Laura B. Schildkraut
B CUSP 118
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.
"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
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