Arizona State UniversityInterdisciplinary StudiesFall 2005BIS 301: Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies***Becoming Interdisciplinary***BIS 301 EBIS 301 DBIS 301 H#67725#57127#32831TTHTTHT12:15-1:30 pm1:40-2:55 pm5:40-8:30 pmInstructor:Office:Phone:E-mail:Office Hours:Tanya Augsburg, Ph.D.UASB 218(480) [email protected] 11:15 am-12:00 pm; TH 4-5 pmLL 262LL 262LL 274Required Prerequisites for SuccessIn interdisciplinary studies we rely on disciplinary foundations in order to construct linkages. Without thatfoundation you are inadequately prepared for this course. It is currently required that you have taken at leasttwo courses in each of your emphasis areas prior to taking BIS 301. Without a basic understanding of thechallenges and opportunities presented by each of your disciplines, you would not get as much out of thiscourse.Note also that while courses such as Public Speaking may be functional for you, they do not provide asufficient foundation for you to know the communication worldview. So if communication is one of yourareas, you will need some other communications course to give you sufficient grounding. Please let meknow if you think that you have not fulfilled the prerequisites.On Becoming InterdisciplinaryThe Interdisciplinary Studies degree is a portfolio-based degree program. What that means is thatinterdisciplinary studies students are accountable for their education. By the end of this course you willhave established an interdisciplinary studies portfolio that you will complete in BIS 402. The assignmentsin this class are designed to be included in your portfolio.Learning about interdisciplinary studies is a multi-step process that involves self-reflection, self-assessment,goal setting, research, articulation of knowledge, trend forecasting. Moreover, learning how to dointerdisciplinary studies includes learning more about personal management and personal marketing. BIS301 may be very different from other classes you have had in the past. Not only is it writing and workintensive, but it may challenge you in other ways. You will have to reflect on your life and goals, identifyyour skills, assess your strengths and weaknesses, do research on interdisciplinary topics of potentialinterest, and fully understand your concentration areas. If you think this course has more writing than othercourses, you are probably not mistaken. This course is a “L”-designated or Literacy course and fulfills oneof your literacy general education requirements.Purpose of CourseThe purpose of this future-oriented course is multifold. First, students will be introduced to the specifics ofthe interdisciplinary studies program and degree requirements. Second, students will be introduced tointerdisciplinary studies. Students will begin to learn how to answer the following questions: What are interdisciplinary studies?How does one do interdisciplinary studies?What can one do with a degree in interdisciplinary studies?How can interdisciplinary studies help me find a job?What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a degree in interdisciplinary studies?During the course of the semester, students will learn about different approaches to interdisciplinary studies.Students will additionally learn the fundamentals of interdisciplinary research, as well as some of its moreuseful applications: personal assessment and career development. Accordingly, the third purpose of this1

course is to help students design their academic plans of study and write their intellectual autobiographies.Along the same lines, the fourth purpose of this course will be to help students plan career goals inaddition to help students establish their BIS portfolios.While the intellectual and career interests of students will differ greatly, most if not all students areinterested in their futures. Thus in addition to exercises designed to help students develop plans and goals,as the sixth purpose of this course students will also read interdisciplinary, theoretical texts addressing thefuture as a topic of inquiry, debate, and research.The seventh purpose of this course is to help students improve their written and oral communication skills,which is essential for anyone wishing to do interdisciplinary work. The eighth purpose is to help studentsimprove their critical thinking abilities. The ninth purpose is to create an environment where students candiscuss intelligently challenging issues and topics with respect and tolerance for the opinions of others.Required ReadingAugsburg, Tanya. Becoming Interdisciplinary: An Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies. First Edition.Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 2005.Required Course Packet, which is available for purchase at the Alternative Copy Shop, 204 E. University,Tempe, (480) 829-7992.It is strongly recommended that you register with Career Services if possible. Check out their website formore information and for available services. Registration enables you to utilize all their services and enteryour resume into their database that is regularly searched by prospective employers.Recommended ReadingsGibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Sixth Edition. New York: MLA, 2003.*NOTE: THIS BOOK WAS NOT ORDERED FOR THIS CLASS BUT IS EASILY AVAILABLEAT THE ASU BOOKSTORE. IF YOU ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH CITATION STYLES YOUARE REQUIRED TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THEM THIS SEMESTER. IRECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO THOSE STUDENTS WHO DO NOT KNOW HOW TO CITECORRECTLY AND TO THOSE WHO COULD USE SOME BRUSHING UP IF IT HAS BEENA WHILE SINCE YOU HAVE TAKEN ENGLISH 101 OR HAVE WRITTEN A RESEARCHPAPER.Additional RequirementsYou will need to purchase additionally the following for your BIS 301 portfolio:oooA 3” or 5” Binder (1”, 1 1/2,” and 2” binders are not acceptable!)Plastic cover sheetsSection DividersEvery BIS student MUST have a working e-mail account that is checked regularly. If you do not useyour ASU ASURITE account, be sure to redirect your mail from your ASU ASURITE account tothe account that you do use (most likely from a different commercial provider such as AOL or a free emailservice such as Yahoo or Hotmail.Course OrganizationAlthough there is some overlap, the course is divided into four units: 1) Personal Assessment andEducation Goals; 2) Personal Assessment and Career Development; 3) Interdisciplinary Problem Solving,and 4) Personal Marketing and Teamwork.2

AssignmentsPersonal Assessment and Education Goals:I.Intellectual Autobiography (200 points)This personal narrative must include a statement about why you are an interdisciplinary studies major, aswell as why you have selected the emphasis areas that you have chosen as part on your degree program.You should be able to write about what your (academic) interests are and how they can be integrated andrelated to your career goals. Your essay should also include the following:Your thoughts on where you are coming from,Where you would like to go, andWHY you would like to get to where it is you think you would like to go.It also must include comprehensively the following: How you developed your intellectual interests, (in other words) Why you chose your two concentration areas What interdisciplinary topics/problems you are interested in pursuing How you would like to integrate them (for what purpose/s).NOTE: Comprehensive discussion means a thorough discussion—at least one paragraph for each aboveitem, including your discussion of each concentration area. You should devote at least one paragraphdiscussion why you chose concentration #1, and at least one other paragraph to discuss why you choseconcentration #2. If you have a double concentration, you need to devote at least two paragraphs explainingwhy you chose the double concentration.In other words, discuss how you got to where you are today as an interdisciplinary studies major atArizona State University. What makes you you? In other words, what forces and circumstances haveshaped your personal identity as well as your identity as a student?The essay should be 4 typed (word-processed) double-spaced pages minimum. Less that 4 pages(not 3 1/2 or even 3 and three quarter pages!) will not be accepted. You will NOT be graded on yourlife but on how skillful, thoughtful, insightful, and reflective your writing is. Your identity as aninterdisciplinarian is formed by the narrative(s) you construct, so please take the time to do this assignmentwell.Your essay should be written in formal standard English.More information regarding this assignment can be found in the handout, which is also available on thewebsite in the “Guidelines for Intellectual Autobiography” under “Assignments.” You need to read theadditional guidelines as well as Chapter 5 in Augsburg’s textbook in order to do this assignmentadequately.II.Academic Plan of Study (150 points)NOTE: The Plan of Study IS NOT AN ESSAY!!! Students will fill out the BIS Plan of StudyWorksheets and submit their completed worksheets. Please continue reading!The Plan of Study assignment requires you to answer the following questions about your concentrationareas and your thoughts on integration: How is each concentration area organized at ASU? What pieces areyou taking from these areas? How do you see these areas coming together? You will be graded on thequality of your answers. Yes, it is a lot of work, but the end results justify the means. You are doing thispart for your own good and for your portfolio—you might as well do it well the first time, so you don'thave to do it ever again.Students will complete their plan of studies by downloading the worksheet available on the websitein the Plan of Study folder found under assignments. Students should type in their answers on thedownloaded file and save the new file. Students will print out hardcopies and submit them in a two-pocketfolder. Your Plan of Study should discuss your education plans thus far and your future plans for your3

degree program. You should discuss the following: A thorough description/definition of each of your concentration areas. A thorough discussion/definition of the subdisciplines of each of your concentration areas (in other words, how is the discipline organized?A thorough discussion of your main areas of interest. List three concepts, and a central, specifictheory developed by a leading researcher in the discipline. You should list three concepts for eachdiscipline. Subdisciplines do not count as concepts and/or as theories.A description of a research methodology used in each concentration area.A comprehensive elaboration of the courses you have taken in your concentration areas, includingboth skills and content learnedA comprehensive elaboration of the courses in your concentration areas that you plan to take inorder to graduatePlans for 401Your short-term, intermediate, and long-term goalsYou should be as detailed and as precise as possible in your answers. Do research—do not try to wing anyof the above. Cite correctly. Improper citation will not be accepted. Failure to do academic research forthis assignment will result in a failing grade. Citing your class notes is not good enough. Claimingthat you are knowledgeable enough to define or explain something because you took x amount of classes issimply not acceptable—part of this assignment grade is based on your ability to do academic research. Youare to cite academic scholars, professional academic organizational websites, or departmental websites only.Academic research is required for this assignment.Be sure to discuss EACH OF THE COURSES you have taken in your concentration areas and each of thecourses you plan to take to finish your degree in your concentration areas. Discuss what you have learnedfrom these courses in terms of knowledge and skills. Listing courses by number is NOT enough. If you areuncertain about which courses you will be taking to finish your degree you list the most likely ofpossibilities you are contemplating and consult the ASU Course Catalog for more information.To complete this assignment you need to do some planning. Think about how you will fill your degreerequirements in a meaningful manner. Think about some BIS 401 possibilities—BIS 401 is a course thatinvolves an applied learning experience—with lots of options. Explore the options and find something thatwill contribute to your experience in the interdisciplinary studies degree program. Explore what classes youwould like to take to complete your areas of emphasis. If you have completed all classes, please list themby course title (not course number). Also, keep in mind that I am asking you to think and plan for thesethings—you are not being locked into anything at this point. Some early planning now could help you getthe most out of this program.Be sure to write in complete sentences whenever it is appropriate.The intent of this assignment is to get you to clarify where you want to go as a student. You will begraded on the quality of your writing, the specificity of your plan, and how much thoughtful effort you haveput into your attempt to plan your future course of study.More information about this assignment and the Plan of Study Worksheet are available in the class handoutthat is available on the website in the Plan of Study folder under Assignments. Additional information canbe found in Chapter 7 in Augsburg.III.BIS 301 Program Portfolio (200 points)Throughout the interdisciplinary studies degree core sequence, every interdisciplinary studies student isexpected to assemble a program portfolio of his/her work in the program. Your BIS 301 program portfoliowill include designated assignments, self-assessment on the progression toward career goals, and anevaluation of key educational and personal activities that apply. The purpose of the program portfolio is toallow students to chart their own development, to think about what they have learned in-depth, and identifystrengths of improvement as they proceed through the BIS program.4

In BIS 301 you will create a program portfolio that emphasizes self-discovery. While I am going toevaluate your program portfolio primarily as a storehouse of information about your academic career as aninterdisciplinary studies major, it is a good idea to think about creating another portfolio, a "showcaseportfolio," which you could bring along to interviews. For more information about portfolios in general,and career planning/showcase portfolios in particular, the ASU Career Services/Career Development Centerhas available further information online.The following pertains to the standard program portfolio assigned and evaluated in BIS 301:Your portfolio should consist of a large, 3” or 5” plastic binder. You need ample room to include all yourdocuments—do not purchase a binder that is too small. You need to purchase plastic cover sheets anddividers as well. You can get a head start to this assignment by doing the following: Writing a mission statementGathering your work from BIS 301 and possible some samples of interdisciplinary work from yourcore classes Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses Go to Career Services and get their handouts on value explorations Create/update your resume Obtain copies of your DARS report (an Advisor will be visiting the class and handing out DARSreports)To complete the portfolio assignment you will need to follow the list of artifacts detailed in the BIS 301Portfolio Evaluation, which will be available on the website. Further information and instructions regardingthis assignment is available in the handout available on the website and also in the reader.IV.Interdisciplinary Problem Team Teaching Demonstration (Presentation) (200 points)What interdisciplinary problems are you interested in solving or understanding more comprehensively?Students are to form teams (3-4 people in a team) and the team as a unit will research, analyze, present andwrite about an interdisciplinary problem utilizing the integrative process. Each person is responsible for 710 minutes of presented material.More details about group presentations will be available.V.Teaching Demonstration Problem Solving Report (100 points)For your teaching demonstration you will be addressing an interdisciplinary problem. The report willinclude a written report of your integrative process, a team journal, a team bibliography, any handoutsgiven during the presentation, and any downloaded internet research.More instructions and details about this assignment will be available in the handout available online under“Assignments.”VI.Homework (10 @ 10 points each) (100 points)Students will have a number of small homework assignments that will help you prepare for the largerassignments. Unless specified differently, these homework assignments must be typewritten andhanded in at the beginning of class. Handwritten homework will not be accepted unless specifieddifferently. Homework assignments cannot be turned in late. Any homework assignments that are tobe posted to a discussion board on the BIS 301 website must be posted by the designated time indicatedon the discussion board (usually by the start of your particular section’s class time).5

Grading SystemTotal accumulated points:900-1000 A800-899 B700-799 C600-699 D0 - 599 EIntellectual Autobiography200Plan of Study150BIS 301 Portfolio200Team Teaching Demonstration200Teaching Demo Report100ParticipationHomeworkTOTAL501001000Policy on Overdue AssignmentsSince everyone in the class is operating under the same strictures, it would unfair to excuse late writtenwork. Acceptance of the late work at full credit would also punish the student who turned it in late becausethe understanding or forgiving of missed deadlines.Part of your commitment to the class is to do the best job of which you are capable with the time allotted.Therefore, major assignments that are handed in within seven days after the due date will belowered by one complete letter grade. Major assignments except for the final written report that ishanded in more than seven days after the due date will not be accepted for credit. This rule applieseven if the computer or printer fails to function or if you are eligible to miss class. Start written work farenough in advance to allow for possible glitches. Completing your written work early also allows youmore time to prepare. Work is due at the beginning of class. Students who show up late with their workwill have their work counted as late. All final work must be handed in by the last day of class. Homeworkassignments will not be accepted late.NOTE: Late work will not be graded/handed back until the end of the semester.Illness and/or catastrophes. The policy on overdue assignments applies to students who are illwithout official medical documentation. Frequently, students will have a cold or a sore foot on the daythey are to hand in work. These students are encouraged to face adverse conditions and survive.Students facing catastrophic illness or events (e.g., death of immediate family) are advised to make anappointment with the instructor, and develop a special plan of action. Please be aware, though, that theinstructor does not consider allergies, the flu, or death of pets catastrophic.6

Attendance PolicyAttendance is expected and required. Students who are extremely late and miss most of the class will becounted as absent, not late. In accordance of university policy, absences due to major religious holidayswill be excused with prior notification within the first two weeks of the semester to the instructor. Absencesdue to catastrophic illness or events (i.e., death in the family) will require official documentation to beexcused.For classes that meet twice a week, five or more unexcused absences will result in failure. For classesthat meet once a week, three or more absences will result in failure. Absences due to illness or medicalemergency will require official medical documentation.You are expected to come to class prepared, i.e., having done the reading. The instructor reserves the rightto ask those students who are unprepared to participate in the class discussion to leave and mark themabsent.Any disruptive student will be asked to leave the classroom and will be marked absent.Habitual, chronic lateness will result in the lowering of a full letter grade in the determination of the finalgrade.ParticipationStudents have to be in attendance to be able to participate. Students who are absent will have three pointsdeducted (for classes that meet twice a week) or six points deducted (for classes that meet once a week) fromtheir participation grade for each class that they are absent.You are expected to come to class prepared in order to participate, i.e., having done the reading. Theinstructor reserves the right to ask those students who are unprepared to participate in the class discussionto leave and mark them absent.Words to the WiseThis course is an “L” designated course. It is intended to be writing intensive. It is expected that youwill be evaluated on the quality of your writing. The expectation is that your writing and research abilitieswill have improved since freshman composition classes. You will be thus graded not “like an Englishmajor” but according to the rules and stylistic practices of American English grammar that all collegegraduates and literate persons adhere to in the workplace as well as in academia. You will be judged on thequality of your writing for the rest of your life—this course is no exception. The instructor has no teachingassistant. The instructor has had extensive experience teaching writing, has had many writing successstories in the past, and is looking forward to many more. However, as this is an upper-level course,college level writing is expected. Instructor will not read work that is not at the college level. Any papershanded in that have more than ten (10) errors in grammar, formatting, spelling, or citation style will begiven a failing grade—i.e., zero points with no chance of rewrite. Students therefore must not only spellcheck all writing, but also revise repeatedly all work that is to be handed in. Ask others to read your workbefore you hand it in.Make back up copies of all your files on more than one diskette. "The computer crashed!!" or"My diskette isn't working" will not be regarded as legitimate excuses for not handing in work ontime.Invest in a good dictionary, a good thesaurus, and either the MLA or APA style manual. You have beenwarned!Do the course reading, and consult the reader if you have any questions regarding assignments. In the paststudents have not turned in work/ turned in incomplete assignments because they thought it was beneaththem to crack open the reader, only to learn that they did not have a sufficient number of points to pass theclass at the end of the semester.7

If you have insecurities about your writing or the course, please feel free to tell the instructor as soon aspossible early in the course. If you need extra help or attention, you must let me know early in the course.Late notification is, alas, too late.Fraternity/Sorority activities are not legitimate excuses for any missed class or missed work.Finally, the grade you will receive in this class is your responsibility. Improvement during the course ofthe semester will be viewed upon favorably; slacking off at the end of the semester will be viewed uponunfavorably by the instructor.In compliance to the Buckley Amendment, the instructor will not post final grades, nor will she emailgrades or inform students of their grades over the telephone. Moreover, the instructor will not give outgeneral information about grades, i.e., grade distribution for the class.The instructor will try her best to adhere to the contents of this syllabus. However, she does reservethe right to amend it if absolutely necessary, and if that should be the case, further supplementaddenda (written or oral) will be given to the students. You should consider such addenda assufficient warning of such changes. Copyright Tanya Augsburg, [email protected], 1/9/068

Summary of Assignments for TTH BIS 301 D Classes (1:40 class)Fall 2005Due DateT 9/6TypeHW #1T 9/13Assignment #1T 9/20HW #2Th 9/29HW #3T 10/11HW #4&5T 10/18HW #6T 10/18HW #7T 10/27T 11/1Assignment #2HW # 8THW #911/1Th 11/15T 11/8– T 11/22Assignment #3Assignment #4T 11/22Assignment #5T 11/22HW #10DescriptionDiscussion Board onIdentity TheoriesIntellectualAutobiographyMetaphor forInterdisciplinaryThinkingIntegration ProcessExampleDefinition of aDiscipline CitationBlackboard TestDefinition/Discussionof a Concept andCitationSummary/Descriptionof a Theory andCitationBIS Plan of StudyPortfolio MissionStatementGroup Project andSubtopic DiscussionBIS 301 PortfolioInterdisciplinaryProblem lem SolvingReportCourse ReflectionPoints1020010102010101501010200200100109

BIS 301Fall 2005Dr. AugsburgUpdated Course Schedule (Subject to Change)NOTE: R READER; T TEXTBOOK; DQ Discussion Questions in TextbookDateWeek OneT 8/23T 8/25Week TwoT 8/30TopicHave read for classIntroductions:Syllabus, Assignments,course expectations,BIS ProgramInformationWriting Workshop I:Guest SpeakerSandra NagyIntroductions con’t:Who are You?R 11-24, CitationStyle InformationIdentity Theories(class handout)BecomingInterdisciplinary:Information onIntellectualAutobiographyAssignmentWeek ThreeT 9/6What is dueCharacteristics ofinterdisciplinariansWriting Workshop IIT Augsburg, Chapter4; R 11, “How to WritePapers for Dr.Augsburg”Be prepared to tellus the following:-Your Name-Where you are from-Your twoconcentration areas-Why you are a BISMajor-What you hope to getout of BIS 301-One ASU-Relatedfact (ex. You have a4.0 GPA)-One Non-RelatedASU fact (You playthe violin. Note: No XRated or IllegalInformation Please)HW #1(Discussion Board onIdentity Theories)10

Th 9/8Week FourT 9/13Th 9/15Week FiveT 9/20Reading Your DARSReportPeer ReviewWhat are interdisciplinary studies?What is metaphor?IntellectualAutobiography DueWhat are interdisciplinary studiescon’t? What ismetaphor?Augsburg, ChaptersOne, Two, & ThreeInterdisciplinaryStudies TermsAugsburg, ChapterTwo; Chapter SixHW # 2 DueMetaphor forInterdisciplinaryThinking(Hand In Typewritten)T Reading 6: Benson,“Five ArgumentsagainstInterdisciplinaryStudies, T 59-64; TReading 7: Newell,“The Case forInterdisciplinaryStudies,” T 65-74Decide on which sideyou are going to be onfor the debate beforeclass—take notes onthe reading andprepare yourarguments beforeclassR 25-46, Guidelinesfor BIS Plan of Studyand Student SampleBIS Plan of Study; TAugsburg, ChapterSevenHW #3Interdisciplinaryprocess exerciseInterdisciplinary/Integration ProcessTh 9/22Week SixT 9/27Th 9/29InterdisciplinaryProcess Con’t;The GreatInterdisciplinaryStudies DebateCareer Services:Decision makingworkshopInformation about BISPlan of Study;What is a Discipline?11

Week SevenT 10/4T 10/6Week EightT 10/11Th 10/13Doing research onDisciplinesT Augsburg, ChapterSevenNO CLASSInformation on BISPortfolio AssignmentR 75-85; 105-114(Augsburg’s Materialon Portfolios)HW #4 and #5Definition of ADisciplineCorrect CitationBlackboard TestInformation on teamteachingdemonstration onsolving aninterdisciplinaryproblemTeam FormationWeek NineT 10/18Trends for theInterdisciplinaryWorkplace IIntelligences for theInterdisciplinaryWorkplace:A:Creative Intelligenceand who wants to be amillionaire?: B. EQC. MultipleIntelligencesR 117-148: VariousJokes and ShortArticles; R ThomasStanley, “AnIntroduction to TheMillionaire Mind,” 125146; Armedariz, “WhoWants to See aMillionaire?,” R 147; TReading 11: Kimbrell,“Breaking the JobLock,” T 123-126; TReading 15: Fisher,“Success Secret: AHigh Emotion IQ, T157-160;” T Reading16: James, “MasteringNew Forms ofIntelligence, T 160163HW#6Definition of a Conceptand Correct Citation;HW #7 Definition of aTheory and CorrectCitation12

Recommended Reading:T Reading 12: Barketet all, “TheInterdisciplinaryNeeds ofOrganizations,” T 127135Th 10/20Week TenT 10/25Th 10/27Week ElevenT 11/1On InformationalInterviewsGroup WorkR 86-101:Augsburg’sand Career ServicesMaterial onInformationalInterviewsCreative ClassOn Mission StatementsT Readings 12 & 13:Florida T 135-156Resume WorkshopBIS Plan of Study DueBIS 401 InformationJudicial AffairsInformation?HW #8 PortfolioMission Statement DueHW #9 Group Projectand SubtopicDiscussionTh 11/3Progress Reports onGroup Presentations:Week TwelveT 11/8Team PresentationsT 11/10Team PresentationsWeek ThirteenT 11/15Team PresentationsTh 11/17Team PresentationWeek FourteenT 11/22Team PresentationsBIS Portfolio DueTeaching DemoProblem Solving Report13


Augsburg, Tanya. Becoming Interdisciplinary: An Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies. First Edition. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 2005. Required Course Packet, which is available for purchase at the Alternative Copy Shop, 204 E. University, Tempe, (480) 829-7992. It is strongly recommend