Course Descriptions

FY0111: Developing Study Skills & Reading Comprehension
Credits: 0.000 - This course is designed to help students develop basic study skills and reading comprehension strategies. Students will establish a multi-step system and learn to improve reading comprehension through the active-reading process. Paraphrasing and summarizing skills are introduced. Students will read and interact with a variety of materials, including short stories, articles, essays, etc. This class will focus on understanding rhetorical structures, developing vocabulary, and using the text-to-speech software Kurzweil and the mind-mapping software Inspiration to aid in the active learning process.

FY0121: Applying Study Skills & Comprehension Strategies
Credits: 0.000 - This second-semester course builds on the skills introduced in the first semester of the First-Year Studies program. Students apply their study skills to academic content, such as sociology, literature, and political science. Course-specific vocabulary is introduced as a way to establish background knowledge. Active reading strategies are applied to longer readings that are more academic in nature. Students practice using the text-to-speech software Kurzweil to make margin notations, define vocabulary, and revise notes. Paraphrasing and summarizing skills are developed to comprehend longer and more abstract essays or stories.

 


 

 

students working with faculty and text-to-speech software.

 

FY1001: Foundations in Learning
Credits: 3.000 - This is a first-semester college-credit course designed to introduce students to habits and skills needed for successful transition to college, based on the philosophy of self-determination. The purpose is to orient students to a culture of goal-setting, strategic learning, self-advocacy, and metacognition, through a highly interactive hands-on curriculum. This orientation is accomplished through the study of brain-based research about learning. The course will emphasize the establishment of short and long-term goals for self management and the development of strategies to implement those goals. To achieve this end, students will actively utilize resources such as the Center for Academic Support, Educational Technology Services, and Coaching Services. Use of technology will be introduced and will be emphasized for active reading, note taking, test taking, and summary writing. Organization of time, materials, and project planning will be modeled, practiced, and assessed. Readings from a variety of college-level materials will be used to begin development of individual strategy systems to extract essential ideas and implied meanings, and students will work to think critically and summarize these ideas. Students will learn about the laws that protect individuals with learning disabilities and develop their own voices to appropriately advocate for themselves in academic settings.

FY1011: Perspectives in Learning
Credits: 3.000 - This first-semester course is designed to introduce students to theories related to the cognitive, social, emotional, and cultural dimensions of learning. The purpose of the course is to foster self-awareness, critical thinking, strategic learning, and self-advocacy. Metacognition and critical thinking will be prominent themes throughout this course. Students will reflect on learning and teaching processes while applying learning strategies that can be transferred to other courses of study as a proactive approach to self-advocacy. Strategies for active reading, note taking, test taking, long-term project planning, and organizing materials will be modeled, practiced, and assessed. Students will be expected to critically read, discuss, and utilize a body of high-interest reading for a variety of academic tasks. In addition, students will learn about the laws that protect individuals with disabilities, receive an in-depth orientation to the on-campus services that provide academic and emotional support, and establish short and long-term goals related to promoting effective self-management.

FY1021: Lifestyles for Learning
Credits: 3.000 - This course explores leading health/wellness issues, emphasizing individual health-enhancing skills and behaviors. Students will be able to apply decision-making models and strategies regarding their own personal health, demonstrating their ability to understand and manage their own personal health and wellness. Health and wellness issues at the global and national levels are also brought in when relevant. Material and information for this course is drawn from current scientific research and findings.

FY1101: Learning Perspectives I
Credits: 2.000 - This first-semester course is designed to introduce students to theories related to the cognitive, social, emotional, and cultural dimensions of learning. The purpose of the course is to foster self-awareness, critical thinking, strategic learning, and self-advocacy, while providing the opportunity for students to practice study skills including note taking, active reading, test taking, planning, organizing, and technology competencies. Metacognition and critical thinking will be prominent themes throughout this course, and study strategies will be modeled, practiced, and assessed. Students will be expected to critically read, participate in class discussion, and work in groups.

FY1110: Learning Perspectives II
Credits: 1.000 - Students will build on their skills from FY1101 to learn about the laws that protect individuals with disabilities, receive an in-depth orientation to the on-campus services that provide academic and emotional support, and establish short and long-term goals related to promoting effective self-management and study strategies.


Questions?

Debbie Hayward
Chair, First Year Studies
802-387-6817
dhayward@landmark.edu