Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi University Core Curriculum Program Fall 2016 UCCP 1102: First-Year Seminar II Triad K Learning Community

Instructor Name: Erin Cofer Office: Faculty Center 113 Office Phone: (361) 825-5979 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 11-2 and by appointment Email Address: erin.cofer@tamucc.edu (best method of contact) Website: http://www.tamucc.edu/wiki/ErinCofer/Home

Course Information: UCCP 1102.450 Tuesday and Thursday 8-8:50 OCNR 118** UCCP 1102.451 Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:20 OCNR 118 UCCP 1102.462 Tuesday and Thursday 1-1:50 CS 112**

  • Time subject to change

Course Description First-Year Seminar is a two-semester course sequence required of all full-time first-year students. As the central component of a learning community, Seminar helps students achieve success, academically and socially, as they make the transition to the university. Seminar provides students with opportunities for meaningful interactions with faculty and peers about substantive matters as well as timely, constructive feedback about their learning. Students are immersed in an active learning environment with a purposefully integrated and contextualized curriculum, fostering the development of transferable skills and engaging them in the academic community. The goal of UCCP 1102 is for students to participate in academic discourse and take ownership of their education in preparation for their future coursework and careers.

Course Objectives The objectives of First-Year Seminar II are to advance the six intellectual and practical skills defined by the Texas Core Curriculum: • Critical Thinking Skills • Teamwork • Communication Skills • Social Responsibility • Empirical and Quantitative Skills • Personal Responsibility

Student Learning Outcomes • Reflect and integrate learning from learning community courses, including development of critical thinking skills, social and/or personal responsibility. • Interact with faculty and peers about substantive matters through daily activities and discussions. • Develop communication skills by interpreting and expressing ideas through writing, oral, or visual communications • Demonstrate competence of knowledge related to the learning community discipline(s) in a public forum.

Important Dates Wednesday, January 25th Last day to register/add a class March 13-17 Spring Break—No Classes Friday, April 7th Last day to drop a class Tuesday, May 2nd Last day of classes May 4-10 Final Exams Grade Distribution and Major Assignments

PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE – 30 % There is nothing that we will do in class that is not important to your overall success in Triad K. Therefore, attendance is imperative. Missing class will affect your grade, as will not being prepared or not participating in a meaningful way. Students are expected to contribute to class discussions and to compose thoughtful short assignments. To encourage attendance, I will take attendance each time we meet. In addition, individual and group exercises will be assigned each class meeting through which I will evaluate your performance and engagement. Simply being present in class will not earn you full points for the day. I will take into account participation, preparedness, and promptness when assigning daily participation grades. In addition, any disruptive behavior or use of electronic devices (including any use of laptops, cell phones and/or portable music devices) for non-academic purposes will be noted, resulting in a deduction of daily participation points. I reserve the right to award daily or average points to students who continually surpass classroom expectations. I also reserve the right to deduct daily or average points from students who consistently lack engagement or disregard classroom rules. Each student will be allowed two absences; after two absences, students will receive a zero for every class missed.

REFLECTIONS – 30% Two reflections, each worth 15% of your course grade, will be due during the semester. The midterm reflection will be an in-class assignment completed on Tuesday, March 7th. It is imperative that you be in class that day. I will not offer an opportunity to makeup this in-class reflection unless previous arrangements are made (at least a week in advance). The final reflection will be due on Wednesday, May 3rd and will be a video portfolio reflecting on your first semester of college. The specifics of both these assignments will be discussed at a later date.

INTEGRATED ACTIVITIES – 25% Most of the work we will do in this course will relate to your other courses in the learning community. To reward and encourage success on learning community assignments and projects, two assignments that you complete for the other courses in the learning community will count towards your Seminar grade. The Individual Presentation you complete for Communications 1311 will count for 10% of your Seminar grade and the Writing History paper you complete for History 1301 will count 15% of your Seminar grade.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY—10% One of the tenants of being an Islander is contributing to the community, both at the University and in the larger communities of Corpus Christi and South Texas. Part of your grade this semester will rely on how well you engage with and contribute to the community. There will be several opportunities throughout the semester to earn credit for the social responsibility portion of your grade including The Big Event and other university-organized activities. We will be discussing both the importance of social responsibility and the various opportunities to engage with the community as well as how to earn credit for this portion of your grade in class throughout the semester.

FIRST-YEAR RESEARCH CONFERENCE PRESENTATION PROPOSAL – 5% As a member of the university community, we engage in presentations of our work. For this assignment, you will complete a brief proposal to present your historical research that will be related to your History essay and individual Communications presentation to the first-year university community at the First-Year Research Conference in April. More information will be provided in seminar.

Other Information LATE WORK I will NOT accept late daily work assignments in Seminar because those assignments are, in essence, part of your attendance and participation grade. There will be no make-ups for missed daily grades.


GRADED EVENTS: If you feel that you were graded unfairly & disagree with a grade that you earned, please follow these steps: • Read the rubric, assignment description; did you follow all of the guidelines? • Look on your paper for my specific, hand-written comments…do these shed any light? • Next, come see me during office hours or schedule an appointment to see me to discuss your concerns. If you are disappointed in your performance, and believe that the assignment you turned in is not representative of your best work, please come and see me as well. I am open to discussing ways to help you improve the grade you earned. You must observe a 24-hour waiting period and meet with me personally to discuss these options.

Islander Email Account: It is VERY IMPORTANT that you activate your Islander Email account, as it will serve as my primary means of correspondence with you. Throughout the semester, I will be sending emails sharing important information relating to the learning community and I want to ensure that you receive this information. For quick questions or minor issues, you may contact me via e-mail. For more complicated concerns or questions, please make use of my office hours or make an appointment to meet with me.

Electronic Device Policy Use of electronic devices for class purposes (look up a word, find an article to support an argument, etc) is allowed. However, using electronic devices to peruse Twitter, Instagram, Vine, etc is distracting not only to you but also to your instructor and peers and thus will not be allowed. The electronic device policy will be discussed more thoroughly in class.

Rights Responsibilities and Civil Discourse: In this course we will engage in active learning including frequent group activities and interactions. We will be exploring real world topics that may at times result in contentious discussions as we meet the objectives of the course. To meet these many significant learning objectives, class dialogue that no one individual dominates the discussion and that the diverse opinions of others can be respected. Students are expected to read and follow the University Code of Conduct, Student Handbook, and state and local laws.

Respect for Diversity We are the most diverse campus, in terms of self-disclosed ethnic identity, in the Texas A&M system. This means that we are all meeting and working with people who are different from ourselves in terms of their identities: whether that is defined by their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and/or religion. Respecting and accepting difference is vital to your success in this class, on this campus, as a future professional, and in the global community.

Academic Honesty University students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of academic honesty. Academic misconduct for which a student is subject to penalty includes all forms of cheating, such as illicit possessions of examinations or examination materials, forgery, or plagiarism.


   The College of Liberal Arts requires that students meet with an Academic Advisor as soon as they are ready to declare a major.  Degree plans are prepared in the CLA Academic Advising Center. The University uses an online Degree Audit system.  Any amendment must be approved by the Department Chair and the Office of the Dean. All courses and requirements specified in the final degree plan audit must be completed before a degree will be granted.  The CLA Academic Advising Office is located in Driftwood #203.  For more information please call 361-825-3466 or log onto http://www.tamucc.edu/~aac.


   The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities.  Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities.  If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please call or visit Disability Services at (361) 825-5816 in Corpus Christi Hall, Room #116.
   If you are a returning veteran and are experiencing cognitive and/or physical access issues in the classroom or on campus, please contact the Disability Services office for assistance at (361) 825-5816.

GRADE APPEALS As stated in University Procedure 13.02.99.C2.01, Student Grade Appeal Procedures, a student who believes that he or she has not been held to appropriate academic standards as outlined in the class syllabus, equitable evaluation procedures, or appropriate grading, may appeal the final grade given in the course. The burden of proof is upon the student to demonstrate the appropriateness of the appeal. A student with a complaint about a grade is encouraged to first discuss the matter with the instructor. For complete details, including the responsibilities of the parties involved in the process and the number of days allowed for completing the steps in the process, see University Procedure 13.02.99.C2.01, Student Grade Appeal Procedures (available at http://academicaffairs.tamucc.edu/rules_procedures/assets/13.02.99.C2.01_student_grade_appeal_procedure.pdf). For complete details on the process of submitting a formal grade appeal, please visit the College of Liberal Arts website, http://cla.tamucc.edu/about/student-resources.html. For assistance and/or guidance in the grade appeal process, students may contact the Associate Dean’s Office.

Dropping a Class I hope that you never find it necessary to drop this or any other class. However, events can sometimes occur that make dropping a course necessary or wise. Please consult with me before you decide to drop to be sure it is the best thing to do. Should dropping the course be the best course of action, you must initiate the process to drop the course by going to the Student Services Center and filling out a course drop form. Just stopping attendance and participation WILL NOT automatically result in your being dropped from the class. Friday, April 7th is the last day to drop a class with an automatic grade of “W” this term.

Rights, Responsibilities, and Civil Discourse In this course we will engage in active learning including frequent group activities and interactions. We will be exploring real world topics that may at times result in contentious discussions as we meet the objectives of the course. To meet these many significant learning objectives, we must ensure a class dialogue where no one individual dominates the discussion and where the diverse opinions of others is respected. Students are expected to read and follow the University Code of Conduct Student Handbook, and state and local laws.

Respect for Diversity We are the most diverse campus, in terms of self-disclosed ethnic identity, in the Texas A&M system. This means that we are all meeting and working with people who are different from ourselves in terms of identity, whether that is defined by race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, and/or religion. Respecting and accepting people different than you is vital to your success in the class, on campus, and as a future professional in the global community