Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: EDUC-1300- Section: 4D
Learning Framework
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Instructor Information
Instructor Laurie Marcantel
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 231
Hours:Office Hours: MWF 8:00 a.m. - 11:40 p.m. and 12:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. TR 8:00 a.m. - 11:40 p.m. and 12:55 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Chair:Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description Study of the 1) research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition and motivation; 2) factors that impact learning; and 3) application of learning strategies. Students use assessment instruments (learning inventories) to identify their strengths and weaknesses as learners. Develops skills and techniques necessary for success in college including memory development, note-taking, test preparation, study skills and time management. Assists the student in making adequate social and personal adjustments to college life, developing educational and career goals, and becoming familiar with institutional curricula and policies. Includes techniques for time management, note taking, and preparing for exams. Stresses the importance of creativity, health, relationships and the effective use of resources in achieving college success. All students who have passed fewer than 60 semester hours and finished the immediate two long semesters on scholastic probation are required to enroll in and pass the course. Recommended for all students desiring to improve their opportunities for success in college. A passing grade must be earned to meet the institutional requirement. May count for elective credit in selected degree and certificate programs. Students who fail a developmental course must take either EDUC 1300 or PSYC 1300.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret assigned reading materials and written instructions from both the textbook and instructor measured by pretest, posttest, written class exercises, and essay rubric. (PSLO ALPHA, PLSO 1, PSLO 2)
2. Demonstrate the ability to produce clear, correct, and coherent prose, adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience measured by pretest, posttest, written class exercises, and essay rubric. (PSLO ALPHA, PSLO 1, PSLO 2, PSLO 5)
3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience measured by class exercises and rubric. (PSLO 2)
4. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret forms of spoken language measured by pretest, posttest, class exercises, and essay rubric. (PSLO 1, PSLO 2)
5. Identify and demonstrate the ability to apply standards and elements of critical thinking measured by pretest, posttest, and class exercises. (PSLO Alpha, PSLO 1, PSLO 2, PSLO 5)
6. Demonstrate the ability to use computer-based technology in communicating, solving problems, and acquiring information measured by class exercises and essay rubric. (PSLO 2)
7. Demonstrate awareness of cultural differences and similarities measured by class exercises. (PSLO 2, PSLO 5)
8. Demonstrate the ability to identify, use, and apply mathematical and scientific principles measured by pretest, posttest, and class exercises. (PSLO 3)
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading Skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills - Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills - Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
PSLO 3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills - Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Textbooks Keys to Effective Learning, 7th edition. Carol Carter and Sarah Kravits, Pearson.
Other materials needed: 1 three-ring notebook, notebook paper, and pens.
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Course Introduction, syllabus review, pre-course essay, pre-course assessment, syllabus quiz
Chapter 1 Habits for Success
Week 2: Chapter 1 Habits for Success
Week 3: Chapter 2 Learning Styles
Week 4: Chapter 3 Time and Money
Week 5: Chapter 4 Setting and Researching Goals
Week 6: Chapter 5 Critical and Creative Thinking Skills
Week 7: Chapter 6 Memory
Week 8: Chapter 7 Reading and Studying
Week 9: Chapter 8 Reading Across the Disciplines
Week 10: Chapter 9 Active Listening and Note Taking
Week 11: Chapter 10 Test Taking I
Week 12: Chapter 11 Test Taking II
Week 13: Critical Thinking Essay/Poster
Week 14: Critical Thinking Essay/Poster
Week 15: Chapter 12 Moving Toward Success
Week 16: Final Exam
Major Assignments
Week 1
Tuesday, 8/28
Syllabus Review
Thursday, 8/30
Chapter 1 Getting Started: Habits for Success in College, Career, and Life
Syllabus Quiz

Week 2
Wednesday, 9/5
Take Action, Building Skill, Critical Thinking Assignments Due
Friday, 9/7
Chapter 1 Essay Worksheet Due

Week 3
Tuesday, 9/11
Chapter 2 Learning Preferences: Building and Using Self-Knowledge
Thursday, 9/13
Take Action, Building Skills, Critical Thinking Assignments Due
Chapter 2 Essay Worksheet Due

Week 4
Monday, 9/17
Chapter 3 Time and Money: Managing Important Resources
Friday, 9/21
Take actions, Building Skills, Critical Thinking Assignments Due
Chapter 3 Essay Worksheet Due

Week 5
Tuesday, 9/25
Chapter 4 Setting and Reaching Goals: Using Values, Stress Management, and Teamwork
Thursday, 9/27
Take Action, Building Skills, Critical Thinking Assignments Due
Chapter 4 Essay Worksheet Due

Week 6
Monday, 10/1
EXAM 1 (Chapters 1-4)
Wednesday, 10/3
Chapter 5 Critical and Creative Thinking: Solving Problems and Making Decisions
Friday, 10/5
Take Action, Building Skills, Critical Thinking Assignments Due
Chapter 5 Essay Worksheet Due

Week 7
Tuesday, 10/9
Chapter 6 Active Reading: Learning from Print and Online Materials
Thursday, 10/11
Take Action, Building Skills, Critical Thinking Assignments Due
Chapter 6 Essay Worksheet Due

Week 8
Monday, 10/15
Chapter 7 Reading and Information Literacy: Targeted and Critical Strategies
Friday, 10/19
Take Action, Building Skills, Critical Thinking Assignments Due
Chapter 7 Essay Worksheet Due

Week 9
Tuesday, 10/23
Chapter 8 Listening and Note Taking: Taking in and Recording Information
Thursday, 10/25
Take Action, Building Skills, Critical Thinking Assignments Due
Chapter 8 Essay Worksheet Due

Week 10
Monday, 10/29
EXAM 2 (Chapters 5-8)
Wednesday, 10/31
Chapter 9 Memory and Studying: Retaining What you Learn
Friday, 11/2
Take Action, Building Skills, Critical Thinking Assignments Due
Chapter 9 Essay Worksheet Due

Week 11
Tuesday, 11/6
Chapter 10 Test Taking I: Test Preparations and Objective Tests
Thursday, 11/8
Take Action, Building Skills, Critical Thinking Assignments Due
Chapter 10 Essay Worksheet Due

Week 12
Monday, 11/12
Chapter 11 Test Taking II: Essay Tests and Graded Projects
Friday, 11/16
Take Action, Building Skills, Critical Thinking Assignments Due
Chapter 11 Essay Worksheet Due

Week 13
Tuesday, 11/20
EXAM 3 (Chapters 9-11)
Thursday, 11/22
Critical Thinking Essay/Poster

Week 14
Monday, 11/26
Critical Thinking Essay/Poster
Friday, 11/30
Critical Thinking Essay/Poster Due

Week 15
Tuesday, 12/4
Chapter 12 Moving Toward Success: Putting Habits Into Action
Thursday, 12/6
Exercises on pages 299-309 are Due
Review for Final Exam

Week 16
Tuesday, 12/11
Final Exam Date December 11, 2018 - 11:35 AM   Through  December 13, 2018 - 12:35 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
The final grade will be from the following:
Average of all Assignments = 10%
Critical Thinking Essay/Project = 15%
Average of Chapter Exams = 60%
Final Exam = 15%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies * I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.
* Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.
* Turn your cell phones to silence/vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students with more than 4 unexcused absences from the course will receive a grade of "F," regardless of the student's performance in class to that time. Excused absences include hospitalization of you or an immediate family member, participation in an early college event, or a religious holy day. Prior notification to me for pending absences due to early college events or religious holy days is required. Documentation of hospitalization is required. LATE WORK IS UNACCEPTABLE.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other Assignments

You will be required to complete chapter assignments that will include Take Action, Building Skills, and Critical Thinking exercises located in your textbook. These textbook assignments will be turned in at the beginning of the class date they are due. In addition to these exercises, I will provide you with assignments from outside resources that you will be required to complete. You must complete your assignments from outside resources and submit these to me at the end of that class.

Essay Worksheet

The essay worksheet must be completed at the end of each chapter. You will use that worksheet to detail your thought on how you will apply the techniques and course concepts. Select the study skill presented in the chapter and answer the questions, Why, What, How, and What If. These worksheets must be submitted to me after the chapter is covered.

Critical Thinking Essay

As a major course project, you will be required to write a Critical Thinking Essay. The essay should include a summary of course techniques that you found to be most beneficial to you by using the Essay Worksheet question format, Why, What, How, and What If. The worksheets are tools you should use to build the foundation for writing your Critical Thinking Essay. Your essay should describe how you apply or plan to apply the strategies to your academic, workplace, or personal environment.

Your essay should include:

1. Introductory paragraph - this paragraph should be a short list of least three skills you found most helpful. Example: I learned many helpful things in Learning Framework, but the three skills that were most helpful to me were Time Management, Reading, and Note Taking.

The next four paragraphs should be supporting paragraphs that will focus on the following questions:

2. Question Why - this paragraph will answer why you feel these three skills are important to you. Discuss past problems (issues) you have encountered with each of these three skills and any questions you asked yourself as you addressed the three skills.

3. Question What - this paragraph will describe what important facts you learned about the three skills. You should use the three concepts you listed on previous Essay Worksheets to answer the What question. This question may require several sentences to detail in length the three concepts with examples and personal references.

4. Question How - this paragraph will list specific examples of how you plan to use what you have learned about each of your three skills. This paragraph should be very personal and specifically detail how you will use or plan to use the techniques.

5. Question What If - this paragraph will show how you will apply the three skills outside of the classroom. Discuss specific ways you plan to do things differently now because of what you learned about each of the three skills.

6. The Conclusion paragraph will summarize all five paragraphs and neatly tie together all the ways you use of plan to use what you have learned in Learning Framework.

The last paragraph will be the conclusion that will tie all your thoughts together showing how a combination of these skills impact or will impact your life. Be sure to tie the contents of this paragraph to the three skills in the introductory paragraph.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.