Student Development Courses – Essential Elements
Student Development courses focus on a broad range of knowledge, skills, mindsets, and behaviors that support the learning and success of our students in school and in life. While not all of these elements may be covered in each course, this grid of key topics is intended to reflect an overall framework within which each course is developed.
All first-time at ACC students with fewer than 12 semester hours of successful college credit must take the EDUC 1300 course in their first semester at ACC.
General Studies students, and all other students with 12 or more semester hours have the option of choosing EDUC 1300 or a Speech course from the Component Area Option (090) of the Core Curriculum List.
EDUC 1300 / 1200 / 1100
These transferable core courses cover:
- Research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation
- Factors that impact learning
- Application of learning strategies, such as:
- Self-awareness, goal setting, mindset, and motivation
- Identifying and accessing college resources and services
- Managing Time and effort for successful outcomes.
- Reading, note-taking, writing, and test-taking skills
- Critical, creative, practical thinking skills
These courses are ideal for those who are:
- Entering college for the first time (mandatory for students with less than 12 college credit hours)
- Wanting to get the most out of their efforts.
- Returning after an extended absence
- Pursing an ACC degree / certificate (check your degree plan).
The Transition course is a developmental level one-credit/1 lab hour course generally taught over an 8-week sessions and available on all campuses at a variety of times. It is mandated for incoming first-time college students who have experienced difficulty in passing two or more of the assessment tests at a college-level. Students are placed in this course by counselors during the registration process. Other students may join the class as space permits.
Course Purpose: The purpose of this course is to facilitate students’ transition into and success at Austin Community College.
- To provide students with an orientation to the college experience, ACC, and the course itself.
- To assess students’ current expectations, motivation, strengths and areas for improvement.
- To assist students in setting effective academic, personal, and career goals.
- To insure students are familiar with college support services and resources.
- To increase students’ skills in self-management for successful outcomes.
To introduce essential learning and study skills for college-level work. Course Structure and Process: This course includes the following learning strategies: mini-lectures, individual application exercises, and both small and large group activities. In a relaxed, interactive environment. Key aspects of the transition into college will be explored along with self-management skills such as self-assessment, goal setting, time management, and effective use of resources. Effective study skills in the areas of listening and note-taking, reading, writing test preparation and test-taking will also be addressed.
Find SDEV 0111 sections under Student Development in the ACC Online Schedule.
College to Career Success
This one credit, workforce course provides students with strategies and knowledge which will increase their job readiness, employability, and success in college and career, it covers:
- Creating an attitude of success
- Researching jobs and careers
- Job search skills
- Job interviewing and communication skills
This course is ideal for:
- Those who would like to explore potential occupations and career options
- Those who want to initiate a job search process
- Those pursuing a workforce degree/certificate (check your degree plan)
This course is ideal for entering and continuing students who are not yet clear on their major, those who would like to explore potential occupations and career options, or those who want to initiate a job search process.
Find it in the ACC Online Schedule under Student Development.