SRJC Course Outlines

2/24/2018 11:47:22 AMCOUN 53 Course Outline as of Fall 2014

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  COUN 53Title:  COLLEGE SURVIVAL  
Full Title:  College Survival Techniques
Last Reviewed:3/10/2014

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  0Total Student Learning Hours: 0 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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This course combines comprehensive academic study strategies with critical thinking and personal development. This course includes the following topics: memory and concentration techniques, lecture note taking systems, textbook study systems, test taking, research strategies, critical analysis, effective problem solving, life and time management, learning styles, personal and educational values and goals, instructor-student relations, and maintaining health.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course combines comprehensive academic study strategies with critical thinking and personal development. This course includes the following topics: memory and concentration techniques, lecture note taking systems, textbook study systems, test taking, research strategies, critical analysis, effective problem solving, life and time management, learning styles, personal and educational values and goals, instructor-student relations, and maintaining health.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 ELifelong Learning and Self DevelopmentFall 2010
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2010Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
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1. Analyze and construct personal values and educational goals.
2. Formulate and apply academic study strategies to life long learning.
3. Develop and apply the use of critical thinking skills to the learning process.

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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Construct and analyze personal time management related to school, work,
    and personal life.
2. Identify specific barriers to motivation and their effect on time accountability.
3. Analyze goal setting criteria.
4. Examine personal and educational values and compare those values to those of diverse cultures.
5. Compare and contrast various learning styles and apply them to life-long learning.
6. Demonstrate effective instructor-student relations.
7. Assess wellness concepts.
8. Apply lecture note taking techniques.
9.  Identify various methods to improve textbook reading.
10. Compare and contrast study techniques for math, science, and general courses.
11. Formulate test taking strategies for both objective and essay exams.
12. Describe methods to deal with test anxiety.
13. Analyze the different levels of college term papers.
14. Employ the use of computers to library research.
15. Describe and utilize college based resources.

Topics and Scope
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I.  Life Management
   A. Life and time management
   B. Setting long term, mid term and short term goals and priorities
   C. Decision making
   D. Learning and motivation theory
   E. Organizational techniques
   F. Effective self management strategies
   G. Self esteem and self awareness
   H. Taking responsibility (locus of control) and overcoming fear
II.  Personal and Educational Values and Goals
   A. Personal values, identity, and cultural diversity
   B. Emotional intelligence
   C. Taking responsibility for educational goals
   D. Educational and intellectual values
   E. Life transitions
III.  Learning Styles
   A. Active and passive learning
   B. Left and right brain learning
   C. Self-directed and collaborative learning
   D. Visual, auditory, kinestethic, and tactile learning
   E. Relational, affective, lateral thinking styles
   F. Idea generation, intuition, imagination, puzzles, patterns, curiosity
   G. Mind mapping
IV.  Academic Study Strategies
   A. Memory and concentration
        1. Principles of learning and forgetting
        2. Short and long term memory
        3. Recognition and recall techniques
        4. Concentration techniques and self-discipline
        5. Mnemonic devices
        6. Active listening
        7. 5R and other lecture note taking techniques
        8. Signal words and summarizing techniques
        9. Class participation techniques
    B. Textbook Study Systems
        1. Survey of textbooks and chapters
        2. SQ5R and other textbook study techniques
        3. Textbook reading techniques: topic sentences, main ideas, summarizing
        4. Textbook note taking techniques: lists, cards, mapping, outlining, summarizing
        5. Textbook marking
    C. Subject-specific Study Techniques
        1. Math
        2. Science
        3. General courses
    D. Test Taking
        1. Test preparation and test taking techniques
        2. Test anxiety
        3. Objective exams
        4. Essay exams
        5. Study group
     E.  Term Papers: Different levels of college term papers     
      F. Using the library
         1. Research materials and techniques
         2. Use of computers for library research
         3. Library orientation
         4. Documentation
         5. Plagiarism and college policies
     G. College based resources (including but not limited to)
         1. Financial Aid
         2. Tutorial Center
         3. Math and English Lab
         4. Student Health
         5. Counseling
         6. Transfer Center
         7. EOPS
         8. MESA
         9. Puente
       10. College Skills
       11. Disability Resource Center
V. Instructor-Student Relations
    A. Faculty obligation to student and student responsibilities
    B. Assertive and passive classroom behaviors
    C. Communicating in the classroom
    D. Networking with other students
    E. Academic freedom
VI. Health and Wellness
    A. Physiological affects of stress
     B. Managing stress
    C. Relaxation techniques
    D. Dietary, sleep and exercise requirements
    E. Physiological affects of drug and alcohol usage
VII. Critical Analysis and Problem Solving
    A. Analytical, cognitive and vertical thinking styles
    B. Problem solving and decision making strategies
    C. Data, information, bias, facts, opinion
    D. Assumptions, evidence, arguments, judgments, evaluation, explanation

Assignments:
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1.   A 2-3 page educational profile
2.   Written reflection on long term, mid term, short term educational and personal goals
3.   One page analysis of personal procrastination data
4.   Application of strategies to reduce stress
5.   One page critical analysis of course lecture
6.   Application of Cornell Method of lecture note taking in one lecture
7.   Application of SQ3R formula to a college textbook
8.   Formation of in-class study groups
9.   One small group class presentation of study strategy
10. Develop and implement study plan for upcoming exam
11. Develop a study guide based on one's learning style
12. Utilization of library research skills to complete a critical thinking assignment
13. 2-3 page outline of educational research
14. 5 page term paper on educational path
15. 5 minute oral presentation on educational research
16. 5 minute oral presentation on term paper
17. Multiple choice and true/false exams

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
35 - 70%
Written homework, analytical papers, term paper
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 15%
Critical analysis, effective problem solving assignment
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 10%
Formation of in-class study groups
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 30%
Multiple choice and true/false questions
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Oral presentations


Representative Textbooks:
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Students please note: do not buy textbooks before checking with the SRJC bookstore. These titles are representative only and may not be the same ones used in your class.
 
Becoming a Master Student (12th). Ellis, Dave. Houghton Mifflin: 2009
 
Your College Experience: Strategies for Success (8th). Gardner, John, Jewler, A. Jerome, Barefoot, Betsy.  Wadsworth Publishing: 2008
 
On Course (6th). Downing, Skip. Wadsworth Publishing: 2010

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