College Success


  2. A. Course Title: College Success
    B. Course Number: PS 113A - 30108
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: M W 12:00:00 PM - 1:15:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Holladay, Kelly
    G. Office: Ben Alexander Student Center (BAC) 204
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2610
    J. Office Hours: This summer I'm not required to hold office hours. I'd be happy to set an appointment with you if needed.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: BAC202

    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.


    This is a general education course. It transfers as college credit and in many colleges and universities. There is no guarantee that PS 113A will transfer to most two or four year college 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. Planning for course credit transfer is ultimately the student’s responsibility. All students are encouraged to keep the course syllabus as it will help determine the transferability of this course credit to another institution.



    Becoming a Master Student 16th edition + MindTap (includes full eBook) by Dave Ellis

    ISBN 9781337596992

    (This is a NEW edition and old used books will not work. It is also a loose leaf version. You'll need to purchase a 3 ring binder!)

    Much of the work in this class is done through Canvas and MindTap. Access to an updated computer and access to Internet is essential for your success.


    Comfortable computer and Internet skills are quite necessary for this course. Prior Canvas experience would be extremely helpful. Willingness to be self motivated with great time management skills are also a plus.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    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

    Grades in this course will be based on the following:

    Assignments 40%
    Chapter Quizzes 40%
    Final Exam & Pre/Post Assessments 20%
    Attendance/Late Work 0% (Read Attendance/Late Work Policy!)

    Assignments: Includes several chapter assignments and discussions.

    Chapter Quizzes: At the end of each chapter is a short quiz. You'll have 30 minutes to complete each one. (Copies are in your book.)

    Final Exam and Pre/Post Assessments: The Final Exam will be comprehensive which means that questions can come from any point in the semester. Pre/Post Assessments will include an assessment of your knowledge coming into the class and exiting the class.

    Grade Rounding Policy: I round your final grade when appropriate. For example, if you end up with a 79.8, I will round that to 80, which is a "B". If your grade is 79.4, your grade remains a "C". Anything .5 or over will round up.

    Grading Response Time: I will do my best to have assignments graded within 10 days after their due date.

    Attendance and Late Work Policy: In order to promote success in college, this course will adhere to a strict attendance and late work policy.

    Concerning attendance and being late to class…In a T/R or M/W class, if you have more than 4 unexcused absences, you MAY be dropped from the course. Being late and or leaving early 3 times constitutes an unexcused absence.

    Excused absences must have proof (doctor’s note, funeral announcement, note from the coach/professor, etc.) and as much as possible provided before the absence.

    Concerning Late Work…In this class, you typically have 1 week to turn in assignments. The deadline will extend 1 week further, but will come with a late work penalty (significant points deducted at my discretion). After the week extension, the assignment will not be accepted! This extension does not apply to the Pre/Post Assessment or the Final Exam.

    Concerning the use of proper English, grammar, and spelling. In this class you are being taught skills to help you become a successful student. The expectation at NMJC is that you turn in professional college level work. If there is work turned in with poor grammar, spelling, English, text type language, you will be temporarily assigned a zero and it will be returned to you. You will be given the opportunity to resubmit within a reasonable time frame. In most assignments, 20% of your grade will be given for the proper answer and 80% of the grade for proper writing.


    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:


    Departmental objectives for this course state that by the end of this course, students should be able to...

    1) apply appropriate academic skills commonly recognized to lead to success in education and their careers.

    2) develop critical thinking skills to solve problems, navigate ethical dilemmas and evaluate relevant issues.

    3) apply necessary life skills in order to know self and contribute to a diverse community.


    By the end of this College Success course, students 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.


    To log into your course, go to NMJC's website at and look on the right hand side. Look for Canvas-Online Course Access. Click on it, log in, and then go to the courses pull down at the top. Click on your course-College Success.

    If NMJC's website is down, the direct link to Canvas is

    Concerning cell phones in the classroom: Cell phones used for anything outside classwork which is often permitted is very distracting to the professor, other students, and you! Please silence them and put them away during class! Your undivided attention will aid in your success for all of your classes! If they become a problem, I will collect them for the duration of the class. I appreciate your cooperation.


    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

    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.

    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, 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.


    This is the schedule I will do my best to follow, but is subject to change if necessary.

    Week 1 - Getting Started Assignments

    Week 2 - Canvas Basics & Pre Assessment

    Week 3 – Introduction: The Master Student

    Week 4 – Chapter 1: Discovering Yourself

    Week 5 – Chapter 2: Time

    Week 6 – Chapter 3: Memory

    Week 7 – Chapter 4: Reading

    Week 8 – Chapter 5: Notes

    Week 9 – Chapter 6: Tests

    Week 10 – Chapter 7: Thinking

    Week 11 – Chapter 8: Communicating

    Week 12 – Chapter 9: Money

    Week 13 – Health & Diversity

    Week 14 – Chapter 10: Next Steps

    Week 15 - Final Exam Review & Post Assessment

    Week 16 - Final Exam will be Wednesday, December 13th from 10:00-11:45.