Knowledge Synthesis for Professional and Personal Development – INDS 400

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Designed to assess student mastery of content knowledge for the Interdisciplinary Studies degree programs, this capstone course requires students to produce a carefully organized summation and synthesis of accomplishments, learning, and goals related to their undergraduate degree program at Liberty University. Throughout this process, students will discover a greater understanding of transferable skills and qualifications and how these relate to career opportunities and/or graduate school respectively.

Prerequisites

RSCH 201 or Inquiry Research with a score of 80 or Research with a score of 80 or Research (prior to 2017-2018) with a score of 80

Junior or Senior standing in INDS program

Rationale

In today’s job market, it is imperative that the Interdisciplinary Studies graduate presents a confident picture of his or her own academic mastery and how his or her chosen major areas of study complement future career endeavors.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize academic content from the studied disciplines through a Christian perspective.
  2. Identify personal and academic strengths for career application.
  3. Evaluate personal and academic strengths for career application.
  4. Analyze personal and academic strengths for career application.
  5. Conduct specific research using critical thinking and logic.
  6. Reflect an understanding of the relationship between biblical values and academic knowledge in developing a Christian worldview.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards consist of one initial post and two replies. Each thread must follow the unique prompt and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the thread of at least two classmates. Each reply must add to the conversation and be helpful to original poster. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

The student will complete an APA quiz designed to assist him or her in completing all assignments utilizing an academic format necessary in the course. (MLO: E)

The student will complete eight quizzes on material studied throughout the course. Each quiz will be 5 questions, multiple choice, and open-notes. There will be a 30 minute time limit for each. (MLO: A, B)

Students will narrow an interdisciplinary topic and develop an appropriate research question using the provided model format. (MLO: B, C, D, E)

Students will create a 1,000-1,200 word literature review that incorporates at least five scholarly sources and discusses the research around the student’s second topic and research question. The literature review should mention multiple perspectives on the topic and demonstrate a lack of bias on the students’ part. (MLO: A, E, F)

Students will create a 150–400 word explanation of how they intend to study their research question or thesis. The methodology section should be short and describe an ideal process for studying the topic. In the same document, they will inclue a 250-400 word rationale explaining why their research proposal will be relevant to their audience, and why their topic is an important one to study. (MLO: E)

The student will create a 2,000-2,500 word research proposal that includes an abstract, introduction, literature review, rationale, methodology, significance/conclusion, and references (the last of which not counting towards the word count). The student should reuse previous assignments in this assignment, but those assignments should be modified and updated as per instructor feedback. (MLO: A, E, F)

Students will each write a 700-1,100 word essay that explains how their areas of study come to together to prepare them to accomplish their proposed careers. The essay should justify their choices of their areas of study and convince an audience (future employers) that they have made wise choices in their degree. (MLO: B, C, D)

In 400-600 words, students will reflect on what they have learned in this course, how their perspectives have changed, how they now view their degrees, and how they plan to use or think about their interdisciplinary degrees differently. They will briefly explain interdisciplinarity in their own words in light of their worldview and will reflect on the reading from Covey’s text. (MLO: A, B, C, D, F)