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Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

INCC 123: Strategies For Success In College

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare adult students to participate knowledgeably, meaningfully, and successfully in higher education. The emphasis is on acquiring the appropriate values, knowledge, and skills to take part in the educational experience as an informed participant.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Ellis, Dave. Becoming a Master Student. 15th. Wadsworth, Inc.
    • ISBN-13:978-1-285-19389-2

Autobiographical Reading: Choose ONLY ONE

Angelou. All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes.  Random House. 1986. 978-0-679-73404-8 

Franklin. Franklin: The Autobiography.  Random House. 1990. 978-0-679-72613-5 

Malcolm X.  Autobiography of Malcolm X.  Random House. 1965. 978-0-345-35068-8 

Schultz. Pour Your Heart Into It. HarperCollins. 1997. 978-0-7868-8356-1

Wiesel. Night.  Hill and Wang, 2006.  978-0-374-50001-6

Dumas. Funny in Farsi. Random House, 2004.   978-0-8129-6837-8

Walls. The Glass Castle. Prentice Hall, 2006.  978-0-7432-4754-2

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

There are three broad objectives for this class (the specific objectives are listed below). The first objective is to systematically provide you with tools, skills, and personal insight that will enhance your ability as a student. These practical skills include information such as studying efficiently and effectively preparing for examinations. You will also experience a journey of personal growth and insight as you explore what type of learner you are (including taking a learning inventory). You will find this material in the textbook. This is the skills portion of the class.

The second objective is to provide you with valuable insight into the institution of higher education including its history, culture, traditions, and current context. The idea behind including this type of information is that if you understand the institution of higher education you will not only have a better appreciation and understanding of what it takes to obtain a college degree, you will also be more likely to complete one. You will also be better prepared to appreciate your education, and to obtain more personal enjoyment from the process. The educational process is a challenge but it should not be a burden. This is the knowledge portion of the class.

The third objective is not as obvious but is nonetheless very essential. You will be challenged to perform at the college level. If you are able to complete this class, keep up with the readings, demonstrate your understanding of what you have learned, and appropriately communicate your knowledge in writing, you will be well prepared for the rigors of future coursework. This class provides you with valuable experience in reading, participating, and writing at the college level. This is the values portion of the class.



Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Objectives

  • Values:
  • Assume personal responsibility for learning.
  • Understand the purpose and utility of lifelong learning.
  • Knowledge:
  • Identify and explicate implications of personal learning style.
  • Understand the accreditation process for institutions of higher education.
  • Define and identify quality and legitimate sources of higher education.
  • Define and identify various delivery systems, and venues within higher education.
  • Identify and explicate sources for academic support, remedial services, and tutoring.
  • Understand the purpose, current issues, history, and context of higher education in modern society.
  • Understand the implications and consequences of grade inflation, and types of grading systems.
  • Understand the implications and consequences of plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty.
  • Understand theory, purpose and different means of student assessment.
  • Define and identify different types of institutions for higher education.
  • Understand theory of multiple intelligences and create personal intelligence profile.
  • Understand the liberal arts philosophy of higher education.
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically analyze material and assimilate information into a paper of significant length using APA or MLA style.
  • Skills
  • Identify types of students in college setting and understand the basic differences between their approaches to learning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to access library resources.
  • Organize and prioritize time to accomplish college level expectations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to paraphrase and summarize complex written material or ideas.
  • Demonstrate effective note taking skills.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use word processing software.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use Email.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use the Internet as well as identify legitimate/trustworthy sources of information.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with fellow students and the instructor.
  • Identify and/or create personal sources of support and resources relevant to individual circumstances. Demonstrate and articulate suggested best practices for individual study time and test preparation.
  • Articulate and demonstrate test taking skills.
  • Articulate and demonstrate memorization strategies.
  • Articulate and demonstrate reading skills.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use institutional resources (such as the catalog and other resources) to research issues of policy, problem solve, and self-advocate.
  • Demonstrate an ability to write at the college level using the MLA or APA style.
  • Demonstrate an ability to correctly cite and reference sources in formal papers.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussion Assignments 350 35%
Dropbox 200 20%
Exams and Quizzes 350 35%
Final Paper 100 10%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1: Introductions 10 Sunday
Discussion 2 20
Discussion 3 20
Dropbox 1: Learning Style Paper 50
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 20 Wednesday
Discussion 5 20 Sunday
Dropbox 2: Higher Education 50
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 20 Wednesday
Discussion 7 20
Discussion 8 20 Sunday
Quiz 1 50
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 20 Wednesday
Discussion 10 20 Sunday
Midterm Exam 100
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 20 Wednesday
Discussion 12 20 Sunday
Quiz 2 50
Dropbox 3: Introduction and Thesis 50
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 20 Wednesday
Discussion 14 20 Sunday
Quiz 3 50
Dropbox 4: Rough Draft 50
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15 20 Wednesday
Discussion 16 20 Sunday
Dropbox 5: Final Paper 100
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 17 20 Wednesday
Discussion 18 20 Saturday
Final Exam 100
Total Points 1000

Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Introduction: The Master Student and First Steps
Readings

Ellis: Introduction and Chapter 1. Reading the assigned texts is essential to doing well in this class.

Discussion 1: Introductions
Introduce yourself in the "Introductions" topic in the Discussions area of our course. Please give us more than your name. Include your profession, hobbies, interests, and any other information that can help us get to know you. Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Sunday.
Discussion 2
After reading the Introduction, identify a habit that you would like to change. Choose a new behavior that will replace the habit. Discuss at least 5 master student traits you will engage in to commit to the new behavior. Finally, write an intention statement to break the habit and/or commit to the new behavior that you can refer back to and repeat as necessary to help accomplish your goal. (p 4-6, 29-30) Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Sunday.
Discussion 3
Listen to Jackie Robinson’s “This I Believe” essay in the Content area. Activism—actively taking a stand or supporting a cause—is a major theme here. How does Jackie Robinson take personal responsibility for the area where he was able to learn most about then able to make a change in an imperfect society? Identify some of his messages that demonstrate the concept of hope for a brighter future. Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Sunday.
Dropbox 1: Learning Style Paper

Submit your Learning Style Paper to the appropriate Dropbox by Sunday at 11:59PM Central Time. This paper should be 2-3 pages in length. Complete the learning style inventory that begins on page 42 in Ellis text. The actual learning style inventory is on pages LSI pgs 1-8. Discuss the modes where you are strong and those where you are weak. Next, complete the checklist regarding your Multiple Intelligences on pages 48-49. Again, discuss your strengths and weaknesses in the various categories of intelligences. Summarize your paper by answering the two questions below:

a) Regarding my preferences for learning, I discovered…
b) Given my preferences for learning, I intend to…

Week 2: Defining a Higher Education Institution and Planning and Memory for the College Student
Readings
Ellis: Chapters 2 and 3. Read the first 1/3 of the autobiography you have chosen.
Discussion 4
What are 3 goals that you have specifically chosen as long term, mid-term, and short term? How did you move these goals from vague to specific? What are 3 strategies you will use to avoid procrastination so that your goals will be completed in a timely manner? Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Wednesday.
Discussion 5
Of the 20 memory techniques listed, what are the top five that work best for you? Discuss the circumstances where one of these memory techniques works well. How does your attention to these circumstances influence the effectiveness of these memory techniques? There is a video that examines a method called the memory palace. This may give you another tool to enhance your memory. Today there is little emphasis on such rigorous enhancement of memory because we rely on books, written notes, PDA’s and the Internet. We can always look it up. Or can we? Discuss your opinion regarding the utility of having a good memory. Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Sunday.
Dropbox 2: Higher Education
Submit your Response Paper to the appropriate Dropbox by Sunday at 11:59PM Central Time. This paper is to be 2-3 pages in length. Review the resources listed in the Content area to discuss the background, history and philosophy of liberal arts, the different types of colleges and universities, and the types of accreditation in higher education. If you find additional web resources that you would like to include, you may do so, but remember to cite the sources appropriately. APA or MLA should be used. Choose APA or MLA now, and use this style for your research paper that will be due later in the term.
Week 3: Readings and Notes
Readings
Ellis: Chapter 4 and 5. Read through the second third of your autobiography.
Discussion 6
Discuss at least three techniques you use to increase the speed of your reading. Of the 9 steps listed for muscle reading, name four that work best for you. Give examples or list why the speed reading techniques and steps for muscle reading work for you. Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Wednesday.
Discussion 7
What strategies have you use in the past for note taking? After reading this chapter, what new strategies will you apply to note taking? Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Wednesday.
Discussion 8
Visit the Master Student Hall of Fame on the textbook website. Choose a master student and discuss at least five of the qualities of a master student (pgs. 3-5) that this person exhibits. Give examples from this person’s story that show how s/he exhibits the qualities you identify. Identify 5 qualities of a master student that you feel you need to work on or that you already excel with. Give examples from your life that explain how you need to improve or are already strong with this master student quality. Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Sunday.
Quiz 1
Complete Quiz 1 (Chapters 1-3) in the Quizzes area of the Course. You will have two attempts for this quiz, although you need only take the quiz once if you choose. The highest score will be recorded in the grades section. This is in effort to give you the opportunity to master the material in the Ellis text.
Week 4: Preparing for Tests and Understanding Assessment and Grade Inflation
Readings
Ellis: Chapter 6; Read article by David Martinson, “A Perhaps ‘Politically Incorrect’ Solution to the Very Real Problem of Grade Inflation” (in the Content area).
Discussion 9
What are some common errors that you make while taking a test? How much does test anxiety contribute to these errors? What strategies do you use to combat these errors? How do you stay calm while taking a test, thus decreasing test anxiety? In the end, do you learn from your mistakes? Summarize your thoughts after reviewing your mistakes on a test, and evaluate the other above questions and write supporting details that fully explain your answers. Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Wednesday.
Discussion 10
Higher education used to be reserved for the elite in society. A small percentage of privileged males had the means and the access to universities. Times have changed and while higher education is more accessible it is increasingly viewed as a commodity rather than a process. What causes grade inflation and is grade inflation an inevitable result of market pressures? What should students reasonably expect regarding grades? What, if anything, should be done about grade inflation if it does exist? Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Sunday.
Midterm Exam
Complete the Midterm Exam in the Quizzes area of the course. The Midterm Exam is comprehensive over all reading material including the article on grade inflation. Review all resources listed in the content area, and complete the exercises at the end of each chapter to prepare for the exam. Study guide available in the Content area under Week 4.
Week 5: Critical thinking and Communication
Readings
Ellis: Chapter 7 and Chapter 8. Finish reading your autobiography.
Discussion 11
Recall a time when you experienced an “aha!” moment. How did the concept of serendipity play into this moment? List two questions that you asked yourself that contributed to your “aha!” moment. Did those questions contribute to the creative solution or concept that you understood in a different way? Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Wednesday.
Discussion 12
Describe a situation where you communicated well or poorly. Illustrate how the use of listening and speaking were important to resolve the situation or create conflict in the situation. Evaluate how you could have better communicated to improve this situation. Include any comments on nonverbal communication that are applicable. There is a video in the content area about the power of smiling that really shows how powerful a simple smile can be. Finally, analyze how your emotional intelligence played into this dialogue. Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Sunday.
Quiz 2
Complete Quiz 2 (Chapters 7, 8) in the Quizzes area of the Course. You will have two attempts for this quiz, although you need only take the quiz once if you choose. The highest score will be recorded in the grades section. This is in effort to give you the opportunity to master the material in the Ellis text.
Dropbox 3: Introduction and Thesis
Submit your Introduction and Thesis to the appropriate Dropbox by Sunday at 11:59PM Central Time. Response paper is to be 2-3 pages in length, in APA or MLA format. First, decide if you will use APA or MLA format for your research paper. Use your chosen format for this paper. Second, define why you chose the autobiography and what you have learned so far about the writer. Define the points that you would like to discuss in your research paper. Include an introduction and thesis statement or abstract depending on the format you will use. Remember to incorporate the topic of the traits of a master student in your thesis or abstract.
Week 6: Diversity in Education and Applying Technology to Learning
Readings
Ellis: Chapters 9 and 10
Discussion 13
Discuss at least three strategies used to communicate across cultures. Provide an example of when you used at least one of these strategies to effectively communication in your life. Reflect on the stereotypes you have held during your life. How did you uncover way to approach this stereotype in a more fair way and how did this new approach facilitate better communication? Be sure to use proper language when discussing stereotypes and avoid derogatory slurs. Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Wednesday.
Discussion 14
What is actually happening in your life that improving your path to financial freedom? Briefly define your learning styles and discuss how you’re learning styles effect how you manage your money. What do your spending habits say about your values, particularly related to your education? There is a video in the content area that discusses financial planning from an interesting perspective which includes insight about our past and future selves. This may help with your path to financial planning. Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Sunday.
Quiz 3
Complete Quiz 3 (Chapters 9, 10) in the Quizzes area of the Course. You will have two attempts for this quiz, although you need only take the quiz once if you choose. The highest score will be recorded in the grades section. This is in effort to give you the opportunity to master the material in the Ellis text.
Dropbox 4: Rough Draft
Submit your Rough Draft to the appropriate Dropbox by Sunday at 11:59PM Central Time. This paper is the middle section of your paper or a rough draft of the final paper. Be sure to include the first portion of your paper with the middle section as it makes it much easier to provide feedback. You will need to identify the sources that you will use at this point. You will need two (2) sources in addition to the Ellis text and the autobiography. This paper should be 4-6 pages in length.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Health of the College Student
Readings
Ellis: Chapter 11
Discussion 15
List three strategies to incorporate exercise into your busy schedule. Explain how each strategy is realistic and the benefits it will provide. List three strategies to change your diet in a healthy manner. Explain how each strategy is realistic and the benefits it will provide. There is an interesting video that discusses three cultures where people live regularly to be 100 and older. At the end of the video there are practices that increase longevity. These strategies may help you in developing a plan for healthier eating and incorporating exercise into your life. Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Wednesday.
Discussion 16
Listen to Eleanor Roosevelt’s This I Believe essay in the Content area. How does Roosevelt think you can use the right of personal choice and critical thinking to truly achieve what you were put here to do, in other words, your destiny? Examine her rationale for calling herself a fatalist. Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Sunday.
Dropbox 5: Final Paper
Submit your Final Paper to the appropriate Dropbox by Sunday at 11:59PM Central Time. Additional information including paper details and a grading rubric is available in the Content area of the course.
Week 8: Synthesizing the Learning Experience and Future Career Planning
Readings
Ellis: Chapter 12
Discussion 17
Write a career plan for the next five years including details about how you will accomplish the goals such as the coursework you will take, the major of your degree, how you will finance the goals, and how you will approach your job search or desire for promotion. There are two videos in the content area that address creativity and motivation. They are both very insightful and may make a difference in your career planning. Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Wednesday.
Discussion 18
What attracted you to Columbia College and this course? Has this course met your expectations? How do you utilize the Columbia College website to enhance your student experience? What are the five tools on the website you find most helpful and why? What would you change about the website to better assist students such as yourself? Please post your response in the appropriate discussion topic by 11:59PM Central Time Saturday.
Final Exam
The final is comprehensive, covering all material in class. There will be one essay question over each chapter in your textbook for a total of 12 essay questions. You will have 2 hours to complete the exam. Review the final exam information located in the Content area.


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Quizzes and exams may not be taken late unless an extreme emergency situation permits for this. Instructor will make the decision regarding a make-up exam. Dropbox Assignments may be turned in late for half credit until the end of the course. It is the responsibility students to see that their personal and work lives are organized in such a way that they have ample time, energy, and resources to participate in a college level class.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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