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Course Number: Course Title: Experience
Palm Beach State College
Course Syllabus – Classroom Course
General Class and Course Information
Course Number: SLS1501
Course Title: Introduction to the College
Experience
Term/Dates: Fall 8/23/16—12/19/16
Reference Number: 216825 Credit Hours:
3
Clock Hours: n/a
Days: Tuesday & Thursday
Time: 9:30 - 10:45 am
Room: SS 115
Course Description: The course enhances success and retention of students entering Palm Beach State College.
Students will engage in meaningful self-assessment, develop and strengthen academic skills, participate in career
exploration and educational planning, and explore college culture and academic resources.
Professor’s Information
Name: Cassandra Wilbanks
Telephone: 868-3214
Faculty Web Page:
http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/faculty/index.asp?id=wilbankc
Office Location: SS 103
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: Mon 8:15-9:30 & 10:45-1:00, Tues
4:30-5:00, Wed 8:15-9:30, 10:45-1:00 & 4:30-6:30
Thurs 4:30-5:00
Information on REQUIRED Textbooks:
Title
POWER: Learning and Your Life:
Essentials of Student Success
w/additional material and connect plus
access
Edition Author
2nd
Robert Feldman
edition
Publisher
McGraw-Hill
Irwin
ISBN
9781308498232
Other Information on Textbooks and Materials needed for class:
Notes: A new text must be purchased; a used textbook is not permitted. Do not throw away anything that is
packaged with the textbook. Unwrapped books are considered used at the bookstore
Equipment and Supplies: Palm Beach State College Panther Card, dictionary, USB flash drive, 3 hole punch, #2 pencils,
scantron sheets for testing, black or blue pens, stapler, highlighters, Palm Beach State College Catalog and Student
Handbook (available online).
Course Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking this course, the student will be able to:
1. Engage in our college culture and utilize academic resources
2. Explore and research career options
3. Establish an educational plan
4. Develop and strengthen academic skills
Full Course Outline - Click on the following link: Course Outlines and enter the course number (no space between the
prefix and the number).
Template Date - July 2013
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Course Syllabus – Classroom Courses
Class Information
Methods of Instruction: Because of the interactive nature of this course, a variety of instructional methods will
be used including lecture, group discussion, group activities, video, guest speakers, and exploration activities.
The course utilizes cooperative learning which is the instructional use of small groups so that students work
together to maximize their own and each other’s learning. Learning is a collaborative exchange!
Academic Dishonesty Policy and Penalty for Violation:
Academic dishonesty includes the following actions, as well as other similar conduct aimed at making false
representation with respect to the student's academic performance:
(1) Cheating on an exam,
(2) Collaborating with others on work to be presented, if contrary to the stated rules of the course,
(3) Submitting, if contrary to the rules of the course, work previously submitted in another course,
(4) Knowingly and intentionally assisting another student in any of the above actions, including assistance in an
arrangement whereby work, classroom performance, examination, or other activity is submitted or performed by a
person other than the student under whose name the work is submitted or performed,
(5) Plagiarism. Plagiarism is the act of presenting the ideas, words, or organization of a
source, published or not, as if they were one’s own. All quoted material must be in
quotation marks, and all paraphrases, quotations, significant ideas, and organization
must be acknowledged by some form of documentation acceptable to the professor
for the course.
Plagiarism also includes the practice of employing or allowing another person to alter
or revise the work that a student submits as the student’s own. Students may discuss
assignments among themselves or with a professor or tutor, but when the actual
material is completed, it must be done by the student and the student alone. The use
of the term “material” refers to work in any form including written, oral, and
electronic.
All academic work, written or otherwise, submitted by a student to a professor or
other academic supervisor is expected to be the result of the student’s own thought,
research, or self expression.
In any case in which a student feels unsure about a question of plagiarism involving
the student’s work, the student must consult the professor before submitting the work.
(Kentucky Community and Technical College System)
Please refer to the Palm Beach State College Plagiarism Resource Center for more information
http://palmbeachstate.libguides.com/plagiarismresourcecenter
In addition, you may also refer to the Palm Beach State College Student Handbook
http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/catalog/Documents/StudentHandbook2013-14.pdf
for further information.
Any student guilty of academic dishonesty or plagiarism will receive a zero for that assignment.
Assignments, Tests, Quizzes and Final Exam Schedule, with percentage/points of grade:
Tests, Quizzes, and Final Examination Schedule:
The date and time of your final exam is _Dec 15th 9:30 – 11:30 am
All students must take the comprehensive final exam in order to pass the course.
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Course Syllabus – Classroom Courses
Assignments: Students will complete written assignments, one presentation and two written exams
Computer lab assignment
5 points
Library assignment
5 points
Class participation
10 points
Education planning
10 points
Cover letter & resume
10 points
Career report/Presentation
20 points
2 tests - 20 points each
40 points
Total points
100 points
Grading:
Letter Grade
A
B
C
D
F
P
N
S
U
Points
90-100
80-89
70-79
60-69
below 60
Percentage (if applicable)
Class Policies
Attendance: Professors are required to take attendance.
Attend class regularly and be on time. Students are permitted one absence; two participation points will be subtracted
for each subsequent absence. One late arrival or early departure (5 minutes or more) is permitted; one participation
point will be subtracted for each subsequent late arrival or early departure.
Electronic Device Use and Email Policy:
Use of any electronic devices (cellular phones, iPods, Kindles, etc.) during class time is prohibited, with the exception of
laptop computers for notetaking. Students are asked to turn these devices off or to silent mode and to PUT THEM AWAY
before class begins. Use of these devices for non-class-related purposes (including unintentional ringing) during class
time may result in loss of participation points.
Students may e-mail the professor with questions regarding course content, assignments, policies, attendance, etc.
Students may also e-mail completed assignments (in Microsoft Word as a .doc or .docx, or in Adobe as a .pdf file) to the
professor at the email address provided on the first page of the syllabus. However, it is the student’s responsibility to
ensure that the e-mailed assignment has been received by the professor and can be successfully opened. If a student
sends in an assignment that cannot be opened because it is in an alternate format, it will be the responsibility of the
student to provide the instructor with a printed copy of the assignment.
Late Assignment Policy:
If a student is unable to submit an assignment on time, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor on or
before the due date to arrange delivery of the assignment. Assignments are due at the beginning of class.
Make-up Exam Policy:
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Students must contact the instructor before the exam in the event of an emergency to request a make-up exam.
Students must show documentation of emergency in order to be elgible for a make-up exam.
Withdrawal Policy:
Professor has the right to withdraw any student for excessive absences.
Class Schedule
Date Topic
8/23 Course review
8/25 Introductions
8/30 Vision board
9/1
Discuss ch 1 – P.O.W.E.R.
9/6
Discuss ch 1 – P.O.W.E.R. / Advising introduction
9/8
Discuss ch 1 – P.O.W.E.R.
9/13 Discuss ch 2- Making the Most of Your Time
9/15 Discuss ch 2- Making the Most of Your Time
9/20 Discuss ch 3 – Taking Notes
9/22 Discuss ch 3 – Taking Notes
9/27 Discuss ch 4 –Taking Tests
9/29 Computer Lab meet in TC 204
10/4 Discuss ch 4 –Taking Tests
10/6 Career Center meet in
10/11 Discuss ch 5 – Reading and Remembering
10/13 Discuss ch 5 – Reading and Remembering
10/18 Mid-Term exam Ch 1-5
10/20 Discuss ch 6 –Careers
10/25 Discuss ch 6 –Careers & Career Presentations
10/27 Discuss ch 7 – Technology and information
Competency
11/1 Discuss ch 7 – Technology and information
Competency & Career Presentations
11/3 Library meet on the 1st floor
11/8 Discuss ch 8 – Making Decisions and Problem
Solving
11/10 Discuss ch 8 – Making Decisions and Problem
Solving & Career presentations
11/15 Discuss ch 9 – Diversity and Relationships
11/17 Discuss ch 9 – Diversity and Relationships &
Career Presentations
11/22 Discuss ch 10 –Juggling: Stress, Money, Family &
Work
11/24 No School
11/29 Discuss ch 10 –Juggling: Stress, Money, Family &
Work & Career Presentations
12/1 Career presentations
12/6 Career presentations
12/8 Career presentations
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Assignment
Review syllabus Last day to add/drop is 8/29
Reflect on future career
Read ch 1
Read ch 1 & Research for report on future career
Read ch 1 & Research for report on future career
Read ch 2
Read ch 2 & Research for report on future career
Read ch 3
Read ch 3 & Research for report on future career
Read ch 4
Computer Lab assignment due 9/29
Read ch 4 & Research for report on future career
Research for report on future career
Read ch 5
Read ch 5 & Research for report on future career
Study for Mid-term
Read ch 6
Read ch 6 & Cover letter & resume due 10/25
Read 7
Read ch 7 & Research for report on future career
Library assignment due 11/3
Read ch 8
Read ch 8 & Research for report on future career
Read ch 9
Read ch 9 & Research for report on future career
Read ch 10
Read ch 10 & Research for report on future career
Enjoy the day off!
Research for report on future career
Study for final exam
Study for final exam
Study for final exam
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12/13 No class during Final Exam week
12/15 Final Exam Ch 6-10 9:30 – 11:30
Study for final exam
Grades available on PantherWeb December 19th
Career Report requirements: at least 11 slides with the following information
1. Name and future career
2. What are the job responsibilities in this occupation?
3. Find the specific skills you will need in this occupation.
4. Describe the work setting/hours/working conditions.
5. What education is needed for this occupation?
6. List related occupations.
7. If you will need to transfer to a university, list 2-3 schools that offer this major.
8. What is the employment outlook and earnings for this occupation? (Indicate if this is for Florida or the national
outlook)
9. What are some of the advantages about this occupation for you?
10. What are some of the disadvantages of this occupation for you?
11. Works cited/bibliography (at least three resources)
College Policies and Web Information
Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty includes the following actions, as well as other similar conduct aimed at making false representation with
respect to the student's academic performance:
(1) Cheating on an exam, (2) Collaborating with others on work to be presented, if contrary to the stated rules of the course,
(3) Submitting, if contrary to the rules of the course, work previously submitted in another course, (4) Knowingly and intentionally
assisting another student in any of the above actions, including assistance in an arrangement whereby work, classroom
performance, examination, or other activity is submitted or performed by a person other that the student under whose name the
work is submitted or performed, (5) Plagiarism.
Please refer to the Palm Beach State College Student Handbook (www.palmbeachstate.edu/current for link to the student
handbook).
Classroom Etiquette and Student Behavior Guidelines
Students will demonstrate respect for professors and fellow students. Behavior that is disruptive to a positive learning environment
reported by the professor will result in a warning on the first instance; the second instance might result in expulsion from the course
or campus.
Computer Competency Component
Each student will, to the satisfaction of the professor, demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic computer operations
through various professor-determined exercises and/or assignments.
Disability Support Services
Students with disabilities are advised, in compliance with federal and state laws, that accommodations and services are available
through the office of Disability Support Services (DSS). It is the student's responsibility to contact Disabled Student Services Advisors
and to submit appropriate documentation prior to receiving services. Please see the website at www.palmbeachstate.edu/current
for web address for Disability Support Services.
Eating, Drinking and Smoking
Eating and drinking are confined to areas designated on the campus. Smoking is not permitted in any College building and only in
areas designated at each campus.
Final Course Grade Appeal
The evaluation of academic work is the responsibility of the faculty member/instructor. The method for assigning the final course
grade is established by the faculty member/instructor. Per Board Rule 6Hx-18-3.191, faculty/instructors shall communicate the
grading policy of the course to their students in writing. If this policy changes during the term, students should be notified of any
changes in writing. The method to determine final course grades must be given to students in a course syllabus at the beginning of
the class. Should a student have a question about a final course grade, please follow the procedures as outlined in the student
handbook: www.palmbeachstate.edu/current.
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Mid-Term Grade Reporting
Within one week after the close of the mid-term grading period, mid-term grades will be made available to all students for each
class by either written notification or individual conference.
Student Responsibility Policy
When a student attends the College, s/he becomes subject to its jurisdiction. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a
responsible manner, in all areas of campus life. By enrolling, they pledge to obey the rules and regulations of the College and are
responsible for observing all College policies and procedures as published in the student handbook, the College catalog and other
College publications. The student will be responsible for preparing for class, participating in class, and completing assignments on
time.
Palm Beach State Websites of Interest
Please see this web page (www.palmbeachstate.edu/current) for a list of web addresses for students.
Withdrawal Policy for Individual Courses
The last day to withdraw from a College course with a "W" grade in this course is (November 4, 2016). It is the responsibility of the
student to use the PantherWeb system or visit a campus Registrar’s office to withdraw. An official withdrawal entitles the student
to a grade of "W" in the class.
Department Contact Information
Name: Monica Hamlin
Telephone: 561-868-3945
Job Title: Associate Professor, Co-Dept.
Chairperson
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Office Location: BA103
Email: [email protected]
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