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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 17-Jun-24

Fall 2024 | HUM-2010-VO09 - Seminar in Educational Inquiry

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 14 (as of 07-19-24 5:05 PM)
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Materials/Lab Fees: $75.00


Jean Kristinat
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Collin Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
CCV Seminar in Education Inquiry
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

Inquiry is the foundation for this interdisciplinary capstone course. It provides a forum for critical thinking about substantive issues, problems, and themes that affect the world, our society, our communities, and our selves. Throughout the semester, students will be challenged to ask critical questions, evaluate evidence, create connections, and present ideas in discussions and writing. This process prepares students for developing and presenting a culminating portfolio through which they demonstrate proficiency in the graduation standards of writing and information literacy, as well as make connections to prior learning. Because the final portfolio is essential in demonstrating these proficiencies, students must complete the portfolio with a grade of C- or better in order to pass the course. This course is required for students planning to graduate and should be taken within the year prior to graduation once all competency area requirements have been satisfied. Prerequisite: English Composition and a Research & Writing Intensive course or equivalent skills.

Essential Objectives

1. Explain how questions are framed and knowledge is gained in various disciplines, such as the sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
2. Investigate the philosophical and ethical questions arising from issues pertaining to identity, community, knowledge, truth, change, and responsibility.
3. Demonstrate advanced skills of reading, writing, and critical thinking in both group and individual work.
4. Locate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate scholarly and professional sources, including primary and secondary evidence as needed, to address an academic research question.
5. Complete a culminating portfolio that includes:
a. A research paper with an arguable thesis that integrates five or more scholarly and professional sources to address an academic research question and demonstrates proficiency in the graduation standards of writing and information literacy according to the SEI research paper rubric.
b. A reflective essay that articulates how the student’s educational experience has influenced their understanding of themselves and the world.
c. A presentation related to the content of the paper.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

HUM-2010-VO09 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Classes will begin on Tuesday morning each week and end Monday at 11:59. I urge you to complete your readings and assignments early in the week so that your participation in discussion forums will be meaningful to both you and your discussion partners. The rubric for discussion forums will show the impact of the timing of post submissions

You will be evaluated in the following areas:

1. Weekly readings and assignments (25%)

2. Contribution to discussion of assigned topics or questions (25%)

3. Development throughout the course of the elements of the final portfolio project (20%)

4. Submission of the completed final portfolio (30%)


Syllabus: Sept. 3, 2024-Dec. 16, 2024 (The items appearing in bold italics below relate to the final portfolio project)

Week 1 (Sept. 3-9):Meeting theme: Creating the SEI online community. Introduction to final project. Introductions.

Week 2 (Sept. 10-16): Meeting theme:The nature of inquiry. Preparing to choose research questions for the arguable research paper.

Week 3 (Sept. 17-23): Meeting theme:How do I know who I am? (Chapter 1). Determining the paper's research question and possible sources.

Week 4 (Sept. 24-30):Meeting theme: How do I know who I am? (Chapter 1). Beginning the annotated bibliography for the research paper; notes on first section of the reflection essay due.

Week 5 (Oct. 1-7): Meeting theme: How do we know what we know? (Chapter 2) Updating theannotated bibliography and creating the writer's stance for the research paper.

Week 6 (Oct. 8-14): Meeting theme: How do we know what we know? (Chapter 2). The writer's role and continuing the annotated bibliography (research paper); notes on second section of the reflection essay due.

Week 7 (Oct. 15-21): Meeting theme: Ethics: What principles govern our personal lives? (Chapter 3) Defining terms for the research paper.

Week 8 (Oct. 22-28): Meeting theme: Ethics: What principles govern our personal lives? (Chapter 3). Exploring audience for the research paper; notes on third section of the reflection essay due.

Week 9 (Oct. 29-Nov. 4): Values: What are human rights and responsibilities? (Chapter 4). Connecting claims and evidence in the research paper; first draft of the reflection essay due.

Week 10 (Nov. 5-11): Meeting theme: Values: What are human rights and responsibilities. First draft of the research paper due; choice of presentation format of the research due for approval.

Week 11 (Nov. 12-18): Meeting theme: Values: What are human rights and responsibilities? (Chapter 4). Continuing work on the research paper, presentation and reflection essay.

Week 12 (Nov. 19-25): Meeting theme: What can we learn from the past? (Chapter 5). Continuing work on the research paper, including interpretation of sources and consultation on presentation; second draft of reflection essay due.

Week 13 (Nov. 26-Dec. 2): Meeting theme: What can we learn from the past? (Chapter 5) Second draft of the research paper due.

Week 14 (Dec. 3-9): Meeting theme: What will the future be like? (Chapter 6) Understanding discourse communities; final consultation on presentation.

Week 15 (Dec. 10-16):Meeting theme: What will the future be like? (Chapter 6).Final completed portfolio due, including final draft of research paper, final draft of reflection essay, and final presentation of research.

Note: This syllabus may be modified as the needs and pace of the class are determined.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Posting in a discussion forum but not responding to classmateswill result in a significant penalty on the grading rubric, for interacting with classmates is an essential part of online discussions.
  • Extensions will be granted only in extenuating circumstances. If a lengthy medical problem or other emergent personal issue will result in missing weekly discussions and/or assignments, please explain the situation toyour instructor as soon as possible beforehand or as soon as possible after the issue has occurred. If notification hasn't been made to the instructor, missing work may not be submitted for a grade.
  • Students who know that they will not have course access for any given week should make arrangements with their instructor to complete assignments and participation requirements prior to the absence.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

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.