The purpose of this course is to help new students make the transition into a college environment, focusing on the cognitive and behavioral dimensions of learning. Emphasis will be placed on written and oral communication. Students will develop an individualized protocol for efficient and effective learning and review strategies. Each student will be expected to meet individually with the instructor at least one time during the semester.
Academic Skills note-taking, test taking, reading, research, critical thinking, learning strategies, time management, academic advising/planning, communication skills
University Knowledge traditions, campus resources and facilities, Moffett Library, MSU policies, procedures, and regulations, cultural events/experiences
Life Skills transition into college, personal development, values awareness and clarification, health and wellness, goal setting
The basis for your final course grade will be the accumulation of points through assignments, tests, papers, projects, and presentations. 900-1000 (A), 800-899 (B), 700-799 (C), 600-699 (D), 599 and below (F).
All assigned work will be due at the beginning of class on the dates specified. No late work will be accepted unless specific arrangements have been made with the instructor. Once tests have been graded and returned, there will be no opportunity to make up that grade.
Students are required to attend all class meetings, and roll will be taken at the beginning of each class period. Each student will be allowed no more than 4 absences regardless of the reason. Students are to keep track of their own attendance. Students will be required to meet with the instructor for each absence in excess of the first two absences. Students not abiding by the course attendance policies will be dropped from the course after the 4th absence. Any personal emergencies that arise will be dealt with on an individual basis. Such emergencies should be reported to the Dean of Students office. Students that arrive late to class will be given a tardy. When a student receives 3 tardies, those are converted into 1 absence. However, a student who arrives to class 15 or more minutes late will be counted absent, not tardy for that day.
The use of cell phones for calls and/or texting is prohibited during class. This is a distraction to others. If a student is caught, they may be dismissed from class that day.