Course Description: In this student-driven capstone course, students will collaborate across disciplines to create signature projects that address a significant problem, issue, or question. Prerequisites: Junior Status (students should be at or near the end of their General Education program) (INCO) (4 credits)
Section Description: How did you decide that PSU was the college for you? How did you learn things like which classes to take and when to take them? Each year prospective, admitted, and enrolled students learn about PSU via web-based and face-to-face interactions designed to provide them with the information they need to make good decisions about their college attendance. In this class, we first will learn about the goals and current implementation strategies for PSU’s interactions with incoming students. We will then examine questions such as “what is design?” and “what is GOOD design?” Finally, we will design new experiences and share our ideas with the administrators in charge of them. This course is particularly well-suited to students interested in marketing, media production and use, communication studies, writing, psychology, education, technology design, user interfaces, and human and organizational behavior.
General Education: This course carries INCO status in the General Education program: We live in a world where scholarship is increasingly interdisciplinary. The educated person recognizes the challenges and rewards of drawing connections between fields of knowledge and of applying alternative methods of inquiry to solve problems. Students take a three- or four-credit Integration (INCO) course (either within the major or not) which brings content or methods of inquiry from two or more disciplines or perspectives to bear on a problem or question. The integration course is a General Education capstone course, taken in the junior or senior year. As such it should require substantial, although general, background and a high level of proficiency at most or all of the General Education skills.
The General Education Habits of Mind in This Course
Learning Outcomes (Habits of Mind): Habits of mind are a set of four usual ways of thinking or ways of engaging with the world. These habits of mind equip students to succeed in their lives and work after college. As students take courses within the General Education program, they develop and practice the Habits of Mind in various meaningful contexts. Because this course is the capstone of the General Education program, the Habits of Mind are also the learning outcomes for the course. Students are expected to have reached the summit level of achievement in each of the Habits of Mind by the end of this course. Details of the Habits of Mind can be found here: https://psufys.pressbooks.com/chapter/habits-of-mind/ In this class, students will:
Practice and employ problem-solving strategies
Recognize and integrate multiple perspectives
Regulate their own learning
Signature Work Activities/Characteristics and Learning Outcomes: An x indicates that the student will be practicing the particular learning outcome when engaging in the signature work activity/characteristic.
Articulate, develop, plan, and implement a signature project
Attendance Policy: Although much of the work of the class will be completed independently within your group, time in class will be used to support that group work and, therefore, your attendance is critical. If you must miss class, you must communicate with your group and me about your absence. The University’s Excused Absence Policy can be found here: Excused Absence Policy
Grading Criteria/Standards: Evaluation of your work will include a self-evaluation as well as an evaluation by your group and the instructor. You must fully participate in the signature project to pass the class. Because the signature project is student-driven, much of the evaluation process will be determined by your group. The University’s Fair Grading Policy can be found here: Fair Grading Policy.
Academic honesty: Presenting someone else’s work as your own or without attribution is a violation of the University’s Academic Integrity Policy, which can be found here: Academic Integrity Policy.
ADA Statement: Plymouth State University is committed to providing students with documented disabilities equal access to all university programs and facilities. If you think you have a disability requiring accommodations, you should contact Campus Accessibility Services (CAS), located in Speare 210 (535-3300) to determine whether you are eligible for such accommodations. Academic accommodations will only be considered for students who have registered with CAS. If you have a Letter of Accommodation for this course from CAS, please provide the instructor with that information privately so that you and the instructor can review those accommodations.