NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

College Success

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: College Success
    B. Course Number: PS 113A - 10256
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: T Th 11:00:00 AM - 12:15:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Holloman, Terry
    G. Office: Ben Alexander Student Center (BAC) 208
    H. Email Address: THolloman@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2627
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 1:15:00 PM-02:45:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 12:15:00 PM-02:15:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 12:15:00 PM-1:45:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 1:15:00 PM-3:15:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: BAC202
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This is an introduction to college life and surveys topics from policies and procedures to career exploration. This course outlines strategies the student can use to achieve a successful college experience. The emphasis is on the attainment of superior personal and academic skills. This is a three credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This is a general education course. There is no guarantee that PS 113A will transfer to most two or four year colleges for credit. Information concerning articulation agreements with regional colleges and universities can be obtained at the NMJC Counseling Office. It is important to check with the institution to which you are planning to transfer to determine transferability. All students are encouraged to keep the course syllabus as it will help determine the transferability of this course credit to another institution.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Becoming A Master Student
    ISBN-13: 978-1-285-19389-2


    It is intended that the student write in these workbooks and make it ”theirs”. The workbooks cannot be sold back to the bookstore. They are intended to be kept for future use. Do not accept used books!

    Suggested:
    None.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

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

    Grading Policy:
    40% Attendance
    20% Chapter Activities and Exams
    20% Written Assignments
    20% Final Exam

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    1. Students will identify, describe, and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the context of complex and diverse communities.
    2. Students will articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture biology, history, and social institutions.
    3. Students will describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment.
    4. Students will apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate relevant issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    After completion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1. Recognize the importance of success skills in their life.
    2. Gain insight into how their own learning is best achieved through a learning skills inventory.
    3. Develop a time management system that will allow them to balance all aspects of life and reach the goals which they have set.
    4. Improve memory techniques and apply them to all aspects of one’s life.
    5. Improve reading skills by becoming an active reader.
    6. Discuss note taking skills and develop a system that works for them.
    7. Discover the art of test taking and improve one’s performance on tests.
    8. Improve their critical thinking skills in order to enhance learning.
    9. Recognize the importance of effective communication and other personal skills like money management and good health.
    10. Recognize the value of diversity that comes in many forms throughout academics and life.
    11. Increase awareness of available student services at NMJC.
    12. Determine their own personal academic/career goals and set a course to achieve them.

  10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Regular and punctual class attendance is important to the attainment of the educational objectives of this course. Attendance is required at all sessions of this course. Please note the Withdrawal Policy for additional information.

    Class begins promptly. If you are tardy, you must notify the instructor immediately after class; otherwise, you will be counted absent. If you leave class early, you will receive a tardy. Two tardies equal one absence. Students who have more than six absences in a MWF class, four absences in a TR class, or two absences in a night class may be dropped from this course. A student may lose the right to make up work missed once the maximum number of absences has been exceeded. All absences and extenuating circumstances need to be explained during office hours, not during class. If students know they are going to be absent, they should make prior arrangements with the instructor. Leave a message at 492-2627. The voice mail works twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The instructor's class roll is the official record of attendance. Attendance may be considered at the end of the semester if a student is within a point of a higher letter grade.

    Should a student be dismissed from the classroom due to some sort of disruption, I expect to see such student before the next time the class meets. Permanent dismissal may result if I deem it necessary to take the problem to the dean. If a student is asked to leave class for any reason, the student will be counted absent for that class period.

    Use of headphones in class is prohibited.

    If a student has a special health problem, he or she should (please) notify the instructor. (Please only discuss the situation with me during office hours.)

    Written assignments that are required to be word processed must submitted in standard font with one inch margins on standard 81\2" x 11" white paper. Handwritten work for these assignments will not be accepted.

    Plagiarism is cheating, and any student found guilty of plagiarism will receive a zero on the assignment and possibly fail the class.

  11. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at specialneeds@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  12. CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    This schedule is subject to change if necessary.

    Week 1 -- January 17 - Getting Started Assignments

    Week 2 – January 24 - Introduction: The Master Student, Declaration assignment due

    Week 3 – January 31 - Chapter 1: Discovering Yourself

    Week 4 – February 7 - Chapter 2: Time

    Week 5 – February 14 - Chapter 3: Memory

    Week 6 – February 21 - Chapter 4: Reading

    Week 7 – February 28 - Chapter 5: Notes

    Week 8 – March 7 - Chapter 6: Tests
    Mid Term Exam

    Week 9 – March 14 - Chapter 7: Thinking
    Becoming a Critical Thinker Assignment

    Week 10 – March 21 - Chapter 8: Communication

    Week 11 – March 27-31 -Spring Break

    Week 12 April 4 Chapter 9: Diversity

    Week 13 – April 11 - Chapter 10: Money

    Week 14 – April 18 - Chapter 11: Health

    Week 15 – April 25 – Chapter 12: Next Steps

    Week 16 - May 2 - Putting It All Together

    Final Exam: Monday, May 8, 2017 12-1:45 a.m.