SPSU 1001: Hitchhiker's Guide to SPSU Fall 2013

SPSU 1001 Hitchhiker’s Guide to SPSU Fall 2013
Section 020 Meeting W 11:00-11:50 in J108
Section 901 Meeting online at spsu.edu/d2l
Section 902 Meeting online at spsu.edu/d2l

Instructor: Sarah Holliday

Office hours: MWF, 1:30-2:30, TR 4-6. And by appointment

Required textbooks:  none; use spsu.edu/d2l

Suggested reference material:  You will be given some links during the term

Course topics: 

Welcome, Differences High School to SPSU, Learning styles (four axes), Test taking techniques, Stress management, Reading syllabi, Time management, Financial aid , Goal setting, Academic Honor Code , Advising, DegreeWorks, 2-Year Plan, Pre-registration, Campus Offices, Paying Fees, It's Midterm - Where Do You Stand??? , Online Course Options, Creating Your Schedule for Next Term, The SPSU Library, SPSU Resources, Organizations and Co-curricular Transcripts, Communications, Relationships and Diversity, Co-op Opportunities, Internships and What Your Professor Wish You Knew, Recap the semester                        

Course outcomes: 

Students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate the knowledge of the advising and registration process and academic policies at SPSU, including the creation of a plan of study leading to graduation;
  2. demonstrate a knowledge of his/her learning style and explain how it fits with other learning styles;
  3. describe techniques and knowledge of study skills, test taking, library skills, time management and campus resources;
  4. demonstrate knowledge of key individuals and locations on and near campus.

Academic conduct: 

All work submitted for credit is expected to be the work of the individual student. Group discussion is allowed for the understanding and studying of a project or assignment, but the actual preparation of the assignment should only be done by the individual student. If you have any questions about this policy, please let me know. Work which was not done only by the student will result in possible "0" grades, or disciplinary action. (See Student Handbook for such policies.)

All current Kennesaw State University policies will apply.

Grading plan: 

Assignments and class discussions will be the basis for all grading. There is no midterm or final exam in this course.

Your grading scale will be as follows: 90 and above – “A”

                                                          80 - 89           - “B”

                                                          70 - 79                 - “C”

                                                          60-69          - “D”

                                                          Below 60     - “F”

Class participation (discussion):       40% of grade

Assignments:                                     60% of grade

Honor Code:

SPSU has an Honor Code and a new procedure relating to when academic misconduct is alleged.  All students should be aware of them.  Information about the Honor Code and the misconduct procedure may be found at http://spsu.edu/honorcode/.

Class attendance policy:

Students are expected to log into d2l at least once per week.

Preparation of work for this course:   there is no additional work needed for this course

Students with disabilities: Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the office working with disabilities at (678) 915-7244 as soon as possible the better to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.