IDH 2935 - Honors College Leadership Seminars
with
Professor Chris Migliaccio
Department of Natural Sciences, Health, Wellness & Dietetics
During each of their four 16-week semesters in the Honors College, students take an IDH Leadership Seminar course. Each of the four courses has been specifically designed by the Honors College faculty to help students develop sequentially through their academic career at MDC.

The course sequence is as follows:

Fall Term, Year One: IDH 2935A helps students transition successfully from the high school to the Honors College classroom by focusing on college skill development in an Honors setting.

Spring Term, Year One: IDH 2935B offers students the opportunity to assess their values, interests, personality and skills in order to decide upon possible careers, majors and Upper Division institutions they may choose to apply to in the following year.

Fall Term, Year Two: IDH 2970 focuses on all aspects of the transfer process. Students apply what they learned in IDH 2935A & B to preparing their transfer applications with considerable faculty support .

Spring Term, Year Two: IDH 2931, the final course in the sequence, provides student with further faculty support in the final stages of the transfer process, including investigating scholarship opportunities.


The following are descriptions of the two IDH 2935 courses that I teach.

IDH 2935A- Honor College Study Skills is a 1 credit repeatable course designed for first year students in their first semester of The Honors College. Meeting once weekly for 50-minutes in a supportive learning community with some sessions in the computer lab, IDH 2935A teaches students how to become self-learners and how to develop and strengthen the study and interpersonal skills necessary for success in the Honors College.

Course Goals

  • By the end of this course, students will be able to:
    • identify their learning style and primary intelligence types in order to maximize their effectiveness in every course.
    • work effectively and cooperatively with other students and instructors in a variety of academic settings.
    • analyze their own academic growth and development recorded in a personal portfolio
    • consistently demonstrate effective strategies for studying and learning a discipline.
    • create and deliver effective oral and technologically-mediated presentations
    • demonstrate methods for balancing school and home life responsibilities
    • describe the connections between service to the community and their academic experience by participating in and reflecting upon a minimum of ten hours of service-learning

Course Activities

  • score and analyze your personal learning style and multiple intelligence inventories
  • work with a partner to present a tip for becoming a Master Student using classroom technology
  • learn how to design and deliver effective Power Point presentations
  • begin to create an organized portfolio documenting the two-year Honors College experience
  • participate in ten hours of service-learning and complete a written reflection on that experience
  • interview faculty on a desginated topic
  • regularly participate in seminar discussions

Extracurricular Activities

  • participate in each biweekly Honors College Colloquium, including taking a leadership role in Colloquium planning and implementation
  • participate in each semester's scheduled social activities including but not limited to the Honors College convocation, Field Day and Awards ceremony.
  • participate in a minimun of ten hours of service-learning at location(s) of your choice

Textbook

  • Professor Migliaccio's IDH 2935 Study Guide will be provided to you in class

    IDH 2935B- Honors Career Development and Transfer Decisions is a 1 credit repeatable course designed for first year students in their second semester of The Honors College. Meeting once weekly for 50-minutes in a supportive learning community with some sessions in the computer lab, IDH 2935B guides students in assessing their own values, interests, personality and skills as they relate to potential careers, academic majors and Upper Division transfer.

    Course Goals

    • By the end of this course, students will be able to:
      • effectively use LINCC to access online journals and databases as resource materials for reference papers
      • use resources of the online Florida Choices Planner for assistance in career decision making
      • further strengthen their academic skills in the areas of collaborative learning, time management, and presentation
      • identify at least two personal career paths and develop a timeline to follow for the next year
      • articulate the connections between service-learning and career choices

    Course Activities

    • reflect upon successes and challenges of the first semester in the Honors College
    • identify goals for Spring Term and the strategies to meet those goals
    • complete a successful LINCC search under the guidance of a Campus Librarian
    • create a comprehensive portfolio of work from Year One
    • complete a comprehensive career-related self assessment
    • deliver a technology-mediated oral presentation on a career-related topic

    Extracurricular Activities

    • participate in each biweekly Honors College Colloquium, including taking a leadership role in Colloquium planning and implementation
    • participate in each semester's scheduled social activities including but not limited to Field Day and end-of-year celebration.
    • participate in a minimun of ten hours of service-learning at location(s) of your choice

    Textbook

    • Turning Points 2nd Edition by Diane Ducat
    • Professor Migliaccio's IDH 2935B Study Guide will be provided to you in class