Foresight Development (TCH110)
Course Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3.0cd. General Studies Credits: 3.0
I. Course Description
Foresight is the act of looking to the future. This course helps you learn better global, business and personal foresight, so you can better enjoy and manage your own future. This course will explore the big picture history of accelerating change from universal, historical and technological perspectives, and consider global trends that are affecting individuals, society, businesses and governments. Additionally, the course will examine how organizations make bets on the future, and gives the student a chance to explore career prospects in a variety of fields. Finally, discussion of how biology, psychology, community and culture help and hinder personal thinking about the future will be discussed. We will explore four fundamental foresight skills: creating the future (innovating products and services); discovering the future (models, trend identification and analysis); planning the future (developing shared goals and processes); and benefiting in the future (achieving measurable positive environmental, social, or economic results). Assignments will be personalized to your own foresight goals, and include brief readings, writing, discussions, presentations, visuals, film, podcasts and games.
II. Course Goal and Objectives
Students will gain familiarity with basic methods and resources of Futures Studies (FS), and the development of Personal Futures Skills (PFS) that may be of use in their own future. We focus on FS in the first half, and do a blend of FS and PFS in the second half of the course.
Objectives - General
· Learn some valuable foresight concepts in weekly class meetings
· In-class introduction of several “Great Futures Books” (GFBs) each week
· Read three assigned books, skim parts of four other GFBs (your choice)
· One of our assigned books covers Professional Futures Methods (Thinking About the Future), and two are on Personal Futures Methods (Getting Things Done, StrengthsFinder).
· Take some predictive personality tests (these will not be graded)
· Read some futures-related articles, watch videos, listen to audio, play some games
· Practice universal, global, societal, organizational, and personal foresight thinking
· Develop your future-creating, -discovering, and -management (planning and benefiting) skills
· Communicate clearly about the future (what you think is possible, probable, and preferable in areas of interest to you)
· Have fun. You should enjoy this course!
Objectives - Graded
· Discuss and debate futures issues in the classroom (100 points)
· Discuss and critique futures issues online (100 points)
· Discover FS resources on the web or elsewhere for the class wiki (100 points)
· Write four short (500 word) essays on Resources + GFBs of your choosing (4 x 50 = 200 points)
· Take two midterms (weeks 6 and 11) on basic tools and ideas in FS (2 x 150 = 300 points)
· Build a Personal Futures Portfolio (PFP) over the course (graded on your application of basic foresight skills to your own life, not on portfolio content). Turning in the PFP is your final exam (no in-class final) (200 points)
III. Method of Evaluation
There are 1000 possible course points, divided by 10 to give your final score. An overall cumulative grade of 60-69 is a D, 70-79 a C, 80-89 a B, 90-100 an A. Exams and the course as a whole are curved. We want very few F’s and D’s, but you have to help us with that by clearly showing your effort over the course. Just showing up, participating, and doing the work on time (following the directions as written) will typically (usually) get you to 70, above that is up to you.
There are many small and easy assignments in the course, none worth more than 20% of the grade. Those who can’t do lots of small easy things on time, who typically do things late or last minute, or who think they can put all their effort into just the larger assignments will not do well in this course. Like life, TCH110 rewards consistently thinking about and planning for the future, and giving your best in small easy steps at the right time, not ignoring things for weeks and then trying to do them all at once later.
| Class Discussion and Debate | 10% | 100 points
| Online Discussions and Critiques | 10% | 100 points
| Discovery Learning / Wikiraids | 10% | 100 points
| Writing Assignments | 20% | 200 points
| Online Open Book Midterm I (Week 6) | 15% | 150 points
| Online Open Book Midterm II (Week 11) | 15% | 150 points
| Personal Futures Portfolio/Final (due Week 15) | 20% | 200 points
IV. Teaching Strategies and IP Policy
UAT actively utilizes the Year-Round Balanced Learning (YRBL) model for addressing different learning styles. The YRBL model consists of five delivery methods that include: 1) modified lecture, 2) tutorial teaching, 3) group recollection, 4) student teachback and 5) discovery learning. Students will engage in both synchronous learning activities in regular class periods and asynchronous online activities. Group activities and team building are strongly encouraged within the synchronous and asynchronous environments. The University of Advancing Technology holds non-exclusive rights to student projects to publish for promotional purposes only. By attending the school, students give implicit permission for the school to use their work in catalogs, brochures, etc. Students retain original rights to their projects and may market them as they see fit.
V. Instructional Materials(Check the UAT bookstore for the following three required books)
a.Thinking About the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight, Hines & Bishop, 2007 ($20).
ISBN-13: 978-0978931704. This is our main textbook.
b. StrengthsFinder 2.0, Tom Rath, 2007 ($15). ISBN-13: 978-1595620156
You’ll use this to take an online personality test, part of your Personal Futures Portfolio.
Note: You need to purchase a NEW StrengthsFinder 2.0 to get an unopened Online Test Code.
c. Getting Things Done, David Allen, 2002 ($10). ISBN-13: 978-0142000281
A very helpful “life management” system. We’ll cover it in personal futures.
d. Reading, viewing, listening, and playing materials posted to eCollege, or at the library
e. Great Futures Books (GFBs). Every week we’ll review several “Great Futures Books” (GFBs). Every two to five weeks (four times over the semester) you are asked to 1) buy online (for your personal library), OR 2) borrow from the library one GFB of your choice from this group. You’ll skim it just enough to develop a set of futures-relevant insights to share, in the form of a 500 word essay you’ll post online (a “teachback” for your classmates). If you know of another futures-relevant book more interesting than the ones we have covered, let me know and you can probably review that one instead.
VI. Course Outline
SECTION I. The Big Picture (Weeks 1-4)
SECTION II. Global and Societal Foresight (Weeks 5-9)
SECTION III. Business and Organizational Foresight (Weeks 10-11)
SECTION IV. Personal and Career Foresight (Weeks 12-15)
Weekly assignments (required and choice-based) will be posted on the course shell over the class.
Prompt and regular attendance is expected. If you have to skip, arrive late, leave early, etc. you don’t need to furnish an excuse (we’re all adults here) but do it regularly or often and it will reflect negatively on your grade. Twice as many late arrivals, early departures, or absences than the (usually low) class average is where you will run into trouble. Reach or go above that without good reason and you risk losing a full grade in the course.
Late assignments are marked down 10% for every 24 hours late, excuses usually don’t change things. Thus after nine days late no points can be given. Rewrites of any non-late writing assignment below a B (80%) can be turned in once within one week of receiving the first grade, for a regrade and grade averaging.
Group activities and team building are encouraged in and out of class, but for non-team projects, your homework and online tests must be your own work, in your own words. See the school policy on academic integrity for more.
Essays should be written as clearly and grammatically as you can. Always cite and use quotations for work that is not your own; plagiarism is grounds for failure of the course. I encourage the use of APA style (look it up) for your essay citations. This said, I will be grading more for clarity of expression and the futures implications and relevance of your thoughts than for grammar or style.
Exams cover the slides, any points made by the instructor that are directly about the slide material in class (but not other in class discussions or comments), and the assigned readings/resources. We cover a lot in this fast-paced class, so good notetaking is encouraged and a skill you will hopefully use and improve during the course.
General grading and feedback standards: I will do my best as an educator to “educe” (draw out, elicit) your ideas, interests, assumptions, and values in regard to the future, in a courteous and supportive manner. I’ll alsotry to respond to your email within 48 hours and get your papers back within two weeks. I expect you to do your best to communicate in class and online accurately, courteously, and supportively with your fellow students, and would appreciate similar promptness.
Please say your first names when you make a comment in class during the first three weeks, to help us get to know each other on a first-name basis.
VIII. Last Words
This may be the only dedicated FS course you get in your undergrad curriculum, so we will cover a lot of (hopefully interesting!) material in class, more than most courses, I’m sure. But your workload outside of class should be no more than other courses. Let me know if otherwise and we will fix that. Looking forward to learning and exploring your thoughts, concerns, and passions about the future!
IX. Date of Last Review of Syllabus: 13 Dec 2007
This syllabus is a guideline only. UAT and its faculty maintain the right to utilize academic freedom in adapting this course to meet the needs of each individual class.
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