Fall 2014 Linked Learning Community Offerings

What is a linked learning community?  A linked learning community is a community that links one or two academic courses with a Freshman Seminar course (COL 105) OR a community that links two or more academic courses and embeds Freshman Seminar (COL 105) principles into the linked learning community.  The linked learning community's purpose is to show you the connections between the courses while you explore a theme or specific topic that ties the courses in the community together.   The theme or specific topic of a linked learning community is stressed through integrated (common) assignments, activities, lecture topics, etc.  The thematic learning communities being offered in Fall 2014 are listed below.


Status Update: I B.L.A.S.T.ed Into Psychology!!
COL 105 (CRN: 71199) TR 9:35-11 a.m.
PSY 201 (CRN: 71609) TR 11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m.

Do you really believe all the wall posts or tweets you read?  How do current events, social media outlets, movies, television, and video games affect you?  Your life?  Your future?  Join us as we learn to discern between all the sound bytes in this information age and figure out how it affects your life and your ability to be successful.  This in-depth evaluation of popular media, psychology, and the application to lifelong learning will be made possible by linking activities and assignments between PSY 201: General Psychology and the COL 105: B.L.A.S.T. Freshman Seminar course.


LIFE: Be Ready for What It Throws at You
COL 105 (CRN: 70729) MWF 8-8:55 a.m.

CPT 170 (CRN: 70454) MWF 9:05-10 a.m.

Students who enroll in this learning community will learn how to succeed in college by setting goals, multitasking, being responsible, and creating and making use of a support system. By sharing the COL 105 and CPT 170 courses, students will work together to achieve success while also learning to use MS Office and to create an electronic portfolio (that will include but is not limited to a scholarship letter, cover letter, resume, life plan, budget, etc.) in preparation for the future.


Diving into Film: The Secrets to Success
COL 105 (CRN: 70635) TR 11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m.
ENG 101 (CRN: 70221) TR 12:45-2:10 p.m.

On the surface, movies can be fun, exciting, scary, or funny. That's why we like them, right? While they do make for good entertainment, they actually offer so much more! What if we told you that diving beneath the surface reveals the secrets to success? And that we can show you how to do it? Well, we can: if you like movies and you want to learn the keys to succeeding in the sometimes choppy waters of college, this learning community is for you.


Electrifying Mathematics (EET 113 and MAT 170)
EET 113 (CRN: 71152) MW 11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m.
MAT 170 (CRN: 71081) TR 2:30-3:55 p.m.

Ever wonder what algebra and trigonometry are good for? Do you want to see some killer apps for mathematics? This hands-on approach to learning math will help you discover the wonders of the electron as well as help you design and construct interesting electronic devices. Discover the electrifying link between mathematics and electronics that will spark your imagination!  This community is currently limited to students in the Engineering & Industrial Technology Division.


Pop Culture, Media & Film: Unglue Your Eyeballs & Engage Your Brain! (ENG 101 and PSY 201)
ENG 101 (CRN: 70234) MWF 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

PSY 201 (CRN: 71693) MW 2:30-3:55 p.m.

Are your eyeballs constantly glued to a screen of some sort?  Movies and television OFTEN portray aspects of psychological principles, theories, and disorders.  These can be fair and unbiased portrayals, or they can be stereotypical and generalized.  Commercials and other media use all kinds of appeals to convince the masses.   Facebook statuses or Tweets can be accurate or completely misleading.  In the ENG 101/PSY 201 linked learning community, not only will you learn to understand and critique pop culture, media, and film, but you will also learn about YOU and how to be successful in college.  This learning will occur through reflective essays and assignments between both classes.  Come get your eyeballs unglued!!


Don't Take Your Tools and Go Home: Understanding and Communicating with People at Work (ENG 155 and PSY 120)
ENG 155 (CRN: 70271) TR 8-9:25 a.m.
PSY 120 (CRN: 70021) MWF 10:10-11:05 a.m.

What was she thinking?  THAT is NOT in MY job description!  Is my résumé good enough?  Why would someone want to hire me?  Are these questions that you find yourself asking?  If they are, then these courses are for YOU!  Building on the theme of success in the workplace, these courses will emphasize the importance of expository writing and public speaking through practice and development of communication skills while studying the basic psychological principals of supervision and organization dynamics.  The emphasis is placed on people skills and general human relation techniques in the workplace while developing academic survival skills for higher education and the future.  This community is currently limited to students in the Business & Public Services Division.