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Montgomery Community College – West Campus

ORI 100 College Orientation Seminar

Section EW – 1 Credit – Fall 2008

Monday & Wednesday 1:30 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. RM West 220

Instructor:                Mr. Francis P. O’Neill M.A.

Office:                        West 141 A (Student Success Center)

Phone:                      610-718-1842

Email:                        foneill@mc3.edu (Best Method of Contact)

Office Hours:           by appointment

Class Room:            West 220

Prerequisite:            None:  



A. Required Text:                                       Leonard, Enid. College Success Simplified (2nd Edition): Pearson Education, Inc. 2008.  

B. Supplementary Reading Material:    Provided by instructor

C. In Class Video:                                       Films and video tapes provided by instructor

D. Activities:                                                 Visits to Student Success Center, Library, Learning Assistance Lab


An orientation to college life including self- assessment and goal setting, academic success strategies, introduction to study skills and time management, familiarization with college resources, and appreciation of cultural diversity. This course also includes a lab component of individualized academic advising throughout the semester by the course instructor.


Students will learn skills necessary to succeed in college

Students are Responsible for the Following:

Course Competencies & Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

A. Practice attitudes and behaviors which promote academic success.

B. Exhibit a familiarity with college policies, procedures, and resources.

C.Set personal and career goals and make academic plans based on self-assessment, extensive research, and individualized advising.

D.Demonstrate skills in managing time, taking notes, preparing for tests, reading textbooks, using the computer, and understanding learning styles.

E. Gain an appreciation of cultural diversity.

Participation and Attendance: So that you can get the most out of the class you need to be present for the majority of the sessions. It is also important to interact in the classroom discussions and exercises. Most formal learning will come from the classroom interaction. All extra credit test questions will be taken from classroom lecture material!

After 2 absences you will drop one letter grade 2 more absences (total 4 absences) and you will receive an “F” grade for this class.

Excessive lateness/tardiness is to be avoided, but it’s better to be late than absent. If you are late, after roll is taken, you need to see the instructor immediately after class to be counted as being present for class. 3 times late equals one absence.

Official Withdraw from Class:

1.    Students can withdraw from class up to one week after mid-semester with a formal withdraw application. Grade will then be a “W”. Last date to withdraw without a signature from the instructor October 28th, 2008.

2.    After this time a withdraw with a “W” is at the discretion of the instructor. The instructor must sign off for a class withdraw at this point. Last date to withdraw with a signature from the instructor October 29, 2008 (Last class day).

3.    Failure to attend class may lead to a grade of an “F”, it will not constitute an automatic withdraw from class.


A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D and F. The GPA equivalencies can be found on the Academic Affairs web page. www.mc3.edu/policy/aa/3.6.htm grades will be calculated as follows: A = 93-100, A- = 90-92, B+ = 87-89, B = 83-86, B- = 80-82, C+ = 77-79, C = 70-76, D = 60-69, F = 59 below.

Grades will be based on the final grade breakdown. There will NOT BE A CLASS CURVE. This means that everyone can get an "A".

No “I" (incomplete) grades will be submitted for this course, unless a death in the family occurs or another serious situation develops. An “I” grade is at the sole discretion of the instructor. It is paramount that all test and assignments be completed before the course ending date. No exceptions unless there is a medical emergency!

Exams: There will be 1 mid-term exam and one final exam. Each exam will consist of multiple choice & true false questions with the possibility of extra credit questions added at the end of the test. If a student misses an exam the possibility of a make-up is strictly on the basis of a medical or other serious reason at the discretion of the instructor. You must be present for each exam on the date of the exam. A make up test can not be taken after a week from the original testing date, if at all. You must be present for the final or you must take it early if you can’t be present NO EXCEPTIONS!

Exams are returned to you, the student, if you have a discrepancy with a grade or you wish to contest a grade you must be able to produce the tests I will not be responsible to retain grading sheets or prior tests taken. This is the responsibility of the student.


Grading System:                      Due Date:                 Points/Percentage:

·         Class Participation                   Each class                        -  20 Points (20%)

·         Advising Meetings                  By 9/25 & 10/23/08         -  10 Points (10%)

·         Reaction Paper                         9/22/08                             -  10 Points (10%)

·         Campus Involvement Paper     10/15/08                          -    5 Points  (5%)

·         Career Paper                            10/22/08                          -  15 Points (15%)

·         Class Presentations                  10/22-27                          -   5 Points  (5 %)

·         Utilizing Blackboard               On going                         -  10 Points  (10%)

·         Posting on Blackboard            On going                         -    5 Points (5%)

·         Mid-Term Exam                     9/29/08                            -  10 Points (10%)

·         Final Exam                              10/29/08                             10 Points (10%)

                                                                                                      100 Points (100%)

The instructor reserves the right to make any content or rescheduling revisions as deemed appropriate or necessary. 

Class Participation & Attendance:

You will get points throughout the semester for several reasons:

bullet A clear presentation (prepared, informative and thoughtful)
bullet Questions relevant to class discussions
bullet 5 Posts on Blackboard
bullet Coming to class on time
bullet Handing in papers on time and being ready to present on your scheduled day

Grades will be based on the final grade breakdown. There will NOT BE A CURVE. This means that everyone has the possibility of getting an "A".

It is paramount that all test and assignments be completed before the course ending date. No exceptions unless there is a medical emergency!

Other Information

Reading: It is VERY important that you complete the reading for each day on the course schedule BEFORE you come to class that day. The most important goal for the class is for you to have fun while learning about how to be a successful student. But to do this, you’ll have to stay on top of the reading. Take note that class lectures will not reiterate the text book, but will be used to enhance the selections read.

Student Conduct:

1.    Academic integrity is expected. Cheating in any form is unacceptable, and will be dealt with per college policy. Which could include but, is not limited to, expulsion from class with a failing grade (XF) and possible dismissal from the college? There will be no individual or group warnings.

2.    Plagiarism (taking false claim for work that you did not generate) of any type is unacceptable and will be dealt with per college policy. Which could include but, is not limited to, expulsion from class with a failing grade (XF) and possible dismissal from the college? There will be no individual or group warnings.

3.    Classroom behaviors that are encouraged: Asking questions, answering instructor’s questions, discussion of topics between students before the entire class, and the participation in structured learning activities.

4.    Classroom behaviors that are discouraged: Two way conversation between students during lectures or class discussions and leaving the classroom before the instructor dismisses the class.

5.    Respect for all the class is paramount. Anything less is unacceptable.

Class Cancellation Policy:

If there is inclement weather please check the college web site and/or call the campus at 610-718-1800 and listen to the message. Also the school codes are 395 for day and 2395 for the evening division. Also please refer to the campus calendar for days off and breaks in the class schedule. On these days check Blackboard.

Students with Disabilities Policy:

Students with disabilities may be eligible for accommodations in this course. Contact the director of services for students with disabilities in the counseling center, College Hall, at 215-642-6575/6577 for more information. At West Campus, contact the director of student affairs, 610-718-1839.

MCCC web site information http://www.mc3.edu/sa/stdisab/stdisab.htm


Student veterans may be eligible for benefits and services related to military service.  At Central Campus, contact the Military and Veterans Affairs Advisor in College Hall 122 or at 215-641-6581 to learn about education benefits and healthcare entitlements.  At the West Campus, contact Michael Ondo in South Hall 151 or at 610-718-1857 for the veteran’s resources.    http://www.mc3.edu/sa/vet/vet.htm

Statement of Civility

In order to create a harmonious working and learning environment, the College embraces a philosophy that all members of the College community – administration, faculty, students, support staff, and visitors – exhibit mutual respect for one another in speech, written expression, and body language.  To achieve this goal, the individual is encouraged to take charge of his or her manners and decorum and have empathy for others’ differences.

All members of the College community

bullet should have the freedom to express views without fear of being ridiculed, threatened, or punished;
bullet should listen to and address each other respectfully in a face-to-face, written, or electronic environment;
bullet should not engage in any behavior that generates a hostile environment;
bullet should show respect for College facilities and equipment.

Assignment Submission Guide Lines:

All papers assignments handed in must be typed with a cover page!

Spelling, grammar and sentence structure must be correct.

Page layout should be 12 pitch font, Times New Roman or Arial, double spaced with a one inch margin on the top and bottom and on the sides. You are to upload the assignment as a digital copy to the assignment section of blackboard.

Format: Information on the cover page should include your name, The assignment, date the paper is handed in, class (ORI 100 Fall 2008), instructor’s name (Francis O’Neill), topic (or other needed info).

All citations are to be APA, MLA or another accepted style, there must be a reference page.

Missed Deadlines:
Any material turned in late will subject to a reduction in points. A point reduction for every class late. Items not turned in by the last day of class will be counted as a zero.

Online Help:

You can access the text books information, this syllabus and the class schedule through BlackBoard: www.mc3.edu All grades and info pertaining to the course will be posted on Blackboard. Slides used in class are also posted in the documents sections of Blackboard. Blackboard is a necessary part of this class.

A web site that is connected to the text book: http://www.aw-bc.com/etips/usahome/index.html   


1.    Advising - Each ORI student is required to meet with the Instructor outside of class time twice during the semester or term.  The first meeting will focus on your plans for being a successful college student. The second session will focus on discussing your academic program and registering for the next semester’s courses. Come prepared with questions for these mandatory meetings.

2.    Utilizing Blackboard. You will be required to post at least 5 times to the discussion section of blackboard and upload 3 papers (the reaction paper, campus involvement paper & career assignment) to the assignment section of blackboard.

3.    Campus Involvement Paper – Each student is required to write a 1 page paper based on

a.       Your experience attending or participating in a campus event during the term of the course. This activity may be a lecture, special program, workshop, dance, concert, student club or organization, etc.

4.    Reaction Paper – You are required to write a reaction paper on the Let’s Kill Bob Article relating to sleep deprivation. This paper should be 2 - 3 pages, typed, double-spaced and include: 1) a summary of the article, and 2) a description how you might use the information learned and to help your current college life.

5.    Career Research Assignment or Mentor Interview – Each student will be required to research a chosen career or interview a mentor and write a 2-3 page paper, typed and double-spaced. Each student will give a 4-5-minute class presentation highlighting your career research or mentor interview. 

a.       The research paper should include a discussion of the career, why that career interests you, the educational and experience requirements, salary range, benefits, and the positive aspects and potential challenges someone in that career might face. Three or more research sources must be used and cited to support the information in the paper.

b.      Arrangements must be made to interview a mentor for 30-45 minutes to answer a list of questions (provided) regarding background information, education requirements, special training, most important personal qualities, what they enjoy the most or least about their career, challenges, disappointments, lessons learned and advice offered to individuals who are entering this career or field. A written summary of the interview should be completed based on the questions and should include a statement why this mentor was chosen.


(9/3) Class 1:  Introductions and syllabus review. Making the Transition to College. Chapter 1: Survival Tips. Course Topics, Requirements and Expectations.

Due for Class 2: Read Chapter 2: Ongoing Survival.

(9/8)   Class 2:  Report to the Library for Class. College Resources: Library, Computer Labs, Learning Assistance Lab (LAL).

 Due for Class 3: Read Chapter 3: Confidence Building and Goal Setting &

 Read Chapter 4: Minimizing and Managing Stress. Review College Catalog.

(9/10)    Class 3:  Blackboard how to use it? Short and Long Term Goals;

 Due for Class 4: Read Chapter 5: Multisensory Learning.

(9/15)    Class 4:  Stress Management. College Policies and Procedures.

 Due for Class 5: Read Chapter 6: Getting Control of Your Time and Life & Chapter 7: Developing Concentration.

(9/17)    Class 5:  Learning Styles Inventory and VAKT System: Strategies for Success..

 Due for Class 6: Read Chapter 9: Active Listening and Note taking. Reaction Paper.

(9/22)    Class 6:  Planning, Procrastination, Time Management and Concentration Techniques, Reaction paper due!

 Due for Class 7: Read Chapter 12: Test Taking

(9/24)    Class 7:  Active Listening and Note Taking Systems. Test Taking Techniques and Skills.

Due for Class 8: Review for Mid Term Exam.

(9/29)    Class 8:  Mid-Term Exam.

Due for Class 9: Read Chapter 8: Memory: How It Works.

(10/1)     Class 9:  Test Taking Techniques and Skills.

 Due for Class 10: Read Chapter 10: Textbooks: Reading, Highlighting & Note taking.  

(10/6)     Class 10: Short and Long-Term Memory; Whole Brain Learning; Visual Memory Aids.

 Due for Class 11: Read Chapter 11: Writing Effectively and Chapter 18: Effective Communication.

 (10/8)    Class 11: SQ3R, Marking Textbooks and Taking Notes.

 Communication Styles and Active Listening. Due for Class 12: Read Chapter 13: Preparing for a Career.            

(10/13)  Class 12: Career Exploration and Decisions; Tips for Job Application Forms and Interviews.

Due for Class 13: Read Chapter 14: Diversity and Chapter 16: Well-being and Being Well. Campus Involvement Paper.

(10/15)  Class 13: Financial Aid for College. Elements of Effective Writing, Research Papers, Presentations and Reports. Campus Involvement Paper.

 Due for Class 14:  Read Chapter 17: Relationships.

 10/20  Class 14: Recognizing Diversity and Cultural Differences; Mental, Emotional and Physical Health. Career Research or Interview Paper Due

Due for Class 15: Read Chapter 15: Managing Your Money. Class Presentations.

 10/22   Class 15: Class presentations, Recognizing 

10/27   Class 16: Class Presentations, Student concerns question and answer session

 10/29   Class 17:  Class Final Exam

 The instructor reserves the right to make any content or rescheduling revisions as deemed appropriate or necessary.