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Welcome to Associate of CapstoneIS 299Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Introductions Please share!Where are you joining us from? What time is it where you live? Netiquette is Since most of our communication will be online lets talk about netiquette. Use Good Internet Etiquette 1- Be friendly and positive2- Use proper language and titles 3- Use effective communication 4- Professionalism 5- Ask for clarification You can type a word in all capital letters, as a means ofemphasis, but if used for more than one or two words, it is called Shouting which isconsidered to be VERY RUDE.The Science of Completing a Project Unit 1: Seminaroverview of the course the importance of organizational skills organizing your thoughts technology that is available to help youCourse DescriptionThis course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills acquired throughout your Associate of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program of study. You will use the knowledge gained in your previous courses to complete the comprehensive capstone project. The capstone project will assess achievement of program outcomes, your written communication skills, and knowledge of the subject matter, theories, and methods relating to interdisciplinary studies. Advice from former studentsA piece of advice that I would like to pass on to the next group of students is to start working on your Unit 9 Project from Unit 1. It is not really that hard, it is just lengthy and there is a lot of research to do. Also keep a saved file on your computer, but also keep a copy off of your computer, just incase your computer decides to tear up on you. Also, I would tell the next group of students, don't worry about the peer review. It is nothing; in fact it is something interesting. CindyThe one big thing that I would pass on is to stay on task. Make sure that you are getting all the work in on time. If you do get behind, make sure you keep in contact with your professor! The professors at Kaplan are great and will work with you if you need it. Thanks for everything professor! God Bless! LaurieThe biggest advise I can give another student is to talk to the professor ask questions and keep in contact. Starting early is crucial. I found that responding to your peers post was important and you can learn a lot from it.ChantalI learned some good advice from my peers on the discussion board. One was how to make sure that all the components of the project is in place by categorizing the outline that you have made. This is a good guide to make sure that you are on track. Make sure that you continue to communicate with your professor throughout the course so that they are aware of anything that you maybe having difficulty with. Utilize all the resources that are available to you and make sure that you stay on top of your discussion postings. CicelyCourse SyllabusWhy is your syllabus so important?How can the syllabus help you succeed in this course?Your Course SyllabusContains all important course information; course description, policies, important dates, projects, rubrics, grading policy.It is very important that you read the syllabus carefully and refer to it if you have questions. Lets discuss the syllabus and course policiesI would like to begin our first live seminar by discussing some guidelines we need to follow to have a successful live seminar.Frequent interactions on the concepts being discussed by students and instructorPosts are on topic and contribute to the quality of the seminar.Be on timeStay for the duration of the seminarBe polite, use respectful languageNo interruptionsWhat should you do if you can not attend live seminar?Seminar Option 2 Requirements and GradingGrading CriteriaResponse is on topic and originalResponse makes frequent, informed references to unit material and additional sources Response is clearly written Each submission meets or surpasses minimum word count (200-300 words average) with clear and fluent writing, free of spelling and grammatical errors. Discussion BoardWhat must you do in order to earn maximum points for the Discussion Board postAnswer the questions in your original postResponses should be on topic, original and add to the quality of the discussionResponses should make reference to the unit material Respond to at least 2+ classmatesAll responses, including responses to peers should have no grammatical, punctuation or spelling errorsDiscussion Board Requirements and Grading Content & Critical Thinkingoriginal content of substantial length (min. 100 words) supported by references thoughtful, on topic, shows insight into applicability to professional practice, clear connections to previous and/or current unit, course content with real-life examples given1st person narrative. I believe.or.my assessment isParticipation: Generating Learning within the Communityresponds to all required posts within the time parameters of the unit allowing for response time for classmates.responses to other classmates (2+ comments) add value by eliciting responses and reflections from other learners responses build upon the ideas of other learners to take the discussion deeperGrammar & Mechanicsfew if any errors in grammar and/or spellingappropriate references with no errorsProjectsUnit 2 Project Capstone Topic Identification Units 3 ,4 and 5 Learning Journals Unit 5 Project Complete Sentence OutlineUnit 6 Project, Draft 1, with Introduction and Historical ContextUnit 7 Project, Draft 2, Personal Context with Conclusion Unit 8 Project, Peer Review Final ProjectYour Final Project will be due at the end of Unit 9.GradingI would like to go over some important details about grading:It is my obligation to follow the rubrics for grading. I encourage you to read the rubrics and assignment instructions carefully.Pay close attention to the A criteria and work towards that goal. Strive for the A.I will follow the rubric as well for the discussion thread (DQ) and seminar.Please remember, I am here to help you succeed!What is plagiarism?Plagiarism -- The Kaplan University (2005) plagiarism policy says that plagiarism refers to academic dishonesty that can be intentional or unintentional. This can be the result of attempting to recycle your own work from another course or semester, inaccurately citing the work of someone else, failing to give credit to someone else for his or her ideas or writing, failing to summarize or paraphrase a quote in your own words, or anything else that falsely represents any part of your work. This definition means that plagiarism is knowingly or unknowingly representing the work of another as your own work. Late PolicyLate Projects: Projects are due Tuesday 11:59 pm ET of their assigned Unit. Late projects will be deducted -5 points per week late/maximum penalty of -20 points. Incompletes The deadline for requesting an incomplete is September 6, 2011. Incomplete coursework is due September 23, 2011.How could you contact me?Email: hcooper@kaplan.eduAIM: himicoop103Course QuestionsText meCall me: 786-412-0369QuestionsOrganizational SkillsWhat strategies do you use to keep yourself organized?Tips for Developing Organizational Skills Use checklists get into the habit of using a "to-do" list Organize your assignments Checklists, schedules, calendarSet a designated study time Plan and budget timeKnow your best time of dayKeep organized notesThink smallPrepare to be aheadOrganizing Your ThoughtsWhat happens if we ignore important topics or fail to organize our thoughts? What technology is available today to help us identify priorities and organize our thoughts?Organizing You Thoughts Using Paper and PencilIdea Clouds Choose a topicDo the researchWrite down the main topic wordIdentify words and thoughts that relate to the topicOutlineAn outline is putting words and ideas that relate to your topic into sentences Writing a Rough DraftYour rough draft is your working copy that you created from the outline Organizing You Thoughts Using TechnologyNote-Taking and Documents These tools will help you take notes no matter where you find yourself needing to jot something down. You will also find tools that help you create documents from your notes that you can use or share with others.www.online-college-blog.com/.../100-powerful-web-tools-to-organize-your-thoughts-and-ideas/ Scientific MethodWhat is the scientific method?Scientific MethodSteps of the scientific method are to:Ask a Question Do Research Construct a Hypothesis Test Your Hypothesis Analyze Your Data Make a Conclusion Evaluate Your Results Scientific Method for the Capstone Project Modification of Scientific Method for the Capstone Project Identify a technological event that has impacted your life. Collect information and resources explaining why the technological event has impacted your life. Information must show the historical context of the event.Formulate an explanation of how the technological event affects your historical context. Research Summarize discussion and draw conclusions from discussion on how opportunities and goals have been changed. Complete and turn in the Capstone Project. As cited on your Kaplan course Home Page. See your Unit 1 reading page for further details. Lets Get ReadyThe Unit 2 Project Is On The WayUnit 2:What's in a Source - Project Complete and submit the Sub-Topic Identification Worksheet. This includes identifying your sub-topic, the salience (the significance or importance) of the sub-topic, and an Annotated Bibliography of at least 3 resources. Sub-Topic Identification WorksheetSub-Topic: Identify your sub-topic from the examples given in your unit materials or one not listed that you would like to pursue. Describe the steps in your thinking that led you to this choice of sub-topic. What were the factors you considered? On what grounds did you choose one option over another? Did you consider a number of possibilities? Did you consult with anyone before making your choice? Salience (the significance or importance) of the sub-topic:Why is the sub-topic important to you and your readers and worthy of being written about? What do you want to come out of pursuing this project? Capstone Project Topic Technology Sub-topic List Selecting Your TopicBusiness & IndustryCommunications EconomicEducation EntertainmentEnvironmentFoodHomeland SecurityMedical and Healthcare PoliticsSocialSportsTransportationChoosing Your Sub-TopicA good sub-topic needsto be appropriate for the assignmentto be interesting and important to youto be fairly easy to research and write about to be something you know enough about to write about comfortablyto not be too narrow or not be too broad (i.e. you will not find enough research material to complete your project or too large of a topic to cover in detail within the parameters of the project) to be creative, so your reader will be interested Choosing Topics for Term Papers: How to choose good topics for research papers and persuasive essays http://collegeuniversity.suite101.com/article.cfm/choosing_topics_for_term_papers#ixzz0rPT8iZzU Documentation of Resources: Create an Annotated Bibliography of at least three (3) resources you expect to use for your project.Including: one (1) article from a scholarly journal one (1) book, one (1) other source Use standard APA format for your references and standard essay format (12-point font, double-spaced, 1 margins). Annotated Bibliography Make sure your bibliography is annotated.An annotated bibliography is one in which you discuss the value of each of your sources to your project. You do not have to use all or any of these sources in your final project, and you are not limited to only these sources.SourcesArticle from scholarly journal (be sure to specifically identify at least one example of quantitative data that you might use in your paper, such as a chart, graph, statistic, etc.). BookOther (what kind of source - article, interview, book, webpage, etc.)Project RubricUnit 2 Project, Capstone Topic Identification Content 65 pointsUse of the Sub-Topic WorksheetIdentification of sub-topic and discussion of how you selected this topicAnalysis of personal significance of the topic as well as value for othersDocumentation of Resources include three required sourcesBrief summary and discussion of value of resourceMechanics/Structure 10 points Spelling, Grammar checkedClear writing, smooth transitionsComplete sentences (no sentence fragments, run-ons)Subject/Verb agreement, punctuation, capitalization, etc.12 point fontAPA format used for references listUnit 2 RequirementsComplete your unit readingsComplete your discussion board postAttend live seminar or complete option 2Complete your unit 2 project - Sub-Topic Identification Worksheet. Ways to get help!!!Email me!Chat with me on AIM!Post your questions to the course Question Discussion Board!Call me!Better yet, let me know if you need me to call you!Thank you for a wonderful seminar!The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed. - Richard Brinsley Sheridan*1- Be friendly, positive and self-reflective. When people cannot see you, and also do not know you, feelings can be hurt if you are not careful in how you express yourself. The old saying, think before you speak is important here. Think before you write. One word of advice is do not respond when you feel angry. Wait. Write it down somewhere and come back to it. When you do, you may find that you no longer feel the same way as you did when you wrote it, because you have had time to reflect about the situation. Last, if you still feel the need to be heard, then edit before you post, and write it in terms that are easily embraced. This is also true when you feel a critique is necessary, say it in a positive tone. Reread what you have written to be sure it is positive.2- Use proper language and titles. Do not use slang or even profane words in an online education environment, even if they are words you consider, "not so bad," as they will sound offensive to the reader. Do not refer to your professor as "Doc" or by his or her first name, unless it is acceptable with him or her to do so. Also, do not use caps lock when writing. It will insinuate yelling. That would hurt someone's feelings and possibly give him or her the wrong impression of you.3- Use effective communication. This takes practice and thoughtful writing. Try to speak and write clearly at all times. Again, reread before you respond. Define and restate your words when necessary. Correct a misunderstanding right away. Chances are, if one person felt a certain way about what you said, then another may have as well. Likewise, be mindful of chosen words and joking. Let's say for example, I write, "get out!" This slang term can be interpreted in several ways, either positively or negatively.4- Professionalism. Leave the characters like smiley faces, and instant message abbreviations out. Your friends may like it, but chances are, your professor will not. Save it for personal conversations or definitely ask for permission before using them. They may be interpreted as childish or too casual for the online education environment. Last, always say please and thank you.5- Ask for clarification. If you are unsure of what was said, or the instructor's directive, or are trying to interpret a person's expressions, then ask again. Do not sit in silence either misunderstanding or feeling offended. Do not interrupt though, wait until there is a break in the conversation, or until the open interaction occurs. Your instructor will appreciate your responsiveness and maturity. A simple way to do this is to say (or write), "I did not understand...", always keeping the onus for the misunderstanding on yourself. Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/education/online-learning/articles/26946.aspx#ixzz0qkHUfEUl *This first seminar provides an overview of the course and reviews the importance of fine tuning one's organizational skills. What happens if we ignore important topics or fail to organize our thoughts? What technology is available today to help us identify priorities and organize our thoughts *Course Outcomes: By the end of this course, you should be able to:IS299-1. Apply scientific methodology and interpretation of quantitative data to the creation of a project outline, plan, and timeline, demonstrating the achievement of the Mathematics, Science, and Technology Literacy Outcomes.IS299-2. Create a formal research project statement and an annotated bibliography, demonstrating the achievement of the Communications, Research and Information, and Critical Thinking Literacy Outcomes.IS299-3. Synthesize cultural, personal and professional communication theories to formulate an individualized project plan and create a paper articulating the project topic, demonstrating the achievement of the Communications Literacy Outcome.IS299-4. Incorporate an awareness of the impact of social, historical, cultural, and literary events and ideas on both individual and group behavior by creating a project implementation paper, demonstrating the achievement of the Social Science, Arts and Humanities, Communications, and Critical Thinking Literacy Outcomes.IS299-5. Create a reflective journal that applies ethical and critical thinking about past and present human values, demonstrating the achievement of the Arts and Humanities and Ethics Literacy Outcomes.IS299-6. Create a summative paper with references, appendices and a web-based or PowerPoint presentation that demonstrates proficiency and synthesis of all ASIS Program Outcomes.*Why is your syllabus so important?Syllabus contain all important course information; course description, policies, important dates, projects, rubrics, grading policy.It is very important that you read the syllabus carefully and refer to it if you have questions. Syllabus -- This document contains all essential information about course content and policies. Please print the syllabus and read it carefully. Refer to it often during the course. *Seminar -- This is the special area in our classroom where we meetweekly. For instance, if your syllabus indicates that your class meets each Wednesday at 10:00 pm ET, you would then mark your calendar with a weekly seminar reminder. You'll be in a virtual "room" where you, your classmates, and your instructor will discuss the weekly topic. Seminars last for an hour and begin and end promptly. Since everyone has to log in at the same day and time to participate, this is called synchronous communication. You can prepare for seminar by visiting the Seminar area of each unit before you attend seminar.*Grading Scale = 5 points*Discussion Board:Post on topic making reference to unit materialsMake sure your post is free of errorsFrequent interactions with classmates Contribute to the quality of the discussionPost early in the week to allow sufficient time for interactions with your classmates*RUBRICS TOPDiscussion Board Participation RubricLate Discussion Policy: Late Discussion Thread Posts must be emailed to the instructor. Late penalty of -5 points per week late (max deduction of -10 points).18-20 points Discussion Board18-20 pointsContent & Critical Thinkingoriginal content of substantial length (min. 100 words) supported by references thoughtful, on topic, shows insight into applicability to professional practice, clear connections to previous and/or current unit, course content with real-life examples given1st person narrative. I believe.or.my assessment isParticipation: Generating Learning within the communityresponds to all required posts within the time parameters of the unit allowing for response time for classmates.responses to other classmates (5+ comments) add value by eliciting responses and reflections from other learners responses build upon the ideas of other learners to take the discussion deeperGrammar & Mechanicsfew if any errors in grammar and/or spellingappropriate references with no errors**Rubric -- A grading rubric outlines the standards for each grade level for a specific project: what an "A" project would accomplish, a "B" project, etc. All course projects submitted on time will be graded within five days of their due date (the Sunday of the following unit). Late projects will be graded within five days of their submission date. Discussion and seminar grades will be updated each week no later than Sunday of the week following the Units completion *Extenuating Circumstances: If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from completing projects, quizzes or participating in the class, please contact the instructor to make alternative arrangements. Incompletes Incompletes provide students with limited additional time to complete coursework after the terms end. To be considered for an incomplete, you should have completed approximately 75% of the coursework. Please see the Kaplan University catalog for further information. Whether or not to grant an incomplete is your instructors decision. The deadline for requesting an incomplete for the June B term is Monday, August 9, 2010. Incomplete coursework is due August 27, 2010.*Course Questions:This is there to help everyone share information and concerns.I will make sure to answer your questions within 24 hours. Also, you can always email me and I will make sure to reply within 24 hours. *When it comes to gathering your ideas and putting them together to write a cohesive piece, it is vital to have some way to get all those ideas in one place. When you start your project, many thoughts will go through your head, and some of them will disappear unless you get them down on paper. There are several methods that successful writers use to organize their thoughts when preparing to write. *The scientific method is a way to ask and answer scientific questions by making observations and doing experiments. *The scientific method is a process for experimentation that is used to explore observations and answer questions. Scientists use the scientific method to search for cause and effect relationships in nature. In other words, they design an experiment so that changes to one item cause something else to vary in a predictable way. Just as it does for a professional scientist, the scientific method will help you to focus your project question, construct a hypothesis, design, execute, and evaluate your experiment. *WHAT IS AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY?An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.A bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals, websites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for researching a topic. Bibliographies are sometimes called "references" or "works cited" depending on the style format you are using. A bibliography usually just includes the bibliographic information (i.e., the author, title, publisher, etc.).An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation.Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources.**Youll be spending a lot of time on a research paper, so it is particularly important to select a topic that you really enjoy working with. But alas, its not that simple! To make your project a success, youll have to ensure that the topic is strong, as well as enjoyable. What does this mean?Select a topic that interests you: Selecting a topic is possibly the most difficult part of doing research. Is it too big? Is it too narrow? Will I be able to find enough on it? Start by choosing a topic that you like or are curious about. You're going to be working on it for quite a while, so try and find one that's interesting and that you can reasonably cover in the time and space available. INTERESTING both to you and your reader (a good writer can make a reader care passionately about moss) RESEARCHABLE: it should be such a good idea that lots of people have addressed Based on RESEARCH, not just OPINION, and IMPORTANT: not important enough to change the world, but important in the sense that your reader should think the topic is worthy of being written about. *WHAT IS AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY?An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.A bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals, websites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for researching a topic. Bibliographies are sometimes called "references" or "works cited" depending on the style format you are using. A bibliography usually just includes the bibliographic information (i.e., the author, title, publisher, etc.).An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation.Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources.

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