information utilization

This general education course is designed to introduce the intentional learner to communication, collaboration, information utilization, critical thinking, problem solving, and professional competence and values. The course uses an interdisciplinary approach for the learner to develop personal academic strategies in order to reach desired goals and achieve academic success. Policies Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents: University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document.

Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum. University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality. Course Materials Ellis, D. (2011). Becoming a master student (13th ed. ). Boston, MA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning. All electronic materials are available on the student website. Week One: Academic Success Details Due Points

Objectives 1. 1 Identify university resources for success. 1. 2 Develop educational and professional goals. 1. 3 Recognize the importance of personal responsibility. 1. 4 Demonstrate the key elements of the writing process. Reading Read the introduction of Becoming a Master Student. Reading Read Ch. 2 of Becoming a Master Student. Reading Read Ch. 10 of Becoming a Master Student. Reading Read Ch. 11 of Becoming a Master Student. Reading Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. Video CWE Watch the Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) video on the student website. Video CME

Watch the Center for Math Excellence (CME) video on the student website. Presentation CME View the Center for Mathematics Excellence (CME) presentation on the student website. Tutorial University Library Access the Toolwire® Learnscape: Finding Information at the University Library through the link on the student website. Complete the Learnscape Activities. Tutorial Financial Options Review the Financial Options information available on the link provided on the student website. Tutorial The Writing Process Review the CWE Grammar and Writing Guides: Guidelines for Writing Academic Essays on the student website.

Audio Goal Setting and Time Management Listen to the “Goal Setting and Time Management” audio lecture located on the student website. Nongraded Activities and Preparation Time Management and Goals Complete the following exercises in Ch. 2 of Becoming a Master Student. Exercise 7: Time Monitor/Time Plan Process Exercise 10: Get Real with Your Goals Participation Participate in class discussion. See Discussion Forum 3 Discussion Questions Respond to weekly discussion questions. See Discussion Forum Individual Ethical Lens Inventory Complete the Ethical Lens Inventory through the link on the student website.

Due by Week 1, Day 7 2 Individual Personal Responsibility Essay: Thesis Statement and Informal Outline Resources: CWE Thesis Generator; CWE Sample Outline Review the assignment directions for the Personal Responsibility Essay, due in Week Five. Create a thesis statement and informal outline for your Personal Responsibility Essay. Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Thesis Statement and Informal Outline Worksheet on the student website. Due by Week 1, Day 7 3 Week Two: Collaboration Details Due Points Objectives 2 2. 1 Describe methods of collaboration.

2. 2 Determine strategies for enhancing team performance. 2. 3 Identify strategies for conflict resolution. Reading Read Ch. 1 of Becoming a Master Student. Reading Read Ch. 9 of Becoming a Master Student. Reading Read the following materials in the Learning Team Toolkit: Welcome Handbook (appropriate to your campus) Why Learning Teams? “Team” Competence at Work Toolkit for Effective Team Building Team Basics Additional Resources References Reading Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. Nongraded Activities and Preparation Attitudes and Learning

Complete the following exercises in Ch. 1 of Becoming a Master Student: Exercise 4: The Discovery Wheel Exercise 5: Develop your multiple intelligences Tutorial Overview of CWE Access the Toolwire® Learnscape: Overview of the CWE through the link on the student website. Complete the Learnscape Activities. Audio University Goals & Collaborative Learning Listen to the “University Goals and Collaborative Learning” audio lecture on the student website. Participation Participate in class discussion. See Discussion Forum 3 Discussion Questions Respond to weekly discussion questions.

See Discussion Forum Career Activity Interests and Competencies By completing the Career Plan activities in this course, you are creating a career plan that can help you focus on your career goals and relate those goals to your work in this course and throughout your academic program. You must complete each activity to proceed with building My Career Plan in the following weeks. You can access your results at any time in My Career Plan in Phoenix Career Services on the student website. For additional information, review the My Career Plan Student Guide on the Career Plan website.

Access My Career Plan in Phoenix Career Services located on the student website. Complete the Career Interest Profiler (if you have not done so already). Complete the Career Plan Building Activity: Competencies. Take a screen shot of the results from the Competencies activity and post the Word document as an attachment in the Assignments tab: Press Alt + Print Screen on your computer keyboard to create a screen shot. Open a blank Microsoft® Word document. Press Ctrl + V on your keyboard to paste the screen shot into the document. Save the Word document to your computer.

Due by Week 2, Day 7 2 Learning Team Instructions Week Two Learning Team Exercises Complete the Week Two Learning Team Exercises presented by your facilitator. Due by Week 2, Day 7 1 Learning Team Instructions Career Plan Discussion Reflect on your results from the Interests and Competencies activities in My Career Plan and discuss the following questions as a team: In what ways can understanding your personal competencies help in a collaborative setting? What competencies did your career plan indicate you possessed? How might you apply your strengths to enhance your team performance?

Online classroom: Summarize your discussion in 150 words and post your response to the “Career Building: Competencies” thread created by your facilitator in the Main forum. Local-campus classroom: Come to class prepared to give a 2-minute informal presentation of your thoughts. Due by Week 2, Day 7 1 Individual Collaboration Complete the Ethics Exercise: Collaboration through the link on the student website. Due by Week 2, Day 7 2 Individual Personal Responsibility Essay: Rough Draft Resource: University of Phoenix Material: Thesis Statement and Informal Outline Worksheet

Write a 350- to 700-word rough draft of your Personal Responsibility Essay (due in Week Five) based on your thesis statement and informal outline. Include the following: Define personal responsibility and what it means to you. Explain the relationship between personal responsibility and college success. Include a preliminary plan to practice personal responsibility in your education. Note. APA formatting is required for this assignment. Due by Week 2, Day 7 8 Learning Team Team Building Worksheet Resources: Discovery Wheel and Develop Your Multiple Intelligences exercises in Ch. 1 of Becoming a Master Student; Ethics Exercise: Collaboration

Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Team Building Worksheet on the student website. Due by Week 2, Day 7 6 Week Three: Information Utilization Details Due Points Objectives 3 3. 1 Perform research in the University Library. 3. 2 Evaluate sources of information for relevancy, reliability, and bias. 3. 3 Demonstrate summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting information from various sources. Reading Read Ch. 3 of Becoming a Master Student. Reading Read Ch. 4 of Becoming a Master Student. Reading Read Ch. 5 of Becoming a Master Student. Reading Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. Nongraded Activities and Preparation

Essay Review Submit your Personal Responsibility Essay rough draft to WritePoint® for review. Nongraded Activities and Preparation Personal Responsibility Essay: Research Complete the Library Research Tutorial, available on the University Library home page. Find at least two library sources for the Personal Responsibility Essay. Summarize information for both sources. Tutorial Citations and References Review the CWE Tutorials and Guides: Writing Style Guidelines and APA Information on the student website. Explore the CWE Reference and Citation Generator on the University Library home page. Tutorial

Plagiarism Review Access the Toolwire® Learnscape: Plagiarism Review at the CWE through the link on the student website. Complete the Learnscape Activities. Video The Writing Process Watch “The Writing Process” video on the student website. Participation Participate in class discussion. See Discussion Forum 3 Discussion Questions Respond to weekly discussion questions. See Discussion Forum Career Activity Career Plan Building Activity: Work Culture Preferences Access My Career Plan in Phoenix Career Services located on the student website. Complete the Career Plan Building Activity: Work Culture Preferences.

(Access is only available after completing the Career Interest Profiler and the Competencies activity). Take a screen shot of your Work Culture Preferences results and post the Word document as an attachment in the Assignments tab. Press Alt + Print Screen on your computer keyboard to create a screen shot. Open a blank Microsoft® Word document. Press Ctrl + V on your keyboard to paste the screen shot into the document. Save the Word document to your computer. Write a 350-word summary discussing the results from the Career Interest Profiler, Competencies, and Work Culture Preferences activities.

Research the following items in the University library and include your findings in the summary: Possible employers that would fit with your provided competencies Types of jobs that would align with your work culture preferences Due by Week 3, Day 7 5 Learning Team Instructions APA Reference and Citation Worksheet Review the following CWE materials: Grammar and Writing Guidelines: Plagiarism – Understanding Paraphrase Grammar and Writing Guidelines: Plagiarism – Using Direct Quotations Examine the importance and applicability of the APA guidelines for academic work.

Complete the University of Phoenix Material: APA Reference and Citation Worksheet with examples from team members’ sources. Learning Team Instructions Week Three Learning Team Exercises Complete the Week Three Learning Team Exercises presented by your facilitator. Due by Week 3, Day 7 2 Individual Personal Responsibility Essay: Research and Organization Resources: CWE Annotated Bibliography and CWE Reference and Citation Generator Review the CWE Annotated Bibliography on the student website. Prepare an annotated bibliography for the sources in your Personal Responsibility Essay. Include the following information:

Reference citation for each source Summary of the information in the source and how you determined it to be reliable Write a 350-word explanation of the following: How you determined the sources to be reliable and relevant, and whether or not there is an author bias How this information might strengthen or weaken your essay Format your explanation consistent with APA guidelines. Due by Week 3, Day 7 8 Week Four: Communication Details Due Points Objectives 4 4. 1 Prepare a research paper. 4. 2 Prepare a presentation. Reading Read Ch. 8 of Becoming a Master Student. Reading Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

Tutorial Creating a Presentation Complete the Microsoft® PowerPoint® tutorial on the student website. Access the Toolwire® Learnscape: Making a Successful Presentation through the link on the student website. Complete the Learnscape Activities. Nongraded Activities and Preparation Personal Responsibility: Revision Revise your Personal Responsibility Essay rough draft to incorporate facilitator feedback, WritePoint® suggestions, and your library research. Participation Participate in class discussion. See Discussion Forum 3 Discussion Questions Respond to weekly discussion questions. See Discussion Forum

Career Activity Career Plan Building Activity: Reasoning Abilities Access My Career Plan in Phoenix Career Services located on the student website. Complete the Career Plan Building Activity: Reasoning Abilities. Take a screen shot of your Reasoning Abilities results and post the Word document as an attachment in the Assignments tab: Press Alt + Print Screen on your computer keyboard to create a screen shot. Open a blank Microsoft® Word document. Press Ctrl + V on your keyboard to paste the screen shot into the document. Save the Word document to your computer. Due by Week 4, Day 7 2 Learning Team Instructions

Personal Responsibility Essay: Peer Review Share your Personal Responsibility Essay rough draft. Discuss each team member’s rough draft and provide feedback. Use the University of Phoenix Material: Peer Review Form to note teammates’ suggestions. Learning Team Instructions Week Four Learning Team Exercises Complete the Week Four Learning Team Exercises presented by your facilitator. Due by Week 4, Day 7 1 Learning Team Instructions Career Plan Discussion Part 1 – Reasoning Abilities Reflect on your results from the Reasoning Abilities section on in My Career Plan and discuss the following questions as a team:

How can learning about your reasoning skills help to improve how you write a research paper or give a presentation? How can learning about your reasoning skills help improve a work environment? Online classroom: Summarize your discussion in 150 words and post your response as a reply to the “Career Building: Reasoning Abilities” thread created by your facilitator in the Main forum. Local-campus classroom: Come to class prepared to give a 2-minute informal presentation of your thoughts. Part 2 – Career Planning Reflect individually on your My Career Plan results from the entire course.

What are the next steps in your career plan? What milestones have you established in the Career Plan to monitor your progress towards your career goals? Why do you think these steps are important in helping you progress? How can you focus your time and attention in future courses based on your career competencies and goals? Online classroom: Post your response to the questions as a Reply to the “Career Planning” thread created by your facilitator in the Main forum. Local-campus classroom: Come to class prepared to give a 2-minute informal presentation of your thoughts. Due by Week 4, Day 7 2 Individual

Ethics Simulation Complete the Ethics Simulation: Dilemmas: The Purloined Paper and The Big Presentation through the link on the student website. Due by Week 4, Day 7 3 Individual Personal Ethical Statement Resources: Ethical Lens Inventory Write a 350- to 700-word reflective statement that defines your personal ethical viewpoint. Include what you learned through the Ethical Lens Inventory: Your preferred ethical lens Your blind spot Your strengths and weaknesses Your values and the resultant behaviors Due by Week 4, Day 7 8 Week Five: Critical Thinking and Professional Competence Details Due Points

Objectives 5 5. 1 Examine ethics issues. 5. 2 Identify personal bias and emotion. 5. 3 Determine the relationship between higher education and professional competence. Reading Read Ch. 7 of Becoming a Master Student. Reading Read Ch. 12 of Becoming a Master Student. Reading Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. Nongraded Activities and Preparation Professional Competence Presentation (Preparation) Resource: Microsoft® PowerPoint® tutorial Create an outline for the Profession Competence Presentation. Consider the following questions: What role do ethics play in professional competence?

How might you use what you have learned about your ethical perspective to develop professional competence? Tutorial Critical Thinking Access the Toolwire® Learnscape: Assessing the Validity of Varying Points of View through the link on the student website. Complete the Learnscape Activities. Participation Participate in class discussion. See Discussion Forum 3 Discussion Questions Respond to weekly discussion questions. See Discussion Forum Learning Team Instructions Week Five Learning Team Exercises Complete the Week Five Learning Team Exercises presented by your facilitator. Due by Week 5, Sunday, Day 6

1 Individual Ethical Decision Making Complete the following Ethics Exercises through the link on the student website. Digital Footprint Financial Responsibility Student Marketplace Due by Week 5, Sunday, Day 6 5 Individual Personal Responsibility Essay Resources: Personal Responsibility Essay rough draft; University of Phoenix Material: APA Reference and Citation Worksheet; Learning Team peer reviews; facilitator feedback Write a 700- to 1,400-word paper expanding your Personal Responsibility Essay by incorporating feedback from your facilitator and teammates, and including the following:

An introduction A minimum of 2 properly cited and referenced research sources from the University Library A plan to incorporate effective strategies for success as a student A conclusion Reference page Format your essay consistent with APA guidelines. Due by Week 5, Sunday, Day 6 10 Individual Competency Presentation Resources: Learning Team discussion; Professional Competence Presentation Outline; Microsoft® PowerPoint® tutorial; Career Plan Create a professional competency presentation plan that answers the following questions:

Describe your competencies and how they reflect your work culture preferences. Do these competencies intersect with your potential career? Explain. Why are the competencies important to your future career goals? What is the industry outlook for your preferred career path? You can locate this information in the following places: Job Market Research Tool in Phoenix Career Services The Company Directories and Financials databases in the University Library (under Library Resources) BLS. gov Based on your activity results, what are three possible employers that align with your preferred career path?

What actions can you take either to improve your stronger core competencies or to strengthen the areas in which you are not as strong as you progress through each course in the program? Create a presentation of 7 to 10 slides, or 5 to 7 minutes, with speaker notes, showing your plan for using your education to develop professional competencies. (Note: Oral presentations are not required for this assignment. ) Due by Week 5, Sunday, Day 6 5 Learning Team Learning Team Charter Resources: Learning Team Toolkit, activities, and University of Phoenix Material: Team Building Worksheet

Complete the Learning Team Charter located in the Learning Team Toolkit. Due by Week 5, Sunday, Day 6 8 Copyright University of Phoenix® and WritePoint® are registered trademarks of Apollo Group, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft®, and PowerPoint® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Use of these marks is not intended to imply endorsement, sponsorship, or affiliation. Edited in accordance with University of Phoenix® editorial standards and practices.