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SDV 100: College Success Skills (1 Credit)

Student Development (SDV) 100 - College Success Skills is designed to assist students in making a successful transition to college. It provides students with the academic tools for success and teaches the skills of self-management and self-responsibility that relate to being a successful student. In addition, the course helps students learn how to make responsible choices about their academic, personal, and career goals. Information about the College and community resources, the College’s policies and procedures, and the processes of moving effectively through the educational system is also provided. The course is strongly recommended for beginning students. First-time College students are required to take SDV 100 or another SDV course before enrolling for their 16th semester hour at the College. Lecture 1 hour per week.

There are no prerequisites for this course.


Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify electronic resources/college technology for college success.
  2. Access information relative to college policy, procedures, and services.
  3. Articulate three potential careers based on their interests, values, and abilities.
  4. Articulate the step(s) they need to take in order to achieve their career goal(s).
  5. Distinguish between university parallel/transfer and applied programs. Select the appropriate curriculum based on their career goal(s).
  6. Develop an academic plan.
  7. Identify their preferred learning style.
  8. Review two to three note-taking strategies and identify their preferred method of note-taking. Students will identify three to five strategies for test taking.
  9. Identify their optimal time, place, and setting for studying. Identify three strategies for managing reading.
  10. Identify three to five aspects of critical thinking such as: identifying faulty logic, problem-solving, and asking questions/probing etc.
  11. Review two to three strategies and tools for managing time and articulate their preferred method.
  12. Articulate the benefits and risks of the three aspects (e.g. credit, savings, and budgeting) of money management.
  13. Articulate three to five ways individuals are diverse and how diversity impacts society.
  14. Identify three to five elements of effective communication (e.g. active listening, verbal and non-verbal messages, etc.).
  15. Identify three to five techniques/strategies for managing anxiety/stress.

There are no required textbooks to purchase for this course. Links to course materials are located in the course.


Possible Assignments Include: (Subject to change each semester. The actual assignments are available in the Syllabus in the Blackboard course site on the first day of classes.)

Total Points
Discussion Board (6 @ 10 points each)
Assignments (3 @ twenty points each; 1 @ 15 points; 4 @ ten points each)
Quizzes (3 @ twenty points each; 1 @ 15 points; 4 @ ten points each)
Essay (1 @ 15 points)
Group Project (draft @ 5 points; project @ 15 points; peer review @ 5 points)
Proctored Exam (50 points)

Your final grade may be based on the following scale. Please note that you must also pass at least several exams in order to pass the course, regardless of your scores on the other assignments.

Grading Scale
315-350 points
280-314 points
245-279 points
210-244 points
Fewer than 210 points

There is one proctored exam in this course.

ELI Policies and Procedures
Beginning the Course