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Wl equation.syllabus fall 2012

  1. 1. UF 100 The Work/Life Equation Foundational Studies Program Fall 2012: Tuesdays, Section 007 4:30 – 5:45 pm ((LA106)__________________________________________________________________________________Instructor: V. Stieha, Ph.D., Director, Foundational Studies ProgramOffice/Hours: Room 140, Math-Geosciences. Office hours: Wednesdays 4-5:20 & by appointmentMessages: vickistieha@boisestate.edu, or 426-4057Instructor: R. Robideaux Tiedge, Director, Communication 101 ProgramOffice/Hours: Office C106, Communication Department. Office hours: By appointmentMessages: RebeccaRobideaux@boisestate.edu (e-mails checked at 3:00 pm M-Th) or 426-1907Required: Turning Point Clicker available at BSU Bookstore Barcott, B. (2008). The last flight of the scarlet macaw: One woman’s fight to save the world’s most beautiful bird. New York: Random House. Bowe, J., Bowe, M, & Streeter, S. (2001). Gig: Americans talk about their jobs. New York: Three Rivers Press. Pink, D.H. (2006). A whole new mind: Why right-brainers will rule the future. New York: The Berkley Publishing Group.Description: Boise States Foundations Program provides undergraduates with a broad-based education that spans the entire university experience. Intellectual Foundations (UF 100) satisfies 3 credits of the Foundations Program requirements. It supports a variety of course-specific goals and the following University Learning Outcomes (ULOs): 2. Oral Communication. Communicate effectively in speech, both as a speaker and listener. 3. Critical Inquiry. Engage in effective critical inquiry by defining problems, gathering and evaluating evidence, and determining the adequacy of argumentative discourse. 4. Teamwork/Innovation. Think creatively about complex problems in order to produce, evaluate, and implement innovative possible solutions, often as one member of a team. The Work/Life Equation is designed to meet the University Learning Outcomes above by focusing on the essential contemporary dilemma: Work vs. Life priorities. After successful completion of The Work/Life Equation, students will be able to: • Articulate how various academic disciplines use evidence to examine a question • analyze evidence for credibility and adequacy for a particular argument • work as a member of a team to gather and present evidence for to address an issue • analyze the elements of oral communication delivered by others and effectively deliver a message using oral and/or electronic communication techniques.Grading Points Participation 200 Assignments/exercises/quizzes 500 Final Project 200 Final Exam 100 Total 1000
  2. 2. Letter Grade Meaning Points attained in class Quality PointsA+ Distinguished work 970 – 1000 pts. 4.0A Distinguished work 930 – 969 pts. 4.0A- Distinguished work 900 – 929 pts. 3.7B+ Superior work 870 – 899 pts. 3.3B Superior work 830 – 869 pts. 3.0B- Superior work 800 – 829 pts. 2.7C+ Average work 770 – 799 pts. 2.3C Average work 730 – 769 pts. 2.0C- Average work 700 – 729 pts. 1.7D+ Below-average work 670 – 699 pts. 1.3D Below-average work 630 – 669 pts. 1.0D- Below-average work 600 – 629 pts. .7F Failure below 600 pts. 0Standards: According to the Boise State University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog, “Boise State University challenges its students to reach their highest levels of performance . . . (and) conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the university’s function as an institution of higher learning” (p. 22). To uphold this principle in the classroom, adhere to the “Classroom Code” developed during the first week of the semester.Conduct: According to the Boise State University Student Code of Conduct, “The classroom is not an unstructured political forum; it is the center for study and understanding of subject matter for which the faculty member has professional responsibility and institutional accountability” (p. 2). From the Statement of Shared Values from the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, “Membership in the campus community is a privilege and requires its members to conduct themselves ethically with integrity and civility” (p. 1). And finally, as stated in the Student Code of Conduct, an important component of Boise State University “. . . is to create an environment where civil discourse may occur free from discrimination, harassment, threats, or intimidation” (p. 1). In alignment with these premises, the Foundational Studies Program anticipates that students will conduct themselves in a manner befitting all academic and personal responsibilities as set forth by Boise State University.Attendance: Attendance is taken seriously. Missing a class means missing content. According to the Boise State University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog, “You are responsible for attending courses for which you are enrolled. You are also responsible for making up any work you may have missed by failing to attend class, even if the absence was approved by the University, necessitated by illness, or necessitated by personal emergency. In this sense, then, there are no ‘excused’ absences” (p. 32). In emergency situations, please contact your Discussion Group faculty member first.
  3. 3. Official BSU Activity Absences (Policy 4240-D) need proper written documentation prior to the absence so that appropriate arrangements can be made.Participation: Participation is critically important. You will earn points through: • Adherence and endorsement of the “Classroom Code” developed during the first week of the semester. • Scores on in-class quizzes, group activities, and teamwork evaluations.Late work: With the exception of extenuating circumstances, scores for late work, or work submitted improperly, will be reduced. Some activities, such as in-class quizzes, cannot be made up. If you have questions about submitting work, talk with your Discussion Group faculty member.Academic Honesty: The Foundational Studies Program follows the University’s policy for academic honesty. According to the Boise State University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog, “The university’s goal is to foster an intellectual atmosphere that produces educated, literate people. Because cheating and plagiarism are at odds with that goal, they shall not be tolerated in any form . . . . (A)ll work submitted by a student must represent that student’s own ideas and effort; when the work does not, the student has engaged in academic dishonesty. “ . . . [A]cademic dishonesty occurs whenever a student: • buys a paper or other project, then seeks to receive credit for the paper or project • copies from another student’s exam, either before, during, or after the exam • uses “crib notes” while taking an exam or uses information stored in a computer or calculator (if prohibited from doing so) • allows another person to take an exam in his or her place or takes an exam for another person • collaborates on take-home exams when such collaboration is forbidden • copies the work of another person and attempts to receive credit for that work • fails to properly document source material in a paper or project • receives editorial assistance that falls outside the scope of acceptable assistance “NOTE: The list above is intended only to provide general guidelines for recognizing and avoiding common types of academic dishonesty. It is in no way an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all the types of academic dishonesty” (p. 22).(Honesty, cont.) “If a student is responsible of academic dishonesty, the student may be dismissed from the class and may receive a failing grade. Other penalties may include suspension or expulsion from school” (p. 22). To be safe in your classes, assume that you are to: • complete every project independently • properly cite sources • present “original work” (i.e. creating new material for projects, not using material you wrote for a different class.) If you have questions about academic dishonesty, ask your Discussion Group faculty members.
  4. 4. UF 100 Accommodations: All posted pdf reading assignments will be checked for readability by a screen reader. Whenever available, videos chosen for use in the course will be those that have been close-captioned by the content producer to provide access to students with hearing impairment. PowerPoints used in class lectures, insofar as they contain graphs or other visual representations of content, will be verbally described to students on an as-needed basis. We will add textual descriptions accessible by screen readers to images used on the course web site. Extra time on tests, oral examinations, or other accommodations will be provided to students as needed per the policies of the Disability Resource Center.Record Keeping: Keep copies of all assignments, exercises, answer sheets, etc. for future reference.Clickers: A TurningPoint clicker, available at the university bookstore, is required for this course. This must be registered—before the first day of class—on our blackboard site according to the following instructions. On our Blackboard site, in the left frame, click on Tool. 1. Scroll down until you see TurningPoint registration tool. Click it. 2. Type in the Device ID code from the back of your clicker. Repeat. 3. Click on Submit. More detailed instructions may be found at: https://sites.google.com/a/boisestate.edu/clickers-at-boise-state/for-students-1/register- your-clickerPlease see the Schedule of Topics and Assignments for weekly readings (andvideos) as well as assignments due.

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