House Bill 2504

Fall 2011 Course Syllabus

PSYC-1100-05 - Learning Framework

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2011
InstructorClark, Jamie Lee
Phone(409) 984-6317
Business, Math, and Science
Chair:Percy Jordan
Phone:(409) 984-6335
Hours:M 1-3, T 2-4, W 2-4, Th 2-4, F 9-11
Building:Student Center (SC)
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Course Information
Course Number90168
Course Description This course is an introduction and orientation to college. It assists the student in making adequate social and personal adjustments to college life, developing educational and career goals, and becoming familiar with institutional curricula and policies. The course includes techniques for note taking and preparing for exams. It is required of all students who are enrolled in developmental courses and have not completed 15 hours of college-level work. The course is recommended for all students in their first semester at Lamar State College - Port Arthur. A grade of
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Step by Step to College and Career Success, 4th edition. Gardner & Barefoot, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011. SUPPLIES REQUIRED: textbook, notebook paper, pens, 3 ring binder with pockets, Lamar State College - Port Arthur catalog.
Attendance Policy More than THREE unexcused absences will result in a grade of "F", regardless of the student's performance in class to that time. Excused absences include hospitalization of you or an immediate family member, participation in a college event, or a religious holy day. Prior notification to me for pending absences due to college events or religious holy days is required. Documentation of hospitalization is required. Late work is unacceptable. You may not leave the room without permission.

Your presence in this class will involve your attention to lectures, presentations by other students, participation in open class discussion, reading of the text as well as other materials related to the information covered in class, as well as the completion of the writing assignment. You will receive 10 points per class attended to total 150 points.

The following procedure will be used to give students with good attendance extra points:

For 0 absences, 4 points will be added to the final course tally. For no more than 1 absence, 3 points will be added to the final course tally. For no more than 2 absences, 2 points will be added to the final course tally.

Course Grading Scale 765 - 850 = A

680 - 764 = B

595 - 679 = C

510 - 594 = D

509 and below = F

Determination of Final Grade The final course grade will be based on total points accumulated (not percentage) from exams (400), class participation and attendance (150), daily work and homework (100), preparation for career report (50), career report (100), and verbal career report (50). With the prior approval of your instructor, you may also earn extra credit for campus events.

Disturbance in class is a one point deduction from the final grade, per incidence, and includes but is not limited to: cell phones ringing, text messages, talking without permission and other disrespectful behavior. Laptops may be used only with my permission or the Special Populations Coordinator

Final Exam Date December 7, 2011 - 9:00 AM
Major Assignments DAILY WORK & HOMEWORK:

Class ID and Scavenger Hunt-10

Notes: Policies, Procedures, and Terminology-10

GPA Calculation Sheet-10

Library Assignment-10

Time Management-10

Learning Styles-10

True Colors-10

Citizenship Test-10

Note Taking-10

Test Taking-10

CLASS PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE:                                

150 Total


Preparation for Report-5050

Final Career Report-100

Verbal Report-50                                                


Exam 1 – Syllabus-100

Exam 2 – College Policies, Procedures, and Terminology-100

Exam 3 – Listening, Taking Notes, and Taking Exams-100

Exam 4 – Final Exam-100
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates PSYC – 1100

Fall 2011

Tentative Schedule of Classes

(Subject to change with notice)

Week 1 (8/22)        Introduction to Class

         Syllabus and Scavenger Hunt

         Assignment for next week: Read Chapter 1 – Beginning


Week 2 (8/29)        Exam 1

         Discussion over material in Chapter 1 – Beginning


         Policies, Procedures, and Terminology

Week 3 (9/5)        Policies, Procedures, and Terminology

GPA Calculation

Assignment for next week: Read Chapter 2 Managing

Your Time

Week 4 (9/12) Discussion over material in Chapter 2 Managing Your


         Exam 2

         Assignment for next weeek: Read Chapter 9 – Technology

in College

Week 5 (9/19)        Exam 2 Due

         Library Tour and Assignment

         Assignment for next week: Read Chapter 3 – How You


Week 6 (9/26)        Learning Styles

True Colors

Discussion over material in Chapter 3 – How You Learn

         Assignment for next week: Read Chapter 4 – Thinking


Week 7 (10/3)        Discussion over material in Chapter 4 Thinking


         Assignment for next week: Read Chapter 5 – Listening &

Taking Notes

Week 8 (10/10) Discussion over material in Chapter 5 Listening &

Taking Notes

Assignment for next week: Read Chapter 6 Reading for


Week 9 (10/17) Discussion over material in Chapter 6 Reading for


Assignment for next week: Read Chapter 7

Communicating Clearly

Week 10 (10/24) Discussion over material in Chapter 7 Communicating


Assignment for next week: Read Chapter 8 Taking Exams

& Tests

Week 11 (10/24) Exam 3

Discussion over material in Chapter 8 Taking Exams &


Test Taking Exercise

Week 12 (11/7) Exam 3 Due

Career Report Preparation in Library


Week 13 (11/14) Career Report Due

Students will present reports to class

Assignment for next week: Read Ch 11 Appreciating


Week 14 (11/21) Final Exam

Discussion over material in Chapter 11 Appreciating


Assignment for next week: Read Chapter 10 Managing

Money, Chapter 12 Majors & Career Choices, Chapter 13

Staying Healthy

Week 15 (11/28) Discussion over material in Chapter 10 Managing Money,

Chapter 12 Majors & Career Choices, Chapter 13 Staying


Week 16 (12/5) Final Exam Due
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Reading:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

Writing:Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Speaking:Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.

Critical Thinking 1:Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.

Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.

Computer Literacy 1:Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.

Computer Literacy 2:Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.

Intercultural Competence 1:Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.

Intercultural Competence 2:Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.

Intercultural Competence 3:Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes 1. Communicates with appropriate modes of expression to individuals or


        A. Demonstrates thesis clarity

        B. Organizes information

        C. Uses support

        D. Presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression

2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities.

        A. Identifies cultural characteristics (beliefs, values,

perspectives, or practices)

        B. Interprets works of human expression within cultural context

        C. Shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others

3. Uses critical thinking skills

        A. Identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent

of information needed

        B. Differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to


        C. Constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences

        D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion

4. Demonstrates technology literacy

        A. Locates needed information using the appropriate

technological tool or device

        B. Displays organizational skills with the use of technology

        C. Presents information using the appropriate technological

tool or device

5. Transfers to a baccalaureate program

        A. Exhibits student contact hours completed at LSC-PA

        B. Number of AA majors who graduate

        C. Number of AA graduates who request transcripts sent to

other universities

6. Applies mathematical and scientific principles

        A. Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to

complete task

        B. Uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to

complete task

        C. Applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or

scientific principles needed to complete task
Course Student Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret assigned reading materials and written instructions from both the textbook and instructor. (PSLO 1, PSLO 2)

2. Demonstrate the ability to produce clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience. (PSLO 1, PSLO 4)

3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience. (PSLO 1, PSLO 4)

4. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret forms of spoken language. (PSLO 2, PSLO 3)

5. Identify and demonstrate the ability to apply standards and elements of critical thinking. (PSLO 2, PSLO 3)

6. Demonstrate the ability to use computer-based technology in communicating, solving problems, and acquiring information. (PSLO 1, PSLO 4)

7. Demonstrate awareness of cultural differences and similarities. (PSLO 2, PSLO 3)
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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