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Revision Date: 17-Jul-19

INT-1050-VA02Z - Dimensions of Self & Society


Synonym: 187408
Location: St. Albans
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Semester Dates: 08-19-2019 to 09-19-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 08-25-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 09-06-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Catherine Sandvil | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Comments: Class will not physically meet on Labor Day, but will include an online component.

Browse the Canvas Site for this class.

Course Description:

In this interdisciplinary first-semester seminar, students make the transition to college-level academic culture. This seminar is designed to help students develop the learning skills and habits of success that will support them throughout their college experience and as they consider career pathways. Reading, writing, and discussion (both in class and online) are central to developing an understanding of academic and societal responsibility. Students will start by analyzing personal beliefs and styles of thinking and then begin to look at how others and society view core concepts such as power, dissent, alienation, oppression, and freedom.

Essential Objectives:
The successful student will be able to:

1. Interpret, analyze, and evaluate a text and its sources.
2. Demonstrate foundational information literacy, research skills, and academic honesty necessary for academic writing.
3. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in both online and classroom settings.
4. Apply effective strategies for building new knowledge and skills through reflection on learning preferences, challenges, and goals.
5. Identify possible career goals and educational pathways.
6. Examine social issues through the lens of the individual and society.
7. Examine personal assumptions and biases, and ethical impacts of decision making and participation in society.
8. Consider issues from multiple perspectives and discuss, debate, and defend ideas with clarity and reason.

Textbooks:

Fall 2019 textbook data will be available on May 13. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

INT-1050-VA02Z Textbooks.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

This class is being offered in an accelerated 5 week model. Please note that there are expectations that you will have the texts and be prepared for the first class! There is also an assignment for the first class (Ya Ya boxes) which is explained on the syllabus. Any questions, contact the instructor.

Please note that this class is very student and life oriented. We will address societal issues and current events as they occur. It's a great class as long as you keep up with the assignments. Students who fall behind rarely get totally caught up. Plus with the 5 week model, it's designed to be more labor intensive in terms of assignments etc. Let the instructor know if you are getting overwhelmed and / or discouraged. Don't just give up!!

Methods:

This class will be a combination of brief lectures, group discussions of readings, and a required research paper which will be presented to the class. Students will write response papers on selected readings. This class is very student oriented and student led. Topics will be identified by the instructor, current events and student interest.

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be evaluated on the following:

Action

Percentage of grade

Self Evaluation

5

Attendance / Attitude / Participation etc. (1 point for each class)

10

Response Writing(s)

20

Research Paper

25

Online Expectations / Assignments

15

Leading Class Discussions

10

Class Presentation

10

TILT Tutorials

5

Grading Criteria:

Grades:

A = 90 - 100 (A- 90 to 93, A 94 - 96, A+ 97 - 100) To get an A, you must complete all requirements of the projects / papers listed above and a little more. Give more examples, get more creative. Think outside the box and always support your ideas with thoughtful dialogue. Pass work in on due dates and direct your learning path.

B = 80 - 89 ( B- 80 - 83, B 84 - 86, B+ 87 - 89) To get a B, complete all requirements of the projects / papers listed above and turn papers / projects in on due dates.

C = 70 - 79 (C- 70 - 73, C 74 - 76, C+ 77 - 79) To get a C, be late turning things in, if the request is for 3 examples of something, just do two etc.

D = 60 - 69 (D- 60 - 63, D 64 - 66, D+ 67 - 69) To get a D, be late turning things in, don’t attend class or participate. Arrive late. Have an attitude.

F = too many absences (3 or more). Not turning in work at all. Not completing research project. Having an attitude and distracting the class.

Grading Criteria:

Grading Criteria:

Grades:

A = 90 - 100 (A- 90 to 93, A 94 - 96, A+ 97 - 100) To get an A, you must complete all requirements of the projects / papers listed above and a little more. Give more examples, get more creative. Think outside the box and always support your ideas with thoughtful dialogue. Pass work in on due dates and direct your learning path.

B = 80 - 89 ( B- 80 - 83, B 84 - 86, B+ 87 - 89) To get a B, complete all requirements of the projects / papers listed above and turn papers / projects in on due dates.

C = 70 - 79 (C- 70 - 73, C 74 - 76, C+ 77 - 79) To get a C, be late turning things in, if the request is for 3 examples of something, just do two etc.

D = 60 - 69 (D- 60 - 63, D 64 - 66, D+ 67 - 69) To get a D, be late turning things in, don’t attend class or participate. Arrive late. Have an attitude.

F = too many absences (3 or more). Not turning in work at all. Not completing research project. Having an attitude and distracting the class.

Attendance Policy:

Please read this attendance policy carefully. To be most successful, just come to class!!

Attendance Policy:

Adults have busy lives and unforeseen circumstances arise that may keep you from attending a class. In the event that you can’t attend a class, it is expected that you would contact the instructor BEFORE the class you must miss (leaving a voice mail is fine) and, thru email contact, complete any work that you may have missed before the next scheduled class.

Missing one class will affect your grade slightly.

Missing two classes will result in a one-step lower grade (meaning if you have an A and miss two classes, you will receive a B) and missing three (or more) classes you will not pass the course.

In addition, if you are late or leave early – up to 2 times = 1 missed class. 2 to 4 times = 2 missed classes. Late or leave early more than 4 times and you fail the course.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Catherine Sandvil
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Dana Lee

Notes: Best way to reach me is calling / texting my cell phone. Cell number 802-393-2187 Please identify yourself so I know who is contacting me and messages / texts/ phone calls are welcome

Syllabus:

Proposed syllabus for Accelerated Dimensions Class Fall 2019
Class Date Due from Student
Monday August 19th

Will write a response paper in class on the reading "I Hear America Singing"

Also, please bring your Ya Ya box to share (see notes below for details on this assignment.)

Thursday August 22nd

Pass in your paper on Being a College Student. What are your strengths? What areas do you think you need additional help with?

Pass in paper about the day you were born. (There is a reading in Canvas that will illustrate what this paper should entail) What was the weather? Economy? family structure? Where did your name come from? What was happening in the news? local and world

Monday August 26th Class will be meeting online with some discussion threads as well as finishing TILT tutorials.
Thursday August 29th Before class meets, read all of the assigned readings.
Pass in TWO response papers on the reading and ONE response paper on Steven Covey Habit 1. More details will be provided in the first class meeting.
Monday September 2nd ONLINE class working on the Career Research project.
Thursday September 5th

Before class meets, read all of the assigned readings.

Pass in response paper to one of the readings from the Dimensions Text

Pass in response paper to Habit 2 from Steven Covey text

Pass in response paper to Habit 3 from Steven Covey

Pass in response paper to Allegory of the Cave

DRAFT OF RESEARCH PAPER IS DUE

Monday September 9th

Before class, read all the readings.

Pass in ONE response paper on the readings in the Dimensions reader.

Pass in ONE response paper on Steven Covey Habit 4

Thursday September 12th

Before class, read all of the readings.

Pass in TWO response papers from the Dimensions Text readings.

Pass in ONE response paper on Habit 5 from the Steven Covey text

Pass in ONE response paper on Habit 6 from the Steven Covey text

Monday September 16th

Pass in ONE response paper on Habit 7 from the Steven Covey Text

Research Papers due and Presentations Due

Self evaluation due

Ya Ya Boxes

Ya Ya Box - On Monday August 19th, you are expected to present who you are to the class. This representation involves creating a ya ya box with 3 to 6 items that tell the class who you are, what you enjoy, what is important in your life. Do not bring any weapons or firearms. You may bring photos, stuffed animals, mementos from a trip etc. Be creative and have fun with this! Look for variety in your items and let your personality shine.

Response Writings (20% of grade)

Each class you have assigned readings.

Please read all the assigned readings and come to class prepared to discuss.

Where it is indicated, you will choose readings to write a 1 to 2 page response paper about that reading which will be turned in and graded. The response paper should address the W’s.

· Who wrote this reading?

· Why was it written?

· What is the main point of this writing?

· When was it written? – Period of time in history and / or time in author’s life.

· How do you connect to this reading? What personal experiences relate to the reading?

Each response paper should also include either what you liked or didn’t like about the reading and how you relate to what the author is saying.

PLEASE NOTE: I have read these writings. You do NOT need to re-tell the story.

Format for the Response Papers………………………………………………..

Please put at the top of the writing….

Response Paper to (Name of Reading here)

due (Date due)

by (your name).

Attendance (10% of grade)

Please read the attendance policy in the course description for details.

Self-Evaluation (5% of grade)

The final self-reflection/evaluation (due Sept. 19th should be 3 to 5 pages in length as it should incorporate all your learning moments.

What were the subjects / discussions / learning moments from this class that will stick with you? What did you learn?

What grade do you think you’ve earned and why?

Research Paper (25% of grade)

NOTE: you MUST write a research paper to pass the course

You will be required to write a short research paper (4 – 7 pages) on a topic that you will identify. We will explore the Hartness Library, citation formatting, and some basic research writing skills – this activity will acquaint you with how to start a research paper, how to avoid plagiarism, and also how to present your work.

You will present your research to the class at the end of the semester. Topics will be identified by the student (please pick a topic of interest to you!) but if you can’t identify a topic, see the instructor for help! There are times during the semester when you may choose to turn in a draft of your paper. Students who pass in drafts usually end up with a higher quality paper!! (Hint)

Research Topic Identified by Thursday August 22nd should list your topic and a list of resources that you will use to research the topic. Resources should include books, periodicals, valid web resources, Hartness Library.

Draft is due Thursday August 29th and this should be a draft that at least contains the introduction, presentation of research and a conclusion plus your bibliography.

Research papers need to be passed the last class meeting.

Research Presentations to Class (10%of grade)

You will present your research topic, your research methods and what you learned from doing your research to the class. Presentations will be on the last class meeting. Expectation is that your presentation will be 5 minutes minimum to 15 minutes maximum in length with time added for questions from the class or the instructor.

Online Presence and Quality of Work (15% of grade)

This percentage of your grade will be based completely on your online presence. When did you begin to participate? What quality did you add to the discussion threads? Did you complete the assignments? Were your feedback comments for classmates useful and thoughtful?

Leading the class Discussion(s) – (10 % of grade)

Each student will have the opportunity to lead the class discussion(s) around the selected readings for that class. Instructor will provide a schedule for students to sign up on the second class meeting.

TILT TUTORIALS (5% of grade)

TILT Tutorials – are resources in the CCV Portal that provide very useful information on how to use the library resources at CCV. There are quizzes at the end of each tutorial that students must complete in order to receive credit. Instructor will try to allow some class time to begin this.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

 

 
 

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