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Southeastern 101
Spring 2015
January 20th – May 8th


Section: SE 101 - 14
Class 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays
Fayard Hall 213

Instructor: Karen Shields, M.A.
(Please note: I can only respond to emails sent from a SELU email account)
Phone: 985-549-5719
Office: Southeastern Hall Room 125

Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday- Thursday, 7:30 – 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Contact: Sending me an email is best. I will try my best to respond the same day for any emails I receive before noon on a workday. You are also welcome to call or drop in to see me in Southeastern Hall. I may be in class or meeting. If you email, you can suggest a meeting time and I will try to accommodate you or suggest another mutually-agreeable time. I can meet with you before/after class, if you let me know ahead of time. Please feel free to contact me frequently!

Textbook: Textbook: Southeastern 101; Freshman Success (available through Textbook Rental)

SE 101 Activities and Assignment Workbook ( posted on Moodle) Print out and bring to every class!

Supplies: (not just for this class but for all your classes) A pack of 3 x 5 Cards – we will use these for class exercises. Bring to every class. 2 Folders w/ 2 pockets – for advising and career planning A planner – It must have a monthly view and a weekly or daily view. You will need this for class assignments. You must bring this to every class meeting. Notebooks – one for each of you classes, each should have at least one pocket A small stapler – all assignments in this class must be stapled Pens and Pencils Highlighters A Collegiate Dictionary A watch or small timepiece

Course Description: SE 101 is a student success course which aims to provide students with the tools to manage the rigors of academic life on the University level. This course is required of all new Southeastern students. This course is an attempt to provide the best possible academic support for our students. It will provide students with an opportunity to enhance academic skills which, in turn, may help them perform better in their selected program of study. Credit 2 hours.

Course Learning Outcomes:

1. Demonstrate mechanics of managing his/her semester work load

Understand behaviors and responsibilities of successful college students
Be able to implement studying and test-taking strategies
Be able to demonstrate effective note taking
Know how to calculate a grade point average over time (i.e, in a given class, a semester, or cumulative)
Know what is required for good academic standing and Satisfactory Academic Progress, overall and in an academic program
Know what resources are available and where they are located on campus (tutoring center, financial aid office, counseling center, and others)
Know how to navigate and use technology tools for on-line learning
2. Demonstrate mechanics of completing advising and registration processes for following semesters
Understand how to follow an eight-semester plan and possible consequences of adjusting plan
Prepare for advising meeting (i.e., select appropriate courses, bring necessary materials, identify concerns)
3. Confirm current choice or select an appropriate college major
Be able to identify transferable, career-related, skills gained through the curriculum and co-curriculum.
4. Understand the importance of student engagement in major and in university for impact on both academic and work-related skills

Course Expectations: To help you reach the course objectives, each class will include opportunities for you to discuss and apply the topics being presented. There will be small group work during class time, and assignments that must be completed outside of class time. You are expected to have read the assigned material before class in order to be ready to participate in the discussions. The instructor’s role is to provide a classroom environment where you want to