Skills for Success

Course Details

Course Number: MWSU 1003  Section Number: 202, 204, 206, 208.

Spring 2011

Location: McCullough Hall

Classroom Number: 103

Days & Times:

202-MW 9:00-10:20

204-MW 11:00-12:20

206-TR 9:30-10:50

208-TR 11:00-12:20



Course Attachments

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Pamela Moss   
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Course Objectives

Skills for Success is designed to provide instruction in skills and strategies related to the

academic pursuit.  The goal is to enhance academic performance and foster academic

success.  Skills for Success is structured to provide the student with both a broad base of

information and specific instruction in various facets of the “academic pursuit”.  We will be

polishing learning and study strategies, as well as developing critical thinking, organizational,

and problem solving skills such that the student knows their academic strengths and

weaknesses and develops skills to manage information and maximize academic performance.

We will be practicing the application of these skills, techniques and strategies through

assignments, tests, and interactive, experiential learning exercises, which I hope you will

enjoy.


Course Expectations

 

  • Wong, Linda (2011). Essential Study Skills, 7th edition. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.  

 

  • Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI)  

                                                      

  • 3 Ring Binder (1 ½-2 inch spine.)

 

  • 5 Tab Dividers.

 

  • 3 Hole Loose Leaf Note Paper

 

  • Pocket Folder.

 

  • Daily Planner.

 

  • The textbook is required for this course and will be used to augment lectures, discussions, assignments, and class exercises.  We will also use the text as a workbook and will remove pages, therefore; no used texts should be purchased due to the likelihood of missing pages. The text must be in your possession by the third class period and brought to every class meeting.

 

  • The LASSI is required and will be administered in class.  It is not to be completed without instructor’s supervision.

 

  • The listed materials are required:You will use them to create your portfolio or record of your work and progress in the class.  Make an extreme effort on this task.  This is how you will keep all class information and other assignments organized, and you will be evaluated on organization, neatness, and thoroughness.

 

There are to be 5 sections in the three-ring binder, indicated by tab dividers, with content in chronological order as follows:

 

  1. CLASS ORGANIZATION- Syllabus, calendar, semester schedule overview, study schedules, grade contract
  2. Journal– Weekly in-class writing assignments
    1. Assessments–handouts and textbook assessments
    2. Handouts– All supplemental information and visual aids
    3. NOTES- Lecture notes, class experiences & exercises

 

All students must have text and ALL materials by the third class session and The text and three-ring binder must come with you to each and every class.


Grading Standards

The basis for your final course grade will be the accumulation of points through exams, portfolio assessments, class exercises and group projects.

 

 

Exams

 

40% of grade

 

400 points

- 3 exams @100 pts.

 

- Final @100 points

Exam I   

Exam II 

Exam III

Final Exam  -   Comprehensive

Group Study  Project

12.5% of grade

125 points

Each student will be responsible for working collaboratively with their assigned study group to produce a work group study product in response to an assigned chapter and lecture topics. Standards of evaluation will be discussed in class.

Portfolio Checks

47.5% of grade

475 points

1 @ 125 points

2 @ 175 points

Students are expected to fully participate in class activities, read the text, and take relevant notes. These notes and activities are to be filed in the student’s portfolio/binder which will be collected 3 times during the semester to evaluate class work, notes, and comprehension of text reading assignments.  Part of the monthly portfolio requirements will be based on text reading and assignments.  

 

TOTAL

1,000

 

       

 

 

Grade

 

 Points

A   

 

   900-1000

B      

 

800-899

C                            

 

700-799

D

 

600-699

F

 

 Less than 600


Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

1.  Use of electronic devices will not be allowed during class. ZERO TOLERANCE. This means all electronic devices are to be turned off and out of your sight and mine.  Violation of this policy will be viewed as a conduct issue with appropriate consequences. Students are expected to adhere to the Standards of Conduct as published in the Student Handbook. *

 

2.  All class members are expected to behave in a respectful manner.  Disrespect, an indifferent attitude, and/or disruptive behavior, will not be tolerated and will result in the student being dropped from the course with a grade of F and referred to the Dean of Students.

 

3.  All “due” assignments will be due that class period at the beginning of class unless otherwise informed. Work turned in after class is considered late. No late work will be accepted unless specific arrangements, due to extenuating circumstances, have been made with the instructor in advance. 

 

4.  A missed test will be eligible for makeup only if due to an officially excused absence with *proper documentation provided. Test makeup will be scheduled the day the student returns to class. Tests will be returned for review in a timely manner. 

 

5.  Substitute or extra credit work is not offered.  Doing what is required will accomplish the learning goals.

            *In all cases, it is the student’s responsibility to stay current with class activities and assignments.  Being absent is not an excuse for missing notes or writing assignments.  If proper documentation is provided as to the reason for the absence and the absence is excused in accordance with university policy, the student must request any missed work, handouts, or materials the day they return to class.  Students should refer to the current MSU student handbook and activities calendar for University policies and Student Honor Creed on academic dishonesty, class attendance, student’s rights, and activities.


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is mandatory:  Class attendance and class participation are deemed essential and considered part of the grade. Students are required to attend all class meetings, and attendance is documented with a sign-in sheet at the beginning of each class period. Students are well advised to plan carefully regarding appointments and/or work schedules to avoid missing class.

 

Absences:An illness or emergency that may result in a student missing class should be promptly reported to me by phone message or email.   Extended absences due to extenuating or medical circumstances should be reported to the Dean of Students office, as well.  I may excuse an absence at my discretion in accordance with university policy.  Please be advised that it is the student’s responsibility to notify me and provide documentation of the reason for an absence, and to request that an absence be excused.  If an excused absence is granted, the student may be eligible for make-up work.  NOTE:  The student must take the initiative; the student should report the reason and request an excused absence and any make-up work the first class after they return.  If this does not occur, the absence will be determined to be unexcused.  Absences should be infrequent even if excused.   I consider more than 3 excused absences to be excessive, which places the student at risk of incurring unexcused absences.  Unexcused absences are unacceptable.  I consider unexcused absences to be a conduct issue and I generally drop students with an F after 3 unexcused absences. Students are required to keep track of their own attendance and are responsible for knowing how many absences they have incurred.


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.