IS2220: Policies & Info

Course Description
Gives introductory Interdisciplinary Studies students a structured opportunity to frame and plan a deliberate and thoughtful interdisciplinary program of study. Students create a non-binding Interdisciplinary Studies contract related to their own personal goals and interests and a multimedia presentation with an accompanying long paper that outlines their own educational philosophies and plans for interdisciplinary study.

Course Objectives
Satisfactory completion of this course will enable a student to:

  1. Identify the key PSU stakeholders in the IDS major (peers, profs, admin.)
  2. Articulate the requirements of the PSU Interdisciplinary Studies program
  3. Partner with a scholar-advisor as their mentor
  4. Present a polished Interdisciplinary Studies essay and contract
  5. Define “Interdisciplinarity,” informed by existing models
  6. Articulate their own educational philosophies and plans for interdisciplinary studies in multimedia and written formats

Course Requirements and Grading Procedures:

  • ePort: (5%): You will own your own domain and build your own website, which we will use as an ePortfolio and workshop space for ideas throughout the course.  This 5% is related to the functionality, design, and details of your site. If you prefer to work in a private setting, please see me to discuss it and you can use Mahara, Moodle, or a three-ring binder.
  • PLN (15%): You will use Twitter as you begin to build your own Personal Learning Network (PLN). You will be graded on your engagement with Twitter and the other networks related to your field. If you prefer not to use Twitter, please submit an alternate plan that will allow you to read work from your field and contribute your ideas back into the network.
  • (10%): You will use to annotate our course readings. You may use your real name or a pseudonym as a username for this tool.
  • Assignments (60%): This includes all ePort assignments and any other small things we have along the way.
  • Final Exam (10%): This grade includes the take-home essay (worth 90% of your exam grade), and the in-class reaction essay (worth 10% of your exam grade).
  • Extra Credit: You will receive 1 point of extra credit on your final grade if you visit the Writing Center once during the semester AND get your IDS Application submitted on time.

Strive for perfect attendance in this class.

Required Text
There are no required texts to purchase for this course, which will make use of Open Educational Resources, free digital materials, and student-generated texts.

Academic Integrity
You must adhere to the Academic Integrity policy as outlined in the PSU Academic Catalog.

Plymouth State University is committed to providing students with documented disabilities equal access to all university programs and facilities. If you think you have a disability requiring accommodations, you should immediately contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) in the Center for Student Success in Mary Lyon (535-3065) to determine whether you are eligible for such accommodations. Academic accommodations will only be considered for students who have registered with DSO. If you have a Letter of Accommodation for this course from DSO, please provide the instructor with that information privately so that you and the instructor can review those accommodations.


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