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Revision Date: 24-May-17

DEV-0280-VA01 - Introduction to College Studies

Synonym: 154243
Location: St. Albans
Credits: 0
Day/Times: Monday, 09:00A - 12:00P
Semester Dates: 06-26-2017 to 08-14-2017
Last day to drop without a grade: 07-05-2017 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-25-2017 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Mary Hartman | View Faculty Credentials

This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
Grades: Students in this course will receive a numerical or letter grade in the narrative section of the final evaluation.

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Course Description:

Introduction to College Studies is a non-credit course that provides career exploration opportunities and an orientation to the college experience for high school and new students. This course helps students transition successfully to college and careers through information gathering and by exploring educational and employment options based on their strengths, interests, values, and goals. Students will learn the skills and expectations necessary to succeed in academic and professional settings. Students will develop time management, test-taking, and communication skills, as well as strategies for managing stress, paying for college, and budgeting.

Essential Objectives:

1. Engage in self-discovery activities including short versus long-term goal-setting, educational and career planning, personal learning styles, and personal values.
2. Discuss how to make informed educational and employment decisions including how to research different careers along with educational requirements, interests, skills, abilities, personality, and values.
3. Develop personal success strategies such as practicing self-advocacy, managing stress, negotiating social aspects of college, making moral and ethical decisions-, and identifying sources of support.
4. Demonstrate the ability to meet college and employer expectations through appropriate quality of work, strong work ethic, communication techniques, and professional conduct.
5. Practice college success skills such as time management and prioritization, and develop strategies for reading textbooks or complex materials, note-taking, test-taking, and using informational resources for research.
6. Discuss techniques for managing personal finances including: budgeting, evaluating the ability to pay down debt given projected salaries, and relating career choice with potential income.
7. Understand financial aid sources and processes with a focus on paying for college.


Readings from ICS Reader Textbook

Lectures and classroom discussions

Individual and/or Small group activities, exercises and discussions

Computer Lab work

Guest Speakers

Supplemental videos

Evaluation Criteria:

Responsibility for learning ultimately lies with student participation both orally and in written work.  It is important to make every effort to attend each class session, participate in discussion/sharing, and complete all assignments.  Assignments are expected to be prepared prior to coming to class each week so that students are able to participate in follow-up discussion, activities, exercises and assessments in class.     Expectations pertaining to particular written assignments will be detailed at the time the assignments are given.

Grading Criteria:

Evaluation and Assessment (Grading Criteria) :

Attendance/Punctuality (20%)

Class Preparation/Related Readings (20%)

Active Participation (20%)

Respectful Engagement (20%)

Assignments/Meeting Deadlines (20%)

Assignment extensions will only be given if the student has made advance arrangements with the instructor for extenuating circumstances such as personal or family emergencies and must be discussed with the CCV advisor as well.


Summer 2017 textbook data will be available on April 1. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

, ISBN: No Textbook Required,    $0.00

Attendance Policy:

Missing more than 2 classes will result in a failing grade for this course.  If an emergency occurs and an absence is absolutely necessary, it is the student's responsibility to contact CCV at 524-6541 as soon as possible or the instructor at   Leaving  more than one half hour or more early or arriving one half hour or more late twice will count toward one class  absence.


Syllabus is subject to change:

Class #1 6/26/17      Introduction to Academic Success and Transition to College Culture

Class #2 7/3/17        Time and Stress Management, Goal Setting

Class #3 7/10/17      Learning Styles,  Study Skills (Group and Memory)

Class #4 7/17/17      Study Skills (Reading, Note Taking and Test Taking)

Class #5 7/24/17      Money Management, Financial Aid and College Panel 

Class #6 7/31/17       Accuplacer,  Career Assessments, Research Techniques 

Class #7 8/7/17        Career Assessments,  Research Organizer &  Project  and Presentation                                                   Specifics, College Search and  Admissions Process 

Class #8 8/14/17       Research presentations and wrap up

Contact Faculty:

Email: Mary Hartman
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Gretchen Dehart

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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