University Core Competencies – UNIV 101

CG • Section • 01/03/2020 to 06/11/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

University 101 provides students with an introduction to Liberty University and to the academic core competencies that students attain by the point of graduation. Students receive practices in the various competencies and skills necessary to succeed in the University and beyond.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Students entering Liberty University need to gain a range of basic skills and attitudes to succeed as university students, to prepare for the job market, and to succeed in life. To provide these essential skills and attitudes, the University has adopted six general education foundational skills: (a) communication and information literacy; (b) technological solutions and quantitative reasoning; (c) critical thinking; (d) civic and global engagement; (e) social and scientific inquiry; and (f) Christianity and contexts. This course introduces these foundational skills in a practical way that helps students to begin their paths toward life-long success.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate an introductory knowledge of the University’s six general education foundational skills: (a) communication and information literacy; (b) technological solutions and quantitative reasoning; (c) critical thinking; (d) civic and global engagement; (e) social and scientific inquiry; and (f) Christianity and contexts.
  2. Utilize researching and technology skills to enhance student success at Liberty University and beyond.
  3. Demonstrate use of a variety of university services to create satisfactory work in an introductory course.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes: Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning

  1. TSQR 1: Analyze data and inform action through a structured method.
  2. TSQR 2: Predict the output based on an input in practical scenarios using technological solutions and/or quantitative reasoning.
  3. TSQR 3: Apply the skills needed for successful financial stewardship in various contexts.
  4. TSQR 4: Relate technology and quantitative reasoning to participation in god’s redemptive work.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Email Assignment

Students will complete a brief, “mock” email assignment, designed to orient students to proper and professional email communication and etiquette. The email will not be sent, but will instead be uploaded to Blackboard. This assignment aligns with the following MLO: B. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: TSQR 1, CIL 2.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, students will post an original thread responding to the prompt provided. Thread must be a minimum of 150 words and include introductory information and thoughts on the foundational skills. In addition, students will reply to two other classmates. Each reply must be a minimum of 50 words. This assignment aligns with the following MLOs: A, B, & C.  This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: TSQR 1, 2, & 4, CIL 2, CT 1, 2 & 4.

Campus Exploration PowerPoint

Students will create a PowerPoint based on a campus exploration experience. The PowerPoint must contain a minimum of 10 slides. Each slide will require the student to take a “selfie” and include information on the service/office. Students can complete this assignment in groups or with friends. Locations are listed in the course assignment instructions folder. This assignment aligns with the following MLOs: B & C. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: TSQR 1, CIL 1 & 2.

Civic and Global Engagement/Diversity/Worldview Reflection

After completing the readings and viewing the presentations for the assigned module/week, students will complete a three-part reflection essay demonstrating vital insights on the cultivation and implementation of a Biblical worldview. The essay must be a minimum of 300-400 words. This assignment aligns with the following MLOs: A & B. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: TSQR 2 & 4, CIL 1, 2, 3, & 5, CT 1, 2, & 4, CGE 1, 2, & 3, SST 2a, CC 3 & 4.

Foundational Skills Interactive Activity and Foundational Skills Reflection

This assignment contains two parts: an interactive activity and a brief written reflection. Students will view videos on the six general education foundational skills while they complete the interactive, computer-based “Escape Room” activity. Then, students will write a 100-150 word reflection on one of the foundational skills, applying it to their goals, life, and career. This assignment aligns with the following MLOs: A & B. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: TSQR 1, 2, & 4, CIL 1, 2, & 3, CT 1.

Information Literacy/Article Evaluation

Students will learn to do library research and to evaluate an journal article for relevance, scholarly approach, and timeliness, as well as use correct citations. This assignment aligns with the following MLOs: A, B & C. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: TSQR 1, CIL 1, 2, 3, & 4, CT 1 & 2.

Financial Literacy Activity

Students will complete an activity on the four H’s of financial wisdom. This assignment aligns with the following MLOs: B & C. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: TSQR 3, CIL 1, 2, 3, & 5, CT 4 & 5.

MindTap Exams (2)

Students will complete two open-book/open-notes 40 multiple-choice question examinations, based on the textbook readings (Mid-Term will cover Chapters 1-8; Final will cover Chapters 9-16). Students may attempt each examination twice.  This assignment aligns with the following MLOs: A, B, & C. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: TSQR 1 & 2, CT 1 & 2, CGE 1, CC 2.

Extra Credit – General Education Assessment Test

Students will complete a 28-question General Education Assessment Test that will be used to measure the values, knowledge, and skills they currently possess. Students will answer 4 or 5 questions that are drawn from each of the six key foundation skill areas upon which our general education curriculum is built (Civic & Global Engagement, Communication & Information Literacy, Christianity & Contexts, Critical Thinking, Social & Scientific Inquiry, and Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning). No test preparation is required; no books or notes are necessary. Students are strongly encouraged to answer every question to the best of their ability. 1 extra credit point will be awarded for each correct response. Extra credit points earned will be automatically factored into students’ scores but will not alter total points possible for the course (1010).