College Success Seminar

I.     Course Prefix/Number: COL 101

       Course Name: College Success Seminar

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: Successful completion of any required developmental course in reading and/or writing (courses below EGL 101), and enrollment during a student's first 15 credit hours at Oakton.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides an introduction to the college setting and develops the competencies necessary to be a successful college student. Students learn strategies for success like goal setting, time management, test taking, self-assessment as a learner, and critical thinking. Students may only receive credit for COL 101, COL 108 or COL 110.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will:

  1. Explain and construct time management plan(s) and personal and educational goals in the context of a college student experience.
  2. Identify, describe, and evaluate approaches to learning, and various study strategies.
  3. Identify and critique criteria of credible sources in academic research.
  4. Identify and analyze social justice issues in the context of a college student experience, in the written and oral form.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

The course is designed to address many aspects of student success. This includes becoming aware of yourself as a learner and getting to know your strengths and challenges. You will develop specific skills and strategies that build on your strengths to help develop areas that are challenging.

The topic areas include:

  1. Setting Goals and Managing Time
  2. Learning in College
  3. Thinking Critically in College and Beyond
  4. Identifying and Addressing Social Justice Issues

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The class will be interactive with an emphasis on small group activities and discussion. Class sessions will include various amounts of lecture; class and small group discussion; use of videos; use of computers and library resources for research; readings from course materials packet and other course materials, journaling and other written assignments; guest speakers and out of class co-curricular activities.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Student Responsibilities (You will construct these in collaboration with your instructor during the first class session.)

Instructor Responsibilities:

  • The instructor will provide regular, timely feedback on all student assignments turned in by the due date. The instructor will also provide guidance on all drafts submitted before the due date.
  • The instructor will facilitate a respectful learning environment in the classroom.
  • The instructor will publish office hours and times when available for electronic communication.
  • The instructor will announce any changes to the syllabus in a timely fashion.
  • The instructor will actively engage in discussions and assume the role of facilitator by providing questions to guide the discussion.
  • The instructor will invite appropriate guest speakers to enrich the class discussions.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

The course uses a text that combines a variety of instructional materials including the Oakton Catalog, student handbook, articles, newspapers, videos and materials from various sources. The materials will be analyzed through the lens of a topic selected for the course.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

College Success at Oakton
Published 2015
Open Educational Resource, Adapted for Oakton Community College

This text was adapted by The Saylor Foundation under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License without attribution as requested by the work’s original creator or licensee.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students will also be evaluated on a combination of written assignments, group assignments, oral presentations, online discussion boards, and in- and out-of- class assignments.

For each major assignment, you will receive a rubric that describes your progress on a designated point scale. In consultation with your instructor, you may resubmit an assignment 2 times to increase your evaluation.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.