First Year Seminar - Learning Framework Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Instructor Information

Office Location

Ware 205 G, Washington St Campus, Amarillo

Office Hours

Hours: M-R:1 - 5 pm ; F: 8 - 9 am

Open to scheduling appointments to accommodate student schedules, per request, email or call to schedule.

Course Information

COVID-19 Protocols

Recording Policy

Disability Statement

If you have a disability (learning, mental, physical) that affects your ability to participate effectively and have access to any program or service at Amarillo College please contact Disability Services at (806) 345-5639 . Our offices are located in the Student Service Center office 112. More information may be found at
Disability Services facilitates access to all programs and services according to the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as other federal and state laws.

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If you find you are unable to access material in an accessible format please contact the Disability Services Office at (806) 345-5639 . This office will work in conjunction with other campus resources to address and accommodate your issue in a timely manner.

Statement for Mental Health and Advocacy & Resource Center:

As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student's ability to participate in daily activities. Amarillo College offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus by calling the AC Counseling Center at 806-371-5900. The AC Counseling Center website is . Also, if you are in need of social services (affordable housing, utilities, transportation, food, clothing, childcare, medical/dental/vision, legal), please call the AC Advocacy & Resource Center at 806-371-5439. The AC Advocacy & Resource Center website is

Amarillo College Tutoring for Success Policy:

The Tutoring for Success policy applies to any student whose grade or performance in the course falls below a departmentally determined minimum threshold. In either of those cases, the instructor will direct the student to the appropriate tutoring service, which may be faculty-led, discipline-specific, and/or general. Under this policy, the instructor will follow specific departmental guidelines governing the use, duration, and grade component of the tutoring need.

Administrative Drop Policy

Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016

Student Withdrawal Procedures

Students who wish to withdraw from a course must complete all steps indicated on the Academic Withdrawal Request form by the course withdrawal deadline.

NOTE: Students who are attending Texas institutions of higher education, for the first time fall 2007 and later, may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career. This withdrawal limitation does not include dual credit or developmental classes (Senate Bill 1231 Rule 4.10.) For more information on Drop and Withdrawal Policies, please visit the Registrar's Office Web site.

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EDUC-1100-ST01 First Year Seminar - Learning Framework


Course Description

A study of the: research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition and motivation; factors that impact learning; and application of learning strategies. Theoretical models of strategic learning, cognition and motivation serve as the conceptual basis for the introduction of college-level student academic strategies. Students use assessment instruments (e.g., learning inventories) to help them identify their own strengths and weaknesses as strategic learners. Students are ultimately expected to integrate and apply the learning skills discussed across their own academic programs and become effective and efficient learners. Students developing these skills should be able to continually draw from the theoretical models they have learned.

Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website

Department Expectations

Occupational License Disclaimer

Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(1 sem hr; 1 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type


Syllabus Information


All content is within Blackboard; not textbook or access code required. A USB key/flashdrive is suggest. Google applications will be used.


Student must have the following items for this class each day:

  • Computer/internet access

All students enrolling in this class must have access to a working computer, active and functioning internet service, Microsoft Word or some other type of word processing program, Adobe Acrobat Reader and exhibit computer competency. Google applications will be used.

Adobe Acrobat Reader may be downloaded FREE from

Assistance with Computer Access

If you do not have a computer, you may access the computers at the AC Library or AC Library Academic Computing Center. Click on the link below to access phone numbers, hours of operation and locations for all Amarillo College libraries and computing centers:

Student Performance

Learning Outcomes - Students will:

1 - Evaluate strengths, abilities, values and motivations and apply personal, educational, and career goal-setting.

2 - Determine appropriate campus wrap around services for assistance and engage in strategies to successfully navigate the college and to overcome personal and academic challenges.

3 - Engage with their Community and Career Pathway by exploring their degree program(s) and evaluating the extent to which degree and career expectations align with personal interests and goals.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

  • This is not a lecture-based course.  A large majority of the content will be derived through conversations, activities, and self-exploration.  You must participate to earn a passing grade in this course.  You get out of this course what you put into this course, you will learn a lot about yourself, including how to be successful in college.
  • You are expected to behave in the classroom in a manner that is supportive of the learning environment. Behaviors that are not supported include, but are not limited to: non-participation, tardiness/leaving early, electronic device noises, talking at inappropriate times, and using abusive, offensive or disrespectful behavior/language. 
  • You should address and sign all e-mails sent to your instructor and classmates. E-mails, like all academic work, should be proofread, should not include slang or abbreviations, and should not resemble text messages. 
  • You should put your cell phone on vibrate or silence during class.
  • You should expect to have all homework completed when it is assigned to be successful.  This is especially true for preparatory homework like course readings, online activities, or videos. 
  • If you are caught plagiarizing or cheating, you will receive a failing grade for the assignment. According to the Amarillo College Student Code of Conduct, plagiarism is the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another's work and the acknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one's own written work. If you are caught plagiarizing or cheating more than once, the instructor has the right to take appropriate actions as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Please review the Student Code of Conduct for a complete understanding of rules and policies.

Grading Criteria



E-Portfolio Link  - Share 5%
Annotated Bibliography  20%
Portfolio  70%
Syllabus 5%

Grades in this course are not given, they are earned.  As a student, you will be required to complete the necessary work to earn your grade.

Overall Course Grades are broken down in this manner:

Letter Grade Numerical Grade
A 89.5-100
B 79.5-89.4
C 69.5-79.4
D 59.5-69.4
F 59.4 and below

All work must be turned in on time.  If work is submitted late, it is subject to point or percentage deductions.

Students need to email/call the faculty member prior to any absence to develop arrangements for classwork or homework submission.  It is at faculty discretion, to what is reasonable or acceptable absences and timeliness of absent work submission.  As soon as you know you must miss a class session, please contact your faculty member.


Regular attendance is essential for satisfactory completion of this course. Daily attendance in any online course is actively logging in, reading content, and completing assignments on-time. It is recommended that you check your email (AC) several times daily.

Leaving class more than 5 minutes prior to dismissal time or arriving more than 10 minutes late to class (without instructor permission) will be counted as an absence. As long as social distancing protocols are in place, online presence is expected for attendance during the hybrid class meetings times, depending on your group assignment.

If you are unable to attend class, please follow these guidelines to begin a conversation with your instructor.

  1. Email your instructor as you as you are able.  In your email, give your instructor a timeline for returning to the classroom.
  2. If a personal issue is keeping you from attending class, please let your instructor know.  S/he may have access to resources to assist you in returning to class sooner.
  3. If you would prefer to call your instructor (instead of emailing), and you receive the instructor's voicemail, please leave the following information:

a. Name

b. AC ID Number

c. Course (EDUC 110), time, days of the week

d. Call back number



Refer to the Blackboard for specific information and expectations for daily and weekly course work.

WEEK 1 – Who I Am

WEEK 2 - What I Need

WEEK 3 - What I Need

WEEK 4 - What is My Plan

WEEK 5 - What is My Plan

WEEK 6 - What is My Plan

WEEK 7 - Who I Am, What I Want, How I Will Achieve

WEEK 8 - Who I Am, What I Want, How I Will Achieve

Additional Information

Peer Mentors

In this course, you will have the support of peer mentors, in addition to your instructor.  Below you will find contact information for your course section's peer mentors.  Please reach to your mentors when you need assistance throughout the year. 

Peer Mentor: n/a refer to Diamon Hughes and Joshua Allen

Email address: 

There is no final exam for this course, but you will submit a final portfolio, which is 15% of the total grade.

Your participation in class and online helps you learn more and makes the class more interesting. Mark your calendar today to attend each class.

Honesty, integrity, and respect will guide this course. You are expected to treat all participants with respect at all times.  In discussing controversial issues, it is important that students feel comfortable expressing their opinion, yet it is imperative that students refrain from using derogatory or offensive language.

Peer Tutoring

Peer Mentors are available daily at the information desk in Ware,1st floor, or in WARE 205F to assist students with homework and navigating Blackboard. Peer Mentors also hold Google Meet sessions weekly.

Syllabus Created on:

06/21/22 7:58 AM

Last Edited on:

06/21/22 10:11 AM