House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

EDUC-1100-05 (Learning Framework)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorBarbay, Carol Mary
Phone(409) 984-6311
Business, Math, and Science
Chair:Glenda Dupuis
Telephone:(409) 984-6316
Hours:BY APPOINTMENT AND AS FOLLOWS: Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:00-8:50; Fri, 10:00-11:50; Mon, Wed, 12:00-3:00; Thu
Building:Educational Annex (PAEA)
Room #:110
Course Information
Course ID #10484
Course Subject-Number-SectionEDUC-1100-05
Course TitleLearning Framework
Course Description 1100 Learning Framework 1:1:0

Introduction and orientation to college. Introduction and orientation to college. 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. 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. Includes techniques for time management, note taking, and preparing for exams. Required of all students enrolled in developmental courses who have not completed 15 hours of college-level work. This requirement is waived if the student is enrolled in EDUC 1300. Recommended for all students in their first semester. A grade of “C” or better must be earned to meet the institutional requirement; otherwise the course must be repeated. Counts as elective credit toward a degree or certificate.

The grade earned is computed in the student’s grade point average.

Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Step by Step to College and Career Success; Gardner and Barefoot, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010 ed.ISBN: 978-0-312-68306-1; SUPPLIES REQUIRED: Notebook paper, pens, small binder or folder with brads, Lamar State College-Port Arthur 2010-2011 catalog and Spring 2011 Course Schedule.
Learning Objectives 1. To employ the appropriate methods, technologies, and data that social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.

2. To examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.

3. To use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories

4. To develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

5. To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the area under study

6. To differentiate and analyze historical evidence (documentary and statistical) and differing points of view

7. To recognize and apply reasonable criteria for the acceptability of historical evidence and social research.

8. To analyze critically assess, and develop creative solutions to public policy problems.

9. To recognize and assume one's responsibility as a citizen in a democratic society by learning to think for oneself, by engaging in public discourse, and by obtaining information through the news media and other appropriate information sources about politics and public policy.

10. To identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.

Major Assignments Treasure Hunt                                        10                Jan 25                

Policies, Procedures and Terminology                10                Feb 1

Grade Point Calculation                                10                Feb 8

Time Management Assignment                        10                Feb 8

Note Taking Assignment                                10                Feb 15

Library Assignment                                25                Mar 1

Learning Channel Preference Assignment                10                Mar 1

Perceptual Modes Assignment                        10                Mar 1

True Colors Assignment                                10         Apr26

Diversity and Cultural Awareness Assignment        10                Apr 26

College Success Activity                        10                May 3

Citizenship Test                                10                May 3


Career Report Preparation                  15         Apr 1

Final Career Report                         25         Apr 19

Attendance Assignments         70        

Discussion Topics 1. Beginning Your College Experience: Setting Off on the Right Foot

Making a Commitment and Staying Focused

Connecting with Your Instructors and Finding a Mentor

Practicing Academic Honesty

Managing Your Finances and Controlling Your Debt

Building Your Portfolio

2. Managing Time and Staying Motivated: The Starting

Line for Academic Success

Taking Control of Your Time

Creating a Workable Class Schedule

Organizing Your Day

Time Management and Civility

Building Your Portfolio

3. Thinking Critically: Searching beyond Right and Wrong

Critical Thinking and Liberal Education

Practicing Four Aspects of Critical Thinking—and Avoiding Faulty Reasoning

How College Encourages Critical Thinking

Critically Evaluating Information on the Internet

Building Your Portfolio

4. Maximizing Your Learning Success: Engaging with

Learning and Making the Most of Your Learning Style

Engaging with Learning

Working with Your College Instructors

Learning How You Learn Best: The VARK Learning Styles Inventory

Learning with a Learning Disability

Building Your Portfolio

5. Communicating Clearly: Writing and Speaking for Success

Understanding the Basics of Writing

Taking the Steps to Better Writing: Prewriting, Writing, and Reviewing

Becoming a Better Public Speaker

Six Steps to Better Public Speaking

Building Your Portfolio

6. Listening, Note-Taking, and Participating in Class:

Committing to Classroom Success

Knowing the Basics of Listening and Note-Taking

Striving for Success Before, During, and After Class

Taking Notes in Nonlecture and Quantitative Courses

Speaking Up in Class

Building Your Portfolio

7. Reading for Success: Mastering an Essential Skill

Previewing Before You Read

Reading to Question, to Interpret, and to Understand

Reading Textbooks for Quantitative Courses

Reading Textbooks for Social Science and Humanities Courses

Building Your Portfolio

8. Taking Exams and Tests: Putting All Your Essential

Skills to the Test

Planning Your Approach: The Long View

Using Other Study Strategies

Sharpening Your Memory

Facing Your Tests

Building Your Portfolio

9. Relationships, Diversity, and Values: Understanding and

Respecting Yourself and Others

Developing Healthy Romantic Relationships

Maintaining Other Important Relationships

Understanding Diversity

Exploring Your Values and the Values of Others

Building Your Portfolio

10. Staying Healthy: Managing Stress and Achieving Wellness

Recognizing the Effects of Stress

Promoting Your Sexual Health

Making Decisions about Drinking and Smoking

Saying "No" to Drug Abuse

Building Your Portfolio

11. Experiencing College Life to the Fullest: Getting Involved

on Campus and in the Wider Community

Being Active in Campus and Community Life

Working While in College

Embracing Campus Diversity

Reaping the Benefits of Service Learning

Building Your Portfolio

12. Making the Right Choices for Your Major and Career:

Planning Early and Keeping an Open Mind

Preparing for a Career in the information Economy

Taking an Informed Approach to Your Major and Career Choices

Exploring Your Interests

Setting Your Career Plan in Motion

Building Your Portfolio

Investigating Occupations

Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. More than three absences will result in a grade of F regardless of the student's performance in class to that time. Excused absences include participation in a college event, including Student Government Association activity or LSCPA athletic or sports activity (with signed request from SGA sponsor or LSCPA coach).
Determination of Final Grade Your course letter grade will be based on an approximate percentage of 395 total required points as follows:

Letter Grades Point Totals Approximate Percentages

A 355+ 90%

B 316-354 80-89%

C 276-315 70-79%

D 237-275 60-69%

F 236 and below 59% and below

Final Exam Date May 3, 2011 - 12:30 PM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

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;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American 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.

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