General Studies 101
Summer Quarter 2009









About the Instructor


Course Description

This course will focus on critical thinking, college-level reading and learning in higher education, and will research affective behavior, learning styles, leadership, and self-directed/disciplined/monitored/corrective learning.

Your credit and grade will be based upon an eportfolio containing a photoessay, response papers/journals to readings and discussions, notes, and a final reflective paper. You will also be required to participate during classtime discussions, during online activities, and in WebQ surveys during the quarter.

This course and your final eportfolio is designed to:

  • improve the understanding of the college student's responsiblity in the teaching/learning process.
  • increase student's college-level critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.
  • promote a positive adjustment into the university environment.
  • help students develop a set of adaptive study, coping, and survival skills while attending the university.
  • increase awareness of personal learning styles and how to work with other types of learning styles.
  • begin a strong academic resume.
  • develop student leaders in academics, as well as on campus and within the community.

Grading Policy

To receive CR for this course you must maintain an 80% average on all assignments and activities. Below is an example of how your work will be awarded points and evaluated:

Participation 100
Photo Essay 50
Research Paper 100
eportolio 200
TOTAL 450 possible points

90% of TOTAL = 405 points
80% of TOTAL = 360 points

NOTE: According to the example points above, you must not drop below 360 points in order to receive CR for GST 101.

Required Readings

Newspapers (online): New York Times, Seattle Times or Seattle PI, The Washington Post, The Guardian (London), The Times (London)

During discussion and reflection journals, students will compare and contrast information within:

Front page headlines and stories,
Opinion/Editorials sections, and
Education headlines and stories

Exerpts from various books and articles:

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Required Assessments

LASSI - Learning and Study Skills Inventory
MBTI - Myers Briggs Type Indicator
Self-Awareness Assessments
Learning Style Preferences
Life's Balance Wheel