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Vermette Uf 300 syllabus hybrid fall 2013

  1. 1. UF300 University Foundations: The Power of Thinking in the 21st Century Fall 2013 Transitional Foundations 3 Semester Credits COURSE DESCRIPTION UF 300-1070 Hybrid. August 26 – December 20, 2013 UF 300 TRANSITIONAL FOUNDATIONS Designed to meet the needs of students who have Academic Associate Degrees or who enter Boise State core certified but do not have UF 100 and UF 200 credits. Ties previous student learning to the Foundations Program and engages students in discussion of ethics, diversity, and internationalization. PREREQ: Core Certification or an Academic Associate Degree. Faculty Linda L. Vermette, Ph.D. Adjunct Faculty University Foundations Program 208-376-7515 (home) Office Hours Please call or email to make an appointment. A 48 hour advance notice is needed. Please provide 2 or 3 day/time options. The instructor reserve the right to change the syllabus and schedule if warranted and unexpected situations arise.
  2. 2. COURSE OBJECTIVES University Learning Outcome to Assessments Defined: ULO Course Outcome 21st Century Skill Course Activities Assessed Through Applicable Rubrics 1. Write effectively in multiple contexts, for a variety of audiences. Evaluate and implement effective and respectful communication strategies using written, verbal, electronic, and other appropriate technologies. Communication Collaboration Discussion Boards ePortfolio eResume Global Issues Presentation 21st Century Skills Multimedia Presentation Library assignments 2. Communicate effectively in speech, both as speaker and listener. Evaluate and implement effective and respectful communication strategies using written, verbal, electronic, and other appropriate technologies. Communication Collaboration Global Issues Presentation 21st Century Skills Multimedia Presentation 3. Engage in effective critical inquiry by defining Use critical thought processes and sound reasoning to Critical Thinking Discussion Boards Global Issues Presentation Goal Setting Assignment and Reflection COURSE OVERVIEW Course Content: This course ties previous student learning to the Boise State Foundations Program and engages students in the discussion of ethics, diversity and internationalization. The course has an experiential learning component. The focus of this course is to develop the skills needed to be successful in today’s workforce including how to think critically, how to work with others, being creative and communicating that to others in both written and oral form. Also, we want to think about the current issues and trends in technology, ethics, and leadership in our increasingly global world. Students in this course are expected to examine their own skills and abilities, and then develop a plan regarding how they will insure they are ready to be successful in the ever evolving workforce. Teaching Philosophy: We will address the 300 level course objectives through readings, internet resources, and student discussions. Imbedded in this course are skills that relate to working in the 21st century that requires higher level cognitive skills (analysis, synthesis, and evaluation) and affective skills (valuing, organization, and characterization) for proficient and expert development of critical thinking and communication skills. The goal of this course is to ensure that each student has these skills as they move on towards a life of learning and achievement.
  3. 3. ULO Course Outcome 21st Century Skill Course Activities Assessed Through Applicable Rubrics problems, gathering and evaluating evidence, and determining the adequacy of argumentative discourse. articulate key aspects of a problem. 4. Think creatively about complex problems in order to produce, evaluate, and implement innovative possible solutions, often as one member of a team. Use creative thinking to propose possible resolutions to a complex issue. Creative Collaboration Technological Library Group Work Global issues Group Work 21st Century Skills Multimedia Presentation ePortfolio 5. Analyze ethical issues in personal, professional, and civic life and produce reasoned evaluations of competing value systems and ethical claims. Identify and describe ethical dilemmas and articulate questions to related to the social, economic, political and/or religious issues relevant to the dilemma Critical Thinking Flexible Adaptable Discussion Boards Ethical Reflection Paper Global Issues Presentation 6. Apply knowledge of cultural differences to matters of local, regional, national, and international importance, including political, economic, and environmental issues. Identify and describe cultural differences relevant to a local, regional or beyond issue. Critical Thinking Flexible Adaptable Discussion Boards Global Issues Presentation COURSE LEARNING ACTIVITES Learning Activities (include but are not limited to): 21st Century Skills Project: Each student will create a technologically innovative presentation concerning the professional field of work he or she intends to enter after graduation. The presentation must be narrated which necessitates the use of a microphone and include several of the most important University Learning Outcomes - ULO’s/21st century skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive job environment. A technology presentation tool should be used to explain what it means to be a professional in this career including the job requirements, general outlook in today’s market, and other facts relevant to your career. The presentation will be uploaded to the electronic portfolio and several examples shared with the class via Blackboard. Global Disparity Presentation: A presentation related to a specific global disparity/inequity/issue will be completed during this semester. Choose an issue related to the themes in the text, “Half the Sky.” The presentation will use oral communication which will necessitate the use of a microphone and webcam, and needs to include a brief overview of the chosen issue and include how the student can help solve this problem. Students might choose a specific topic
  4. 4. related to the oppression of women such as prostitution, human rights, or the sex trade industry. Include why this is a problem and the scope of the issue. Consider including information about national organizations related to the topic (see appendix in textbook page 255). Students will use a web cam and mic to record their presentation, post it on YouTube for other group members to view. Ethics Reflection: This includes activities which entail moral assessment, learning, and reflections related to making meaning of one’s life. We will be discussing and formulating our own ethical stance based on our findings in class, and expressing them in a paper which reflects on the topic. Goal Setting: Students will be asked to evaluate their lifestyle and situation and come up with two well chosen and specific goals that can be reached before the end of the semester. They will write these goals out, and then evaluate how well they have kept the goals as the semester comes to a close. This process will hopefully help each student to critically think about and plan how his or her time and other resources are used. Electronic Portfolio: Use of Digication is utilized to put all this semester’s and a student’s past work together in an organized manner to show his/her ability to perform the University Learning Outcomes (ULO’s) and 21st Century skills. The information can then be used in the development of an electronic resume. Various “artifacts” will be gathered together in Google Sites. These need to include sources other than word documents such as video, photos, PowerPoints, etc. to show a wide variety of technological familiarity and competence. Discussion Board: Each week students will be expected to participate in a discussion board (DB). Students need to prepare for each discussion board by reading over and learning about the resources for the week so they are prepared to participate in the activities. Preparation will include reading the text, watching videos, and doing online activities. Each student will post one primary (or more substantive post) on the weekly topic as well as respond to at least three other students’ postings over a three-day period. Library Learning: These sessions will cover the importance of academic research and becoming familiar with the library resources. These will focus on skills and abilities students need to be successful in their education and career. Work will be assigned to help reinforce the learning provided by the librarians. COURSE EXPECTATIONS-STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES Participation: Group participation assessed by peers; written discussions on Blackboard; reflective and analytic writing assignments; and other weekly activities. Homework: All assignments, such as Blackboard postings, need to be completed by due dates. If the student is unable to complete the work prior to the deadline this needs to be communicated to the instructor prior to the due date. Points will be lost when work is late and unexcused. Lateness for any assignment will then result in a 10% deduction of available points per day for up to three days at which time the assignment grade will be zero. Other Responsibilities: Students are expected to check the Blackboard course website at least three times per week and read email, announcements, etc. that are posted. Projects: Several projects are assigned (see above). More information is posted regarding these on Blackboard. Tests/Exams/Quizzes: A syllabus quiz must be passed with 100% before the end of the first week of the course. Students may take the quiz as many times as needed in order to pass it with a 100%. Failure to complete the quiz by the end of the second week will result in failure of the course.
  5. 5. COURSE EXPECTATIONS-REQUIRED READINGS Course Readings: • Kristof, N. and WuDunn S. (2009). Half the Sky. Vintage Books: New York. ISBN: 978-0-307-38709-7. • Sherfield, R., & Moody, P. (2013) Cornerstones for Professionalism (2nd Ed.). Pearson Education. ISBN: 13:978-0-13-278934-9 • Other required readings are also posted on the Blackboard site and/or the BSU Library. • Students need to read and understand the information about 21st century skills provided at this website: Foundation Skills • Suggested readings are offered with each project. If a student finds an interesting article or website, please share it with others via the discussion board. COURSE EXPECTATIONS-PARTICIPATION Course Participation: • Course faculty believes teamwork to be a critical skill for developing a career in the 21st Century. Learning together helps to foster this teamwork. The skills of collaboration and cooperation must be learned and practiced. • You are expected to participate in all activities including the discussions. All written assignments must be in a Word document and completed by the due date. • Attendance and participation in online groups is essential for success in the course. If you do miss an activity, you must stay current and knowledgeable in the class. With few exceptions, activities cannot be made up. • Only e-mail that contains the following URL format will be accepted: To learn more about using your student e-mail account, refer to the following site: If necessary, forward BSU e-mail to the account you use most regularly. Check e-mail and Blackboard regularly. COURSE EXPECTATIONS-COMPUTER SKILLS The student must understand basic computer usage, including use of the keyboard, mouse, CD player, printer and modem. To participate successfully, the student will need to: Use the computer operating system (Windows/Mac OS) to do the following: 1. Create folders/directories 2. Find, copy, move, rename, and delete files 3. Run and switch between multiple programs Use a word-processing program to do the following: 1. Create, format, edit, spell check, save, print, and retrieve a document 2. Cut, copy, and paste information within and between documents Configure and use a Web browser to do the following: 1. Access the Internet via dial-up modem, DSL, cable modem, or a network interface 2. Open, print and/or save Web pages to a local disk drive 3. Open and save Adobe Acrobat files (PDF files) 4. Use a search engine’s basic features to find information on the Web
  6. 6. 5. Navigate through Blackboard, a course-management system Use an e-mail program to do the following: 1. Send, receive, store and retrieve messages 2. Send, receive, and open file attachments COURSE EXPECTATIONS-TECHNOLOGIES REQUIRED To view certain materials in this course site, you will need to download and install Flash Player and Real Player if you do not have them already. You will also need a program capable of viewing PDF documents, such as Adobe Reader. These programs are free, and can be downloaded by clicking on their names here. Finally, you will need Microsoft Office or another program capable of working with MS Word documents. You probably have Microsoft Office, but if not, you can buy it for the academic price at the Boise State bookstore or download OpenOffice or LibreOffice for free. In addition, you must have access to a computer equipped with a webcam and a microphone in order to complete your portion of the oral group presentation. If you don’t have a personal computer with such equipment, you may use the computers at the BSU Zone sites on campus, or check out laptops from the BSU Library that are so equipped. Alternately, you may wish to purchase the webcam and microphone for this assignment. They are readily available and cost around $30. Boise State University offers support to students who need additional instruction on the use of Blackboard. Students may learn tips for successful completion of online courses through this resources: Additional resources for help with online courses can be found at COURSE POLICIES AND GUIDELINES Grading Policy: All grades, including final grades, are not rounded up. A final grade of 74.9% will NOT be rounded up to 75%. A = 93-100 A- = 90-92 B+ = 88-89 B = 83-87 B- = 80-82 C+ = 78-79 C = 75-77 C- = 70-74.999 D+ = 68-69 D = 63-67 D- = 60-62 F = < 60
  7. 7. COURSE POLICIES AND GUIDELINES Grading Method and Scale Points Course Grade Course Requirements 10 50 10 150 70 30 50 20 10 40 100 20 255 100 50 15 20 Syllabus Quiz Goal Setting Activity Critical Thinking Quiz 21st Century Skills Multimedia Presentation Library Group Work Library Individual Assignment Ethical Reflection Paper Campus Read Quiz Part I ePortfolio About Me Page ePortfolio First Look ePortfolio Final including eResume Campus Read Quiz Part II Discussion Boards (17 @ 15 points each) Global Issues Presentation Global Issues Group Work Goal Setting Reflection Course Evaluation Total Points = 1000 COURSE POLICIES AND GUIDELINES
  8. 8. Statement on Academic Integrity and Conduct Students must abide by the BSU Student Code of Conduct regarding Academic Dishonesty. The Boise State University Student Code of Conduct and policies on Academic Dishonesty are located at the following website. We encourage you to read these carefully. Students will be held to these standards in all areas of academic performance. Plagiarism is a serious issue that will not be allowed. Students are responsible for knowing how to cite (reference) material. To find out more about what is acceptable go to the Writing Center or talk with your faculty member. Academic dishonesty may result in course failure or dismissal from the University. Academic dishonesty, including plagiarism which is presenting others’ words or ideas as your own, will not be tolerated. I expect you to submit YOUR best work and discuss with me any unforeseen circumstances which may cause you to do less than your best work. Please refer to the following link for more information on Boise State’s policy from the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Students with Disabilities Statement: Boise State University’s Disability Resource Center (DRC) coordinates services to meet the educational needs of students with documented disabilities. The DRC works with students and faculty to arrange reasonable accommodations and promote an environment that is free of both physical and attitudinal barriers. If you feel you need accommodations based on the impact of a disability contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. You will also need to contact the Disability Resource Center (208-426-1583, Administration Building, Room 114) to meet with a specialist and coordinate reasonable accommodations for any documented disability. For more information on BSU Disability Resource Center (DRC) see the web site at To schedule an appointment, contact Elyse Taylor at (208) 426-1583 or Shared Values Statement: Please check out Boise State University’s statement of Shared Values at Boise State Online Privacy Notice: This policy contains information for students about e-mail, personal disclosures, data retained about students, acceptable use, online behavior, academic dishonesty, and publication and distribution of student work. Net Etiquette Discussion via Blackboard is closed to anyone not enrolled in this course. All communication between students and faculty should remain professional, civil, and courteous. This is true of both Blackboard and email communications. Language and grammar matters so be careful how you phrase your communication. Simplicity and directness are helpful in getting your message across (directness does not mean rudeness or angry responses to either students or faculty). It is possible to receive a failing grade ('F') for the Class Participation portion of the course if rude and unseemly communications via Blackboard and email become an issue and are not corrected. The following is a link on Net Etiquette: Copyright Statement Some of the materials in this course may be copyrighted. They are intended for use only by students registered and enrolled in this course and only for instructional activities associated with and for the duration of the course. They may not be retained in another medium or disseminated further. They are provided in compliance with the provisions
  9. 9. SYLLABUS AS CONTRACT Be aware that this syllabus contains the basic information you need to do well in this course. Read it carefully and ask me if you have any questions about it. This syllabus is the contract that you and I agree to as you enroll in this course though it may be changed at my discretion if the needs of the class change. It is your responsibility to thoroughly understand and implement the syllabus.
  10. 10. SYLLABUS AS CONTRACT Be aware that this syllabus contains the basic information you need to do well in this course. Read it carefully and ask me if you have any questions about it. This syllabus is the contract that you and I agree to as you enroll in this course though it may be changed at my discretion if the needs of the class change. It is your responsibility to thoroughly understand and implement the syllabus.