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					HCC Brandon Self-Paced Orientation

Instructor: Tiffany Cantrell


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

How Self-Paced Classes Work
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Register for class Do the online orientation Complete & turn in 5 assignments Get help when needed When all work is done, take final exam
(not required for continuing education)

6. 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.

2 – Complete the online orientation
• 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 dates. You must come into the lab on the date and time 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 disks/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 floppy disk/CD or printed (try to use paper efficiently). Some assignments require work on disk so I can check formulas, etc. This will be stated in your assignment packet.


3 - Complete work during the semester – cont.
• Keep your work on floppy disks/CD‟s/Flash drives or your computer at home (not the lab computers). Keep backup copies of your work as floppy disks. Do your work ahead of time- lost disks, jammed printers, bad files are not valid excuses for ate/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 handle.


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 Continued:
• 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


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
READ THE FINAL EXAM PAGES 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 BADM216 and their phone number is 2537914.

6 – Take your final exam - Highlights:
• You must pass the exam (61% or better) to pass the class – no exam „re-takes‟, no extra credit. • 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 exam. 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.

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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 grade

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


Before You Begin the Class:
• Make sure that you that you have;
– – – – Watched the video Read this presentation thoroughly Printed off the main syllabus for all self paced classes Printed off the syllabus required for the specific class you are taking – 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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