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Academic Inquiry & Scholarship (AIS) 1203 Course Syllabus The University of Texas at San Antonio
Fall 2014

Instructor: Dr. Jacquelyn Scherer
Office: MS 1.02.06
Phone: (210)254-2108
E-Mail: Jacquelyn.scherer@utsa.edu
Office Hours: 11:00 to 11:45 am
Mon thru Friday or by Appt.
Class Meeting Time & Place:
TR 4:00-5:15 pm
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Teaching Assistant: Jennifer Mecklenburg
Peer Mentor: Kelee Mendoza
Email: jmmecklen@gmail.com
E-Mail: kmendoza16@comcast.net
Office Hours: 3:00 -4:00 pm MWF
Office Hours:

Required Texts:
1. Academic Inquiry & Scholarship Student Workbook to be purchased at UTSA Bookstore. 2. Other relevant articles provided by your instructor on Blackboard Learn.

I. Course Description
A general survey of scholarship practiced within three broad cultures of inquiry: the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. Through a cross-disciplinary framework, this course explores the diverse ideas, values, and practices used by various disciplines to investigate and organize their subject matter and create knowledge. Students will consider and compare the assumptions, methods, ethics, and impact of inquiry and scholarship within these three broad cultures of inquiry. Students will examine, compare, and contrast the intellectual endeavors that influence society and human experience.

II.Goal & Purpose
One of the primary purposes of all universities is to produce and share knowledge. Thus, the overall goal of this course is to provide incoming students with a general introduction to academic cultures of inquiry and the ideas, values, and beliefs inherent in its varied disciplinary perspectives.

The specific purpose of this course is to provide an overview of academic inquiry and to guide student discovery of how various disciplines produce knowledge. This course begins with the premise that processes of inquiry differ by academic tradition, and thus represent distinct cultures of knowledge-making. Extending beyond simple rote memorization, the course will emphasize deep understanding and application of concepts. Hence, the course examines academic cultures of inquiry within the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences and provides students a brief introduction to: (1) how different disciplines formulate and investigate questions; (2) how specialized disciplinary language influences inquiry; (3) how context and community influence inquiry; and (4) how each discipline uses different means, materials, and methods of inquiry to produce knowledge. A common theme “Food Matters” is used to organize the course readings and discussions.

III.Learning Outcomes
This course contributes to the following measurable outcomes: Learning Outcome
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Course and/or Core Assessment Learning Outcome
Core Curriculum Objective
1. Compare and contrast how scholars from the Humanities/Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences ask questions and seek answers. Course and Core Assessment Learning Outcome
Critical Thinking
2. Categorize disciplines within the Humanities/Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences Course Learning Outcome

3. Generate examples of appropriate research/inquiry questions in the Humanities/Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences Course Learning Outcome

4. Identify key research/inquiry terms and concepts used in the Humanities/Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Course Learning Outcome

5. Explain similarities and differences in communication conventions in the Humanities/Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences, using oral presentation, visual representations, and writing. Course and Core Assessment Learning Outcome

Communication Skills
6. Identify credible resources and elements of scholarly work in the Humanities/Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences Course Learning Outcome

7. Identify components of ethical research and inquiry...
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