University Course Information
University 1301 Course Information & Goals
Seminar in Critical Inquiry
UNIV 1301 satisfies a core curriculum requirement. The course description identifies the innovative nature of UNIV 1301, which is designed to be taught by faculty and staff from across campus. Proposals to teach the course are solicited through a call for proposals memo that is sent to all full-time UTEP faculty and staff. Because UNIV 1301 instructors are from different disciplines and have different areas of interest, the section themes vary, but all sections have the same essential goals and objectives. Proposals identify the section theme, provide a course description, and explain how the section will address course goals (see sample proposal). Instructors design their sections to integrate course goals and objectives with their themes (see sample syllabus).
Each section of UNIV 1301 has an instructional team, which consists of the instructor, peer leader, university librarian, and academic advisor. The instructor, who is the lead member of the team, collaborates with other team members to provide a network of instruction and support for the students enrolled in the section.
University 1301 Goals and Objectives
In UNIV 1301, entering students will build on their talents, skills, and experiences to successfully transition to UTEP. UNIV 1301 will support students’ leadership development, academic excellence, and campus and community engagement, paving the way to success in their educational and professional pursuits.
Goal 1. Students will develop and apply elements of leadership through effective individual participation and meaningful team collaboration to empower them to be agents of change.
- 1.1 Students will assess and reflect on their strengths and leadership skill development.
- 1.2 Students will engage in active learning through individual, team, and class activities that develop their leadership skills.
- 1.3 Students will learn more about collaboration, roles, and facilitation skills through faculty instruction and student practice.
- 1.4 Students will develop effective interpersonal communication skills to include listening, sharing diverse perspectives, and soliciting others’ viewpoints.
- 1.5 Students will improve their interpersonal conflict management strategies.
Goal 2. Students will examine the roles and responsibilities crucial for their success in college and beyond.
- 2.1 Students will examine personal and social transition issues affecting college success.
- 2.2 Students will become familiar with the importance of participating in high-impact practices identified in the UTEP Edge.
- 2.3 Students will engage in at least one academic and one professional goal-setting activity or exercise.
- 2.4 Students will develop a plan of study by participating in appropriate academic advising.
- 2.5 Students will demonstrate knowledge of the rules of academic integrity and will practice acceptable academic behavior.
- 2.6 Students will become familiar with major UTEP academic policies and requirements in order to remain in good academic standing and graduate in a timely manner.
- 2.7 Students will demonstrate regular use of university communication systems, such as email, bulletin broadcasts, websites, and Mobile Campus.
Goal 3. Students will identify, assess, and build on their strengths and experiences to develop academic and transitional strategies necessary for success in their academic, career, and life goals.
- 3.1 Students will reflect on their responsibility for and contribution to their own learning.
- 3.2 Students will work to improve their oral, written, and electronic communication skills.
- 3.3 Students will work to improve their academic success strategies such as note-taking, annotation, active reading, test taking, time management, and stress management.
- 3.4 Students will become familiar with learning management systems such as Blackboard.
- 3.5 Students will examine their academic, career, and life goals by participating in at least one self-assessment activity about their interests, abilities, and values.
- 3.6 Students will participate in at least one activity, exercise, or information session to become familiar with the steps, including post-graduate education, required to prepare for a career.
Goal 4. Students will engage in research and critical thinking activities that demonstrate their ability to effectively integrate their learning within, across, and beyond academic settings.
- 4.1 Students will engage in critical thinking and problem-solving through individual, team, and class activities.
- 4.2 Students will demonstrate the ability to develop an effective research strategy based on the specifications of the research assignment.
- 4.3 Students will engage in library and database research.
- 4.4 Students will locate and critically evaluate the reliability, validity, and accuracy of sources.
- 4.5 Students will develop a project that involves critical evaluation and effective integration of sources.
- 4.6 Students will demonstrate the ethical use of sources such as accurate paraphrasing, quotations, and citations.
- 4.7 Students will reflect on how the research process applies to their learning within, across, and beyond academic settings.
Goal 5. Students will engage in campus and community activities to increase their sense of academic and social belonging.
- 5.1 Students will begin to build networks of faculty, staff, and peers to create a supportive and positive learning environment.
- 5.2 Students will attend/participate in a minimum of two social, cultural, and/or intellectual events at UTEP.
- 5.3 Students will become aware of and use selected academic and student support resources.
- 5.4 Students will meet one-on-one in person or virtually at least twice with the instructional team to discuss and receive feedback about their academic progress and transition to UTEP.
- 5.5 Students will meet in person or virtually with at least two other faculty or staff members important to their academic progress such as their academic advisor, their other professors, teaching assistants and/or tutors.
- 5.6 Students will become familiar with the university’s student organizations.