HON 3000

9 Meetings in D104, 3:30-5:00pm

Sarah Holliday Office: D216
Phone: 470-567-4923 E-mail: shollid4@kennesaw.edu

Office Hours: 
TR. And by appointment

Readings are linked in the D2L.

Admission to the Honors program

The use of cell phones, pagers, text or other messaging devices is not allowed during class.

Course objectives:

Some think that engineers or accountants shouldn’t be creative, but creativity, innovation, and problem solving are critical to success in every discipline. We will learn more about creativity, innovation, and problem solving and how to apply them, particularly as it applies to STEM disciplines. We’ll have guest speakers and visit labs from a variety of disciplines.

Upon completing this course students should be able to:
1. Analyze modern and historical creations, innovations, and problem solutions.
2. Identify the behaviors and characteristics of the people behind the creations, innovations, and solutions.
3. Reflect on and synthesize the elements of creativity, innovation, and problem solving individually.

Discussion posts:
Each student should write an initial post of no more than 350 words and no less than 250 words by Thursday of non-class weeks.  Your initial post should include a cited source( blog post, article, or book, and hopefully a link to the content) and your reflection on it, relevant to your own major and ideals.  Everyone should then write two 100-word responses on classmates’ posts by the following Monday. You should also write a polite answer to whomever wrote on your posts by the following Thursday. 

Read 0
No post was made. The post has been read, but is not considered to be a gradeable contribution OR you have already received credit for your required postings. An example would be a response that was appropriate, but more social in nature, or a post that was “flaming” and inappropriate for the class. This will not count towards a participant's required responses for the week (and in the case of flaming, the student will be asked to re-do their work).
Poor 1
This is a ‘me too’ answer or one that is irrelevant and adds nothing to the discussion. Student failed to include more than 3 parts of the assignment (classmate responses, follow-up posts, word count, etc.) OR the student did not indicate any effort on their part. 
Fair 2
This shows effort to say something relevant, but it doesn't add anything to the discussion. Student omitted 3 parts of the assignment (classmate responses, follow-up posts, word count, etc.).
Average 3
This is well-written and adds to the discussion (e.g. agrees or disagrees with the previous post), but it does not provide support for the position expressed. It leaves out a substantial portion of the discussion or fails to incorporate a reading. Students omitted/neglected at least 2 of these things: classmate responses, follow-up posts to their own thread, word count, etc.
Good 4
This adds to the discussion (e.g. agrees or disagrees with the previous post). The expressed position is articulated with good support. Demonstrates knowledge of the topic with specificity. However, the student neglected to write a classmate response, failed to follow-up on their thread, or didn’t follow the word count, or answer the discussion fully.
Excellent 5
This has all the characteristics of a good comment, but it goes a step further by doing at least one of the following: •Stimulates the discussion in some way: e.g. asking a good question or raising a new point to consider •demonstrates critical thinking •Connects the subject to previous material from the class. * Demonstrates knowledge of the discussions with specificity. *Answers all of the topic, shows required classmate responses, follows up with responses from others on their own thread, and stays within the word count.

Final project:
Create, innovate, and/or problem solve.  Prepare a presentation (possibly including a prototype/model/visualization) for the class.  The result can be practical or science fiction.
Criterion 1:  Clarity
Presentation Logically Clear and Easy to Follow
Criterion 2: Creativity
Presentation Showed Great Effort at Creativity
Criterion 3: Research 
Presentation Demonstrated a Great Deal of Scholarly Research
Criterion 4: Timeliness
Presentation Completed in 20-minute Time Frame

Grading Policy: 
Class participation earns 20%, d2l discussion posts will sum to 50%, and the final project will be valued at 30%. 
A 90% or greater average will be awarded A
An 80% or greater average will be awarded B
A 70% or greater average will be awarded C
A 60% or greater average will be awarded D

Academic Integrity

Every KSU student is responsible for upholding the provisions of the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, as published in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.  Section II of the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities addresses the University's policy on academic honesty, including provisions regarding plagiarism and cheating, unauthorized access to University materials, misrepresentation/falsification of University records or academic work, malicious removal, retention, or destruction of library materials, malicious/intentional misuse of computer facilities and/or services, and misuse of student identification cards.  Incidents of alleged academic misconduct will be handled through the established procedures of the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SCAI), which includes either an "informal" resolution by a faculty member, resulting in a grade adjustment, or a formal hearing procedure, which may subject a student to the Code of Conduct's minimal one semester suspension requirement.

If I am contacted with an acceptable excuse before the date of the quiz or exam, then a makeup can be arranged. An acceptable excuse is in writing, contains the student's name, the date of the absence, a signature from a faculty member sponsoring the trip, contact information for the faculty member, and a brief mention of the nature of the trip.

"Important notice: Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to arrange the necessary accommodations. Students should present appropriate verification from KSU Student Disability Services. No requirements exists that accommodations be made prior to completion of this approved University process."


Class meetings: 

Aug 22, 2019
Sep 05, 2019
Sep 19, 2019
Oct 03, 2019
Oct 17, 2019
Oct 31, 2019
Nov 07, 2019
Nov 21, 2019
Dec 05, 2019

First day of classes Monday August 19
Drop add ends Friday August 23
Labor Day Holiday Monday September 2
Last day to withdraw Wednesday October 9
Fall Break November 25-29
Last day of classes Monday December 9
Exams December 10-16

Grades due December 19


Students who find that they cannot continue in college for the entire semester after being enrolled, because of illness or any other reason, need to complete an online form. To completely or partially withdraw from classes at KSU, a student must withdraw online at www.kennesaw.edu, under Owl Express, Student Services.

The date the withdrawal is submitted online will be considered the official KSU withdrawal date which will be used in the calculation of any tuition refund or refund to Federal student aid and/or HOPE scholarship programs. It is advisable to print the final page of the withdrawal for your records. Withdrawals submitted online prior to midnight on the last day to withdraw without academic penalty will receive a “W” grade. Withdrawals after midnight will receive a “WF”. Failure to complete the online withdrawal process will produce no withdrawal from classes. Call the Registrar’s Office at 770-423-6200 during business hours if assistance is needed.

Students may, by means of the same online withdrawal and with the approval of the university Dean, withdraw from individual courses while retaining other courses on their schedules. This option may be exercised up until October 9, 2019.

This is the date to withdraw without academic penalty for Fall Term, 2019 classes. Failure to withdraw by the date above will mean that the student has elected to receive the final grade(s) earned in the course(s). The only exception to those withdrawal regulations will be for those instances that involve unusual and fully documented circumstances.

For help with your homework, or questions about the lectures, you have a lot of options. I will take a limited number of questions during class, as time permits. I am available in my office for help during my posted office hours, and any unscheduled time my door is open. For additional help, there are campus-wide resources I will announce as soon as I have the details.