackawanna.edu.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, EganG@lackawanna.edu or Gopu Kiron, Affirmative Action Officer/eLearning Director, Angeli Hall, Ground Floor, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-7929, kirong@lackawanna.edu.

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 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: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   

Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing 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

 

See course schedule of graded assignments above.

Examinations

Dates of assessments are listed above and online under ‘Assignments’.  There is no final exam for this course.