You are expected to attend all class sessions. It is
your responsibility to confer with your instructor in
the event of a necessary absence. Going to each and
every class prepared to learn is one the keystones of
success in a college class
Students auditing this class are required to complete
all assignments, attend class regularly, and take all
exams. While no grade will be recorded, the student is
expected to participate in class activities as if he/she
was being graded.
Chapter readings are to be completed before the class
period when the material is to be discussed. Students
will be quizzed on the required readings. These quizzes
will not be announced. Expect them!
be a successful student, you must organize your homework
assignments so that you get the most out of class by
being prepared for class discussion. This assignment
sheet will require you to fill out when readings are
required to be done and when homework assignments must
Self-assessments are done to assist the student in
learning about themselves. You will do one in the text,
one handed out to you and one on-line. You will be
required to show your assessment packet with your
evaluation to the instructor.
This assignment requires you to complete two documents:
one is your estimate as to how much study time you will
need for each class you are taking. To do this
assignment, you must estimate how much time you will
need to spend studying for each class. If you are very
good at a subject, you may want to schedule less time
with that subject area. In areas where you are weak,
you may want to schedule more time for that subject
area. Keep in mind that grades are related to study
time, class attendance, and a positive learning
The second part of this activity is an overview of your
weekly activities as you now have them. Fill in
classes, work, travel, personal time, fun time, sleep,
and other activities so that you can see exactly what
your week looks like. There are a finite number of
hours each day/week. We have to prioritize to have all
our competing demands met the best we can.
As part of the class, you will receive instruction in
concepts along with worksheets to support these concepts
that must be completed as part of the grade earned in
class. These worksheets are to be completed and handed
in for credit.
Quizzes are an
opportunity for you to check your knowledge. Since this
is a course for students you wish to be successful in
college and in life, we must understand that one of the
most important factors of success in any endeavor is
consistent and active participation. To encourage and
reward your preparation for active participation at
every class, regular unannounced quizzes on the readings
will be given. If you have read the assignment and
completed your journal entry, you should have no trouble
earning the maximum points for each quiz. No
quiz may be made up.
Note taking Activity:
Note taking is a very important skill. Being able to
remember the class lesson and ideas presented are
important in allowing you to answer complex questions in
new and unique ways. This is called higher order
learning. Note taking allows you to record information
not available in your book or the faculty member may
present another way to accomplish the same task. Good
notes allow you to have the benefit of that in-class
discussion at home. If your notes are confusing, they
are of little benefit. The note-taking assignments allow
for critiquing your note-taking ability and learn how to
improve your style.
Your success journal provides an opportunity to explore
your thoughts and feelings as you experiment with the
success strategies presented in ON COURSE. By carefully
examining each strategy in your journal, you will
discover which ones will assist you to create a rich,
personally fulfilling life. Although I will be
collecting your journals and looking through them, write
your journal for yourself, not for me. Your journal
entries will occasionally be read by your classmates.
These numbered entries will be done outside of class
unless otherwise indicated. Occasionally, you will do
lettered journals in class. Therefore, please bring your
textbook and journal to every class. At the end of the
semester you will have your entire journal to keep for
years to come. Many students come to regard their
personal journal as one of their most valued
I will collect journals regularly. It is not my
intention to read every journal entry you write.
Instead, I will look through your journal book to verify
the completion of each assignment and to give credit for
a job well done. I read occasional journal entries to
get a sense of the issues you are working on. With this
knowledge I can be of greater assistance to you this
semester. If you WANT my comment on a specific part of
your journal, simply turn down the corner of the
appropriate page. On that page, write a note about the
response you desire from me.
Occasionally you may
write a journal entry that you wish to keep private. If
so, simply fold the appropriate pages over and staple
them closed at the top and bottom. You have my work
that I will respect your privacy. I do reserve the
right to confirm that there is, in fact, writing on
those pages. You may “lock” up to three journal
entries; more than that will require my permission.
Locked journal entries will be given scores equal to the
average score of all other journal entries.
You will receive
maximum points if the journal fulfills the following
entry is complete (all steps in the directions
have been responded to), and
entry is written with high standards (an
obvious attempt has been made to dive deep).
Grammar, spelling, and punctuation will NOT be factors
in awarding points in this journal. You are free to
express yourself without concern for standard English
All journal entries must be completed to earn a passing
grade in the course.
Personal Philosophy of
your final project, you will do a project that
adequately presents your own personal philosophy of
success. You have a great deal of leeway in using
whatever medium you choose to express yourself. The
purpose is to illustrate the success strategies you will
use for years to come.
Demonstrate the student’s careful consideration of
three or more important success strategies.
Contain extensive support (examples, experience,
evidence, and/or explanation) for each strategy and
commitment to excellence in preparation, including
Your Philosophy of
Success Project must be completed to earn a passing
grade in the course.
Classroom Conduct: The
College seeks to provide an environment where discussion and
expression of all views relevant to the subject matter of the
class are recognized as necessary to the educational process.
However, students do not have the right to interfere with the
freedom of the faculty to teach or the rights of other students
to learn. All students are expected to comply with the Code
of Conduct as it appears in the MC
Student Handbook on the web at:www.montgomerycollege.edu/departments/academicevp/Student_PandP.htm
Emergency Class Cancellation Policy: If inclement weather or other emergencies forces the College or any campus or College facility to suspend classes or close, public service announcements will be provided to local radio and television stations as early as possible. If you have checked
several stations and have not heard an announcement, you may call the numbers listed below or go to our Web site for closing information:
- Montgomery County Emergency Information Line ...........................301-217-8800
- Montgomery College’s Institutional Advancement Office .................240-567-5310
- Montgomery College Web Site .................................www.montgomerycollege.edu
Religious Observances : In the event that a student needs to miss class and as a result an assignment for religious reasons, please give the instructor
reasonable notice (i.e., a week or more) and the appropriate accommodations can be made. However, it is the student’s responsibility to make up for the work she or he missed.
Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism : When
completing assignments, students are expected to create
original pieces of work, without the help of others
unless they are otherwise notified, and cite the literature
they used themes, ideas, concepts, etc. from. For more
information on academic dishonesty and plagiarism please
consult the Montgomery
College Policy on Academic Integrity:
Also, read about Academic
Integrity and How to Avoid Plagiarism at:
Syllabus Amendments : The instructor reserves the right to make any necessary changes, whether they are additions or submissions of assignments, as he sees fit. However, students will be notified of any changes that make occur in a reasonable amount of time.