General College Studies (GEN)
Introduces information literacy skills. Focuses on skills related to defining information needs, finding sources, using information to solve problems, organizing and presenting information, and evaluation. Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours).
Introduces new students to college and college life, support services provided by the college, techniques for academic success, and career exploration. Lecture: 1.0 credit hour (15 contact hours).
Presents strategies which promote academic and personal success in college, including utilizing campus resources, learning and memory, self-management, critical reading, critical thinking, classroom skills, and career exploration. Lecture: 3 credit hours (45 contact hours).
Focuses on the study of issues, topics, and strategies related to mentoring first-year students. Relevant student development theory is highlighted. Prepares peer mentors to assist in teaching a section of GEN 100. Lecture: 1 credit (15 contact hours).
Offers academic credit to peer mentors who assist teaching a section of GEN 100 with a faculty member. Prepares peer mentors for helping plan course content, meeting with first-year students, and assisting with other course-related responsibilities as determined by the GEN 100 faculty member. Laboratory: 2 credits (60 contact hours).
Engages students directly in structured, community-based activities to acquaint them with community opportunities, services, and needs. Integrates concepts from the classroom with community service allowing student to practice concepts while developing an appreciation of service. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
Trains college students to be effective tutors by introducing ethics and philosophy of tutor-tutee relationships and concepts of questioning, learning styles, problem solving, active listening, goal setting, and critical thinking. Can be taken 1 time for a total of 1 credit. Lecture: 1 credit (15 contact hours).
Provides credit for students wishing to tutor in reading or reading based courses as related to the reading expectations in the KDE Core Curriculum. Grants credit of 1 hour for 45 hours of tutoring, 2 credits for 90 hours of tutoring, and 3 hours for 120 hours of tutoring. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Pass/Fail. Lecture: 1 - 3 credits (15 to 45 contact hours).
Develops critical thinking skills and literacy processes across disciplines utilizing communication and appropriate applications in making self-paced, self-directed decisions and judgments. Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours).
Provides basic concepts of the information society including different types of libraries and electronic resources, such as the internet, online databases, and information management software. Focuses on the nature of information, computer technology, and ethical computing issues. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
Introduces student to effective and efficient use of information resources through development of search statements/strategies, location and evaluation of information and information resources, and review and revision of search strategies as needed. Introduces students to the library catalog, print resources, databases, web resources and to the evaluation of information. Lecture: 1 credit (15 contact hours).
Presents concepts of leadership and group dynamics, especially focusing on each student's individual leadership philosophy, and providing opportunities for all students to develop leadership skills and potential. Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours).
Provides an introduction to commonly-used computing functions, emphasizing information processing, hands-on experience, and software packages. (This course does not meet the KCTCS computer literacy requirement.). Lecture/Lab: 1 credit (15 contact hours).
Investigates the importance of appropriate social behavior and interaction in the workplace. Presents skills necessary for job search, self-management, and life and work transitions for adapting to changing demands and expectations. Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours).
Develops and identifies overall life skills in complex systems as a whole to interact and communicate with others to produce successful outcomes. Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours).
Connects the principles of transformational leadership with personal behavior by building a base of leadership theory for a practical philosophy. Engages students in directed projects and case studies to put theory into practice. Provides instruction directly related to integrity, planning, alignment, decision-making, fostering understanding, change-management, relationships, internal locus of control, trust, respect, image-projection, influence, and building a following. Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours).
Presents the process of effective career planning and develops the skills necessary for obtaining and maintaining employment. Lecture: 1 credit (15 contact hours).
Presents an overview to campus and online resources, policies, and procedures including diversity. Presents strategies for identifying personal learning, self-management, and career exploration tools. Lecture: 1.0 credit (15 contact hours).
Presents strategies and tools to promote critical reading and thinking. Lecture: 1.0 credit (15 contact hours).
Presents strategies and tools to promote classroom and test-taking skills. Lecture: 1.0 credit (15 contact hours).