Honors Introductory Seminar

Course Details

Course Number: MWSU1433  Section Number: 1H1, 1H2, and 1H3

Fall 2010

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: DB177

Days & Times:

Section 1H1 MWF 8:00-8:50

Section 1H2 MWF 10:00-10:50

Section 1H3 TR 11:00-12:15

Course Attachments

Syllabus  MWSU1433SylFall2010HonorsIntroSeminar-20120313-124109.docx


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Mark Farris   
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Course Objectives

Students in this class will develop the ability to:

  • Identify major issues and developments stemming from the 1960s
  • Research an aspect of the 1960s and employ writing conventions suitable for a college level course to present the results of the research 
  • Successfully transition into life in the University and the Honors Program
  • Understand the results of a Myers-Briggs Type Inventory so as to develop personal communication skills, study habits, and career goals
  • Express ideas precisely and persuasively orally and in writing

Course Expectations

Your grade will be based on four items.

            Class Participation                              10%

            Best 3 of 4 in class Reflections           30%

            Oral Presentation                                30%

            Term Paper                                          30%

Final Exam12/8/2010  8:00-10:00

Submission Format Policy

Some items will be done in class using forms distributed by the instructor.  Other items will be submitted as e-mail attachments to honors@mwsu.edu

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

For most items, late work will not be accepted.  Late term papers not more than one week late will loose 20% of the potential grade. 

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Please come to class; please come to class on time. Your class participation grade is effectively a grade for attendance.  If you need to miss a class, arrive late, or leave early you should notify me in a timely fashion.  A modest amount of missing class or tardiness will be subject to a modest penalty if you inform me of why it happens.  But, starting with your 5th absence you will write a 500 word essay on what took place during the last class meeting that you attended.  If this happens you will be given approximately one week to write your essay.  Failure to turn in an assigned absence essay of sufficient quality will result in the loss of one letter grade at the end of the semester.  It is possible for certain absences to not be included in this condition.  For example, participation in field trips for another class, missing class because of a music performance, or missing class because you are a varsity athlete attending a game. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.