Developmental Communications 36B SPRING 2016
FINAL EXAM: TUESDAY, MAY 31, 10AM to 12PM
Course Information and Requirements
Instructor: Marie Zaiens Office Hours: TTh 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm or call/email me
Phone: (818) 364-7757 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: INST #23
Section: 0266 TTh 8:55 am - 10:20 am Room CAI-227
WELCOME TO OUR CLASS! First, let's review information about our objectives, what you will learn by the end of this class (SLOs), our textbook, homework, and policies. Then we'll discuss what your goals are for this semester and how I can help you achieve those goals. If you are a student who wants to succeed in college, you are in the right place. My primary objective is to support your success by sharing techniques and tools that will help you to succeed. Your objective is to learn those techniques and practice using the tools. Let's begin on the road to success.
Course Description and Objectives: Comprehensive course in advanced study skills, note-taking, and efficient study techniques. Transition from every-day reading skills to college reading skills.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs): Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to
- Use strategies to develop college vocabulary skills
- Identify main ideas and supporting details in a variety of materials
- Make critical evaluations and draw conclusions when analyzing persuasive writing
- Use strategies for effective study, review, and test preparation
- Know how to find information in the library and on the Internet for academic purposes
I. Required Text: College Reading & Study Skills, Eleventh (11th) Edition, by Kathleen T. McWhorter (purchasing options here!
Recommended: Up-to-date collegiate dictionary
II. Homework Assignments
A. Read all materials and do all exercises as assigned
B. Complete the weekly assignments on our 36B Resources page
C. One hour per week working independently on reading lab assignments
III. Attendance and Participation
I am deeply impressed by the caliber and dedication of LAMC students, and I want to see you succeed in your academic and personal lives. We are in this together. Our classroom is a community, and we are all responsible for the health and success of this community. This means that you are responsible not only to the me, but to yourself and your fellow students as well. We do not learn in isolation. Others are depending on your questions, insights, and ideas to make this class a genuine learning experience. You should prepare for the class by completing the assigned homework, by thinking critically, and by sharing your ideas. Every semester, in every class, I learn something new from my students. This semester, I am confident that I will learn from you and you will learn from each other. I am excited about spending this semester working to expand our worlds, improve our skills, and share our experiences.
Participation also includes attendance. You may be dropped after three unexcused absences; it is your responsibility to call me if you cannot attend class. You are responsible for everything that occurred in class during your absence. It is up to you to contact a classmate or me for missed material. Please avoid arriving at class late, leaving early, and walking outside during class; these are unacceptable behaviors that distract other students. If you have extenuating personal circumstances that prevent you from fully completing assignments and participating in class, please let me know.
A. In-class participation, attendance, and completion of homework assignments will be considered during grading.
B. There will be a follow-up quiz for each chapter we cover.
- All quizzes will be given at the beginning of class
- There will be no make-ups given for quizzes
C. Four major projects:
- There will be a midterm covering the material presented during the first half of the semester
- a final covering the material presented during the second half of the semester.
- In addition, a research project will be assigned during the last weeks of the semester.
- Weekly Newspaper and/or New Yorker Assignments
Any student who does not complete any one of these three major projects will not pass the course. To pass this course, you must achieve at least 70 percent of the possible points listed below.
Reading Plus—39 points (3 pts/session) Quizzes--10 points each
Midterm--200 points Research Project--50 points
Final--200 points Weekly News Project--50 pts
D. Basis of Grading: Credit/No Credit
Independent Reading Lab Assignments: You are required to log one hour per week in the Reading Plus online Lab. We will have an Introduction and an orientation to Reading Plus in the first few weeks of class.
The Learning Center:
The Learning Lab and Writing Lab, located in the Library Building, offer FREE services for all LAMC students. Please take advantage of this service. Tutors can help students with grammar, writing, research, and study skills. In order to expedite your accessing the computers and tutors available in the labs, I have referred all the students in this class to the Learning Center. You will receive an email through the student portal informing you of this referral. You are not required to use the tutors, but I suggest that you visit the labs and make use of the services, especially for the research project.
Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S), in Room 1018 of the Instructional Building at LAMC, is a support system that enables students to fully participate in the college's regular programs and activities. We provide a variety of services from academic and vocational support to assistance with Financial Aid. All services are individualized according to specific needs. They do not replace regular programs but, rather, accommodate students' special requirements. The program is dedicated to meeting the educational, occupational and personal needs of disabled individuals.
DSP&S offers a one-unit course (Learning Skills 40) for students who may have a learning disability. Students are referred to a counselor or the learing disability specialist prior to enrolling in the course. Referrals commonly come from college staff/faculty and/or from the student him or herself.