ACAD-1100: Academic Success Seminar ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Selena Grimes

Instructor Rank


Instructor Email
Instructor Website

Instructor Office


Office Hours

Monday: 6:00pm - 7:00 pm (online only)

Tuesday: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm(online only)

Wednesday: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (online only)

Thursday: 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm (online only)


Instructor Phone


Department Fax

(901) 333-4173

Department Phone

(901) 333-5208

Course Information
Course Description

This course provides an orientation to the college environment, acquaints students with study skills, prepares them to integrate traditional study skills with college content areas, and emphasizes the academic skills necessary for success in a college setting. This is a three-credit course limited to degree-seeking students who have accumulated fewer than 25 semester hours. Credit hours: 3.

Student Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will:

  • be aware of the services, resources, and activities at Southwest Tennessee Community College.
  • understand and apply concepts, strategies, assessment results, etc. as needed to succeed in college to the following: diversity issues, time management, stress management, learning styles, and personality inventories.
  • understand and apply the principles of learning such as remembering, motivation, transfer of knowledge, and processes.
  • understand and apply how study skills can help formulate and attain goals, improve concentration, time management and test taking, and reduce test anxiety.
  • use technology as a resource.
  • explore career optipons.
  • demonstrate the ability to use problem-solving and decision-making strategies.
  • systematically take notes on (and from) textbooks and lectures.
  • improve vocabulary in speaking, reading, and learning.
  • utilize the Southwest Tennessee Community library to assist learning and college success.
  • enhance communication skills (verbal and non-verbal) for college success.
Instructional / Learning Methods

Instructional methods include textbook reading, Web exploration, audio lectures, and video clips. Students will participate in online discussions, quizzes, reflection activities, interactive inventories, basic research, and presentation preparation.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Hardware/Software Requirements

Software required to complete assignments for this course includes:

  • Adobe Reader
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
Required Text
  • College Success by Bruce Beiderwell, Linda Tse, Thomas Lochhaas and Nicholas deKanter. Access and information for purchasing a printed version of the text is available inside the course.)
  • College Success Study Guide (available for purchase online at
  • Southwest Tennessee Community College Catalog (
  • Southwest Tennessee Community College Student Planner
Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

Online discussion participation, reflection responses, quizzes, note taking, presentations, midterm and final exams

Grading Scale

A = 90-100%

B = 80-89%

C = 70-79%

D = 60-69%

F = 59% and below

Testing Procedure / Policy

Quizzes are open book and have a time limit. Questions saved after the time limit has expired will not be graded. Students will have two opportunities to complete each one successfully. There is no opportunity for make-up work for the quizzes. The due dates are available on the course calendar.

The midterm and final exams are closed book, but can be completed online. There is a time limit and only one attempt available for each exam. Questions saved after the time limit has expired will not be graded. Each exam must be completed within the availabilty range listed on the calendar. Make-up exams are given only when acceptable documentation to support the need is provided. They must be taken on campus with a proctor. Academic misconduct (cheating, plagiarism or any other form of academic dishonesty) may result in a grade of zero.

Major Assignments
  • Topic discussions
  • Quizzes
  • Topic reflections
  • Time management
  • Note taking
  • Career presentation
Participation / Attendance Policy

Students must participate in all interactive aspects of the course. They are expected to email the instructor if questions arise about assignments. They must check the course discussion board and mailbox at least three times each week for announcements, and they must actively participate in threaded discussion events. Attendance is determined by the dates of submitted assignments, not by simply logging into the course. Late work is not accepted except when documentation of a legitimate need is provided.

Policy on Student Professional Conduct

All students are expected to abide by the principles of academic integrity. The Code of Conduct and Discipline will be followed as outlined in the Southwest Tennessee Community College Student Planner, particularly in regard to academic misconduct.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule
  • College Protocol
  • Library Resources
  • Career Exploration
  • Mastering Content Skills
  • Writing for Classes
  • Communication
  • Diversity
  • Controlling Finances
  • Career Research Presentations


Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.