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Independent Study Orientation
        Power Point

       Tiffany Cantrell

   Check your materials:
You should print off:
• An Independent Study syllabus
• An assignment packet for each class:
 cover sheet
 general instruction sheet
 5 assignment sheets
 Be sure you have get the right assignment

 How Independent Study Classes
1. Register for class
2. Participate in the
   conference call & turn in 5 assignments
3. Get help when needed
4. When all work is done, take final exam
   (not required for continuing education)
5. Receive exam results/final grade
   (continuing ed grade = complete/not complete)

                  1 – Register for class

               • Be sure you are registered for the
                 right class.
               • Check on any prerequisites –
                 review material if you took the
                 prerequisite a while ago or on a
                 different campus.

•Be Windows/Computer/Internet literate – even for the
Intro to Computer class.
•Be self-disciplined, get the work in early.            4
 2 – Complete the conference
 call at one of the designated times

• The textbook name, author, and ISBN
  are on the assignment packet. Textbooks
  are available at the bookstore.
• Most classes require data files – some come with
  the text and some can be downloaded from the
  Internet (look on the web site on your book if
  your book didn’t come with any, ex.
• Ask questions – be sure you understand how the
  program works.
         Important Dates

       No late assignments are accepted.
Please review course syllabi carefully for all due
 You must come into the lab on the due date
 specified on your syllabus to turn in your first
   assignment. There are NO EXCEPTIONS.
    Failure to comply will result in you being
    dropped from the class by the instructor.
3 – Complete work during the semester

• Read each chapter before sitting down at
  the computer
• Work through all tutorial examples
   in the chapter
• Complete all assignments,
  “optional” questions do not
  need to be done – but the
  concepts may appear on
  the final exam

 3 - Complete work during the semester – cont.
• When you finish your assignment, turn it in at the front
  desk of the computer lab
    Weekly due dates are on the front of your syllabus
     & assignment packets. No late work accepted.
    Attach all work & any USB’s/CDs to each
     assignment’s cover sheet
    Make sure a lab tech signs it into
     the black notebook – that shows
     that you turned in your work.
    Turn in your work on a USB drive or
     CD or printed (try to use paper efficiently). Some
     assignments require work on CD/USB so I can
     check formulas, etc. This will be stated in your
     assignment packet.                                      8
 3 - Complete work during the semester – cont.

• Keep your work on USB drives or CD’s or your
  computer at home (not the lab computers). Keep backup
  copies of your work. Do your work ahead of time- lost
  disks, jammed printers, bad files are not valid excuses
  for late/missing/incomplete work. That’s just life with
  computers 

  3 - Complete work during the semester – cont.

• Feel free to work at home –
  any differences in hardware/
  software are up to you to

   3 – Complete work during the semester – cont.
                    Assignment Grading
• Students are expected to do all work themselves. You can’t learn by
  using others’ work or receiving excessive help on assignments.
  Copying others’ work will result in an F on the assignment and/or an
  F in the course.
• Assignments are worth 40% of your total grade and each are graded
  on a scale of 0 to 5. Your final is worth 60% of your total grade.
  After you pass the final exam, your assignment points (maximum of
  25) are added to your exam grade to give your final course grade.
• Late assignments are not accepted – no exceptions. But, you must do
  all of the assignments (even if they are late and won’t be for a grade)
  to take your final exam. Do your work early so you won’t run into any
  last minute problems.
• Pick up graded work and check for correspondence in your folder in
  the filing cabinet by the windows. Keep all graded work until you
  receive your final grade.
Contact me – email, call, stop by the lab
253-7920 /

• Office Hours:
  See class syllabus
• I usually come by the lab to catch up on work. Email me if you
  want to know my schedule or want to meet with me at another time.
• Mickey Reigger & the lab staff are there to keep the computers
  running so you can use them. They are very helpful – but it’s not
  their job to answer all of your assignment questions. Please contact
  me if you get stuck on an assignment. Start early so you can get
  any questions answered.
• Anyone who is rude to the lab staff or uses the computers
  inappropriately will be banned from the computer lab.
• Before asking for help – be sure you have done the reading,
  tutorials, and tried the procedure a few times.
• Go to the class web site:

 Contacting Mrs. Cantrell & E-mail
• The best way to contact Mrs. Cantrell is via email.
• If you call the lab and leave a message, Mrs. Cantrell won’t get the message until
she actually comes in to the lab.
• When you email Mrs. Cantrell: Be specific, tell her who you are (first & last name),
what class you are in, and your specific problem that you are having.
•Please exhaust all of the other course resources provided for you, i.e. self paced class
web site, syllabus, and course materials prior to emailing Mrs. Cantrell with non
content related questions. DO NOT: Call the lab, ask a lab tech or ask a friend who
has had the class before or is in the same class as you now.
•Doing this will allow you to receive help faster and not have to send several emails
to clarify information, thus slowing down the process.
• Be tactful if you are frustrated when you send Mrs. Cantrell an email, be careful
how you word what you say. Remember emails don’t have facial expressions and can
be interpreted depending on the wording used in the email. She has feelings too. 

Contacting Mrs. Cantrell & E-mail
• When Mrs. Cantrell emails you, she will be short and straight forward
and to the point. She gets a lot of emails (due to the nature of the classes)
and checks her email several times a day and makes it a priority to get
back to you within 24 hours.
• If you send Mrs. Cantrell an email and do not receive a response in 24
hours, please feel free to email her again. There are times that emails do
not go through and she wants to make sure that she is there to help you and
answer your questions promptly.

Check ‘Weekly Updates’ link periodically   15
5 – Taking the final exam

              •Continuing Education classes do not
              have a final exam
              •Students auditing the class don’t have
              to take a final exam.
• Please review syllabi to view exam dates.
• You must turn in all of your assignments
  to be able to take the exam. Even if you
  do them late and do not get a grade.
Final Exam Schedule
                   If you would like to take your exam early,
                  please email Mrs. Cantrell with: your name,
                   the class you are taking, and a list of some
                    different days and times that you will be
                          available to take your exam.

If you are taking 2 self-paced classes, you’ll need 2 different
                starting times for exams.

 6 – Take your final exam

               in the orientation packet before
              taking your exam – so you know
                      all the exam rules.

If you require an accommodation due to a physical or
learning impairment, you must contact the Office of
Services to Students with Disabilities. The office is
located in BSSB 109 and their phone number is 253-
   6 – Take your final exam - Highlights:

• You must pass the exam (61% or better)
  to pass the class – no exam ‘re-takes’, no extra
• The amount of time you have to take your exam
  varies per individual class and exam.
• If you have a hands-on exam (in the lab) you
  may bring 1 page of notes to use while taking it.
• Bring a picture I.D. -- No cell phones
• If you sign up for an exam & don’t show &
  don’t contact me – you may reschedule if we
  have openings. You will lose 5% from your final
  exam grade for each “no show”.
1. Most of the exams are available online.
2. The courses that have this section online must
   be taken online.
3. The exams will be available for you to take
   during the week of exams.
4. See the self paced class web site for more
   details about the exams as the exam time
   approaches. Generally a paper is placed in your
   folder in the lab regarding exams as the exam
   time approaches, but please refer the self paced
   class web site for specific exam information. 20
1.   There are a few classes; i.e. OST 1142 Keyboarding 1,
     etc. that require you to come into the lab to take the
2.   Classes that have hands-on exams are listed on the self
     paced class web site.
•    An exam schedule will be posted in the lab by the sign
     in sheet notebook before your Assignment #4 is due.
     When you turn in Assignment #4 please sign up for
     your exam (only if your exam is not online).
•    See the main syllabus for more information about
     signing up for your exam. Failure to do so will result in
     a 0 on the exam and failure in the course.
   6 – Take your final exam - cont

• Please wait a few days after the exam period is over and
  then check Hawk Net for your grade.
• If your grade is not posted in a timely manner, please
  contact Mrs. Cantrell.
• Once you pass the exam, your assignment points are
  added to your exam grade. The following grading scale
  is used:
  A 100-91
  B 90-81
  C 80-71
  D 70-61
  F below 61 / exam score below 61
• Continuing Education students get a credit/no credit
   Drop, Withdrawals, Extensions, Incompletes

• You will need your syllabus with the drop/withdrawal date on it to
  drop or withdraw from this class. Drop/withdrawal dates will be
  extended as necessary if textbooks are not available.
• Homework extensions are not granted. Start early & give yourself
  time so that if an emergency/illness/work problem occurs, your work
  will be in on-time.
• Incompletes can only be given if you have completed 3 assignments
  & have a C or better average in the class. To receive an incomplete
  you must have documentation verifying your circumstances
  (acceptable circumstances include: death in family, severe illness or
  hospitalization of student or dependent (i.e. child), military service )
• Incompletes are rarely given for self-paced classes.

     Don’t wait until the day before it is due to start
                        your work                                            23
  Before You Begin the Class:
• Make sure that you that you have;
   – Read this presentation thoroughly
   – Printed off the main syllabus for all independent study
   – Printed off the syllabus required for the specific class
     you are taking
   – Participated in one of the REQUIRED conference
   – You have purchased the correct textbook that matches
     the one listed on your syllabus and this site
   – You understand how the class works

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