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University Success

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This course is designed to provide students opportunities to develop and strengthen skills necessary to enhance the undergraduate experience. It provides positive reinforcement of successful learning strategies and assistance with 
adaptation to the GCU academic environment.
Credit Hours
4.0
Pre-requisites
No
Co-requisites
No
Course Add-Ons
Textbook1. University Success

Joyce, D. (Ed.). (2012). University success (2nd ed.). Phoenix, AZ: Grand Canyon University.

http://gcumedia.com/digital-resources/grand-canyon-university/2012/university-success_ebook_2e.php

Electronic Resource1. LoudCloud Walk to Class Tutorial

Review the LoudCloud Walk to Class tutorial to learn about navigating LoudCloud.

http://tutorials.gcumedia.com/studentWTCTutorial/vp02.swf

Website1. Microsoft Word Resources

Microsoft Word is a word-processing program designed by Microsoft and released originally in 1983. Word is a 

component of Microsoft Office, which also includes other software programs such as PowerPoint and Excel.

 Microsoft Word is a valuable tool for students at GCU. If you need assistance with learning to use Word, visit the Microsoft website and complete any of the Word tutorials.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/training-FX101782702.aspx
Additional Material1. Developing Academic Skills Guide

Review the "Developing Academic Skills Guide" for study tips and other resources which may help you be successful throughout your coursework.

UNV108.v10R.DevelopingAcademicSkillsGuide.Student.docx
2. Academic Writing Guidelines Resource

Use "Academic Writing Guidelines" to assist you when completing any writing assignments throughout your 

coursework.

UNV108.v10R.AcademicWritingGuidelines.Student.docx

Topic 1: This Is GCU: Part I

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Description: 
Objectives: 
  1. Access major components of the online learning system.
  2. Access technology tools and resources available through GCU.
Topic Material:
Lecture Note1. UNV-108 Lecture 1

Read Lecture 1.

UNV-108 Lecture 1
Textbook1. University Success

Read chapter 1.

http://gcumedia.com/digital-resources/grand-canyon-university/2012/university-success_ebook_2e.php

Additional Material1. Class Wall Bio Outline

Use this outline to organize suggested information required for your Bio.

UNV108.v10R.Class Wall Bio Outline.docx
2. Class Wall Sample Bio

Review this sample Bio to get an idea of what your completed bio should look like.

UNV108.v10R.Class Wall Bio Outline.docx
3. Module 1 Journal Entry Form

Use this journal entry form to complete the week's journal entry.

UNV108.v10R.Module 1 Journal Entry Form.docx
Gradable ItemsDetailsPoints Possible
AssignmentsClass Wall Bio

Participating and getting to know other students in your class is important in order to create the online community at GCU. The Class Wall is a place for students to network and get to know one another. Your first post to the Class Wall will be a Bio to share information about you with fellow students. 

1. Review the "Class Wall Bio Outline."

2. Complete the outline to organize suggested information required for your Bio.

3. Review the "Class Wall Sample Bio."

4. Use your completed outline to write a Bio formatted according to the presentation in the "Class Wall Sample Bio" and post it to the Class Wall.

5. After other students have posted their bios, go back to the Class Wall and read them, as well as your instructor's bio.

6. Submit your biography to the appropriate assignment drop box as well.

5.0
 Module 1 Journal Entry

Throughout this course, you will be asked to reflect on various topics in journal entries. Your Module 1 entry will be about Motivation.

1. Complete the Module 1 Journal Entry according to the instructions on the "Module 1 Journal Entry Form."

2. GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

30.0
Discussion QuestionsModule 1 DQ 1

After reading the module lecture notes, how comfortable are you with navigating the UNV-108 Classroom in Loud Cloud? What can you do to become more comfortable with navigating the Loud Cloud Classroom? Submission of assignments involves attaching your assignment in a Microsoft Word document and uploading it to the assignment area. View the "Microsoft Word Resources" website. Do you have Microsoft Word on your computer? What version is it? What is your experience in working with Microsoft Word?

5.0
 Module 1 DQ 2

Have you downloaded your eBook? Discuss any problems that you had with downloading your eBook and how you resolved them. Read through the required reading of Chapter 1 and discuss what sparked your interest most. How will you make your college transition a smooth one?

5.0
Participation 20.0

Duration: 7 daysTopic 2: This Is GCU: Part II

Description: 
Objectives: 
  1. Identify student resources available on the GCU website.
  2. Relate the GCU pillars, mission statement, and vision to student goals.
  3. Develop a personal student success goal statement.
Topic Material:
Lecture Note1. UNV-108 Lecture 2

Read Lecture 2.

UNV-108 Lecture 2
Textbook1. University Success

Read chapter 2.

http://gcumedia.com/digital-resources/grand-canyon-university/2012/university-success_ebook_2e.php

Additional Material1. Scavenger Hunt Worksheet

Use the worksheet to complete the module assignment.

UNV108.v10.1R.New Scavenger Hunt Worksheet.docx
2. Module 2 Journal Entry Form

Use this journal entry form to complete the week's journal entry.

UNV108.v10R.Module 2 Journal Entry Form.docx
Gradable ItemsDetailsPoints Possible
AssignmentsScavenger Hunt Worksheet

Being able to successfully navigate through LoudCloud, the GCU Learning Management System (LMS), as well as the GCU website is essential to successfully completing courses here at GCU. The goal of this assignment is to help you learn about several resources available to GCU students.

1. Complete the "Scavenger Hunt Worksheet."

2. Submit the completed worksheet to your instructor.

 

100.0
 Module 2 Journal Entry

Throughout this course, you will be asked to reflect on various topics in journal entries. Your Module 2 entry will be about your Goal Statement.

1. Complete the Module 2 Journal Entry according to the instructions on the "Module 2 Journal Entry Form."

2. GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

30.0
Discussion QuestionsModule 2 DQ 1

Decreasing the "unknowns" can assist you in becoming more comfortable with the online learning experience. Explain ways you can "decrease the unknowns." What resources does GCU provide that can help you succeed and decrease these unknowns?

5.0
 Module 2 DQ 2

Access and view the Four Pillars of Grand Canyon University, located on the GCU website. This module has explored the purpose of higher education. In this forum, explain what your career goals are and how will the four pillars help you achieve these career goals?

5.0
Participation 20.0

Duration: 7 daysTopic 3: This Is a GCU Community

Description: 
Objectives: 
  1. Communicate effectively in various modalities and to various audiences.
  2. Reflect on the importance of collaboration in the GCU online community.
Topic Material:
Lecture Note1. UNV-108 Lecture 3

Read Lecture 3.

UNV-108 Lecture 3
Textbook1. University Success

Read chapter 3.

http://gcumedia.com/digital-resources/grand-canyon-university/2012/university-success_ebook_2e.php

Additional Material1. Communication Expectations Resource

Review the following resource for expectations regarding communicating with others throughout your academic career.

UNV108.v10R.Communication Expectations Resource.docx
2. Effective Communication Worksheet

Use the worksheet to complete the module assignment.

UNV108.v10R.Effective Communication Worksheet.docx
3. Module 3 Journal Entry Form

Use this journal entry form to complete the week's journal entry.

UNV108.v10R.Module 3 Journal Entry Form.docx
Gradable ItemsDetailsPoints Possible
AssignmentsEffective Communication Worksheet

At GCU, there are many ways students will communicate throughout their academic careers. It is essential that GCU students know how to effectively communicate in various modalities and situations.

1. Read the "Communication Expectations Resource" and then complete the "Effective Communication Worksheet."

2. GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

100.0
 Module 3 Journal Entry

Throughout this course, you will be asked to reflect on various topics in journal entries. Your Module 3 entry will be about Community.

1. Complete the Module 3 Journal Entry according to the instructions on the "Module 3 Journal Entry Form."

2. GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

30.0
Discussion QuestionsModule 3 DQ 1

This module discusses the importance of communicating. One of the goals of GCU is to help you effectively communicate throughout your life. Review the "UNV 108: Communication Expectations and the Module 3 lecture. All of these resources discuss how to communicate effectively with others. Why is it important to communicate effectively with others? How will effective communication help students in their academic career? Give examples. Why do you think GCU emphasizes quality discussion posts and proper etiquette in the Discussion Forums?

5.0
 Module 3 DQ 2

Based on reading chapter 3 in your eBook, which learning and intelligence styles do you think you exhibit? Give an example of a situation or situations in which you used these. How might knowing your strengths in these areas help you as a student?

5.0
Participation 20.0

Duration: 7 daysTopic 4: This Is a GCU Student

Description: 
Objectives: 
  1. Identify realistic academic and personal expectations of a GCU student.
  2. Relate personal accountability to student success.
Topic Material:
Lecture Note1. UNV-108 Lecture 4

Read Lecture 4.

UNV-108 Lecture 4
Textbook1. University Success

Read chapter 4.

http://gcumedia.com/digital-resources/grand-canyon-university/2012/university-success_ebook_2e.php

Electronic Resource1. The Cornell Method

Read "The Cornell Method" portion of the Note Taking Systems page of the California Polytechnic State University website.

http://www.sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl/notetakingsystems.html#cornell

Website1. An In-Depth List of Online Study Help Resources

Explore the website resource, "An In-Depth List of Online Study Help Resources."

http://web.archive.org/web/20110704183249/http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/tips-and-tools/study-help

e-Library Resource1. The Digital Dog Ate My Notes: Tools and Strategies for 21st Century Research Projectshttp://library.gcu.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=47500220&site=ehost-live&scope=site

2. Parallel Note-Taking: A Strategy for Effective Use of Webnotes

Read "Parallel Note-Taking: A Strategy for Effective Use of Webnotes," by Pardini et al., from Journal of College Reading and Learning (2005).

http://library.gcu.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ689655&site=ehost-live&scope=site

Additional Material1. Student Academic Skills Assessment Worksheet

Use the worksheet to complete the module assignment.

UNV108.v10R.Student Academic Skills Assessment Worksheet.docx
2. Module 4 Journal Entry Form

Use this journal entry form to complete the week's journal entry.

UNV108.v10R.Module 4 Journal Entry Form.docx
Gradable ItemsDetailsPoints Possible
AssignmentsStudent Academic Skills Assessment Worksheet

Knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are will help you understand steps you should take to improve as a student. GCU wants to assist you in improving in certain areas, such as study habits and note taking.

1. Complete the "Student Academic Skills Assessment Worksheet."

2. GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

100.0
 Module 4 Journal Entry

Throughout this course, you will be asked to reflect on various topics in journal entries. Your Module 4 entry will be about Personal Accountability.

1. Complete the Module 4 Journal Entry according to the instructions on the "Module 4 Journal Entry Form."

2. GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

30.0
Discussion QuestionsModule 4 DQ 1

The "Time Management and Study Skills" essay in chapter 4 of your eBook discusses various tips to help you manage and organize your time better and put the most effort put into your studying. Which of these have you had the most problems with in the past, and how do you intend to address these?

5.0
 Module 4 DQ 2

Building a community of support can be beneficial especially when dealing with the online classroom format. Who will be your educational support system and how can you best utilize them to help you be a successful student? In addition, it is necessary at times to say "no" and set boundaries so that you are able to keep your education a priority in your life. How do you set boundaries so that you are able to dedicate the necessary time to complete your bachelor's degree?

5.0
Participation 20.0

Duration: 7 daysTopic 5: This Is a GCU Course

Description: 
Objectives: 
  1. Navigate through an online GCU course.
  2. Identify the uses of the various elements of the classroom.
  3. Compare the roles of student and instructor in the online classroom.
Topic Material:
Lecture Note1. UNV-108 Lecture 5

Read Lecture 5.

UNV-108 Lecture 5
Textbook1. University Success

Read chapter 5.

http://gcumedia.com/digital-resources/grand-canyon-university/2012/university-success_ebook_2e.php

Additional Material1. Plagiarism Story

Read the story to learn more about plagiarism.

UNV108.v10R.Plagiarism Story.docx
2. Module 5 Journal Entry Form

Use this journal entry form to complete the week's journal entry.

UNV108.v10R.Module 5 Journal Entry Form.docx
Gradable ItemsDetailsPoints Possible
AssignmentsModule 5 Journal Entry

Throughout this course, you will be asked to reflect on various topics in journal entries. Your Module 5 entry will be about Student and Instructor Roles.

1. Complete the Module 5 Journal Entry according to the instructions on the "Module 5 Journal Entry Form."

2. GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

30.0
Discussion QuestionsModule 5 DQ 1

Explain the consequences of plagiarism. Read the assigned resource titled "Plagiarism Story." What are the potential consequences of Steven's academic dishonesty? What would you do if you were in a similar situation as Steven? What resources are there at GCU to help you so you do not resort to academic dishonesty?

5.0
 Module 5 DQ 2

Now that you have completed the first few modules of this course, explain your feelings toward the online classroom setting. What were your opinions before you started this course? Have your opinions changed? Explain your answer.

5.0
Tests/QuizzesModule 5 Quiz.docx70.0
Participation 20.0

Duration: 7 daysTopic 6: This Is a GCU Assignment

Description: 
Objectives: 
  1. Explain the relationship between the module objectives, the assignment, and the rubric.
  2. Differentiate among various course assignment components.
Topic Material:
Lecture Note1. UNV-108 Lecture 6

Read Lecture 6.

UNV-108 Lecture 6
Textbook1. University Success

Read chapter 6.

http://gcumedia.com/digital-resources/grand-canyon-university/2012/university-success_ebook_2e.php

Electronic Resource1. NES Essential Academic Skills Test Tutorialhttp://lc.gcumedia.com/unv108/nes-tutorial/nes-tutorial-v1.1.swf

Additional Material1. Module 6 Journal Entry Form

Use this journal entry form to complete the week's journal entry.

UNV108.v10R.Module 6 Journal Entry Form.docx
2. Understanding a GCU Assignment Worksheet

Use the worksheet to complete the module assignment.

UNV108.v10R.Understanding a GCU Assignment Worksheet.docx
Gradable ItemsDetailsPoints Possible
AssignmentsUnderstanding a GCU Assignment Worksheet

There are many parts to an assignment at GCU. Knowing how to read a GCU assignment ensures successful completion of the assignment.

1. Complete the "Understanding a GCU Assignment Worksheet."

2. GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

100.0
 Module 6 Journal Entry

Throughout this course, you will be asked to reflect on various topics in journal entries. Your Module 6 entry will be about Priorities.

1. Complete the Module 6 Journal Entry according to the instructions on the "Module 6 Journal Entry Form."

2. GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

30.0
 UNV-108 Essential Skills Test and Reflection

1. Take the NES Essential Academic Skills test. Before you begin, you should view the tutorial on how to take the test and how to submit your results to the instructor. The tutorial will also provide you with the link to the NES test website.

http://lc.gcumedia.com/unv108/nes-tutorial/nes-tutorial-v1.1.swf

2. After you have recieved your score, write a 250-300-word reflection on taking the test. List your score on the test, discuss how you felt going into it, the areas of strength and weakness that were identified, and any plans to address areas for improvement.

10.0
Discussion QuestionsModule 6 DQ 1

After reading the Module 6 lecture in the online classroom, explain the relationship between the module objectives, the assignment, and the rubric. How is each component important to completing an assignment? What are some strategies you have developed to help you complete your assignments both accurately and efficiently?

5.0
 Module 6 DQ 2

When you read something that is well written, what does it tell you about the writer? How can improving your essay-writing skills be of help to you in the career you are pursuing or intend to pursue?

5.0
Participation 20.0

Duration: 7 daysTopic 7: This Is Your GCU

Description: 
Objectives: 
  1. Identify the necessary skills of a successful GCU student.
  2. Demonstrate the application of GCU resources to resolve common issues.
Topic Material:
Lecture Note1. UNV-108 Lecture 7

Read Lecture 7.

UNV-108 Lecture 7
Textbook1. University Success

Read chapter 7.

http://gcumedia.com/digital-resources/grand-canyon-university/2012/university-success_ebook_2e.php

Additional Material1. Module 7 Journal Entry Form

Use this journal entry form to complete the week's journal entry.

UNV108.v10R.Module 7 Journal Entry Form.docx
2. Personal Accountability PlanUNV108.v10R.Personal Accountability Plan.docx
Gradable ItemsDetailsPoints Possible
AssignmentsPersonal Accountability Plan

Now that you have had a chance to learn about what it takes to be a successful student at GCU, create a personal accountability plan to guide you in managing your time.

1. Complete this assignment using the "Personal Accountability Plan."

2. GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

95.0
 Module 7 Journal Entry

 

Throughout this course, you will be asked to reflect on various topics in journal entries. Your Module 7 entry will be about Strategy Planning.

1. Complete the Module 7 Journal Entry according to the instructions on the "Module 7 Journal Entry Form."

2. GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

 

30.0
Discussion QuestionsModule 7 DQ 1

As you continue in your studies you will be required to write essays. What is your next course? How prepared do you feel in writing an essay for that course? What writing strategies have you learned in this course that you expect to use throughout your studies at Grand Canyon University?

5.0
 Module 7 DQ 2

Critical thinking involves self-reflection. You are not the same person who began this course 7 weeks ago; you have learned and grown during this course. Provide a summary of the highlights of your learning personally, professionally, and academically during this course. What things have worked best for you as a student in this course? What things did not go as well as you had hoped? What can you do differently in your next course to ensure your educational success?

5.0
Participation 20.0

Grade Scale
Letter GradeGPA ValueMinimumMaximumInterpretation of Level of Performance
Superior; outstanding scholarship
Superior; outstanding scholarship
Superior; outstanding scholarship
Above average; good work
Average standard performance
Average standard performance
Below standard
Failure
Course work is incomplete
Authorized withdrawal; no credit

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