Developmental Studies



 Fall Semester








Departmental Assistant: Sandra Smith 822 - 3539


Interim Department Chair: Darlene Anderson 822 - 3539


Program Coordinator:




Campus Mailbox:     


Class Schedule:                     


Office Hours:            


Personal Website:     


Course Attendance:  The quality of your learning experience in this class is determined in large part of your participation in the learning process.   Therefore, it is important that you make an effort to attend EVERY CLASS!


ü      You all are gathered in a COHORT GROUP :

1. group of people: a united group of people

2. supporter: a supporter, accomplice, or associate of a leader

This means, you all are going through the college process together.  There is no competition, but only motivation.  Help one another study, understand daily tasks, and make it to class on time. You are all a team – WORK TOGETHER!!

ü      If for some reason you cannot attend class, you are still responsible for all class work, homework, lecture notes, reading assignments, etc… 

ü      An absence is an absence regardless of the reason.  There is no such thing as an excused absence.

ü      A tardy means that you missed fewer than 10 minutes of class.  If you miss more than 10 minutes of class (at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end), you may be counted absent.  Three tardies equal one absence

ü      I will take roll at the beginning of EVERY class.  If you are not in class, I will mark you absent.  If you arrive after roll call, you need to see the instructor to request the absence be changed to a tardy.  It is YOUR responsibility to see what this change is made at the end of the class on that date as changes will not be made at a later date.


Withdrawal:  Should the maximum allowable absences be exceeded prior to midterm, a "W" will be submitted to the registrar to be recorded on the student's transcript.  Should the maximum allowable absences be exceeded after midterm, a "W" will be submitted to the registrar if the student was passing the course at the time of withdrawal OR a "WF" will be submitted if the student was failing the course at the time of withdrawal.

The number of absences allowed in this class is one!

*Please note that this may be stricter when compared to your other classes.


Course Requirements:          MANDATORY EVERYDAY CLASS MATERIAL:

ü      Campus ToolKit

ü      A three ring binder with loose leaf paper (Beltline – bookstore)

ü      Calendar/student planning book showing all months of the semester (Beltline – bookstore)

ü      Composition book for journal entries - (Beltline - bookstore)

ü      Midlands Technical College Student Handbook


Course Grading:       GRADING BREAKDOWN




50 pts



20 pts

Journal/Daily Planner


105 pts

Meeting with Instructor

10 pts



15 pts


Extra Credit – Add 5 pts to lowest quiz grade if attend all classes



A= 188-200 pts      B= 170-187 pts      C= 150-169 pts      D= 139-149 pts      F= Below 139 pts

The introduction of the Work Keys Program sections as needed is required for this course.  Key Train Program as needed will be developed.


Course Topic Outline/Course Calendar with Assignments:

Class Dates

Class topics/



8/26/08 (week 1)

Ø       Introduction to class


Ø       Study for a syllabus quiz on Thursday.

Ø       Make sure you have your STUDENT ID NUMBER


  1. Who are you?  Take the PLSI assessment in Campus ToolKit
  2. What are the biggest challenges you think you will face this semester?
  3. What are your academic goals?  Take the Sensory Learning Styles Inventory in Campus ToolKit
  4. How organized are you?  Complete the Daily Time Tracker, Weekly Time Tracker and Student Time Estimator in Campus ToolKit
  5. What would you like to accomplish?  Why?

8/28/08 (week 1)

Ø       Take Quiz

Ø       College Internet Use Introduced – Academic Success Center Orientation



  1. Describe to me why checking your account is important?
  2. What can be found on your account webpage?
  3. What things can you do in the academic Center? Name 3


9/02/08 (week 2)

Ø       Connecting with Campus Resources – Classroom Visitors

Ø       Study for Campus Resources Quiz


  1. What departments visited the classroom today?
  2. Pick one that you feel is the most important to you and describe it to me. Why?
  3. What is one interesting face you learned today?

9/04/08 (week 2)

Ø       Take Campus Resource Quiz

Ø       Library Resources – Library Orientation

Ø       Have IDs taken

Ø       Work on and complete Library Orientation quiz and turn in on Tuesday for a quiz grade.


  1. Why is it important to have your college ID with you at all times?
  2. Where are some places that you can use your college ID?
  3. What is one fact you learned about the library today?

Ø       Bring ID in for participation points.

9/09/08 (week 3)

Ø       Go over Library Activity – hand in

Ø       Career Day


  1. Describe a perfect career you are interested in?
  2. Name three facts that you learned today that stand out in your mind.
  3. What career would you like to have seen in the classroom today?

9/11/08 (week 3)

Ø       Business Etiquette

-          class speaker

   David Highsmith

Ø      Study for quiz on Business/Attire Etiquette


1.       Describe a correct handshake


9/16/08 (week 4)

Ø       Quiz

Ø       Resume Development


1.       In what ways have you changed since the first day of class?

2.       Do you feel your classmates have positively influenced you? Why?

3.       Do you feel better about the school you are attending?

9/18/08 (week 4)



Please be prepared for College 102 on Tuesday




PLEASE NOTE: Should change become necessary, the instructor reserves the right to adjust the requirements, pace, or scheduling of this course.  Any change will be announced in class before it becomes effective.




                                                  COL 106  COLLEGE SUCCESS SKILLS




CATALOG COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to enhance the skills of entering students to facilitate their ability to succeed in the college environment.  The course topics include student/instructor expectations, time management, library/computer orientation, listening/note taking, studying for success, learning styles/personality types, and diversity and differences on campus.






TEXTBOOK(S):  Campus ToolKit, Corvus LLC - Publishers


GRADING SCALE:             A= 94-100      B= 85-93      C= 75-84      D= 70-74      F= 69 and below

The introduction of the Work Keys Program sections as needed is required for this course.  Key Train Program as needed will be developed.


COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

1.      To establish and pursue individual goals

2.      To learn methods to eliminate overwhelming stress

3.      To prioritize important issues or assignments.

4.      To improve self-management

5.      To improve self-confidence

6.      To learn about college support systems

7.      To take Work Keys and Start Key Train in areas needed

8.      To learn basic computer usage to be able to submit class preparation

9.      To learn knowledge of basic internet use for academic purposes

10.        To learn basic college terminology, rules, and regulations

11.  To learn responsibilities as a college student.



Intended Course Outcome:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of self-management skills.


Course Competency:  Students will be able to (1) articulate their personality type and personal learning style and describe how that self-knowledge applies to their home and school time management and (2) develop a plan for prioritizing and managing their time.


Performance Measurement Instrument and Success criteria:   (1) After taking the Paragon Learning Style Inventory (PLSI) and Sensory Learning Styles assessment available through Campus ToolKit, students will describe adequately how the results apply to their home and school time management based on the “Personality Type and Learning Styles” quiz; and  (2) students will complete the “Daily Time Tracker,” “Study Time Estimator” and “Weekly Time Tracker” available through Campus ToolKit and complete their own Daily Planner demonstrating how they plan to prioritize and manage their time.





College Policies and Expectations

Students are expected to read the MTC Student Handbook and abide by its policies.  Some of the more important policies that impact your academic work are below.  The Handbook is located on the web:

Copies of the handbook are also available at various locations on campus.  

Academic Integrity – The students of MTC have adopted the following Honor Code:

As a member of the Midlands Technical College community, I will adhere to the college’s Student Code. I will act honorably, responsibly, and with academic integrity and honesty. I will be responsible for my own academic work and will neither give nor receive unauthorized or unacknowledged aid. I will behave courteously to all members of the MTC community and its guests and will respect college property and the property of others.

The Student Code addresses what constitutes academic dishonesty. All forms of dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating on tests, plagiarism, collusion and falsification, will result in discipline.


.   Copying from another student’s paper.

.   Using materials during a test not authorized by the person giving the test.

.   Collaborating with any other person during a test without permission.

.   Knowingly obtaining, using, buying, selling, transporting, or soliciting in whole or part the contents of any un-administered test.

.   Bribing any other person to obtain information about tests.

.   Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for oneself.

PLAGIARISM is taking another person’s work and using that work without giving the source credit in any assignment turned in for credit.  For more information, see Appendix I at the end of MTC Student Handbook. 

Campus Emergency Protocol:

.   Safety concerns or suspicious activities:   Call Campus Security at 7199 (on campus) or 738-7199 (cell phone or off campus).

.   Emergency:  Call Campus Security or local 911 immediately.

.   If a college-wide emergency occurs, the college will use a variety of methods to communicate additional information and instructions including the MTC Information Centers, campus loud speakers, MTC Alerts!, voice mail, email, college Intranet, and the MTC website homepage.  (Sign up for MTC Alerts! at

Inclement Weather Policy: In the event that weather conditions or other emergencies cause the closing or a delayed start of Midlands Technical College, announcements will be made over local radio and TV stations, on the MTC Web site, and on the college’s information line (803-738-8324).

.   Notices will be sent to students via Campus Cruiser Mail when applicable. Separate announcements may be made for day and evening classes as weather conditions change during the day.

.   If the college closing or reopening means that there is at least 30 minutes of a class remaining, plan to attend that class. For example, if the college opens at 10:00 a.m., in TTH, classes that normally meet at 8:00 a.m. will not meet, but classes beginning at 9:30 a.m. will meet. If the college closes at 8:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. classes will meet for their regular time, but 7:35 p.m. classes will not meet since there are fewer than 30 minutes remaining in class.

Student E-Mail Accounts:  All MTC students are assigned a college e-mail account upon admission to the college. This account is called “Campus Cruiser Mail.”  Follow the link on the Enrolled Students page or go to

.   Campus Cruiser Mail is the primary mode by which the college communicates with students. Students are responsible for checking their college e-mail on a regular basis for important information and announcements about registration, financial aid, cancelled classes, emergency announcements and other notices.

.   Students can use their college e-mail accounts to communicate with faculty, staff, fellow students, and others, on college-related activities.  In addition to e-mail, students can maintain  personal calendars and “tasks lists” through their Campus Cruiser e-mail account.

MTC Online:  The college conducts business with students and has many services and resources for students through MTC Online.  Follow the link on the Enrolled Students page or go to   

Student Evaluation of Instruction:  Toward the end of the semester, students will have the opportunity to evaluate this course. The confidential evaluation process is conducted through MTC Online using the individual student’s username and password. Announcements will be made during the term concerning how and when to complete the online evaluation. Students are encouraged to participate in this process.

Students Requiring Special Accommodations:

.   If special accommodations are needed for a student with a disability, the student should go to Counseling Services in the Student Center on Beltline or Airport Campus for assistance. Documentation regarding a specific disability is required in order for special arrangements to be made. Confidentiality of information received will be maintained. 

.   For more information, go to the Counseling and Career Services link on the Enrolled Students page. 

(Revised 07/10)