Course Content and Outcome Guide for HON 101 Effective Winter 2016

Course Number:
HON 101
Course Title:
Introduction to Honors: Scholarly Inquiry
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Course Description

Guides motivated students into the theory and practice of scholarly reading, researching, writing and presenting academic work. Students will learn to explore the serious questions of our world. The students will begin to build their Honors program portfolio of work. This course should be taken early in the student's experience and will define a cohort of Honors students. Prepares students to succeed in multiple academic environments. Develops skills required to transfer. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores, and 3.25 GPA.

Addendum to Course Description

Each section of the course will be built around one of the following themes:
What is a leader?
What is a citizen?
What is a scholar?
What is a human?
The themes will be studied through the use of one substantial primary text. Secondary texts might
include works on scholarship or becoming a member of the academic community.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. Analyze and critique complex concepts encountered in primary and secondary sources.
2. Establish and propose powerful research questions.
3. Formulate and execute a plan of action involving sophisticated research strategies.
4. Draft a portfolio and plan to navigate the academic environment

Course Activities and Design

1. Explore a single theme using at least one primary text.
2. Read and discuss theories of knowledge.
3. Conceptualize themselves as viable members of the intellectual community, posing rigorous questions about the course theme, leading to development of potential research projects through the proposal stage.
4. Begin to develop a transfer portfolio, including self-reflection, academic goals, and an academic plan.
5. Orientation to Honors program requirements.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Participation in class by leading and participating in class discussion and activities
Written assignments
Development and presentation of a sophisticated research proposal
Portfolio plan and initiation

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Orientation to the Honors program
Introduction to scholarship
Navigation of the academic world
Reading and assessing primary and secondary texts
Self-conscious discussion of learning and thinking
Principles of critical inquiry
Active participation in class and seminar style discussion
Building an Honors community/cohort
Leadership in class and beyond