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Course Title: Foundations for Learning and Development

Course Description: 

This course will introduce theoretical models and the application of these models to help build the foundation for continued intellectual, personal, and professional growth and development.  With a broad focus on reading, writing, critical thinking, and communication skills and competencies, this course will help students become independent, strategic learners who can contribute to the university as scholars and who can determine and construct their own futures. Non-repeatable.

Course Objectives: 

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to topics that will promote students’ development and progress towards the following objectives.  Upon successful completion of this course, students will begin to:

(Intellectual Development)

  • Adapt and apply appropriate information processing and strategic learning strategies to their courses and learning experiences.
  • Use effective research skills to retrieve and evaluate information from a variety of sources.
  • Use written and oral communication to discover, develop, articulate, and defend ideas and viewpoints.

(Personal Development)

  • Describe the inter-relationship between goal-setting, motivation, and time management.  Apply strategies to effectively set goals, develop and maintain personal motivation, and manage time based on priorities.
  • Describe processes, strategies, and resources, and explain the implications of their decisions, related to their overall personal and financial wellness.
  • Describe concepts of diversity and recognize diverse perspectives.

 (Professional Development)

  • Use effective collaboration and teamwork skills to work productively with others.
  • Identify relevant academic policies, processes, and procedures related to advising, course planning, and major exploration.
  • Identify career options that are consistent with personal values, interests, and aptitudes.

Contact Information:
Angela L. Vaughan, PhD
Director, First Year Curriculum and Instruction


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