Central New Mexico Community College
School of Adult and General Education
Department of Reading and Career Exploration

 on Connie Gulick.com


3 credit hours

Summer 2008

Class:  CSE 2596-51 (CRN 92195) and 2596-52 (CRN 92196)
Instructor:  Connie Gulick
My Schedule
Office Location:  MS 507
Office Hours/Class Hours: 
MTWR 9:30-1:00
Please see note below

Phone:  224-3947, ext. 1123 or if desperate,
  281-1768 (home)

Course website:  http://connie-gulick.com
Blackboard site: 
Office:  CNM Main Campus, Max Salazar, Rm. 507

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Catalog Course Description: 

College Success Experience 2596 (Pre or co-requisite of RDG0750 or Accuplacer score of 69 or equivalent
Enables students to develop and enhance academic and personal skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, information processing, testtaking, time management, and basic research.  Students will learn effective ways to study systematically, to prepare for examinations and to apply academic skills across curricula.  (3 credit hours)

Course Objectives: 

At completion of the course, students will learn, apply, analyze, and evaluate techniques for

Using active learning strategies
Self-management, including planning, prioritizing, and scheduling
Discovering meaningful personal goals and actively overcoming obstacles
Applying critical and creative thinking skills
Making responsible personal choices
Creating a support network that includes faculty, student services, and peers

Textbook and Materials:


  • On Course, 5th Ed., by Skip Downing, Houghton Mifflin Company,

  • Mead Composition Notebook or spiral notebook for journal writing

  • Pens, pencils, highlighters to write in your textbook!

Computer Requirements

Hardware requirements:

  • Frequent (daily is recommended) access to a fairly new computer (PC or Mac) and to the internet

  • Have a backup plan!

  • You can take advantage of CNMs Open Computer Lab so that you do not fall behind.

  • Mac users:  you will need to be able to (1) open PC files, and (2) convert your files to a PC-compatible format (either .doc Word files or .rtf Rich Text Format).

Software requirements:

  • You need a web browser to get around on the internet and to use Blackboard.  The browser that works best with Blackboard is Microsoft's Internet Explorer.   However, I use Mozilla Firefox, which is a free browser and it works fine. 
  • And word processing software.  If you don't have MS Word, you need another application that will allow you to open the Word files as well as let you save your documents as Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf).  ALL projects will be word processed.
Computer skills:

  • You need to be comfortable using computers and word-processing software, and finding information on the Internet. 
  • If you've taken keyboarding, great!  If not, it doesn't matter as long as you can type reasonably fast. 
  • Without these minimal computer skills, you will find that you must spend many more hours per week on this course on top of the hours required to complete weekly assignments. 
Connection speed:

  • Your internet access speed needs to be at least 56K.
  • DSL or High Speed Internet is highly recommended. 

Strongly Suggested:

  • A 3-ring binder, 5-6 tabbed dividers, 14 numbered dividers, three-hole punch, and access to a printer so you can print out instructions to follow as you are working on your computer.  THIS is how you can organize the printouts.  I don't grade you on your notebook, but this has been a major factor in the success of my online students.

Course Requirements: 

Major Projects and their value for the final grade:

  • Application Activities (2 individual; 1 group) 25%

  • Journal Entries 25%

  • Success Project (final) 25%

  • Participation Points 15%

  • Quizzes 10%


A = 90%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = 59% and below
I = Incomplete

A grade of "D or F is not acceptable for a course required for graduation and may dictate repeating the course.  A grade of "I indicates that a student may complete required tests or assignments within 10 business days of the following term and requires Dean's signature.  Failure to complete an I grade results in an automatic F.  There is no challenge exam for the course.

Attendance: The particular hour and day you "attend" isn't so important, but you must attend regularly.  I expect you to show participation at least three times a week -- though preferably every day -- through posting on discussion boards, submitting your projects, and completing quizzes as assigned.  You're expected to dedicate from six to eight hours a week to this class.  If you do not participate online for a full two weeks, do not expect to pass.  Also, I may drop you for "non-attendance."

Sometimes students expect that taking an online class allows them to "disappear" for a week or so, and they can take a vacation.  Unfortunately, this class doesn't work that way.  We have so much to accomplish that you need to deal with taking a vacation the same way you would if you were in a class-room class; that is, plan ahead, talk with me, get your work in early -- and even then, you might check in once or twice while on vacation.   

Weekly Assessments

Every week, I will ask you to evaluate your performance that week through the weekly assessment.  You have one hour from the time you start it to complete each regular assessment, and you even get three tries if you screw up.  You have until the end of Monday, one day after most assignments' due date (which is Sunday) to get these assessments in.  But please don't wait until the last minute!  (Murphy's law of computers says something will go wrong if you wait until the last minute to do your assessments.)

The Weekly Points Assessment is where you get to grade your work for the week.  Discussion board participation will always be on this assessment.  In addition, you'll have a chance to add points for the quality of your discussion.  Then certain assignments will have participation points attached to them.  These points are given to encourage students to complete these assignments ON TIME.  For some of the assignments, you'll comment on each other's material, and there is one group assignment.  Doing these assignments on time earns points because when these assignments are completed after the due dates, they can affect the ability of the other students to complete their assignments on time.  Other students are dependant on you to complete your assigned task ON TIME.  To get credit for points you've earned during a particular week, submit a Points Assessment on or before Monday, the day after the last day of our academic week (the schedule gives Sunday as the deadline, but I give you an extra day). 

NOTE:  Claiming more points than you have earned will result in loss of ALL points for that week.  I will audit individual Points Assessments randomly throughout the term.

Please don't ask me to give you the full number of points for work submitted late, however worthy the reason.  The points serve as an incentive to complete assignments on time.  If you are too late to fill out the assessment, just make sure your next week's points will make up for it.

If some personal emergency or work situation prevents you from completing all the Discussion Board postings for a week, don't stress.  You don't have to earn all the points available to you; you have some "wiggle room."  You can keep track of your participation points in Blackboard's My Grades.


If there is any student in this class who has special needs because of learning disabilities or other disabilities, please discuss your needs with your instructor or contact Special Services (Main 224-3259, JMMC 224-5946).

Civility Policy:
Students are expected to contribute to a classroom environment that is respectful and conducive to learning. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom may result in a request to leave class.  (Our Blackboard site is our classroom.)

If you have any concerns about your school work or other problems that are interfering with schools, our school SAGE has achievement coaches, Ann Lynn Hall and Rhoda Strode, to help you.  You can call them at 224-4285 or 224-4286.  Please take advantage of what we have to offer.

Discrimination Policy:
I will not tolerate any language within this course that excludes or disparages people because of their race, skin color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or political preference.  Please be sensitive to how your language may be perceived by your classmates because of these differences. 

Academic Dishonesty Policy:
I expect you to complete your course work with honest and integrity.  If I find any evidence of academic dishonesty, which includes cheating on a test, or helping other students cheat, plagiarism, falsification, fabrication, unauthorized collaboration, or submitting a piece of work from another course for credit, I will have to report it to the dean.  For more information on this, please read the Codes and Policies section of the
CNM Course Catalog

If you need help: Here are some ways you can get some help.
  • To Contact Me:  Once you've gained access into Blackboard, please use Blackboard's Class Mail to email me.  I prefer email much more than a phone call.  I will respond to your email in 48-72 hours.  I may respond sooner than this, but I can't guarantee it.  You students who plan to do most of your course work during the weekends should read the Weekly Learning Maps and assignments well ahead of time (I load the link to the new map of the week on Sunday) so that, if you have any questions, you can email me before the weekend.  If you can't get in touch with me, email your fellow students in Blackboard for information. 
  • My Office Hours:  During a regular term, I am almost always available during my office hours to help students with their assignments.  However, this summer my doctor's appointments might occur during my listed office hours.  For this reason, please focus on the times I have listed as my class hours for my two online classes if you want to visit me.  If those times don't work for you, please email me to make an appointment (and make sure I'll be there).  Thank you very much.  My office is on Main Campus, in Max Salazar, Room 507.
  • Embanet Help Line:  For problems with Blackboard, such as the Discussion Board, uploading files into your assignments, etc. --  Embanet has a support center specifically for CNM students.  Or you can call the 24-hour Blackboard Embanet helpline at 1-888-560-4927.  Or call CNM's technical help line at 224-HELP.  (Use this number to find out if the Blackboard server is down.)

Important note:  Problems with a home computer or internet access are not an excuse for late assignments.  Such problems should be expected to occur at some time during the semester, so you need to have an alternate plan in order to complete the assignments on time.  One possibility is to use CNM's computer labs or use a family member's or a friend's computer in a pinch.

  • The Writing/Reading Assistance Center (WRAC) is located in KC 8 on the Main Campus, and in J-110 on Montoya Campus.  Tutors in the WRAC are available to help students one-to-one, and it offers a variety of useful handouts that you can download.  I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this free service, especially if you're having problems with your essays assignments.
  This page was last updated Friday, August 26, 2011, by Connie Gulick.