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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

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

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

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in written reflections and course communications.
  2. Construct, evaluate and distinguish between regular and research questions.
  3. Construct logical arguments to support an opinion or take a stance in written discussions, peer review, reflective writing and the research paper.
  4. Pose an interesting and viable research question and develop a research strategy for answering it.
  5. Engage in written interactions with peers and the instructor that demonstrate appropriate voice and consideration of audience, context and purpose.
  6. Demonstrate ability to collaborate with peers on written tasks embedded in an online environment.
  7. Develop a plan for a logical argument that clearly reports the results, including crafting an effective thesis statement and considering counter-arguments.
  8. Evaluate and categorize sources to assess types of information to use in the research report.
  9. Collect research findings, test for confirmation biases, and create an annotated bibliography that addresses the research question proposed.
  10. Compose a draft of a research paper.
  11. Engage in the process of peer review to produce a research paper draft and revision in which feedback from others is incorporated in a way that improves the overall quality of the work.
  12. Incorporate feedback from peers and instructor to revise a research paper.
  13. Identify plagiarism and understand how and when to summarize, paraphrase, and quote research findings.
  14. Write a research paper that reflects use of relevant sources, proper citation, critical thinking and logical argument
  15. Create a digital presentation that demonstrates the ability to reflect on and synthesize learning from the course topics of critical thinking, research writing, and interactive digital communication.

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

AssignmentsWeight

Class Discussions (based on 10 forums)

15%

Auto-graded Activities (based on 6 quizzes)

10%

Self-Reflection Essay

10%

Milestone 1: Research Plan

5%

Milestone 2: Annotated Bibliography

15%

Draft of the Research Report-Peer Review

8%

Making Use of Sources (based on two assignments)

10%

Milestone 3: The Final Draft of the Research Paper

15%

Research Paper Checklist

2%

Milestone 4: The Digital Reflection Presentation

10%

Total

100%

Required Textbook

  • This course uses Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are openly licensed, educational resources that can be used for teaching, learning and research. OER may consist of a variety of resources such as textbooks, videos and software that are at little or no cost for students.

Course Schedule

Note: Readings will be taken from textbooks that will be provided in the course:

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

1,2,3

Thinking for yourself and Evaluating Success and Failure in the New Age of Information

Readings:

  • Foundations of Success
    • “Can You Listen to Yourself?” (pp. 16-17)
    • “Failure Is Not An Option” (pp. 18-20)
    • Priester’s “Preface” (pp. ix-x)
  • Choosing & Using Sources
    • Research Questions (Thinking Critically about Regular Questions and Research Questions) (pp. 4-17)
    • Making An Argument (pp. 149-160)
  • 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 Assignment: Self-Reflection Profile Essay
  • Complete the Practice Activity: Choosing and Using Sources (auto-graded)
  • Complete Smarter Measures Survey

2

4-7

Interactive & Collaborative Communication

Readings:

  • Foundations of Success
    • “Thinking Critically and Creatively” (Group Work and Solo Work) (pp. 21-22)
  • Choosing & Using Sources
    • 9- Making An Argument (pp.149-160)
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Milestone 1: Research Plan
  • Complete the Practice Activity: Choosing and using Sources (auto-graded)

3

8

Research and Types of Sources

Readings:

  • Foundations of Success
    • Learn What You Don’t Want (pp.41-42)
    • What Do You Enjoy Studying? (pp. 26-27)
    • Transferrable (pp. 33-34)
  • Choosing & Using Sources
    • Types of Resources: Categorizing Sources (pp. 26-50)
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Assignment: Categorizing Sources
  • Complete the Practice Activity: Choosing & Using Sources (auto-graded)

4

9

Research Strategies and Annotating Sources

Readings:

  • Foundations of Success
    • Practice, Practice, Practice (pp. 6-9)
    • Transferrable (pp. 33-34)
  • Choosing & Using Sources
    • Evaluating Sources (pp. 99-125)
    • Chapter 7: Ethical Use of Sources Addressing Plagiarism (pp. 128-134)

  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Milestone 2: Annotated Bibliography
  • Complete the Practice Activity: Choosing & Using Sources (auto-graded)

5

5,6,10,11

Drafting and Peer Review

Readings:

  • Foundations of Success
    • Time is on Your Side (pp. 23-25)
  • Choosing & Using Sources
    • Chapter 10: Writing Tips (pp. 161-168)
    • Chapter 7: Ethical Use of Sources (pp. 128- 136)

  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Draft of the Research Paper

6

12,13

Incorporating Feedback and Improving Your Research

Readings:

  • Choosing & Using Sources
    • Chapter 10: Writing Tips (pp. 161-168)
    • Chapter 7: Ethical Use of Sources (pp. 128- 134)

    • Roles of Research Sources (pp. 194-197)
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete Assignment: Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing
  • Complete the Practice Activity Choosing & Using Sources (auto-graded)

7

14

Milestone Three: The Final Draft of The Research Paper

Readings:

  • Foundations of Success
    • Thinking Critically and Creatively (pp. 21-22)
  • Choosing & Using Sources
    • Chapter 11: Copyright Basics (pp. 168-180)
  • Read the lecture material and assigned textbook chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Milestone 3: Submit the Final Research Paper and Final Research Paper Checklist
  • Complete the Practice Activity: Copyright Basics (auto-graded)

8

15

Reflection on the Digital Communication Experience

Readings:

  • Foundations of Success
    • Review all assigned readings
  • Choosing & Using Sources
    • Review all 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.)
  • Milestone 4: Submit the Digital Reflection Presentation
  • Complete the course evaluation

Additional Information

  • Creative Commons for Coursework: This course makes use of Creative Commons Materials. Learn more about Creative Commons.
  • 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 no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday of each week. Your original response should have a minimum of 150 words. You should read and respond to at less two of your peers' posts.
  • Students must earn an overall, final grade of "C" or better to pass the course.

 

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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 COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.