Course Description: Honors 1003: Honors Project is the second course in the Honors Program sequence following the successful completion of Honors 1001: Honors Orientation. This course focuses on a study of leadership styles, further investigation of a career or educational goal, and a group project based on the three pillars of the Honors Program: community involvement, campus leadership, and experiential learning.
Expected Student Outcomes:
After completing the course, the student will be able to . . .
· Describe personal leadership orientation and philosophy and utilize leadership abilities.
· Present a collaborative project based on the three pillars of the Honors Program.
· Further investigate a career or educational goal.
A: 90-100 percent
B: 80-89 percent
C: 70-79 percent
D: 60-69 percent
F: 59-0 percent
Leadership Orientation and Philosophy Essay (2-3 pages): 20 percent
Career or Educational Goal Exploration Essay (2-3 pages): 20 percent
extension is granted; whenever possible, requests for extensions must be emailed to your
instructors at least two days before the due date. Rare extensions may be granted at the
instructors’ discretion. A grade of a zero will be assigned for any assignments that are not turned in by the deadline. In the event of an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange to have hard copies of assignments delivered to the instructors or to request an extension.
Because studies show that students who regularly attend classes possess a greater understanding of course material and perform better, it is very important for you to attend each class meeting. You may have one excused absence without penalty as long as you contact your instructors beforehand to explain the reason for your absence; it must be a good reason that demonstrates why the absence was unavoidable in order to be excused. Your instructor may request to see a doctor’s note or other documentation verifying the reason for your absence; if so, the document must be provided at the next class meeting. If you have an unexcused absence, your final grade will be dropped by ten percentage points; for example, a grade of a C at 70 percent would be dropped to a D at 60 percent. If you miss two classes, you will either fail or be withdrawn from the course. Exceptions may be made at the instructor’s discretion.
fashion. Three tardies will be marked as an unexcused absence with a final grade deduction of 10
percent; remember that two absences result in failure of or withdrawal from the course.
Leaving Class Early:
Be sure to arrange to stay for each class meeting in its entirety. If you leave class early—yes, evenfive minutes early—you may be marked as absent for the whole meeting. If you absolutely must leave early, your instructors may ask to see documentation explaining why. If so, documentation must be provided at the next class meeting.
You must treat your physical and online classroom as a professional environment and your
instructors as your immediate supervisors. Also, you must strive to maintain a positive attitude and a willingness to contribute to physical and online classroom discussions in an appropriate manner.
All readings and assignments must be completed by the due dates.
Do not save readings and writing assignments until an hour or two before the class; rather, work
on them, bit by bit, throughout the term. Otherwise, you will likely experience feelings of
frustration, which will impede your critical thinking and writing.
If you show disrespect toward your instructors or another student, you will be asked to leave. If
any act of disrespect is severe, you will be permanently removed from the class, and you will be
referred to the administration at IVCC for possible disciplinary action.
If you are a student with a documented cognitive (learning) disability, physical disability, or
psychiatric disability (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, AD/HD, post-traumatic stress, and
others), you may be eligible for academic support services such as extended test time, texts on
disc, note-taking services, etc. If you are interested in learning whether you can receive these
academic support services, please contact either Tina Hardy (email@example.com or 815-224-0284) or Judy Mika (Judy_Mika@ivcc.edu or 815-224-0350), or stop by the Disability
Services Office in B-204.
Academic Integrity & Dishonesty:
Plagiarism or cheating of any kind violates the Student Code of Conduct for IVCC. Due to the
severity of academic dishonesty, cases will automatically result in failure of the assignment and
possibly, at the instructors’ discretion, failure of the class and permanent dismissal from the
Honors Program. Students may also be referred to the administration for further disciplinary
action. Students are not able to withdraw to escape a penalty for plagiarism.
Records Office or within WebAdvisor, the student authorizes IVCC to remove him or her from the course. Entering the student ID number serves as the student’s electronic signature. IVCC has the right to rescind a withdrawal in cases of academic dishonesty or at the instructors’ discretion.
Students should be aware of the impact of a withdrawal on full-time status for insurance purposes and financial aid. It is highly recommended that students meet with their instructors and/or with a counselor before withdrawing from a class to discuss if a withdrawal is the best course of action.
Peer Tutoring and Writing Center:
The IVCC Writing Center offers free, unlimited, one-on-one tutoring for students in any class at
any stage of their writing process. The Writing Center staff, which includes faculty and student
tutors, is happy to assist students in understanding assignments, brainstorming topics, organizing
and developing ideas, and revising and editing drafts. Our Quick Query service provides help with basic writing questions via email. The Writing Center also has handouts on grammar and style, writing reference materials, and documentation manuals available in the Center and in the
Stylebook (www.ivcc.edu/stylebook). The schedule, appointment availability, and Quick Query
instructions can be found by visiting the Web site (ivcc.edu/writingcenter), calling the Learning
Commons at 815-224-0318, or stopping by the Writing Center in the Learning Commons (D-201). If you would like to be tutored at the Ottawa Center, call 815-224-0800 or drop by the main desk to schedule an appointment.
Monday, January 12
Introduction of Instructors
Introduction of Syllabus
Introduction of Students
Introduction to Course
Assignment (due next class): Select a leadership book with one of your peers,
which you will both read and then write about for your Leadership Philosophy and Orientation Essay. How did the book help your understanding of your personal leadership orientation and overall leadership philosophy?
Monday, January 19
NO CLASS: COLLEGE CLOSED FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
Monday, January 26
Discussion: Personal Leadership Orientation and Philosophy
Presentation of Leadership Philosophy and Orientation Essay Rubric
Monday, February 2
Discussion: Personal Leadership Orientation and Philosophy (Continued)
Brainstorming: The Three Pillars of the Honors Program and Possible Issues to
ample points deducted from his or her Formal Honors Project Presentation
grade. An exception will be made only for a scheduling conflict with another
Final exam week
Date and time TBA
Final Assessment and Farewells
SPECIAL NOTE: Attendance at this session is mandatory; this is the date scheduled by the college for your final examination. It may be held at an alternate location besides the main campus, so do not take on other obligations that would not allow you to drive, for example, to Ottawa in order to attend. Details are to come.
*This syllabus is tentative and subject to change.
You will be informed, either verbally or in writing, of any changes.