Syllabus for LIB-342
ONLINE OBSESSIONS: DETERMINING AND DEALING WITH DIGITAL DEPENDENCY
This course will study online obsessions including electronic addictions such as Internet addiction, mobile phone addiction, and video game addiction. The emphasis is placed on a comprehensive bio-psycho-social framework. Throughout, attention is given to the impact of age and cultural factors and the idea that usage is a matter of choice. Intervention strategies will be included to obtain therapeutic information, support recovery, and prevent relapse. Students will develop a theoretical understanding, self-awareness, and strategies for treatment. Other factors that may contribute to electronic addiction are also examined.
- What is electronic addiction
- Mobile phone addiction
- Video game addiction
- Cultural differences in electronic addiction
- Where do we go from here
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- CO1 Explain the philosophy and historical context of electronic technology.
- CO2 Discuss the nature of electronic addiction.
- CO3 Describe the effects of electronic addiction on the brain.
- CO4 Recognize some of the boundaries of technology and how to deal with the negative costs of technology and its effects on relationships.
- CO5 Compare the interaction between electronics usage and electronic addiction.
- CO6 Analyze how and why some people use electronics without problems, whereas others develop major problems as a result of their use.
- CO7 Recognize the biological, psychological and social effects resulting from electronic addiction.
- CO8 Discuss and calculate various approaches in treating electronic addiction.
- CO9 Assess strategies meant to prevent the development of electronic addiction.
- CO10 Identify any areas of shame and judgments against people who struggle with electronic addiction.
- CO11 Recognize the importance of family, social networks and community systems in the treatment and recovery process.
- CO12 Describe the dynamics of family interaction associated with electronic addiction
There are no required textbooks for the course. Recommended readings including journal articles and web links are included in each module. Students are advised to search the websites for latest research and journal articles on the topics covered in each module.
Some of the recommended journal articles are available through the EBSCOhost and ProQuest databases which are accessible through the myEdison portal. Links to these databases can be found under My Resources > Educational in the portal. Other articles can be accessed through the New Jersey State Library ( http://www.njstatelib.org/). Students must first sign up for a free card in order to access these articles. Register for your card at https://www.njstatelib.org/research_library/get_a_library_card/state_employee_and_tesc_students/.
The specific database for each article will be listed in parenthesis.
Online Obsessions: Determining and Dealing with Digital Dependency is a three-credit online course, consisting of five (5) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
- Module 1: What is Electronic Addiction?
Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 2
- Module 2: Mobile Phone Addiction
Course objectives covered in this module: 5, 6
- Module 3: Video Game Addiction
Course objectives covered in this module: 5, 7
- Module 4: Cultural Differences among Electronics Addiction
Course objectives covered in this module: 3, 4, 6, 10
- Module 5: Where Do We Go from Here?
Course objectives covered in this module: 3, , 7, 8, 9, 11, 12
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final project. See below for details.
Consult the course Calendar for due dates.
This course requires you to participate in five (5) graded discussion forums. There are also one ungraded, but required introduction forum in Module 1.
Online discussions provide an opportunity for you to interact with your classmates. During this aspect of the course, you respond to prompts that assist you in developing your ideas, you share those ideas with your classmates, and you comment on their posts. Discussion forum interactions promote development of a community of learners, critical thinking, and exploratory learning.
Please participate in online discussions as you would in constructive face-to-face discussions. You are expected to post well-reasoned and thoughtful reflections for each item, making reference, as appropriate, to your readings.
You are also expected to reply to your classmates' posts in a respectful, professional, and courteous manner. You may, of course, post questions asking for clarification or further elucidation on a topic. Click to view Online Discussion Grading Rubric.
You are required to complete five (5) written assignments. The written assignments are essay questions on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. You are required to write 2-3 page answers to two of four essay questions. Click to view the Written Assignment Rubric.
You are required to complete a final project for this course. For the final project imagine that you are a new counselor at the college’s student center. You will provide an assessment and a treatment plan for someone presenting with an electronic addiction. The final paper should be 8-10 page long excluding cover page and references. For complete guidelines and requirements of the final project paper, please refer to the Final Project area of the course Web site. Click to review the Final Paper Evaluation Rubric.
GRADING AND EVALUATION
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
- Discussion forums (5)—30%
- Written assignments (5)—40%
- Final project—30%
- Final project part I: Introduction—5%
- Final project part II: Assessment Tool and Treatment Plan—10%
- Final project part III: Final paper—15%
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:
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, etc.).
STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
- Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
- Take time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State University.
- Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
- If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.
Consider the following study tips for success:
- To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
- Check Announcements regularly for new course information.
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.
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:
- Gaining or providing unauthorized access to examinations or using unauthorized materials during exam administration
- Submitting credentials that are false or altered in any way
- Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
- Forgery, fabricating information or citations, or falsifying documents
- Submitting the work of another person in whole or in part as your own (including work obtained through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
- Submitting your own previously used assignments without prior permission from the mentor
- Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others (including making tests, papers, and other course assignments available to other students, either directly or through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
- Tampering with the academic work of other students
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:
- Lower or failing grade for an assignment
- Lower or failing grade for the course
- Rescinding credits
- Rescinding certificates or degrees
- Recording academic sanctions on the transcript
- Suspension from the University
- Dismissal from the University
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