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HUM-2010-VU01 - Seminar in Educational Inquiry

Online Class

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

Synonym: 185006

Location: Winooski - Meets Online

Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-26-2020 to 08-17-2020
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Dave Amsden | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $75.00
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This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Seminar in Educational 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 page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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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 CCV experience has influenced their understanding of themselves and the world.
c. An oral presentation related to the content of the paper.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

*There is no textbook for this course. Students do not need to buy any books for this class. All materials will be provided electronically, at no additional cost to students. This class is facilitated using Open Educational Resources, and learning materials from the CCV Hartness Library.*


Teaching & Learning

-Reading, viewing and listening to texts, research materials, and digital resources

-Weekly online discussion forums

-Posted mini-lectures

-1:1 and small group research planning

Student Assignments

-Participation in facilitated online discussion forums

-Three 2-page narrative reflections on course themes

-Five distinct research assignments, culminating in a 10 page research project

Evaluation Criteria:


Each assignment and all classroom expectation have rubrics or checklists, which include criteria and stages of evaluation.

-Weekly readings, independent assignments and narrative reflections = 20%

-Attendance, participation and respectful communication in weekly discussion forums = 30%

-Research project and related assignments = 50%

Grading Criteria:

"A" = On time, prepared, and participating for all class sessions. All assignments are completed thoughtfully and submitted on time. Attentive, respectful and supportive to the ideas and opinions of class members.

"B" = On time, prepared, and participating for most class sessions. Assignments are completed and submitted on time. Respectful of the ideas and opinions of class members.

"C" = Attends class sessions. Completes assignments. Respectful of the ideas and opinions of class members.

"D" = Attends the minimum number of class sessions.** Does not complete more than three-quarters (75%) of the assigned work. Disrespectful to the ideas and opinions of class members.

"F" = Does not attend more than half (50%) the scheduled class sessions.** Does not complete more than half (50%) the assigned work. Does not recognize the ideas or opinions of class members.

Students may take this course "PASS" ("C" or better)/ "NO PASS."


Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. 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.

HUM-2010-VU01 Textbooks.

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

Contact Faculty:

Email: David Amsden
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Marianne DiMascio

Attendance Policy:

**Any student with more than two (2) absences will not receive credit for this class. It is the responsibility of the student to make-up any work that is missed due to absence. Please contact me if you are unable to attend class. Changes in this policy may be made, at the discretion of the instructor, due to illness or emergency.

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.
  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 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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