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Fall 2017 Syllabus

 

 

Lackawanna College

COL201 (Online): Capstone Syllabus

Fall I 2017

August 28th-October 17th

1 credit

 

Instructor:

Maura Irving

Phone:

570- 335-8852

Office:

Online

E-mail:

maura.irving@falcons.lackawanna.edu

Office Hours:

Online through Chat by appointment or at a mutually convenient time

 

*Email is checked several times daily.

                               

Description:

COL 201: The Capstone is the culmination of the Lackawanna College learning experience. Students will assemble the portfolio and final reflection, demonstrating how their education has been applied to illustrate their value as a professional.  The Capstone course will further prepare all students for success in post-college employment and /or future education.

Note: College 201 is mandatory for all students.  Students who receive a failing grade, that grade will remain on their transcript and will affect their GPA.

* Capstone is an online course that begins the week of August 28th and ends on Tuesday, October 17th.  

 

Method of Instruction:

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, film and video tapes, and written exercises. 

 

Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Conduct basic College business (e.g. Graduation application, Financial Aid Exit Interview, Graduation survey, etc.).

  1. Engage in reflection, self-knowledge, self-discovery and problem-solving to identify and assess personal strengths and weaknesses and define personal values and goals to enhance your professional development and plan for your future.
  2. Locate, evaluate and interpret career information and articulate acquired learning in some platforms such as a résumé, a cover letter and letter(s) of reference.
  3. Participate in the community culture of Lackawanna by completing a class service activity.
  4. Demonstrate achievement of critical thinking, communication skills, diversity/global awareness, respect for and acceptance of others, teamwork/collaboration, life-long learning, knowledge application, science/technology skills, and information literacy.
  5. Explain how applied learning in your major coursework and/or acquired important life skills through non-academic pursuits will help to advance your career aspirations.

 

Requirements:

In this course, you will have a variety of regular responsibilities. Your grade for the course will be determined by these responsibilities, which include your participation in class discussions, homework and outside assignments that meet the course competencies. Keep this syllabus safe and handy. It will serve as your contract and guide for this course, and it will provide you with the information you need to succeed. However, if you have questions regarding any portion of this syllabus or the course please do not hesitate to ask either via email or phone. Your ideas and suggestions are welcome!    

 

Evaluation

You will be evaluated on the following assignments:

Participation in Online Discussions

Participation and interaction is the key to your success! Therefore, late submissions will reduce your participation grade. Please be sure to answer both DQ 1 and DQ 2 and respond to classmates in relation to both DQ 1 and DQ 2. 

FOCUS 2 Career Assessment

A self-paced, online career and education planning tool for college students

 

Letters of Recommendation

The letter of recommendation is a letter written on your behalf, typically from a faculty member or employer that recommends you as a good candidate for graduate study or employment.

Résumé

A brochure to market who you are! Each résumé should be tailored to the job or career that you are seeking. Your résumé MUST be 100% error free, otherwise it will be 100% rejected.

Reflection Paper

The final section of your portfolio is a reflective paper documenting your overall academic experience at Lackawanna College.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet in over 200 countries and territories. LinkedIn’s mission is to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.

Sample Coursework

The portfolio is a collection of student learning documentation that provides tangible evidence of a student’s proficiency in selected courses.  It is developed by each individual student and should include several representative samples of a student’s work with the emphasis on the student’s chosen major.   

Community Service Project

Through involvement in Service Learning projects, students have the opportunity to gain a deeper hands-on understanding of the complex needs in their local community settings. This style of learning not only helps those who are benefiting from the student efforts, the students themselves are gaining critical thinking skills, more enhanced communication skills and a confident sense of how their contributions can make powerful changes in people’s lives. Community service also looks good on your resume! You must have your community service preapproved by me before the fourth week of class. 

 

 

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 Days Allowed without Discussion 

 

Two responses  on any 2 separate days in a week

(4 Total)

 

0

 

  • You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on TWO days throughout the week for a total of 4weekly 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 daily 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 said. 

You MUST post no less than 4 times per week-twice on any two SEPARATE days. 

Online Course Discussion Policy

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

10 points per week for a total of 70 points

 

 

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, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 replies)

1

 

 

 

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

2

 

 

 

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

1

 

 

 

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

1

 

 

 

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

2

 

 

 

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

1

 

 

 

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

1

 

 

 

Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette

1

 

 

 

TOTAL POINTS for EACH WEEKLY DISCUSSION:

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Grading

Your grade for the course will be based on the scores that you earn on each assignment. Below, the first table shows the allocation of your course grade.  The second table shows the value of each grade as determined by Lackawanna College. A rubric will be included for each assignment. 

Course Assignment/Activity

Value              Due Date

FOCUS 2 Career Assessment

5                      September 3rd

Graduation Application (Online)

10                    September 10th

Resume

10                    September 10th  

LinkedIn

5                      September 17th  

Reflection Paper

10                    September 24th

Letters of Recommendation (2 Scanned)

10                    October 1st  

Interview Project

10                    October 8th

Community Service Presentation

10                    October 15th

Sample Coursework (Scanned)

10                    October 15th

Course Participation (Discussions)

10                   Weekly

 

      

Total Points:

           150      

 

 

 

 

 

Focus 2 Rubric:

Criteria

Excellent

(5 Points.)

Good

(4 Points.)

Fair

(3 Points.)

Poor

(2 pts. or lower)

Sections Completed

4

3 – 3.9

2 – 2.9

Less than 2

 

Resume Grading Rubric: 10 Points  

Criteria

Outstanding

Good

Needs Improvement

Unsatisfactory

PRESENTATION/

FORMAT

 

  • Margins are balanced with even tab margins and spacing between lines/ sections.
  • Uses capitalization and bold to highlight headings consistently.
  • Appropriate font and point size.
  • Strongest experiences and strengths are listed in the top 2/3 of the page.
  • Resume length is appropriate (typically 1 page or 2 pages with 5+ years of experience).

 

  • Margins are balanced with some uneven tab margins and spacing between lines/ sections.
  • Uses capitalization and bold to highlight headings consistently.
  • Appropriate font, but heading information is too small to easily read.
  • Strongest experiences and strengths are listed in the top 2/3 of the page.
  • Resume length is appropriate (typically 1 page or 2 pages with 5+ years of experience).

 

  • Margins are balanced with some uneven tab margins and spacing between lines/ sections.
  • Uses capitalization and bold to highlight headings inconsistently.
  • Appropriate font, but too small for easy readability.
  • Strongest experiences and strengths could be better positioned to the top of the page.
  • Resume extends beyond length guidelines for experience.

 

  • Margins are balanced with many uneven tab margins and spacing between lines/ sections.
  • Does not use capitalization and bold to highlight headings.
  • Font and point size distract from readability.
  • Difficult to discern strongest experiences & strengths.
  • Resume extends beyond length guidelines for experience.

Points

2.5

2

1.5

1

HEADER, EDUCATION,

SKILLS,

ACTIVITIES, & HONORS

SECTIONS

 

  • Header information is complete/ font size is easy to read.
  • Degree and major are identified correctly.
  • 6+ skills specific to major/job area are identified with personal attributes.
  • Activities and/or honors within school and the community are noted.

 

  • Header information is complete/ font size is small (less than 10 pt).
  • Degree and major are identified correctly.
  • 3-5 skills specific to major/job area are identified with personal attributes.
  • Activities and/or honors within school and the community are noted.

 

  • 1-2 pieces of header information are missing/ font size is easy to read.
  • Degree and/ or major are identified incorrectly.
  • 1-2 skills specific to major/job area are identified with personal attributes.
  • Activities and/or honors within school and the community are noted.

 

  • 1-2 pieces of header information are missing/ font size is small (less than 10 pt).
  • Degree and/ or major are identified incorrectly or missing.
  • No skills specific to major/job area are identified with personal attributes.
  • Activities and/or honors within school and the community are noted.

Points

2.5

2

1.5

1

EXPERIENCE SECTION

 

  • Employer, city, state, position and dates of employment are listed.
  • Statements paint clear picture of job duties.
  • Action statements demonstrate transferable skills.
  • Action statements define actions and results.
  • A variety of verbs is used.

 

  • Employer, city, state, position and dates of employment are listed.
  • Statements paint clear picture of job duties.
  • Transferable skills are not clearly demonstrated.
  • Statements could do a better job of defining results of actions.
  • A variety of verbs is used.

 

  • 1-2 pieces of employment information are missing.
  • Job duties could be more descriptive.
  • Transferable skills are not clearly demonstrated.
  • Statements could do a better job of defining results of actions.
  • The same verb is used 2-3 times.

 

  • 3+ pieces of employment information are missing.
  • Job duties are not descriptive.
  • Transferable skills are not clearly demonstrated.
  • Statements could do a better job of defining results of actions.
  • The same verb is used multiple times.

Points

2.5

2

1.5

1

SPELLING & GRAMMAR

 

  • No spelling errors
  • No grammar errors
  • Appropriate verb tense
  • No personal pronouns

 

  • 1-2 spelling errors
  • 1-2 grammar errors
  • 1-2 verb tense errors
  • One personal pronoun is used.

 

  • 3-4 spelling errors
  • 3-4 grammar errors
  • 3-4 verb tense errors
  • Multiple personal pronouns are used.

 

  • 5-6 spelling errors
  • 5-6 grammar errors
  • 5-6 verb tense errors
  • Multiple personal pronouns

are used.

Points

2.5

2

1.5

1

 Reflection Paper Rubric:

Criteria

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

Degree to which essay demonstrates thoughtful reflection on topic

6

5

3

2

Writing Style and Grammar

4

3

2

1

Creativity

2

1.5

1

0

Community Service Rubric:

Criteria

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

Degree to which PowerPoint demonstrates thoughtful reflection on topic/Completed assigned hours

5

4

3       

2         

Creativity

2.5

2

1.5

 1

Variety of pictures taken in the service area

2.5

2

1.5

 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties

[Add your own due date and late penalty policy here. Included is a suggestion.]

  • 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. 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 Tony Ferrese, Affirmative Action Officer/Seeley Hall Residence Director, Seeley Hall, First Floor, North Washington Avenue, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1760, FerreseT@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

 

Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Week One:

August 28th- September 3rd

Career Assessment

Engage in reflection, self-knowledge, self-discovery and problem-solving to identify and assess personal strengths and weaknesses and define personal values and goals to enhance your professional development and plan for your future.

 Locate, evaluate and interpret career information and articulate acquired learning in some platforms such as a résumé, a cover letter and letter(s) of reference.

 

Focus 2 Career Assessment

 

Discussions Questions

Week Two: September 4th –September 10th

Resume Building Skills

Locate, evaluate and interpret career information and articulate acquired learning in some platforms such as a résumé, a cover letter and letter(s) of reference.

 

Conduct basic College business (e.g. Graduation application, Financial Aid Exit Interview, Graduation survey, etc.).

Resume

 

Graduation Application

 

Discussion Questions

Week Three:

September 11th –September 17th

Networking: LinkedIn

 

Explain how applied learning in your major coursework and/or acquired important life skills through non-academic pursuits will help to advance your career aspirations.

 

 

 LinkedIn

 

Discussion Questions

Week Four: September 18th-September 24th

Self-Reflection

Engage in reflection, self-knowledge, self-discovery and problem-solving to identify and assess personal strengths and weaknesses and define personal values and goals to enhance your professional development and plan for your future.

 

Reflection Paper

 

Discussion Questions

 

Community Service Approval

 

Week Five: September 25th-October 1st

 

Letters of Recommendation

 

Locate, evaluate and interpret career information and articulate acquired learning in some platforms such as a résumé, a cover letter and letter(s) of reference.

 

 

Letters of Recommendation

 

Discussion Questions  

Week Six:

October 2nd-

October 8th

Interview

Engage in reflection, self-knowledge, self-discovery and problem-solving to identify and assess personal strengths and weaknesses and define personal values and goals to enhance your professional development and plan for your future

Interview Assignment

 

Discussion Questions

Week Seven:

October 9th-

October 17th

Community Service and Graded Work

Participate in the community culture of Lackawanna by completing a class service activity

 

Conduct basic College business (e.g. Graduation application, Financial Aid Exit Interview, Graduation survey, etc.).

Community Service Project

 

Graded Class Work

 

Discussion Questions