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GPCS 1010

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.   
Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   First-Year Seminar   
Prerequisite(s)   None Specified   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
The goal of this course is to promote student success at Georgia Perimeter College and beyond. Students will be introduced to study at the college level through a seminar focused on a chosen theme and guided by a leader. Through exploration of the theme, students will become engaged with the college and the community, develop self-understanding, learn about strategies, behaviors, and college resources that will optimize their personal and academic success, build their information literacy skills, and plan for their future at the college and in their careers.
   
Expected Educational Results   
A. Course Results:
Students will achieve learning objectives in four domains:

Enhancing Student Learning Through Engagement
Students who complete this course should be able to do the following:
1. Demonstrate positive involvement with students in their seminar group, the faculty seminar leader, and the college.
2. Identify student organizations and attend campus and community social, academic, or cultural events.
3. Distinguish and participate in various forms of engagement, including volunteerism, civic engagement, or service-learning.
4. Describe concepts of diversity and embrace diverse perspectives in campus, local, national and global communities.

Understanding Self and Planning for the Future
Students who complete this course should be able to do the following:

5. Identify core values to demonstrate an understanding of self that guides personal, academic and career decision-making and goal setting.

6. Apply appropriate study skill strategies to enhance academic success.

Factors that Promote Success
Students who complete this course should be able to do the following:

7. Explore effective time management strategies and develop personal and academic time management processes.

8. Identify and utilize college resources appropriately.

9. Demonstrate appropriate classroom and campus etiquette according to the Student Code of Conduct and generally expected academic behaviors.

10. Demonstrate effective problem-solving and decision-making skills.

11. Utilize learning skills and apply them to career and personal endeavors.

Achieving Information Literacy for Academic Success

Students who complete this course should be able to do the following:

12. Identify and articulate a question or questions associated with a research topic or problem.

13. Locate, evaluate, organize, and manage information through the use of technology tools and library resources.
   
General Education Outcomes   
Completion of this course should contribute to students’ ability to meet the following goals of the GPC core curriculum:

1. Communicate effectively through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
 Students will develop their speaking skills by speaking with and giving formal presentations to their instructor and students in their seminar group.
 Students will develop their listening skills by listening to ideas of fellow students, the instructor, and various other auditory sources of information.
 Students will develop their reading skills by completing reading of assigned texts and articles.
 Students will develop their writing skills through writing assignments that may include journals, essays, papers, and essays on exams.

2. Demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills.
 Students will develop critical thinking skills through in depth exploration of the topic that provides the central theme of the seminar, exploring that topic through discussion and debate, writing opinion essays, and interacting with people that hold a varied viewpoints on the theme.
 Students will develop problem solving skills by applying knowledge gained in the course to problems related to the theme.

3. Locate, organize, and analyze information through the use of a variety of computer applications.
 Students will learn to locate, organize, and analyze information related to the seminar theme as part of the course goal for students to find, evaluate, and manage information through the use of technology tools.

4. Apply the knowledge of personal, societal, and cultural development to living and working in a culturally diverse environment.
 Students will learn to apply the knowledge of personal, societal, and cultural development to living and working in a culturally diverse environment as part of the course goal for students to define and participate in intercultural and international factors or events at play at the college, locally, nationally, or globally.
   
Course Content   
Note that each section of this course will be organized around a theme selected by the instructor and approved by the First-Year Seminar Committee. No matter what theme is selected, it is expected that the following topics will be covered.

1. Introduction to the higher education system

2. Collegiate-level expectations

3. Expectations for college behaviors

4. Strategies for achieving academic and personal success

5. Georgia Perimeter College
 Resources
 Structure
 Clubs and organizations
 Policies and procedures

6. Volunteerism, civic engagement or service learning

7. Communities: College, personal, regional, global

8. Ethnic and cultural differences

9. Personal and academic goal setting

10. Career directions

11. Time management

12. Information literacy
   
Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
A. Course Grade
Grades from some combination of the following will be used to determine each student’s final course grade: class participation, journal or homework assignments, papers, projects, oral presentations, and exams. Exams may be multiple choice, some combination of multiple choice and short answer or essay, or purely essay and/or short answer. All instructors must use a MINIMUM of five graded assignments/activities for the course, including the final exam. Individual instructors may determine the relative weightings of each component in determining the grade for the course, and must state the weightings to be used in determining student grades in the course syllabus.

B. Department Assessment
 As a new course, this course will be assessed every fall and spring semester for the first two academic years that it is offered.
 After the initial two-year period, this course will be assessed at the end of the fall semester in even-numbered years.
 The construction of the assessment for this course will be the responsibility of the college wide First-Year Seminar Committee.

C. Use of Assessment Findings
 All instructors are responsible for reviewing the results of the outcome assessment for their sections and transmitting the results to the First-Year Seminar Committee. Individual instructors should use feedback from assessment in their classes to review and evaluate and enhance their own teaching practices.
 The First-Year Seminar Committee will meet at least once each semester following the administration of the course assessment. The review of the course outcome assessment findings will provide information on success in achieving the desired outcomes for this course on a college-wide basis. If fewer than 70% of the students perform successfully on measures of any learning outcome, the committee will examine teaching practices related to that outcome, the assessment instrument, and the desired learning outcomes to determine which, if any, of these need modifying. The committee will share its findings and recommendations with all instructors teaching this course, and may make changes to the desired educational outcomes, teaching practices, or assessment instrument(s) as appropriate.
   
Last Revised: May 16, 2011
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