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Laura B. Schildkraut
B CUSP 118
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core III: The Portfolio and Experiential Learning in Individuals and Society

Evaluates progress at the conclusion of the first year through the construction of a portfolio and offers an experiential learning opportunity, either on- or off-campus. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 115, B CUSP 116, or B CUSP 117; may not be repeated. Offered: Sp.

Class description

"If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there." -- The Cheshire Cat, Alice In Wonderland (paraphrased)

The American Heritage Dictionary defines a project as “An undertaking requiring concerted effort.” No matter what field of study you follow, you will be called upon to do projects. You do projects in your personal life all the time – you throw a party, you rent an apartment, you take a trip. Constructing your learning portfolio is a project.

The Cheshire Cat tells Alice that if she doesn’t care where she ends up, she can take any road, any direction. But, when we begin a project, we do care where we end up. The outcome matters. We can approach that casually or carefully. Approaching a project carefully increases the probability of success and satisfaction with the result. That’s why project planning is one of the most valuable skills you can attain as a student, a professional in your chosen field, and as an individual.

This course will focus on: defining the objective (purpose) of your project stating your goals (measures of success) selecting a strategy (approach) outlining your tactics including: budget deadline schedule players tasks risk assessment / contingency planning

Student learning goals

Determine a project's true objectives

Create several strategy alternatives

Develop and present an effective and realistic project plan

Analyze project risks

Provide rich feedback to each other

Learn the value of structured reflection

General method of instruction

Lecture, Interactive class discussions, student presentations, guest speakers

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

The course deliverables are: - 6 Project Plans (written and presented) - Peer Evaluation of their team members and a self-evaluation - Learning Portfolio (Compiled, Written, Presented) - Role Model Presentation - Take Away Journal - Take-Away Journal - Class Participation

The course deliverables are: - 6 Project Plans (written and presented) - Peer Evaluation of their team members and a self-evaluation - Learning Portfolio (Compiled, Written, Presented) - Role Model Presentation - Take-Away Journal - Class Participation


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Laura B. Schildkraut
Date: 01/25/2013