Interdisciplinary Studies (IDIS)

IDIS 501  Research Methods  (4 Credits)  

In this course students will investigate methods, assumptions, constructs and principles in the social/behavioral sciences and education. Students in this trans-disciplinary course utilize the process and products of research to understand and explore their particular area of study. This introductory course will provide depth and context through the consideration of research terminology, conception, design, implementation, and analysis. Students develop research skills required in specific majors, learn disciplinary norms for ethical research, and understand the generation of new knowledge in their chosen field.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 500 The Writing Process, CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry, MATH 504 Statistics, and one of the following: PSY 501 Introduction to Psychology, SOC 501 Introduction to Sociology, or CRIM 500 Introduction to Criminology, or EDU 510 Foundations of Education.
IDIS 502  College Success Seminar  (2 Credits)  

College Success Seminar provides the foundation for an informed and meaningful college experience. In the seminar, students discover how their individual capacities position them for the attainment of their goals within the academic community of Granite State College. The course broadens understanding of key concepts common to integrative learning within higher education settings, particularly focusing on the ways multiple academic disciplines can improve success in applied careers. It empowers students to become informed users of information as well as engage in research and planning for subsequent courses. Students in this course will consider the ways various learning opportunities relate to one another and to the individual's personal, academic, and career goals. College Seminar fosters the self-awareness and intellectual perspective that are the hallmarks of well-educated persons and lifelong, engaged learners. For students in the AA General Studies program, this course will also guide students in developing their twenty credit academic concentration within the associate degree.

IDIS 601  Interdisciplinary Seminar   (4 Credits)  

Many problems in today’s society are complex with no simple method of solving them. It is therefore imperative for civic-minded people to explore issues from multiple viewpoints and frameworks. The course analyzes specific themes as they relate to local or global communities while encouraging civil discourse among classmates. The seminar’s specific topic varies by individual course section. Students approach a contemporary issue or problem and explore its causes and significance. Students are asked to use advanced problem-solving skills and methodologies to reflect on the topic, discuss possible approaches with peers, and investigate solutions using interdisciplinary research and analysis. The final product for this course contains a presentational component.

Prerequisite(s): All General Education Requirements including CRIT 602.

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  1. Use interdisciplinary knowledge to connect and analyze information on a specific topic from multiple perspectives and cultural frameworks.
  2. Construct a problem statement with evidence of the most relevant contextual factors, identify multiple approaches for solving complex problems, and evaluate solutions within their historical, cultural, geographic, or political climate.
  3. Utilize current information resources to conduct research, synthesize material, and present findings.
  4. Ethically and respectfully engage in civil discourse concerning complex, real-world issues.
  5. Integrate academic work with community engagement, producing a tangible product (for example: piece of legislation or policy, management survey, research paper, grant proposal, informational webinar on proposed solutions, module lesson plan, or community project) and responding to community needs and assets throughout the process.
  6. Identify and reflect on the relationship between learning in this course and future academic goals (especially Integrative Capstone planning) or professional practice.

IDIS 805  Evidence-Based Decision-Making  (3 Credits)  

This course will guide students as they develop the necessary skills to identify, access, and incorporate the best available evidence using valid and reliable sources to make informed decisions. Students will explore the process of developing knowledge, innovation, and quality improvement principles of evidence-based decision-making. Ethical standards for protecting human subjects are integrated throughout the course.

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  1. Evaluate appropriate and credible sources to inform decisions.
  2. Apply principles of evidence-based practice to inform decision making.
  3. Integrate valid and reliable information/evidence as the basis for evidence-based decision making.
  4. Discuss the ethical requirements to implement/translate evidence in decision-making including the ethics of conducting research with human subjects.
  5. Examine how evidence-based decision-making provides a framework for effective planning.