Master of Ed. - University of South Florida Dee Thomas
My philosophy of education in relation to College students begins
with respect. I highly recognize the importance of respecting each
individual for their uniqueness and differences. I believe that
motivation is key for a class that will influence learning.
Motivation will capture the interest of each student, which fulfills
curiosity needs and infuses a yearning to learn. I also believe
in consistency and encouragement to increase high levels of self-
esteem. Combining these ingredients will support a nurturing, comfortable
atmosphere in which the greatest achievements will transpire.
"Plan with vision, proceed with optimism, and achieve with enthusiasm." ~Author Unknown
SLS 1101 #1297
7:00 pm - 9:40 pm
|Fall Term 2016 0520|
|SLS 1101 The College Experience||1297||SE||Face-to-Face||8/15/16||12/09/16|
7:00 pm - 9:40 pm
Syllabus for: SLS 1101 COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
School Year 2016-2017
Professor: Dee A. Thomas, M.Ed.
Meets: Wed. 7:00 p.m.
(available at: http://www.spcollege.edu/webcentral/admit/dates.htm)
Deadline to drop with refund: See College Calendar
Deadline to withdraw without refund: See College Calendar
REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS
-70 pg. spiral notebook
-3 prong/two pocket folder
-Highlighters -pencils & pens
Student Couse Book
Professor: Dee A.Thomas, M.Ed.
Office Hours: Half hour after class or by appt.
Contact information: Adjunct # 394-6003
EMERGENCY ONLY LEAVE MESSAGE PLEASE: 727-657-1146
Basic computer skills (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, internet, etc.),
SLS 1101 THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE- 3 credits
This course is designed to strengthen skills essential to success in college, with further applications to post-college plans. Included are study and test-taking strategies; effective interpersonal skills; time management techniques; creative and critical thinking skills; college services and resources; educational policies, procedures, regulations and terminology; and library resources, research strategies, and information skills for online, blended, and traditional learning environments.
SLS 1101 introduces new students to the culture and climate of the college. To accomplish this goal, students will practice test and note taking strategies, accessing information on-line, library research, creative and critical thinking activities, oral presentations (both individual and group), and time management strategies, all designed to improve students’ success in an academic environment. Emphasis will be placed on helping students familiarize themselves with ANGEL, the college-wide learning management system.
demonstrate effective note taking, study skills, and test taking strategies
demonstrate improved time management skills
demonstrate creative and critical thinking skills
acquire knowledge of the various resources and services available on campus
learn to access information through a variety of sources
improve oral presentation skills
develop an awareness of learning styles and their application
CLASS CONDUCT POLICY
The class conduct policies are brief. Please be on time, everytime !!! Cell phones are turned off during class. Profanity will not be tolerated. Total respect for everyone in the classroom at all times.
CLASSROOM ATTENDANCE POLICY
Students are required to attend every class, complete all assignments on or before the due dates, and come to class prepared. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor in advance of any absence. For this class format, students are permitted two unexcused absences for one class/week.
If a student has more than allotted unexcused absences, that student will be withdrawn with a grade of W (or a WF after the withdrawal deadline). A grade of WF counts as an F for GPA purposes. Students are expected to monitor their class attendance record in My Courses (under the Tools tab) for inaccuracies and excessive absences.
***Students who leave class early without permission will be marked as an unexcused absence for that day.
INTERNET USAGE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Students will use the internet on campus to access class-related resources only. Students using computers and the internet on campus may be subject to electronic monitoring. Inappropriate use will result in disciplinary action.
All electronic devices such as cell phones, beepers, pagers, and related devices are to be turned off prior to entering any classroom, library or laboratory. Use of any device in these areas is a violation of College Policy and subject to disciplinary action.
It is the responsibility of the student to withdraw from the course themselves by the withdrawal deadline. Any student wishing to withdraw from the course should do so online at: HYPERLINK "http://my.spcollege.edu/%20\\%20_blank" http://my.spcollege.edu . In accordance with college policy, no student can withdraw from a course after the withdrawal deadline. Please never ask your instructor to withdraw you from the course. It is your responsibility.
Third attempts: Students attempting this course for the third time (or more) cannot withdraw (State of Florida regulation), and failing to meet the attendance requirement will result in a grade of WF.
Students enrolled after the withdrawal deadline will receive one of the grades below.
80 – 89 B
70 – 79 C
60 – 69 D
< 60 F
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES will a student receive a W grade after the withdrawal deadline. Students on their third attempt cannot withdraw from the class after the first week.
Assigned Readings/Homework Assignments
Students are expected to read each assigned chapter or resource and complete any and all assigned homework. The homework assigned is the minimum amount of work that should be completed by the student. Completion of additional work to further comprehension of particular concepts is recommended. Students who choose not to complete assigned homework will struggle in class. All homework should be done neatly and orderly in your notebook.
Students are expected to be responsible and prepared for their assignment.
Group Project Work
Students are expected to work with team members in a courteous and respectful manner. Students will not receive credit for in-class group assignments if they are not in class or choose not to participate in group assignments.
Students are expected to participate in class discussions and assignments. Students who choose not to participate in class will have points deducted from their overall grade. Students will not receive credit for in-class group assignments if they are not in class or choose not to participate in group assignments.
Students must pass the final exam to pass the class.
LATE ASSIGNMENTS AND MAKE UP POLICY
Students who miss a graded assignment will have that score replaced with their score on the final exam.
End of Semester Journal Check will allow 1 pt. extra credit per class attended.
Assignments: (Some In-class)
Focus 40 pts
MLP 50 pts
Personal Life Timeline 15 pts
Time Management Log 15 pts
Chapter Presentation 20 pts
Resource Assignment 30 pts
Final Exam 50 pts
Participation: 5 pts/wk (80 pts.)
Extra Credit: 1 pt/wk. (15 pts.)
TOTAL POINTS: 300
Grading Scale: A=270-300 ~ B=240-269 ~ C=210-239 ~ D=180-209 ~ F=<180
***All course work must be completed by the appropriate due dates. A grade of zero will be assigned to any course requirement not completed.
Course Policies and Procedures: The student is responsible for knowing all course policies listed in the syllabus and discussed in class.
Class Participation and Etiquette: The student is responsible for participating in class and coming to class prepared. The student will respect the rights of other students to learn. The student will communicate with others in a courteous and respectful manner at all times, including the instructor.
Assignment Due Dates and Procedures: The student is responsible for knowing when assignments are due, the formats required, and the procedures for completing and submitting assignments.
Academic Honesty: The student is expected to know the SPC Academic Honesty Policy and to act above suspicion at all times with regard to academic issues.
Attendance: The student is responsible for attending class on time, paying attention in class, and remaining in class until dismissed. The student is responsible for reviewing the attendance record in ANGEL for inaccuracies and excessive absences.
Course Policies and Procedures: The instructor is responsible for providing a syllabus the first day of class that clearly explains all course policies. The instructor will provide a Student Survey of Instruction for fall and spring semesters. The instructor will post grades in MySPC by the end of the semester.
Class Participation and Etiquette: The instructor will create a learning environment in the classroom that engages students and facilitates learning. The instructor is responsible for coming to class prepared. The instructor will enforce the right of all students to learn. The instructor will communicate with students in a courteous and respectful manner at all times. The instructor will respond to emails within 48 hours, 5 of 7 days per week.
Assignment Due Dates and Procedures: The instructor will provide clear guidelines and information regarding when assignments are due, the format required, and the procedure for completing and submitting assignments. The instructor will grade all assignments within reason
of each due date, with additional time for late assignments, if accepted.
Academic Honesty: The instructor will enforce SPC Academic Honesty policies at all times.
Attendance: The instructor will begin and end class on time. The instructor will maintain student attendance records in My Courses for students to access and review. The instructor will maintain weekly office hours or come to class one half hour early for questions, as determined by college policy.
Tutoring in math, reading, and writing is available free of charge, either by appointment or by an on-call tutor in the Learning Commons (TL104). Ask your instructor for more information.
USING My Courses
In order to better serve our faculty and students we are asking that both the instructor and student use the logoff button when completing online course work. By logging off, My Courses server space is freed, and therefore, optimizing the system.
My Courses requirements: HYPERLINK "http://www.spcollege.edu/ecampus/help/technical/index.shtml%20\\%20_blank" http://www.spcollege.edu/ecampus/help/technical/index.shtml
SPC helpdesk: 727-341-4357 firstname.lastname@example.org or HYPERLINK "http://www.spcollege.edu/helpdesk/%20\\%20_blank" www.spcollege.edu/helpdesk/
GENERAL COLLEGE POLICIES
Special Accommodations: If you wish to request accommodations as a student with a documented disability, please make an appointment with the Learning Specialist on campus. If you have a documented hearing loss, please contact the Program for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing at 791-2628. If you need assistance during an emergency classroom evacuation, please contact your campus learning specialist immediately about arrangements for your safety. The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities can be reached at:
Sexual Predator Information: Federal and State law requires a person designated as a “sexual predator or offender” to register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). The FDLE then is required to notify the local law enforcement agency where the registrant resides, attends or is employed by an institution of higher learning. Information regarding sexual predators or offenders attending or employed by an institution of higher learning may be obtained from the local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction for the particular campus, by calling the FDLE hotline at 1-888-357-7332 FREE, or by visiting the FDLE website at HYPERLINK "http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/SEXUAL_PREDATORS%20\\%20_blank" www.fdle.state.fl.us/sexual_predators. If there are questions or concerns regarding personal safety, please contact the Provost, Associate Provost, Campus Security Officer or Site Administrator on your campus.
Campus Safety and Security: For information on campus safety and security policies please contact 727-341-4657. For information on sexual offenders on your campus please contact campus security or the associate provost office or for general information go to the State of Florida website at HYPERLINK "http://www3.fdle.state.fl.us/sopu/index.asp%20\\%20http://www3.fdle.state.fl.us/sopu/index.asp%20\\%20_blank" http://www3.fdle.state.fl.us/sopu/index.asp
Emergency Preparedness: In the event that a hurricane or other natural disaster causes significant damage to the St. Petersburg College facilities, you may be provided the opportunity to complete your course work online. Following this event, please visit the college website for an announcement of the College’s plan to resume operations. This syllabus is currently available in My Courses for your convenience. Log in to My Courses to confirm that you have access, reporting any difficulty to the SPC Student Technical Call Center at 727-341-4357 or via email at HYPERLINK "http://us.f500.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=Onlinehelp@spcollege.edu%20\\%20_blank" Onlinehelp@spcollege.edu
Financial Aid Announcement: The U.S. Department of Education has implemented rules for students who obtain a Pell Grant, Stafford Loan and/or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and subsequently totally withdraw from the college. The rule requires students to refund to the Department of Education a portion or all of their financial aid if he/she withdraws completely from classes before the 60% point. A student also may be required to repay funds to the College. Should you consider totally withdrawing from the College, it is important that you consult the Scholarship and Student Financial Assistance office on your home campus to understand your options and the consequences of total withdrawal.
Cheating and plagiarism of any kind are serious violations of college policy and will not be tolerated. Students are expected to know and follow all class policies found in the syllabus and academic honesty policies found in the student handbook. It is the responsibility of the student to act above suspicion when completing any assignment. Ask your instructor for clarification on any policy before taking any action.
Examples of cheating and plagiarism include but are not limited to: presenting another person’s work as if it were the work of the presenter, allowing someone to copy your work, using published information without proper citations, using unauthorized references (cheat sheets or programmed information) on a test or examination, or allowing another individual to take a test or examination for you.
Disciplinary measures for academic dishonesty can range from a failing grade for an assignment to a failing grade in the class to expulsion from the college. Instances of academic dishonesty will also be referred to the Associate Provost to be filed in the student’s permanent record.
Academic honesty policies are available online at:
Academic Honesty Policy
HYPERLINK "http://www.spcollege.edu/webcentral/admit/honesty.htm%20\\%20http://www.spcollege.edu/webcentral/admit/honesty.htm%20\\%20_blank" http://www.spcollege.edu/webcentral/admit/honesty.htm
Student Conduct Code
HYPERLINK "http://www.spcollege.edu/ecampus/help/conduct.shtml%20\\%20_blank" http://www.spcollege.edu/ecampus/help/conduct.shtml
HYPERLINK "http://www.spcollege.edu/ecampus/help/expectations.shtml%20\\%20_blank" http://www.spcollege.edu/ecampus/help/expectations.shtml
Additional information can be found in the “Academic Honesty and Behavior Pamphlet” or the SPC Student Handbook.
COURSE CONTRACT VERIFICATION
I have read the entire syllabus.
I understand that I must have continuous access to, and fluency with a computer and related software.
I understand that it is my responsibility to complete all assignments in a timely manner and that my grade will suffer should my assignments not be completed by the deadlines. I will not expect time extensions for late assignments.
I promise that all work performed and submitted in this class will be my own. I understand that if any submitted assignment is determined not to be of my own work or if I am suspected of using prohibited resources while completing an assignment, then I will be subject to disciplinary measures as stated in the syllabus and the college catalog, including failing the class.
I understand that rudeness has no place in this course. I will communicate with others in a respectful, appropriate and polite manner. I also realize that failure to do so can result in my being withdrawn from the course.
I understand that excessive, unexcused absences will result in a withdrawal from the course.
Student signature:____________________________ Date: _______
Knowledge of basic computer skills and some work with different software programs.