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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Strategies for College Success
Course: CPD150

First Term: 2017 Spring
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Focus on increasing student success through college orientation and personal growth, study skills development, and educational and career planning.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Identify and describe campus support services. (I)
2. Identify and apply time-management strategies. (II)
3. Identify and apply goal-setting strategies. (III)
4. Identify preferred learning strategies and describe the relationship to teaching and learning. (IV)
5. Identify and utilize interpersonal communication skills. (V)
6. Identify and utilize strategies to organize study materials. (VI)
7. Identify and utilize note-taking strategies. (VII)
8. Identify and utilize course materials and reading strategies. (VIII)
9. Identify and utilize test-taking strategies. (IX)
10. Identify and utilize strategies to improve memory. (X)
11. Identify and utilize strategies for critical and creative thinking. (XI)
12. Describe the process of educational and career planning. (XII)
13. Describe current occupational trends and outlooks. (XIII)
14. Utilize career planning resources. (XIV)
15. Develop an educational plan. (XV)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Campus support services
   A. Identify student services
   B. Identify academic support services
   C. Connect with students, faculty and staff
   D. Navigate college and classroom policies and expectations

II. Time management
   A. Analyze present use of time
   B. Prioritize
   C. Schedule
   D. Organize

III. Goal setting
   A. Identify motivators
   B. Compare growth to fixed mindset
   C. Clarify values
   D. Design short and long-term goals

IV. Learning strategies
   A. Assess learning strategies and preferences
   B. Identify teaching strategies that complement learning strategies

V. Interpersonal communication
   A. Verbal and non-verbal
   B. Active listening
   C. Assertive communication
   D. Cultural influences in communication

VI. Materials organization
   A. Course syllabi and outline
   B. Assignments
   C. Learning management system

VII. Note-taking
   A. Outlining
   B. Mind mapping
   C. Cornell note-taking
   D. Additional note-taking techniques

VIII. Reading
   A. Text/course materials reading techniques
   B. Information literacy

IX. Test-taking
   A. Study environment
   B. Test preparation
   C. Test formats
   D. Test anxiety

X. Memory
   A. Short and long term memorization techniques
   B. Repetition
   C. Association
   D. Mnemonics
   E. Additional memorization strategies

XI. Critical and creative thinking
   A. Critical and creative thinking skills
   B. Analyzing data
   C. Solving problems

XII. Educational and career planning process
   A. Engage in self-assessment process
   B. Identify, research and evaluate career options
   C. Develop decision-making techniques

XIII. Workplace trends and occupational outlook
   A. Changes in the workplace
   B. Growth-oriented industries
   C. Occupational outlook for specific job titles

XIV. Career planning resources
   A. Online resources
   B. Campus resources
   C. Informational interviewing/networking

XV. Educational planning
   A. General education requirements
   B. Degree programs and requirements
   C. University transfer guidelines
   D. Create an educational plan

MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: December 13, 2016

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.