SSC 499



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Course Information:


Meeting Place:  229 Kethley Hall CRN:  16266
Meeting Times:  Wednesdays, 2:00–4:00 pm (Jan. 9Feb. 27, 2008)  

Instructor Information:


Instructor: Dr. Alan Barton

Office: 214 Kethley Hall

Telephone: (662) 846-4097



Office Hours:

During Spring semester, 2008, the instructor holds regular office hours at the following times:

Tuesday  2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday  9:00 am – 10:45 am; 2:15 pm – 4:30 pm

View Dr. Barton's Spring 2008 schedule.

If you cannot make one of these times, contact the professor to set up an appointment.

Course Webpage:


Additional materials and updated course information can be found on the course webpage:

Course Overview:


This course is to be taken by all students with a major in the Social Sciences during their last semester before graduation.  The purpose of the course is to provide a venue for integrating material learned in the Social Sciences program, to establish a basis for instituting assessment-based education in the Division of Social Sciences at Delta State University, and to serve as a transition between life in the university and life after college.


Course Objectives:

(1)  Prepare for graduation from DSU and for life after college.


(2)  Complete all assessment requirements for the Division of Social Sciences.


(3)  Complete a portfolio highlighting the work you have done at DSU.

(4)  Evaluate the Division of Social Sciences.


Course Materials:


You will need to purchase one item for this course, a 1" binder that you can use for your portfolio.  You can purchase the binder at the university bookstore or at a retail stationery store.

Responsibilities and Grading: 


Your primary responsibility in this course is to come to class each week, participate and complete all of the assigned work.  The most important assignment is a portfolio of your work at DSU.  We also will engage in in-class informal discussion, and prepare items such as a résumé and an evaluation of the Division of Social Sciences.  Grading is based on attendance and completion of all course requirements in a timely fashion.



Course Outline:




Week 1:  Course Introduction

Jan. 9

Course Goals and Activities Discussion
Assessment-Based Education Reading on Assessment in Education:
"What is an Educated Person?" by J.G. Gaff (Peer Review, Fall 2004)
Professional Portfolios Discussion
Portfolio Components

Week 2:  Creating an Assessment Portfolio

Jan. 16

Assessment Portfolio

Guidelines for Creating an Assessment Portfolio
Portfolio Essays Discussion:  Guidelines for Essays

Week 3:  Preparing for Graduation

Jan. 23

Preparing for Graduation from DSU

Graduation Requirements Slides

Using Your Portfolio in the Job Search

Reading on Using Portfolios:
"The School Counselor Portfolio: Professional Development and Accountability," by M.C. Rhyne-Winkler and H.R. Wooten (School Counselor, Nov. 1994)
Using Portfolios in the Job Search Slides

Week 4:  Evaluating the Division of Social Sciences

Jan. 30

Evaluation of the Division of Social Sciences Completing Evaluation Questionnaire
How Has Social Sciences Served You? Focus Group Discussion
Portfolio Assignment:  Write an Essay on Your Career Goals;  Due Feb. 13





Week 5:  Preparing for Life after DSU I

Feb. 6

Life as a DSU Alumnus with Vicki Fioranelli and Reed Abraham, DSU Alumni Foundation Meet at Alumni Foundation House Hwy. 8 across from Ewing Hall
Maintaining Contact with the Division of Social Sciences Creating a Roster of Alumni

Week 6:  Preparing for Life after DSU II

Feb. 13

Backpack to Briefcase
with Christy Montesi,
DSU Office of Career Services
Discussion and Activities
Preparing a Résumé
with Christy Montesi,
DSU Office of Career Services
Write a Résumé

Bring a current copy of your r
ésumé with you to class!
Portfolio Submit: Essay on Career Goals
Assignment:  Write an Essay Chronicling and Evaluating Your Work at DSU;  Due Feb. 20

Week 7:  Evaluating Your Learning at DSU

Feb. 20

Evaluating Delta State University Completing Evaluation Questionnaire 
Portfolio Submit:  Essay Chronicling and Evaluating Your Work at DSU
Compiling the Assessment Portfolio Discussion
Post-Test on Social Sciences Quiz

Week 8:  Portfolio

Feb. 27

Evaluating Assessment Portfolio Evaluate Assessment Portfolios with DSU Faculty (Dr. Meikle, Dr. Owen and Ms. Logan)
Complete Assessment Portfolio Submit:  Assessment Portfolio


Additional Resources:

Office of Career Services
         H.L. Nowell Union 300

         (662) 846-4646

         Further Information

DSU Alumni Association
         H.E. Walker Alumni Foundation House
         (662) 846-4660
         Further Information

Roberts-LaForge Library
         Reference Desk:  (662) 846-4431
         Further information

Writing Center
         Kethley Hall 201
         (662) 846-4088
 Further information


Academic Support Lab

         H. L. Nowell Union 311
         (662) 846-4654
         Further information

       Academic Success Workshops

Counseling & Testing Center
         O.W. Reily Student Health Center
         (662) 846-4690
         Further Information

Office of Information Technology

         Bailey Hall 114

         OIT Help Desk:  (662) 846-4444

         Further information

Technology Learning Center

         Ewing Hall 130        

         (662) 846-4444

         Further Information