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Development

 

 

Research shows that students who complete a Student Development (SDV) course within their first year in college have higher levels of academic success. 

Student Development Courses assist students in their transition to college. Besides providing information in 5 major content areas in an effort to contribute to student success, the course instructors encourage student engagement to promote contact with other students and staff.

In the courses, students learn and adopt methods for success in college and life-long learning.  Strategies for the development of academic and life-long success are explored.  Students are assisted in their college persistence by learning skills and techniques required for being a successful student.

Course Descriptions

Course Content

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Course Descriptions:

SDV 100 College Success Skills (1 credit)

Assists students in transition to college. Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, and curricular offerings. Encourages contacts with other students and staff. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and other college resources available to students. Strongly recommended for beginning students. Lecture 1 hour per week.

*SDV 101 Orientation to (Specific Disciplines) (1 credit)

Introduces students to the skills which are necessary to achieve their academic goals, to the services offered at the college, and to the discipline in which they are enrolled. Covers topics such as services offered at the college, including the learning resources center; counseling and advising; listening, test taking, and study skills; and topical areas which are applicable to their particular discipline. Lecture 1 hour per week.

* SDV 101 course options:

Introduction to Business                        Orientation to Automotive Technology

Orientation to Engineering &Technologies

Orientation to Health Care                     Orientation to Horticulture

Orientation to Interior Design                Orientation to Teacher Preparation

SDV 108 College Survival Skills (3 credits)

Provides an orientation to the college. Introduces study skills, career and life planning. Offers an opportunity to engage in activities aimed at self-discovery. Emphasizes development of "coping skills" such as listening, interpersonal relations, competence, and improved self-concept. Recommended for students enrolled in developmental courses.  Lecture 3 hours per week.

Catalog Course Descriptions for all SDV courses

Course Content

 

MAJOR CONTENT AREAS

 

  1. Career Exploration and Development
  2. College Resources and Policies
  3. Academic Planning
  4. Study Skills
  5. Life Management

 

TOPICS

 
  1. Career Exploration and Planning   
  2. My TCC
  3. Student Support Services                
  4. Student Rights & Responsibilities  
  5. Curricular Offerings and Academic Planning
  6. Learning Styles and Study Skills
  7. Goal Setting
  8. Time Management
  9. Social Interaction and Diversity
  10. Communications Skills      
  11. Financial Literacy
  12. Wellness

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

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  1. Identify a potential career and articulate the steps needed to achieve their career goal.
  2. Identify online college resources, student support services, and college policies regarding the rights and responsibilities of students.
  3. Develop an academic plan identifying the steps needed to achieve their educational goals.
  4. Identify their preferred learning style and effective study skills (e.g. note-taking, test-taking, memory strategies, and reading strategies) leading to optimal academic performance.
  5. Articulate strategies to effectively manage various aspects of their lives (e.g. goal setting, time management, financial literacy, social interaction, communication skills, and wellness) in order to be successful.

 

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