COLL101 College Orientation Seminar

Department of Language & Literature: College Success Strategies

I. Course Number and Title
COLL101 College Orientation Seminar
II. Number of Credits
1 credit
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information

This course is for new students and for second academic term students who are on Academic Warning and have not enrolled previously in the seminar.

Transferability determined by the transfer institution.

VI. Catalog Course Description
Through self-exploration and group interaction, the seminar facilitates students'€™ academic and social integration into the College community and helps build academic success strategies. Students gain knowledge of the College's resources, services, policies and procedures and explore various major and career opportunities to develop an academic plan.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course Learning Goals
    2. Students will:
      1. demonstrate understanding of the language and culture of Bucks County Community College including policies, procedures and expectations;
      2. explore the opportunities, resources, and services available at Bucks County Community College and effectively utilize this information to enhance their college experience;
      3. develop strategies and attitudes to maximize academic and personal success; and
      4. identify personal and academic goals through engaging in career and academic major exploration.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. gain knowledge of college terms, such as drop and add, course withdrawal, format, prerequisite, registration, major, and academic integrity;
    2. identify and explain the college’s academic policies and procedures, including plagiarism, calculation of GPA, withdrawal from a course, academic status, and selection of and registration for courses;
    3. construct both academic and personal goals that are specific, measurable, realistic and timely;
    4. effectively utilize BCCC learning resources, such as the College website, Tutoring Center, Transfer and Career Center, and Library, to support their success;
    5. improve organizational skills by utilizing an effective time management technique;
    6. utilize various college resource websites to locate information on effective college behaviors and study skills;
    7. generate and evaluate solutions to personal and academic problems using a decision making model;
    8. explore how their interests, talents and abilities align with their specific majors and careers;
    9. engage in information session with representatives from Career and Transfer Services and utilize College and web resources to increase knowledge of academic and career options;
    10. identify a possible career goal and choose a related major;
    11. utilize the Student Information System to print their program evaluation and determine course requirements of a specific major; and
    12. collaborate with the seminar instructor to register for the following academic term and develop a master academic plan for subsequent terms.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course Learning Goals
    2. Students
      1. complete self-assessments;
      2. write self-reflective journal entries;
      3. complete course specific activity packets;
      4. monitor their progress and document their achievement of course outcomes by compiling a portfolio of work that demonstrates effort, progress, mastery, and reflection on the learning process;
      5. meet with the instructor throughout the semester to review the portfolios to provide both formative and summative assessment of the process and outcomes of learning; and
      6. complete a Master Academic Plan to guide their college career.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students use authentic materials, articles, college resource websites, career information resources, course specific learning packets, and portfolios.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Approval/Revision Date: Approved 10/2011