House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

PSYC-1300-02 (Learning Framework)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorClark, Jamie Lee
Phone(409) 984-6317
Business, Math, and Science
Chair:Glenda Dupuis
Telephone:(409) 984-6316
Hours:Mon: 9:00-9:30 & 1:30-4:30; Tues: 9:00-10:30 & 2:00-2:30; Wed: 8:30-9:30 & 1:30-2:30; Thurs: 9:00-10
Building:Student Center (PAMP)
Room #:410
Course Information
Course ID #10599
Course Subject-Number-SectionPSYC-1300-02
Course TitleLearning Framework
Course Description The Learning Framework couse is a study of the 1) research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation; 2) factors that impact learning; and 3) application of learning strategies. Students will use assessment instruments (learning inventories) to help them identify their own strengths and weaknesses as learners. The course helps develop skills and techniques necessary for success in college including memory development, note taking, preparing for exams, study skills, and time management. It stresses the importance of creativity, health, relationships and the effective use of resources in achieving collegiate success.
Course Prerequisites This course is mandated for all students on academic probation and those who have failed any developmental course.
Required Textbooks Keys to Effective Learning, 6th ed. Carol Carter, Joyce Bishop, and Sarah Kravits
Learning Objectives 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the culture of postsecondary education

2. Be responsible for his/her college experience and develop a personal commitment to future life goals.

3. Apply college success skills and techniques to improve his/her academic success.

4. Demonstrate communication techniques that incorporate appropriate presentation, writing, listening, conversation, and discussion skills.

5. Use library resources to locate and evaluate information.

6. Describe student support services and explain how the student might use these services to overcome obstacles.

Major Assignments Attendance and Participation

Take Action, Building Skills, and Critical Thinking Assignments are due each week

Exam 1 February 21

Exam 2 March 28

Exam 3 April 25

Exam 4 (Final) May 16

Discussion Topics Habits for Success

Learning Styles

Time & Money

Setting Goals

Critical Thinking


Reading & Study


Active Listening

Note Taking

Test Taking 1

Test Taking 2

Moving Toward Success

Library Skills

Financial Responsibilities

Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Late work is unacceptable. You may not leave the room without permission.
Determination of Final Grade Final grade is the average of two grades. One grade is the total of points based on attendance, participation and homework. Attendance is one point per day with late arrival and early departure equal to one absence. The other grade is the test average, one test per month, including the final exam. With the prior approval of your instructor, you may also earn extra credit for campus events. (90+ = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, 0-59 = F ) 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 May 16, 2011 - 1:00 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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