Wilkes University

First-Year Programs

Get started on the right foot! Students enrolled in the First-Year Foundations benefit from a carefully monitored transition to college-level studies. The resources of the University are made readily available to support the success of first-year students. In addition to these services, students enroll in a First-Year Foundations course, such as the one that follows:

FYF 101
Intelligence Applied: In the Classroom & Beyond

Textbook | Intelligence: A Short Introduction, Ian Deary
Semester Essay
This course will explore the application of intelligent behavior to achieve goals in academic and non-academic environments. Generally, intelligent behavior will be defined as, "selecting the response to a situation that maximizes our potential for success." Students will learn that an important test of intelligence is the capacity to adapt to one's environment. The environment to be examined in this context is the academic environment of higher education, specifically Wilkes University. Readings will be assigned to relate the classroom discussions directly to the students' experiences as they make the transition to this "novel" environment.

A partial list of the topics to be studied include the relationship of self-image to performance, the importance of goal-directed behavior, Decision-making techniques, and the application of strategic learning. Strategic learning theories imply that intelligence is based in large part on the collection of tactics that people can call upon for a given task. The specific tasks that will be explored in this course include learning from lectures, learning from college texts, and preparing for examinations.

After a brief history of the theories of intelligence, students will explore the concept of multiple intelligence through an in-depth study of Robert Sternberg's Triarchic Theory. They will consider the analytical, creative, and practical applications of intelligence, and will work to solve a series of exercises to isolate and enhance these aspects of their thinking. In addition to exercises commonly found on IQ tests, students will complete legal reasoning problems, information-evaluation problems, selective encoding, comparison and combination problems, and the identification of inferential fallacies.