DOC900: Doctoral and Specialist Programs: Orientation

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Course Overview

This mandatory orientation course is the first step in the JIU doctoral program. Students will explore the challenges and opportunities of online learning, what’s expected of them as doctoral students, what they can expect from the JIU faculty, the structure of a typical JIU course, and the tools and resources available to support doctoral students. Students also will complete an analytical writing assessment to determine their writing skill level.

There are no course projects due for this orientation; however, there are several graded assignments that must be completed and submitted to ensure that students are familiar with the doctoral program and tools before beginning their first course.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Access JIU resources and elements within a JIU course.
  • Post a profile and read profiles posted by other members of the cohort.
  • Discuss plagiarism and aspects of the JIU Student Handbook in the Forum.
  • Contact the professors for their first course and their Student Solutions Advisor, providing an introduction and their reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree.
  • Plan their doctoral program by completing a transition point checklist.
  • Use new technology tools for communication and collaboration with their cohort and instructors.
  • Use support tools to assess and improve their writing.
  • Successfully complete the Analytical Writing Assessment.