Study Skills (SSK)

SSK 1202 Critical Reading and Problem Solving - 2(2-0)
Pre-requisites: SSK1201, SSK 1203; AWT 1002 & ARD 1002 are pre- or co-requisites.

Critical Reading and Problem Solving (SSK1202) is a continuation of SSK 1201 and focuses on those elements of critical thinking and problem solving pertinent to students at the university level: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. The main objective of the course is to enable students to understand and employ critical reading and problem solution skills in the context of a study skills program. One half of the course focuses on reading and seminar presentation where students learn to think and read critically, as well as take notes on reading texts. They also need to synthesize from academic reading materials in order to manage a seminar based on these readings. In the other half of the course, students learn to work effectively in groups both collaboratively and cooperatively. They evaluate their own work and the work of their peers. They analyze a problem solution topic and apply the learned knowledge to new contexts.
This is a University Core Curriculum course for the BBA, BAIS, BACS, BSHRD, BSGE, BSCSC, BSEMS

SSK 1204 Applied Independent Learning Methods - 2(2-0)
Pre-requisites: SSK1201, SSK1203, AWT 1002 & ARD 1002 are pre- or co-requisites.

SSK1204 is a content based course which aims to complement and enhance the academic skills acquired in previous CAD and LC courses. Students will demonstrate, through individual and team projects, a well developed understanding of study and research skills. Learning, research and study skills are expected to be practiced independently, without a great deal of instructor intervention. It is intended that SSK1204 will provide students the opportunity to research areas or topics which may not be available in other courses. To ensure skills are transferable, all sections of SSK1204 will use an interdisciplinary approach.
This is a University Core Curriculum course for the BBA, BAIS, BACS, BSHRD, BSGE, BSCSC, BSEMS

SSK 1205 Interpersonal Skills and Social Interaction - 2(2-0)
Pre- or co-requisite: ALS 1002

This course is designed to introduce the basics of human communication (principles of social interaction, perception, listening, self, culture, verbal and nonverbal messages, interpersonal skills, and conflict resolution) and the use of effective communication skills in university life, in both academic and nonacademic contexts. Interactive exercises will be utilized to help students master both the theory and the practice of interpersonal communication skills. Exercises will include interpersonal communication skills, self-tests, interactive dyad and group discussions, and critical thinking written assignments. The course will continuously emphasize the importance of cultural influences and variations in communication.

SSK 1211: Strategic Learning for University Success
Prerequisites: Successful completion of at least three LC level 1 courses:
This course introduces the basic study skills required by students to succeed at university.  Students will learn about academic expectations at university.  They will be trained to take responsibility for their own learning through tasks that require them to reflect on as well as evaluate their current study habits and implement new strategies to improve their learning. Students will also develop the ability to interact effectively with their professors and peers, structure their time and their work, navigate the LAN and use on-line learning resources.  They will begin to learn how to set realistic short and long term goals as well as evaluate the effectiveness of their strategies in achieving their goals.

SSK 1212: Information Literacy Skills (Offered in Spring 2009)
Prerequisites: Successful completion of SSK 1211 and all LC level 2 courses.

In this second stage of the C.A.D. three-course sequence, students will be educated in the foundations of information literacy.  Information Literacy Skills will introduce students to the research and communication skills necessary to succeed in a merit-based educational system.  They will learn to locate, evaluate, use and present information legally and efficiently. Students will begin to develop critical reading and analytical skills through discussion and reflection of texts related to the new information society as well as through an individualized research project. They will learn and practice the principles of effective academic research, and demonstrate their mastery in a final writing project. Information Literacy Skills will also teach students to communicate effectively in online, classroom and group contexts.

SSK 1213: Critical Thinking and Analysis Skills (Offered in Summer 2009)
Prerequisites: Successful completion of SSK 1212 and ENG 1301.

This course enables students to develop an understanding of the critical thinking process, with a view to improving their own reasoning skills. Students will be introduced to key concepts used in critical thinking, shown how to examine the evidence for a claim, and trained to analyze different types of evidence, including personal experience, appeal to authority, and statistical arguments. In the first part of the course, students will be introduced to the principles of knowledge, reasoning, and evidence and asked to respond in writing to the issues raised in the readings. In the second part, students learn how to work effectively in groups. They select a topic relevant to the course theme and evaluate their own work and the work of their peers. In so doing, they will capitalize on the skills learned in SSK1212, such as choosing and narrowing a topic, locating books and periodical articles pertinent to their research, and integrating sources properly using APA style.