Academic Achievement Center (AAC)

Courses

AAC 100   Study Skills (1 Hour)

This self-instructional course is designed to improve students' ability to study efficiently. Based on the results of a study skills survey administered during the student's initial visit to the center, an individualized program is established. Using instructional material provided by the AAC, students will master a variety of concepts, including time management, goal setting, textbook reading, note taking from textbook and from lecture, stress management, test taking and using college resources. An Academic Achievement Center instructor is available to work with the student to establish specific instructional goals, administer tests, and provide individualized instruction as it is needed to complete the student's program. This course does not fulfill degree requirements and is not federal aid eligible. 20 hrs./semester.

AAC 101   Study Skills Mini-Course (1 Hour)

This class is a regularly scheduled class designed to improve students' ability to study efficiently. The focus is an array of skills the college student needs, i.e., test-taking skills and note-taking skills, using a textbook, critical reading and memory recall, and effective listening and classroom strategies. Also covered are services the college offers to facilitate the learning experience for the college student, i.e., the Writing Center, the Math Resource Center, the Academic Achievement Center, the Student Success Center and the Billington Library. The format includes reading, discussion and application activities. This course does not fulfill degree requirements. This course does not fulfill degree requirements and is not federal aid eligible.

AAC 102   Basic Spelling (3 Hours)

This self-instructional course is for students who wish to improve their spelling ability but who have not been successful in the traditional spelling program. This course provides a highly structured approach to spelling improvement through mastery of morphographs (units of meaning) and guidelines for combining morphographs. A limited number of spelling rules are taught in the course. This course is ideal for students for whom English is a second language. An Academic Achievement Center instructor is available to work with students to establish specific goals, administer tests, and provide individualized instruction as needed to complete the students' program. This course does not fulfill degree requirements and is not federal aid eligible. 16 hrs./semester.

AAC 106   Vocabulary Development (1 Hour)

This self-instructional course is designed for college students who wish to expand both their receptive and expressive vocabulary levels. College students are expected to be able to recognize and use vocabularies specific to specialized and changing contents, i.e., data processing, sociology and business. A vocabulary placement test will be administered to determine a starting level. Instructional material provided by the AAC includes Latin and Greek derivatives, specialized vocabulary, stated and implied meanings as well as the process of acquisition (context clues, etymology and derivatives). An Academic Achievement Center instructor is available to work with the student to establish specific instructional goals, administer tests and provide individualized instruction as needed to complete the student's program. This course does not fulfill degree requirements and is not federal aid eligible. 20 hrs./semester.

AAC 112   Basic Math Review (1 Hour)

This self-instructional course is designed for students who need to learn or review basic mathematical concepts. Based on the results of a pretest administered during the student's initial visit to the Center, an individualized program is established. While one student may begin the program with multiplication facts, another may begin with solving proportions or equations. Instructional material is provided by the AAC. An Academic Achievement Center instructor is available to work with the student to establish specific instructional goals, administer tests and to provide individualized instruction as needed to complete the student's program. This course does not fulfill degree requirementsand is not federal aid eligible. 20 hrs./semester.

AAC 113   Algebra Preparation (1 Hour)

This self-instructional course is designed for students who possess basic math skills and want to learn basic concepts in algebra. Based on the results of a pretest administered during the student's initial visit to the center, an individualized program is established. Using instructional material provided by the AAC, students will master a variety of concepts, including the terminology of mathematics and algebra, simplifying open expressions, solving algebraic equations and other concepts. An Academic Achievement Center instructor will be available to work with the student to establish specific instructional goals, administer tests and provide individualized instruction as needed to complete the student's program. This course does not fulfill degree requirements and is not federal aid eligible. 20 hrs./semester.

AAC 120   Individualized Study (1 Hour)

This self-instructional course is designed for students who want to improve in any of the following AAC areas: study skills, reading comprehension, reading rate, vocabulary improvement, advanced spelling, basic math, algebra preparation or chemistry preparation. Once the area of study has been determined, a pretest will be administered by the instructor and a program of study will be developed using materials provided by the AAC. An Academic Achievement Center instructor is available to work with students to establish specific goals, administer tests, and to provide individualized instruction needed to complete the student's program. This course does not fulfill degree requirements and is not federal aid eligible. 20 hrs./semester.

AAC 125   College/Life Success (3 Hours)

This is a course designed to introduce the skills necessary for college and career success. The purpose is to assist students in identifying and integrating strengths, individual personality type, learning style and study strategies into their college and life experiences. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

AAC 135   Career and Life Planning (3 Hours)

This course helps students make decisions about their college majors, careers and other life goals. It emphasizes career research as a tool for making current career decisions and meeting changes in the future workplace. Students learn a systematic approach for making career and life decisions based on their personalities, interest, skills and values.

AAC 150   Job Search Skills (1 Hour)

This class presents the skills students need to conduct an effective job search, including locating job leads, writing resumes, employment interviewing and job correspondence. Additionally, students will explore the importance of adapting to changes in the workplace to ensure their job survival and success. The class consists of lectures, activities, discussion and exercises in the career planning and job search process.

AAC 100

  • Title: Study Skills
  • Number: AAC 100
  • Effective Term: 2016-17
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Contact Hours: 1
  • Lecture Hours: 1

Description:

This self-instructional course is designed to improve students' ability to study efficiently. Based on the results of a study skills survey administered during the student's initial visit to the center, an individualized program is established. Using instructional material provided by the AAC, students will master a variety of concepts, including time management, goal setting, textbook reading, note taking from textbook and from lecture, stress management, test taking and using college resources. An Academic Achievement Center instructor is available to work with the student to establish specific instructional goals, administer tests, and provide individualized instruction as it is needed to complete the student's program. This course does not fulfill degree requirements and is not federal aid eligible. 20 hrs./semester.

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

Individual student goals will be based on the student's pretest; however, those goals will be selected from the course objectives listed below.
  1. List and apply classroom strategies for college success.
  2. Establish and follow an effective study schedule.
  3. Set realistic goals and manage time to reach those goals.
  4. Apply a reading-studying technique that includes pre-reading, reading with notetaking or textbook marking, and reviewing.
  5. Adjust the reading-studying technique based on instructor's purpose, student's background and textbook.
  6. Take effective notes from lecture, applying listening techniques.
  7. Apply mnemonic techniques.
  8. Apply test preparation and test taking techniques that are tailored to the examination.
  9. Utilize college resources, including the library and support facilities, i. e., the Writing Center, the Academic Achievement Center and the Math Resource Center.
  10. Adjust to the demands and stresses of college life.

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Determine Baseline Competency by Taking Pre-Test

II. List and Apply Strategies for College Success
   A. Demonstrate appropriate classroom behavior.
   B. Attend class on a regular basis.
   C. Maintain attentive demeanor.
   D. Participate in class discussions.

III. Establish and Follow an Effective Study Schedule
   A. Create a weekly study schedule.
   B. Create a study schedule for semester as a whole.
   C. Describe an effective physical setting for study environment.

IV. Set Realistic Goals and Manage Time to Reach Those Goals
   A. Evaluate class expectations within time limitations.
   B. List personal goals.

V. Apply a Study-Reading Technique
   A. Explain the SQ3R or similar study method.
   B. Explain pre-reading strategies (previewing).
   C. Demonstrate textbook marking strategies.
   D. Apply the Cornell System for note-taking.
   E. Explain the need for reviewing text notes.
   F. Apply reviewing strategies.

VI. Adjust Reading-Studying Techniques Based on Instructor's Purpose,
Student's Background and Textbook
   A. Identify several purposes instructors may use for assignments.
   B. Identify specific class purposes set by current instructor(s).
   C. Analyze own background (strengths, weaknesses, interest level, in
conjunction with given course).
   D. Identify organizational patterns used in textbooks.

VII. Take Effective Notes From Lectures and Apply Listening Techniques
   A. Demonstrate the Cornell System of note-taking.
   B. Explain strategies for effective listening.

VIII. Apply Mnemonic Devices
   A. Explain mnemonic techniques.
   B. Give examples of mnemonic techniques.
   C. Apply mnemonic techniques in personal study situations.

IX. Apply Test Preparation and Test-Taking Techniques
   A. Explain several test-taking strategies.
   B. Compare different test types.
   C. List strategies for taking essay tests.
   D. List strategies for taking objective tests.
   E. Predict test questions for given course.

X. Utilize College Resources Including Library and College Support
Services
   A. Identify college support services (Writing Center, AAC, Math
Resource Center, Student Access, Tutors).
   B. Obtain a college library card.
   C. Make use of library services.

XI. Adjust to Demands and Stresses of College Life
   A. Identify several stressors for college students.
   B. Explain stress management techniques.
   C. Evaluate stress management techniques in personal lifestyle.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Chapter tests, graded assignments and notebook completion.  During the
first five hours of study in the Academic Achievement Center, each student
will be asked to select one of the following grading systems. Regardless
of the grading system chosen, each student must complete a required number
of chapter tests and graded assignments, attaining a score of 70% or
greater on each chapter test or graded assignment. (Students must continue
completing graded assignments during their Academic Achievement Center
required time.) Chapter tests constitute 80% of the course grade, and the
notebook makes up 20% of the course grade. Consult with an instructor
before selecting the pass/fail or the standard grading system.

Pass/Fail: In order to receive a grade of "P" (pass), the student must
complete the minimum required chapter tests at 70%, must complete at least
20 hours of study in the Academic Achievement Center prior to taking the
post-test, must submit a course notebook for evaluation, and must show
improvement based on the pre-test and the post-test scores. Failure to
complete any of the above will result in the "F" grade.

Standard Letter Grade System:
20-30+ hours of study in the Academic Achievement Center, minimum required
chapter tests at 70%, course notebook, improvement based on the pretest and
posttest scores.

Grading Criteria:
 90-100% and 30+ hours = A
 80- 89% and 25+ hours = B
 70- 79% and 20+ hours = C
 60- 69% and 20+ hours = D
Below 60% or <20 hours = F

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

  1. It is the student's responsibility to read the course syllabus, A.A.C. information sheet, program sheet and any other material provided to the student by the A.A.C. staff in which procedures, policies, grading guidelines, etc., are explained.
  2. No more than four (4) hours per day will count towards the required hours.

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an email or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

AAC 101

  • Title: Study Skills Mini-Course
  • Number: AAC 101
  • Effective Term: 2016-17
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Contact Hours: 1
  • Lecture Hours: 1

Description:

This class is a regularly scheduled class designed to improve students' ability to study efficiently. The focus is an array of skills the college student needs, i.e., test-taking skills and note-taking skills, using a textbook, critical reading and memory recall, and effective listening and classroom strategies. Also covered are services the college offers to facilitate the learning experience for the college student, i.e., the Writing Center, the Math Resource Center, the Academic Achievement Center, the Student Success Center and the Billington Library. The format includes reading, discussion and application activities. This course does not fulfill degree requirements. This course does not fulfill degree requirements and is not federal aid eligible.

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives


  1. List and apply classroom strategies for college success.
  2. Establish and follow an effective study schedule.
  3. Set realistic goals and manage time to reach those goals.
  4. Apply a reading-studying technique that includes pre-reading, reading with note-taking or textbook marking, and reviewing.
  5. Adjust the reading-studying technique based on instructor's purpose, student's background and text characteristics.
  6. Take effective notes from lecture, applying listening techniques.
  7. Apply mnemonic techniques.
  8. Apply test preparation and test-taking techniques that are tailored to the examination.
  9. Utilize college resources including the library and support facilities, such as the Writing Center, the Academic Achievement Center, the Math Center.

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. List and Apply Strategies for College Success
    A. Demonstrate appropriate classroom behavior.
    B. Attend class on a regular basis.
    C. Maintain attentive demeanor.
    D. Participate in class discussions.

II. Establish and Follow an Effective Study Schedule
    A. Create a weekly study schedule.
    B. Create a study schedule for semester as a whole.
    C. Describe an effective physical setting for study environment.

III. Set Realistic Goals and Manage Time to Reach Those Goals
    A. Evaluate class expectations within time limitations.
    B. List personal goals.

IV. Apply a Study-Reading Technique
    A. Explain the SQ3R or similar study method.
    B. Explain pre-reading strategies (previewing).
    C. Demonstrate textbook marking strategies.
    D. Apply the Cornell System for note-taking.
    E. Explain the need for reviewing text notes.
    F. Apply reviewing strategies.

V. Adjust the Reading-Studying Techniques Based on Instructor’s Purpose,
Student’s Background and Textbook
    A. Identify several purposes instructors may use for assignments.
    B. Identify specific class purposes set by current instructor(s).
    C. Analyze own background (strengths, weaknesses, interest level) in
conjunction with given course.
    D. Identify organizational patterns used in textbooks.

VI. Take Effective Notes From Lectures and Apply Listening Techniques
    A. Demonstrate the Cornell System of note-taking.
    B. Explain strategies for effective listening.

VII. Apply Mnemonic Devices
    A. Explain mnemonic techniques.
    B. Give examples of mnemonic techniques.
    C. Apply mnemonic techniques in personal study situations.

VIII. Apply Test Preparation and Test-Taking Strategies
    A. Explain several test-taking strategies.
    B. Compare different test types.
    C. List strategies for taking essay tests.
    D. List strategies for taking objective tests.
    E. Predict test questions for given course.

IX. Utilize College Resources Including the Library and College Support
Services
    A. Identify college support services (Writing Center, AAC, Math
Resource Center, Student Access, tutors).
    B. Obtain a college library card.
    C. Make use of library services.

X. Adjust to the Demands and Stresses of College Life
    A. Identify several stressors for college students.
    B. Explain stress management techniques.
    C. Evaluate stress management techniques in personal lifestyle.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Homework and in-class work  30 - 40% of grade
Quizzes and projects        25 - 35% of grade
Class notebook              10 - 20% of grade
Final examination           15 - 25% of grade
 Total                        100%

NOTEBOOK: At the end of the course, the students’ notebooks will be
collected. A three-ring notebook is required. Using the course outline,
the student should organize his notebook sequentially as the class is
organized, keeping all handouts, assignments, quizzes, etc., organized
thematically.

Grading Criteria:

 90 -100% = A
 80-  89% = B
 70-  79% = C
 60-  69% = D
  0 - 59% = F

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an email or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

AAC 102

  • Title: Basic Spelling
  • Number: AAC 102
  • Effective Term: 2016-17
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Description:

This self-instructional course is for students who wish to improve their spelling ability but who have not been successful in the traditional spelling program. This course provides a highly structured approach to spelling improvement through mastery of morphographs (units of meaning) and guidelines for combining morphographs. A limited number of spelling rules are taught in the course. This course is ideal for students for whom English is a second language. An Academic Achievement Center instructor is available to work with students to establish specific goals, administer tests, and provide individualized instruction as needed to complete the students' program. This course does not fulfill degree requirements and is not federal aid eligible. 16 hrs./semester.

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives


  1. Use morphographs as a spelling aid
  2. Distinguish vowels from consonants
  3. Combine morphographs
  4. Apply spelling generalizations
  5. Spell plural forms
  6. Spell contractions
  7. Identify spelling variations

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Determine Baseline Competency by Taking a Pre-Test

II. Use Morphographs as a Spelling Aid
   A. Identify morphographs as a unit of meaning.
   B. Apply knowledge of morphographs as a key to spelling.
   C. Identify word/non-word morphographs.
   D. Compare and contrast morphographs and syllables.

III. Distinguish Vowels From Consonants

IV. Combine Morphographs to Form Multi-Morphographic Words

V. Apply Spelling Generalizations
   A. State and apply the final-e rule.
   B. State and apply the doubling rule.
   C. State and apply the rule concerning "y" and "w" as vowels.
   D. State and apply the y-to-i rule.
   E. State and apply the "en" variation rule.
   F. State and apply the "al" variation rule.
   G. State and apply the "or" ending rule.

VI. Use Spelling Guidelines to Correctly Spell Plurals (example: thieves,
churches)

VII. Use Spelling Guidelines to Correctly Spell Contractions

VIII. Identify Spelling Variations

IX. Determine Completion Competency by Taking Post-Test

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Tests (chapter, midterm, final)    70% of course grade
Workbook                           30% of course grade
                                  100%

Grading Criteria:
 90 -100% = A
 80-  89% = B
 70-  79% = C
 60-  69% = D
Below 60% = F

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

  1. It is the student's responsibility to read the course syllabus, A.A.C. information sheet, program sheet and any other material provided to the student by the A.A.C. staff in which procedures, policies, grading guidelines, etc. are explained.
  2. Corrected workbook pages will be collected and will not be returned to the student.
  3. Instructional material is presented through video taped lessons produced by JCCC. These tapes are available for use in the Academic Achievement Center.

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an email or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

AAC 106

  • Title: Vocabulary Development
  • Number: AAC 106
  • Effective Term: 2016-17
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Contact Hours: 1
  • Lecture Hours: 1

Description:

This self-instructional course is designed for college students who wish to expand both their receptive and expressive vocabulary levels. College students are expected to be able to recognize and use vocabularies specific to specialized and changing contents, i.e., data processing, sociology and business. A vocabulary placement test will be administered to determine a starting level. Instructional material provided by the AAC includes Latin and Greek derivatives, specialized vocabulary, stated and implied meanings as well as the process of acquisition (context clues, etymology and derivatives). An Academic Achievement Center instructor is available to work with the student to establish specific instructional goals, administer tests and provide individualized instruction as needed to complete the student's program. This course does not fulfill degree requirements and is not federal aid eligible. 20 hrs./semester.

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an advanced level of vocabulary.
  2. Utilize context clues to derive meaning.
  3. Recognize the meanings of Latin and Greek derivatives and use those derivatives to determine meaning.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency using all parts of a standard collegiate dictionary.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to differentiate between stated and implied meanings of words.
  6. Recognize and correctly use idioms and foreign phrases.
  7. Integrate newly acquired vocabulary words into student's own writings.

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Determine Baseline Vocabulary Level by Taking a Pretest

II. Apply Context Clues to Derive Meaning
   A. Identify clues stated with punctuation.
   B. Identify clues without punctuation.
   C. Identify clues implied or stated through contrast.
   D. Identify clues that are implied only.
   E. Apply context clues in study materials as well as materials of
self-selection.

III. Demonstrate Knowledge of Latin and Greek Derivatives
   A. Define Latin and Greek derivatives.
   B. Apply knowledge of Latin and Greek derivatives to determine meaning
of new words.

IV. Demonstrate Proficiency in the Use of a Standard Collegiate
Dictionary
   A. Locate and explain definition sequences.
   B. Locate and explain etymologies.
   C. Locate and explain notations for parts of speech.
   D. Locate and explain homographs.
   E. Locate and explain synonyms.
   F. Locate and define foreign expressions.
   G. Locate and define idioms.
   H. Locate and explain abbreviations.
   I. Locate information in appendices.

V. Differentiate Between Stated and Implied Meanings
   A. Explain connotation and give examples.
   B. Explain denotation and give examples.

VI. Recognize and Correctly Use Idioms

VII. Recognize and Correctly Use Foreign Expressions

VIII. Integrate Newly Acquired Vocabulary Into Student's Own Writing
Vocabulary
   A. Compose original sentences using new vocabulary correctly.
   B. Complete notebooks of all assignments, handouts, and work.

IX. Determine Completion Vocabulary Level By Taking Post-Test

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Chapter tests, graded assignments, comparison of baseline and
completion vocabulary scores, and completion of course notebook. During
the first five hours of study in the Academic Achievement Center, each
student will be asked to select one of the following grading systems.
Regardless of the grading system chosen, each student must complete a
required number of chapter tests, attaining a score of 70% or greater on
each chapter. (Students are expected to complete graded tests and
assignments throughout the mandatory time requirements of the specified
grading system.) Chapter tests constitute 80% of the course grade, and the
notebook makes up 20% of the course grade.  Students should consult with an
instructor before selecting the pass/fail or the standard grading system.

Pass/Fail: In order to receive a grade of "P" (pass), the student must
complete the minimum required chapter tests at 70%, must complete at least
20 hours of study in the Academic Achievement Center prior to taking
posttest, must submit a course notebook for evaluation, and must show
improvement based on the pretest and the posttest scores. Failure to
complete any of the above will result in the "F" grade.

Standard Letter Grade System: 20-30+ hours of study in the Academic
Achievement Center, required number of chapter tests at 70%, course
notebook, improvement based on the pretest and posttest scores.

Grading Criteria:
 90 - 100% and 30+ hours = A
 80 -  89% and 25+ hours = B
 70 -  79% and 20+ hours = C
 60 -  69% and 20+ hours = D
 Below 60% or < 20 hours = F

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

  1. It is the student's responsibility to read the course syllabus, A.A.C. information sheet, program sheet and any other material provided to the student by the A.A.C. staff in which procedures, policies, grading guidelines, etc., are explained.
  2. No more than four (4) hours per day will count toward the required hours.

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an email or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

AAC 112

  • Title: Basic Math Review
  • Number: AAC 112
  • Effective Term: 2016-17
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Contact Hours: 1
  • Lecture Hours: 1

Description:

This self-instructional course is designed for students who need to learn or review basic mathematical concepts. Based on the results of a pretest administered during the student's initial visit to the Center, an individualized program is established. While one student may begin the program with multiplication facts, another may begin with solving proportions or equations. Instructional material is provided by the AAC. An Academic Achievement Center instructor is available to work with the student to establish specific instructional goals, administer tests and to provide individualized instruction as needed to complete the student's program. This course does not fulfill degree requirementsand is not federal aid eligible. 20 hrs./semester.

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. The student will demonstrate the ability to perform the computation of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers at 70% accuracy without use of the calculator.
  2. The student will demonstrate the ability to perform the computation of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions and mixed numbers at 70% accuracy without use of the calculator.
  3. The student will demonstrate the ability to perform the computation of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of decimal fractions at 70% accuracy without use of the calculator.
  4. The student will demonstrate the ability to perform the computation of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of percentages at 70% accuracy without use of the calculator.
  5. The student will demonstrate the ability to solve problems using ratios and proportions at 70% accuracy without use of the calculator.
  6. The student will demonstrate the ability to use signed numbers, scientific notation and metric conversions to solve problems at 70% accuracy.
  7. The student will demonstrate the ability to use basic geometric formulas at 70% accuracy.
  8. The student will demonstrate the ability to use descriptive statistics at 70% accuracy.
  9. The student will demonstrate the ability to select and apply the appropriate procedures to solve mathematical problems.

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Determine Baseline Competency Level by Taking Pretest 

II. Demonstrate the Ability to Perform Computations Involving Whole
Numbers
   A. Add whole numbers.
   B. Subtract whole numbers.
   C. Multiply whole numbers.
   D. Divide whole numbers.
   E. Compute word problems involving whole numbers.

III. Demonstrate the Ability to Perform Computations Involving Fractions
and Mixed Numbers
   A. Identify factors for Least Common Multiples and Lowest Common
Denominators.
   B. Simplify fractions.
   C. Change improper fractions to whole or mixed numbers.
   D. Solve problems involving addition of fractions and mixed numbers.
   E. Solve problems involving subtraction of fractions and mixed
numbers.
   F. Solve problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed
numbers.
   G. Solve problems involving division of fractions and mixed numbers.
   H. Solve word problems by correctly using the computations necessary.

IV. Demonstrate the Ability to Perform Computations Involving Decimals
   A. Change decimals to fractions and fractions to decimals.
   B. Evaluate decimals according to place value.
   C. Round decimals to the nearest tenth, hundredth and thousandth.
   D. Solve problems involving addition of decimals.
   E. Solve problems involving subtraction of decimals.
   F. Solve problems involving multiplication of decimals.
   G. Solve problems involving division of decimals.
   H. Approximate answers by rounding and solving.
   I. Compute word problems involving decimals.

V. Demonstrate the Ability to Perform Computations Involving Percentages
   A. Explain the meaning of percent.
   B. Change percents to decimal fractions.
   C. Change decimal fractions to percents.
   D. Change fractions to percents.
   E. Solve word problems involving percentages.

VI. Demonstrate the Ability to Solve Problems Using Ratio and Proportion
   A. Explain the meaning of ratio.
   B. Explain the meaning of proportion.
   C. Solve problems involving equations and proportions.
   D. Compute word problems involving ratio and proportion.

VII. Demonstrate the Ability to Use Signed Numbers, Scientific Notation
and Metric Conversions
   A. Add, subtract, multiply and divide using signed numbers.
   B. Explain powers of ten.
   C. Explain and apply the rules of order when computing.
   D. Solve problems using multiplication and division of numbers written
in scientific notation.

VIII. Demonstrate the Ability to Use Basic Geometric Formulas
   A. Find area of geometric shapes.
   B. Find perimeters of geometric shapes.
   C. Compare American and metric units of measure.
   D. Define and compute square roots.
   E. Find the volume and capacity of given units.
   F. Compute problems of weight, mass and time.
   G. Compute problems of temperature.

IX. Use Descriptive Statistics
   A. Define average, median and mode.
   B. Compute averages, medians and modes.
   C. Use graphic representations (tables, charts, pictographs, bar
graphs, and/or circle graphs) to solve problems.

X. Demonstrate the Ability to Select and Apply the Appropriate Procedures
to Solve Mathematical Problems 

XI. Determine Completion Competency by Completing Post-Test

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Graded chapter tests and notebook completion. During the first five
hours of study in the Academic Achievement Center, each student will be
asked to select one of the following grading systems. Regardless of the
grading system chosen, each student is required to complete a specific
number of tests determined by the instructional material.  Chapter tests
constitute 80% of the course grade, and the notebook makes up 20% of the
course grade. Students should consult with an instructor before selecting
the pass/fail or the standard grading system.

Pass/Fail: In order to receive a grade of "P" (pass), the student must
complete the minimum required chapter tests at 70%, must complete at least
20 hours of study in the Academic Achievement Center prior to taking to
posttest, must submit a course notebook for evaluation, and must show
improvement based on the pretest and the posttest scores. Failure to
complete any of the above will result in the "F" grade.

Standard Letter Grade System:
20-30+ hours of study in the Academic Achievement Center, required number
of chapter tests at 70%, course notebook, improvement based on the pretest
and posttest scores.

Grading Criteria:
 90 - 100% and 30+ hours = A
 80 -  89% and 25+ hours = B
 70 -  79% and 20+ hours = C
 60 -  69% and 20+ hours = D
 Below 60%  or <20 hours = F

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

  1. It is the student's responsibility to read the course syllabus, A.A.C. information sheet, program sheet and any other material provided to the student by the A.A.C. staff in which procedures, policies, grading guidelines, etc., are explained.
  2. No more than four (4) hours per day will count toward the required hours.

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an email or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

AAC 113

  • Title: Algebra Preparation
  • Number: AAC 113
  • Effective Term: 2016-17
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Contact Hours: 1
  • Lecture Hours: 1

Description:

This self-instructional course is designed for students who possess basic math skills and want to learn basic concepts in algebra. Based on the results of a pretest administered during the student's initial visit to the center, an individualized program is established. Using instructional material provided by the AAC, students will master a variety of concepts, including the terminology of mathematics and algebra, simplifying open expressions, solving algebraic equations and other concepts. An Academic Achievement Center instructor will be available to work with the student to establish specific instructional goals, administer tests and provide individualized instruction as needed to complete the student's program. This course does not fulfill degree requirements and is not federal aid eligible. 20 hrs./semester.

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. The student will demonstrate mastery of the language of algebra.
  2. The student will demonstrate the ability to simplify open algebraic expressions.
  3. The student will demonstrate the ability to differentiate counting numbers, integers and rational numbers.
  4. The student will demonstrate the ability to write algebraic expressions.
  5. The student will demonstrate the ability to solve algebraic equations.
  6. The student will demonstrate the ability to solve linear equations.
  7. The student will demonstrate the ability to find common solutions by graphing, adding and substitution.
  8. The student will demonstrate the ability to use the quadratic formula to solve problems.
  9. The student will demonstrate the ability to factor polynomials.
  10. The student will demonstrate the ability to solve equations using polynomial fractions.
  11. The student will demonstrate the ability to simplify radical expressions.
  12. The student will demonstrate the ability to write numbers in scientific notation and to use logarithms.
  13. The student will demonstrate the ability to solve word problems by correctly identifying the computations necessary.

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Determine Baseline Competency by Taking Pre-Test.

II. Demonstrate Mastery of the Language of Algebra
   A. Define set and give examples.
   B. Apply mathematical/algebraic signs { }, <, >, <, >, ( ), [ ].
   C. Define variable and give examples.

III. Simplify Open Equations
   A. Solve simple equations.
   B. Find truth sets.

IV. Demonstrate Mastery of Counting Numbers, Integers, and Rational
Numbers
   A. Compare and contrast counting numbers, integers, and rational
numbers.
   B. Solve problems using arithmetic of integers.
   C. Solve problems using arithmetic of rational numbers.
   D. Solve problems using algebra of rational numbers.

V. Write Algebraic Equations
   A. Simplify algebraic equations.
   B. Develop equations for word problems.

VI. Solve Algebraic Equations
   A. Solve equations using the set of integers.
   B. Solve pairs of equations.
   C. Solve equations and inequalities.
   D. Solve systems of equations.

VII. Solve Linear Equations

VIII. Find Common Solutions by Graphing, Addition, and Substitution
   A. Graph equations with 2 variables.
   B. Substitute variables to find solutions.

IX. Demonstrate Mastery of the Quadratic Formula and Ability to Solve
Quadratic Equations
   A. Solve quadratic equations by factoring.
   B. Solve quadratic equations by completing the square.
   C. Solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula.

X. Factor Polynomials

XI. Solve Equations Using Polynomial Fractions

XII. Simplify Radical Expressions
   A. Identify perfect squares.
   B   Simplify radical expressions.
   C. Locate position of irrational number on the real number line.
   D. Simplify nth-root expressions.
   E. Multiply binomials involving radical expressions.
   F. Simplify radical fractions.

XIII. Apply Scientific Notation and Use Logarithms
   A. Define exponent.
   B. Multiply like bases with rational number exponents.
   C. Divide like bases with rational number exponents.
   D. Write numbers in scientific notation.
   E. Locate logarithms on the table.
   F. Multiply and divide using logarithms.

XIV. Solve Word Problems by Determining the Correct Algebraic Process
   A. Solve problems involving coins of mixed value.
   B. Solve problems involving mixtures.
   C. Solve problems of time, distance, and rate.

XV. Determine Completion Competency by Taking the Post-Test

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Chapter tests and a completed course notebook.  During the first five
hours of study in the Academic Achievement Center, each student will be
asked to select one of the following grading systems. Regardless of the
grading system chosen, each student is required to complete a minimum of 4
chapter tests, attaining a score of 70% or greater on each chapter. Chapter
tests constitute 80% of the course grade, and the notebook makes up 20% of
the course grade. Students should consult with an instructor before
selecting the pass/fail or the standard grading system.

Pass/Fail: In order to receive a grade of “P” (pass), the student must
complete the minimum required chapter tests at 70%, must complete at least
20 hours of study in the Academic Achievement Center prior to taking to
posttest, must submit a course notebook for evaluation, and must show
improvement based on the pretest and the posttest scores. Failure to
complete any of the above will result in the “F” grade.

Standard Letter Grade System:
20-30+ hours of study in the Academic Achievement Center, minimum of 4
chapter tests at 70%, course notebook, improvement based on the pretest
and posttest scores.

Grading Criteria:
  90-100% and 30+ hours = A
  80- 89% and 25+ hours = B
  70- 79% and 20+ hours = C
  60- 69% and 20+ hours = D
Below 60%  or <20 hours = F

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

  1. It is the student's responsibility to read the course syllabus, A.A.C. information sheet, program sheet and any other material provided to the student by the A.A.C. staff in which procedures, policies, grading guidelines, etc., are explained.
  2. No more than four (4) hours per day will count toward the required hours.

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an email or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

AAC 120

  • Title: Individualized Study
  • Number: AAC 120
  • Effective Term: 2016-17
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Contact Hours: 1
  • Lecture Hours: 1

Description:

This self-instructional course is designed for students who want to improve in any of the following AAC areas: study skills, reading comprehension, reading rate, vocabulary improvement, advanced spelling, basic math, algebra preparation or chemistry preparation. Once the area of study has been determined, a pretest will be administered by the instructor and a program of study will be developed using materials provided by the AAC. An Academic Achievement Center instructor is available to work with students to establish specific goals, administer tests, and to provide individualized instruction needed to complete the student's program. This course does not fulfill degree requirements and is not federal aid eligible. 20 hrs./semester.

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Improve study skills
  2. Improve spelling
  3. Improve reading comprehension
  4. Increase reading rate
  5. Improve vocabulary
  6. Improve basic math skills
  7. Improve Algebra skills
  8. Improve Chemistry skills

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Study Skills (See content outline and competencies for AAC 100) 

II. Advanced Spelling (See content outline and competencies for AAC 103)

III. Reading Comprehension (See content outline and competencies for AAC
104)

IV. Reading Rate (See content outline and competencies for AAC 105)

V. Vocabulary Improvement (See content outline and competencies for AAC
106)

VI. Basic Math Review (See content outline and competencies for AAC 112)

VII. Algebra Preparation (See content outline and competencies for AAC
113)

VIII. Chemistry Preparation (See content outline and competencies for AAC
114)

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Chapter tests, graded assignments and notebook completion. During the
first five hours of study in the Academic Achievement Center, each student
will be asked to select one of the following grading systems.  Regardless
of the grading system chosen, each student is required to complete a
number of minimum chapter tests depending on the subject area selected
(usually between four and nine tests), attaining a score of 70% or greater
on each chapter. Chapter tests constitute 80% of the course grade, and the
notebook makes up 20% of the course grade. Students should consult with an
instructor before selecting the pass/fail or the standard grading system.

Pass/Fail: In order to receive a grade of “P” (pass), the student must
complete the minimum required chapter tests at 70%, must complete at least
20 hours of study in the Academic Achievement Center prior to taking to
posttest, must submit a course notebook for evaluation, and must show
improvement based on the pretest and the posttest scores. Failure to
complete any of the above will result in the “F” grade.

Standard Letter Grade System: 
20-30+ hours of study in the Academic Achievement Center, required number
of 4 chapter tests at 70%, course notebook, improvement based on the
pretest and posttest scores.

Grading Criteria:
 90 - 100% and 30+ hours = A
 80 -  89% and 25+ hours = B
 70 -  79% and 20+ hours = C
 60 -  69% and 20+ hours = D
 Below 60% or < 20 hours = F

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

  1. It is the student’s responsibility to read the course syllabus, AAC information sheet, program sheet and any other material provided to the student by the AAC staff in which procedures, policies, grading guidelines, etc., are explained.
  2. No more than four (4) hours per day will count toward the required hours.

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an email or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

AAC 125

  • Title: College/Life Success
  • Number: AAC 125
  • Effective Term: 2016-17
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Description:

This is a course designed to introduce the skills necessary for college and career success. The purpose is to assist students in identifying and integrating strengths, individual personality type, learning style and study strategies into their college and life experiences. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Describe concepts of self development and how they relate to college/life success.
  2. Recognize personality types in behavior management as it relates to self and others.
  3. Identify individual learning style and relate to life-long learning.
  4. Demonstrate effective financial planning, critical and creative thinking, time management, and study skills.
  5. Apply strengths, personality type, values, interests to educational planning and career decision-making.
  6. Demonstrate the basic skills of time/money management, memory techniques, reading, taking notes, writing and speaking for success in college.
  7. Apply creative and critical thinking skills in college and life.
  8. Explore the concepts of life-long health and wellness.
  9. Understand the relevance and value of diversity through the appreciation of individual differences, ethical development, inclusiveness and orientations to life.
  10. Discover the benefits of humor, positive thinking, motivation techniques, belief in self, and planning for the future.

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Understanding Motivation
   A. Identify motivation techniques to persist in college
   B. Complete a behavior modification project to establish habits that
lead to success  
   C. Recognize the importance of persistence in reaching personal goals 

II. Exploring One’s Personality
   A. Recognize personality types and list majors that match
   B. Distinguish how personality type affects decision making 
   C. Utilize personal strengths in the career decision making process 
   D. Describe ideal work environment based on personality type

III. Recognizing Learning Style and Intelligence
   A. Identify 20 factors that affect learning style
   B. Define the correlation between learning preferences and personality
types
   C. Identify multiple intelligences
   D. Explain the effects of personal choice in life-long learning

IV. Managing Time and Money
   A. Name the ABC’s of Time Management
   B. Learn to estimate study and work time
   C. Explain the rationale and list tips for  dealing with
procrastination
   D. Create and Implement a sound monthly budget plan
   E. Identify money management strategies in accomplishing financial
goals     

V. Improving Memory and Reading
   A. Describe how the memory works
   B. Outline memory techniques for college studying and reading
   C. Apply the SQ4R reading system to college textbooks
   D. Explain and apply the effects of positive thinking in improving
memory and reading skills

VI. Taking Notes, Writing and Speaking
   A. Apply listening techniques to a college lecture
   B. Practice note taking systems for a college lecture
   C. Demonstrate the use of preparation, organization, writing, editing
and revising (POWER writing) for  college writing projects
   D. Practice the basics of public speaking 

VII. Taking Tests
   A. Use exam preparation techniques to adequately prepare for tests
   B. Outline test taking strategies to improve test performance 
   C. Define coping techniques in dealing with test anxiety
 
VIII. Exploring Interests and Values
   A. Make a list of personal interests and values that can help with
decision making
   B. Identify interests using Holland’s theory of career type and
relate to possible careers       
   C. Discuss the concept of a balanced lifestyle (work/study, leisure,
social)

IX. Planning Your Career and Education
   A. Understand generational differences and how they affect the world of
work
   B. Examine career trends of the future and how they affect career
choice
   C. Research a career that matches personality and interests
   D. Practice the steps in a decision-making process
   E. Create an educational plan that matches skills, personality,
interests and values
   F. View samples of resumes Practice interviewing techniques

X. Exploring Communication and Relationships
   A. Describe how personality type affects communication style
   B. Practice effective communication techniques
   C. Outline ways to improve interpersonal relationships
   D. Explain the dynamics of positively dealing with failures and
mistakes
   E. Explain self interventions for dealing with unexpected events and
crisis situations  
 
XI. Thinking Critically and Creatively
   A. Outline the critical thinking process
   B. Identify fallacies in reasoning
   C. Apply critical thinking to problem scenarios
   D. Describe the creative thinking process
   E. Apply creative thinking to generate new ideas
   F. Demonstrate how humor can be used in dealing with life’s
difficulties. 
 
XII. Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
   A. Use government guidelines to develop a plan for healthy nutrition
and exercise
   B. Explain dynamics of addictions to smoking, alcohol and illegal
drugs
   C. Review information about sexually transmitted diseases, including
AIDS
   D. Explain the necessity for getting adequate sleep
   E. Apply stress management techniques
   F. List the steps for making positive changes in life

XIII. Appreciating Diversity
   A. Define Key terms  for understanding inclusiveness and diversity
   B. Practice techniques for communicating across cultures
   C. Define affects of stereotypes with diverse populations and
orientations to life.
   D. Describe the stages of ethical development

XIV. Looking Toward the Future
   A. List life stages
   B. Practice positive thinking 
   C. Explain the effects of positive thinking for future success in
career and life
   D. Make a plan for happiness in one’s life using Seligman’s
“formula for happiness”
   E. Apply  the steps that can lead to increasing happiness
   F. Define the concept of self-belief in success

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Classroom discussion and participation 30 – 50 %
Quizzes, examinations, presentations, experiential learning assignments
and projects: 30 – 50%
Development of an individual academic/career portfolio: 20 - 30%
Total:  100%

 Grade Criteria:
A = 90 - 100%
B = 80 - 89%
C = 70 - 79%
D = 60 - 69%
F =   0 - 59

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

  1. Some course activities, such as experiential learning or assignments, counselor and faculty meetings, etc., will take place outside of the scheduled classroom time.
  2. If the online format of the course is utilized, there is a $50.00 fee rather than buying a book.

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an email or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

AAC 135

  • Title: Career and Life Planning
  • Number: AAC 135
  • Effective Term: 2016-17
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Description:

This course helps students make decisions about their college majors, careers and other life goals. It emphasizes career research as a tool for making current career decisions and meeting changes in the future workplace. Students learn a systematic approach for making career and life decisions based on their personalities, interest, skills and values.

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Describe the theoretical concepts supporting career/life development.
  2. Describe methods of self-assessment, including informal and formal assessment.
  3. Identify and enumerate their personal characteristics, including interests, values, skills, strengths, and needs.
  4. Assemble assessment information to describe their work personality.
  5. Devise specific research questions to guide their research into planning for work and life roles.
  6. List the steps in making decisions and setting goals.
  7. Describe goals for current and future work and life roles.
  8. List the steps in developing action plans to attain goals.
  9. Identify obstacles to goals and devise strategies for overcoming obstacles.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of important job search skills.

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Explain Psychological Theories Important in the Career and Life
Planning Process
   A. Describe Donald Super’s Self-Concept theory of career choice.
   B. Explain John Holland’s personality characteristics model of career
choice and summarize the six Holland environments.
   C. Summarize the levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and
demonstrate how they apply to career development.
   D. Summarize Carl Jung’s Theory of Psychological Types and
demonstrate how the theory applies to career development.

II. Interpret Self-Assessment Results and Compile a Personal Work
Personality Profile
   A. Enumerate and evaluate work interests.
   B. Describe the importance of interests in career development.
   C. Identify and list functional, transferable skills in representative
careers.
   D. Identify and list specific work content skills.
   E. Identify and list adaptive, self-management skills.
   F. Estimate one’s own individual skill level in working with data,
people, things, and ideas.
   G. Estimate one’s own specific work content skills.
   H. Estimate one’s own adaptive, self-management skills.
   I. Choose the skills one desires to use in career choice.
   J. Describe how values are acquired and why they are important in
career development.
   K. List important personal values.
   L. Compare values and select those that best represent personal
lifestyle preferences.

III. Produce a Research Project Examining and Comparing Several Careers of
One’s Own Choice
   A. Select up to four tentative career choices based on one’s own work
personality profile.
   B. List appropriate research questions.
   C. Identify available sources of information, including printed
materials, online information, informational interviews, work shadows, and
work experience.
   D. Locate information answering research questions.
   E. Assess the validity of information.
   F. Compare information from various sources and modify research
questions.
   G. Compile information into a research report.
   H. Compare careers on specific points in work personality profile to
determine compatibility.

IV. Select a Tentative or Definite Career Choice
   A. Describe a general decision making model for defining a problem,
generating solutions, evaluating solutions, and selecting the best
solution.
   B. Compare career decision making to the decision making model.
   C. Select the career that best matches one’s own work personality
profile as a tentative or definite career goal.

V. Select Appropriate Goals and Develop an Action Plan For Implementing
Career Choice
   A. Define and describe goals in general.
   B. List the steps in setting goals, including making tradeoffs, setting
high goals, building in rewards, and setting time lines.
   C. Identify one’s own career goal.
   D. Develop an action plan by breaking the goal down into specific
objectives.
   E. Identify time lines for objectives.
   F. Predict obstacles to goals and objectives.
   G. Describe a plan for overcoming obstacles.

VI. Summarize the Important Points of Conducting a Job Search
   A. Describe the parts of a resume.
   B. Select an appropriate resume format for one’s own career goal.
   C. List sources for job leads.
   D. Describe the do’s and don’t’s of effective job
interviews.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

  Textbook assignments    15 - 20% of grade 
  Tests                   25 - 30% of grade 
  Class participation     25 - 30% of grade 
  Research project        25 - 30% of grade 
  Total                     100%

Grading Criteria:

  90 - 100%   A
  80 -  89%   B
  70 -  79%   C
  60 -  69%   D
   0 -  59%   F

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an email or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).

AAC 150

  • Title: Job Search Skills
  • Number: AAC 150
  • Effective Term: 2016-17
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Contact Hours: 1
  • Lecture Hours: 1

Description:

This class presents the skills students need to conduct an effective job search, including locating job leads, writing resumes, employment interviewing and job correspondence. Additionally, students will explore the importance of adapting to changes in the workplace to ensure their job survival and success. The class consists of lectures, activities, discussion and exercises in the career planning and job search process.

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Identify specific career goals.
  2. Write an appropriate resume.
  3. Write effective business correspondence.
  4. Investigate potential employers.
  5. Demonstrate effective employment interviewing skills.
  6. Create strategies for adapting to change in the workplace.

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Explain the Career Planning Process and One’s Own Status in the
Process
   A. List the steps in the career planning process.
   B. Summarize one’s own career interests, values, and skills.
   C. Describe appropriate career goals for one’s own self.

II. Compose an Appropriate Resume
   A. Identify traditional, functional, and combination resume formats.
   B. Select appropriate resume format for one’s own goals.
   C. State career goal appropriately as a job objective.
   D. List accomplishments, work experience, and education.
   E. Write a resume reflecting one’s own work and educational history.
   F. Demonstrate ability to write an electronic resume.

III. Produce Appropriate Business Communications
   A. Complete sample employment applications appropriately.
   B. Compose a resume cover letter.
   C. Write appropriate thank you letters and acceptance letters.
   D. Choose appropriate paper, letterheads, and formats.

IV. Investigate Job Leads
   A. List methods of obtaining job leads.
   B. Compile one’s own list of networking contacts.
   C. Investigate companies of interest.
   D. Produce an Internet job lead search.

V. Employ Appropriate Job Interview Techniques
   A. Explain traditional job interviewing.
   B. Explain behavioral job interviewing.
   C. Demonstrate skill proficiency in a “mock” interview.
   D. List the stages of a job interview.

VI. Explain the Changing Nature of the Workplace and One’s Own Role in
Job Success
   A. Summarize projected general changes in the future workplace.
   B. Explain projected changes in one’s own specific career field.
   C. Devise strategies for meeting changes.
   D. List important factors in personal job success.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

1. Class Participation       10% of grade
2. Various Assignments       15% of grade 
3. Resume                    27% of grade 
4. Mock Job Interview        23% of grade 
5. Company Research Project  25% of grade 
   Total                    100%

Grading Criteria:

  90 - 100%      A
  80 -  89%      B
  70 -  79%      C
  60 -  69%      D
   0 -  59%      F

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you may send an email or call Access Services at (913)469-3521. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC 202).