Description acdv 101-1 credit 5 contact hours- transitioning to College



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ACDV 101

Transitioning to College

1 Semester Hour



The Community College of Baltimore County

Description

ACDV 101-1 credit/1.5 contact hours- Transitioning to College is an interactive course designed to familiarize students with CCBC and foster the development of decision-making skills and learning strategies that link to student success in higher education. This course will be organized and offered in four career academies (Health Professions, Business and Technology, Humanities, and Social Sciences). Within this environment, students will explore tentative occupational choices and create an “academic roadmap” for their CCBC experience. This course is an Orientation Requirement for all credit certificate and degree seeking students who are new to college and must be taken the first semester at CCBC.  Note: Students placed in ESOL 032, 033, and 034 and lower are exempt from the Orientation Requirement until they complete those courses.
Prerequisite: None
Overall Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. create an academic plan through problem-solving exercises;

  2. demonstrate knowledge of CCBC policies and procedures;

  3. locate and utilize (as needed) CCBC learning support services, such as Academic Advising, Counseling, Disability Support Services, Financial Aid, Library, Student Life, Testing, and Tutoring and Writing Centers;

  4. evaluate the significance of individual “time-money-life issues” and identify strategies for managing these while pursuing their academic plan;

  5. use online skills to locate information contained in the online catalog and online transfer resources; to establish and use a student E-mail account and SIMON account; to begin an e-portfolio; and to complete WebCT assignments in the course; and

  6. explore a general career direction and generate a list of academic majors, exploratory courses, and occupational fields consistent with this general direction.



Major Topics


  1. Life Issue Skills

    1. Self-efficacy

    2. Time Management

    3. Self-responsibility

    4. Resources Management

    5. Financial Literacy

    6. Financial Management

  2. Academic Success Skills

    1. Learning in college

    2. Study Skills (textbook reading, note-taking, test-taking)

    3. Communication Skills

    4. Collaborative Learning/Teamwork

  3. The Culture of Higher Education

    1. Terminology and traditions of academia

    2. CCBC policies and procedures

    3. College services

    4. Campus tours (real and virtual)

  4. College and Career Goals

    1. Matching interests and skills with vocational fields

    2. Creating an Academic Roadmap

  5. Online Skills

    1. SIMON

    2. E-mail

    3. WebCT

    4. E-portfolios

    5. Online transfer resources

    6. General CCBC websites

    7. Obtaining grades and future course registration


Methods of Instruction

This course will engage learners by using a variety of delivery systems and interactive activities such as scenarios, games, creation of a portfolio, online activities, group projects, and case studies.


Course Requirements

Grading / Exams: Evaluation procedures will be determined by the individual faculty member and will include:



Grade percentage
Homework/Classwork (minimum of 5) 20%

Quizzes (minimum of 2) 5%

Tests (minimum of 2) 15%

Team Assignments (minimum of 2) 20%

Participating in Advising and Creating a Roadmap 20%

Final Project (e-portfolio if available) 20%



Mandatory Advising is required for students to pass the course. Students may be required to meet individually with their academic advisor at least one time.

Written assignments are required for the course. These may be in the form of summaries, essays, journals, reflection papers and/or research projects.


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