First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

FYE 1220: First-Year Seminar

FYE 1220 is a two-hour seminar that serves as an academic introduction to college-level inquiry and extends the orientation process into a student’s first semester at Georgia Southern. The course in an opportunity to learn information literacy skills, and meet other students and a faculty member with similar interests. A new, consolidated FYE 1220 course will start summer 2018. Click the appropriate section below to view historical and current information about the course.

FYE 1220 Starting Summer 2018

Two Seminar Options

Students will be able to choose from the two following course options:

  • Linked Course or Learning Community model: FYE 1220 is linked to a core curriculum course. Students are enrolled in both courses, and apply the information literacy outcomes through a research project in the core course.
  • Thematic Seminar model: Faculty develop a theme that students select based on their interests. Students apply the information literacy outcomes by researching the theme.

Catalog Description

Seminar designed to develop foundational information literacy skills and apply them to academic inquiry, academic planning, and campus engagement. Required during students’ first semester at the university (except for transfer students who enter with 30 hours or more); students may not withdraw.

Draft of Student Learning Outcomes (Not Yet Approved)

Students will . . .

      1. Develop and apply information literacy skills in academic and non-academic contexts by:
        • Determining the nature and extent of information needed to answer a question, explore a topic, solve a problem, and/or complete a project.
        • Identifying and accessing sources for their informational need.
        • Critically evaluating information for its currency, relevancy, authority, accuracy, and purpose.
        • Applying ethical standards in their use of information.
      2. Engage with their degree program, campus resources, and community by:
        • Creating a realistic plan for meeting degree expectations that aligns with their personal goals.
        • Reflecting upon the extent to which campus engagement helps them reach goals and/or overcome personal challenges.
        • Examining the effectiveness of their communication and interactions with members of the university community.
FYE 1220 Prior to Summer 2018

Catalog Description

Thematic seminar designed to promote information literacy skills and support students’ cognitive and affective integration into the University community. Required during the first semester for all students new to the University (except for transfer students with 30 hours or more); students may not withdraw.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will . . .

  1. Critically evaluate print and electronic information for its currency, relevancy, authority, accuracy and purpose.
  2. Identify and access appropriate sources for their academic research needs.
  3. Explain the academic integrity provisions of the Student Conduct Code and consider their own ethical responsibilities within and beyond the university community.
  4. Examine what they value, set goals for college aligned with those values, and make concrete plans for achieving their goals.  In order to achieve this larger outcome, students will:
    1. Describe why they are in college and what they think college will be like, and compare these things to the expectations of the university community.
    2. Explain behaviors that influence their academic and personal success.
    3. Describe expectations of their degree program and develop a realistic plan for achieving their academic goals.
    4. Examine challenges to achieving their goals (management of time, finances and other circumstances) and develop a plan to overcome personal challenges.
  5. Locate Georgia Southern resources and services necessary for their academic and personal success.

Last updated: 11/20/2017

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