COL201 Syllabus

Lackawanna College

Online Standardized Syllabus

Capstone COL 201 OF - Spring 2019



Mary Lou Purnell




Room 316C Angeli Hall


Office Hours

By Appointment





You will be provided with readings via either handout or email to supplement your understanding of course objectives. The student must provide a scanned in final portfolio submission with table of contents organization.


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 or did not attend the course must complete their portfolio requirements in order to graduate and are subject to a $150 late fee.

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.



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

  1. Describe the value of career preparation, explain how your applied learning in and/or acquired important life skills through your major coursework and non-academic pursuits relate to your career.
  2. Transact basic College business (e.g. utilize transfer resources and agreements on portal, Financial Aid Exit Interview etc.).
  3. Live, work, and learn respectfully and cooperatively with people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs to develop a professional network.
  4. Participate in the community culture by completing a service learning activity.
  5. 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.
  6. Practice oral and written business communication skills including effective reading, listening, and public speaking and collaborating.
  7. Recognize and utilize resources and technology effectively for career development.
  8. Locate, evaluate and interpret career information and articulate acquired learning in a résumé.
  9. Identify the various purposes of portfolios and know the conventions of developing and professionally presenting a portfolio.



Requirements and Evaluation

Students are required to be active participants throughout this online course and have all reading or homework assignments completed to be prepared for all classes.  All assignments will have specific due dates and instructions for correct completion.  Assignments are listed below and may include, but are not limited to:  written assignments/essays, discussion boards, portfolio creation and reading assignments with corresponding activities.  Students are expected at all times to act in a professional manner throughout this course and discussions. Student performance will be evaluated relative to knowledge, skills, and professional behavior and will provide evidence of success in meeting the performance objectives.



Participation and interaction is the key to your success! Therefore, weekly completed discussions are expected and required. Please see below rubric for grading standards.

FOCUS 2 Career Assessment

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

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.


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.


Welcome to LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network with 300 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the globe. LinkedIn’s mission is simple: connect the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do.

Cover Letter


The goal of completing a cover letter is to provide you with a foundation for building skills needed to effectively get a job in this professional field.

Completion of FEMA Disaster Training and Da Vinci Certificate

The completion of these will better prepare the graduate for employment in the surgical healthcare arena.

Join the Community/Use Geisinger CMC for hospital/ Then choose the Xi System. To be completed with certificate submission.

Click on Independent Study tab to finfd IS700b course and IS200 HCA course to be completed with certificate submission.



A practice interview to help prepare a job candidate gain confidence by better knowing and preparing themselves.

Portfolio Submission

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 with Essay

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. Also looks good on your résumé!


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

  1. Discussion posts should be relevant, proof read and checked for grammar and spelling errors. If this is not apparent there will be a loss of points.
  2. Always be respectful to all members of the discussion group. This means not calling out names, using slang or profane language.
  3. Replies must be original. Repeating course mate replies will result in deduction of points.
  4. Do not cheat this will result in a grade of 0.
  5. All emails and responses posted in the General Questions section of the forum will be answered within one day.
  6. All assignments will be graded within 3 days of the assignment due date



Course Assignment/Activity

 % Value

Participation/Professionalism (Discussion boards, portfolio)


Graduation Application/Survey


FOCUS 2 Career Assessment and Action Plan


Mock Interviews


Letters of Recommendation – Work/School


Résumé, Cover Letter


Reflection Paper


LinkedIn (Profile, LC Group & Connect)


Completion of FEMA Disaster Training and Certificate


Community Service/Essay


Completion of Da Vinci Training and Certificate



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

  • No late assignments will be accepted.
  • Technical difficulties are NOT a justification for lateness.
  • 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,

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, or Gopu Kiron, Affirmative Action Officer/eLearning Director, Angeli Hall, Ground Floor, 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:   

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



Topic (Outline of Content)

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Week 1

Jan. 21 – 27

Introduce portfolio


FOCUS 2 Career assessment & action plan


Community Service


Graduate application introduction

1, 2, 4, 9

Reading: All associated handouts as provided.

Homework: Discussion Board Posts (Say Hello!); FOCUS 2 assessment



Week 2

Jan. 28- Feb. 3


Letters of Recommendations


Resume building


College Central


Reading: All associated handouts as provided.

Homework: Discussion Board Posts; Request letters of recommendation and LOR intent with titles submitted; FOCUS 2 action plan due


**Graduation applications due within first two weeks of this course.

Week 3

Feb. 4 – 10



Cover Letters


Reading: All associated handouts as provided.

Homework: Discussion Board Posts; Resume and cover letter rough drafts due for peer review this week


Week 4

Feb. 11-17

Community Service Overview


FEMA Disaster Training

4, 7

Reading: All associated handouts as provided.

Homework: Discussion Board Posts; community service placement due; continue collecting portfolio work; Final draft of cover letter and resume due


Week 5

Feb. 18-24

Reflection paper guidelines


Graduation Survey


CST Web based Exam Application and AST Membership Completed

2, 3, 5

Reading: All associated handouts.

Homework: Discussion Board Posts; Reflection paper peer reviews; graduation survey due; CST Web based Exam Application and AST Membership Completed

due by the end of this week

Week 6

Feb. 25-March 3

College reflection paper



5, 7

Reading: All associated handouts.

Homework: Discussion Board Posts; reflection paper due; All Letters of recommendation due

Week 7

March 4-10

Interview Preparation Video


Mock Interview Discussions


30 second elevator speech


Building Portfolio (format review)

6, 9

Reading: All associated handouts from guest lecturers.



Discussion Board posts; Community service time sheet and reflection paper due

Week 8

March 11-15


Introduction to Alumni Relations


Final Portfolio Submission





7, 9

Reading: All associated handouts.


Homework: Discussion Board Posts; Final portfolio due; begin LinkedIn profile, LinkedIn Profile completion;.



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