College Success for Adult Learners

I.     Course Prefix/Number: COL 110

       Course Name: College Success for Adult Learners

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is designed to prepare adult students to participate meaningfully and successfully in higher education. Topics includes: study skills, time management; adult learning and accelerated formats; learning styles, career and educational goals, the language and standards of college, academic computing, and library research. Students may only receive credit for COL 101, COL 108 or COL 110.

IV.   Learning Objectives

In this course the student will:

  1. monitor and manage development of academic skills
  2. connect academic skills and knowledge to personal and career goals
  3. identify and access learning resources to support their success at Oakton
  4. use academic technology effectively and responsibly
  5. collaborate with other students to address course objectives.

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

Faculty are encouraged to draw from the subjects associated with each of the topics listed below to customize the course for particular groups of students.

Introduction to Higher Education and Oakton

  • The language and standards of college
  • The role of community colleges
  • History and profile of Oakton
  • Resources for learners at Oakton

Individual Goals, Styles, and Preferences

  • Learning Styles
  • Career and Educational Goals
  • Adapting style to cohorts and accelerated learning
  • Studentship skills and individual style: opportunity and challenge

 Academic Technology Workshop

  • Review of hardware components and operating system features
  • Overview of key applications
  • Word - creating a document; sending and retrieving files
  • Email - sending, retrieving, attachments
  • Oakton library - access
  • Internet - using the browser
  • Network features
  • Wireless environments

Academic Assignments

  • Library research (library presentation)
  • Preparing an academic document
  • Editing
  • File management

Adult and Collaborative Learning

  • Features of experience-based learning
  • Web-enhanced courses
  • Skills of discourse and collaboration
Skills of Students: Studying and Taking Tests
  • Reading and note-taking
  • Identifying key passages and information
  • Kinds of tests
  • Preparing for objective and essay exams

Self-Assessment of Academic Skills

  • Sources of information about academic skills (e.g., placement test results, previous experiences, feedback from others)
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking and presentation skills

Organizing for Success: Personal Management Skills

  • Time management for adult students
  • Project management skills for papers, group work, projects
  • Learning journals, research note cards, files
  • Preparing for the first class

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, discussion, small group inquiry, demonstrations, in-class exercises, guest speakers.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will be expected to read the required text and any supplemental materials provided by the instructor. Because in-class exercises play in important role in the course, students will be advised to participate actively, demonstrate academic seriousness, and submit any evidence of these exercises as directed by the instructor. In addition, students will complete homework assignments each week related to class session topics, including a library research assignment and an expanded outline for a research paper.

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

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Required Text: Becoming a Master Student. 10th Edition. Houghton-Mifflin Supplemental Materials:  Academic Technology Workbook (provided by instructor)

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Weekly homework assignments related to class session topics will demonstrate students' progress toward mastery of course objectives. In addition, students will submit a portfolio at the end of the course designed to serve as a resource to them during their academic career at Oakton that integrates self.-assessment with specific academic success strategies and information.

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.