MWSU 1233-106 MW 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
MWSU 1233-108 MW 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
MWSU 1233-111 TR 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
MWSU 1233-115 TR 11:OO AM - 12:20 PM
COURSE DESCRIPTION AND GOALS
Welcome to College Connections! This three-credit hour course is designed to help you transition into a college community and provide opportunities for you to gain knowledge and skills essential to achieving your educational objectives. You have probably been told that college will be much different from high school, and now is your chance to find out. Every student’s journey will be different. We will cover topics that will be helpful to you in your personal and academic life during this transition. The goal of this course is to improve your chances of having a successful and productive university experience. Some of you may struggle to meet the demands of your new life for a variety of reasons. No matter where you are on this continuum, you will benefit from the concepts, activities, skills, and connections in this course.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to improve your skills in the following areas:
ACADEMIC SKILLS: Taking notes, reading, study strategies, test taking, research, critical thinking, time management, academic planning, oral and written communication skills, intellectual discourse, and use of technology for distance learning
Evaluated by: Participation in class discussions, exercises and assignments, lecture notes, research projects, time management study, WebCt Blackboard assignments, completion of a Learning Portfolio, and a final exam
UNIVERSITY KNOWLEDGE: How to utilize university resources and navigate M.S.U. policies and regulations
Evaluated by: Attendance at various campus events and completion of summary reports on the experience, class discussions, library tour and presentations
SKILLS FOR LIVING: Transition into college, information literacy, financial literacy, values awareness, working in a diverse environment, health and wellness, goal-setting, and career planning
Evaluated by: Group participation and interaction, class discussions, Majors Fair attendance and assignment, and career research project
REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS
ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE ALL REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS BY THE THIRD CLASS MEETING. YOUR REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS MUST COME WITH YOU TO EACH CLASS.
Grades are earned through your performance and participation; they are not given. Please remember this throughout your college career. Your goal for this course is not simply to earn a satisfactory grade, but to learn and apply skills which will lead to your success. You will get out of a course what you put into it.
Extra credit is not available. The key to passing this course is staying on track with assignments and homework when due as well as adequate preparation for tests. Occasional bonus points may be available at the discretion of the instructor.
You are allowed only one make-up test. If you believe special circumstances apply, you must bring your required documentation and schedule an appointment with the instructor. Make-up tests are offered only during the last week of the semester.
Course Grade will be assigned on the following point scale:
800 - 899
700 - 799
600 - 699
000 - 599
Written assignments in college classes must ordinarily be typed unless you are otherwise instructed. Although this is not an English course, students are expected to practice, expand and refine communication skills. If an assignment is not completed by the assigned day and that assignment is essential to participation in the day’s activity, you may be asked to leave and complete the assignment before joining the class, and that day will be marked as an unexcused absence.
LATE ASSIGNMENT POLICY
Assignments will be collected at the beginning of class on the dates specified. No late work will be accepted or graded unless specific arrangements have been made with the instructor in advance of the due date. Being absent from class does not excuse you from turning in assignments when they are due. It is your responsibility to stay current with class assignments. If you must miss a class, arrange for someone to bring your completed assignment to me before class.
ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION IS CRUCIAL TO DOING WELL IN THIS CLASS!
YOU ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN EACH CLASS MEETING ON TIME AND PREPARED BY READING AND DOING RELEVANT ASSIGNMENTS PRIOR TO CLASS.
Attendance will be documented with your signature on the class attendance sheet at the beginning of each class period.
If you are late to class and the attendance sheet has been taken up by the instructor before you arrive, you are considered absent. In other words, 1 Tardy = 1 Absence.
CLASSROOM CONDUCT AND PARTICIPATION
As a college student, you will be treated and respected as an adult. You are expected to take responsibility for your learning and exhibit courtesy and respect toward your instructor and fellow students. Due to the nature of discussions involved in this class, it is important to listen and to be tolerant of different viewpoints, values, and opinions in such a manner as to maximize learning for yourself and your classmates. This course is designed for you. Class activities and discussions will focus on behaviors which contribute to a successful and positive college experience.
Basic Ground Rules:
· Value differences as strengths and have considerations for viewpoints other than your own
· One person speaks at a time
· Laugh with each other – not at each other
· Maintain confidentiality if requested
· No one dominates – everyone participates
Instructors may drop a student from a class for either disruptive conduct, consistently failing to complete classroom assignments, excessive absences, or academic dishonesty. A student dropped for any of these reasons will be given a course grade of “F”. Students should refer to the current MSU Student Handbook & Activities Calendar and the MSU Undergraduate Catalog for university policies on academic dishonesty, class attendance, and student’s rights and activities.
If you have questions, need help, or want to discuss something in more detail than is possible in class, please come see me. I have office hours and am available at other times by appointment. Please don’t let problems slide until it is too late!