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COLL498 - Senior Seminar in General Studies

Course Details

Course Code: COLL498 Course ID: 3972 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

In this course, students will develop an independent interdisciplinary project showcasing learned knowledge, academic and research skills, writing abilities, and presentation strategies. Approved projects will demonstrate application of prior coursework, the interdisciplinary nature of the program of study, and substantial researched knowledge that demonstrates the ability to synthesize and broadly integrate subject-specific and cross-disciplinary knowledge and to connect theory and application. This course also addresses capstone work by considering overall academic accomplishments in light of specific personal and career goals. COLL498 is to be taken after all other General Studies courses have been satisfactorily completed. Student must have SENIOR standing to register. (Prerequisites: COLL300 and Senior Standing)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply attributes of a life-long learner through creating and executing assets from the classroom;
  2. Evaluate steps and actions to achieve academic, personal, and professional goals;
  3. Demonstrate senior level communication skills;
  4. Synthesize prior learning, knowledge, and experiences in building new skills and obtaining new concepts;
  5. Integrate learning forming logical connections between theory and application through a wide field of subjects;
  6. Demonstrate critical thinking skills through inquiry, analysis, and evaluation;
  7. Apply interdisciplinary learning to research, writing, and project development;
  8. Create a research based project aligned with professional, personal, and/or academic interests; and
  9. Construct plan for transition from status of an undergraduate student at APUS.


Various topics will be covered throughout this eight (8) week course. Students are expected to review and absorb provided reading content.

Forum Participation - Discussions

There will be at least one (1) forum discussion each week. You are required to respond to the initial posting from the Instructor as well as respond to postings of fellow learners. For the Week 1 Forum (first week), the initial response must be a minimum of 250 words in length to prevent being dropped from the class. Students are expected to be fully engaged in the Forums by responding to the initial prompt, managing their own thread (original post), responding in a substantial way to fellow learners, and exploring the learning through inquiry, critical thinking, and peer critique as well as development of the larger community of learners.


Assignments in the course are assessments of the learning advanced in the class. Evaluation assessments include reflection, evaluation, integrated, technology based, and project management based items. Review the Assignments section of the course for details of assessments and deadlines.

A research based Interdisciplinary Project is a focal point in the assessments for course and program learning. Additionally, the technology based presentation of the Project and development of an ePortfolio, along with completion of a Career Coaching evaluation, will be included in meeting the central objectives for the learning.

Forums – 7 total

Initial post 6 points each

Each of at least two substantial replies to fellow learners 2 points each

10 points each forum x 7 forums = 70 points

Assignments- 9 total

Week 1: Goals and Strategies 10 points

Week 2: Project Proposal and Narrative 10 points

Week 3: Annotated Bibliography 20 points

Week 4: Project Outline or Concept Map 10 points

Week 4: Mid-Project Check-In 10 points

Week 5/6: Career Services Coaching Inventory 20 points

Week 7: Interdisciplinary Project 100 points

Week 8: Project Presentation 30 points

Week 8: ePortfolio 30 points

Total Points – 310 Total Percentage - 100%

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.29 %
Week 2 Forum 4.29 %
Week 3 Forum 4.29 %
Week 4 Forum 4.29 %
Week 5/6 Forum 4.29 %
Week 7 Forum 4.29 %
Week 8 Forum 4.29 %
Week 3 Assignment 15.00 %
Annotated Bibliography 15.00 %
Week 5/6 Assignment 15.00 %
Career Services Coaching Inventory 15.00 %
Week 7 Assignment 20.00 %
Interdisciplinary Project 20.00 %
Week 8 Assignment 20.00 %
ePortfolio 20.00 %

Required Course Readings

All required readings and materials are provided to students in the course.

Learners are expected to read through all content provided in lessons and other areas of the course to offer subject-based information, building upon prior knowledge, and resources for successful application of the learning and of tools expected for demonstration in the course.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.