New Mexico Community College
School of Adult and General
Department of Reading and Career Exploration
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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.
At completion of the course, students will learn,
apply, analyze, and evaluate techniques for
active learning strategies
including planning, prioritizing, and scheduling
Discovering meaningful personal
goals and actively overcoming obstacles
· Applying critical and
creative thinking skills
· Making responsible
· 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
pencils, highlighters to write in your textbook!
Frequent (daily is
recommended) access to a fairly new computer (PC or Mac)
and to the internet
Have a backup plan!
can take advantage of CNM’s Open Computer Lab so that
you do not fall behind.
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).
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Your internet access
speed needs to be at least 56K.
- DSL or
High Speed Internet is highly recommended.
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
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.
Major Projects and their value for the final grade:
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.
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.
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
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
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
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).
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
located in KC 8 on the Main Campus, and in J-110
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.
was last updated
Friday, August 26, 2011,
by Connie Gulick.