NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

College Success

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: College Success
    B. Course Number: PS 113A - 30107
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: M W F 11:00:00 AM - 11:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Miller, Richard
    G. Office: Ben Alexander Student Center (BAC) 207
    H. Email Address: RMiller@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2626
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-1:45:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-02:15:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-1:45:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-02:15:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: BAC214
  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: 9781337596992
    This is a "loose-leaf" version. It is recommended that the student obtain a 3 ring binder.


    It is intended that the student write in this workbook and make it ”theirs”. The workbook cannot be sold back to the bookstore. It is intended to be kept for future use. Do not accept a used book!

    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
    

    40% of Grade Based on Attend
    20% of Grade Based on Exams
    20% of Grade Based on Written Assignments
    20% of Grade Based on 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 apply appropriate academic skills commonly recognized to lead to success in education and their careers.
    2. 2. Students will develop critical thinking skills to solve problems, navigate ethical dilemmas and evaluate relevant issues.
    3. 3. Students will apply necessary life skills in order to know self and contribute to a diverse community.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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. 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 Tuesday, November 21, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

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

    Aug. 21-30: Chapter 1, First Steps
    Sept. 1: Exam #1
    Sept. 6-11: Chapter 2, Planning
    Sept. 13-20: Chapter 3, Memory
    Sept. 22: Exam #2
    Sept. 25-Oct 2: Chapter 4, Reading
    Oct. 4-6: Chapter 5, Note Taking
    Oct. 9: Exam #3
    Oct. 11-13: Chapter 6, Test Taking
    Oct. 16-20: Diversity
    Oct. 23: Exam #4
    Oct. 25-Nov. 1: Critical Thinking
    Nov. 3: Exam #5
    Nov. 6-15: Critical Thinking
    Nov. 17: Exam #6
    Nov. 20-29: Creative Problem Solving
    Dec. 1-4: Chapter 12, What's Next
    Dec. 6: Exam #7
    Dec. 8: Review Day
    Dec. 11-13: Final Exam