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  • 1. Carol Billing carolbilling@cwidaho.cc 208-562-3391 Office: Nampa, rm. 311, cube 11 Office Hours: Mon-Thurs: 6:30pm-7:00pm @ Nampa College Study Methods- Online STUS 101 Spring 2011COURSE DESCRIPTION:This course is designed to develop the study methods of college students. Emphasis is placedon learning organized study techniques, examination skills, note-taking procedures, andcomprehension of reading material. Also, students will learn basic research and computerskills. This is a two credit course.REQUIRED TEXT:STUDY SKILLS Do I Really Need This Stuff?ISBN-13: 978-0-13-514657-6 or ISBN-10: 0-13-514657-72nd Edition by Steve PiscitelliYou will actively use your textbook every week!PRE-REQUISITE SKILLS:Students need basic computer skills to access the Internet, send emails, and uploaddocuments. You will also need basic skills in word processing and presentation software, likeMicrosoft Word and PowerPoint.COURSE OBJECTIVES:At the completion of the course, students will demonstrate knowledge of the course topics byscoring at least 60% on mid-term and final exams.  Examine, assess and reflect on one’s own learning style(s)  Analyze use of time and space, and identify ways to create balance between school and outside responsibilities  Explain how to use levels of reading, reading goals, and essential reading strategies  Identify parts of an essay. Use a detailed outline & construct a 5 paragraph essay  Identify study skills strategies that strengthen working memory.  Explain and use strategies to make memorizing an active process  Identify and explain effective strategies for performing well on tests and quizzes.  Examine Cornell Note-taking system  Identify effective listening strategies  Explain and use strategies to make learning an active processRevision date: 6/5/11 1
  • 2. OUTCOMES ASSESSMENTS:Students will be required to complete the following types of assignments:  Discussion Board Assignments  Homework Assignments  Quizzes  Mid-term Exam  Final Project  Final ExamCOURSE SCHEDULE:  Online course  Summer, 8-week course (June 6-July29)STUDENT CONTRIBUTIONS:Attendance:  The college recognizes that punctual and regular attendance is the student’s responsibility. In this online class attendance is demonstrated through regular participation in Discussion Boards and on-time submission of assignments. As a two credit course, students should schedule up to 8 hours per week for this class.  It is the student’s responsibility to drop the course. During the first week of the term, a student may drop a course or completely withdraw without its being recorded on the students official transcript. Friday, June 10 is the last day to drop a class without a W. After that a “W” will be recorded in any course the student drops. Friday, July 15 is the last day to withdraw with a W grade issued. A student who stops attending but fails to drop or withdraw from the course will be given an F grade. NOTE: No course may be dropped or withdrawn from after 75% of the course or 12 weeks of the term has elapsed, whichever is earlier. An Incomplete (I) grade may be available in the event that unexpected circumstances prevent the completion of the course after the twelfth week.  A class missed due to required participation in a verified school activity will not be considered an absence; however the instructor should be notified in advance when this will be necessary. Students who miss class or are absent for any reason, are still responsible for completing all course requirements.Behavior:  You are expected to conduct yourself in a positive and professional manner in this class environment. All other class members should be treated with respect.  You will receive a warning concerning inappropriate behavior. If the behavior persists, you will be referred to the Office of Student Enrichment, and if the problem persists it may result in removal from the course.Honesty: Students are expected to be honest in all aspects of their college education. All work is evaluated on the assumption that the work presented is the student’s own. Anything less is unacceptable. Students are subject to disciplinary action at the instructor’s discretion. For student appeal, refer to Discipline Appeal. Examples of dishonest practice include but are not limited to:Revision date: 6/5/11 2
  • 3. • Cheating – The improper use of books, notes, other students’ tests, or other aids during an examination. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain approval for the use of such aids prior to the time of the examination; otherwise, they will be considered improper. An “examination” is defined as “any testing situation in which the score will be used for credit in a course.” • Plagiarism – Submission or presentation of a student assignment as one’s own in which substantial portions are paraphrased without documentation or are identical to published or unpublished material from another source (including another student’s work). An assignment is defined as “any materials submitted or presented by a student for credit in a course.”Assignments:  All assignments are due by midnight on the due date. Late work will not be accepted. Consideration may be given for unusual or extreme circumstances and only if the absence has already been excused. This will be up to the discretion of the instructor.  Read your book! Many discussion board activities and homework assignments will come from your book. If you do not have your book it may be impossible to complete these activities.  Some assignments will be completed through the text companion web site. The assignments will need to be emailed to the instructor according to instructor instructions.  It is the student’s responsibility to follow the course calendar and to meet the deadlines for all assignments.  Students who are unable to meet a deadline due to required participation in a verified school activity must make arrangements with the instructor for acceptable times to turn in assignments.Exams and quizzes:  Exams and quizzes will be taken through Blackboard. They will be open book, open note, timed assessments.  Students who cannot take an exam when the exam is scheduled due to required participation in a verified school activity must make arrangements at least one week prior to the exam. Should an emergency occur, the student should contact the instructor immediately, and it will be at the discretion of the instructor as to what actions need to be taken.Revision date: 6/5/11 3
  • 4. GRADING:Grading scale: Point Distribution: 500 total pointsA = 90-100% (450-500 points) Discussion Boards 10 points each (150)B = 80-89% (400-449 points) Homework 10 points each (150)C = 70-79% (350-399 points) Quizzes 20 points each (40)D = 60-69% (300-349 points) Mid-Term exam 50 pointsF = Below 60% (less than 300) Final Project 50 points Final Exam 60 pointsCOURSE CALENDAR:The Course Calendar is available online through Blackboard. Please note that the chaptersare not dealt with in the same order as they were provided in the text book and supplementalmaterials are required and provided on Blackboard. This tool provides all the due dates forassignments and discussion board postings and should be carefully followed.OUTCOMES ASSESSMENTS:Examinations and QuizzesThere are two exams during the course of the semester. The mid-term exam is worth 50points and the final exam is worth 60 points. There are also two quizzes in this class. Eachquiz is worth 20 points. The questions will come from the text, lectures, class discussion, andclass activities. Both the exams and quizzes are time-limited, online assessments that you canuse notes, text, or other resources to answer. The assessments will cover all the materiallisted on the course schedule to date and are comprehensive. The exams and quizzes will beposted on Blackboard at midnight on the Sunday before the week they are scheduled and willclose the following Sunday at midnight. Make-up Exams and quizzes For the quizzes and mid-term exam, you will be given one week after the assessment is posted to complete it on Blackboard. Because you have plenty of time to complete the assessment, a make-up option is allowed only under the most extraordinary of circumstances. Please contact me as soon as possible if you feel you have a legitimate, college-approved excuse for missing an exam or quiz and you provide documentation, (e.g. a doctor’s note). The final exam cannot be made up except in cases of extreme family or medical emergencies and you have the documentation to prove that it is legitimate.Online Participation (Discussion Board posts)Peer-to-peer interaction is critical for this course. Each week there will be one new discussionboard thread related to the chapter we are covering in the book that week. Every week youare required to post a response to each thread that answers the question or comments on theprompt that was posted for that topic. Your posting is worth up to 6 points. You will also berequired to provide two responses to your classmate’s topics, worth 2 points each for a total of4. Your weekly online participation grade will be 10 points each topic for a total of 150 points.Revision date: 6/5/11 4
  • 5. You have until Sunday at midnight (Mountain Time) to complete your online participationrequirement for the week.AssignmentsIn addition to your online participation each week, there is also an assignment related to eachtopic we cover in this class. The assignments will be available in the weekly assignmentsfolder at midnight on the Sunday before the week they are assigned. You will need to saveeach assignment under your name (i.e., Six Thinking Hats_CarolBilling.doc) and post theassignment to Blackboard. There are training videos available on how to use Blackboard.Each assignment is worth 10 points for a total of 150 points. If you complete the assignment,showing thought and careful completion, you will get all 10 points. Incomplete assignments orassignments with multiple errors will receive 5 points. You cannot make up a late assignment.Every attempt will be made to grade assignments within 48 hours after they are submitted. Attimes, it could take up to 5 days for an assignment to be graded. Emails are returned usuallywithin the same day, no longer than 24 hours after receipt.Final ProjectYour final project will be a multi-media project that addresses an individual study skill we havecovered in the class. Your final project is due on Friday, July 29, 2011, and is worth 50 points.The project will provide instruction to an audience of your choice, on how to implementwhichever skill you have chosen to highlight. You will select your topic and turn it into me nolater than Sunday, July 24, 2011 at midnight (Mountain Time). Your project will include aPowerPoint or Prezi presentation with speaking notes. (If you do not know how to usePowerPoint or Prezi please let me know this in the first week of class by sending me an email.)In addition to the PowerPoint with speaking notes, you will provide an essay addressing thefollowing questions: • Why did you choose this skill? • Is this a new skill or an area you were previously strong? • How has this particular skill been useful to you as a student? • How does this skill work across the various learning styles? • What outcomes can one expect if they use this skill well?End of Course Electronic Evaluation:Students are strongly encouraged to complete evaluations at the end of the course.Evaluations are very important to assist the teaching staff to continually improve the course.Evaluations are anonymous and available online two weeks prior to the end of the course.The last day to complete an evaluation is the last day of the course. During the time theevaluations are open, students can complete the course evaluations at their convenience fromany computer with Internet access. When students log in they should see the evaluations forthe courses in which they are enrolled. Filling out the evaluation should only take a fewminutes. Your honest feedback is greatly appreciated! I give extra credit for completingan evaluation.CWI E-MAIL AND BLACKBOARD ACCOUNT:Revision date: 6/5/11 5
  • 6. Since email and Blackboard are the primary sources of written communication with students,all registered CWI students get a college email and Blackboard account. You should havereceived user information during the registration process. Students must check their CWI e-mail and Blackboard accounts regularly to avoid missing important messages anddeadlines. At the beginning of each semester free training sessions should be scheduled forstudents who need help in using their accounts-check with the office for help with technicalissues.DISABILITIES:Students with disabilities who believe that they may qualify for accommodations in this classare encouraged to contact the One Stop Student Services Center and discuss the possibleaccommodations with an Enrollment Specialist. If you have a diagnosed Learning Disability,please initiate this contact as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations areimplemented in a timely fashion. Please contact the One Stop Student Services at 562-3000or Room 107 – CWI Nampa Campus.RESOURCES:  Tutoring Center – See website for details https://cwidaho.cc/students- current/tutoring.php  Library – 2st Floor Main Campus – hours listed on the web – https://cwidaho.cc/library/Revision date: 6/5/11 6