College of Southern Nevada Course Syllabus als 101: College Success Monday 6: 00 to 8: 50 Cheyenne Campus Room S226 Instructor



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College of Southern Nevada Course Syllabus

ALS 101: College Success

Monday 6:00 to 8:50

Cheyenne Campus Room S226

Instructor: Dr. Renée Gammill

Contact information: renee.gammill@gmail.com (for fastest response)

Text or call: 702.588.3769 (Use with respect!)

Course handouts are available at: http://als-101.wikispaces.com/



Course Description (CSN Catalog): This course is designed to assist the student in obtaining skills and knowledge necessary to reach his/her educational objectives. Topics to be covered include memory development, time/priority management, test-taking, communication skills, study techniques, critical thinking, wellness management, understanding diversity, and career issues that face many college students. This course is recommended for all new students, returning students, and others who may benefit.
Course learning outcomes: After successfully completing ALS 101, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss how they are responsible for creating their own successful college experience,

  2. Practice positive behavioral changes,

  3. Locate and utilize campus and community resources,

  4. Identify and employ specific active learning strategies such as:

    1. Setting realistic and attainable goals

    2. Managing priorities effectively

    3. Reducing stress

    4. Discovering and using one’s dominant learning style to best advantage

    5. Reading texts with improved focus, comprehension, and retention

    6. Listening and comprehending lectures

    7. Taking effective, useful notes

    8. Improving memory and recall techniques

    9. Preparing for and taking tests successfully

    10. Presenting clear oral and written reports

    11. Improving creative and critical thinking skills

  5. Locate and utilize a variety of library and technical resources,

  6. Implement plans to effectively manage financial resources,

  7. Understand personal health and wellness issues,

  8. Recognize and understand the value and complexity of a diverse society,

  9. Develop stronger and healthier relationships, and

  10. Develop a personal, unique career development plan.


Required Textbook: Cornerstones for Community College Success by Sherfield and Moody ISBN-13: 978-0-321-86059-0 http://www.coursesmart.com/cornerstones-for-community-college-success/robert-m-sherfield-patricia-g-moody/dp/9780321860675

Academic Integrity Policy: Students are expected to complete their own assigned work. Directly quoting, summarizing, or paraphrasing the ideas of others without specific identification of the sources, and handing in work that is not the student’s own all constitute plagiarism. Cheating and plagiarism carry serious consequences in the college environment. Students who show evidence of academic dishonesty will receive no credit for the assignment in question. CSN has adopted a college-wide Student Academic Integrity Policy which can be viewed here:

http://www.csn.edu/pages/3342.asp



CSN Disability Resource Center: If a student has a documented disability that may require assistance, he or she should contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) as soon as possible on any CSN campus:

Cheyenne Campus (702) 651-4045

W. Chas. Campus (702) 651-5644

Henderson Campus (702) 651-3086


CENTERS FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS (CAS): The CAS mission is to foster positive and caring learning environments that support classroom instruction and overall student success. Free one-on-one and drop-in tutoring is available in our Accounting Labs, Computer Tutoring Labs (CIT/IS & Basic Computing Needs), Communication Labs, Math Resource Centers, Science Resource Centers, Tutorial Learning Centers (one-on-one tutoring), and Writing Centers. Tutors are available in most subjects to provide learning support and help you improve your academic motivation and performance, enhance your self-esteem and confidence as an independent learner, and achieve your educational goals. Visit http://www.csn.edu/tutoring/ for detailed information about all centers including locations, hours and more.
Course Attendance/Participation Policy: Regular and prompt attendance is expected in ALS 101.
Attendance will be taken at each class meeting. Students are expected to attend all scheduled class meetings.
This course strongly emphasizes your active involvement. Therefore, a substantial portion of your grade is based on attendance and participation. Be prepared, get involved in discussions, and make the most of your learning experience. Each person in the class is an educational resource and can contribute important insights. A key requirement of this course is to be prepared, participate, and complete all assigned work BEFORE the due date, including reading assigned chapters and materials, participating in field experiences and submitting assignments. This course will also include a series of in-class and web-based activities. You will be graded on successful completion of all activities and assignments.
Course Assignments and Evaluation Methods:
Attendance and Participation (50%)
The activities listed below will be included in your attendance and participation grade. All items are weighted equally, and are worth up to 100 points each.
Class discussions/in-class activities: All students are required to participate in class discussions and in-class activities.
Additional Activities: You will be expected to complete various quizzes, assignments, questionnaires and inventories designed to help you discover your academic strengths and weaknesses, learning styles, and career aptitudes. You may also be required to participate in additional in-class activities and field experiences.
CSN Services Presentation (25%) Each student will collect information about a student organization or department, [Counseling and Advising, Student Financial Services and Academic Scholarships, Office of Student Retention, Student Tutorial Services, Library Services, e-Learning, CSN Online Campus, Disability Services, Online Textbook Options (rentals, e-texts, online book retailers, etc.)], and present findings to the class using a class handout and PowerPoint® presentation software. In order to collect information, each student will interview a member of the organization or visit the center being researched. Pictures and informational brochures and documents should be included as part of the presentation. The electronic presentation and class handout must be submitted in hard copy format at the beginning of class on the date the presentation is made.
To engage the audience, include an activity to direct their focus. Please be creative and original in selecting your activity. (Examples: For financial aid, a student might bring chocolate coins to share. For psych services, a student might have the audience analyze Rorschach Ink Blots.) For each member of the class, you are expected to provide a one-page handout which summarizes the content of the presentation. On the day of your presentation you are to bring a printed copy of the CSN Services Presentation Evaluation form.
Career Portfolio and Presentation (25%) The career portfolio should be organized in hard copy format in a report cover to research related to three possible careers, including education requirements, working conditions, and salary. You may use the Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ooh_index.htm) as a resource for career information. You will also record your observations about each potential career choice, and then select one career in which you are interested. After choosing the career, you will use Internet resources to locate a job in the field and then prepare a cover letter and resume to be used to apply for the job. The ad, the cover letter, and the resume will be included in the portfolio. The portfolio must include a title page in APA format, a table of contents, and dividers with labeled tabs. The essay portion of the portfolio will include information about THREE jobs in your career field. For the portfolio presentation, you will present an overview of the ONE job that is best suited for you. The presentation should include five slides: Title, Education, Salary, Working Conditions, and Discussion—Why did you choose this career? How is this career suited to your skills, abilities and interests?
Class decorum: College students are expected to come to class prepared with all necessary materials including their textbook and be prepared to constructively and respectfully participate in class discussions and activities. Disruptive devices such as cell phones should be turned to “silent” mode during class meetings. Students should not bring children or other guests to class with them. The instructor reserves the right to dismiss a student who is sleeping, disruptive, or otherwise a detriment to the learning environment. In the rare instance a student is asked to leave the classroom, he or she will receive no attendance points for that class period.
Students’ Rights and Responsibilities: Information about CSN Student policies can be found in the current catalog and online via the college’s website.
Final Grade Calculation:

Letter

Point Range

A

90-100

B

80-89

C

70-79

D

60-69

F

0-59


Policy on Late Work/Makeup Work:
All papers, assignments, and quizzes are to be submitted in hard copy format and are due at the beginning of class on the date listed in the syllabus or as indicated by the instructor; all times are given in Pacific Time. Please review the schedule carefully and mark due dates on your calendar. DO NOT wait until the last minute to complete assignments. All assignments must include a cover page in APA style. (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/)
Late assignments will be accepted up to one week after the due date and are subject to a 25-point penalty.
Course Schedule:


Class meeting/Date

Topic

Readings

Assigned readings should be completed prior to coming to class on the day they are assigned.



Assignments/Quizzes

All assignments are due at the BEGINNING of the class period on the specified due date.



1

8/24


About ALS 101 (Syllabus review)

Day One Questionnaire

Small group introductions


Syllabus

Discuss textbook purchase options:

rentals, e-texts, online booksellers.

Textbooks are also on reserve in the library.







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8/31


Adjusting to college culture
CSN Services

Resources for Student Success

Counseling and Advising

Student Financial Services/FAFSA

Student Academic Scholarships

Office of Student Retention (Academic Assistance)

Student Tutorial Services

Library Services

Financial Aid

e-Learning

CSN Online Campus

Disability Services

CSN Bookstore

CSN Writing Center



CSN Services Overview—Videos on Course Website

CSN Academic Tutorial Services

Academic Advising and Coaching Services
Cornerstone, Chapter 1, pp. 1-29
Discuss p. 68-72, Academic Integrity/Student Services/GPA

Calculating your GPA, pp. 71-2


Review information about CSN:

About the college:

http://www.csn.edu/about/index.asp

Student life:

http://www.csn.edu/pages/1189.asp

Clubs and organizations:

http://www.csn.edu/pages/2862.asp

Academic calendar: http://www.csn.edu/pages/4102.asp

Connect on Facebook!
Each student will choose one of the CSN Services and sign the presentation schedule.
Review CSN Services Presentation checklist.


Bring a printed copy of the course syllabus to class.


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9/14


Developing motivation

Staying in college




Meet in the classroom; we will go to the library together.
Library Tour:

Jack Sawyer, Librarian

702.651.4444

jack.sawyer@csn.edu


CSN Services Presentation
Cornerstone, Chapter 2, pp. 30-50

Student topic presentations


Discuss personal mission statements using Internet resources and Chapter 2, p. 45.
Cornerstone, Chapter 3, pp. 51-79

Student topic presentations




Syllabus Quiz

Be prepared to make a two-minute presentation on a topic of your choice from the assigned reading for Chapter 2. Be prepared to explain how you will apply this information to your life.


Review examples of personal mission statements:

http://missionstatements.com/personal_mission_statements.html

Choose an example of a personal mission statement that appeals to you. Be prepared to share the statement and to discuss reasons that it appealed to you.
Review tips for writing personal mission/guiding statements:

http://blacklifecoaches.net/2012/02/21/frame-reference-personal-mission-statement/


Develop a personal mission statement. Use the information on p. 45 under the heading Point 8 to prepare your statement.

Answer questions on p. 49.


Be prepared to present your mission statement to the class.
Be prepared to make a two-minute presentation on a topic of your choice from the assigned reading for Chapter 3. Be prepared to explain how you will apply this information to your life.
Access the CSN libGuide available on this link: http://libguides.csn.edu/content.php?pid=485649&sid=3982111
After opening the libGuide link, click on 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself: Change Your Life Forever. You will need your Canvas password to access the e-book. Follow the instructions on the link to obtain this password.
Review the Table of Contents, and select a motivational topic of interest to you. Write down the number and name of the topic, a short summary of it, and then write about what it means to you and how you will apply it to your life. Be prepared to discuss your response to this assignment in class.

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9/21



Improving communication and conflict resolution skills
Writing Center Tour

Computer Lab Tour

Critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and information literacy skills


Meet in the classroom. We will walk to the Writing Center together.
Writing Center Tour

Morse Arberry Telecommunications Building, Room 1707

702.651.4101
Computer Lab Tour
CSN Services Presentation
Cornerstone, Chapter 12, pp. 298-307
View conflict resolution video #2, Collaboration available: http://digital.films.com.ezproxy.library.csn.edu/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=10885
View conflict resolution video #7, Conflict Resolution Summary.
As students watch the videos, they will record ideas for resolving conflict. In small groups, students will share the ideas and discuss situations in which they have been involved in conflict.

Student topic presentations, Chapter 12

Write solutions for conflict resolution scenarios.


Cornerstone, Chapter 5, pp. 111-137
Student topic presentations, Chapter 5
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch


Be prepared to make a two-minute presentation on a topic of your choice from the assigned reading in Chapter 12. Be prepared to explain how you will apply this information to your life.
Bring to class:
Completed Conflict Management Assessment, p. 302.

Think about conflicts in which you have been involved that could have been avoided. Examples?


Be prepared to discuss appropriate ways for diffusing conflict.
Be prepared to make a two-minute presentation on a topic of your choice from the assigned reading in Chapter 5. Be prepared to explain how you will apply this information to your life.

Bring to class: Printout from this website: http://tchavezgsedp.weebly.com/conflict-scenarios.html



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9/28


Critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and information literacy skills

Planning your time and reducing stress



CSN Services Presentation
Cornerstone, Chapter 5, pp. 111-137
Student topic presentations, Chapter 5
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Cornerstone, Chapter 6, pp. 138-163
Student topic presentations, Chapter 6

Small group discussion: Refer to the article to answer the question, “How can students apply stress-management strategies to life situations.”




Be prepared to make a two-minute presentation on a topic of your choice from the assigned reading in Chapter 5. Be prepared to explain how you will apply this information to your life.
Write two paragraphs on this question: What wisdom would you impart to the world if you knew you only had 30 days to live? Be prepared to present to the class.
Be prepared to make a two-minute presentation on a topic of your choice from the assigned reading in Chapter 6. Be prepared to explain how you will apply this information to your life.
Complete the stress assessment on p. 158. Bring the results to class.
Review the information on this link: http://www.counselingcenter.illinois.edu/self-help-brochures/stress-and-anxiety/stress-management/. Print a copy of the article and bring it to class for a group discussion.
Review the information on this link: http://www.counselingcenter.illinois.edu/self-help-brochures/academic-difficulties/time-management/ Be prepared to discuss these strategies in class. Use what you have read to create a plan for completing assignments in all of your classes for the next two weeks. You may use this link to create your plan: http://www.worksheetworks.com/miscellanea/calendars/hour.html

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10/5




Learning styles and intelligences

Reading and comprehension skills




CSN Services Presentation
Cornerstone, Chapter 7, pp. 164-188
Student topic presentations
Discuss pp. 176-177, The Eight Intelligences
Discuss p. 181-185, Understanding Personality Types
Discuss: https://www.personalitypage.com/html/careers.html

Cornerstone, Chapter 8, pp. 190-211
Student topic presentations, Chapter 8



Be prepared to make a two-minute presentation on a topic of your choice from the assigned reading in Chapter 7. Be prepared to explain how you will apply this information to your life.
Complete the following assessments from Cornerstone and bring results to class:

Multiple Intelligences Survey, pp. 174-5

Learning Evaluation and Assessment, p. 178

Complete the

Personality Assessment Profile, pp. 181-2. Bring results to class.

Review this link: https://www.personalitypage.com/html/careers.html

Be prepared to discuss careers best-suited for your type.

Be prepared to make a two-minute presentation on a topic of your choice from the assigned reading in Chapter 8. Be prepared to explain how you will apply this information to your life.


Determine your reading style, using the test on

pp. 192-3. Bring the results to class.

Calculate your reading rate, using the test on pp. 194-5. Bring the results to class.


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10/12


Cultural diversity

CSN Services Presentation

Cornerstone, Chapter 12, pp. 287-299
Student topic presentations, Chapter 12
Discuss p. 293.
Diversity Activities:

http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/ui378.pdf

Unequal Resources

Is That a Fact?

Walk Apart—Walk Together
Cultural Diversity Activity: Who would you save?
Discuss research assignment.



Be prepared to make a two-minute presentation on a topic of your choice from the assigned reading in Chapter 12. Be prepared to explain how you will apply this information to your life.
Complete questionnaire, pp. 297-8. Be prepared to discuss your answers in class.

Research a country of your choice. Discuss customs, language, business practices, population, climate, religious practices, and common symbols and gestures and their meanings.



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10/19


Listening and note-taking skills

Studying effectively



CSN Services Presentation
Cornerstone, Chapter 9, pp. 212-234
Student topic presentations, Chapter 10

Cornerstone, Chapter 10, pp. 235-258
Student topic presentations



Be prepared to make a two-minute presentation on a topic of your choice from the assigned reading in Chapter 9. Be prepared to explain how you will apply this information to your life.
Consider the four listening styles on p. 218. What is your listening style? Be prepared to discuss your listening style in class.
Be prepared to make a two-minute presentation on a topic of your choice from the assigned reading in Chapter 10. Be prepared to explain how you will apply this information to your life.
Answer these questions in 2-3 paragraphs: Which study skill from this chapter is new to you? How could you apply this skill in your studies?

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10/26


Managing your money

Student Services Presentation
Cornerstone, Chapter 11, pp. 259-284
Student topic presentations


Be prepared to make a two-minute presentation on a topic of your choice from the assigned reading in Chapter 11. Be prepared to explain how you will apply this information to your life.
Track your expenditures for three days, as outlined on p. 283.
Calculate your “Latte Factor,” p. 277.
After reading the chapter, write a personal financial plan. Set 3 personal financial goals, such as paying off a debt, eliminating unnecessary expenses, eliminating the use of credit, or saving money. (You may have other ideas.) Create a plan for meeting each goal. Be prepared to discuss your goals in class and how you will meet the goals.
Review this website: http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/personalfinance/savingspending/budgeting/

Review the budget calculators listed on this site to determine if any of them might be helpful to you in developing a spending plan: http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/calculators/budgetGoals.php?calcCategory=budget

Use the Budget Worksheet: http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/downloads/pdfs/PMSFL_Budget_1.pdf to develop a monthly spending plan.
Bring your spending plan to class and be prepared to discuss the process of developing the plan. What did you learn from preparing your plan? (Maybe that you have too much debt? Maybe that you are spending more than you earn? Maybe you need to find ways to cut expenses or make more money?)


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11/2


Research, writing, and speaking skills
Evaluating web-based resources for academic use

CSN Services Presentation
Cornerstone, Chapter 4, pp. 80-110

Student topic presentations


Discuss p. 101.

Discuss: Is the library important in the digital age? Is writing a speech like writing a paper?

For instructor reference:

Reference p. 62 in Keys to Online Learning. Students will evaluate research articles in groups.



Be prepared to make a two-minute presentation on a topic of your choice from the assigned reading in Chapter 4. Be prepared to explain how you will apply this information to your life.
Complete Distance Education Readiness Assessment, p. 96.
Complete Building Your Information Literacy Skills, pp. 108-9. Read instructions carefully. You are to choose an article and write an essay as directed.

Be prepared to discuss your article.


Review the Guide to Facebook Security, found on this link: https://www.facebook.com/safety/attachment/Guide%20to%20Facebook%20Security.pdf
Be prepared to discuss strategies for maintaining security on Facebook.


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11/9


Discuss career portfolios and presentations

Focusing on your career

Researching career information (Occupational Outlook Handbook)


Each student will create a plan for completing the career portfolio. The plan should include dates for the following: 1. Completion of rough draft of essay, cover letter, and resume 2. Date to visit writing center with your rough drafts in hand 3. Date for completion of final drafts of each document 4. Date for compilation of portfolio, including title page, table of contents, and dividers with tabs.

Cornerstone, Chapter 13, pp. 309-348
Student topic presentations
Discuss pp. 310-321
Discuss pp. 319-320

Topic: “Choosing a Career”




Bring to class: Printed copy of the Career Portfolio Checklist

Review the CSN Career Services Center link: http://www.csn.edu/pages/580.asp Be prepared to discuss the services offered.


Be prepared to make a two-minute presentation on a topic of your choice from the assigned reading in Chapter 13. Be prepared to explain how you will apply this information to your life.
Develop a career self-study plan by answering all questions on pp. 316-18.

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11/16


Resumes

Cover letters

Follow-up letters


Cornerstone, Chapter 13, pp. 309-348
Student topic presentations

Sample Resume, p. 329

Scannable resume, p. 332

Plain text resume, p. 333


Share and discuss resume for students with volunteer experience.

Explain how the resume was designed to play to student strengths.Wiki link: Resume Example for Students with Volunteer Experience (Goodwin)



Cornerstone, Chapter 13, pp. 309-348
Student topic presentations
Sample Cover Letter, p. 324
Sample Follow-up Letters, p.344-5


Be prepared to make a two-minute presentation on a topic of your choice from the assigned reading in Chapter 13. Your presentation must be related to resumes. Be prepared to explain how you will apply this information to your life.

Bring chronological resume drafts to class for peer review.



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11/23


Job Interview Skills

Cornerstone, Chapter 13, pp. 309-348
Discuss pp. 335-343.

In class, we will prepare and present skits to demonstrate appropriate and inappropriate job interview skills.



Be prepared to make a two-minute presentation on a topic of your choice from the assigned reading in Chapter 13. Your presentation must be related to job interviews. Be prepared to explain how you will apply this information to your life.
Bring cover letters to class for peer review.
Bring follow-up letters to class for peer review.

14

11/30


Students will prepare the first draft of Career Portfolios.

Independent working session




15

12/7


CAREER PORTFOLIO

PRESENTATIONS






Be prepared to present your career portfolio presentation to the class.

Bring a final copy of the portfolio and the Portfolio Evaluation Checklist.



12/16


Final Grades Due


Grades will be available after this date.






Disclaimer: The course syllabus/schedule is subject to change with notification by the instructor.



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