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Course Syllabus Since the spring semester of 2011, I have taught CEP 123: College and Career Success in the school of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Nevada State College. Course objectives are designed to help students learn how to navigate through college, understand their learning styles, use critical thinking skills, and begin to develop career knowledge. In this course, a variety of activities are implemented to help students meet these learning goals. From the first day of class, students become acquainted with Nevada State College, from its history and mission to the services offered to our students. They learn strategies for college success including stress- and time-management techniques, note-taking strategies, and study methods suited for individual learning styles. Throughout the semester, students work in groups to provide opportunities for making connections with others. The course includes training in the use of APA formatting and the selection of appropriate, reliable resources for academic research. Another important component of the course is the development of a career portfolio that includes career-related information and employment documents. The portfolio is returned to students to be used as a resource when they are ready to enter the professional workforce.

CEP 123 H02 College and Career Success Spring 2012 Instructor Contact Information

Name Email Telephone

Dr. RenĂŠe Gammill Office 702-992-2743

Instructor Office Hours Office hours will be held by appointment only. Required Textbooks

Title Student Success and Career Development

Author Carter, Bishop, and Kravits

Edition 2009

ISBN 978-0-536-19826-6

Career Trek




Textbooks can be purchased online ( through the college owned store, Nevada State Bookstore. Purchases through the campus bookstore have no additional sales tax and the revenue contributes to projects that support the Nevada State College community. Textbooks can be purchased online or at the Dawson Campus Store. Course Description

College and Career Success (CEP 123) is a two credit class that combines applicable material from both CEP 121 and CEP 122 into one semester. The purpose of this class is to be a conduit for student success at NSC; students will gain insight into the college by learning how to navigate through college, understanding their style of learning and communication, successfully using critical thinking skills, and beginning to develop career knowledge. Course Objectives

CEP 123 is designed to provide tools to improve your academic experience at Nevada State College. Upon completion of this course, the student should: 1. take responsibility for success in the college environment. 2. demonstrate proficiency in the use of Microsoft OfficeÂŽ. 3. understand and apply learning styles. 4. develop test taking and study skills.

5. use library resources, including web-based resources including as CINHAL, Ebsco, and Proques. 6. be familiar with services offered at NSC, including Upward Bound, Student Activities, Career Center, Computer Resources, Disability Accommodations, Tutorial Services, and Academic Advising. 7. develop time and stress management skills. 8. be aware of NSC history, mission/purpose, organization, policies, resources, and traditions. 9. participate in opportunities for personal development. 10. develop an appreciation for culturally diverse backgrounds. 11. understand the importance of class attendance and participation. 12. evaluate career aptitude and investigate various career options and college majors. Schedule Week

1 1/7

2 1/24

3 1/31

4 2/7


About CEP 123 (Syllabus review) Day One Questionnaire Getting to Know You Bingo Nevada State College Mission & History -The college environment -The campus community Scavanger Hunt

Managing Stress -Stress activity -Calculate stress score, p. 33 NSC Services: Student Academic Center Academic Advising Library Resources WebCampus Tour Disability Services



Assigned readings should be completed prior to coming to class on the day they are assigned.

All assignments are due at the BEGINNING of the class period on the specified due date.


Keys to Success, pp. 1-12 Review information about NSC: Student life: Mission and History: ut.asp Keys to Success, pp. 13-44

Syllabus Quiz

Keys to Success, pp. 49-66

Complete the following assessments from Keys to Success and submit results: Multiple Intelligences Survey, pp. 51-53 Learning Evaluation Evaluation and Assessment, pp. 56-57 Personality Assessment Profile, pp. 59-61. Reading Summary 1

5 2/14

Learning Styles

Keys to Success, pp. 72-104

6 2/21

Academic Success and Integrity Using APA to Cite Sources Listening, Note Taking, and Memory Analyzing the quality of webbased resources

Keys to Success, pp. 109-139

7 2/28 8 3/6

Keys to Success, pp. 141-173

Reading Summary 2

Keys to Success, pp. 175-209

Computer Skills Assignments 1, 2, and 3

9 3/20

10 3/27

11 4/3

Appreciating Diversity Meet in groups to plan presentation. (Make group assignments, exchange contact info) Resume and Cover Letter Researching Career Information (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

14 4/24

Students will meet in groups to plan presentations. Networking Preparing for and Conducting an Effective Job Search Preparing for the Interview Shining in the Interview Job Interview Skits GROUP PRESENTATIONS

15 5/1


12 4/10

13 4/17

Keys to Success, pp. 235-265

Reading Summary 3

Career Trek, pp. 51-64 Sample Resume: Keys to Success, p. 263-264 Sample Cover Letter: Keys to Success, pp. 204-205

Reflective paper: Managing Your Time and Money Wisely Meet with an advisor to plan your schedule for next semester. Group assignments: Submit members’ names and the topic selected by the group.

Career Trek, pp. 65-73; 99-108

Career Portfolio

Career Trek, pp. 109-117; 118127

NSC Assessment Program Information

NSC’s Outcomes


Course Objectives

Assessments and Key Performances

Communication Outcomes

1, 2, 3, 4

Effectively communicate orally and in written form

Group presentations Written papers

Critical Thinking Outcomes

1, 2, 3

Self-awareness Understanding facts vs opinions Evaluate personal perspective

Written papers Career and critical thinking activities Personality assessments Learning style assessments

Effective Citizenship Outcomes


Recognize cultural values Demonstrate socially responsible behavior

Diversity awareness activity

Assignments & Exams

NOTE: The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus, course materials, and assignments as necessary. If changes are made, the class will be notified.

Attendance and Participation (50%) Attendance will be taken at each class meeting. Students are expected to attend all scheduled class meetings. This course strongly emphasizes your active involvement. Therefore, a substantial portion of your grade is based on attendance and participation. Come to class prepared, get involved in discussions, and make the most of your learning experience. Each person in the class is an educational resource and can contribute important insights. A key requirement of this course is to be prepared, participate, and complete all assigned work BEFORE the due date, including reading assigned chapters and materials, participating in field experiences and submitting assignments. This course will also include a series of in-class and web-based activities. You will be graded on successful completion of all activities and assignments. The activities listed below will be included in your attendance and participation grade. All items are weighted equally. Quizzes and reading summaries: Quizzes and reading summaries will be used to make sure that you are learning and can apply the information learned in class. Throughout the course, you will be asked to demonstrate competency in meeting course objectives. Quizzes and reading summaries will be graded for grammar, spelling, punctuation and content. Reflective paper: Managing Your Time and Money Wisely Read Chapter 10 in Keys to Success, pp. 267-295. Write a 3-5 page paper in which you summarize the chapter and explain how you will apply this information in order to be successful in school and in your chosen career. The paper should be written in APA format, including a title page, abstract, headings, and reference page. The paper will be graded for graded for grammar, spelling, punctuation and content, as well as for proper APA format. Computer Skills Assessments: You will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office 速 and electronic resources. For help in completing these assessments, you may call Student Academic Services for an appointment. (702-992-2990) Computer skills assessments will be submitted electronically and in hard copy format. Additional Activities: You will be expected to complete various questionnaires and inventories designed to help you discover your academic strengths and weaknesses, learning styles, and career aptitudes. You may also be required to participate in additional in-class activities and field experiences. Group Presentation (25%) Groups will collect information about a student organization, (Information Technology Services/WebCampus, the Nevada State Student Alliance, Student Academic Center, the Career Center, Student Support Services, Financial Aid Services, The Writing Center, etc.), and present findings to the class using a class handout and PowerPoint速 presentation software. In order to collect information, each group will interview a member of the organization or visit the center being researched. Pictures and informational brochures and documents should be included as part of the presentation. The electronic presentation and class handout must be submitted in hard copy format at the beginning of class on the date the

presentation is made. Your group will be expected to prepare a handout which summarizes the content of the presentation and provide enough copies for each member of the class. Career Portfolio (25%) The career portfolio should be organized in hard copy format in a report cover to research related to three possible careers, including education requirements, working conditions, and salary. You may use the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( as a resource for career information. You will also record your observations about each potential career choice, and then select one career in which you are interested. After choosing the career, you will use Internet resources to locate a job in the field and then prepare a cover letter and resume to be used to apply for the job. The ad, the cover letter, and the resume will be included in the portfolio. After registration for next semester opens, you will be expected to meet with your advisor to plan next semester’s schedule. In the portfolio, you will include a copy of your schedule, along with a one-page essay explaining the reasons for the classes you selected and how you will use skills from these classes to be successful in your chosen career. The portfolio must include a title page in APA format, a table of contents, and dividers with labeled tabs. Submitting Assignments and Late Work

All papers, assignments, and quizzes are to be submitted in hard copy format and are due at the beginning of class on the date listed in the syllabus or as indicated by the instructor; all times are given in Pacific Time. Please review the schedule carefully and mark due dates on your calendar. DO NOT wait until the last minute to complete assignments. All assignments must include a cover page in APA style. ( Late assignments will be accepted up to one week after the due date and are subject to a 10-point penalty. Grading Criteria

Letter A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D DF

Point Range 94-100 90-93 87-89 83-86 80-82 77-79 73-76 70-72 67-69 63-66 60-62 0-59

Students with Disabilities

Resource Center for Students with Disabilities (RCSD) 5/28/09

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates accessibility in all facets of the learning environment. The Resource Center for Students with Disabilities (RCSD) on the Nevada State College campus coordinates support services and reasonable accommodations for students qualifying as disabled under the ADA guidelines. These services are free of charge. Any student who believes s/he may need an accommodation, based on the impact of a documented disability, should contact the RCSD to speak privately with a representative about specific needs. To make an appointment, please contact the RCSD office at 702-992-2180 voice, 702-992-2098 TDD or by email at Plagiarism and Cheating

Plagiarism involves directly quoting, summarizing, or paraphrasing the work of others without specific indication of sources, or handing in work that is not the student's own. Cheating is the unauthorized giving or receiving of information in examinations or other exercises. All assignments, quizzes, and exams, for both in-person and online classes, are to be completed by each student individually, unless otherwise documented by the instructor. The use of books, notes, mobile devices, or other reference materials and/or collaboration with other students is strictly prohibited on all quizzes and exams unless specific permissions have been given by the professor. Deviation from this rule is considered cheating. The grade of "0" or "F" will be given for any assignment, quiz, or exam in which plagiarism or cheating is discovered. This grade will seriously affect the final grade in the course. Evidence of such dishonesty will be kept on file, and will not be returned to the student. Instructors have the responsibility to report such incidents to the Dean. Serious penalties may be imposed, depending on the nature of the incident. For comprehensive instructions, students may refer to the following printed references: APA Publication Manual: The Little, Brown Compact Handbook Both of these printed preferences are available in the Nevada State Bookstore located in the Dawson Building.

Tolerance and Civility Commitment

Each member of the Nevada State College community is responsible for fostering an atmosphere imbued with dignity, respect, tolerance, appreciation of diversity and positive regard for all members of our collegiate community. A fundamental tenet of the college’s mission is to nurture a community atmosphere free from racism, religious intolerance, sexism, ageism, homophobia, harassment, discrimination against those with disabling conditions, or discrimination based upon an individual’s political views or beliefs. Within this context, all members of the college community are accountable for their own behavior and actions. The college will not tolerate behavior that violates or infringes upon the civil and statutory rights of any individual or group. As members of our Nevada State College community, each of us can feel free to express ourselves in ways that promote openness within a diverse society. Video- or Audio-recording of Lectures

Covert Surveillance of Faculty Lectures 1/10/11

Students must seek expressed permission from the faculty or any guest lecturer before recording any lecture using either video or audio recording devices. Students under RCSD accommodation are covered by the nature of their accommodation letters. This notice aligns with Board of Regents policy (Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 21) states: The use of covert video surveillance for anything other than a criminal investigation on campuses of the Nevada System of Higher Education is prohibited. If, in a criminal investigation, such video surveillance is used, it must be approved by the President or the President’s designee. This policy shall not interfere with the legitimate use of videotaping for academic purposes. Online Etiquette

In accordance with the Tolerance and Civility Commitment policy, all students should also follow proper etiquette when communicating in an online environment. Often referred to as “netiquette,” an outline of these universal practices can be found at: E-Alert

Centralized Academic Advising Center 1/1/12

Nevada State College (NSC) is committed to the early identification and support of students who are at risk of not passing or completing a course/degree requirement at Nevada State College. EAlert is one of NSC’s retention tools designed to provide students with resources to aid them in the successful completion of their academic endeavors. The College’s approach to identifying and supporting students at academic risk will be respectful of privacy and in line with FERPA regulations. Identification will be based on course performance. Faculty may report students to the system at any time for issues in any of the

following areas: not keeping pace with the progression of the course; not completing mandated units of study, field/clinical work or practicum; failure to pass units of study or assessments; not attending lecture, clinical work, or assessment components; not participating in online course studies, discussions, or assessments. The Centralized Academic Advising Center (CAAC) will manage the campus E-Alert system and advisors will confidentially contact students submitted to the E-Alert system within 1 business day of an alert in order to provide academic support, strategies, and resources. Withdrawal from Course

NSC does NOT assign an automatic "W" or "Withdrawal" grade if you stop coming to class or handing in assignments. You will receive an "F" to connote you failed the course. It is your responsibility to officially drop or withdraw from the course by the posted deadlines. A copy of the campus academic calendar can be found at: Important Registrar’s Office Dates for Winter (January Term) 2012 are: Date Monday, January 16th Tuesday, January 17th Tuesday – Friday, January 17th – 20th

Monday, January 23rd

Saturday, February 25th Saturday, March 10th Sunday – Saturday, March 11th – 17th Saturday, May 5th

Item Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observed – Campus Closed Spring Semester Begins Nightly Purge: Students who have not paid for classes or made payment arrangements will be administratively dropped from classes; contact the Office of the Registrar to be reinstated into classes. Last day to Add/Drop individual classes for full Fall session Last day to receive 100% refund Last day to change grading option Last day to Receive 50% Refund for Withdrawing Completely from the College Last Day to Withdraw from Individual Classes with a “W” grade and No Refund Spring Break Last Class Day

For more information regarding drops and withdrawals, please see the Nevada State College academic catalog.

Student Signature Page CEP 123 Section ________ Spring 2012 Dr. RenĂŠe Gammill I have read, and I understand and agree to all the terms of this syllabus. Student Name: (printed) ________________________________________________ Student Signature: ______________________________ Date: __________________

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