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UNI 201 Curriculum

The curriculum of Transfer Seminar involves topics that will help transfer and military students in their first semester make a successful academic, social, and personal transition to UNCW. Seminar course designed to support transfer students in transitioning to campus and optimizing their UNCW learning experience. Critical thinking, information literacy skills, discussion, and group collaboration are emphasized as students focus on issues often important to transfer student success and college success in general. Partially satisfies University Studies IV: Building Competencies/Writing Intensive. Partially satisfies University Studies IV: Building Competencies/Information Literacy.

Select Topics Covered in UNI 201

  • Academic and career plan
  • Resume and cover letter
  • Academic strategies and skills
  • Time Management
  • UNCW Resources and Support Services
  • Health and Wellness
  • Library and research skills
  • Motivation and Goal Setting
  • Academic Advising Information
  • Diversity and the College Experience

UNI 201 Learning Outcomes

1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of and participate in the powerful learning experience of higher education at UNCW.

1.1 - Demonstrating skills in critical thinking, study skills, time management, and project management.

1.2 - Recognizing, locating, and using university support services and resources necessary for a successful higher educational experience.

1.3 - Communicating and building relationships with faculty and staff.

2. Students will evaluate their transition into, anticipate their path through, and plan for their career after UNCW.

2.1 - Describing student development theory related to transfer student transitions.

2.2 - valuating their personal, academic, and social transitions to UNCW and the factors that shape their experience.

2.3 - Creating a comprehensive academic plan using personal goals, UNCW major and minor requirements, and professional objectives.

2.4 - Researching careers and developing a career plan. 

3. Students will understand and illustrate information literacy.

3.1 - Determining the nature and extent of information needed to answer research questions, explore majors and careers, and conduct a literature review.

3.2 - Locating and using information from a variety of sources, including online tools and UNCW technologies to produce effective and efficient research.

3.3 - Critically evaluating and selecting credible sources of information to strengthen their knowledge base and research papers.

3.4 - Accessing, evaluating, and utilizing online academic, curricular, and career resources to evaluate and develop an effective academic and career plan.

3.5 - Understanding many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the access and use of information, and using information ethically and legally.

4. Students will strengthen writing skills by creating a research and reflection based Transfer Portfolio which includes an incremental draft process.

4.1 - Using evidence to generalize, explain, critically write about, and interpret content related to student development theory, academic exploration, and career development.

4.2 - Consulting with and receiving feedback from the writing center, professors, and classmates in order to improve written work during the writing process (brainstorming, outlining, drafting, and revising).

4.3 - Accurately documenting research using the citation style most commonly used in their major.

4.4 - Evaluating claims, arguments, and theories presented in course materials.

5. Students will demonstrate self-knowledge and appreciate the value of human differences.

5.1 - Demonstrating an awareness of and a greater willingness to consider a wide range of ideas, attitudes, biases, and behaviors regarding cultural, racial, ethnic, and global diversity.

5.2 - Formulating knowledge of and respect for offices and student organizations that cater to various diverse groups on campus.

6. Students will demonstrate and understand dimensions of health and wealth.

6.1 - Evaluating personal wellness and identifying the health risks that are relevant for college students.

6.2 - Understanding financial challenges that are relevant for college students and utilizing financial literacy strategies.


Common Course Components

The goals and student learning outcomes of Transfer Seminar encourage consistency across sections, while allowing faculty flexibility in designing and implementing the curriculum. Each section will include the following common components:

  • Common Syllabus
  • Common Instructor Resources
  • Information Literacy Instructional Session with a UNCW Librarian
  • 201 Peer Mentor
  • Major and Career Exploration Session with Career Services
  • Participation in Events Beyond the Classroom
  • Journals and reflections
  • Transfer Portfolio
  • Adult Transitional Theory/W-Curve session with Peer Mentor