LSEM 100 -11
Longwood Seminar
Fall 2005

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Instructor: Dr. Harbour                                    Peer Mentor: Karin Gagnon
Office: West Ruffner 228
Office phone: 395-2219
Office hours: MWF 11:00-12:00                     Class Time: M 10:00-10:50
                      TR: 9:30-10:30                           Classroom:  West Ruffner 256
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Course Description: The goal of the Longwood Seminar is to help develop citizen leaders for the common good by promoting critical thinking and analysis in all aspects of the students’ lives and by developing the knowledge and skills that lead to college success.

Texts:  on-line notebook, e-text + assignments handed out in class

Course Objectives:
1.     Develop academic knowledge and skills to promote a broad range of success at Longwood.

2.     Establish goals for personal academic success.

3.     Explore academic majors and discipline-related career options.

4.     Develop strategies to promote personal social awareness and skills needed by citizen leaders.

Outcomes: Students will

* Understand the mission of Longwood University and how it applies to the college experience

* Understand the application of critical thinking skills to multiple situations

* Develop the knowledge and skills that lead to college success


Course Requirements:
1. All students will complete the CIS survey.  
2. Introduce students to the Longwood Student Planner. Following the outline of the student planner, students will set goals and plans for the year (for 20 points).  For an additional 20 points they will write an evaluation at the end of the course on how well they are advancing towards their goals and offer any appropriate revisions to those goals and plans.
3. The activity designed to demonstrate the use of the library will involve the class visit to the library and the papers for the political science 150 class (or another class if you are not in posc 150)  20 points.
4. The activity designed to expand an awareness of issues surrounding ethnic, social, and cultural diversity is attendance at a guest lecture program later in the semester.  20 points
5. The activity designed to demonstrate an understanding of the Longwood Code of Honor involves attendance at one of the Honor and Integrity Week Programs.  20 points
7. The activities designed to demonstrate an exploration of relevant career fields is our program with the director of the career center and  development of a professional resume and web based portfolio.  20 points   
8. The exercise designed to demonstrate awareness of time management issues will be completion of time management study in class. 20 points
9.  The assignment designed to demonstrate an exploration of personal learning styles is to take the Myers-Briggs Type survey and do the follow up work in class.  20 Points
10. The assignment designed to demonstrate the application of critical thinking is completion of the 10 critical thinking writing exercises in Posc 150.  20 points
11.  The activity designed to demonstrate civic engagement is participation at least 5 meetings or activities of the Political Science Club. 40 points

TOTAL POINTS        200
A = 200-180 points
B = 179-160 points
C = 159-140 points
D = 139-120 points
F = 119 and below

Class attendance is expected and the college attendance policy will be followed:   Missing 10% (3 classes) of these meetings will result in a lowering of one letter grade.   Missing 25% (6 classes) of these meetings (for any reason) will result in an automatic “F” for the course, which must be repeated during spring semester.

**If you are a student with a disability, it is your responsibility to register with the Office of Disability Support Services and to notify your instructor at least two weeks prior to a needed accommodation so reasonable accommodations can be made.

Course Outline:

LSEM class begins August 26 - Orientation and Introduction to Longwood Seminar
Aug. 29  establish long-term goals for attending University, establish short term goals for personal and academic achievements during the first semester (Turn in 2 page essay on goals on Sept. 12) 
Sept. 5  Labor Day and no classes
September 12  effective studying, note taking, listening in class 
September 19   test taking strategies
September 26  Class will meet at Career Center in Basement of Lancaster (Room 139) 
October 3   Class will meet in Library for special program on its resources
Oct. 10  time management exercise 
Oct.17  Fall Break on Oct, 17-18 No Classes
Oct. 24 more time management issues - All students will also participate in evaluative survey
Oct. 31 University academic regulations and requirements, advising issues
November 7  writing skills
November 14   learning styles, using knowledge of personal traits and preferences to develop a plan for personal, social and academic success.  Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
November 21 diversity issues, understanding of individual differences and the implications for successful interpersonal relationships
Thanksgiving Vacation  November 23 - 27
November 28  Managing stress
December 5 wrap up, good luck on finals