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Student Development Courses

Meet with a counselor to determine which seminar or other Student Development course is right for you!  Click here to view the class schedule for more details.


Seminars focus on strategies to help you become a successful student and assist you in developing an education plan that will guide your selection of classes and transfer.

First Year Students:  DS107 (one semester hour)
Designed to assist the student in adjusting to college. Includes academic and student services available, study habit techniques, career and educational planning, and adjustment concerns. Especially intended for students during their initial semester of enrollment. One hour lecture/discussion each week.

Seminar for International Students:  DS104 (two semester hours)
Orientation course for international students. Includes study skills, academic regulations, the American educational system, individual educational and vocational goals, communication skills, and American customs. Especially intended for students during their initial semester of enrollment in conjunction with American language developmental course offerings. Two hours lecture/discussion each week.

Other Student Development Courses

Study Skills:  DS102 (one semester hour)
Stresses development of positive attitudes and improvement of basic learning habits. Includes value assessment and educational goal setting. Stresses strategies in understanding and responding to textbooks, lectures, and other methods and materials encountered in the academic environment. Emphasis on organization of materials, utilization of time, and preparing for and taking examinations. One hour lecture/discussion each week.

Career Development:  DS103 (two semester hours)
Designed for students interested in developing career goals and creating a plan of action. The course provides students with an opportunity to learn and develop skills for a lifetime of career-related decision making. Emphasis will be placed on personal academic and occupational exploration, resume writing, interviewing and effective job search strategies. Two hours lecture/discussion each week.

Success Group:  DS106 (two semester hours)
Designed specifically for students who are dissatisfied with their academic performance and who wish to improve their achievement in college courses. This course stresses elimination of self-defeating attitudes and behaviors, setting and achieving short-term academic goals, identification of motives that lead to failure, learning to accept responsibility for one's behavior, and building a more positive attitude about one's potential for college success. This course does not deal primarily with study habits or techniques, but with motives and attitudes related to academic success. Two hours lecture/discussion each week.

Memory Development:  DS108 (one semester hour)
Designed to assist the student in developing memory through simple systems of association. Topics include development of memory for author organization, course organization, course relationships, and practical application to everyday life situations. One hour lecture/discussion each week.

Building Math Confidence:  DS112 (one semester hour)
Designed for those who want to improve their attitude toward mathematics. Explores feelings and develops strategies to overcome math phobia. Emphasis will be placed on problem-solving approaches to diagrammed, descriptive, and symbolic number problems. This course is open to students at all levels of mathematical skills, whether preparing for a job, college courses, a test, or living in a world where numbers matter. One hour lecture/discussion each week.

Portfolio Development Seminar:  DS150 (three semester hours)
Designed to show students how to analyze, identify, and document prior experiential learning for academic credit assessment, this course presents essential portfolio components. Students identify and equate their knowledge to equivalent courses taught at Montgomery College. Successful completion of DS 150 does not guarantee credits for prior learning assessed by the faculty evaluators. PREREQUISITES: EN 101/101A and eligibility for RD 120; high school graduation or equivalent at least 5 years previous to enrollment in this course. Before registration for this course, students must attend the mandatory information session.


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