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Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391


16 / 35 - Early Summer Session
May - June 2017

Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus
16 / 35 - Early Summer Session
May - June 2017
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: INCC 123 A
Course Title: Strategies for Success in College
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Thu 
Additional Notes:

This is a virtual/hybrid course which is a course in which approximately 1/3rd the content is taught online using D2L course management software and the course will be live streamed to other campuses.


Catalog 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 educational experience as an informed participant.




Becoming a Master Student 15th edition
Author: Ellis, D. (Houghton Mifflin)
ISBN: 9781285193892

Course Objectives

· Assume personal responsibility for learning.
· Understand the purpose and utility of lifelong learning.
· 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.
· Understand theory of multiple intelligences and create personal intelligence profile.
· Define and identify different types of institutions for higher education.
· 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.
· 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 beginning college level using the MLA or APA style.
· Demonstrate an ability to correctly cite and reference sources in formal papers

Special Course Requirements

Participation in this course requires the basic technology for all hybrid classes at Columbia College:

  • Computer with reliable Internet access
  • Web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office 2013

Instructional Methods

The class utilized a variety of methods of instruction including but not limited to: lecture, discussion, in class activities, videos, guest speakers, and other aids. As a hybrid course, students will be required to interact with the online course in D2L. Within the online course, students will review lecture videos, complete quizzes, participate in activities, and complete assignments.

Guest speakers will present information to help students familiarize themselves with Columbia College processes, procedures and resources.

Out of Class Activities

Students are expected to complete the required readings, watch online lecture videos, complete all "before" and "after" class activities, participate actively during class activities, prepare for in class discussions, and complete writing assignments.

Graded Activities

Discussions and Activities240 Points38% of grade
Description -

Each week students will complete a variety of activities in class and online via D2L. Online activities are due at the end of the week. Specific due dates discussed in class. At times, completion of an activity will be required before class in order to facilitate in-class discussion. Some activities completing "during" class will be counted for points.

Quizzes and Exams140 Points22% of grade
Description -

Beginning in Week 2, students will review online lecture videos and complete a quiz for each chapter. A total of 11 chapter quizzes will be completed online. Each quiz is worth 10 points. Students will have 30 minutes and 2 attempts to complete their quiz.
Unannounced oral pop quizzes will occur in class throughout the session. Points will vary per quiz and per question. Preparing for class prior to attending is important to ensure you able to answer the question asked.

Paper 1: Master Student Traits in the Future100 Points16% of grade
Description -

Through the semester students will practice their essay writing skills with various activities. By the end of the session, students will have written papers totally 8-10 pages in length.

For Paper 1, students will use what they have learned and write a 4 page paper due Sunday of Week 6. The paper will focus on the master student traits and how a student can use them through their college and professional careers. Students are required to use MLA citations from the textbook. Additional information will be provided in class. Completed papers must be submitted to the dropbox available in D2L.

Career Planning Project85 Points13% of grade
Description -

Students will complete an Interest Profiler and career planning project. The completion of this project will occur both in and out of the classroom. Students will be tasked with completing the interest profiler outside of class and providing a copy of their results to the instructor. They must be ready to discuss their profile and answer questions. Following completion of the interest profile and the in-class discussion, students will be tasked to write a 2 page reflection on their profile. Completion of the profile and in class discussion is worth 35 points. The reflection is worth 50 points.

Public Speaking Practice70 Points11% of grade
Description -

Students will complete a Public Speaking Practice Assignment. The assignment will provide students an opportunity to practice their public speaking in a low stakes environment. Students will research and select an appropriate topic, with help from the instructor, draft an outline of their speech, delivery their speech in class, and write a 1 page reflection on the process. Public speaking essentials will be covered during a class lecture and additional assignment requirements will be provided in class.


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Additional Information / Instructions

Course structure: The course content will be broken down into activities that the student must complete both in and out of the classroom. A complete discussion of how to be successful in the course will occur on the first night. Students should read the assignment chapters before attending class in order to prepare for class discussion, guest speakers, and possible in-class oral pop quizzes.
Late or missed assignment policy:
Discussions and activities: Students must adhere to all due dates provided in class. Discussions and activities may be submitted late, but will incur a 50% penalty, until the end of Week 6. After Week 6, late discussions and activities will NOT be accepted and no points will be given.
Exams and quizzes: Students should discuss any missing quizzes or exams prior to the due date. Make-up options or extended time may be offered at the discretion of the instructor.
Written assignments and papers: Student submitting writing assignments past the deadline. Less than 24 hours late will receive an automatic 20% deduction. Writing assignments submitted more than 24 hours past the deadline will receive an automatic 50% point deduction. No points will be given if submitted later than 48 hours past the deadline.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Developing the Master Student

Before class:

  • Read the Welcome Letter and watch the Welcome video and course tour video
  • Read Ellis introduction and Chapter 1

During class:

  • Student introductions and activity
  • Discussion of class format and hybrid course responsibilities
  • Lecture for Ellis introduction, Master Student traits, and Chapter 1
  • Guest speaker - Academic Advisor from the Evening Campus
  • Activities - details provided in class

After class:

  • Activities to be completed "after" class will be discussed during our class meeting

Read Ellis: Introduction and Chapter 1


Complete BEFORE class:

  • Read Welcome Letter
  • Watch course introduction video
Week 2
Time, Finding Your Flow & Career Planning

Before class:

  • Read Chapter 2
  • Complete the Interest Profile and bring your complete profile to class for discussion

During class:

  • Answer any questions from Week 1
  • Chapter 2 lecture and discussions
  • Finding your flow activity and discussion
  • Discussion of interest profile

After class:

  • Chapter 2 quiz
  • Additional activities to be completed "after" class will be discussed during our class meeting

Read Ellis: Chapters 2

Week 3
Memory and Reading

Before class:

  • Read Chapter 3 and 4

During class:

  • Chapter 3 and 4 lecture and discussion
  • Activities including a master student trait exercise, goal creation, and goal accountability project directions and pre-work

After class:

  • Complete the Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz
  • Complete Chapter 3 and 4 quizzes (2 separate quizzes)
  • Other activities as assigned

Read Ellis: Chapters 3 and 4

Week 4
Taking Notes and Taking Test

Before class:

  • Read Chapter 5 and 6

During class:

  • Chapter 5 and 6 highlights
  • Group discussion of selected reading
  • Guest speaker - Columbia College Historian
  • Activities to be determined

After class:

  • Complete Chapter 5 and 6 quiz (2 separate quizzes)
  • Additional activities as assigned

Read Ellis: Chapter 5 and 6

Week 5

Before class:

  • Read Chapter 7

During class:

  • Chapter 7 lecture and discussion
  • Group activities
  • Candy bar critical thinking activity

After class:

  • Article summary activity - becoming aware of your major in the news
  • Additional activities to be completed "after" class will be discussed during our class meeting

Read Ellis: Chapters 7

Week 6
Communicating and Diversity

Before class:

  • Read Chapter 8 and 9

During class:

  • Chapter 8 and 9 lecture and discussion
  • Guest speaker - Career Services
  • Preparation for Public Speaking Practice assignment (completed during Week 8)
  • Additional activities to be determined


  • Complete Chapter 8 and 9 quizzes
  • Complete the privilege quiz and reflection
  • Additional activities to be completed "after" class will be discussed during our class meeting
  • Complete and submit Paper 1: Master Student Traits in the Future

Read Ellis: Chapters 8 and 9

Additional Notes:

Paper 1: Master Student Traits in the Future is due Sunday of Week 6.

Week 7
Money and Health

Before class:

  • Read Chapter 10 and 11

During class:

  • Chapter 10 and 11 lecture
  • Guest speaker - Financial Aid
  • Other activities to be determined
  • Discussion of the public speaking assignment

After class:

  • Completion of money monitor and reflection
  • Complete Chapter 10 and 11 quizzes
  • Additional activities to be completed "after" class will be discussed during our class meeting
  • Prepare for your public speaking assignment

Read Ellis: Chapter 10 & 11

Week 8
Success is a continuous journey

Before class:

  • Read Chapter 12

During class:

  • Public Speaking Practice assignment presentations
  • Other activities to be determined

After class:

  • Complete and submit Public Speaking reflection
  • Complete Chapter 12 quiz
  • Additional activities to be completed "after" class will be discussed during our class meeting

Read Ellis: Chapter 12


Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Instructor Policy - Students will complete the Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz during the course. All final papers will be automatically scanned for academic dishonesty.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit for details.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - 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.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:, 1-855-200-4146


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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