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Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2014
McCullough Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

104 - MW 9:30-10:50

109 - MW 11:00-12:20

112 - TR 9:30-10:50

L10 - TR 11:00-11:20

Pamela Moss (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives




The purpose of this course is to help new students make the transition to a college environment, focusing on the cognitive, behavioral, and experiential dimensions of learning.  There is an emphasis on study skills as well as written and oral communication.  There will be a common read and webCT/Blackboard component, as well as a career exploration project.  Attendance will be required at the Majors Fair, selected activities, and every class.



1.    Students will increase their academic knowledge in the following areas: note-taking, test taking, studying, reading, research, critical thinking, learning strategies, time management, academic advising/planning, communication skills, and intellectual discourse.


Learning outcome:                              Evidenced by participation in class exercises and assignments including a time management study, implementation of a daily planner, Web CT, lecture notes, research projects, team projects/presentations, and a final exam.


2.    Students will increase their university knowledge in the following areas: traditions, campus resources and facilities, Moffett Library, MSU policies, procedures, and regulations, and cultural experiences.


Learning outcome:                              Evidenced by attendance of campus events/activities and reporting on their experience, class discussions and speakers, library tour, wellness center tour, and visit to the Career Management office.


3.    Students will increase their skills for living in the following areas: transition into college, relationships, values awareness, health and wellness, goal setting, and diversity.


Learning outcome:                              Evidenced by journal entries, Majors Fair attendance/assignment, personal and financial goal setting, career research project/ presentation, group interaction, and positive in class.



Course Expectations


Gardner, J.N., & B.O. Barefoot.  Your College Experience: Strategies for Success.  11th Edition. Boston: Bedford-St. Martin’s, 2014.


Loeb, Paul Roget. The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times. New York: Basic Books, 2014.


Planner (May be picked up at Clark Student Center information desk free of charge.)

Binder (3 ring) & Paper

Five (5) tab dividers

Textbook and Common Read



Grading Standards

The basis for the final grade will be the average of assignments, projects, tests, participation, class attendance, and in class experiential learning activities.  In other words, everything a student does in and for class counts.  Students must demonstrate:  competency in writing through writing assignments and other written work; competency in oral communication through class presentations, and participation; and computer competency through specified assignments.  Grades will be as follows (A) 900-1000, (B) 800-899, (C) 700-799, (D) 600-699), and (F) 599 and below. 

Submission Format Policy

All work will be submitted to the instructor by the student during class on the date it is due, with the exception of D2L assignments which will be submitted on D2L only.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

All assigned work will be due at the beginning of class on the dates specified. 

No late work will be accepted unless specific arrangements have been made with the instructor in advance.

It is the student’s responsibility to stay current with class activities and assignments.  Students must request any missed work/materials the first class they return after an absence.


Students are expected to adhere to the Standards of Conduct as published in the Student Handbook.  Students should refer to the current MSU student handbook and activities calendar for University policies and student Honor Creed on academic dishonesty, class attendance, student’s rights, and activities.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection 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 Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

* Attendance is mandatory.  Students are required to attend all class meetings and attendance is documented at the beginning of each class period. Attendance and class participation are deemed essential and are part of the course grade.  Some assignments are experiential in nature and are only completed in class; therefore if they miss the class they forfeit the grade.

* Students are advised to plan carefully regarding appointments and/or work schedules to avoid missing class or arriving late.  Arrivals after attendance has been taken are counted as an absence and it is the student’s responsibility to speak with the instructor immediately following class to discuss their tardiness.

* Each student is allowed up to 3 absences to deal with any emergencies which might occur throughout the semester.  Any student who misses class 3 times is required to schedule an appointment with me to discuss their absences and potential drop.  In accordance with university policy, a student with excessive absences may be dropped from class with a grade of F. Students are required to keep track of their own attendance and are responsible for knowing the number of absences they have incurred. Emergencies that result in a student missing multiple classes should be reported to the instructor and the Dean of Students office (940 397-7500).

* Absences due to required participation in university sponsored events will be excused if written approval by the Division/Athletic Director and Academic Affairs is presented prior to the date of the absence.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at