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Robert Joseph Turner
BIS 398
Bothell Campus

Directed Study/Research

Opportunity for directed group or individual research on a topic/theme mutually agreed upon by instructor and student.

Class description

This version of BIS 398 is subtitled: Interdisciplinary Forum. Interdisciplinary Forum is a 2 credit seminar-style course that serves multiple purposes. First, it provides another opportunity to enhance abilities in self assessment via the portfolio keeping process. Second, students in the course will assess aspects of the IAS program, such as the shared characteristics and expectations of the senior seminar, as well as the UWB intellectual and social culture. Third, it provides students the opportunity to advance and articulate their growing understanding of methods of scholarship, critical global issues, and potential solutions by engaging them with the work of leading researchers, activists, and artists. Students will do this by attending and analyzing 5 of many pre-approved extracurricular events throughout the quarter. We will meet once a week as a group to identify underlying themes and expose the connections between events, relate them to our coursework and the IAS learning objectives, and explore ways to be more active participants and intentional scholars in these events. Fourth, students will be evaluating the effectiveness of different modes of communicating research and improving their own oral communication skills via practice. In summary, this seminar course is portfolio-based and will encourage meta-analysis of the UWB experience as reflected in the courses and extracurricular events students attend and the work they produce.

Student learning goals

Articulate enhanced ability to think laterally, i.e. "connect the dots" and synthesize.

Demonstrate improvement in writing short analytical and reflective essays.

Demonstrate and assess improvement in oral presentation ability.

Design, advertise, and execute an educational seminar.

Demonstrate advancement in achievement of IAS Learning Goals via your portfolio.

General method of instruction

Attendance at seminars, readings, discussions in class and online, portfolio building, essays, oral presentations.

Recommended preparation

BIS 300 and/or BCUSP DC III

Class assignments and grading

Short essays, short oral presentations, online discussions, seminar production.


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Robert Joseph Turner
Date: 04/15/2009