Course Schedule

WHOLE CLASS MEETING WEEKS

Week 1) January 29

Welcome by INDS staff

Introducing the INDS Degree Plan,  Rubric, and expectations

Pod Organization 

Week 2) February 5

An introduction to e-portfolios with Samirah Hassan.  PLEASE BRING YOUR COMPUTER

 Week 15) May 6

Mock ISC 

WEEKS WITHOUT CLASS MEETINGS

Week 4) February 19 – NO CLASS MEETING

Week 8) March 11 – NO CLASS MEETING

Week 13) April 15 – NO CLASS MEETING

MODULES

Degree Core Module:

In this module students will develop (1) a final draft of the degree plan description, (2) learning objectives for the degree plan, and (3) a course list and schedule.  

Relevant assignments for this module include: (a) a free write answering the question “What do you want to do and why are you the person to do it?; (b) identification of two INDS Idols, researchers or practitioners who represent the kind each student wishes to do; (c) construction of a degree plan diagram; (d) reading and critiquing passed degree plans; (e) writing and editing the degree plan description; (f) writing and editing learning objectives.  Completion of this module is worth 300 points.  Each student must earn at least 240 points to pass this module.

Degree Context Module:

In this module students will develop the parts of the degree plan that give context for their INDS degrees.  They include: (1) a final draft of the cover letter; (2) completion of the “Academic and Professional Development” section; (3) identification of two degree plan mentors; (4) identification of internships and/or independent studies that support the goals of the degree plan.

Relevant assignments for this module include: (g) writing a personal statement; (h) turning a personal statement into a one-page cover letter; (i) learning how to and approaching two potential degree plan mentors; (j) identifying long term goals and writing the “Academic and Professional Development” section; (k) identifying past or future internships and/or independent studies related to the degree plan and describing their relevance in the “Internships and Independent Studies” section. Completion of this module is worth 300 points.  Each student must earn at least 240 points to pass this module.

Degree Plan Completion Module:

In this module students will bring together all the elements of the degree plan, (1) polishing the language in the degree plan, (2) reassessing the interdisciplinary nature of the degree plan, and (3) devising a capstone project idea that will be an example of the kind of project possible from the skills and knowledge developed in the degree plan.
Relevant Assignments for this module include: (l) brainstorm two ideas for a relevant capstone project; (m) read and evaluate examples of past capstone projects; (n) determine functional competencies that the degree plan will accomplish; (o) schedule triangle meeting; (p) prepare final draft of capstone for presentation at Mock ISC; (q) serve as a mock ISC panel member.  Completion of this module is worth 300 points.  Each student must earn at least 240 points to pass this module.

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