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Loren K. Redwood
BIS 399
Bothell Campus

Portfolio and Career Development

Explores connections between academic and career portfolio development. Students assemble, critically reflect on, discuss, and present their work in these two contexts. Prerequisite: BIS 300.

Class description

Course Title: "Portfolio and Career Development." Course Description This course is designed to support IAS students in developing senior capstone portfolios and to offer opportunities for career exploration. The capstone portfolio process challenges you to examine your academic growth, make connections between experiences and artifacts, and project to future personal and professional objectives. In this course, you begin to assemble, critically examine, articulate and present your IAS degree portfolio. In addition, you are provided opportunities to connect your academic growth to future career interests and aims. To this end, the course offers a number of career exploration activities. At the completion of this course, you will be well prepared for the BIS 499 Capstone Portfolio course and able to articulate and pursue professional opportunities

Student learning goals

Define critical self-inquiry.

Articulate connections between academic experiences and possible career paths.

Apply critical inquiry techniques to experiences and future career interests.

Articulate learning gains in critical thinking particularly in terms of evaluating research projects and coursework. Identify "transferable skills" from academic work to possible career paths.

Transform different types of critical inquiry into evidence or artifacts appropriate for a degree-based portfolio and apply these to possible career paths.

General method of instruction

This class will operate on a seminar model, featuring discussion, collaboration, and hands-on activities.

Recommended preparation

Because BIS 399 relates closely to the IAS portfolio, the course is restricted to IAS students. Successful completion of BIS 300 is a prerequisite for this course. This course should be completed prior to enrollment in BIS 490 or BIS 499.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will include a variety of forms of reflective practice, including both spoken and written forms.

Regular class participation, regular group participation, successful completion of written assignments and presentations.


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 Loren K. Redwood
Date: 01/25/2014