NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE
|A.||Course Title:||College Success|
|B.||Course Number:||PS 113A - 30564|
|G.||Office:||Mansur Hall (MH) 123|
|I.||Office Phone:||(575) 492-2624|
|J.||Office Hours:||As this is an online course, the preferred form of contact is the Canvas inbox, for which students can usually expect a reply within 24 hours. In addition, I am on campus from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday in Mansur Hall rooms 123 and 123.|
|K.||Time Zone:||Mountain Time|
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 teaching core academic skills that transfers for credit at many colleges and universities. This or a similar course is a requirement for incoming freshman. 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. 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 by Dave Ellis
ISBN: 13: 978-1-337-09710-9
Links to relevant videos and other information will be provided via the course shell in Canvas.
Students may purchase books online here: http://www.nmjcbookstore.net/home.aspx
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:
Exams (Midterm & Final) 20%
Assignments-Will include several chapter assignments, discussion board posts, and class projects.
Exams-Will include a mid-term and a final.
Grading Response Time: I will do my best to have assignments graded within one week of their due date or before the next assignment is due.
Late Work: This is a fast-paced, 8-week course. As a result, there is no flexibility in terms of accepting late work. If you miss one week of this course, that counts as two weeks in a regular semester-long class. All students will typically have one week to complete assignments. For late work, I will give one additional week beyond the due date. Work submitted after the due date will automatically drop a minimum of one full letter grade (if you scored a B-, you will be marked down to a C- as a result of late submission); I reserve discretion to deduct points from assignments based upon on the circumstances of a student's failure to submit in accordance with the course specifications. Any assignment submitted more than one week after the specified due date will receive a zero (0).
In addition, I will not accept questions or problems as excuses for incomplete work at the last minute. In other words, if you are having a problem with Canvas one hour before your assignment is due on a given date, do contact me in the Canvas inbox to explain your situation. DO ALSO EXPECT: a deduction in your grade for late work when the deadline passes, and if submitted later than one week past the deadline, a zero.
Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.
Tips for Success in Online Courses:
1. Log in to class regularly.
2. Pay attention.
3. Take notes.
4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
7. Read the text.
8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.
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 STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
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.
This course is unique in that it focuses metacognition, or, thinking about thinking. In this course you will learn strategies and skills for improving your academic performance and tailoring your college experience to you specifically. It is up to you, the students, to decide whether to absorb and make use of what you learn in this course. The work done in this course is designed to get you thinking about your own personal strengths and weaknesses, and is applicable beyond the scope of the college experience.
Many students fail to take this course seriously as an opportunity to both better their GPAs and to learn about themselves in the context of learning. DO NOT be one of those students. I will provide you with the opportunity to create a resume and with other assignments designed to help you be successful in the future.
The course content of College Success is designed so that 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.
If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.
Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.
You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.
To log into your course, go to NMJC's website at nmjc.edu and look on the right hand side. Look for Canvas-Online Course Access. Click on it. Log in, 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 https://nmjc.instructure.com/login.
This is an 8-week, condensed, fast-paced, fully-online class. Computer skills are a requirement and students can expect to spend a minimum of four-six hours per week on this course.
Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.
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 email@example.com.
Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.
If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.
The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into 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 and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.
Online Learning Environment
By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.
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.
Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.
The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.
The following is a general course outline for this
Week 1 - Getting Started Assignments
Week 2 – Introduction: The Master Student & Chapter 1: Discovering Yourself
Week 3 – Chapter 2: Time and Chapter 3: Memory
Week 4 – Chapter 4: Reading & Chapter 5: Notes
Week 5 – Chapter 6: Tests & Mid Term Exam
Week 6 – Chapter 7: Thinking & Chapter 8: Communicating
Week 7 – Chapter 9: Money & Chapter 10: Next Steps
Week 8 – Final Exam will be done online. Date & Time to be announced.