Jun 03, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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OR 0913 - Perspective, Potential, & Purpose

1 lecture hours 0 lab hours 1 credits

Course Description
This course will explore MSOE’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness, with an emphasis on intellectual, occupational, social, and cultural awareness in relation to personal identity and student success.  Through intentional planning and engagement, the course will help students increase motivation towards graduation. Face-to-face lectures introduce components of the dimensions of wellness with further discussion occurring in group and/or online. Students will then build personal interests, skills, and values by establishing connections through out-of-class activities.

With a comprehensive understanding of their interests, skills, and values, class participants will increase motivation to accomplish goals that support success at MSOE.  By exploring MSOE’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness, class participants will lead a well-balanced, productive life, and receive greater satisfaction in their experiences. This will allow them to better engage with, and fully realize, the MSOE Mindset in the classroom and upon graduation. (prereq: OR 0911  or instructor approval) 

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Define personal identity through the Eight Dimensions of Wellness, with an emphasis on intellectual, occupational, social, and cultural dimensions
  • Discover various dimensions of self from an internal and external lens
  • Create and follow through with a plan that gives purpose and direction towards accomplishing their personal and academic goals
  • Research and explore interests, skills, and values to influence internal and external motivation
  • Connect with on and off-campus resources to further explore personal interests, skills, and values
  • Implement strategies for reflection to increase self-awareness

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Identify the 3 components of the course [develop, reflect, connect] and the work that will be graded
  • Articulate the Eight Dimensions of Wellness and how they will further explore them throughout the course.

Academic Self

  • Examine their intellectual curiosity and assess their personal willingness to seek out and critically examine new information, and their openness to new ideas (I, So)
  • Formulate an academic planning system, demonstrating prioritization, time management, and study skills (I, P)
  • Establish relationships to demonstrate accountability and responsibility towards goals established in the course (So, I, Em)

Authentic Self

  • Define their core value system (Sp, C, En, Em)
  • Discuss the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and determine how to develop and utilize them (I, Em, P, So, O, En, C, Sp)
  • Differentiate between a fixed and growth mindset in relation to developing interests and improving skills (Em, So, O)

Career Self

  • Assess and articulate their strengths, skills, and interests (I, O)
  • Discover, through individual research and exploration, majors, extracurricular activities, and career opportunities
  • Engage with structured involvement opportunities related to their interests, skills and values (O, So, En, C)

Career Lens

  • Students will identify personal and environmental characteristics that promote satisfying career decisions (O, En, So, C)
  • Articulate how their interests, skills and strengths support long-term career goals (I, O, En, C)

Community Lens

  • Develop an understanding of their personal biases (Sp, C)
  • Students will establish awareness of similarities vs. differences and challenges vs. achievements within their local community through structured involvement opportunities (Sp, So, C, En)
  • Students will reflect on potential areas of value-creation within their community (So, Sp, C, En)
  • Examine their personal growth throughout the term and illustrate their findings in a final project and presentation


Cassie Vosters

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