Syllabus for BPS-495

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PROFESSIONAL STUDIES CAPSTONE


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies Capstone provides engagement in a student-centered, content-related learning experience that serves as a summary and synthesis of a student's undergraduate academic career. The student selects a professional area of interest related to her or his career and engages in an activity leading to a research project. The culminating report is reflective of comprehensive competencies gained in undergraduate studies and demonstrates a student’s knowledge of the outcomes of the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies degree.

COURSE TOPICS

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Examine the importance of effective leadership, respect for diversity, and ethical behavior within a chosen profession.

CO2        Analyze employment data and economic trends within an occupational field.

CO3        Evaluate external forces of change vis-à-vis their influence upon occupational skill sets.

CO4        Propose effective and efficient career-success strategies.

CO5        Prepare professional reports that synthesize quantitative and qualitative information.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbooks are available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbooks

ISBN-13: 978-1118785560

ISBN-13: 978-071464048

Required Resources

COURSE STRUCTURE

Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies Capstone is a three-credit, online course consisting of four modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, take a proctored midterm examination, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to complete five graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules and the final project. Please note there is an ungraded, but required, Introductions Forum.

All discussion postings should be carefully proofread for clear organization, effective word choice, and correct grammar and punctuation. Discussion postings will be graded accordingly.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete eight written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Four of the written assignments represent major parts of the final project. By submitting these assignments to your mentor throughout the course, you will be able to receive feedback so that you can improve your work before submitting it within your final project. The content of your assignments will be assessed primarily when it is first submitted within assignments; when these sections are again submitted as part of the final paper, the assessment emphasis will be on whether you have utilized mentor feedback to make improvements.

All written assignments should be carefully proofread for clear organization, effective word choice, and correct grammar and punctuation.

Final Project

You are required to complete a final project and to create a PowerPoint presentation based on that project. Refer to the Final Project section of the course site for details. Note that before submitting your PowerPoint to your mentor, you will share it with your classmates in Discussion Forum 5 for peer review.

Your final project should be carefully proofread for clear organization, effective word choice, and correct grammar and punctuation. The four main sections of your project should demonstrate that you have utilized feedback provided by your mentor for improvement.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at www.tesu.edu.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Plagiarism

Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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