|Common Course Outline
Transitioning to College
1 Semester Hour
The Community College of Baltimore County
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.
Overall Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
create an academic plan through problem-solving exercises;
demonstrate knowledge of CCBC policies and procedures;
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;
evaluate the significance of individual “time-money-life issues” and identify strategies for managing these while pursuing their academic plan;
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
explore a general career direction and generate a list of academic majors, exploratory courses, and occupational fields consistent with this general direction.
Life Issue Skills
Academic Success Skills
Learning in college
Study Skills (textbook reading, note-taking, test-taking)
The Culture of Higher Education
Terminology and traditions of academia
CCBC policies and procedures
Campus tours (real and virtual)
College and Career Goals
Matching interests and skills with vocational fields
Creating an Academic Roadmap
Online transfer resources
General CCBC websites
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.
Grading / Exams: Evaluation procedures will be determined by the individual faculty member and will include:
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.