2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Bachelor of Arts Completion Program (BACP)

 

Courses

BACP 2050 Writing Workshop (4 Credits)

The Writing Workshop re-introduces students to skills essential for successful university study as well as workplace writing. This is not just an "academic" subject. It is also important to career development and confidence in the workplace. This course focuses on knowledge and skills of expression that bring university study and workplace experience closer together: reading, interpretation, and making meaning; discovery skills; note-taking, annotation, and writing to learn; finding the argument and thesis of a text; writing summaries and paraphrases; grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and word choice; writing as a public act; writing for readers, working with a partner, giving feedback and elementary editing; email communication and computer-based writing skills; and demonstration and set-up of an individual writing portfolio.

BACP 3350 Directed Research (4 Credits)

As part of the major, students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of special interest in greater depth. This should be an independent research project that grows out of one or more courses in the major. The purpose of the project is to learn more about a particular topic through library research, explorations via the Internet, or structured interviews with experts. The emphasis is on deepening one's knowledge about a particular topic rather than applying knowledge, which is the focus of the Integrative Project. The Directed Research, done with the guidance of an appropriate faculty member, should result in a report of sufficient length to summarize the findings and comment on their significance.

BACP 3400 Civic Engagement (4 Credits)

Because education has social as well as personal benefits, it carries with it opportunities and obligations for civic engagement. Most people have some desire to be of help to others, but knowing how to help without interfering or being condescending often requires cultivated sensitivity. The Civic Engagement project provides students with an opportunity to identify a community need, learn how that need is or is not being addressed, and get engaged in a particular set of service activities for an agreed upon duration of time. Students may receive help with finding appropriate settings through DU's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. Online students receive help in how to identify service learning opportunities in their local communities or through their employers. Students are expected to keep and submit a reflective log on the nature of their activity and the learning they have derived from it.

BACP 3450 Integrative Project Design (4 Credits)

Through this course, students create a project design for their integrative project which is conducted and completed in BACP 3500. This course, along with BACP 3500, emphasizes B.A. Completion Program learning objectives: creativity, critical thinking, knowledge utilization, decision-making, empowerment, and effective communication. Students design a research based project, which, when the project is completed, illuminates the problem and argues for a set of activities addressing the issues and proposing a possible solution. In doing so, students draw on theories, concepts, and knowledge from several different courses in their major. Students complete the design document for the Integrative Project Report including the identification and definition of the problem, purpose of their project, setting/context for the project, an extensive literature review outline, preliminary methods of investigation, and a timeline for completion. Students leave the course prepared to begin the Integrative Project.

BACP 3500 Integrative Project (4 Credits)

Students in all majors design, complete, and submit an integrative project. The project comprises implementation of the project design developed in BACP 3450. The integrative project requires: clear problem definition; gathering high-quality relevant evidence; analyzing and evaluating evidence, data, and information; developing findings (e.g., conclusions, recommendations, decisions, results, observations, inferences, solutions, etc.); and crafting arguments to explain how and why these findings were reached, and why the findings are valid. The project focuses on utilizing background knowledge or skills developed throughout the BACP, integration of evidence, applying critical thinking skills, and presenting a coherent and persuasive culminating academic paper. The emphasis is on combing several concepts, types of knowledge, and skills learned through the B.A. Completion Program to address a specific challenge. Through this project students learn how multiple perspectives can be integrated to create useful solutions to defined problems.

BACP 3980 Internship (1-4 Credits)

The Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program Internship is designed to offer students a purposeful experience in a practical, industry-related setting. The internship is an individualized learning experience. A training plan is created for each student in conjunction with the internship site supervisor to provide experiences related to the skills and knowledge covered in the certificate and master's programs as well as professional goals. Students are responsible for finding their own internship site and proposing their internship ideas. University College will send notification to all COMM students if they hear of internship possibilities. Students may also work with the DU career center, to explore opportunities for internship experiences. To be eligible for an internship, completion of a minimum of 28 hours of coursework is required OR Academic Director approval for students with previous experience in the field.

BACP 3991 Independent Study (1-4 Credits)

Student completes special learning project on a topic which is not covered by an existing course. This project is completed under faculty supervision. Topic and assignments must be approved by supervising instructor and Bachelor of Arts Completion Program director.

BACP 3992 Directed Study (1-4 Credits)

Student completes special research project which is based on an existing course. However, the existing course is not offered in a reasonable timeframe to accommodate the student. This project is completed under faculty supervision. Topics and assignments must be approved by supervising instructor and Bachelor of Arts Completion Program director.

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