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IDS-110 syllabus for Fall 2010



Course Syllabus for IDS-110 Methodist University Experience. Instructor(s) Courtney Mack / Tracey Pearson

Course Syllabus for IDS-110 Methodist University Experience. Instructor(s) Courtney Mack / Tracey Pearson



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    • Interdisciplinary Studies 110 (IDS-110) “The Methodist University Experience” Fall 2010Instructor: Courtney Mack/Tracey PearsonPeer Mentor: Jamesha BrownOffice Location: LibraryOffice Hours: Courtney Mack (Mon. 2-4pm/Tues 3-5 pm/Wed & Fri - By Appt) Tracey Pearson (Mon & Wed. 9-11/Tues 9-10/Thurs. 9-11)Telephone Number: 910-630-7541 (Ms. Mack) 910-630-7587 (Ms. Pearson)Email: comack@methodist.edu/ tpearson@methodist.eduClass Location: S219 Science Buildingand Time: Tuesday & Thursday 11:00am-12:15pmTexts 1. Strike, Kenneth A., and Pamela A. Moss. Ethics and College Student Life: A Case Study Approach. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008. 2005. 2. Kidder, Tracy. Mountains Beyond Mountains. New York:General Education/Core Goal: Critical ThinkingCourse Description: This course is designed to develop freshmen students’ readingcomprehension and critical thinking skills. It is also intended to assist first-year students in thetransition to college life. The subject matter of the Freshman Reading Program selection isdeliberately chosen for its thought-provoking potential. The textbook related to collegetransition topics is presented in a case study format in order to facilitate class discussion andanalysis of various relevant issues.Prerequisites: none
    • GoalsThe goals of this course are to: 1. prepare students for the Methodist University experience by acquainting them with key resources, information, and strategies for a successful transition into college life; 2. pique their interest in intellectual endeavor by engaging them in reading and discussion of interesting texts that are relevant to their lives; 3. prepare them for college-level academic work by reviewing basic skills in reading, writing, discussion and critical thinking and by having them apply those skills in meaningful ways.These goals partially support Methodist University General Education/Core Goal 1, improvingstudents’ skills “in written and oral communication.” They also support General Education/CoreGoal 3, improving students’ “ability to think critically about complex subjects.”ObjectivesThe objectives of this course are for students to: 1. demonstrate knowledge of key Methodist University resources and information; 2. read and discuss texts that are relevant to their lives as young people and as college students; 3. produce satisfactory written work on topics related to this course; 4. demonstrate improved critical thinking skills; 5. engage in a variety of campus experiences.Assessment ● Objective 1 will be assessed by means of a graded assignment(s) related to the MU Academic Catalogue, Four-Year Curriculum Plans, and the MU Student Handbook. ● Objective 2 will be assessed by means of graded assignments related to the assigned reading. Examples include, but are not limited to, quizzes, reports, class discussions, and journals. ● Objective 3 will be assessed by means of three short response papers and one longer, thesis-driven essay, graded according to the rubric included in this syllabus. ● Objective 4 will be assessed by means of reporting and analyzing the series of scores earned on the “Analysis/Development” portion of the rubric used in grading the three short response papers. ● Objective 5 will be assessed by means of students’ attendance/participation in the following:
    • Mandatory 1. Opening Convocation 2. MU Career Services Center session 3. At least one cultural event (to be approved by instructor) *These events will be announced during the semester* 4. At least one community service activity 5. One lecture out of four part lecture series (will attend as a class)August 24 Class overview/Ice breakerAugust 26 How College is Different/College ExpectationsAugust 31 Chapter 1 Intro to Ethical Principles Study Skills/Tutoring Center SpeakerSeptember 2 Chapter 2 Academic Integrity, Grading & Cheating/Your College InventorySeptember 7 Student Handbook/Academic CatalogueSeptember 9 Library Competency (Meet in Class) Student Handbook Assignment Due****Monday, September 13-Mandatory Convocation*****September 14 Quiz on Chapters 1 & 2/ Convocation Paper Due/Convocation DiscussionSeptember 16 Writing Center (Meeting In Class)September 21 What Would You Do? Discussion (Read & React Paper Due)September 23 Chapter 7 Drinking and Living the Good Life/ Guest Speaker Darlene Hopkins (Case Study Paper Due)September 28 Overview of Mountain Beyond MountainsSeptember 30 Discussion of Mountain Beyond Mountains (Read & React Paper Due)October 5 Chapter 3 Tolerance, Diversity, and Hate Speech (Case Study Paper Due)October 7 Chapter 3 Documentary & DiscussionOctober 12 Chapter 6 Sex, Relationship and Power (Case Study Paper Due)October 14 Quiz Chapters 3, 6, & 7 /Career ServicesOctober 19 No Class Fall Break (October 18 & 19)October 21 Chapter 5 Loyalty, Friendship, & Community (Case Study Due)October 26 Class PresentationsOctober 28 Class PresentationsNovember 2 Class PresentationsNovember 4 Class PresentationsNovember 9 Documentary & DiscussionNovember 11 Documentary & DiscussionNovember 16 Chapter 4 Privacy & Dialogue (Case Study Paper Due)November 18 Chapter 10 Discussion (Long Essay Due)November 23 Chapter 8 On Getting a LifeNovember 25 No class (Thanksgiving 24-28)November 30 Quiz on Chapters 4, 8, & 10/Your College InventoryDecember 2 Documentary & DiscussionDecember 7 Last Day of ClassDecember 13 Final Exam 8am
    • Grading Criteria1. Graded Catalogue/Student Handbook/Four-Year Plan assignments 10%2. Graded work related to reading assignments /Presentation 30%3. Short papers (Case Studies) 35%4. One longer essay 15%5. Completion of participation assignments 10%Grading Scale93-100 A 78-79 C+ 60-62 D-90-92 A- 73-77 C below 59 F88-89 B+ 70-72 C-83-87 B 68-69 D+80-82 B- 63-67 DAttendanceNote the following statement (see p. 19) in the 2009-2010 Academic Catalogue: “Credit will notbe awarded for any 100-level course in which a student is absent for whatever reason (sickness,family emergencies, University athletic events, etc.) for more than 20% of the first thirteenweeks of the semester. When absences, for whatever reason, exceed 20% during the firstthirteen weeks of the semester, the Registrar will drop the student from the class….A studentdropped for excessive absences will receive a grade of WF.”Honor CodeThe Methodist University Honor Code prohibits cheating (including plagiarism), theft, andacademic misrepresentation. These terms are thoroughly defined in the MU AcademicCatalogue, and all students are responsible for understanding the material on those pages.Penalties and procedures regarding infractions of the Honor Code are outlined in the academiccatalogue. In this course, the following apply: ● students who violate the Honor Code will receive either an F for the assignment in question, a zero for the assignment in question, or an F for the course as a whole, depending on the severity of the infraction; ● plagiarism is defined as the deliberate or accidental borrowing of another’s words or ideas without giving credit to the source from which the words or ideas are borrowed.Students with Disabilities Any student requiring accommodations due to one or more disabilities must bring theappropriate documentation to the Methodist University Center for Personal Development (PearceHall/630-7150 or 7402) no later than the first week of classes during the semester in which theaccommodations are required. Together, the student and the Director of Disability Services willdecide upon the accommodations to be implemented.
    • IDS 110 Writing Rubric1) Content/ 2) Purpose/ 3) Analysis/ 4) Organization 5) Source 6) WritingConcept1 Focus Development2 Handling/Citation5--Is appropriate 5--Clearly 5-Develops the 5-Each sentence 5-Every point and 5-Clear andto the require- focuses on a central focus and paragraph statement of fact is correct. Fewments of the central point. amply and has a clear, reliably attributed. errors inassignment. Maintains persuasively with focused purpose Every fact, point, grammar,Shows insight, consistent focus appropriate and coherent paraphrase, and sentenceunderstanding, on that point. reasoning and relation to the quotation is structure,awareness of evidence. whole. completely and grammar, andperspectives and Sources are used helpfully usage.contexts. effectively and documented. appropriately.33-Is appropriate 3-Seems to have 3-Develops the 3-Some 3-Citations are 3-Mostlyto assignment but a central point central focus important mostly complete, correct.ideas and but does not more through organizational but some are Occasionalcontexts are focus clearly summary and/or elements are sloppy. There is minor errorspoorly understood and consistently assertion than missing, some confusion may be present,and/or described. on it. through sup- inadequate, or about the source of but prose is porting analysis garbled. ideas or generally at or evidence. Difficult to information. college level. Sources are not follow. used as effec- tively as they could be.1-Is inappropriate 1-Lacks a clear 1-Consists of 1-Lacks logical 1-Elements of 1-Major patternto assignment point. vague structure and paper meet the of errors orand/or ideas are generalizations flow; random or definition of many sloppysimplistic, and assertions. Is disjointed; plagiarism. errors.narrow, without illogical. Fails to makes littlecontext, use sources when sense.perspective, or necessary and/orinterpretive uses themdepth. inappropriately.Points:Comments: ● The writer must make intelligent reference to at least one of the criteria for moral reasoning presented in chapter 1 of Ethical Issues in order to earn a high score on a short paper. ● Citation of secondary sources is mandatory. When citing textbook material: use standard citation rules for initial reference to book and author. Subsequent quotes, summaries, and paraphrases: reference page number.Student Name: Date: _________Assignment: _________________________ Grade: __________