IDH 4905: Introduction to Honors Professional Development, section 0305 Fall 2010 Thursdays, 4th period 119 Hume Hall Melissa L. Johnson 343 Infirmary Michael Eichner (352) 392-1519 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Available by appointmentCourse DescriptionIn this course, students will work closely with an honors advisor and a current honors student leader todevelop an action plan for university involvement. Students will learn how to find and apply forscholarships and awards, internships, study abroad programs, research opportunities, and leadership andservice projects. Students will get to know the inner-workings of the university and discover availableresources and opportunities, all while working with other highly motivated honors students. Students whohave taken this course have successfully participated in many of the opportunities discussed in class.Objectives1. To become familiar with advanced opportunities for involvement, including undergraduate research, internships, and international experiences.2. To begin to apply the knowledge gained in this course into practice.3. To develop skills in writing, oral presentation, use of technology and teamwork.4. To learn practical skills such as writing resumes, interviewing effectively, understanding degree audits and other academic documents, and working with faculty.5. To develop self-reflection skills related to undergraduate involvement at the University of Florida.6. To develop a positive mentoring and working relationship with an honors advisor and honors student leader.7. To facilitate community development at the micro and macro level.Readings & Resources Articles and other resources as posted on the syllabus and course wiki: http://honorsprodev.pbworks.com/ Class wiki (for Gator Adventure Projects): http://honorsprodevslayer.pbworks.com Honors Daily Opportunities List – sent Monday-Friday to your Gatorlink account. All class assignments will be uploaded to Sakai: https://elearning2.courses.ufl.edu/portalGeneral ExpectationsEach class meeting will be based on small group and class discussions and activities. Each person isresponsible for actively contributing to discussions based on readings as well as personal experiences andbackground. In order to achieve success, students are expected to: Be responsible for their own learning. Attend all class sessions, on time. Read the assignments critically and entirely prior to their due date. Complete all assignments on time. Treat all class members, including instructors, with respect and courtesy.
PoliciesPolicy on AttendanceYou are expected to come to every class regularly, unless extenuating circumstances, such as medicalemergencies, prohibit your attendance. Your active participation in class is imperative. If you cannotattend a class meeting, you are expected to notify Melissa in writing prior to the class meeting. Failure todo so will result in the absence counting as unexcused. Additionally, students must arrive to class on time,as tardiness will not be accepted.All absences will result in the lowering of your grade, regardless of excuse. All late arrivals also willresult in the lowering of your grade, unless you have a class meeting across campus directly before thisone. Please make arrangements with Melissa at the beginning of the semester if this situation applies toyou. For more information on specific grading policies related to attendance, please see the section onAssignments and Grades.Policy on CourseworkRequired readings, class discussions, and group work are all critical parts of the coursework and willcontribute significantly to your grade. For each applicable class, you should be able to demonstrate thatyou have read and reflected on all readings and assignments and be capable of participating in adiscussion with your classmates, the instructors, and invited guests.All written assignments should be prepared carefully in Microsoft Word using 12 pt Times New Roman/ Arial font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins. Your name should be typed on the upper-right headerof the paper. Papers should meet the minimum pages required.You are expected to meet all assignment deadlines. Assignments are due at the beginning of class on theassignment dates included in this syllabus. All assignments will be uploaded to the e-learning site:https://elearning2.courses.ufl.edu/portal. You should notify Melissa about any concerns you have aboutmeeting the established due dates at least 48 hours prior to the date in question. Penalties will be incurredfor late work that is accepted.The University of Florida provides high-quality services to students with disabilities, and we encourageyou to take advantage of them. Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations should 1)register with and provide documentation to Disability Resources (392-8565), and 2) bring a letter to theinstructor from Disability Resources indicating that you need academic accommodations.Policy on Academic IntegrityStudents are expected to act in accordance with the University of Florida policy on academic integrity.Any evidence of misconduct such as cheating, lying, misrepresentation or plagiarism will be subjected torigorous and swift application of the University’s pertinent policies.The Student Honor Code states, “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to holdourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.” On all work submitted forcredit, the following pledge is implied, “On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aidin doing this assignment.”Policy on E-mailStudents are required to have and use their Gatorlink account for all UF related e-mail functions. Officialuniversity communications are sent to students at this e-mail address. Important class announcements andreminders may be e-mailed to your Gatorlink address. It is your responsibility to check your e-mail on aregular basis, so you won’t miss these announcements.
Assignments and GradesCourse Evaluation93-100 (A); 90-92 (A-); 87-89 (B+); 83-86 (B); 80-82 (B-); 77-79 (C+); 73-76 (C); 70-72 (C-); 67-69(D+); 63-66 (D); 60-62 (D-); Below 59 (E)A grade of Incomplete (I) will not be issued under any circumstance. Failure to submit any assignmentwill result in a 5 point deduction of your grade in addition to the points missed for not completing theassignment. Assignments submitted 24 hours or more after the deadline will be docked ½ credit.15 Attendance and Class Participation 10 Interview Reflection Paper10 Blog Postings 10 Faculty Interview Paper10 Gator Adventure Project and Wiki Page 10 Meeting with Instructor and Peer Leader5 Class Community Service Project 5 Activity Paper5 Superchallenge Philanthropy 15 Final Course Reflection / Action Plan5 Resume1. Attendance and Participation (15 points): Alignment with Objectives 1-4, 7Discussion and participation are not only critical to the learning that takes place in the classroom, theywill help you make the most of your classroom experience.If you do miss a class for some reason, it is your responsibility to obtain any material or assignments froma fellow class member. Excused absences include: Required student participation in a University-sponsored event: These events will be excused with official documentation from the appropriate faculty or staff member. Documentation should be received prior to the event. Note that participation in general student organization events or meetings does not count as excused absences. Religious holidays: Religious holidays are always excused; please notify Melissa in writing within the first two weeks of class so that appropriate accommodations may be made. Medical emergencies: Medical emergencies are excused with appropriate documentation from a health care provider. Family Emergencies: These emergencies may be excused only with written documentation.Each class meeting counts as 1 point. You will receive the whole point if you arrive at class on time,remain for the entire period, and participate fully in class discussion and activities. Failure to do one ofthe above items will result in a deduction of your point for the day.Your final grade will be dropped an entire letter grade (e.g. from an “A” to a “B”) for each additionalabsence after 2 and/or for each tardy after 3. Late arrivals after 5 minutes will be considered for thisdeduction, although any late arrivals will impact your attendance and participation grade for the day.Don’t forget to notify Melissa in writing if you miss class or have a class meeting across campus prior tothis one. Please do not ask if you “missed anything important.”
2. Blog Postings (10 points): Alignment with Objectives 3, 5, 7At least 10 discussion topics will be assigned throughout the semester on Sakai. Most topics will beposted by Michael based on class discussions or other items of current interest. Each discussion postingwill be worth 1 point.Once a discussion topic has been posted, you will be able to leave a comment which counts as yourposting. When assigned, your discussion posting will be due by 5:00pm on the next Thursday. You mayreceive half credit for late postings, but all late postings are due by 5:00pm on Thursday, December 2.To receive full credit for a discussion posting, you must submit it by the deadline and answer the promptcompletely. Discussion responses should contain at least 2 paragraphs, unless otherwise noted. Whilediscussion postings are not as formal as submitted papers, the language and content should be appropriatefor a class assignment.3. Gator Adventure Project and Review Paper (10 points): Alignment with Objectives 3, 7At the beginning of the semester, you will partner with 2 other class members to participate in the GatorAdventure Project. Each week a new pair will receive the class mascot. It is your responsibility to take themascot to a new location beyond the borders of campus that every UF student should know about.Suggestions include local restaurants (no chains allowed) or attractions, and we will provide ideas for youthroughout the semester. There are several options for this project within walking distance of campus, soa car is not necessary.Each pair will be assigned a page on our section’s wiki: http://honorsprodevslayer.pbworks.com/. Youwill upload your pictures from the project, as well as a description of your location and links to anywebsites, references, or reviews related to your location. This is your space to design, so be creative! Youwill present your page to the rest of the class on the week following your adventure.The full requirements for your wiki page are listed on the site. You will receive 2 points for the “Aboutyou” section, 6 points for the “Gator Adventure Project” section, and 2 points for commenting on 2 otherpair’s pages. Comments are due by 5:00pm on Thursday, December 2.4. Class Community Service Project (5 points): Alignment with Objectives 1, 2, 7This semester, Pro Dev students will be interacting with the local Ronald McDonald House in a variety ofways. Every Pro Dev student will be participating in a community service project - a visiting chef dinneror an outdoor work day. In addition, you will be collecting items on the RMH wish list and pop tabs forthe annual Superchallenge.Visiting Chef Dates (in groups of 10): 9/23, 9/28, 9/30, 10/5, 10/7, 10/19, 10/28, 11/4Meet at Hume at 4:30pm, volunteer shift is 5-7pmOutdoor Work Day (30-40 students): 9/18, 10/2Meet at Hume at 8:30am, volunteer shift is 9am-12pmYou will sign up for only ONE volunteer shift for a visiting chef dinner OR an outdoor work day. Youcan register on http://honorsprodev.pbworks.com under Ronald McDonald House.
5. Superchallenge Philanthropy (5 points): Alignment with Objective 7You will be participating in the 5th annual Honors Superchallenge, benefiting Ronald McDonald House.The Superchallenge is a field day competition among sections of Honors Professional Development andwill take place from 2:00pm until 4:00pm on Sunday, November 21.Each student is individually responsible for collecting at least 10 points worth of items for RMH to beadmitted to the Superchallenge. Point totals for collected items equal 2/3 of your final score in theSuperchallenge. The final 1/3 of your score comes from your performance at the field day.Those who must miss the field day are expected to collect 20 points worth of items before November 21.6. Resume (5 points): Alignment with Objectives 2, 4, 5You will create a 1-pg resume that you could use for leadership applications, internships, scholarships, orother positions requiring a resume. Bring a draft resume to class on September 16 for a resumeworkshop. Based on feedback you receive in class, you will then revise your resume and submit it toSakai by 5:00pm on September 23. You will be evaluated on how effectively you have followed therecommendations given in the resume workshop. If you submit your draft resume without incorporatingany of the feedback or suggestions, you will not receive full credit for the assignment.7. Mock Interview & Reflection Paper (10 points): Alignment with Objectives 2-5We will provide you with a list of common questions asked during a leadership / job interview. You willprepare your answers to those questions for a mock interview workshop on October 7. You shouldprepare your answers based on a specific leadership, research, internship, or other similar position you areinterested in pursuing. During this class, we will be inviting current student leaders to partner with youand ask you questions from the list. They will provide feedback and suggestions for improvement.After the interview you will write a 2-pg reflection about the interview process. Which position are youinterested in pursuing and why? How will you find out more about the actual position and what it entails?How will you find out more about the application / interview process? What new information did youlearn during the mock interview workshop? What new questions do you have about the position and/orthe interview process? You will submit this paper to Sakai by 5:00pm on October 14. You will beevaluated on how effectively you have answered the questions above and reflected on the application /interview process.8. Faculty Interview Paper (10 points): Alignment with Objectives 1-5You will interview one of your faculty members (not at TA) that you have had at UF. You may alsochoose a professor in your major or research area of interest. You must give this faculty member plenty ofnotice prior to interviewing them, and don’t forget to thank them when you are done.Questions to consider for your interview (but feel free to add your own): How did you choose your particular field? Did you ever want to do anything else? Where did you go to school? What activities were you involved in? What teacher had the greatest influence on you and why? What do you like best about teaching? What do you like the least? What type of research do you do? How did you get interested in this research? Do you ever work with undergraduates on research?
How do you think the freshman experience has changed since you were a freshman? What skills do you think students must have in order to succeed in college?Following the interview you will write a 2-pg reflection about what you learned from your interview,what you got out of the experience, and how you might plan to interact with more faculty members. Thisreflection is not a transcription of your interview, although you may refer to answers your faculty membergave in your reflection as needed. This reflection paper must be submitted to Sakai by 5:00pm onOctober 28. You will be evaluated on writing style and clarity as well as ability to adequately reflect onthe interview experience.9. Meeting/Activity with Instructor and Peer Leader (10 points): Alignment with Objectives 1, 6The purpose of this assignment is to get to know your instructor and peer leader and for them to get toknow you outside of the classroom. You can set up a 15-minute appointment, visit during office hours,have lunch or coffee, attend an event on campus together…your choice. The community service projectdoes not count. You will receive 5 points for meeting with Melissa and 5 points for meeting withMichael. You must meet with both of them and submit a paragraph on what you did and what you gotout of each experience to Sakai by 5:00pm on November 12.10. Activity Paper (5 points): Alignment with Objectives 1-3, 5You will attend an out-of-class event of your choosing and write a 1-2 page review of the event. Youshould plan to spend approximately an hour at the event. Include a description of the event, as well aswhat you gained by attending. This paper must be submitted on Sakai by 5:00pm on November 18.The following events may count for this paper: Event sponsored by the Student Honors Organization, Honors Ambassadors, or the Honors Office Gator Nights (any Friday evening) or Museum Nights (any Thursday evening) Athletic event (non-football or men’s basketball) Cultural or performing arts event on campus or in the community Multicultural Student Assembly Volunteer Organization Fair IDEAL Student Organization Fair Career Showcase Study Abroad Fair11. Final Reflection Paper / Action Plan (15 points): Alignment with Objectives 2, 3, 5You will write a 4-5 page final reflection of your fall semester at UF. This reflection should include youraction plan for your undergraduate career at UF. Which of the undergraduate opportunities (service,leadership, study abroad, internships, research, etc.) are you interested in pursuing? How do you plan topursue them? What else would you like to accomplish at UF? What do you feel like you haveaccomplished so far? How has this course helped you work toward this action plan? This paper must besubmitted to Sakai by 5:00pm on December 11. You will be evaluated on writing style and clarity aswell as reflection on the topics listed above.
Course ScheduleDate Topic Assignment Due8/26 Introductions, Course Overview9/2 Service and Philanthropy Review RMH and Superchallenge pages on wiki9/9 Study Abroad panel and resources Review Study Abroad resources on wiki9/16 Resume Workshop Bring resume draft to class, review resume resources on wiki9/23 Professional Communication Resume due on Sakai, 5pm9/30 Interview Prep Review interview resources on wiki10/7 Mock Interview Workshop Preparation for interview workshop10/14 Academic Advising Workshop Interview paper due on Sakai, 5pm10/21 Internship panel and resources Review Internship resources on wiki10/28 Working with Faculty Faculty interview paper due on Sakai, 5pm11/4 Undergraduate Research panel and Review Research resources on wiki resources11/11 Vet’s Day – NO CLASS Meetings with instructor / PL and paragraph due on Sakai, 5pm (11/12)11/18 Scholarships and Awards Activity paper due on Sakai, 5pm11/21 Superchallenge Sunday 2-4pm, Hume Field11/25 NO CLASS12/2 Wrap-up and Evaluations, Party! Late discussion postings and Gator Adventure Project comments due, 5pm12/10 Final reflection paper / action plan due on Sakai, 5pm