Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: EDUC-1300- Section: 71
Learning Framework
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Instructor Information
Instructor Amber Clark
Phone(409) 984-6330
Location:Education Annex - Room: 131
Hours:Anytime on-line (Please allow 24 hours to respond to emails)
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. 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. Construct a personal learning system informed by the research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation.

2. Identify factors that impact learning and apply techniques and strategies to achieve personal, financial, academic, and career success.

3. Use technological tools and library resources to acquire information, solve problems and communicate effectively.

4. Develop an educational and career plan based on individual assessments and exploration of options.
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.

Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
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 for class include a three ring notebook, notebook paper,and pens.
Lecture Topics
Psychology 1300 Assignment and Essay Guidelines


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 must be turned in at the beginning of
each class. In addition to these exercises, I will provide several 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 each class.

Essay Worksheet

The essay worksheet must be completed at the end of each chapter. You will use this worksheet to detail your
thoughts on how you will apply or will apply the techniques and the 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 a chapter is covered.

Critical Thinking Essay

As a final course project, you will be required to write a Critical Thinking Essay. The essay should include a
summary of course strategies and 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, work place, or personal environment.

Your essay should contain:

1. Introductory paragraph - this paragraph should be short listing at 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 paragraph will answer why you feel these three skills are important to you. Discuss past
problems (issues) you've encountered with each of these three skills and any questions you asked yourself as you addressed the three skills.

3. Question What paragraph will describe what important facts you learned about the three skills. You should use
the three concepts you listed on previous Essay Worksheet 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 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 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.
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.

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

The essay must be typed in 12 point font, double spaced, and a minimum of three pages in length
Major Assignments
Week 1: Course introduction, syllabus review, pre-course essay, pre- course assessment, syllabus quiz, Library Tour & Chapter 1 Habits for Success
Week 2: Chapter 2 Learning Styles
Week 3: Chapter 3 Time and Money
Week 4: Chapter 4 Setting and Reaching Goals
Week 5: Chapter 5 Critical and Creative Thinking
Week 6: Chapter 6 Memory
Week 7: Chapter 7 Reading and Studying
Week 8: Chapter 8 Reading Across the Disciplines
Week 9: Chapter 9 Active Listening and Note Taking
Week 10: Chapter 10 Test Taking I
Week 11: Chapter 11 Test Taking II
Week 12: College and Money
Week 13: Critical Thinking Essay
Week 14: Chapter 12 Moving Toward Success and Final Exam

Final Exam Date May 10, 2019 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 13, 2019 - 11:00 PM
Grading Scale The final grade is the average of two grades. One grade is the total of points based on assignments, essay worksheets, and quizzes. Assignments from the textbook are one point each. The College and Money Assignment is worth 50 points. Essay worksheets are one point each. Quizzes range from 10 to 30 points each. LATE WORK IS UNACCEPTABLE. The other grade is the exam average which consists of three exams, one final exam, and one essay. With the prior approval of your instructor, you may also earn extra credit for
campus events.
Determination of
Final Grade
One grade is the total of points based on assignments, essay worksheets, and quizzes.
Assignments from the textbook are one point each.
The College and Money Assignment is worth 50 points.
Essay worksheets are one point each.
Quizzes range from 10 to 30 points each.

The other grade is the exam average which consists of three exams, one final exam, and one essay.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. More than 4 unexcused absences in this online course will result in 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 a college event, or a religious holy day. Prior notification to me for pending absences due to 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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.