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General Course Information for BIS401: Interdisciplinary Practice: In

Course: BIS401 - Interdisciplinary Practice: In
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: This course is a sequel to the introductory course interdisciplinary studies, BIS 301. It is the second of three course courses in the Bachelor of Arts program. It is a "how-to course" on interdisciplinary inquiry designed to provide students with an opportunity to use digital tools to explore and examine the assumptions and the relevance of connectivity between and among various disciplines on the College of Letters and Sciences. It is anticipated that the students will learn how to examine issues critically and approach problems holistically. They will also learn how to integrate the knowledge acquired in their program of study to date and create a space and a voice to demonstrate the practice of interdisciplinary.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the purpose and scope of interdisciplinary practice
  • Be able to use technology as a tool for interdisciplinary inquiry
  • Be able to identify the parameters for integrating knowledge across the disciplines
  • Be able to integrate and synthesize content from various disciplines using technology
  • Be able to identify concepts within disciplines and/or courses taken or plan to take in your area of concentration
  • Develop a knowledge-integration plan that reflects collaborating learning and an interdisciplinary mindset
  • Investigate and communicate an issue that demonstrates the "bridging disciplines" theme and addresses real world concerns that affect you and your community
  • Be able to demonstrate a proficiency in creative and critical thinking
  • Use information communications technology for reliable and valid data collection, and analysis
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION WITH NEVADA ELEMENTARY LICENSURE
    • Demonstrate a deep and flexible understanding of subject matter.
    • Explain the integration of knowledge in a global context and engage in collaborative research across disciplines.
    • Identify and appreciate the cultural perspectives of world views.
    • Use information communications technology for knowledge sharing and the interdisciplinary approach.
  • MAJOR IN SPECIAL EDUCATION WITH NEVADA LICENSURE
    • Design the environment, teaching and learning strategies including fairness, equity and access to meet the needs of diverse student learning.
    • Use technology, collaboration with other professionals, and systematic reflection of one's own teaching practice to target student learning.

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