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Course Details

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Spring 2017
McCullough Hall
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Class meetings: MWF 10-10:50

Amanda Nimetz (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives



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, D2L, lecture notes, research project, team project/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 their experience, class discussions and speakers, library tour, health & wellness center tour, and a 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 & wellness, goal setting, and diversity.

Learning Outcome:  Evidenced by journal entries, goal setting, career research project/presentation, group interaction, and positive participation in class.

Course Expectations



Staley, Constance.  Focus On College Success.  4th Edition.  Boston, MA: Cengage Learning, 2015.


Thaler, Linda Kaplan & Koval, Robin.  Grit To Great.  New York:  Penguin Random House LLC, 2015



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As adults, students are expected to behave in a respectful manner.  Disrespect, an indifferent attitude, and/or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and will result in the student being dropped from the course with a grade of F AND referred to the Dean of Students Office.  In life there is a time and a place for everything and that same rule applies to the classroom.  We will have interactive classroom discussions and activities and the utmost respect must be followed at all times.



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.  A missed assignment will be eligible for makeup only if due to an officially excused absence with *proper documentation provided, and must be scheduled the day the student returns to class.  It is the student’s responsibility to stay current with class activities and assignments.  If documentation is provided as to the reason for the absence and the absence is excused in accordance with university policy, the student must request the missed work/materials the first class after they return.


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, students rights, and activities.



There will be some kind of Cell Phone use allowed in class during specific and designated times.  Other than instructed Cell Phone use all phones must be cleared from your desk during class time.  Any emergency situations should be discussed with the instructor before class.  Continued use of Cell Phones during unauthorized times may result in being asked to leave class and being marked as absent for the day.



Students should inform the instructor if they have a disability and need accommodations for this class.



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



Grading Standards



The basis for your final course grade will be the accumulation of points through assignments, tests, papers, projects, and presentations. Students must demonstrate competency in writing through journal entries and other written work, in oral communication through class presentations and participation, and computer competency through specified assignments. Grades will be assigned as follows 900-1000 (A), 800-899 (B), 700-799 (C), 600-699 (D), 599 and below (F).

Submission Format Policy 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.
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.  Students are advised to plan carefully regarding appointments and/or work schedules to avoid missing class.  Each student is allowed up to 4 absences to deal with any emergency which might occur throughout the semester.  Any student who misses more than 4 classes will have their letter grade dropped by one letter at the end of the semester no matter how many points the students has earned.  Students that arrive late to class will be marked as tardy and 3 tardies will be counted as 1 absence.  A student that arrives to class 20 or more minutes late to class will be counted as absent.


Some assignments are experiential in nature and are only completed in class.  If a student is absent from class on a day when one of these assignments are completed in class, they will automatically forfeit any points which might have been earned for the assignment.  Personal emergencies that arise will be dealt with on an individual basis.  Emergencies that result in a student missing multiple classes should be reported to the instructor and the Dean of Students Office.

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