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ICS 107 LEARNING SEMINAR

Syllabus Summer 2014
CRN: 1438
Online
The major difference I’ve found between the highly successful and the least
successful is that the highly successful stick to it. They have staying power.
Everybody fails. Everybody takes his knocks, but the highly successful keep coming
back.
Sherry Lansing, former Chairman Paramount Pictures
Instructors:
Tamie Saffell, Associate Director, saffellt@wou.edu
Alex Kunkle, Academic Advisor
Office: APSC 401
Phone: 503-838-8428
Office Hours: By Appointment
The instructors of this course care about your academic achievements and will work
with you to help you pursue your education. The Learning Seminar is designed to
help students who are in academic difficulty to identify reasons for that difficulty,
learn appropriate study techniques and become successful students.
Required Textbook: On Course 5th or 6th Edition by Skip Downing. We will be using
the 6th Edition. This text will not be available in the bookstore. We recommend you
order the book online.
Learning Outcomes:
-Students will learn about factors that contribute to academic success
-Students will develop an understanding about individual responsibilities
-Students will learn self-management skills
-Students will be introduced to goal setting
-Students will develop critical thinking and writing skills
-Students will formulate academic success strategies
Goals for Students In This Class:
-Students will commit to attending the class
-Students will develop and share techniques for academic success
-Students will learn how to connect college skills to the “real world”
-Students will take advantage of resources on campus including the Writing
Center, Student Counseling and tutoring in the AALC

Rules And Responsibilities:
Suspended students are required to enroll in and successfully complete the
university’s learning seminar. In the case of an illness you will need to present a
note from the doctor/student health center. Incompletes will not be given except in
the case of documented medical emergencies.
Your commitment to this course, positive attitude and completion of all assignments
will play a critical role in determining your grade. You may be required to rework an
assignment in order to receive credit for it.
Course Meetings:
This course will be conducted completely online through the WOU campus online
course management system, known as Moodle. There will be no face-to-face
meetings. You can access course information by clicking on the link to the online
course system either through the WOU portal or by the link on the WOU homepage.
If you are not automatically enrolled in the course, please contact me for the
enrollment key.
General Course Expectations:
This course is conducted completely online. The following are guidelines for being
successful in this online course.
♦ While this course is conducted online, expect to spend as much time online as
you would in a regular classroom. Since this is a 2-credit course that runs for five
weeks, you should be spending about 4 hours per week on the course site, plus
an additional four hours working on assignments.
♦ This course is conducted in real time. This means the start date and the end date
are set at five weeks. You will be expected to complete each week’s work by the
end of the posted time. You may, however, work ahead and complete the work
earlier than the assigned due date.
♦ All assignments will be due by Monday at 11:55pm unless otherwise noted in the
instructions.
♦ If you would like to contact either of the instructors, the best way to do so is
through email. Please put the name of the course in the subject line so that we
know your email is about the course. You can expect a response within 24-48
hours. We do not respond to emails on the weekend. If you have any questions
that may prevent you from completing an assignment by the Monday due date,
please make sure we have your questions by 4:30pm on Friday to ensure your
question gets a response before Monday morning.
♦ The new week begins on Monday at 8:30am. The week closes on Monday at
11:55pm. (You have 8 days to complete each week’s assignments.)
♦ You are expected to access this course online. This means you will need to have
access to a computer and Internet in order to complete the course. Please make
arrangements for backup use of technology should you have issues. Your
computer/internet failure is not a reason for not completing your course
assignments.

Student Expectations:
♦ Expect to spend as much time on this course as you would any other course.
♦ Plan your time so that you log into the course at least twice each week.
♦ Complete assignments on time. Assignments are due by Monday at 11:55pm
unless otherwise noted.
♦ Ask questions if you do not understand anything in the course. Even though we
are not meeting in person, we want you to be successful. If anything is unclear,
please ask for clarification. We will respond to your email questions within 24-48
hours but we can only do so if you ask. Remember to include the course name in
your subject line in order to ensure your question is answered in the time frame
given.
♦ If you have an emergency, please contact us. An emergency is defined as a death,
hospitalization, or other emergency beyond your control. Failure of technology
does not count as an emergency unless the failure is widespread and generally
known to the community.
♦ If you would like to have a phone conference, please call the appointment phone
number to schedule an appointment time with either Alex or Tamie. Even though
we teach classes, we are not considered faculty and so therefore we do not have
official office hours.
Instructor Expectations:
♦ Expect that we will respond to your questions if you follow the guidelines for
emailing us or scheduling an appointment. We do not respond to email on the
weekends.
♦ We will treat you with respect and will work with you to complete the course
assignments on time. We will not, however, respond to emails on the weekend.
♦ We know you are busy. We know life happens. The same is true for us. We will
keep you posted when life events prevent us from keeping our usual schedule.
We will either send an email or post an announcement on the course site.
♦ Providing feedback is important to us. We will make every effort to return your
assignments with feedback within a week. Occasionally this may not happen. If
this occurs, we will let you know when you can expect to have your assignments
returned.
Academic Honesty:
Code of Student Responsibility
574-031-0030 Specific Standards and Policies
The following list of prohibited forms of conduct is not all inclusive since it is not
possible to list all potential violations. The University requires that all students
behave in manner congruent with established community standards and in a manner
conducive to the development of the individual. Actions detrimental to the mission
of the University and the legitimate activities of the academic community which
constitute the University are in violation of this Code and may be subject to judicial
procedures.
1)

Academic dishonesty, which includes but is not limited to:

(a) Cheating- intentional use or attempted use of artifice, deception, fraud,
and/or misrepresentations of one’s academic work;
(b) Fabrication- unauthorized falsification and/or invention of any
information or citation in any academic exercise;
(c) Facilitating dishonesty- helping or attempting to help another person
commit an act of academic dishonesty. This includes students who
substitute for other persons in examinations or represent as their own
papers, reports, or any other academic work of others;
(d) Plagiarism- representing without giving credit the words, data, or ideas
of another person as one’s own work in any academic exercise. This
includes submitting, in whole or in part, prewritten term papers of
another or the research of another, including but not limited product of
commercial vendor who sell or distribute such materials. And the
appropriation of and/or use of electronic data of another person or
persons as ones own, or using such data without giving proper credit
for it; or
(e) Any use or attempted use of electronic devices in gaining an illegal
advantage in academic work in which the use of these devices is
prohibited, and such devices include but are not limited to cell phones,
laptops, programmable calculators, etc.
Disability Statement:
If you have a documented disability that requires academic accommodations at
Western Oregon University, you are required to have your accommodations
coordinated through the Office of Disability Services (ODS). ODS is located in APSC,
Rm. 405. Phone: 503-838-8250 v/tty. Email: ODS@wou.edu.
Veterans & Active Duty Military:
Veterans and active duty military personnel with special circumstances are welcome
and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to the instructor.
Course Expectations:
In order to be successful in a class, you need to understand what the instructor
expects of you as a student. Please ask for clarification if an assignment is not clear
to you. If you miss an assignment, please contact us so we can discuss your options.
Typed Assignments:
All assignments must be typed prior to being accepted unless otherwise noted in
assignment instructions. Assignments must be 12-point font, 1-inch margins and

double-spaced. Your name, class number (ICS 107), and assignment name must be
on the top of the paper.

Assignments and Grades are as follows:
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Weekly reading quizzes 40%
Weekly Reflections 10%
Faculty Panel Reflection Paper 15%
Midterm 15%
Final 20%

Late Work:
Meeting deadlines is crucial for academic success and for success in life in general.
All assignments are due on the date specified. Late work may be accepted at a
reduced point value if you contact the instructors before the assignment due date.
Assignment Due Dates:
All assignments are due by Monday at 11:55pm for the week they are listed in the
Moodle class. Please see the Moodle course site for assignment due dates.
Reading Assignments:
All reading assignments listed below are from On Course by Skip Downing. The
reading quizzes are over the readings from this book. All other activities are based
on an understanding of the readings. It is recommended that you read early in the
week and complete the quiz so the remainder of the week can be spent on the
activities.
Week 1: July 14 to July 21
Chapters 1 & 2
Week 2: July 21 to July 28
Chapters 3 & 4
Week 3: July 28 to August 4
Chapter 5
Week 4: August 4 to August 11
Chapters 6 & 7
Week 5: August 11 to August 18
Chapter 8