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IDS 101: Cornerstone Seminar

Course Description:

In this course students will undergo the intensive preparation needed to complete their degree program while learning principles and techniques of critical thinking, research writing, and interactive digital communication in academic and professional environments. 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. 

Prerequisites:

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

Overview of the Cornerstone Seminar Course

Welcome to the Cornerstone Seminar!

critical thinking

cor-ner-stone
"something that is essential, indispensable, or basic"
"the chief foundation on which something is constructed or developed"- Dictionary.com

This course will give you a solid understanding of our high level of academic expectations in all of our courses and provide you with a foundation for your success in the courses you will take.

In the Cornerstone Seminar, you will undergo the intensive preparation needed to complete your degree program while learning principles and techniques of:

  • critical thinking
  • research writing
  • interactive digital communication

Over the next eight (8) weeks, you will have various opportunities to practice your critical thinking, research, and writing skills, including developing reflective and analyticalessays, researching a special topic, and collaboratively interacting with peers in the discussion forum. We also have selected a variety of texts to support your learning and guide you through this process via our weekly readings and active discussions with other learners.

Starting this Online Teaching & Learning Process

As the instructor, it is important to me that you are successful in this foundational course. To ensure a successful start, you should do the following before the first day of class:

  1. Make sure you are comfortable navigating the Blackboard Learning Management System,
  2. Read Charter Oak State College’s (COSC) policies in the catalog,
  3. Review policies in the Course Policies (click the Course Policies link in the green course menu) section of this course, including the grading rubrics,
  4. Familiarize yourselves with the material in the textbooks within the course platform,
  5. Introduce yourself to the class in the Introduction forum (click the Discussion Board link in green course menu)

Again, welcome to the IDS 101 Cornerstone Seminar course.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

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

  1. Employ the general principles and techniques of critical thinking through reflection, communication, evaluation, and logical argument
  2. Develop interactive written communication skills for academic and professional environments that include digital genres and collaborative work with peers. Understand the role of context, purpose, voice, and audience in these environments.
  3. Pose an interesting and viable research question, develop a research strategy for answering the question, and compose an annotated bibliography of sources to be consulted.
  4. Collect research findings, test for confirmation biases, and develop an outline for a logical argument that clearly reports the results, including crafting an effective thesis statement and considering counter-arguments.
  5. Make productive use of a drafting and revising process, including peer review exchanges.
  6. Identify plagiarism and understand how and when to summarize, paraphrase, and quote research findings.
  7. Complete a documented report that demonstrates the ability to think critically, conduct relevant research, and argue logically for the results.
  8. Assemble a digital portfolio that demonstrates and reflects on the quality of critical thinking, research writing, and interactive digital communication completed in the course.

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)
Points

Class Discussions

10

Discussion Assignment: 1st Draft of Research Report/Peer Review

15

Self-Reflection Profile Essay

10

Critical Analysis Essay

10

Quiz: Summarizing, Paraphrasing, & Quoting vs. Plagiarizing

5

Developing a Research Plan

10

Creating a List of Sources

5

Research Report

20

Digital Portfolio: Researching & Writing Reflections

15

Total Points

100

* 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. 

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

  • Weston, A. (2009) A Rulebook for Arguments. 4th Ed., Hackett Publishing Co. ISBN-13: 978-0872209541.
  • Gladwell, M (2008). Outliers: The story of success. Reprint, Back Bay Books. ISBN-13: 978-0316017930.
  • Booth, Colomb, & Williams (2008). The craft of research. 3rd Ed., U. of Chicago Press. ISBN-13: 978-0226065663.

 

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

Principles and Techniques

Reading:

  1. Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell
    • Chapter 1: The Matthew Effect  (pages 15-34)
    • Chapter 2:  The 10,000-Hour Rule. (pages 35-68) 
  2. A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston
    • Introduction - xi-xiv
    • Chapter 1 - Short Arguments:  Some General Guidelines (pages 1-7)
    • Chapter 2 - Generalizations (pages 9-17)
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Participate in discussions (** First discussion response is due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday. See Course Policies for more information)
  • Submit Week 1 Assignment: Self-Reflection Profile Essay

2

2

Our Digital Voice: Understanding the Various Aspects of Writing

Reading:

  1. A Rulebook for Arguments
    • III. Arguments by Analogy (pages 19-22)
    • IV. Sources (pages 23-30)
  2. The Craft of Research  (pages 9 -27)
  3. Gladwell’s Outliers
    • Chapter 3:  The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 1 (pages 69-90)
    • Chapter 4:  The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 2 (pages 91-115) 
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Participate in discussions (First discussion response is due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday.)
  • Submit Week 2 Assignment: Critical Analysis Essay
  • Complete Quiz: Summarizing, Paraphrasing, & Quoting vs. Plagiarizing

3

3

Asking Questions & Finding Answers

Reading:

  1. Gladwell’s Outliers Ch. 7 (pp. 177-223)  
  2. Craft of Research (pp. 36-48; 51-69; 84-100)
  3. A Rulebook for Arguments Ch. 5
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Participate in discussions (First discussion response is due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday.)
  • Submit Week 3 Assignment: Developing a Research Plan

4

4

Discovering Answers

Reading:

  1. The Craft of Research
    • Making a Claim and Supporting It (pp. 105-151)
    • Warrant (pp. 154-159; 164-170)
    • Planning & Drafting (pp. 173-210)
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Participate in discussions (First discussion response is due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday.)

5

5

Drafting & Responding

Reading:

  1. A Rulebook for Arguments (pp. 31-86)
  2. The Craft of Research:  Introductions & Conclusions (pp. 232-247)
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit First Draft of Research Report to Discussion Board (The draft of the research report is due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday.)
  • Conduct Peer Review Process of the First Draft on the Discussion Board

6

6

Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting

Reading:

  1. The Craft of Research
    • Chapter 17 “Revising Style:  Telling Your Story Clearly”( pp. 249-269)
    • “The Ethics of Research” ( pp. 273-27)
  2. Outliers - Ch. “Rice Paddies to Math Tests.”
  3. APA Sample downloadable Paper
  4. MLA Works cited page
  5. MLA Sample downloadable paper
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Participate in discussions (First discussion response is due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday.)
  • Submit Week 6 Assignment: Creating a List of Sources

7

7

Research Findings

Reading:

  1. Outliers
    • Ch. 9 Marita’s Bargain (pp. 224-249)
    • Ch. 10 A Jamaican Story (pp. 270-286)
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Participate in discussions (First discussion response is due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday for both topics.)
  • Submit Week 7 Assignment: Research Report

8

8

Reflection on the Digital Communication Experience

Reading:

  1. A Rulebook for Arguments Review all of the assigned readings.
  2. The Craft of Research:Review all of the assigned readings.
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Participate in discussions (Final post due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday.)
  • Submit Week 8 Assignment: Digital Portfolio: Researching & Writing Reflections
  • Complete the course evaluation

Additional Information:

  • Note that participation in the discussion board is a critical step in the learning process. Post first discussion response no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday and all other responses should be posted no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday of each week.  Your original response should have a minimal of 150 words.  You should read and response to at less two of your peers’ post.
  • Students must earn an overall, final grade of "C" or better to pass the course.
  • Current as of:

    COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources:

    Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see the "COSC Policies" link in the main menu of the online course shell for COSC institutional policies and the “Course Policies” link for specific policies related to this course. The “COSC Resources” link provides information regarding available COSC academic support services and resources.

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