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IDS 101: Cornerstone Seminar

Course Description:

In this course students will undergo the intensive preparation needed to undertake their degree program while learning principles and techniques of writing in the academic environment, critical thinking skills, and information literacy skills. This course is required of all Charter Oak State College degree-seeking students and should be taken as soon as possible after matriculation.

Students must earn an overall, final grade of "C" or higher to pass the course. Students must also earn a grade of "C" or higher on the Research Paper to pass the course.

Prerequisites:

  • Student must be matriculated (entered into a degree program) at Charter Oak State College.
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in certain principles and techniques of academic writing, including:
    1. Developing an organized, effective essay that includes a thesis, introduction, and conclusion, and effective body paragraphs with clear topic sentences and supporting details;
    2. Applying either APA or MLA style for research paper formats and citation mechanics; and
    3. Explaining the importance of crediting source material and the methods of avoiding plagiarism by properly quoting, paraphrasing, and citing sources.
  2. Employ critical thinking, research, and analysis methods in various academic writing projects such as essays, reflections, and discussion participation.
  3. Engage in an authentic online learning experience and apply skills and behaviors that facilitate success in online learning, such as following online communication norms, interacting with peers and the instructor, following directions, finding help, solving problems, and learning actively and independently.
  4. Locate and apply policies and procedures that shape the academic experience at Charter Oak State College, including degree requirements, graduation requirements, methods of earning credit, and technical requirements for successful participation in online courses.
  5. Identify and utilize vital resources provided by Charter Oak State College, such as the College’s website, official catalog, libraries, disability services, advising services and staff, online learning environment (Blackboard), portal (ACORN), Webmail, Turnitin.com, and eTutoring.org.
  6. For Bachelor’s degree candidates, complete and submit a Concentration Plan of Study (CPS) for their Bachelor’s degree for faculty approval; OR for Associate’s degree candidates, write a reflective paper describing the relevance of their educational experience and Associate degree coursework to both their professional and personal development and their career direction.
  7. Interpret the College’s capstone course requirement, explain how a capstone project functions as a measure of knowledge and learning, and evaluate the effectiveness of sample capstone projects in demonstrating proficiency or mastery of a subject area.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs):

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading:

Assignment(s)
Weight

Concentration Plan of Study (Bachelor's students) //
Associates Program Rationale (Associate students)

20%*

Research Paper

30%

Résumé Assignment

5%

Class Discussions

20%

Short Assignments

25%

Total

100% **

*Failure to submit the CPS assignment will result in an administrative hold being placed on the student's record. See the Course Documents area of the Blackboard shell for details.

 

** Notes: Students must earn an overall, final grade of "C" or higher to pass the course. Students must also earn a grade of "C" or higher on the Research Paper to pass the course.

 

Required Textbooks (Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore):

  • Rosa, A., & Eschholz, P. (2010). The Writer’s Brief Handbook, 7th ed. New York: Longman. ISBN-10: 0-205-74407-9 or ISBN-13: 978-0-205-74407-7

 

Bookstore Information:

  • Textbooks are subject to change on a semester basis. Students should go to the bookstore for updated textbook information including the correct edition for the current semester.
  • The free shipping offer on retail orders over $49 does not apply to Marketplace books, which are shipped directly from third-party sellers.
  • Financial aid recipients may apply their school-issued vouchers to all orders, including Marketplace books.

 

 

Course Schedule:

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignment(s)

1

1-5

Introduction

Reading:

  • "The Writing Process," pp. 1-32
  • "Online Writing," pp. 70-72
  • "Résumés," pp. 79-83
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Complete assigned exercises
  • Participate in discussion
  • Submit draft résumé

2

1-4

Understanding Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences

Reading:

  • "Writing in College and Beyond," pp. 47-69
  • "Paragraphs," pp. 85-102
  • "Sentence Clarity and Style," pp. 103-119
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Complete assigned exercises
  • Participate in discussion
  • Submit final résumé

3

1, 2, 3, 5

Identifying Topics and Working with Sources

Reading:

  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Explore assigned web resources
  • Complete assigned exercises
  • Participate in discussion
  • Complete written assignments
  • Construct preliminary research question; construct preliminary thesis statement

4

1, 2, 3, 5

Research Paper Plan, Evaluating Sources, & Degree Standing Summary

Reading:

  • "Writing in the disciplines," pp. 267-290
  • "Developing a research strategy; Finding sources; Selecting and evaluating sources," pp. 227-246
  • Reread "Planning," pp. 1-11
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Explore assigned web resources
  • Complete assigned exercises
  • Participate in discussion
  • Complete written assignments

5

1,2,3,5,6

Revising and Editing

Reading:

  • "Topic Sentences" and "Relating All Sentences to the Controlling Ideas," pp. 86-87
  • "Revising & Editing," pp. 21-32
  • "Paragraph Development," pp. 89-90  
  • "Coherence in Paragraph Writing," pp. 96-101
  • "Creating, Beginning, and Ending Paragraphs," pp. 102
  • "Writing Summaries and Paraphrases: The Research Paper," pp. 257-258
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Complete assigned exercises
  • Participate in discussion
  • Complete written assignments
  • Submit draft Concentration Plan of Study (CPS) (Bachelor's students only)
  • Submit draft Associates Program Rationale (APR) (Associate's students only)

6

1, 2, 3, 5

Documenting Sources

Reading:

  • "Use an acceptable system of documentation," pp. 253-54
  • Read the section that corresponds to the documentation style you choose for the research paper:
    • "MLA-style Documentation," pp. 291-324, OR
    • "APA-style Documentation," pp. 325-349, OR
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Complete assigned exercises
  • Participate in discussion
  • Complete written assignments
  • Submit draft research paper to instructor, Turnitin.com, and eTutoring.org (all students)

7

1-6

Completing Your Degree

Reading: None

  • Participate in discussion
  • Submit final Concentration Plan of Study (CPS) (Bachelor's students only)
  • Submit final Associates Program Rationale (APR) (Associate's students only)

8

1, 2, 3

Final Research Papers & Reflections

Reading: None

  • Complete written assignment
  • Submit final research paper to instructor and Turnitin.com (all students)
  • Complete the course evaluation

Additional Information:

  • Students must earn an overall, final grade of "C" or better to pass the course. Students must also earn a grade of "C" or higher on the Research Paper to pass the course.
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