NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

College Success

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: College Success
    B. Course Number: PS 113A - 10221
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 9:30:00 AM - 10:45:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Holloman, Terry
    G. Office: Ben Alexander Student Center (BAC) 208
    H. Email Address: THolloman@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2627
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST); 1:30:00 PM-02:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: BAC202
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This is an introduction to college life and surveys topics from policies and procedures to career exploration. This course outlines strategies the student can use to achieve a successful college experience. The emphasis is on the attainment of superior personal and academic skills. This is a three credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This is a general education course. There is no guarantee that PS 113A will transfer to most two or four year colleges for credit. Information concerning articulation agreements with regional colleges and universities can be obtained at the NMJC Counseling Office. It is important to check with the institution to which you are planning to transfer to determine transferability. All students are encouraged to keep the course syllabus as it will help determine the transferability of this course credit to another institution.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Becoming A Master Student
    ISBN-13:9781337596992

    3 ring binder


    This text is a loose-leaf text with an access code for MindTap. The student should purchase a three ring binder for this text. It is intended that the student write in and highlight this textbook. The textbook cannot be sold back to the bookstore. It is intended to be kept for future use.

    Suggested:
    None.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    Grading Policy:
    40% Attendance
    20% Chapter Activities and Exams
    20% Written Assignments
    20% Final Exam

    Grade Rounding: Final grades will be rounded up to one (1.00) point. There will be no additional rounding.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Departmental objectives for this course state that by the end of this course, students should be able to...

    1) apply appropriate academic skills commonly recognized to lead to success in education and their careers.

    2) develop critical thinking skills to solve problems, navigate ethical dilemmas and evaluate relevant issues.

    3) apply necessary life skills in order to know self and contribute to a diverse community.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    After completion of this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Discuss note taking skills and develop a system that works for them.
    2. Learn the art of test taking and improve ones performance on tests.
    3. Improve memory techniques and apply them to all aspects of ones life.
    4. Improve reading skills by becoming an active reader.
    5. Develop a time management system that will allow them to balance all aspects of life and reach the goals which they have set.
    6. Improve their critical thinking skills in order to enhance learning and be successful in their future endeavors.
    7. Determine which career fit their own interests, and set a plan to reach that goal.
    8. Obtain the necessary skills to complete the semester.

  10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Regular and punctual class attendance is important to the attainment of the educational objectives of this course. Attendance is required at all sessions of this course. Please note the Withdrawal Policy for additional information.

    Class begins promptly. If you are tardy, you must notify the instructor immediately after class; otherwise, you will be counted absent. If you leave class early, you will receive a tardy. Two tardies equal one absence. Students who have more than six absences in a MWF class, four absences in a TR class, or two absences in a night class may be dropped from this course. A student may lose the right to make up work missed once the maximum number of absences has been exceeded. All absences and extenuating circumstances need to be explained during office hours, not during class. If students know they are going to be absent, they should make prior arrangements with the instructor. Leave a message at 492-2627. The voice mail works twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The instructor's class roll is the official record of attendance. Attendance may be considered at the end of the semester if a student is within a point of a higher letter grade.

    Should a student be dismissed from the classroom due to some sort of disruption, I expect to see such student before the next time the class meets. Permanent dismissal may result if I deem it necessary to take the problem to the dean. If a student is asked to leave class for any reason, the student will be counted absent for that class period.

    Cell phones and any other electronic devices should be turned off and put away. Students are not allowed to text and/or use the internet during class time. Electronic devices include but are not limited to Ipads, Ipods, earbuds, and headphones. If this policy is abused, the student will be asked to leave the classroom. The student will receive a zero/absence for that day.

    The student must bring college-ruled notebook paper, pen/pencil, text(s), and other appropriate supplies to each class. If the student abuses this policy, the student will be dismissed from that class period, counted absent, and receive a 0 for any classwork completed during the student's absence.

    If a student has a special health problem, he or she should (please) notify the instructor. (Please only discuss the situation with me during office hours.)

    Written assignments required to be word processed must submitted in standard font with one inch margins on standard 81\2" x 11" white paper. Handwritten work for these assignments will not be accepted.

    Plagiarism is cheating, and any student found guilty of plagiarism will receive a zero on the assignment and possibly fail the class.

    PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION: Please use appropriate, professional language, grammar and structure in your emails. I will do the same. Do not send an email that looks and reads as though it were composed as a text message.
    DON’T DO:
    hi miss can you pls give me the work 4 2day so I can get it 2u..igot behind bc i m 2 tired. thx
    Do: Dear Professor Holloman,
    I apologize for missing class today. Would you please send me the assignment for today? I do not want to fall behind in my school work.
    Thank you,

    NMJC Communication Standard:
     No text language (For example do not use i, BTW, LOL, IDK…)
     Correct spelling and proper capitalization
     Complete sentences (Start a sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period.)
     Logical organization

  11. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at specialneeds@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  12. CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    This schedule is subject to change if necessary.

    Week 1 -- January 14 - Getting Started Assignments

    Week 2 – January 22 - Introduction: The Master Student, Declaration assignment due

    Week 3 – January 28 - Chapter 1: Discovering Yourself

    Week 4 – February 4 - Chapter 2: Time

    Week 5 – February 11 - Chapter 2: Time (cont)

    Week 6 – February 18 - Chapter 3: Memory

    Week 7 – February 25 - Chapter 4: Reading

    Week 8 – March 4 - Chapter 5: Notes

    Week 9 – March 11 - Chapter 6: Tests

    Week 10 – March 18 - Chapter 7: Thinking
    Becoming a Critical Thinker Assignment

    Week 11 – March 25-29 -Spring Break

    Week 12 April 1 Chapter 7: Thinking

    Week 13 – April 8 - Chapter 8: Communication

    Week 14 – April 15 - Chapter 9: Money

    Week 15 – April 22 – Chapter 10: Next Steps

    Week 16 - April 29 - Putting It All Together

    Final Exam: Monday, May 6, 2018 10-11:45 a.m.