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					San Jose State University MUSE Course - Fall Semester, 2008 “Master of My Own Universe – Leading Myself” Instructor Name: Office Location: Office Hours: Phone: E-mail: Website:

Jeff Gaines Business Tower 261 T/TH 12:00-1:15PM T/Th 3:00-4:15PM (408) 924-3531 (office hours), (415) 987-3086 (all other hours)

Student Assistant (12 noon) Name: Kristin Anthony Office Location: BT261 Office Hours: T/TH 10-11 10-11 Other by appt Email: Phone 650 704-7103 Peer Mentor (3PM) Name: Office Location: Office Hours: Email: Phone

Chanell Shamber Peer Mentor Centor T 12:30 – 2:00, Th 1:2:30 Other by appt 714 337-6818

Introduction to MUSE University-level study is different from what you experienced in high school. The Metropolitan University Scholars’ Experience (MUSE) is designed to help make your transition into college a success by helping you develop the skills and attitude needed for the intellectual engagement and challenge of in-depth university-level study. Discovery, research, critical thinking, written work, attention to the rich cultural diversity of the campus, and active discussion will be key parts of this MUSE course. Enrollment in MUSE courses is limited to a small number of students because these courses are intended to be highly interactive and allow you to easily interact with your professor and fellow students. MUSE courses explore topics and issues from an interdisciplinary focus to show how interesting and important ideas can be viewed from different perspectives.

Vision 2010 San José State University will be a prominent student-centered campus. By creating a vibrant educational institution focused on academic rigor, social responsibility and mutual respect, San José State University will be a university of choice – a desirable place for study and work. The University will be known for the value it places on the integration of liberal and professional education and theoretical and applied knowledge. The University will also be known for providing a welcoming, inclusive environment and exemplary student support services from application to graduation. Through the high quality of its graduates and the scholarship, research and service of its faculty and staff, San José State University will be viewed as a crucial resource for Silicon Valley and an important contributor to the region, the state and the world.

San Jose State University MUSE Course - Fall Semester, 2008 “Master of My Own Universe – Leading Myself”

Course Description You own your life! If you can dream it, you can be it! College is a new period in your life filled with unlimited potential to become anything you desire. College also contains new challenges of independence and academic rigor. Most importantly it is your time to explore and choose your life’s path and to develop the knowledge, skills, habits, and self-discipline to get you there! The ability to self-lead is an important component in pursuing dreams and living a healthy and fulfilling life. As the world becomes increasingly fast paced, and technology allows us to work more independently, self-leadership plays an even more important role. Core to self-leadership is the development of values, perspectives, skills and a moral compass from which you CHOOSE where you spend your time, how you make decisions, and how you interact with others. With self-leadership, also comes the opportunity to lead others. In this these times of globalization, this requires a more complex set of skills that are dependent on having a strong sense of self and additional values, beliefs, and skills centered on the world and others to be effective. This is the time to develop strong self-leadership skills. Building this foundation will help ensure you are the “Master of Your Own Universe”. In this course, we will look at ourselves and our impact on others. The course will allow us the opportunity to: 1) understand the fundamental principles of self-leadership and how it affects our long-term success and well-being; 2) explore the human life cycle and where we develop our abilities to self-manage; 3) assess and develop our self-leadership skills and capabilities; 4) develop a personal leadership plan that defines our values, roles, goals, and activities to support success. Throughout the process, we will utilize a variety of tools including readings, writing, research, and group discussion to explore the topic of leadership and personal responsibility. Participants will also get practical experience in leadership by preparing and participating in the required class camping trip at Big Basin State Park. Required Class Materials  Text: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Sean Covey, Fireside; 1 edition (October 9, 1998) Text: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Workbook, Sean Covey, Fireside (December 2, 2003)  Course Reader: Various (see Attached)

Course Content Leadership is a broad and complex topic. Throughout our journey, we will explore the following topic areas to gain an understanding of the concept of self-leadership an d self-efficacy. This exploration will provide a basis for evaluating our own skills and style as we investigate topics including:         The Human Lifecycle Self–leadership Skills Development Throughout the Lifecycle How Social and Cultural Development Affect Self Development The Effect of Age on Self-esteem Differences between Men and Women in Developing Skills What is Happiness, Is it the Goal? Sources of Motivation Coping Skills and Strategies for Dealing with Unpleasantness

San Jose State University MUSE Course - Fall Semester, 2008 “Master of My Own Universe – Leading Myself” Learning Objectives: This course satisfies Area E (Human Understanding and Development) in your General Education requirements. It will enable you to achieve the following learning outcomes adopted by the faculty of SJSU for ALL such courses: - To recognize the physiological, social/cultural, and psychological influences on personal wellbeing and on one’s development across their lifespan. Assignment: Develop a personal leadership plan requires a high level of introspection that results in creating a mission statement and short, intermediate, and long-term roles, goals and activities to support life long development, happiness, health, and relationships. - To use appropriate social skills to enhance learning and develop positive interpersonal relationships with diverse groups and individuals. Activities: You will participate in a number of group activities and discussions in class and out to develop these skills. Examples include camping trip group activities, club visits, group discussions, and MUSE seminars.

- To understand the learning process from both an individual and group perspective, and to understand and accept your responsibility and role in those processes. Assignment: You will work in groups to plan and execute various pieces of the camping trip to ensure a safe and successful experience for all participants. - To know what it means to be a member of a metropolitan university community. Assignment: Participation in all class sessions and activities, attend MUSE sponsored functions, and utilize the peer mentor center to master the MUSE skills. The following content and activities will be addressed in the course as you engage in your studies of leadership, health and wellness: - Issues of diversity, with emphasis upon the importance of sensitivity to individual needs and differences, and the appreciation of individual uniqueness in behavior. - Writing assignments which will use a language and style appropriate to the subject, with high regard for grammatical correctness, standard word usages, and style that generate a sense of interest in the reader. - Active learning through class participation and discussions, including peer guidance to your fellow students in their learning. - Assignments and in-class activities that require critical analysis, information competency, attentive writing and reading skills, and the ability to work effectively both alone and with groups.

San Jose State University MUSE Course - Fall Semester, 2008 “Master of My Own Universe – Leading Myself” Grading Distribution and Policy Percent of Grade 25% 15% 15% 10% 15% 10% 10% 100% Possible Points 250 150 150 100 100 100 100 1000

Grade Element Individual Written & Oral Assignments Camping Trip Self-Leadership Assessment and Plan Campus Activities/MUSE Seminars/Service Learning Research Assignment Participation & Quizzes Final Exam Total Individual Written & Oral Assignments     

Article Summarization and Integration Debate: Compares/Contrast different view points Campus Scavenger Hunt Individual Lifeboat Analysis and Group Discussion Camping Trip Post Assessment

Camping Trip We will take to the great outdoors for a weekend camping trip where we will put our leadership fundamentals to use and have a lot of fun. The class will be broken into small groups in the second week of class with each group being given responsibility for planning a portion of the trip. Sample areas include: gear planning and acquisition, meal and kitchen planning, activity and education planning, transportation and logistics, etc. We use the first draft of our personal Leadership Development Plan as basis of discussion with peers to explore their values, goals, and how the environmental factors and upbringing affect these. Also included in the trip is a Cultural Biography Exercise that will have students of a common heritage present those elements that are important to their self development and identify. The trip will begin at 11AM on Friday, September 25 and run through 5PM on Sunday, September 27, 2009. The trip will include a variety of activities designed to help the class explore individual and group dynamics. Each student will be assessed a $40 fee to go towards expenses related to the trip. THIS IS A REQUIRED PART OF THE COURSE SO PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS IMMEDIATELY TO ENSURE YOUR ATTENDENCE! IF FOR ANY REASON YOU CANNOT ATTEND THE CAMPING TRIP, PLEASE DISCUSS YOUR SITUATION WITH ME IMMEDIATELY.

San Jose State University MUSE Course - Fall Semester, 2008 “Master of My Own Universe – Leading Myself” Self-Leadership Assessment and Plan Our exploration of leadership is primarily designed to build a foundation for you to plan your development, evaluate your natural self-leadership capabilities and identify areas for development to achieve your personal goals. A structured framework contained in the popular press book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” by Sean Covey will be used to develop your plan. Participation & Quizzes Participation is the active involvement of class members in class activities and discussions. Participation is highly encouraged and accounts for 10% of the class grade. To maximize the effectiveness of activities and discussions, preparation is necessary. Each week the class will be given one or more assignments designed to prepare them for the following class session. Without proper preparation, the class is a very boring place with only me talking and you listening. To ensure participation, I will administer quizzes on an as needed basis to evaluate class preparation. Hopefully, we won’t need many. You participation grade will be based on quiz scores and my assessment of your in-class participation. MUSE Seminars/Outside Activities/Service Learning The primary objective of the MUSE program is to provide its participants with the fundamental skills to succeed in a university setting. The MUSE program conducts many seminars throughout the semester on various topics to meet this objective. Each student will be required to attend at least two MUSE sponsored seminars during the semester. Additionally, you will be required to attend at least two meetings of campus organizations of your choice such as clubs, student government, seminars, and participate in a service learning activity. For each of these seminars and activities, you will be required to write a journal entry describing the activity, its content, and what you learned from the experience. Research Assignment Research is a fundamental tool used in a university learning process. To develop these skills, each student will complete an independent research assignment on a leadership topic of their choosing after approval. The assignment requires preparation of a 5-7 paged paper using the campus library resources and should also include an interview with a person the student feels exhibits strong leadership qualities. The paper should be properly cited using MLA standards as provided by the instructor. Final Exam A final exam will be given at the prescribed date and time as determined by the University and will include topics from readings, discussion, and activities throughout the semester. Grading The course will be graded on a curve. As a rule of thumb, students can use the following to indicate approximate grades. 93% or above 84% or above 73% or above 63% or above Below 60% A B C D F

These percentages will be adjusted using a curve based on the overall class performance and + and – grades will be assigned.

San Jose State University MUSE Course - Fall Semester, 2008 “Master of My Own Universe – Leading Myself” In general, the following criteria and philosophy will be used when grading student work. Grade A B C Criteria/Philosophy Excellent, scholarly, advanced college-level, perfect grammar, APA or MLA format, original, creative ideas and delivery, impressive. Very good college-level work exceeds requirement, creative, thought provoking, grammar acceptable Met requirement, but could improve in grammar, depth, consistency, and originality of thought. Needs attention to grammar, content, sentence structure and syntax, and assignment objectives. What on earth happened? Failed to meet assignment requirements. Talk to instructor about improving.


San Jose State University MUSE Course - Fall Semester, 2008 “Master of My Own Universe – Leading Myself” Policy Guidelines  Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at San José State University, and the University’s Academic Integrity Policy requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the Office of Judicial Affairs. The policy on academic integrity can be found at (  If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with DRC to establish a record of their disability. Students are responsible for adhering to all Federal, State, Local, University and Department laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines. Failure to comply will be addressed as prescribed under such law, regulation, policy, or guideline. This includes but is not limited to alcohol and drug use, cheating, plagiarizing, disruptive behavior in class, etc. Please arrive to class on time, prepared to begin promptly at the appointed hour. It is the instructor’s discretion whether to allow students in to class that arrive after the class start time. Please plan ahead with regard to traffic, parking, etc. Homework assignments and any other graded work is due at the beginning of class on the due date. Assignments not turned in within 5 minutes of the start of class will not be accepted unless previous arrangements are made. If you are sick or cannot attend class, please have someone to bring your assignment(s) to class for you or send me an email with your assignment(s) attached before the scheduled start of class. All work handed in for a grade must be typed and/or prepared electronically with a word processor and or graphical tool (diagrams) i.e. MS Word or PowerPoint. Work that is not typed will not be graded. It is recommended that you make electronic copies of all assignments, including homework exercises, before submitting them. It protects you from accidental loss on my part. Please be prepared to participate in class discussions and exercises every class Make-ups for missed or late quizzes, exams, papers, or other class exercises will not be given unless they are approved prior to the date of the event by the instructor. Make-ups will only be authorized in the event of very extraordinary circumstances. Please communicate all individual or personal matters to me during scheduled office hours, through email, by phone, or by appointment as necessary. It is difficult to give these issues appropriate attention during class time. Food is not allowed in class except for water in a container that can be sealed between drinks (i.e. bottled water or a sports bottle). This is to ensure we keep our classes clean and usable.





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San Jose State University MUSE Course - Fall Semester, 2008 “Master of My Own Universe – Leading Myself”

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