Intro University Studies Syllabus

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Course Syllabus
College of Humanities
US/101 Version 5
Introduction to University Studies
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Course Description

The essential information, skills, tools, and techniques necessary for academic success and personal effectiveness at University of Phoenix are introduced in this course. The course develops and applies practical knowledge and skills immediately relevant to first-year university students. Course topics include goal setting and working with personal motivation, understanding and using university resources, developing efficient study habits, making the most of personal learning styles, and how best to manage time and reduce personal stress levels.


Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents:

University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document. Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum.

University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality.

Course Materials

Gardner, J. N., Jewler, A. J., & Barefoot, B. O. (2011). Your college experience: Strategies for success (9th ed.). Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

All electronic materials are available on the student website.

Week One: Academic Success

1.1 Differentiate between academic and casual communication. 1.2 Identify university resources required for student success.

Read Ch. 1 of Your College Experience.

Read the “Choosing the Best Way to Communicate with Your Audience” section in Ch. 10 of Your College Experience.

Participation/ Discussion Questions
Participate in class discussion by posting at least two substantive messages on four of the seven days during the week. Messages must be at least 50 words. Respond to at least three of the five discussion questions. Responses must be substantive and contain 150 – 300 words. Discussion question responses will count toward participation. Ongoing four of seven days

Activities and Preparation
University of Phoenix Resources
Watch the “Center for Writing Excellence (CWE)” video on the student website. View the Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation, Center for Mathematics Excellence, on the student website. Access the Toolwire® Learnscape: Finding Information at the University Library by clicking the link located on the student website. Complete the Learnscape activities. Post completed assessment page to the thread in the Main Forum for participation credit.

Activities and Preparation
Watch the information presentation, Academic vs. Casual Written Communication, located on the student website.

Activities and Preparation
MyFoundations Lab
Click the MyFoundationsLab link on the student website.
Click the Browser Check link to ensure you can access materials. Click the Take a Tour link for an orientation to MyFoundationsLab.

Activities and Preparation
Take the Skills Check for Punctuation, Mechanics, and Spelling. Access the following components in MyFoundationsLab:

Writing: Punctuation, Mechanics, and Spelling

Final Punctuation

Complete the following activities for each unit:

Practice the Skills 1

Note. If you achieved the Mastery Score on the Skills Check, you do not need to complete the activities.

Communication Styles
Resource: Academic vs. Casual Written Communication information presentation Complete Appendix A located on the student website.
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