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Skills for Success

Course Details

Course Number
MWSU 1003
Section Number
MWSU 1003
Fall 2017
McCullough Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times


101 - TR  11:00-12:20

102 - TR   2:00-3:20

Pamela Moss (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


Skills for Success is designed to provide instruction in skills and strategies essential for academic and personal success. During the semester we will practice the application of these skills and strategies through assignments, tests, and interactive, experiential learning exercises.


  • Students will increase their academic knowledge in the following areas: study skills and strategies, critical thinking, organization, and problem  solving.
  • Students will increase their intrapersonal knowledge in the following areas: academic strengths and weaknesses, and academic performance.
  • Students will increase their interpersonal knowledge in the following areas: group interaction and team building.


Course Expectations




  • Wong, Linda (2015). Essential Study Skills, 8th edition. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning. 


  • Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) 


  • 3 Ring Binder (2 inch spine or larger.)


  • 5 Tab Dividers.


  • 3 Hole Loose Leaf Note Paper


  • Folder (with pockets.)


  • Daily Planner. (You may pick one up free of charge at the CSC information desk. If you already have one of your own you are welcome to use it.)


Please Note:


  • The textbook is required for this course and will be used to augment lectures, discussions, assignments, and class exercises. Please be forewarned, this is a text and workbook with papers you will be required to tear out and submit for a grade. You need the text, not an e-book, and if you purchase a used copy it is your responsibility to ensure that all of the pages are included, especially the appendix sections. The text must be in your possession by the third class period and brought to every class meeting.


  • The LASSI is required and will be administered in class.  It is not to be completed without instructor’s supervision.


  • The listed materials are required: You will use them to create your portfolio or record of your work and progress in the class.  Make an extreme effort on this task.  This is how you will keep all class information and other assignments organized, and you will be evaluated on organization, neatness, and thoroughness.




1.  Use of electronic devices will not be allowed during class unless permission is given by instructor.

ZERO TOLERANCE. This means all electronic devices are to be turned off and out of your sight and mine.  Violation of this policy will be viewed as a conduct issue with appropriate consequences. Students are expected to adhere to the Standards of Conduct as published in the Student Handbook.


2.  All class members are expected to behave in a respectful adult manner.  Disrespect, an indifferent attitude, and/or disruptive behavior, will not be tolerated and may result in the student being dropped from the course with a grade of F and referred to the Dean of Students.


3.  All “due” assignments will be due that class period at the beginning of class unless otherwise informed. Work turned in after class is considered late. No late work will be accepted unless specific arrangements, due to extenuating circumstances, have been made with the instructor in advance. 


4.  A missed test will be eligible for makeup only with permission of instructor. Any makeup test will be scheduled for the last week of school.


5.  Substitute or extra credit work is not offered.  Doing what is required will accomplish the learning goals.


In all cases, it is the student’s responsibility to stay current with class activities and assignments.  Being absent is not an excuse for missing notes, missing writing assignments, or lack of preparation for tests.  A student must request any missed work, handouts, or materials the day they return to class. A student must provide proper documentation as to the reason for their absence and the absence must be excused in accordance with university policy. If a student misses class for an unexcused reason then it is their responsibility to obtain the missed work from a fellow student.  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.




Grading Standards

The basis for your final course grade will be the accumulation of points earned though the following assignments and assessments:

Individual Meeting **

10% of grade

100 points


30% of grade



 5% of grade

300 points

3 exams @ 100 pts.



 50 points

Individual Study Strategy Plan

Presentation and Interview

15% of grade

150 points

Group Study Project

15% of grade

150 points

Portfolio Checks

25% of grade

250 points

1 @ 125 points

1 @ 125 points






Submission Format Policy


 All assigned work will be due at the beginning of class on the dates specified and submitted to the instructor in person.. 

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 “due” assignments will be due that class period at the beginning of class unless otherwise informed. Work turned in after class is considered late. No late work will be accepted unless specific arrangements, due to extenuating circumstances, have been made with the instructor 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:  Class attendance and class participation are deemed essential and considered part of the grade. Students are required to attend all class meetings, and attendance is documented with a sign-in sheet at the beginning of each class period. Students are well advised to plan carefully regarding appointments and/or work schedules to avoid missing class.


Absences: An illness or emergency that may result in a student missing class should be promptly reported to me by phone message or email.  Each student may be allowed up to 3 absences to deal with emergencies which might occur throughout the semester.  Please guard these emergency absences carefully.  I consider more than 3 absences excessive. 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).


Other Policies



There will be absolutely NO cell phone or electronic device usage allowed in class unless specifically approved by the instructor. There will be occasions when students use their phones for class assignments and activities, however; personal usage of electronic devices during class is extremely rude, disrespectful, and disruptive to others and may result in the student being asked to leave class and counted absent for that day. Students with electronic versions of the text or common read will need the instructor’s consent to access it during class, each time. Use of a cell phone during class activities and assessments ,without the approval of the instructor, will be considered cheating.  Any emergency situations should be discussed with the instructor before class.  Please put devices away unless being used for an approved class assignment.



Students should register with Disability Support Services, located in Clark Student Center room 168, 940 397-4140, and inform the instructor if they 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


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