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GEN 101 Skills for Lifelong Learning I

Course Description

This course is designed to provide core competencies for adult learners. The course examines learning theory and the application of adult learning principles to communication skills, group processes, and personal management. Adult learners will develop strategies for achieving University of ??? Learning Goals in school, work, and personal settings. Students will also be introduced to the University Library and learn how to access resources successfully.

Topics and Objectives

The 21st Century Adult

Strategic Learning

Working in Teams

University Resources


Lifelong Learning: Next Steps

COMM 105 Introduction to Effective Written Communication

Course Description

This course focuses on the core academic skills of writing effective university-level essays. Learning applications range from writing strategies to paragraph structure, sentence construction, and word choices. Emphasis will be placed on developing individual writing skills and applying strategies for collaborative writing in Learning Teams.

Topics and Objectives

Essay Structure Analysis

Recognize structural components of an effective essay.

Identify rhetorical elements of an effective essay.

Describe various writing strategies.

Demonstrate effective usage of contemporary English language.

Paragraph Construction

Apply rules of writing effective paragraphs.

Demonstrate the use of proper sentence structure and effective word choice.

Practice correct use of topic sentence and controlling ideas.

Resources for Writing

Explore the resources for writing and for research (LBCH, CWE, Library).

Examine elements of APA documentation and format.

Strategies for organization.

Demonstrate the structural components of an effective essay.

Apply the strategies for writing special use paragraphs: introductions, conclusions, and transitions.

Revision, Rewriting, and Proofreading

Determine the qualities of concise writing.

Demonstrate the qualities of coherence and cohesion in an essay.

Practice revising, rewriting, and proofreading.

Integrating the Steps in the Writing Process

Analyze an effective published essay.

Generate an essay that integrates the components of effective academic writing.

SOC 110 Teamwork, Collaboration, and Conflict Resolution

Course Description

This course provides an applied approach to teambuilding, collaboration, and conflict resolution. Students will understand and apply these concepts within academic and professional settings. Students will develop structures, processes, and strategies to create and maintain effective teams. Gender, cultural, and individual considerations in team dynamics will also be explored.

Topics and Objectives

Team Fundamentals

Identify characteristics, types, and design of teams.

Recognize the relevance of teams and their advantages and disadvantages.

Differentiate between team structure, processes, and strategies.

Differentiate between tasks and maintenance behaviors in effective teams.

Understand the five stages of teambuilding.

Teambuilding Processes and Strategies

Identify individual strengths and weaknesses as they relate to teams and team roles.

Examine the impact of leadership roles on team processes.

Examine behaviors, including trust building, conducive to effective teams.

Identify relevant team objectives and goals as they relate to team productivity.

Develop effective team agreements.

Collaboration in the Team Environment

Describe the elements of a collaborative team meeting.

Create an agenda appropriate to the meeting purpose.

Demonstrate effective communication in different team environments.

Identify techniques of effective decision making in a team environment.

Conflict in Teams

Identify sources of conflict.

Differentiate between healthy and unhealthy conflict in teams.

Understand the five conflict management styles.

Examine individual preferences for managing conflict.

Conflict Management Tools

Compare and contrast different methods of conflict resolution.

Apply appropriate principles of conflict resolution to diverse conflict scenarios.

COMM 102 Communication Skills for Career Growth

Course Description

This course covers the skills necessary for effective communication in the work environment and in modern society. The course provides an orientation to basic communication theories and discusses the fundamentals of interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills. Emphasis will be placed on applying these skills and theories to group processes and professional situations.

Topics and Objectives

Communication in the Information Age

Identify the importance of effective communication skills in the Information Age.

Apply effective communication skills to oral communication assignments.

Recognize the basic elements of communication.

Explain the elements of nonverbal communication and the characteristics of language.

Incorporate new vocabulary into business communications.

Written Communication

Identify the organizational strategies for written communication.

Apply the five steps of the writing process.

Demonstrate proper sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and word usage.

Apply the elements of effective writing to University of ??? papers.

Interpersonal Communication

Identify factors that affect interpersonal communication.

Recognize the benefits of active listening.

Identify intercultural factors in communication and conflict.

Develop listening skills.

Group Communication

Describe effective group processes and roles.

Identify obstacles to effective teamwork and problem solving.

Apply strategies for effective conflict management.

Oral Communication

Identify various types of oral communication in organizations.

Explain the various elements of oral presentations.

Demonstrate ways to respond to oral communication anxiety.

Demonstrate the use of visual aids effectively and correctly in a speech.

Critically analyze a public address.

RES 110 Introduction to Research and Information Utilization

Course Description

This course introduces students to the research process, with emphasis on academic applicability. Students will gather and utilize primary and secondary data and information through the exploration of digital libraries, the Internet, and other sources of information. Students will analyze and evaluate sources in the course of preparing a research paper, with an additional focus on the responsible use of information, and correct documentation.

Topics and Objectives

Research Process

Examine the purpose of research.

Explain the connection between critical thinking and research applications.

Differentiate between primary and secondary research.

Information Retrieval and Data Collection

Practice methods for collecting data. (Primary)

Practice methods for retrieving information. (Secondary)

Utilization of Information and Data

Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate sources of information.

Utilize primary information in a research project.

Utilize secondary information in a research project.

Synthesize data and information effectively in a research paper.

Responsible Use of information and Data

Assess the credibility of sources.

Maintain standards of academic integrity.

Present information in a responsible, academic manner.

Documenting Sources and Formatting

Apply the requirements for formatting papers, citing sources, as outlined in the approved style guide.

Apply methods for documenting sources in essays and articles.

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