Home » 2011/2012 GE Model » CPED1999 / SAGE102 – First-Year Experiential Learning
Suggested Year of Study:1theme-4
Duration:2 Semesters
Credit units:0
Offering unit:RC

Residential Colleges



Course Description

This course will use information obtained in the first offerings of SAGE100 to refine and improve the course. This two-semester course is designed to orient first-year students to collegial life, living and learning opportunities, and RC learning goals at the University of Macau. It provides active learning opportunities which enable students to take responsibility for their transition to university and RC life. The course also serves the function of forming student learning communities, which, facilitated by RC faculty, encourage students to explore a wide range of experiential learning activities in RC competency areas (Global Citizenship, Cultural Engagement, Healthy Living, Interpersonal Relations and Teamwork, Leadership and Service) while documenting and assessing their personal growth in an e-portfolio. Students are responsible for submitting e-portfolio project(s). The course runs parallel to and complements the University’s RC requirements for first–year students. Students enrolled in the course develop skills while gaining knowledge and experiences which equip them for the successful completion of the RC requirements and achievement of RC learning goals for first-year students. (SAO topics from the former SASG100 “University Life” will be made available to students in a variety formats as a supplement to this RC course.)

The course includes the following components:

  1. 6 eighty-minute classes devoted to RC Competency development, experiential learning activities, and e-portfolio skills, held in the RC throughout the
    academic year.
  2. RCs manage their own in-house process for re-assigning students to alternative sections, as needed.
  3. Individual RCs may require enhancements to the six class meetings, including skills workshops during first-year orientation, online components, ad hoc
    curricular-based competency workshops, group project meetings, assessment activities, and the like. Course enhancements will be entirely facilitated and scheduled by each RC.
  4. E-portfolio project(s) will be assigned by each RC with the details of the project(s) at the discretion of the RC. At the minimum, the eportfolio project(s) should require first-year students to engage each RC competency in a substantive manner.
  5. Each RC will arrange self and peer assessment activities for first-year students enrolled in the course.


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Plan the goals of their own university life;
  2. Demonstrate active learning and personal growth experiences in each of the 5 RC Competency areas;
  3. Communicate effective personal engagement with RC competencies in eportfolio page construction and meaningful reflective writing about experiential learning;
  4. Deliver thoughtful self-assessment and peer-assessment.