SDV 100


DIVISION: Student Success and Academic Advancement                                         Fall 2014









I.    Catalog Description: Assists students in transition to colleges.  Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, curricular offerings.  Encourages contact 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.  Lecture 1 hour


II.   Relationship of the Course to Curricula Objectives in which it is taught:  Students, upon completion of the course, will be significantly better prepared            to achieve the following objectives throughout their college careers:


            Objective 1 - Students will be more effectively engaged in the learning process both in and out of the classroom.


Objective 2 - DCC students will identify their academic and personal goals and understand what is required to achieve those goals.


            Objective 3 - Students will know the resources that are available to them and

            know how to use them.


Objective 4 - Students will recognize and learn to effectively cope with the distractions and obstacles that have the potential to disrupt their college          studies.


III.    Required Background: This course has no general course prerequisites. SDV 100 should be taken within the first 15 hours of matriculation.


IV.   Course Content:

            Technology and Information Literacy

            Community College Culture


            Learning Styles

            Effective Note-taking

            Memory, study, test taking

            Reading skills

            Critical Thinking

            Stress Management


            Financial Management



V. Learner Outcomes:

VCCS Requirements dated 2/25/2011

·          For career exploration and planning, students will utilize the Virginia Education Wizard to articulate three potential careers based on their interests, value and abilities.  Students will select and/or confirm their preferred program of study based on their career exploration as well as articulate the steps needed to achieve their career goals.

·         For an overview of general college resources and policies, students will activate their student username and password.  Competence in using the student information system will be demonstrated by:

a.    Accessing the student information system

b.    Accessing the student center

c.    Setting user preferences

d.    Searching for classes

e.    Accessing financial statement

f.     Printing class schedules

g.    Identifying three of their responsibilities as members of the college community

h.    Identifying at least two policies that affirm their rights as members of the college community

i.      Articulating the College’s criteria for good academic standing

·         Instructional Technology/Services will be covered by students activating their college email accounts, accessing Blackboard and identifying the location of the College Catalog, the Student Handbook, services available in the college library and at least three offices available to them in the student services area.

·         Students will receive information related to academic programs and how their goals can be achieved by:

a.    Distinguishing between university parallel/transfer and applied programs

b.    Selecting the appropriate curriculum and electives within that curriculum

c.    Identifying all courses required for completion of program and understanding both course and program prerequisites

·         Information related to optimal academic performance will cover the following academic skills: ( Academic)

a.     Learning styles

1)    Students will review multiple learning styles and identify their preferred style

b.     Classroom skills

1)     Students will review two note-taking strategies and identify their preferred method

2)    Students will identify three strategies for test taking

c.    Academic preparation

1)    Students will identify their optimal time, place and setting for studying

2)    Students will identify three memory strategies

3)    Students will identify three strategies for managing reading

d.     Critical thinking skills

1)    Students will articulate three aspects of critical thinking such as faulty logic, problem solving or asking questions

·         Information on how to manage various aspects of their lives will be provided through:  (Life Management)

a.    Time management

1)    Students will review two strategies and tools for managing time and will articulate their preferred method

b.    Financial literacy

1)    Students will articulate the benefits and risks of the three aspects of money management, credit, savings and budgeting

c.     Goal setting

1)    Students will articulate the steps in developing and implementing personal goals

·         Information on how to effectively interact with others will be provided by students articulating three ways individuals are diverse and how diversity impacts society and by identifying three elements of effective communication (Social/Interpersonal)

·         Information on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle will be provided for:  (Wellness)

a.    Stress management

1)    Students will identify three techniques/strategies for managing anxiety/stress

b.    Decision making

1)    Students will identify three challenges to making healthy life decisions and develop three to five strategies on how to manage each challenge

c.    Mental health

1)    Students will identify symptoms of distress and mental illness and articulate two to three resources they can access for assistance

d.     Physical health

1)    Students will identify three strategies to achieve and/or maintain a healthy physical lifestyle


VI.                   Evaluation:                                                               Scale

                        Attendance                                       25%                A = 93 to 100

                        Chapter Tests                                   25%                B = 86 to 92

                        Assignments & Participation         25%                C = 78 to85

                        Final Exam                                        25%                D = 70 to77

                                                                                                            F = 69 and below


VII.      This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking,

Cultural and Social Understanding

Information Literacy

Personal Development