Freshman Experience

TWC Orientation 102 The Freshman Experience SYLLABUS

  I. Freshman Experience- 1 semester hour  Class Time and Location:  Monday 12:00 Elliott 110 Spring 2011

 II.            Instructor: Julie Jack

Office Hours: WF 12-1; TTH 11-1

Email: jjack@twcnet.edu

Phone Number: 423. 746-5307

 Ill.            Course Description

         The Freshman Experience  is a one-credit academic course required of all first-year students in the Spring semester.  The primary purpose is to provide a foundation experience that cultivates the habits of scholarship, service, and leadership in addition to providing an orientation to the academic culture of the college.

 

College-wide Learning Outcomes

            TWC students will:

“The following outcomes are expected of Tennessee Wesleyan College graduates with regard to general education:

 

  1. Use effectively the skills of reading, writing and speaking
  2. Recognize the issues that affect social and political behavior in their historical and cultural perspective.
  3. Recognize and analyze contributions of the arts and literature.
  4. Demonstrate mathematical computation skills and basic computer applications skills and demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method.
  5. Think critically and develop a basis for effective judgment.
  6. Access and evaluate information and its sources and use information effectively to accomplish a purpose.”

 

 

 

IV. Goals and Objectives

  • Introduce students to the academic expectations of college life;
  • Engage in the practice of critical analysis and synthesis;
  • Establish writing as a principal means by which the educated person thinks,

      understands and communicates;

  • Develop communication skills—reading, listening and speaking;
  • Establish the library as a major repository of knowledge;
  • Explain and establish standards of academic integrity; and
  • Foster an attitude of enthusiasm and a genuine intellectual curiosity toward learning,

 

 

  1. Relationship to Major Program. Department. and Institutional Purpose

The institutional purpose revolves around providing a quality, liberal arts education, and to promote integrity and responsibility in a Christian environment where students can mature intellectually and socially, and acquire the confidence to serve after the college experience is complete. Further, the purpose of the College has, at its core, the assertion that graduates will have demonstrated competence in reading, writing, speaking, and computer literacy.  

 

The stated mission of the College is:

In keeping with the spirit of the liberal arts, Tennessee Wesleyan College seeks within the framework of the Judeo-Christian tradition to provide for students the highest quality educational experience, to promote personal responsibility, integrity, and purpose, and to prepare students for a life of leadership and service in an ever changing global community.

 

This course fulfills an All College Requirement (ACR).

 

VI. Course Relationship to Content Area Knowledge and Skills from the Matrices

  • Ability to relate language and literature, both contemporary and classic, to students’ lives.
  • Understanding of the relationship between the fine arts and literature.
  • Awareness of interdependence among fields of study.
  • Awareness of diverse communication styles, abilities, and cultural differences.
  • Awareness of various means of creative expression, both within a given culture and across a culture of languages.
  • Understanding of how human ideals, values, and ethics can be examined and illuminated figuratively.
  • Ability to open oneself to creative expressions, to understand their basic premises, and to understand how creators and critics make informed qualitative judgments about them; ability to form such judgments oneself.

 

VII. Class Resources and required readings will be provided by the individual instructor.  Textbook: College Rules! is available in the TWC bookstore.

 

 

 

 

 

VIII.            Topics and Units of Instruction:

 

  • Portfolio discussion
  • Service Scheduling/ group dynamics
  • Career and Service with Thema Nicholson
  • Diversity discussion
  • Orientation with Site Contact in class and on site
  • Peer Leader discussion
  • Service at The McMinn County Living Heritage Museum
  • Servant Leadership Honors Program Application

 

 

 

IX. Methods of Instruction and Modes of Learning:

The seminar begins with discussions about the site chosen, (The Living Heritage Museum), portfolio requirements, and group dynamics.   Students will be instructed on topics such as diversity, leadership and service.  They will be given opportunities to converse on those topics, issues, and events of concern to the students.  Readings, discussion, informal lecture by the instructor as well as required convocations, films, journaling, reaction papers and oral presentations may be required.  Guest speakers will provide additional educational opportunities for participants.

 

X.            Course Requirements and Means of Evaluation

 

  1. Reflective Journaling—Students will be expected to chronicle their first semester at TWC, reflecting upon the challenges and opportunities that come with the first year of college.  The format and requirements will be discussed by instructor.
  2. On site experience—Students will be required to attend all of the site events.  co  A reflective paper for each of these events will be required and submitted in the final portfolio. 
  3. Midterm Progress Report—Students will submit to the seminar instructor a midterm progress report that has been signed by instructors in each academic class.  Progress report forms will be provided at the first seminar meeting.
  4. Projects and other assignments given by the individual instructor

                                   

 

XI.   

 

Honor Pledge

Upon admission to the college, students agree to abide by the Tennessee Wesleyan Honor System by signing the Honor Pledge, which reads:

 

“I pledge, on my honor, to conduct myself with the foremost level of academic integrity.”

 

Each examination, quiz, or other paper which is to be graded will carry the student’s written pledge and signature: "I hereby certify that I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this paper. “  The abbreviation "Pledged" followed by the student's signature holds the same meaning and may be acceptable on papers other than final examinations.  Honor Code sheets for this course should be attached to every required assignment, without exception.

 

 

 

XII.

Weekly Schedule/ Spring 2011

 

WEEK ONE:  January 17 Welcome Back and Discussion about Portfolio

 

WEEK TWO:  January 24 Discussion about portfolio, schedules for service and group dynamics

 

WEEK THREE:  January 31 Career and Service with Thema Nicholson

 

WEEK FOUR:  February 7 Diversity Discussion

 

WEEK FIVE:  February 14 Orientation with the Executive Director from The Living Heritage Museum in class

 

WEEK SIX: February 21 Tour of Service Site.  Midterm reports given.

 

WEEK SEVEN:  February 28- March 4 Service

 

WEEK EIGHT:  March 7 No class/Spring Break

 

WEEK NINE:  March 14 Service

 

WEEK TEN:  March 21 Class Meeting and Peer Leader discussion

 

WEEK ELEVEN:  March 28 Service

 

WEEK TWELVE:  April 4 Service

 

WEEK THIRTEEN:  April 11 Class meeting & Servant Leadership Honors Program application

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TENNESSEE WESLEYAN COLLEGE

 

TWC Orientation 102

 

The Freshman Experience

 

 SYLLABUS

 

Spring Semester 2011

 

  1. Freshman Orientation-1 semester hour

            Class Time and Location:  Monday 12:00 Elliott 110

 

II.            Instructor: Julie Jack

Office Hours: WF 12-1; TTH 11-1

Email: jjack@twcnet.edu

Phone Number: 423. 746-5307

 

Ill.            Course Description

         The Freshman Seminar is a one-credit academic course required of all first-year             students in the fall semester.  The primary purpose is to provide a foundation             experience that cultivates the habits of scholarship, service, and leadership in             addition to providing an orientation to the academic culture of the college.

 

College-wide Learning Outcomes

            TWC students will:

“The following outcomes are expected of Tennessee Wesleyan College graduates with regard to general education:

 

  1. Use effectively the skills of reading, writing and speaking
  2. Recognize the issues that affect social and political behavior in their historical and cultural perspective.
  3. Recognize and analyze contributions of the arts and literature.
  4. Demonstrate mathematical computation skills and basic computer applications skills and demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method.
  5. Think critically and develop a basis for effective judgment.
  6. Access and evaluate information and its sources and use information effectively to accomplish a purpose.”

 

 

 

IV. Goals and Objectives

  • Introduce students to the academic expectations of college life;
  • Engage in the practice of critical analysis and synthesis;
  • Establish writing as a principal means by which the educated person thinks,

      understands and communicates;

  • Develop communication skills—reading, listening and speaking;
  • Establish the library as a major repository of knowledge;
  • Explain and establish standards of academic integrity; and
  • Foster an attitude of enthusiasm and a genuine intellectual curiosity toward learning,

 

 

  1. Relationship to Major Program. Department. and Institutional Purpose

The institutional purpose revolves around providing a quality, liberal arts education, and to promote integrity and responsibility in a Christian environment where students can mature intellectually and socially, and acquire the confidence to serve after the college experience is complete. Further, the purpose of the College has, at its core, the assertion that graduates will have demonstrated competence in reading, writing, speaking, and computer literacy.  

 

The stated mission of the College is:

In keeping with the spirit of the liberal arts, Tennessee Wesleyan College seeks within the framework of the Judeo-Christian tradition to provide for students the highest quality educational experience, to promote personal responsibility, integrity, and purpose, and to prepare students for a life of leadership and service in an ever changing global community.

 

This course fulfills an All College Requirement (ACR).

 

VI. Course Relationship to Content Area Knowledge and Skills from the Matrices

  • Ability to relate language and literature, both contemporary and classic, to students’ lives.
  • Understanding of the relationship between the fine arts and literature.
  • Awareness of interdependence among fields of study.
  • Awareness of diverse communication styles, abilities, and cultural differences.
  • Awareness of various means of creative expression, both within a given culture and across a culture of languages.
  • Understanding of how human ideals, values, and ethics can be examined and illuminated figuratively.
  • Ability to open oneself to creative expressions, to understand their basic premises, and to understand how creators and critics make informed qualitative judgments about them; ability to form such judgments oneself.

 

VII. Class Resources and required readings will be provided by the individual instructor.  Textbook: College Rules! is available in the TWC bookstore.

 

 

 

 

 

VIII.            Topics and Units of Instruction:

 

  • Portfolio discussion
  • Service Scheduling/ group dynamics
  • Career and Service with Thema Nicholson
  • Diversity discussion
  • Orientation with Site Contact in class and on site
  • Peer Leader discussion
  • Service at The McMinn County Living Heritage Museum
  • Servant Leadership Honors Program Application

 

 

 

IX. Methods of Instruction and Modes of Learning:

The seminar begins with discussions about the site chosen, (The Living Heritage Museum), portfolio requirements, and group dynamics.   Students will be instructed on topics such as diversity, leadership and service.  They will be given opportunities to converse on those topics, issues, and events of concern to the students.  Readings, discussion, informal lecture by the instructor as well as required convocations, films, journaling, reaction papers and oral presentations may be required.  Guest speakers will provide additional educational opportunities for participants.

 

X.            Course Requirements and Means of Evaluation

 

  1. Reflective Journaling—Students will be expected to chronicle their first semester at TWC, reflecting upon the challenges and opportunities that come with the first year of college.  The format and requirements will be discussed by instructor.
  2. On site experience—Students will be required to attend all of the site events.  co  A reflective paper for each of these events will be required and submitted in the final portfolio. 
  3. Midterm Progress Report—Students will submit to the seminar instructor a midterm progress report that has been signed by instructors in each academic class.  Progress report forms will be provided at the first seminar meeting.
  4. Projects and other assignments given by the individual instructor

                                   

 

XI.   

 

Honor Pledge

Upon admission to the college, students agree to abide by the Tennessee Wesleyan Honor System by signing the Honor Pledge, which reads:

 

“I pledge, on my honor, to conduct myself with the foremost level of academic integrity.”

 

Each examination, quiz, or other paper which is to be graded will carry the student’s written pledge and signature: "I hereby certify that I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this paper. “  The abbreviation "Pledged" followed by the student's signature holds the same meaning and may be acceptable on papers other than final examinations.  Honor Code sheets for this course should be attached to every required assignment, without exception.

 

 

 

XII.

Weekly Schedule/ Spring 2011

 

WEEK ONE:  January 17 Welcome Back and Discussion about Portfolio

 

WEEK TWO:  January 24 Discussion about portfolio, schedules for service and group dynamics

 

WEEK THREE:  January 31 Career and Service with Thema Nicholson

 

WEEK FOUR:  February 7 Diversity Discussion

 

WEEK FIVE:  February 14 Orientation with the Executive Director from The Living Heritage Museum in class

 

WEEK SIX: February 21 Tour of Service Site.  Midterm reports given.

 

WEEK SEVEN:  February 28- March 4 Service

 

WEEK EIGHT:  March 7 No class/Spring Break

 

WEEK NINE:  March 14 Service

 

WEEK TEN:  March 21 Class Meeting and Peer Leader discussion

 

WEEK ELEVEN:  March 28 Service

 

WEEK TWELVE:  April 4 Service

 

WEEK THIRTEEN:  April 11 Class meeting & Servant Leadership Honors Program application