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COR 1203 - Freshman Seminar-Achieving Academic Success

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Fall 2009

Course Instructor:
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Office Location: Tomás Rivera Center MS 1.02.02
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Office Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday 8:30am – 11:30am

COR 1203 COURSE DESCRIPTION

 Freshman Seminar is a three hour college credit course that will satisfy UTSA’s core curriculum requirement for the social and behavioral domain.  The focus of this researched-based class is on society and self with topics including: researched based, college success study strategies, self-assessment/goal clarification, career exploration, diversity awareness, time/task management, as well as other life skills.  This course is designed to help you better transition to UTSA and develop a stronger sense of community.  It is also designed to assist you in becoming a more active learner, and help you define your own educational goals and objectives.

COURSE GOALS & OBJECTIVES

The goal of this course is to provide opportunities to learn and apply knowledge critical to success in college.  Students who master or successfully meet the course objectives will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and application of research based, college success strategies such as listening and note taking skills, reading strategies, critical thinking skills, and test taking/test preparation strategies.
  2. Identify and understand your learning style to maximize learning and comprehension.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and application of life skills such as time management and goal setting.
  4. Identify and process personal strengths, values, and interests in order to explore intended majors and careers
  5. Locate and demonstrate knowledge of UTSA resources and opportunities that support your academic, career, and personal goals.
  6. Develop an increased awareness and respect for the role and responsibility that each individual plays in a diverse community.   
  7. Gain knowledge of rules, polices, procedures and computer based systems of the university.

The course goals and objectives listed will be measured throughout the semester in various ways.  Mastery of course topics will be evaluated by one or more of the following: in-class activities, writing assignments, projects, assessments, self-reflections, group work, quizzes, and/or exams.

TEXTBOOK

Carter, C., Bishop, J., & Kravits, S.L. (2006).  "Keys to Success: Building, Analytical, Creative, and Practical Skills (6th ed.).  

Suskind, R. (1998). "A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League" (rev. 2005).

*Students are required to bring the text book to each class unless directed otherwise.

UNIVERSITY POLICY ON SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY

Part I, Chapter VI, section 3.22 of the Rules and Regulation of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System states the following: “Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts.” Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the University.

ADA Statement

As per Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, if accommodation is needed contact Disability Services, MS 2.03.08, phone: (210) 458-4157.  It is the responsibility of the student to initiate contact with this office and make arrangements for accommodations.  As an instructor, I encourage any student who has questions or concerns about classroom accommodations to schedule an appointment or come by to see me during regular office hours.

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS

Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning.  To assure all students have the opportunity to gain from time spent in class; students are prohibited from engaging in any form of distraction.  Inappropriate behavior in the classroom shall result, minimally, in a request to leave the class.  Inappropriate behavior can result in a referral to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs for disciplinary action. 

Policy on Use of Electronic Devices: No electronic devices such as recording devices, laptops or cell phones may be used during class.

ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION

It is your responsibility to attend class every day.  Learning takes place as a result of active participation in activities and discussion.  Therefore, participation is a significant part of your grade.  Absences and tardiness are not acceptable unless there are extenuating circumstances that are previously discussed and approved by the Instructor.  Habitual tardiness will not be tolerated. In order to receive full credit for attendance and participation students must attend each class, arrive on time, be prepared, participate in class activities and discussions, treat others with respect, work collaboratively with group members, and demonstrate a commitment to academic success. 

E-MAIL:  You must be able to use your UTSA e-mail account.  For more information, contact Office of Information Technology staff members in the student computing labs in Multidisciplinary Studies Building Room 1.03.07 (Main Campus) .

GRADING:
Mid-term Exam 100 points
Final Exam1 00 points
Attendance/Participation 100 points>
GroupProject/Presentation  100 points
Essay #1 100 points
Essay #2 100 points
Career Portfolio 100 points
Summer Project 100 points
Professor Visit 100 points
LC Events (3) 75 points
Letter to Self  25 points

 

Your grade will be calculated on point total:
900 – 1000 A
800 – 899 B
700 – 799  C
600 – 699 D
0 --599 F

 

Freshmen Seminar
DATE CLASS ASSIGNMENT
Thursday, August 27 Introductions – Class/Textbooks
E-mail accounts/computer use
Syllabus handout/Review
Letter to Self  Due 9-1-09
Summer Project Due  9-10-09
Read Chap 1 & 2 HOPE
Tuesday, September 1 KeysChap 6 – Note taking & Memory
CornellNote-Taking
LETTER TO SELF DUE
 
Thursday, September 3 Keys Chap 1 – Successful Intelligence
Hope Discussion Chap 1-2
Academic Coaching
Read Chap 3 & 4 HOPE
Tuesday, September 8 Keys Chap 3 – Personality Spectrum
Thursday, September 10 Keys Chap 3 – Learning Styles; Multiple Intelligence
Hope Discussion Chap 3 & 4
HOPE SUMMER PROJECT DUE
Read Chap 5 & 6 HOPE
Tuesday, September 15 Keys Chap 8 – Researching & Writing
Writing an Essay
Writing Center
Essay #1 Due 9-24-09
Thursday, September 17 Keys Chap 2 – Time & Stress Management
Hope Discussion Chap 5 & 6
Read Chap 7 & 8  HOPE
Tuesday, September 22 Keys Chap 2 – Values & Goals
Professor Visit Details
 Professor Visit Due 10-8-09
Thursday, September 24 Keys Chap 4 –Analytical, Creative & Practical Thinking
Hope Discussion Chap 7 & 8
Essay #1 Due
Read Chap 9 & 10 HOPE
Tuesday, September 29 Keys Chap 7 – Test Taking
Review for Mid-Term
 
Thursday, October 1 Keys Chap 5 – Reading & Studying
HOPE Essay Assignment Topics
Hope Discussion Chap 9 & 10
Read Chap 11 & 12 Hope
HOPE Essay – Final Copy     Due Oct 22
Tuesday, October 6  MID-TERM EXAM
Chapters 1 – 7
 
Thursday, October 8 Review Results of Mid-Term Exam
Hope Discussion Chap 11 & 12
PROFESSOR VISIT DUE
Read Chap 13 & 14 HOPE
Tuesday, October 13 Library Tour  
Thursday, October 15 Writing Center  
Tuesday, October 20 Keys Chap 11 – Managing Money  
Thursday, October 22
 
Keys Chap 9 – Relating to Others – Communicating Effectively
Group Project Details
HOPE ESSAY DUE
GROUP PROJECT DUE DECEMBER 2, 2008
Tuesday, October 27 Student Health Services Tour
Thursday, October 29 CAREER SERVICES  
Tuesday, November 3  ADVISOR Visit
Career Portfolio
 Career Portfolio Due November 19
Thursday, November 5 Keys Chap 10 – Personal Wellness: Taking Care of Yourself  
Tuesday, November 10 ALCOHOL 101 --- OFFICER GEOFFREY MERRITT   
Thursday, November 12 OFFICE OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES INTERNET SAFETY – KELSEY BRATCHER  
Tuesday, November 17 Chap 9 – Relating to Others – Diversity
IDEA SURVEY
 
Thursday, November 19 Keys Chap 12 -- Creating Your Life
CAREER PORTFOLIO DUE
 
Tuesday, November 24  REVIEW FOR FINAL  
Thursday, November 26 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY Enjoy!!!!
Tuesday, December 1 Group Projects  
Thursday, December 3 Group Projects  
Tuesday, December 8 STUDENT STUDY DAYS – NO CLASSES  STUDY!!!!
FINAL EXAM Section 054 (12:30pm class) WED DEC 9 – 10:30am – 1:00pm
Section 051 (2:00pm class) THURS DEC 10 – 10:30am – 1:00pm