UNIV 111 Fall 2012 Syllabus - UNIV111:FOCUSEDINQUIRYI:FALL2012 Instructor Mr Zach Hilpert | Email [email protected]| Office Location 5117 Harris Hall

UNIV 111 Fall 2012 Syllabus -...

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UNIV 111: F OCUSED  I NQUIRY  I: F ALL  2012 Instructor: Mr. Zach Hilpert | Email: [email protected]| Office Location: 5117 Harris Hall Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm & 3:30-5:00pm, and by appointment Course Goals  As the first part of a two-semester course sequence, UNIV 111 will help you build the skills essential for successful university work. Designed to mirror the thinking and writing challenges that students encounter as they move through their undergraduate programs, UNIV 111 will lay the foundation for each of the skill areas of the VCU Core Curriculum. Core Curriculum Skill Areas Critical Thinking Apply critical thinking strategies to texts, ideas, and arguments; generate relevant questions and conclusions Writing Proficiency Create formal and informal pieces of writing in a variety of genres, including narrative, analytical, and argumentative Collaborative Learning Work with peers on group assignments, projects, and classroom activities Oral Communication Build communication skills through active participation in whole class and small group discussions as well as formal presentations Information Fluency Retrieve information, evaluate source reliability, and critically read and respond to texts Ethical and Civic Responsibility Engage in ethical reasoning to interrogate principles of individual and social responsibility Quantitative Literacy Recognize how quantitative information may be used as evidence The course material provides you with opportunities to learn the skills and practice the strategies that will enhance your subsequent academic performance in all disciplines, as well as facilitate professional success and lifelong learning. UNIV 111 applies the notion of the "spiral curriculum" in that you will repeat activities that allow you to revisit analytical concepts and practices, building upon these until you have grasped and internalized the steps of the analytical process. Each “level” of this “spiral curriculum” will be more complex and involved, so that you will sharpen your thinking as you move through the course. Specifically, the UNIV 111 curriculum hones your ability to interpret, analyze, evaluate, and infer based on appropriate evidence. By the end of the course, you will be equipped to generate substantive critical responses, both written and oral, based on evidence, facts, logical conclusions, and reasons, rather than on personal assumptions or unreflective assertions. The course is divided into three related units. The units are: Unit I: Experience/Culture/Text Unit II: Text/Context Unit III: Context/Argument Each unit provides a set of framing questions to begin discussion and utilizes a series of readings and activities designed to raise more questions and present intellectual problems. You will engage with these questions and problems through reading, writing, and classroom discussion . Discussion is also emphasized through online discussion participation, formal individual essay response and peer review, and collaborative presentation projects. Each assignment is designed to promote careful examination, 1
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