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General Course Information for AGE 630: Integrative Project B

Course: AGE 630 - Integrative Project B
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: The second course of a two-course sequence providing an interdisciplinary forum for exploring current issues in aging and culminating in a project that addresses a specific challenge or opportunity facing older adults and their communities. Topic areas will reflect the background and interests of students in the program.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify and address socio-cultural and ethical issues and context relevant to the project in an informed and sensitive manner
  • Participate critically and productively in peer discussions of the execution, and completion of individual projects
  • Collect, organize, and analyze relevant research and data
  • Communicate the basis, findings, and evaluation of the project at the expected graduate level of written exposition and utilizing the professional standard of APA format for presentation
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Master of Arts in Gerontology
    • Advocate for public policies that improve the health and well-being of older adults and their families
    • Conduct applied research that addresses challenges or opportunities for older adults and their communities
    • Design and implement strengths-based strategies to address the challenges and opportunities facing societies and families as members age
    • Develop strategies for working with older adults that take into consideration age-related physical, cognitive, and emotional changes
    • Examine their own presumptions and biases about older adults and develop a deep appreciation for the paradoxes inherent in the aging process
    • Solve problems facing older individuals or organizations serving them using knowledge of assessment and evidence-based practice, as well as an understanding of relevant legal and ethical issues
    • Use contemporary modes of information technology and communications media in case management, program assessment, and advocacy

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures