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2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog
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SDV 108 - The College Experience

Course Department: Education and Psychology
Last Date of Approval: Spring 2021

1 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 15
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course will introduce students to the college’s expectations, environment, and resources so that they may become more competent learners.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face and virtual

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: None

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with Iowa Central Community College services, goals, and policies.
  2. Explain the purpose of higher education.
  3. Apply personal and educational success strategies to the student’s college experience.
  4. Participate within the Iowa Central community - both curricular and co-curricular.

Course Objectives:

Objective 1: Campus/college logistics and necessary skills

  1. Use student e-mail, TritonPass, Canvas, College Catalog, and internet applications such as Office 365 and courseware.
  2. Explain the necessary steps for obtaining financial aid.
  3. Define various financial aid options such as work-study, federal grants, subsidized vs. unsubsidized loans, and scholarships.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of credit requirements on the student’s path towards a degree.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to follow a personal financial budget.
  6. Identify and locate the basic office functions provided at the Academic Resource Center, Admissions, Advising Center, Bookstore, Campus Security, Distance Education, Financial Aid, Housing, International Student Advisor, Mental Health Counselor, Registrar/Student Records, School Nurse, Testing Center, and TRIO.

Objective 2: Academic support

  1. Explain the benefits of support services such as the Academic Resource Center and demonstrate familiarity with their services, including tutoring, testing, accommodations, and academic resources for writing and research.
  2. Demonstrate the value and importance of instructor office hours and appropriate communication with instructors both in and outside of class.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to conduct research using a variety of credible, academic sources.
  4. Show familiarity with resources available at TRIO.
  5. Apply strategies of stress management and time management.
  6. Utilize strategies for reading textbooks, taking notes, taking tests, and studying.

Objective 3: Advisement & Course Grading

  1. Define the repercussions for violating principles of academic integrity and scholarship, particularly those related to cheating and plagiarism.
  2. Explain the values inherent in higher education and general education, including FERPA, HIPAA, Title IX, and Intellectual Property.
  3. Recognize the benefits of class attendance and active participation.
  4. Understand the purpose and role of mandatory placement in higher education.
  5. Demonstrate how to build a class schedule and a graduation plan.
  6. Participate in goal setting exercises.
  7. Identify career options and opportunities for a variety of academic degrees and certificates.
  8. Explain the basic steps involved in transferring to another college.
  9. Demonstrate how to calculate GPA and read transcripts.

Objective 4: Personal Development

  1. Define the benefits of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.
  2. Describe how valuing diversity in culture, race, gender, orientation, and age can enhance student and personal success.
  3. Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.
  4. Identify community resources.
  5. Demonstrate awareness of campus safety and personal security issues.


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