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93 University 1000

Coordinator
Inge Dorsey

University 1000 is a course for First Year students. It provides an introduction to the university, to university studies, to the varieties and methods of intellectual inquiry, and an opportunity to develop communications and research skills.

NATURE AND GOALS OF THE COURSE

University 1000 is a six semester-hour course restricted to students in their first year of university studies. The course is taught in sections of no more than 25 students in order to permit individual attention. Various teaching techniques are used, including lectures, discussions, individual research, film and video tapes, and frequent written exercises. Various occupational and personality inventories are employed to assist students in forming career plans and developing self-awareness. Specifically, the course has the following goals:

1. To develop oral and written communication skills;

2. To develop study and research skills;

3. To introduce effective critical thinking and argumentation;

4. To introduce the varieties of knowledge and methods of inquiry;

5. To encourage the development of self-knowledge and self-discovery;

6. To develop an awareness of the university both past and present.

Generally, the course seeks to afford entering students the opportunity to obtain the maximum benefits from university education by developing both practical studentship skills and a broad perspective which will help them to realize their potentials.

COURSES

UPEI 1010 WRITING STUDIES – ENGAGING WRITING, RHETORIC, AND COMMUNICATION
(See English 1010)

UPEI 1020 INQUIRY STUDIES – ENGAGING IDEAS AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS
This course is for students who want to explore a broad array of issues and ‘big’ questions that are related to human culture and the natural world from a local to a global perspective. This course emphasizes and cultivates critical inquiry, writing and reading skills through an analysis of texts/topics of contemporary significance.
Three hours a week

UPEI 1030 UNIVERSITY STUDIES – ENGAGING UNIVERSITY CONTEXTS AND EXPERIENCE
This is a course for students who seek a well-supported, strongly integrated adjustment to life and learning within the university environment. This course is designed to create a cohesive learning community for students, connecting them to each other and to their instructors in the classroom and beyond. The curriculum focuses on helping students to develop the attitudes, study strategies, and broad communication and research skills they will need to thrive throughout their post-secondary experience.
Three hours a week

UNIVERSITY 1510 DIGITAL LITERACY FOR WORKFORCE LEARNING AND SUCCESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
The goal of this course is to teach and assess digital concepts and skills that over 80% of employers look for in potential employees. The course will scaffold learning in a three themes module format as: (1) Digital Citizenship in Learning and the Workplace; (2) Information and Communication in the 21st Century; and (3) Applying Digital Literacy in the 21st Century Workplace. As students gain experience with various digital tools, students will be asked to apply these tools in a project-based setting to investigate real-world issues and create meaningful and relevant products. Students will experience the course in a hybrid model of face-to-face and online formats; along with elements of a flipped classroom where students review learning before class so that class time can be spent on critical dialogue and meaningful discussion and project work.
Three semester hours

UNIVERSITY 1930 CAREER AND LEARNING PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
This course is designed to review and clarify a student’s learning and career objectives, and to document and demonstrate experiential learning. Learners understand the various purposes of portfolios; know the conventions of developing and professionally presenting a portfolio; and are capable of articulating acquired learning in job descriptions or degree requirements.
Cross-listed with Education 3190 and Integrated Studies 1930.
Three semester hours

UNIVERSITY 1990 SPECIAL TOPICS

UNIVERSITY 2030 INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP STUDIES
This course introduces leadership using a personal experience perspective and framework. Students will be exposed to various leadership models, best practices, and concepts essential to leadership such as sustainability and community development. University 2030 will assist students in developing an understanding of self, their role in community and in their profession. Students will be required to develop and implement a service learning project as part of the course work.
Cross-listed with ACLC 2030.
PREREQUISITE: Second year standing
Three semester hours

UNIVERSITY 3030 LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE
This course is designed to merge theory and professional practice. A leadership field placement (32 hours) is a requirement of the course. The field placement will allow students to explore and actively engage in the community through educational efforts, activism, organizational efforts or other means. The placement will provide experiential learning and an opportunity to practice skills and knowledge related to leadership, and content acquired in previous university courses. Leadership portfolio models will be introduced and practiced. The portfolio will allow the student to identify strengths, learning experiences and competencies that they may wish to develop.
Cross-listed with ACLC 3030.
PREREQUISITE: University 2030 or permission from instructor
Three semester hours

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