GEN 127 Entire Course

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GEN 127 Entire Course

GEN127 Week 1 Student Life Worksheet
Instructions
Locate each resource in the University of Phoenix Material: Student Life Worksheet regarding student resources provided by the university. In the first column, identify where the resource can be found. In the second column, summarize each resource in at least one sentence. When you finish the matrix, answer the follow-up questions. Then, complete part B.

Submit your completed worksheet to the Assignment Files tab above.

Student Life Worksheet

Resources provided by University of Phoenix can contribute to your academic, personal, and professional success. Support resources include a variety of helpful sites and tools that can assist you in completing assignments, connecting to other students, and searching for careers.

Complete the Support Resources Table in Part A. In the first column, identify where the resource can be found. In the second column, summarize the purpose of each resource in at least one sentence. Then, respond to the follow-up questions listed after the table.
Part A: Support Resources Table

Resource Where it is found Summary
Example
Orientation website Website address: http://www.phoenix.edu/student-orientation.html
The Orientation website provides new students with a tour of the university. The site shares information about paying for school, life as a student, and going to class.
Phoenix Career Services
Life Resource Center
Student Store
University Marketplace
University Academic Catalog
Academic Policies
Student Workshops
Course Syllabus
University Library
Center for Writing Excellence
Technical Support Phone Number
• What are the student expectations regarding classroom messages?
• What are the university’s attendance and participation policies?
Part B: Classroom Technology – PhoenixConnect

PhoenixConnect is an academically focused social network serving the University of Phoenix community. Similar to other social networks, it enables students to share experiences and get advice on academic life and career-related topics.

Use the following instructions to locate the GEN/127 PhoenixConnect Community.

1. Click the PhoenixConnect tab from the student website.
2. Click on Communities in the main header of the webpage.
3. Click on the View sub-communities button next to “Learning Communities.”
4. Click on the View sub-communities button next to “Humanities.”
5. Click on GEN127.

Explore the GEN/127 PhoenixConnect Community and respond to the following questions:

• How is PhoenixConnect similar to other social networking sites such as Facebook? How is it different?

• Of the various categories listed (such as careers, goal setting, and so on), which one will you use most as a new student? Why?

• How can PhoenixConnect be a useful resource during your academic experience?

GEN127 Week 1 Academic Diagnostic
Instructions
During enrollment, you completed an academic diagnostic that tested your current writing and reading skill levels. In at least 75 words, in a Microsoft Word document, respond to the following questions:
• How long has it been since you last took an exam?
• On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest, what was your anxiety level with the testing experience? Please explain.
• What were some aspects of the diagnostic that you found difficult?
• How do you think this will be a useful tool for you throughout this course and in the future?
Submit your answers to the Assignment Files tab above.

GEN127 Week 2 Readiness and Behavioral Assessments
Instructions
Complete the Life Factors Assessment and Personality Assessment, located in the Phoenix Prep Center.

Go to http://www.phoenix.edu. Select Phoenix Prep Center in the upper right. If you do not have a login profile, create one. The eCampus login profile will not work for this site. At the center of the page is the Life Factors behavioral diagnostic. Select Begin to start the assessment.

Write a summary (approximately 300 words) in a Microsoft Word document responding to the following questions:

- What did you learn from the results of the Life Factors and Personality assessments? In your own words, please describe your strengths from these assessments and how they impact your engagement in school.
- Of the life factors mentioned (time, place, reason, resources, skills), which do you need to focus on the most? Why? How will your behavior need to change?
- What personality factor (academic attributes, help seeking, persistence, procrastination, time management, locus of control) will you work most to strengthen? Why? How will your behavior need to change?

GEN127 Week 2 Goal Setting and Time Management Worksheet
Instructions
Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Goal Setting and Time Management Worksheet using the information you learned in the Goal Setting and Motivation and the Time Management interactive presentations. Your answers must be in complete sentences and free of spelling and grammar errors.

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Goal Setting and Time Management Worksheet

Using the information from the Goal Setting and Motivation and the Time Management interactive presentations, respond to the following three questions:

1. Describe your time management plan to complete weekly assignments and participation goals. What specific days have you set aside for these activities? Your response must be between 50 and 75 words.

2. What is your time management plan to balance your academic, personal, and professional responsibilities? Your response must be between 50 and 75 words.

3. In the following chart, choose one of your weekly academic goals, such as completing weekly readings or meeting your participation requirements, and apply the SMART goal setting criteria to that goal.

Question Answer
What goal have you chosen?
Describe how your goal is specific.
How will you measure your progress in attaining this goal? How will you know you are on target to reaching your goal?
Do you think your goal is attainable? Why?

Do you think your goal is realistic? Why?

What is timely about this goal? What is the weekly timeline you have established to ensure that you complete this goal?

GEN127 Week 3 Career Competence Factors Worksheet
Instructions
Refer to the University of Phoenix Material: University Learning Goals for a recap of the University Learning Goals.
Review each of the Learning Goals and complete the University of Phoenix Material: Career Competence Factors worksheet.
Submit your completed worksheet to the Assignment Files tab above.

Career Competence Factors

The essential skills and abilities associated with students’ personal learning styles are many of the capabilities hiring managers look for when reviewing applications. University of Phoenix learning goals represent another set of core competencies that can help you become recognized as an exceptional candidate or employee.
Part A
Complete the Personality Spectrum on pp. 66–67 in Ch. 3 of Keys to Success. Based on the results, respond to the following:

• What is your primary strength?
• How does this strength make you a strong candidate or employee?
• What is one area of improvement?
• How can you improve in this area to become a stronger candidate or employee?
Part B
Read the University of Phoenix Material: University of Phoenix Learning Goals, included in the materials for this assignment. Fill in the following matrix with summaries of how each university learning goal can help you with career preparedness.

University Learning Goal How can each goal prepare you for success in the workplace?
Professional Competence and Values
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Communication

Information Utilization

Collaboration


GEN127 Week 3 Phoenix Career Services
Instructions
Complete the Career Plan activities:
• Career Interest Profiler
• Competencies
• Preferred Work Culture
Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Career Goal Setting Worksheet.
Submit your completed worksheet to the Assignment Files tab above.

Career Goal Setting Worksheet

Respond to the following questions in 50 to 100 words each:

• Create one professional goal using the SMART goal setting techniques you learned in Week Two. How did the results of the Career Interest Profiler and Career Plan Building Activity on Competencies contribute to your professional goal development?

• Describe how you will balance academic expectations and your personal and professional responsibilities.

• How can understanding the importance of SMART criteria and your career interests and competencies help you move toward your career and academic goals?

• Now that you have set academic goals and identified your career interests, explain the relationship between academic goals and skills, and professional goals.

GEN127 Week 4 Phoenix Career Services
Instructions
Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Communication in Action worksheet.
Communication in Action

Understanding professional communication ensures that students are successful in the online learning environment and in their professional lives. For each of the following four scenarios, respond with an example of both a poor response and an effective response. An example is provided to get you started. There is no minimum word count for this assignment. The goal is to demonstrate your understanding of professional communication.

Example Scenario: You cannot locate the Instructor Policies document for your course. You post a message in the Class Messages area.

Poor Response: I can’t find the Instructor Policies. LOL!
Effective Response: Hello, instructor. I looked throughout the course, but cannot find the Instructor Policies. Can you help, please?


Scenario One: You review your points and see that you have received 0 points on your first assignment. You send your instructor a message through a Private Message, to understand why you did not earn any points.

Poor Response:
Effective Response:

Scenario Two: The payroll administrator at your work has sent you an e-mail asking why you worked overtime hours and who approved them. She also reminds you that overtime must be approved prior to working the hours. What is your reply to her?

Poor Response:
Effective Response:

Scenario Three: You do not understand the assignment for Week Two. You post a message to your instructor through Private Messages, asking for clarification.

Poor Response:
Effective Response:

Scenario Four: You have posted a message for discussion that has offended a fellow student. This was not your intention and it is a misunderstanding. The student responds with the following reply: “I do not appreciate your comment. It is obvious that you have had an easy life and do not understand how hard it is to grow up in poverty.”

Poor Response:
Effective Response:

GEN127 Week 4 Communicating with Emotional Intelligence
Instructions
Watch the "Face-to-Face Conflict" video.
Answer the following questions in at least 50-75 words each in a Microsoft Word document:
• How does emotion affect the communication in the video?
• How would the outcome change if the characters in the video communicated using emotional intelligence?
• Given what you know about emotional intelligence, how would you handle this situation? Take the side of one of the characters.

GEN127 Week 4 Learning Reflection
Instructions
Write a 150- to 200-word summary in a Microsoft Word document about your learning progress. Your reflection must answer the following questions:
• During the past 4 weeks, of what academic or career accomplishments are you most proud?
• What time management techniques have you found to be most useful?
• What have you learned from the feedback provided by your instructor during the past 3 weeks?

GEN127 Week 5 SQ3R
Instructions
Complete the University of Phoenix Material: SQ3R Worksheet.
Submit your completed worksheet to the Assignment Files tab above.

SQ3R Worksheet

Part 1

Refer to p. 122 in Ch. 5 of Keys to Success. Read the selection and describe how you have applied the steps of the SQ3R method to read the selected passage.
Survey How did you survey?
Question What questions did you ask?
Read How did you read?
Recite What did you recite?
Review How did you review?

Part 2

How successful was the SQ3R process in helping you grasp the selection in Ch. 5? Will you use SQ3R in the future as a way to master the content in academic readings?

GEN127 Week 5 Study Techniques
Instructions
On p. 185 in Ch. 7 of Keys of Success, there is a diagram with tips on how to study effectively. Select five tips you could use when studying for your online classes. In a Microsoft Word document, in approximately 200-300 words, explain the 5 tips, discuss why you selected them and describe how the tips complement your personal learning style.
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GEN127 Week 6 Academic and Professional Scenarios
Instructions
Review the Writing Wizards link, which provides information and examples for both academic and professional written communication. Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Academic and Professional Scenarios Worksheet.

Academic and Professional Scenarios Worksheet
Part I
Select one academic and one professional scenario, and respond to them in 150 to 200 words. Use complete sentences with proper grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. Use formal language, eliminate contractions, and capitalize the word “I.”

Professional You are taking classes at University of Phoenix. Write a memo to your manager requesting the requirements for tuition reimbursement, such as the grade necessary to receive reimbursement, the course specific for reimbursement, or the relevance to your current position.
Professional Select a product or service with which you were dissatisfied and write a letter of complaint about the problem.

Academic You have been searching and you think you have found the perfect position to complement your education goals at University of Phoenix. Send an e-mail to the instructor asking for a letter of recommendation you could use to submit with your resume.
Professional You are in line for a promotion. Write a memo indicating why you are the best candidate for the position.

Academic The grades have been posted for this week’s assignments. You have read the feedback provided by the instructor and you are still unsure why you received the posted grade. Write a note to your instructor asking for an additional explanation of the grade or a request for a conference call to discuss the assignment and the grade.
Part II
Describe two differences between academic writing and professional writing.

GEN127 Week 6 Writing Myths
Instructions
Respond to the following questions in 150 to 250 words each in a Microsoft Word document:
• Discuss two writing myths that would have previously described you.
• How have the assignments in this class helped you overcome these myths?
Under the learning activity "Building Writing Confidence" there is a link that says "writing myths", please use that link to find the writing myths.
Submit your responses to the Assignment Files tab above.

GEN127 Week 7 Academic Writing Integrity
Instructions
Review the Plagiarism Tutorial. Complete the CWE Plagiarism Mastery Test. Attach a copy of your results and answer the questions below (approximately 75 word responses for each question) in a Microsoft Word document.

- What is plagiarism?
- How can you avoid plagiarism?
- What are the consequences of plagiarizing at the University of Phoenix?
- What impact does avoiding plagiarism have on academic writing integrity?
Submit your results and answers to these questions to the Assignment Files tab above.

GEN127 Week 7 Paying it Forward
Instructions
Write a 500-to 700-word letter in a Microsoft Word document to a prospective student who is interested in learning more about your first class experience with University of Phoenix.
Include two of the following topics and discuss how each was beneficial during the course and contributes to your academic and career success.
• Student resources
• University learning goals
• Effective communication
• Career exploration
• Mastering the writing basics
Describe, in the conclusion, at least three best practices the prospective student can use to achieve success during the first class. Potential ideas might include the following:
• Time management
• SMART goal setting
• Attendance and participation
• Reading and studying techniques
Ensure your paper is free of spelling, grammatical, and mechanical errors.
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