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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities
Daugherty, John W.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities

Semester

F1T 2007 DLC

Faculty

Daugherty, John W.

Title

Senior Adjunct

Degrees/Certificates

BA University of Richmond ,Va.  English; Classics
MA  Middlebury, Vermont  English
ABD University of Illinois, English:Critical Thinking/Reading

Office Hours

Tu-Th 6:00-9:00

Other Phone

760-255-1111

E-Mail

john.daugherty@pirate.park.edu

johndaugherty200@hotmail.com

Semester Dates

08/13/2007-10/14/2007

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Ways of Reading, 7th ed.  Bartholomae and Petrosky, Bedford/St. Martins, Boston, 2005

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Course Description:
A study of disciplines and concerns that promote humanness (such as art, music, philosophy and religion) and critical thinking, moral values, myths, love and freedom. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
 The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, discussions, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions. I see myself somewhat like a coach who provides specific instruction to help students improve their critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.  Providing guidelines for students' performance then is coupled with immediate and specific feedback to enable students to make any necessary behaviorial changes.  In short I become a facilitator, aiding students to achieve success in meeting parts of their educational goals.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Note: This is a general education (GE) course. Therefore, some of the performance objectives are specifically related to the requirements for GE courses.
  2. Students will demonstrate understanding of theories of origin, nature, and function of humanities
  3. Students will provide evidence of skill in academic research
  4. Students will demonstrate their skills in oral communication
  5. Students will demonstrate critical, aesthetic, and values literacies, in regard to humanities
  6. Students will demonstrate a more thoughtful awareness of multicultural and global considerations


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Class Assessment: Graded Components and Criteria Written Project - A major research essay* exploring a topic in the Humanities. 1500-2000 words. Assessment of the written project will include developmental stages such as the prospectus and a draft. 30 % (30 pts.) *Note: At the instructor's discretion, the nature of this project and its focus may vary from traditional models of research writing. The suggested length limit, however, will not change. Explorations in the Humanities - One-page written summations exploring manifestations of humanness in specific areas of the Humanities. Students will complete three Explorations in the Humanities out of five opportunities. 20 % (20 pts.) Interchanges in the Humanities - Weekly discussions centered on focal areas in the Humanities. 16 % (16 pts.) Final Exam - A comprehensive final examination administered by an approved proctor during week eight. 20 % (20 pts.) Correlation and Review - Weekly assessments of individual learning and progress. 10 % (10 pts.) Introduction - Personal introductions and interchange. 2% (2 pts.) Peer response - Posting a draft and responding to drafts of classmates. 2% (2 pts.) Final examination - An examination will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by the university where Park University sites are not available. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor who will be accepted and approved by the instructor. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University web site. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to me for approval.

Grading:

Grading: Graded Components and Criteria Written Project - A major research essay* exploring a topic in the Humanities. 1500-2000 words. Assessment of the written project will include developmental stages such as the prospectus and a draft. 30 % (30 pts.) *Note: At the instructor's discretion, the nature of this project and its focus may vary from traditional models of research writing. The suggested length limit, however, will not change. Explorations in the Humanities - One-page written summations exploring manifestations of humanness in specific areas of the Humanities. Students will complete three Explorations in the Humanities out of five opportunities. 20 % (20 pts.) Interchanges in the Humanities - Weekly discussions centered on focal areas in the Humanities. 16 % (16 pts.) Final Exam - A comprehensive final examination administered by an approved proctor during week eight. 20 % (20 pts.) Correlation and Review - Weekly assessments of individual learning and progress. 10 % (10 pts.) Introduction - Personal introductions and interchange. 2% (2 pts.) Peer response - Posting a draft and responding to drafts of classmates. 2% (2 pts.) Grading Scale: I will provide you with ongoing progress reports of your average grade throughout the term. The grading scale is: A = 90 - 100 B = 80 - 89 C = 70 - 79 D = 60 - 69 F = 0 - 59 Final examination - An examination will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by the university where Park University sites are not available. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor who will be accepted and approved by the instructor. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University web site. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to me for approval.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late Submission of Course Materials: Grading Conditions: Late Work and Length Limits Late Work: Work must be submitted on time to be considered for credit. Late installments of the project (prospectus, draft or polished copy) will receive a full grade deduction for each day past the deadline. Therefore, an installment that is due Sunday night by midnight will not earn passing credit after Wednesday night. Late explorations will not be accepted. Conference area posts must be completed by the end of the week to be considered for credit. Length Limits: The specific assignment threads will suggest a length range for explorations and the project. The range is established as a reasonable guide for your written work. Any written work that does not meet the general length requirements will receive a penalty proportionate to the portion missing. In other words, if a student submits a project with just 1200 words, the final grade of the project would be reduced by the percentage it fell short of the bottom end of the range, or about 20% (300/1500). On the upward end, a project may exceed the required length at the instructor's discretion; however, you are urged to moderate the scope of your projects with sensitivity the prescribed limits. Your responses for the Interchanges in the Humanities should be thoughtful and substantive to earn full credit. Examples of desirable, full-bodied responses and undesirable, partial responses will be provided during week one. To receive full credit, your written responses in the posts should be no shorter than four sentences. Posts can be spontaneous, suggesting, when appropriate, your tentative position on issues; nevertheless, your posts should be carefully read before making them final. Underdeveloped posts will receive partial credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Classroom Rules of Conduct: Other than the Park University policies, see below, it is assumed students will participate online regularly in polite and constructive ways. Tact and decorum are presupposed. Especially in a humanities class, we want to be sensitive and supportive of one another, while we engage in intellectual and subjective interchanges concerning significant ideas and issues.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: See the weekly online entries concerning lectures, readings, discussions, explorations, and the project and its components.

 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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