Opportunity for directed group or individual research on a topic/theme mutually agreed upon by instructor and student.
BIS 398 is a student-driven, faculty-facilitated, credit/no credit course. This means that students enrolled in the course will be expected not only to participate in all class meetings, but also to shape them. In addition, they will be expected to work together outside of the course as needed in order to complete tasks as they emerge. The faculty teaching the course will be responsible for overseeing it and for enabling its success. We will assess students enrolled in the course based on their participation, initiative, and leadership.
Student learning goals
1) To enable students to hone the skills needed to work collaboratively in diverse and complex organizational and social contexts;
2) To enable students to hone the skills needed to develop, pilot, document, assess a project/event;
3) To enable students to hone the skills required to assess program needs and use that assessment to develop a project that responds to those needs;
4)To provide students with the opportunity to learn more about innovative trends within higher education, particularly those related to the development of student-driven, interdisciplinary programs.
General method of instruction
Instructors facilitate student discussions about the program and assist students as they design and implement projects.
Class assignments and grading
Students will need to complete all of the assignments that they generate in the course in order to receive credit. Assessment will be carried out through a portfolio process at the end of the course. Individual (or collaborative) student portfolios will include all materials produced during the course, along with a cover letter that discusses the success of the course activities and outcomes measured against the course goals and learning objectives outlined above.
participation and quality of portfolio, especially reflection on experience