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Css101 syllabusspring2014 joyrobinson


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Css101 syllabusspring2014 joyrobinson

  1. 1. Page 1 1. TITLE:CSS101: College Success 101 Course 
 2. INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFORMATION Instructor: Joy Robinson E-mail: Phone: 331-442-4882 Virtual Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 1-2:30pm (or by appt) Blackboard (Bb) Course Communication: Your instructor receives text communications only by email and has disabled the communications – messages feature for this course.You must use City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) email. Any email communication generated from the Blackboard course sites will be sent to your City Colleges of Chicago email address. 3. CDL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE HELP DESK You can obtain technical and computer help desk assistance by contacting CDL. Center for Distance Learning Dawson Technical Institute 3901 S. State Street, Room 103 Chicago, IL 60609 Via e-mail For phone numbers and hours of support see our website at: 4. CATALOG DESCRIPTION This course introduces students to the expectations of the college community and to the academic skills that promote success during their college career. Through coursework, students will develop strategies to improve their academic and professional skills. Topics will include: note-taking methods, test-taking strategies, computer literacy, time management, stress management, problem solving and critical thinking, career exploration and presentation skills. Students will also learn the importance of taking personal responsibility for their academic and career choices. Topics will be approached from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives that focus on connecting individuals to their local and global communities. Through assignments that integrate community engagement, service learning, and/or oncampus service projects, students will make connections between their coursework and their lives. 5. DELIVERY FORMAT Web-Based Courses (WW): This course takes place completely on the Internet through the use of the Blackboard course management system ( You are required to purchase textbooks, workbooks, study guides, and/or software. Throughout the semester, you log on to the course website to gain access to course content, information, homework assignments, and communicate with me. Discussion forums and chat provide a high level of interaction between the class and me. You may be required to take exams online, in a proctored setting, at any one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago. Please note that some WW courses may also include mandatory on-campus sessions.
 On at least two separate days, we will meet as a class using either Elluminate Live, Blackboard Chat, a face-to-face session in a CCC classroom, or something similar. Specific dates and times will be posted later, in the Announcements section of Blackboard. For those who are unable to participate, special arrangements will be made. 7. COURSE TERM 16 Weeks CREDIT 3 credit hours
 FALL YEAR: 2013 All CDL courses are offered in a 16-week term in the fall and spring. CDL courses are offered in an 8week term in the summer. Students register for these courses during the same period as regular term courses. Class Schedule: This course is scheduled for 16 weeks. The Spring Term, 2014 class dates are from Monday, January 13, 2014 through Saturday, May 10th, 2014. Please note the following exception: NOTE: Monday, January 20, 2014 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), Monday, February 17, 2014 (President’s Day). Monday April 14, 2014 – Saturday, April 19, 2014 (Spring Break) These are holidays (No assignments due or required examinations are set for these dates). 8. PREREQUISITES None 9. SKILLS & TECHNOLOGY RECOMMENDATIONS See the syllabus addendum. You are strongly encouraged to take the Distance Learning Readiness Quiz to determine whether you are suited for learning in a distance-learning environment. The quiz can be found on the CDL website at (

 10. COURSE OBJECTIVES This course aims to develop student success skills in three areas. Areas One and Two will be taught by applying skills learned to topic area under discussion, and Area Three directly relates to reading comprehension and knowledge construction in the topic area. Area One: Academic and Study Skills By approaching these skills through the topic of the course, students will be introduced to fundamental academic skills including: Reading and thinking strategies Listening, note taking, brainstorming and other academic skills Time and stress management
  3. 3. Page 3 Utilization of campus resources Test strategies Utilization of campus technology resources Area Two: Self-Motivational Skills Through the lens of the topic area, students will be lead to consider: The nature of the college experience Motivations for their academic and career choices The importance of using resources to make informed career decisions Utilization of campus resources to address personal challenges Understanding of the nature of diversity and the self in community Area Three: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Through group discussions in the topic area, and through service or other experiential learning opportunities directly related to the topic area, students will be introduced to: The importance working in groups and actively participating in discussions The idea of inquiry and information gathering through technology The concept of interdisciplinary connections and academic inquiry The techniques of judging the value of a particular resource within the questions and arguments related to the topic area The concept of understanding critical questions and issues in the content area through collaborative exploration and dialogue 11. EXPECTED STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES 
 Successful completion of the three areas of the objectives will result in students being able to: Area One: Academic Success and Study Skills Utilize effective reading, test taking, and study skills strategies Develop listening and note taking skills Incorporate time and stress management techniques to balance academic and personal demands Demonstrate oral communication skills by making classroom presentations Use technology and library resources to gather information Identify student support resources available on campus Area Two: Self-Motivational Skills Define him or herself as a college student within a community of learners Set realistic short-term and long-term goals Apply the strategies of the career planning process and utilize the career planning tools available at CCC to assist them in career decision making; this includes knowledge of career and transfer programs offered by CCC and contact with college advisors to assist with completing an educational and career plan
  4. 4. Page 4 Reflect on learning challenges and develop realistic short-term and long-term goals Utilize transfer, career, and guidance resources on campus Assess their own beliefs, attitudes, and values as they relate to diversity and understanding Area Three: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Articulate multiple viewpoints and make connections between different approaches to problems Develop skills that aid in productive dialogue and collaboration Connect the experience they have through service or experiential learning to the key concepts and questions introduced in their class Apply strategies to critically evaluate source materials 12. REQUIRED TEXTS & MATERIALS For each required textbook, please list the name, edition, publisher, year of publication, and ISBN (or the ISBN of the package if there are enclosures. This information can be found at the E-Follett website ( If there is no text required, replace the above paragraph with the word “none”. CDL highly recommends purchasing all course material from Folletts bookstore or E-Folletts online. Some course material can only be purchased at the CDL Folletts bookstores. Follett bookstore:Wright College (Science Building)
4300 N. Narragansett Av., Chicago Telephone: (773) 545-7924
 13. STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS/DISABILITIES Any student with a special need or disability should contact the Disability Access Center Office ( at one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago. The link will provide you with contact information. 14. METHODS OF EVALUATION: There are several assignments for this course. This course requires a number of reading, writing, and discussion forum assignments, as well as MS projects and assignments. Students are required to complete all viewing, reading, and writing assignments as instructed by the course syllabus and as posted in the weekly assignments folder. It is the responsibility of the student, to complete this work and to make arrangements to make up missed work. I recommend accessing the class site a minimum of three times per week, although most students will find themselves accessing the site much more. Interacting with other students is the key to the Internet environment. You are required to respond to other students’ in the discussion and the FAQs. Below each component is described as well as the weight in the final grade.
  5. 5. Page 5 Items Description Rubric Class Participation 41.5% Class Assignments Includes all Think and Reflect exercises; Discussions. This component requires regular/weekly participation in the classroom community. Students seek to bring in new items into the course and evaluate them. This includes all Do assignments. There is typically a single assignment every few weeks. These assignments are a significant portion of the grade. Quizzes/Exam Midterm project and Final exam 10.9% Capstone Paper The final exam is comprehensive and will cover the material from the course. 5.3% Seek 14.4% 27.9% Citation and References: You must cite your sources on any material that you choose to quote or reference. You must also cite your source on the articles that you present in your course papers. You can choose to use either MLA or APA style for citation and references, or you may use some other style. I have provided the following examples. The Owl at Purdue University: APA Formatting and Style Guide The Owl at Purdue University: MLA Formatting and Style Guide 15. GRADING CRITERIA Our class is constructed using a Read, Think, Do, and Reflect theme. All work in the class falls under one of these specific categories. Each category has specific due dates and types of assignments. Each week (unit) will have activities in each of these areas. Review the class schedule (below) and Blackboard for more details about this schema. The table below lists the related learning activities the number of activities and their respective point values. Extra credit is available in the course and will be noted in the online schedule. Letter Grade and Point Value: Learning Activities Participation % Number of Activities Points for each activity Total Points 4 12 10 50 40 600 10 30 150 210 41.5 Intro activities Think: Discussion Board Reflect: Questions Seek: 14.4 15 7 Do: 27.9 5 75 375 Midterm and Final exam 10.9 3 205 225
  6. 6. Page 6 Capstone paper 5.3 Total points 1 100 100 100 47 1880 1700 Extra credit for attending Collaborate sessions. Percentage Scale: Grade Percentage A 100% 90% B 90.00% 80% C 80.00% 70% D 70.00% 60% F 60.00% 0% Points Range 1880 1692 1691 1504 1503 1316 1316 1128 1127 0
  7. 7. Page 7 16. COURSE READINGS/ASSIGNMENTS OUTLINE: Note: The instructor reserves the right to modify this schedule as necessary. All assignments are due by midnight on the day listed or on Saturday by noon. Learning Units Unit 1: Orientation Students must login at least once on two different days on the first week Unit 2: The Basics of College Education Dates 1/13-1/19 1/20-1/26 READ Necessary for other activities Suggestion: Due by Wednesday Review syllabus Register for Final Exam Watch course video THINK Due Wed; Replies due Saturday Self Introduction on Discussion Board SEEK DO Due Saturday REFLECT Due Saturday Send a Email to the instructor: lab Course expectations YCE: Chapter 1 What is college success Find a relevant article or video Future Bio What did you learn? Activity 1 What was new in this section? Collaborate session 1- TBD Academic Success and Study Skills Unit 3: Being Engaged in Learning: Listening, Learning and participating in class Unit 4: Learning from College textbooks Unit 5: Learning to Study, Comprehend, and Remember; Taking exams 1/27-2/2 YCE: Chapter 2, 6 Assigned a question to answer. - 2/3-2/9 YCE: Chapter 7 2/10-2/16 YCE: Chapter 8, 9 Assigned a question to answer. Assigned a question to answer. Find a relevant article or video - Unit 6: Writing and Speaking Effectively Unit 7: Developing Library and Information Skills; Navigating Technology 2/17-2/23 YCE: Chapter 10 Choose a question to answer - Find a relevant article or video Find a relevant article or video YCE: Chapter 11 2/24-3/2 Activity 2 Best topic in the section? Most critical information? Make a video. Summarize Midterm project Collaborate session 2 - TBD Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Unit 8: Critical Thinking Skills 3/3-3/9 YCE: Chapter 5 Respond to various articles Find a relevant article or video Most critical information Unit 9: 3/10-3/16 Select readings Respond to various articles Find a relevant article or video Most critical information? CDL_Spring_2014_Syllabus V1
  8. 8. Page 8 Unit 10: Careers and Choices Unit 11: Access Academic Plans and Majors/Career Plans and Pathways Unit 12: Making the right choice for majors and careers Unit 13: Appreciating Diversity, Establishing and Maintaining Relationships Spring Break Unit 14: Managing your Money Unit 15: Maintaining wellness Unit 16: Finals week 3/17-3/23 Select readings Respond to various articles Collaborate session 3 - TBD 3/24-3/30 YCE: Chapter 12 Assigned a question to answer. 3/31-4/6 YCE: Chapter 12 Assigned a question to answer. 4/7-4/13 YCE: Chapter 14 and 15 Activity 3 Find a relevant article or video Choose a question to answer. Summarize Most critical information? Activity 4 Muddiest point Summarize 4/14-4/20 4/21-4/27 4/28-5/4 5/5-5/11 Collaborate session 4 - TBD YCE: Chapter 13 Choose a question to answer. YCE: Chapter 16 Assigned a question to Find a relevant answer. article or video Comprehensive Final Exam (Open Book) Proctored – LIVE Oncampus Available by appointment ONLY between May 2- May8 Semester ends May 11 Intro exercises: Quizzes : Assignments : Elluminate sessions : Midterm : Final : Important dates NOTE: Monday, January 20, 2014 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), Monday, February 17, 2014 (President’s Day). Monday April 14, 2014 – Saturday, April 19, 2014 (Spring Break) Last day to ADW: TBD Midterm: Sunday October 27th Last day to withdraw: TBD Finals week: May 2 – May 8 CDL_Spring_2014_Syllabus V1 Activity 5 Capstone paper Final exam Best topic in the section? Most critical information?