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TULSA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SE Campus

PROFESSOR: DR. JOHN LAMBERTON - RESUME

  • TCC EMAIL ADDRESS: john.lamberton@tulsacc.edu

  • OFFICE HOURS: By appointment. Students may schedule an appointment in person before or after class or through campus email. 

INSTRUCTOR - DR. JOHN LAMBERTON

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACTS
  • Division: Engaged Learning
  • Dean: Cindy Shanks
  • Office: West Campus, L-244
  • Phone Number: 918-595-8045
  • Academic Strategies Program Director: Lori Coggins
(1) ACADEMIC STRATEGIES COURSE INFORMATION
  • COURSE NUMBER: ENGL 1003 – 302 – 20759
  • TIME: M/W 9:30am – 10:50am.
  • LOCATION: TCC SE Campus Building 7 – Room 7252
  • SEMESTER DATES: January 9, 2017 - May 7, 2017

(2) ACADEMIC STRATEGIES COURSE INFORMATION

  • COURSE NUMBER: ENGL 1003 – 313 – 26276
  • TIME: Friday 8:00am – 11:10am.
  • LOCATION: TCC SE Campus Building 1 – Room 1225
  • SEMESTER DATES: January 23, 2017 - May 7, 2017

REQUIRED TEXT BOOKS
(1) ACADEMIC STRATEGIES ONLINE TEXTBOOK
(2)
Finding Your Element, Edition: 1st- Author: Ken Robinson with Lou Aronica - Publisher: Penguin Books, New York, NY

COURSE DESCRIPTION

What are Academic Strategies? What do Academic Strategies have to do with me, my degree program, and my success at TCC and beyond? Why does TCC require this course and what is Academic Strategies designed to achieve? How will Academic Strategies contribute to me personally and professionally; and to my general competence, happiness and success in life? These and more questions you may have will be answered during the first week of class.

Academic Strategies can be one of the most valuable courses in which you enroll during your educational journey at TCC. Academic Strategies should Academic Strategies focuses on improving those individual and social competencies that generate social capital (value) for those students who actively and qualitatively participate in the entire course curriculum. Social capital increases the likelihood of personal and social success, especially in the workplace. To create value, Academic Strategies uses a student-centered learning approach to higher education. The primary way in which this Academic Strategies section may differ from many of the other TCC Academic Strategies sections is not in the basic course content required by TCC, but in its unique content delivery method formulated by Dr. Lamberton based on core principles of the scientific discipline of sociology.


STUDENT-CENTERED LEARNING COMMUNITY

TCC is pleased that its students represent a rich variety of backgrounds and perspectives. This course is committed to providing an atmosphere for learning that respects diversity. That commitment will be manifested through the development of a student-centered learning community in this class. Student-centered learning encourages students to become active participants in their education rather than passive receivers of information which they may have experienced in high school. While working together in a student-centered learning community, students are asked to:

    1. take responsibility for your education through active participation

    2. share your unique experiences, values and beliefs

    3. be open to the views of others

    4. honor the uniqueness of your colleagues

    5. appreciate the opportunity that we have to learn from each other in this class

    6. value each other’s opinions and communicate in a respectful manner

    7. be respectful of discussions that the community has of a personal nature

    8. use this opportunity together to discuss ways in which we can create an inclusive environment in this course and across the TCC community

Student centered instruction is an instructional approach in which students influence the content, activities, materials, and pace of learning. This learning model places the student (learner) in the center of the learning process. The instructor provides students with opportunities to learn independently and from one another and coaches them in the skills they need to do so effectively. The student-centered instruction approach includes such techniques as substituting active learning experiences for lectures, assigning open-ended problems and problems requiring critical or creative thinking through simulations and role plays, and using self-paced and/or cooperative (team-based) learning. Properly implemented student-centered instruction can lead to increased motivation to learn, greater retention of knowledge, deeper understanding, and more positive attitudes towards the subject being taught (Collins & O'Brien, 2003)

Beginning the first day of class and at the beginning of many class periods throughout the semester, you will be asked to interact with fellow classmates by greeting each other and learning each classmate’s first name (at a minimum). You should learn basic facts about the other students in class as well as share facts about yourself that will contribute to the rich social fabric of a well-formed student-centered learning community.

INSTRUCTOR’S BELIEFS REGARDING SUCCESS
Fear, apprehension, fatigue and lack of focus in class may negatively affect your ability to hear, listen, remember, memorize and think critically among other skills sets. This class is designed to reduce or eliminate any normal social barriers that are naturally inherent in new and different social situations in order to build a successful learning community. Don’t let the fact that Academic Strategies is a required course at TCC create a negative perceptual barrier that intentionally or unintentionally prejudices your experience in this course. Don’t automatically take another TCC student’s negative experience in an Academic Strategies course equate to the experience you are likely to encounter in this class. It is the my opinion based upon years of teaching at seven colleges and universities in Oklahoma and multiple successes working as an entrepreneur in the private sector that your achievement in this class, in college, and in life is directly correlated with your motivation, attitude and perspective. Whether you simply seek a score or grade in this class or whether you actually want to learn and become educated, the study of Academic Strategies will create social value and help you succeed in college or in a professional occupation. For instance, you should demonstrate a positive attitude and passion for their daily actions in order to be competent. Your educational experience may have been and continue to be one in which you were "pushed" by your parents, your teachers, or other significant people in your life in order to become competent. However in college, the quality and success of your educational experience is up to you through your daily choices. College is like an academic buffeteria in which students have the option of taking part of an exciting and diverse course curriculum or choosing to participate very little or none at all. The choice is yours. The principles taught in this class are designed to help you become more self-directed and competent.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
It is advised that should an unforeseeable problem (that could interfere with class performance) occur; notify the professor so that alternate arrangements may be made. The material accompanying the text and handouts should be treated as mandatory reading and will be included in the class discussion and exams. Students are, therefore, responsible for all assigned text reading, as well as all of the information that is discussed or otherwise included in class. Students are to be aware of all assignment, presentation, and exam dates that are listed in the accompanying calendar without reminder from the professor. Students are expected to be prepared (completed assigned readings) to discuss pertinent topics each class period as scheduled. Students who attend class unprepared should expect their grades to be negatively affected as a result. All assignments are to be turned in at the beginning of class on the date due unless otherwise instructed. Any assignment handed in late on the date due will receive no credit unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor to submit a late assignment. There are no exceptions. Again, this means sickness, no printer cartridge, computer error, illness, funerals, flat tire, no parking place etc.

ACADEMIC STRATEGIES & EMPLOYABILITY

Employability is based almost entirely upon character and competence. Employability is the set of the competencies, achievements, understandings and personal attributes that support working professionals in managing their careers and future activities in an information age. The Academic Strategies course focuses on the basic fundamentals of success competencies in a working environment.Attending a college or university to pursue an academic degree is the same professional experience and set of performance expectations that you would encounter in a successful business or Fortune 500 company. BE PREPARED! Open and mutually respectful communication of varied opinions, beliefs, and perspectives during classroom or online discussion encourages the free exchange of ideas that is essential to higher learning and to the ability to learn from each other. Students should present themselves in class in a manner that supports and encourages a strong academic learning environment. Use of any electronic device is at the discretion of the instructor.


COURSE SYLLABUS AGREEMENT

The content, terms and requirements for each of your college classes are governed by a Syllabus which outlines all of the expectations and requirements for the college class in which you are enrolled. The Syllabus is a written agreement between you and your instructor. As participants in this course, we must both abide by the terms and requirements contained in the Academic Strategies syllabus.

SYLLABUS AMENDMENTS
The Syllabus may be amended any time during this semester. You will be notified of any amendments to the Syllabus both in class and via TCC email.
    

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Student learning outcomes are created to enhance each student’s ability to consistently demonstrate "self-regulated" learning attitudes and skills (See Zimmerman Article in the online text).

    1. Students should read the Syllabus carefully. If you perceive any major concerns that regarding your ability to meet the terms of the syllabus or attain the desired learning-outcomes for the course, send me an email by the end of the first week of class.
    2. Students should attend at least 90% of the class periods and class hours.

    3. Students should read all assignments during the week in which the readings are assigned.

    4. Students should verbally contribute to class discussions in at least 50% of the class periods during the semester.

    5. Students will complete two oral assignments in class using a visual aid such as Power Point, Presi, Emaze or other computer-based application.

    6. Students will demonstrate their writing skills through a written paper or papers assigned in this course.

    7. Students will demonstrate their knowledge about Academic Strategies presented in the online text and in class lectures or discussions including knowledge about outcome-based education theory, TCC, TCC technology and the TCC library.

    8. Students will demonstrate an ability to set goals, manage time and use study skills.

    9. Students will demonstrate competencies in memory, listening, note-taking, memory, critical thinking, writing, goal setting, time management, money management, team building and team work, and conflict resolution.

    10. Students will complete a course evaluation at the end of the semester.

    11. Students will schedule and complete a short mid-term interview with the instructor to discuss their academic progress in the course.

    12. Students should apply an intellectual curiosity, a spirit of inquiry, and a commitment to learning during each class period through class attendance, class participation as well as completion of all assignments, tests, and other course work.

    13. Students should demonstrate an ability to formulate questions answerable by data, and an ability to analyze data to produce answers to questions as reflected in class tests and assignments.

    14. Students should demonstrate a working knowledge of the Southeast Campus library and library services.

    15. Students should demonstrate knowledge of the Reading & Writing Center.

    16. Students will participate in a service learning project during the semester.

    17. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the Campus Police policies, procedures and services.

    18. Students should demonstrate an ability to write understandable, well-written assignments including emails.

    19. Students will demonstrate use of the TCC Blackboard discussion board.

    20. Students will demonstrate effective use of TCC Blackboard.

LEARNING OUTCOMES ASSESSMENTS
Assessments evaluate your performance in class. Assessment methods in this class are diverse enabling students with diverse skills and diverse learning styles to succeed. These techniques will include general class discussions, small group discussions and exercises; role-playing exercises; computer lab work, presentations, standard multiple choice and short answer exams, unannounced quizzes, reading and writing assignments, and interaction with and review of possible guest speakers. In the small group sessions, you will discuss reading and course assignments, practice applications of new concepts, and perform critical thinking exercises. Your independent study skills should improve and increase during the semester. 

SPECIFIC LEARNING ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES

Students will be regularly assessed over all of the course material through quizzes, writing assignments, class projects, presentations tests, small group and class discussions.

          1. INFORMATION ORGANIZER

You should present and maintain a three-ring binder beginning the first week of class with Dividers or Tabs to store the GRADED ASSIGNMENTS, SYLLABUS, READING SCHEDULE, CALENDAR OF ASSIGNMENTS AND EVENTS, NOTES, HAND-OUTS, AND CAMPUS SERVICES, etc. Your IO will be evaluated on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in addition to several other times during the semester. Refer to the COURSE SCHEDULE for exact dates. IO’s may be maintained on a laptop or tablet if the electronic file includes all of the documents that are to be maintained in your three-ring binder. (Handouts and returned assignments should be scanned and filed as part of the electronic file).

LIVING FILE

The INFORMATION ORGANIZER (IO) is a "living" file designed to organize and USE all course information. The IO is not merely an onerous assignment created for the purpose of receiving a grade. The IO should be a "living" reference tool that you use regularly during the semester. The IO will be evaluated three times during the semester: during the first week of class, at mid-term and before the final exam. The first evaluation will be worth 25 points and the two subsequent evaluations will be worth 50 points each. The evaluations are based upon IO content, appearance and organization. The IO is valued at 125 total points.

The IO can be used as a reference during each scheduled Exam.

The Information Organizer measures student competencies in note-taking, information organization, acquiring and evaluating information, organizing and maintaining files, time management, comprehension and reliability. 

2. UNANNOUNCED ASSIGNMENTS & QUIZZES

There may be several unannounced in-class and out-of-class writing assignments or pop-quizzes covering the material and chapters presented in the text at the time. If you are not in class the day of an unscheduled in-class assignment or you are absent on a day when a homework assignment is due, you will not receive credit for that assignment unless your absence was an Excused Absence. Excused absences are only granted for very special circumstances are deemed by the professor. However, out of class assignments may be submitted before the due date. The assignments will be valued from 10 to 50 points. Unannounced quizzes measure competencies in listening, memory, and time management.

3. ESSAY PAPER

The written assignment will be a minimum 3 page essay summarizing a service learning project in which each student participated during the semester and how service learning is a major academic strategy. A discussion of service projects will be given by the Southeast Campus Student Activity office. The value of the essay paper is 100 points.The essay paper measures competencies in writing, comprehension, information organization, goal setting and social interaction.

4. ORAL PRESENTATION

All students will perform two 10 minute oral presentations using a visual aid such as Power Point, Presi, Emaze or other computer-based application. There is no make-up available for missed oral presentations. If students are not in class on the day their presentation is scheduled, students will not receive credit for the written or oral assignments. However, if a scheduling conflict arises significantly BEFORE the date of your presentation you are encouraged to contact your professor in order to schedule the presentation at a more convenient time. (The discretion for granting a rescheduled presentation rests solely with the professor.)The ORAL PRESENTATION measures competencies in critical thinking, information organization, communication, and presenting information in a social situation and is valued at 100 points.

5. EXAMS

There will be four exams during the semester that will be comprised of objective questions including of True-False, Multiple Choice and Fill-in-the-Blank and short answer questions. Each exam will be worth 100 points. Although the Final exam will cover the final 25% of course content, it may also contain questions covering all of the material presented in the course. There will be Reviews before each scheduled Exam. Reviews and sample test questions will be posted on Blackboard one class period before the scheduled test date. Students may use their class notes on each of the Exams.  TCC FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE

Exams measure competencies in memory, information organization, note-taking, critical thinking and test-taking.

6. ATTENDANCE & ACTIVE PARTICIPATION

Regular class attendance is required in order to be successful in this course. If you miss more than 4 periods of class without the approval of the professor, you may be automatically administratively withdrawn from the course depending upon the circumstances. A student may obtain an excused absence by emailing the professor about the absence prior to the absence unless there is an emergency situation which necessitates an email after the absence.

Students should regularly and actively participate in class discussions. By the end of the semester, students may accumulate up to 100 points for their attendance and participation in class discussions which will be judged according by two criteria: (1) a student’s attendance record; (2) the subjective evaluation of the professor evaluating a student’s class participation. Participation points will be posted on Blackboard twice during the semester: at mid-term and during Finals Week.Attendance measures competencies in reliability, dependability, goal setting, time management, critical thinking and social interaction.

7. WORKSHOPS

If learning workshops are scheduled during the semester, students are expected to attend all workshops. These workshops will include information about TCC in general and the Southeast Campus in particular presented by representatives from a variety of TCC Campus Services such as the Campus Police, the Reading and Writing Center, Library, Student Life, etc.There may be a guest speaker scheduled to speak to the class during the semester. Guest speakers include community and business professionals from the private sector and community-at-large who will help integrate the academic course information into the applied work environment.Attendance measures competencies in TCC student-related services, reliability, dependability, goal setting, time management, critical thinking and social interaction.  

EXTRA CREDIT ASSIGNMENTS: There will not be any extra credit assignments offered this semester. All students are strongly encouraged to maintain solid academic performance throughout the semester.

COURSE GRADING

A = 90 – 100% of total points possible during the semester.

B = 80 – 89% of total points possible during the semester.

C = 70 – 79% of total points possible during the semester.

D = 60 – 69% of total points possible during the semester.

F = Below 60% of total points possible during the semester.

DEFINITION OF LETTER GRADES

A: Earned by student work whose quality indicates a full mastery of the subject skills, content and course assignments that display extraordinary distinction. A grade of A grade cannot be earned by students with more than two unexcused absences or more than three excused absences.

B: Earned by student work that indicates a good comprehension of the course material, a good command of the skills needed to work with the course material, and the student’s full engagement with the course requirements and activities.

C: Earned by student work that indicates an adequate and satisfactory, comprehension of the course material and the skills needed to work with the course material and indicates the student has met basic requirements for completing assigned work and participating in class activities.

D: Earned by student work that is unsatisfactory but that indicates some minimal command of the course materials and some minimal participation in class activities that is worthy of course credit.

F: Earned by student work that is unsatisfactory and unworthy of course credit.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Regular attendance is the responsibility of each student, and it is assumed that students will attend all classes for which they are enrolled. Class attendance is essential to academic success at any college or university. Interaction with faculty and fellow students provides the best opportunity for learning and for exercising skills necessary to gain competencies in a subject. Classroom discussion also enriches understanding beyond the boundaries of the specific course and develops students' analytical facility and ability to communicate ideas effectively. TCC expects each student to take full advantage of his or her educational experience by developing personal responsibility for class attendance. There are three types of classes offered by TCC: ONLINE, BLENDED and LECTURE. There are sixteen-week, fourteen-week, eight-week, and weekend classes available. You have chosen to enroll in an Academic Strategies sixteen-week LECTURE class based upon a format that requires CONTINUAL ATTENDANCE. Each student should attend every regularly scheduled class in order to be actively involved in a cooperative and collaborative learning environment. LECTURE courses require in-class attendance except in cases of extreme emergency or important commitment. It is important that each student establish themselves as an a self-regulated partner in active learning with other students and the professor. Active involvement in class must include "relevant participation" in a majority of class discussions and assignments.

ABSENCES

There is a prescribed course content that is generally scheduled over a 16 week semester which is the major reason that continual class attendance is so important to student success. However, there are a few situations which may prevent students from attending class. Some of these situations include illness, participation in an activity death or major illness in a student’s immediate family, participation in legal proceedings or administrative procedures that require a student’s presence religious holy day, injury or illness that is too severe or contagious for the student to attend class.Class absences are one of the early signs that a student may be experiencing academic, personal, or emotional challenges, apathy, depression, or other distress. The instructor should be contacted by students who are experiencing unusual difficulties related to class attendance. For an injury or illness that requires a student to be absent from classes for two or more consecutive class periods, students may be required to obtain medical confirmation from their medical provider.It is each student's responsibility to notify the instructor of any situation that causes the student to miss class.

  • EXCUSED ABSENCES: In order for an absence to be excused, you are required to email me PRIOR TO the class period you will be absent notifying me that you will be absent and the reason you will be missing class

  • UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: When students do not inform the instructor by email or in person, an absence will be automatically considered unexcused. The accumulation of four or more unexcused absences constitutes excessive absenteeism and may result in the loss of a final letter grade or grades in the course or may result in an automatic withdrawal from the class. The instructor will not accept assignments if the student’s absence on the assignment due date is unexcused.

 LATE ARRIVAL (Tardiness)

Students should arrive and seated in class on time and ready to start when class. Students who find they are regularly unable to arrive to class on time should speak with the professor to facilitate a satisfactory solution to the problem. If students are late to class on multiple occasions, they may be asked not to enter the classroom unless they can arrive on time. Each student must be responsible for their attendance based upon and their actions.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Each student in this course is expected to abide by the TCC policies of academic integrity. Any work submitted by a student in this course for academic credit must be the student's original work. With that said, students are encouraged to form study groups to help each other understand and complete the learning outcomes presented in Academic Strategies. During assignments and examinations, students must do their own work. Talking or discussion is not permitted during course examinations, nor should students compare papers, copy from others, or collaborate in any way. Any collaborative behavior during the examinations will result in failure of the exam, and may lead to failure of the course. Academic dishonesty (cheating) is defined as the deception of others about one’s own work or about the work of another. Academic dishonesty or misconduct is not condoned or tolerated at campuses within the Tulsa Community College system. Tulsa Community College adopts a policy delegating certain forms of authority for disciplinary action to the faculty. Such disciplinary actions delegated to the faculty include, but are not limited to, the dismissal of disrespectful or disorderly students from classes. In the case of academic dishonesty a faculty member may:

    • Require the student to redo an assignment or test, or require the student to complete a substitute assignment or test;

    • Record a "zero" for the assignment or test in question;

    • Recommend to the student that the student withdraw from the class, or administratively withdraw the student from the class;

    • Record a grade of "F" for the student at the end of the semester.

Faculty may request that disciplinary action be taken against a student at the administrative level by submitting such a request to the Dean of Student Services. 

Course Drop or Withdrawal

A student who has been found responsible for academic dishonesty in a course may not drop or withdraw from the course without faculty approval. If the student processes a drop or withdrawal from the course, the action will be reversed and the appropriate grade will be recorded on the student's transcript.

As an academic community dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge, TCC is committed to fostering an intellectual and ethical environment based on the principles of academic integrity. Academic integrity is essential to the success of the University’s educational and research missions, and violations of academic integrity constitute serious offenses against the entire academic community. This academic integrity policy is designed to guide students as they prepare assignments, take examinations, and perform the work necessary to complete their degree requirements.  The college administration is responsible for working with faculty and students to foster a strong institutional culture of academic integrity, for providing effective educational programs that create an understanding of and commitment to academic integrity and for establishing equitable and effective procedures to deal with allegations of violations of academic integrity.The faculty shares with the administration the responsibility for educating students about the importance and principles of academic integrity. Faculty members are expected to inform students of the particular requirements regarding academic integrity within their specific courses, to make reasonable efforts to minimize academic dishonesty, and to respond appropriately to violations of academic integrity. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to provide a statement concerning academic integrity in their course syllabi.Students are responsible for understanding the principles of academic integrity and abiding by them in all aspects of their work at the college. Students are also encouraged to help educate fellow students about academic integrity and to bring all alleged violations of academic integrity they encounter to the attention of the appropriate authorities.

The principles of academic integrity require that every college student:

  • properly acknowledge and cite all use of the ideas, results, or words of others

  • properly acknowledge all contributors to a given piece of work

  • make sure that all work submitted as his or her own in a course or other academic activity is produced without the aid of unsanctioned materials or unsanctioned collaboration

  • obtain all data or results by ethical means and report them accurately without suppressing any results inconsistent with his or her interpretation or conclusions

  • treat all other students in an ethical manner, respecting their integrity and right to pursue their educational goals without interference, requiring that a student neither facilitate academic dishonesty by others nor obstruct their academic progress

  • uphold the canons of the ethical or professional code of the profession for which he or she is preparing

Adherence to these principles is necessary in order to insure that:

  • everyone is given proper credit for his or her ideas, words, results, and other scholarly accomplishments

  • all student work is fairly evaluated and no student has an inappropriate advantage over others

  • the academic and ethical development of all students is fostered

  • the reputation of the college for integrity in its teaching, research, and scholarship is maintained and enhanced

Failure to uphold these principles of academic integrity threatens both the reputation of the college and the value of the degrees awarded to its students. Every member of the college community therefore bears a responsibility for ensuring that the highest standards of academic integrity are upheld.

THINGS NOT TO SAY IN ACADEMIC STRATEGIES

    • I can’t. . . . . . . . . .

      • stay awake in class.

    • I don’t. . . . . . . . . .

      • take notes very well.

    • What did we cover last class period?

    • I forgot

    • I didn’t

    • You (the instructor) didn’t

COURSE TIME COMMITMENT

Academic Strategies is a three credit hour course. Studies indicate that, on average, for every one hour of course credit, students should expect to spend two hours of outside time on course work per week i.e., reading, homework, discussion, studying etc. For this course, that means a minimum of six hours of outside time per week. Some may spend more, depending on their level of expertise. 

CELL PHONES/TEXTING: DON’T DO IT – Turn cell phones off and keep them stowed. If a student has an emergency requiring the usage of a cell phone, he/she should inform the instructor before class begins in order to discuss a strategy to successfully manage the situation in class. Please be a responsible and respectful student in this course. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

There may be announcements about procedures or assignments made in this class or posted on the TCC Course website or through TCC email.

TCC ALERTS

Please register to receive TCC Emergency Alerts on all of your mechanical devices on the MY TCC web page.

COURSE COMMUNICATION

EMAIL: All TCC students receive a designated TCC email address (ex: jane.doe@tulsacc.edu). Communications to you about course assignments may be announced in class and/or be sent to your TCC email address; and you must use TCC email to send email to, and receive email from, the instructor regarding this course. Sometimes it may be necessary for me to cancel class due to a personal emergency or illness. If I cancel class, an Announcement will be posted on the course website and an email will be sent to you through Blackboard notifying you of the class cancellation, and a Class Cancellation form will be posted on the classroom door. In some instances, you may be given an assignment replacing the canceled class period.

INCLEMENT WEATHER & CLASS CANCELLATION

If extreme weather conditions or emergency situations arise, TCC gives cancellation notices to radio and television stations. This information is also posted on the TCC website (
www.tulsacc.edu) and sent via TCC Emergency Alerts. Register to receive TCC Alerts from the MyTCC home page (https://tcc.bbcportal.com/ ). When severe winter weather occurs in the Tulsa area, you may assume that TCC will be open for classes unless it is announced otherwise on television and radio stations. TCC does not automatically close if Tulsa Public Schools close. If this class is cancelled an email will be sent to each student an hour before the class is scheduled to meet. It is always a good idea to check your email before coming to class for various announcements. Please note; if class is being held as scheduled students are responsible for any assignments that are due. There will not be an opportunity to make up missed assignments. Assignments may be emailed to the professor as long as it is received before the time class begins. tobacco Free College: Tulsa Community College is a Tobacco Free college in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 2012-01 and Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1-1523 which prohibits smoking or the use of any tobacco products in all public places, in any indoor workplace, and all vehicles owned by the State of Oklahoma and all of its agencies and instrumentalities. This Order includes property leased, rented, or owned by TCC including, but not limited to, all grounds, buildings, facilities, and parking lots. Tulsa Community College’s policy includes a tobacco free environment on all campus and off-campus locations conducting TCC credit or non-credit classes. The TCC Campus Police is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Tobacco-Free Environment Policy. Violations of the policy may be addressed through issuance of campus or state citations.

INSTITUTIONAL STATEMENT:
Each student is responsible for being aware of the information contained in the TCC Catalog, the TCC Student Policies & Resources Handbook, and semester information listed in the class schedule. All information may be viewed on the TCC website:
www.tulsacc.edu

TCC MISSION STATEMENT & VISION
: http://www.tulsacc.edu/about-us/mission 

GENERAL EDUCATION GOAL STATEMENT

General Education Goals are designed to ensure that graduates of colleges and universities including Tulsa Community College have the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to carry them successfully through their work and their personal lives. General Education Goals to be measured in this course include Critical Thinking; Effective Communication; Engaged Learning; and Technological Proficiency.

ON-TIME ENROLLMENT

TCC is now requiring students to enroll "ON-TIME." That is, there will be no more "late enrollment" enrollment allowed. Once a class has begun, students will not be able to enroll in it. Consequently, it is best to enroll as early as possible each semester to ensure that you will have the greatest selection of possible classes open for enrollment. Many classes are limited to an enrollment of twenty students. Some classes reach full enrollment very quickly.

WITHDRAWAL

If you determine that you will not be completing the course, it is your responsibility to officially withdraw from the course through Admission/Registrar's office. After the withdrawal deadline, you will receive the grade earned based on your work for the semester. Failure to follow this procedure may result in the student receiving a regular grade of "F" at the end of the semester. Students begin the process of withdrawal with a discussion with the faculty member. Withdrawal after the drop/add period can alter the financial aid award for the current and future semesters. Students may receive an outstanding bill from TCC if the recalculation leaves a balance due to TCC. Students who stop participating in the course and fail to withdraw may experience financial aid consequences.

PROCEDURES FOR WITHDRAWAL

Also, talk with the instructor. There may be other options open to students besides withdrawal. Always talk with your professor before you decide to withdraw from a course. Both TCC and the professor want each and every student to perform well academically and to complete the course and to learn the fundamentals of how to be successful in class, in college and in the work-place by using Academic Strategies.

IF YOU DECIDE TO WITHDRAW AFTER TALKING TO THE INSTRUCTOR:

1.      Complete Withdrawal Form.

2.      Check with Financial Aid to verify how withdrawal affects your status.

3.      Have Withdrawal Form processed.

4.      Keep a copy of your withdrawal form in case there is a problem with billing.

FAILURE TO WITHDRAW POLICY

Do not allow the difficulties of your situation to exert a deleterious effect on your academic transcript.  Be responsible, attentive, and proactive.   I WILL NOT INITIATE NOR PROVIDE AN "AW" FOR STUDENTS WHO FAIL TO EXERCISE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.

DISABILITY RESOURCES

It is the policy and practice of Tulsa Community College to create inclusive learning environments. Accommodations for qualifying students in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act are available. To request accommodations, contact the Education Access Center (EAC) at eac@tulsacc.edu or call 918-595-7115 (Voice). Deaf and hard of hearing students may text 918-809-1864.

CONTACT INFORMATION

If there are concerns or questions about the Academic Strategies class, or need assistance or special accommodations in class, please contact your professor either before or after class or by email at john.lamberton@tulsacc.edu.

INSTITUTIONAL STATEMENT

Each student is responsible for being aware of the policies and the information contained in the TCC Catalog, TCC Student Handbook, TCC Student Code of Conduct Policy Handbook, and semester information listed in the Class Schedule.TCC SEMESTER INFORMATIONAL CALENDAR

TCC COMPUTER SERVICES

Access to computing resources is a privilege granted to all TCC faculty, staff, and students. Use of TCC computing resources is limited to purposes related to the College’s mission of education, research, and community service. Student use of technology is governed by the Computer Services Acceptable Use Statements/Standards found in the TCC Student Code of Conduct Policy Handbook. These handbooks may be obtained by contacting any Student Activities or Dean of Student Services office.

TCC LIBRARY & LIBRARY SERVICES

The Library is located Room 7200 at the Southeast Campus. Telephone: 918.595.7701. The Library can also be accessed online at http://library.tulsacc.edu/home.  

TCC READING AND WRITING CENTER

Students may find help with reading, writing, and study skills by visiting the Reading and Writing Center It is usually preferable to call for an appointment. This is an excellent service that is offered to the students free of charge. We highly recommend students to take advantage of the exceptional staff and their services in order to meet the many demands necessary to succeed in college classes.

TCC CAMPUS POLICE

For the services of Campus Police, call 918-595-8888, from a College Phone, dial 8888, or dial 911 from any landline or cell phone. Please visit Campus Police for more information.The free use of all TCC student services is possible through student fees paid with tuition.

TCC ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACTS:

  • Division: Engaged Learning
  • Dean: Cindy Shanks
  • Office: West Campus, L-244
  • Phone Number: 918-595-8045
  • Coordinator: Lori Coggins
COURSE INFORMATION:
  • COURSE NUMBER: ENGL 1003 – 347 – 18806
  • TIME: M/W – 9:30am to 10:50am.
  • LOCATION: SE 3116
  • SEMESTER DATES: January 9, 2017 – May 5, 2017
TEXT BOOKS:
(1) FREE ONLINE TEXT BOOK link is posted on the Course Blackboard page.

(2)
SUPPLEMENTAL TEXT: Finding Your Element, Edition: 1st Author: Ken Robinson with Lou Aronica - Publisher: Penguin Books, New York, NY may be purchased from any TCC Campus Bookstore or other book vendor of your choice.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Academic Strategies orients students to TCC campuses and college services, emphasizing personal and social strategies to increase student involvement in college and community activities. The course requires students to analyze and apply study techniques and behavior patterns essential to college success, apply critical and creative thinking skills to solve academic and social problems, and construct goals and time plans to balance work, school, and family.COURSE SYLLABUS AGREEMENTCongratulations! You have enrolled in an important academic success class offered especially by Tulsa Community College. As you may know, the content and requirements of your college classes is governed by Syllabi created by TCC and faculty which should outline all of the expectations and requirements for the college class in which you are enrolled. The Academic Strategies Syllabus is a written agreement between teacher and student. As participants in this course, we must both abide by the terms and requirements defined by this document. Your first Academic Strategy assignment it is to read this Syllabus carefully. You may then address any "special" questions or concerns that you may have about the content of the Syllabus to me in writing during the first two weeks of class. Unless this procedure is completed on time, I will assume that there are no unusual barriers to your success in the class beyond normal social circumstances. SYLLABUS AMENDMENTS: I reserve the right to amend the course Syllabus at any time during this semester. Syllabus amendments will be communicated to students via TCC email.ATTENDANCE - LECTURE CLASS TYPEThere are three types of classes in which you may enroll at TCC.
    1. ONLINE
    2. BLENDED
    3. LECTURE
There are sixteen-week, fourteen-week, eight-week, and weekend classes available. You have chosen to enroll in an Academic Strategies sixteen-week LECTURE class based upon a format that requires CONTINUAL ATTENDANCE. Each student should attend every regularly scheduled class in order to be actively involved in a cooperative and collaborative learning environment. LECTURE courses require in-class attendance except in cases of extreme emergency or important commitment. It is important that each student establish themselves as an a self-regulated partner in active learning with other students and the professor. Active involvement in class must include "relevant participation" in a majority of class discussions and assignments.LATE ARRIVAL:Students should arrive and seated in class on time and ready to start when class. Students who find they are unable to arrive to class on time should speak with the professor to facilitate a satisfactory solution to the problem. If a student is late to class on multiple occasions, she/he may be asked not to enter the classroom unless she/he can arrive on time. Each student must be responsible for her/his learning outcomes based upon and her/his actions.WHAT ARE ACADEMIC COMPETENCIES?STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES Student learning outcomes are created to enhance each student’s ability to consistently demonstrate "self-regulated" learning attitudes and skills (See Zimmerman Article).
    1. Students should carefully read the Syllabus and email a typed Word document detailing all major concerns regarding your ability to meet the terms of the syllabus or attain the desired learning-outcomes for the course to Dr. Lamberton before the end of the first week of the semester.
    2. Students should attend at least 90% of the class sessions and class hours.
    3. Students should read or view all of the assignments during the week the assignments are scheduled according to the Schedule posted on Blackboard.  Students will be regularly assessed over the scheduled information through quizzes, writing assignments, class projects, tests, small group projects  and general class discussion.
    4. Students should verbally contribute to class discussions in at least one-third of the class periods during the semester.
    5. According to a schedule that will be generated during the class periods, students should be prepared to orally present academic strategies information in class using a visual aid such as Power Point, Presi, Emaze or other computer-based application.
    6. Students should demonstrate their writing skills through a written paper or papers assigned in this course.
    7. Students should demonstrate their knowledge about Academic Strategies presented in the online text and in class including knowledge about outcome-based education theory, TCC, TCC technology, goals and time management, study skills, memory, critical thinking, writing skills and the TCC library through in-class and out-of-class written assignments and scheduled or unscheduled exams.
    8. Students should schedule a short mid-term interview with the professor to discuss their academic progress in the course.

    9. Students should demonstrate an intellectual curiosity, a spirit of inquiry, and a commitment to learning during each class period through class attendance, class participation and completion of all assignments, tests, and other course work.

    10. Students should demonstrate an ability to formulate questions answerable by data, and an ability to analyze data to produce answers to questions as reflected in class tests and assignments.

    11. Students should demonstrate a working knowledge of the Southeast Campus library and library services by attending a workshop conducted by the Library Administration (workshop attendance is worth 25 points) and various assignments or quizzes on library content and services.

    12. Students should demonstrate knowledge of the Reading & Writing Center by attending a workshop conducted by a Reading & Writing Center administrator (workshop attendance and participation worth 25 points).

    13. Students should participate in a service learning project during the semester. The service learning project will be assessed by completing an essay paper worth 100 points and attending a workshop conducted by Student Life (workshop attendance worth 25 points)

    14. Students should demonstrate knowledge of the Campus Police policies, procedures and services by attending a workshop conducted by a campus police officer worth 25 points.

    15. Students should demonstrate an ability to write understandable, well-written emails.

    16. Students should demonstrate an ability to use a TCC Blackboard discussion board.

    17. Students should demonstrate an overall ability to effectively use Blackboard measured by the quality of the class assignments during the semester.

    18. Students should complete the Academic Strategies Module posted on Blackboard by the mid-term of the semester.  Completion worth 25 points.

LEARNING OUTCOMES ASSESSMENTS

Class periods may include lectures, whole group discussion, role-playing, computer lab work, small group work, presentations, and guest speakers. In the small group sessions, students will discuss reading and course assignments, practice applications of new concepts, and perform critical thinking exercises. Students are expected to improve their independent study skills during the semester. 

TYPES OF LEARNING ASSESSMENTS

1. INFORMATION ORGANIZER

Each student will be expected to obtain a three-ring binder during the first week of class with Dividers or Tabs to store the GRADED ASSIGNMENTS, SYLLABUS, READING SCHEDULE, CALENDAR OF ASSIGNMENTS AND EVENTS, NOTES, HAND-OUTS, AND CAMPUS SERVICES, etc. The INFORMATION ORGANIZER is a method of organizing and USING information presented or read during the semester. It is not merely an assignment to create a document that will never be used other than for the purpose of receiving a grade. The INFORMATION ORGANIZER should be used during the semester. The ORGANIZER will be graded twice during the semester: at mid-term and before the final exam. Each grade will be worth a maximum total of 50 points based upon organizer content, appearance and organization resulting in a total value of 100 points for the organizer at the end of the semester during finals week.

Students may use a lap top computer or Tablet to complete all of or a part of the Information Organizer.  Those students that choose an electronic method of completing the Information Organizer requirement must scan all hand-outs and graded assignments and include them in the electronic version of the Information Organizer as either a jpeg or pdf file.

2. IN OR OUT OF CLASS ASSIGNMENTS & POP QUIZZES

There may be several unannounced in-class and out-of-class writing assignments or pop-quizzes covering the material and chapters presented in the text at the time. If you are not in class the day of an unscheduled in-class assignment or you are absent on a day when a homework assignment is due, you will not receive credit for that assignment unless your absence is an Excused Absence. Excused Absences are absences for which a student emails the professor prior to the beginning in class with a reasonable reason Excused Absences are granted for unanticipated circumstances such as illness, previously scheduled appointments, death in the family, etc.  Excused Absences are granted solely by the discretion of the professor.   However, may be submitted before the due date. The assignments will be valued from 10 to 50 points.

3. ESSAY PAPER

The written assignment will be a minimum 3 page essay summarizing a service learning project in which each student participated during the semester and how service learning is a major academic strategy. An discussion of service projects will be given by Jennifer Champion, TCC West Campus Student Activity Office during the second week of the semester. The value of the essay paper is 100 points.

4. ORAL PRESENTATION

All students will perform a 10 minute oral presentation using a visual aid such as Power Point, Presi, Emaze or other computer-based application. There is no make-up available for missed oral presentations. If students are not in class on the day their presentation is scheduled, students will not receive credit for the written or oral assignments. This means sickness, no printer cartridge, computer error, illness, funerals, flat tire, no parking place etc. Although there will not be an opportunity to make up the oral assignment - you may do the oral presentation early if you anticipate a future absence on the day your oral presentation is scheduled.

However, if a scheduling conflict should arise significantly BEFORE the date of your presentation you are encouraged to contact your professor (The discretion for granting a rescheduled presentation rests solely with the professor.)

The value of the ORAL PRESENTATION is 100 points.

5. EXAMS

There will be four exams during the semester that will be comprised of objective questions including of True-False, Multiple Choice and Fill-in-the-Blank and short answer questions. Each exam will be worth 100 points. The Final exam will be comprehensive covering the entire material presented in the course. Reviews and sample test questions will be posted on Blackboard one class period before the scheduled test date. Students may use their class notes on each of the Exams. TCC FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE

Extended Exam Time – Course exams are administered in reduced-distraction environments located on each TCC campus for students who apply for and are granted extended exam time by TCC's EDUCATION ACCESS CENTER. Students may apply for Extended Exam Time by accessing the EDUCATION ACCESS CENTER (EAC) webpage linked here.  Please browse the EAC webpage, read about  extended exam time services and complete the Accomodation Request Form listed under the "How To Request Services" section of the webpage or by clicking on the ACCOMODATION REQUEST FORM linked here.  If approved, the EAC will email course faculty a form which outlines the extended exam time accommodation for student applicants.  Students will then test at the EAC office at the Southeast Campus or whichever TCC campus students are enrolled in the course.  All exams are administered at the EAC by appointment only which are scheduled at the same time the test is administered in class. 

6. ATTENDANCE & ACTIVE PARTICIPATION

Regular class attendance is required in order to be successful in this course. If you miss more than 4 periods of class without the approval of the professor, you may be automatically administratively withdrawn from the course depending upon the circumstances. A student may obtain an excused absence by emailing the professor about the absence prior to the absence unless there is an emergency situation which necessitates an email after the absence.

Students should regularly and actively participate in class discussions. By the end of the semester, students may accumulate up to 100 points for their attendance and participation in class discussions which will be judged according by two criteria: (1) a student’s attendance record; (2) the subjective evaluation of the professor evaluating a student’s class participation. Participation points will be posted on Blackboard twice during the semester: at mid-term and during Finals Week.

7. WORKSHOPS

Students are expected to attend every learning workshop scheduled for class during the semester. These workshops will include information about TCC in general and the Southeast Campus in particular presented by representatives from a variety of TCC Campus Services such as the Campus Police, the Reading and Writing Center, Library, Student Life, etc.

There may be a guest speaker scheduled to speak to the class during the semester. Guest speakers include community and business professionals from the private sector and community-at-large who will help integrate the academic course information into the applied work environment.

EXTRA CREDIT ASSIGNMENTS:

There will not be any extra credit assignments offered this semester. All students are strongly encouraged to maintain solid academic performance throughout the semester.

COURSE GRADING:

A = 90 – 100% of total points possible during the semester.

B = 80 – 89% of total points possible during the semester.

C = 70 – 79% of total points possible during the semester.

D = 60 – 69% of total points possible during the semester.

F = Below 60% of total points possible during the semester.

DEFINITION OF LETTER GRADES

A: Earned by student work whose quality indicates a full mastery of the subject skills, content and course assignments that display extraordinary distinction. A grade of A grade cannot be earned by students with more than two unexcused absences or more than three excused absences.

B: Earned by student work that indicates a good comprehension of the course material, a good command of the skills needed to work with the course material, and the student’s full engagement with the course requirements and activities.

C: Earned by student work that indicates an adequate and satisfactory, comprehension of the course material and the skills needed to work with the course material and indicates the student has met basic requirements for completing assigned work and participating in class activities.

D: Earned by student work that is unsatisfactory but that indicates some minimal command of the course materials and some minimal participation in class activities that is worthy of course credit.

F: Earned by student work that is unsatisfactory and unworthy of course credit.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

STUDENT HANDBOOK

CLASS CONDUCT

Attending a college or university to obtain an academic degree is the same type of professional experience that you would encounter in a successful business or Fortune 500 company. Success in college is identical to success in a business. The same expectations that are required of employees in a successful business or work environment are required in a successful college course. BE PREPARED! There is little difference between working at a job and attending classes in college. Employers generally do not pay employees to be inattentive, to sleep and/or to doze during work. The same rules apply in this class, other classes at TCC or classes at any other college or university. If a student cannot stay awake and attentive during class, they should withdraw from the class until their physical and mental ability to be attentive has dramatically improved. The professor will ask any student that cannot be attentive and awake in class or that is disrespectful and disruptive to leave. In addition to interrupting the professor’s lecture or class-room assignments, it is distracting to fellow students.

Open and mutually respectful communication of varied opinions, beliefs, and perspectives during classroom or online discussion encourages the free exchange of ideas that is essential to higher learning and to the ability to learn from each other. Students should present themselves in class in a manner that supports and encourages a strong academic learning environment. Use of any electronic device is at the discretion of the instructor.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY:

It is advised that should an unforeseeable problem (that could interfere with class performance) occur; notify the professor so that alternate arrangements may be made. The material accompanying the text and handouts should be treated as mandatory reading and will be included in the class discussion and exams. Students are, therefore, responsible for all assigned text reading, as well as all of the information that is discussed or otherwise included in class. Students are to be aware of all assignment, presentation, and exam dates that are listed in the accompanying calendar without reminder from the professor. Students are expected to be prepared (completed assigned readings) to discuss pertinent topics each class session as scheduled. Those who attend class unprepared should expect their grades to be negatively affected as a result. All assignments are to be turned in at the beginning of class on the date due unless otherwise instructed. Any assignment handed in late on the date due will receive no credit. There are no exceptions. Again, this means sickness, no printer cartridge, computer error, illness, funerals, flat tire, no parking place etc.

VETERANS AND MILITARY

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES

TIME COMMITMENT:

Academic Strategies is a three credit hour course. Studies indicate that, on average, for every one hour of course credit, students should expect to spend two hours of outside time on course work per week i.e., reading, homework, discussion, studying etc. For this course, that means a minimum of six hours of outside time per week. Some may spend more, depending on their level of expertise.

CELL PHONES/TEXTING: If a student has an emergency that requires the use of a cell phone, he/she must inform the professor before class begins. Unless directed to do so in a class activity, please do not handle or use your cell phone in class.  Please be a responsible and respectful student in this course. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

There may be announcements about procedures or assignments made in this class or posted on the TCC Course website or through TCC email.

TCC ALERTS

Please register to receive TCC Emergency Alerts on all of your mechanical devices on the MY TCC web page.

COURSE COMMUNICATION:

EMAIL: All TCC students receive a designated TCC email address (ex: jane.doe@tulsacc.edu). All communications to you about TCC and course assignments will be sent to your TCC email address; and you must use TCC email to send email to, and receive email from, the instructor regarding this course.

Sometimes it is necessary for a professor to cancel class due to a personal emergency or illness. In rare the rare instance class is canceled by the professor, an Announcement will be posted on the course website and an email will be sent to all students through Blackboard notifying each person of the cancelled class, and a Class Cancellation form will be posted on the classroom door. In most instances, you will be given an assignment the can be completed, submitted, or both through Blackboard in place of that day’s class meeting.

INCLEMENT WEATHER & CLASS CANCELLATION

If extreme weather conditions or emergency situations arise, TCC gives cancellation notices to radio and television stations. This information is also posted on the TCC website (www.tulsacc.edu) and sent via TCC Emergency Alerts. Register to receive TCC Alerts from the MyTCC home page (https://tcc.bbcportal.com/ ). When severe winter weather occurs in the Tulsa area, you may assume that TCC will be open for classes unless it is announced otherwise on television and radio stations. TCC does not automatically close if Tulsa Public Schools close. If this class is cancelled an email will be sent to each student an hour before the class is scheduled to meet. It is always a good idea to check your email before coming to class for various announcements. Please note; if class is being held as scheduled students are responsible for any assignments that are due. There will not be an opportunity to make up missed assignments. Assignments may be emailed to the professor as long as it is received before the time class begins. 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

TOBACCO FREE COLLEGE:

Tulsa Community College is a Tobacco Free college in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 2012-01 and Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1-1523 which prohibits smoking or the use of any tobacco products in all public places, in any indoor workplace, and all vehicles owned by the State of Oklahoma and all of its agencies and instrumentalities. This Order includes property leased, rented, or owned by TCC including, but not limited to, all grounds, buildings, facilities, and parking lots. Tulsa Community College’s policy includes a tobacco free environment on all campus and off-campus locations conducting TCC credit or non-credit classes. The TCC Campus Police is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Tobacco-Free Environment Policy. Violations of the policy may be addressed through issuance of campus or state citations.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY - PLAGARISM:

Academic dishonesty (cheating) is defined as the deception of others about one’s own work or about the work of another. Academic dishonesty or misconduct is not condoned or tolerated at campuses within the Tulsa Community College system. Tulsa Community College adopts a policy delegating certain forms of authority for disciplinary action to the faculty. Such disciplinary actions delegated to the faculty include, but are not limited to, the dismissal of disrespectful or disorderly students from classes. In the case of academic dishonesty a faculty member may:

    • Require the student to redo an assignment or test, or require the student to complete a substitute assignment or test;

    • Record a "zero" for the assignment or test in question;

    • Recommend to the student that the student withdraw from the class, or administratively withdraw the student from the class;

    • Record a grade of "F" for the student at the end of the semester.

Faculty may request that disciplinary action be taken against a student at the administrative level by submitting such a request to the Dean of Student Services.

Course Drop or Withdrawal: A student who has been found responsible for academic dishonesty in a course may not drop or withdraw from the course without faculty approval. If the student processes a drop or withdrawal from the course, the action will be reversed and the appropriate grade will be recorded on the student's transcript.

INSTITUTIONAL STATEMENT:

Each student is responsible for being aware of the information contained in the TCC Catalog, the TCC Student Policies & Resources Handbook, and semester information listed in the class schedule. All information may be viewed on the TCC website: www.tulsacc.edu

TCC MISSION STATEMENT & VISION

GENERAL EDUCATION GOAL STATEMENT

General Education Goals are designed to ensure that graduates of colleges and universities including Tulsa Community College have the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to carry them successfully through their work and their personal lives. General Education Goals to be measured in this course include Critical Thinking; Effective Communication; Engaged Learning; and Technological Proficiency.

ON-TIME ENROLLMENT

TCC is now requiring students to enroll "ON-TIME." That is, there will be no more "late enrollment" enrollment allowed. Once a class has begun, students will not be able to enroll in it. Consequently, it is best to enroll as early as possible each semester to ensure that you will have the greatest selection of possible classes open for enrollment. Many classes are limited to an enrollment of twenty students. Some classes reach full enrollment very quickly.

WITHDRAWAL

If you determine that you will not be completing the course, it is your responsibility to officially withdraw from the course through ENROLLMENT SERVICES. After the withdrawal deadline, November 11, you will receive the grade earned based on your work for the semester. Failure to follow this procedure may result in the student receiving a regular grade of "F" at the end of the semester.

Students begin the process of withdrawal with a discussion with the faculty member. Withdrawal after the drop/add period can alter the financial aid award for the current and future semesters. Students may receive an outstanding bill from TCC if the recalculation leaves a balance due to TCC. Students who stop participating in the course and fail to withdraw may experience financial aid consequences.

DISABILITY RESOURCES: It is the policy and practice of Tulsa Community College to create inclusive learning environments. Accommodations for qualifying students in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act are available. To request accommodations, contact the Education Access Center (EAC) at eac@tulsacc.edu or call 918-595-7115 (Voice). Deaf and hard of hearing students may text 918-809-1864.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

If there are concerns or questions about the Academic Strategies class, or need assistance or special accommodations in class, please contact your professor either before or after class or by email at john.lamberton@tulsacc.edu.

INSTITUTIONAL STATEMENT

Each student is responsible for being aware of the policies and the information contained in the TCC Catalog, TCC Student Handbook, TCC Student Code of Conduct Policy Handbook, and semester information listed in the Class Schedule.

COMPUTER SERVICES

Access to computing resources is a privilege granted to all TCC faculty, staff, and students. Use of TCC computing resources is limited to purposes related to the College’s mission of education, research, and community service. Student use of technology is governed by the Computer Services Acceptable Use Statements/Standards found in the TCC Student Code of Conduct Policy Handbook. These handbooks may be obtained by contacting any Student Activities or Dean of Student Services office.

LIBRARY & LIBRARY SERVICES

The Library is located Room 7200 at the Southeast Campus. Telephone: 918.595.7701. The Library can also be accessed online at http://library.tulsacc.edu/home.

READING AND WRITING CENTER

Students may find help with reading, writing, and study skills by visiting the Reading and Writing Center It is usually preferable to call for an appointment. This is an excellent service that is offered to the students free of charge. We highly recommend students to take advantage of the exceptional staff and their services in order to meet the many demands necessary to succeed in college classes.

CAMPUS POLICE

For the services of Campus Police, call 918-595-8888, from a College Phone, dial 8888, or dial 911 from any landline or cell phone. Please visit Campus Safety for more information.

CAREER SERVICES

Whether students seek advice on choosing a major, exploring career paths, connecting with employers or finding a part-time job opportunity, the TCC Career Exploration program is the place to turn. Current students can access our career planning services at no cost.

SUCCESS IN THIS CLASS:

It is the professor’s opinion based upon years of teaching experience that a student’s level or degree of achievement in this class, in college and in life is directly correlated with motivation, attitude and perspective. Whether it is simply your score or grade in this class or whether you actually want to learn how Academic Strategies can help you succeed in college or in a professional occupation; students must develop a positive passion for their daily actions every day. When "traditional" students enroll in a college or university, their educational experience may have been an experience in which they were "pushed" by their parents, their teachers, or other significant people in their life in order to be successful. However in college, the quality and success of a student’s educational experience is up to them through their personal choices. College is like an academic buffeteria in which students have the option of taking part of an exciting and diverse course curriculum or choosing to participate very little or none at all. It’s all up to each student. The principles taught in this class will help all students make more successful choices if they choose to learn those Strategies.