Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Explore personal choices in higher education.
2. Assess personal growth and life management.
3. Relate technology use to academic and personal life.
4. Discuss and analyze cultural diversity in higher education and society.
5. Describe lifelong learning skills.
6. Identify strategies to promote lifelong health and wellness.
7. Integrate critical and creative thinking in personal and academic life.
I. Higher education
A. The role and value of higher education in society today
B. The history, purpose and unique attributes of the California higher education system
C. College curriculum, general education, majors, vocational training
II. Personal growth and life management
B. Personality type
D. Multiple intelligences
E. Goal setting
F. Decision making
G. Time management
H. Money management
I. Techniques for positive thinking
J. Motivation strategies
III. Technology management in academic and personal life
A. Cyberspace conduct
B. Necessary technological skills for academic success
A. Prejudice and discrimination
B. Cultural and social diversity
C. Interpersonal communication
V. Lifelong learning
A. Life stages
1. Stages of adult development including emerging adulthood (Arnett, Erickson, Piaget)
2. Stages of college student development (Tinto, Chickering)
B. Principles of learning and memory
3. Memory Techniques
C. Learning style
1. Visual, auditory and kinesthetic styles
2. Personality and learning style
3. Multiple intelligences
4. Personal learning strategies
D. Writing and speaking
1. Power writing: preparing, organizing, writing, editing and revising
2. Writing a term paper
3. How to prepare an oral presentation
VI. Health and wellness
A. Biological, emotional, intellectual and social concepts
B. Stress management techniques
VII. Critical and creative thinking
A. Fallacies in reasoning
B. Critical thinking processes
C. Creativity techniques (brainstorming, relaxed retention, visualization, imagination)
1. Weekly reading assignments of 30-60 pages
2. Written assignments of 500-700 words, including reaction paper,
journals, and essays
3. Two faculty interviews (includes paper and oral presentation)
4. Attendance at two campus events and write a two-page reaction paper for each
5. Academic plan
6. Educational road map
7. Oral presentation on a campus resource
8. Case scenarios to practice a decision making process
9. Comprehensive written project
10.Topic quizzes from assigned reading
11. Final exam
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
50 - 60%
|Written homework, Comprehensive written project||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
10 - 15%
|Academic plan, educational road map||
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
5 - 10%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
20 - 35%
|Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
0 - 10%
|Attendance, class participation, case scenarios||
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Foundations, a Reader for New College Students (4th edition). Gordon and Minnick. Wadsworth: 2007.
The Community College Experience, Foundations for Learning (1st edition). Baldwin, Amy. Prentice Hall: 2006.
Foundations for Learning (2nd edition). Hazard and Nadeau. Prentice Hall: 2009.
Your College Experience, Strategies for Success, Two Year Edition (tenth ediction). John N. Gardner, Betsy O. Barefoot. Bedford St. Martin's: 2012.