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Course Description: This will be the course description from the College Catalog. Some faculty will also include the course rationale.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:
- reflect on the value of a college education, in particular, in terms of a liberal education, learning about life, career preparation, and growth as an educated, thinking person.
- identify the responsibilities of students as members of a college class (in class and between classes).
- identify the role of college faculty as teachers, advisors, and mentors.
- identify faculty expectations of students as learners in a college setting.
- identify resources available on campus (Milne Library, CADE, student organizations, etc.).
Textbooks: Books required and recommended for the course will be identified. It is very important to get the books ASAP and read them thoroughly as assigned. Also included will be reserved materials, etc. and where to access them.
For this course: Student Handbook, College Catalog, Code of Student Conduct (on-line)
Course Policies: This will normally include information on course policies on attendance, missed or late assignments, participation expectations, academic honesty, and any other specific policies. College policies are explained below. Individual faculty will state their course policies as well.
Attendance Policy: Primary responsibility for class attendance rests with the student.
“A student must attend one of the first two class hours in each course as well as the first laboratory … or the instructor may declare the student’s place in the course vacant, and given it to another student.”
Attendance at all class meetings and laboratories is an extremely important part of the instructional process. This includes classes immediately before and after vacation periods. The following types of absence are officially excused (with documentation) under College policy; religious observance, College scheduled events, documented illness, death of a close relative, natural calamities, and accidents beyond the student’s control. Students should discuss absences with the instructor as early as possible. The student is responsible for any work missed due to an absence.
Excess Absence Policy: An instructor may request the withdrawal of any student who has missed, to date, 25% of scheduled class meetings. As a result of this action, a WI grade will appear on the student’s transcript and no credit will be given for the course.
Special Notes on Breaks and Final Exams: All classes are scheduled to meet immediately before and after any breaks and during final exam week. All students are expected to attend the classes immediately before and after any College breaks. Travel plans must be included in your break plans, not in place of scheduled classes.
The semester is not over until the end of exam week. Students are expected to take their exams according to the published exam schedule. Changes to this schedule require permission by the appropriate dean.
Academic Honesty Policy: “Academic dishonesty is defined as any act by a student that misrepresents or attempts to misrepresent to an instructor or any College official the proficiency or achievement of that student or another student in any academic exercise for the purpose of influencing a grade on a work assignment, on an examination or quiz, or in a course as a whole, or that is intended to alter any record of a student’s academic performance by unauthorized means. A student deemed guilty of an act of academic dishonesty may … be subject to one or more of the following measures: failure of the assignment or examination, failure of the course or dismissal from the College.”
See the Student Handbook and College Catalog for more details. The Turn-It-In program is available on campus and will be used in some courses to identify and monitor academic honesty.
Student Disability Policy: Students with disabilities have a right to appropriate accommodations as identified by the Office of Student Disability Services. However, students need to register with the office and notify individual course instructors of the accommodations needed.
Classroom Behavior: Students are expected to arrive for class on time and ready to participate in class. Any activities which might interfere with the rights of other students to learn or hinder course instruction are unacceptable.
Evaluation and Grades: In this section there will be a summary of all class assignments and how they will be weighted to determine the course grade. It will also define the instructor’s expectations for each grade possible (A-E, P/F). It may also include information on course extra credit policy, exam policies and other course specific information.
Students are required to maintain at least a 2.0 (C) average to remain in good academic standing at the College. Specific programs may require higher GPAs. Be sure to review the Grading System section of the Catalog.
Grade Posting Policy: Federal regulations prohibit the public posting of grades. Faculty and staff cannot post grades by name or ID number, give grades over the phone, fax them or send them via email. If faculty are willing to post grades, they will notify student of the approved method they will use. Faculty and staff are not permitted to discuss or give out student grades, attendance records, etc. to anyone other that the student without the expressed written permission to the student.
Assignments: Each course assignment will be described, key dates will be listed, and required and recommended readings will be specified. Please note that many courses will require learning experiences outside the classroom and class time. These may include field work, service learning projects, group or individual projects, research papers, etc.
By second week Work out a time management plan to balance classes, study times,
project time, volunteer time, and campus activities.
Plan on spending at least 2-3 hours outside of class time for each hour spent in class (reading, studying, assignments, etc.)
By fourth week Become involved in at least one campus activity.
Introduce yourself to your academic advisor.
Introduce yourself to your instructors.
By mid-term Talk with your advisor and your family about your interim grades.
Before pre-enrollment Meet with our advisor to plan your spring schedule.
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