PDP-150 Personal Development Portfolio
Instructor: Dr. Ray Schneider
Office Hours: Daily or by appointment.
1. Michael R. LeGault, Th!nk -- Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made in the Blink of an Eye ISBN-13:978-1-4165-2378-9
2. Robert DiYanni, Fifty Great Essays, 2nd edition (ABLongman)
3. C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters (any edition, should include Screwtape Proposes a Toast)
4. G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (any edition)
5. Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (any edition)
The PDP-150 course is divided into six units: 1) Transition
to College, 2) Introduction to the liberal arts and to the practice of
reflection, and the four dimensions of the personal development portfolio, 3) intellectual
growth and discovery (Mind),
4) emotional maturation and physical health (Body), 5) ethical and spiritual growth
6) citizenship and community responsibility (Community)
Attendance is required and will be checked each period and excessive lateness and absenteeism may result in grade reduction or failure.
Students are expected to spend between two and three hours outside of class for each class hour (six to nine hours of outside of class study per week) working on assignments. Generally the world will involve readings, reflections in a Reflective Journal and weekly writing assignments. Students will be expected to read all assigned material completely and on time, participate fully in classroom activities and discussions, produce a reflective journal that will include at least six reflective writing exercises, and produce a draft and final version of the personal development reflective essay. Students will also be expected to complete at least five hours of public service during the term.
Students will receive up to 200 points (20%) for class attendance and participation. The reflective journal will receive 200 points (20%), and the personal development reflective essay will receive 500 points (50%). Students will also receive 100 points (10%) for completing their public service hours. Please note that while I will always be willing to discuss individual student performance on an assignment, I will not negotiate grades. The grade a student receives for any specific assignment is final.