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***ISVC010 Success Strategies - 1 Class Hours/1 Credits**

This course is designed to increase the student's ability to succeed in a learning environment. Focus will be on assisting the student to develop academic, social, and interpersonal skills. The content will include: communication, organizational and time management skills, learning styles, and study skills strategies. College and community resources, along with issues related to a healthy lifestyle, will also be discussed. A variety of teaching methodologies will be used to facilitate the learning process. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Reading score of 38, or completed waiver form or Permission of Instructor)

***ISVC011 Reading Strategies - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits**

This is a preparatory course designed to develop the comprehension skills, critical thinking skills and vocabulary skills necessary for reading college level materials and textbooks. Credits do no apply toward degree requirements. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Reading score of 38, Sentence Skills score of 42, or completed waiver form)

***ISVC/K017 Fundamentals of Mathematical Literacy I - 2 Class Hours/2 Credits**

Fundamentals of Mathematical Literacy I is a course that develops students' problem-solving and logical reasoning skills to prepare them for Fundamentals of Mathematical Literacy II. Topics addressed include numeracy, proportional reasoning, geometry and measurement, and equality. Upon completing Fundamentals of Mathematical Literacy I and II, students will be prepared to enter Statistics I, Mathematical Investigations, or other introductory Liberal Arts mathematics courses. The course is student centered and focuses on developing quantitative literacy skills through activity-based instruction that integrates technology (e.g., graphing technology, manipulatives) and emphasizes the conceptual understanding of the mathematical concepts studied. Much of the course will focus on the misconceptions that students have developed over their mathematical careers. Multiple assessment tools will be used to measure the course competencies and may include on-going formative assessments, portfolios, quizzes, exams, and projects/investigations. (Co/prerequisites: At least limited proficiency in Computations with Integers and Fractions on the diagnostic arithmetic Accuplacer exam, OR written permission of instructor or authorized Department of Instructional Services Staff or mathematics coordinator.)

***ISVC/K018 Fundamentals of Mathematical Literacy II - 2 Class Hours/2 Credits**

Fundamentals of Mathematical Literacy II is a course that develops students' problem-solving and logical reasoning skills to prepare them for credit-bearing mathematical courses. Topics addressed include algebraic reasoning, graphing, linear equations and introductory statistical topics. Upon completing fundamentals of Mathematical Literacy I and II, students will be prepared to enter Statistics I, Mathematical Investigations, or other introductory Liberal Arts mathematical courses. The course is student centered and focuses on developing quantitative literacy skills through activity-based instruction that integrates technology (e.g., graphing technology, manipulatives) and emphasizes the conceptual understanding of the mathematical concepts studied. Much of the course will focus on the misconceptions that students have developed over their mathematical careers. Multiple assessments tools will be used to measure the course competencies and may include on-going formative assessments, portfolios, quizzes, exams and projects/investigations. (Co/prerequisites: Proficiency in computation with Integers and Fractions, computation with Decimal Numbers, Problems involving Percent, AND at least limited proficiency in Estimation, Ordering, and Number Sense on the diagnostic arithmetic Accuplacer exam; OR successful completion of ISV0xx Fundamentals of Mathematical Literacy I (C or higher); OR written permission of instructor or authorized Department of Instructional Services staff or mathematics coordinator.)

***ISVC19 Fundamentals of Mathematical Literacy for STEM fields - 4 Class Hours/4 Credits**

(STEM - Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics)

Fundamentals of Mathematical Literacy for STEM fields is a developmental mathematics course that develops student's problem-solving and logical reasoning skills to prepare them for credit-bearing mathematics courses needed for STEM fields. Topics addressed include introduction to functions, polynomials, linear and quadratic functions and equations, basic geometric topics, and introductory statistical concepts. Upon completing Fundamentals of Mathematical Literacy for STEM students will be prepared to enter Functions and Modeling I (college algebra and trigonometry course), or other introductory Liberal Arts mathematics courses. The course is student centered and focuses on developing quantitative literacy skills through activity-based instruction that integrates technology (e.g., graphing technology, manipulatives) and emphasizes the conceptual understanding of the mathematical concepts studied. Much of the course will focus on the misconceptions that students have developed over their mathematical careers. Multiple assessments tools will be used to measure the course competencies and may include on-going formative assessments, portfolios, quizzes, exams, and projects/investigations. (Co/Prerequisites: At least a 53 on the elementary algebra Accuplacer exam AND a composite score of 50 or higher on the diagnostic arithmetic Accuplacer exam; OR successful completion of ISV0xx Fundamentals of Mathematical Literacy II (C or higher); OR written permission of instructor or authorized Department of Instructional Services staff or mathematics coordinator.)

***ISVC030 Introduction to Chemical Principles - 2 Class Hours/2 Credits**

This course is a conceptual introduction to the basic principles related to the structure of matter and the nature of chemical reactions. Particular attention will be given to the types of reactions that apply to the health field. Since this course is high school level chemistry course, credits earned will not count towards graduation requirements.

***ISVC040 Foundations of Information - 1 Class Hours/1 Credits**

This course is an introduction to understanding the many mechanisms of information available to us and their uses in support of academic success and high standards of evidence.

***ISVC098 Introduction to College Composition - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits**

Students taking Introduction to College Composition learn to utilize the steps of the writing process including pre-writing, drafting, revising, and proofreading. To stimulate an interest in writing and the writing process, students are encouraged to write on topics that are personally meaningful. Using both short and full-length writing assignments, students concentrate on finding unity, logical order, and clarity in their writing. In addition, students are re-introduced to many of the fundamental concepts of writing via a review of parts of speech, grammar, mechanics, and proper sentence construction. Furthermore, emphasis is placed on developing sentence variety, eliminating awkward and wordy constructions, and identifying incomplete and incorrectly joined sentences, students taking Introduction to College Composition must receive a grade of C or better to advance to College Composition I. (Co/Prerequisites: Appropriate Accuplacer Reading score of 56 and Sentence Skills score of 42)

**ISVC110 Service Learning Experience I - 1 Class Hour/1 Credit**

This course will engage students in service experiences within the community. Service Learning is the integration of service and learning where each is valued as necessary for the other. It is a way of learning that takes place through and within the performance of meaningful community service. The focus of the service projects will be to facilitate and enhance academic learning. Students will commit to a sustained community service project with the approval of faculty for a minimum of 16 hours for the semester and will participate in reflection seminars that take place bi-weekly throughout the semester. A variety of teaching methodologies will be used to facilitate expression of new learning. A summative portfolio will be used for students to provide evidence of project success and learning.

**ISVC111 Service Learning Experience II - 1 Class Hour/1 Credit**

This course will be a continuation of the Service Learning experience for students who have successfully completed ISVC110. This course will allow students to continue to support an established service project and or mentor beginning Service Learning students. The student will commit to a sustained community service or mentoring objective for a minimum of 16 hours over the course of one semester. Students will participate in reflection seminars that will take place throughout the semester. A variety of teaching methodologies will be used to facilitate expression of new learning. A summative portfolio will be used to provide evidence of project success, learning and or leadership experiences.(Prerequisite:ISVC110 or Permission of Instructor)

**ISVC112 Service Learning Experience III - 1 Class Hour/1 Credit**

This course will be a continuation of the Service Learning experience for students who have successfully completed ISVC110 and 111. This course will allow students to continue to support an established service project or mentor new Service Learning students in organizing and implementing Service Learning experiences. The student will commit to a sustained community service or mentoring objective for a minimum of 16 hours over the course of one semester. Students will participate in reflection seminars that will take place throughout the semester. A variety of teaching methodologies will be used to facilitate expression of new learning. A summative portfolio will be used to provide evidence of project success, learning and or leadership experiences.(Prerequisite:ISVC110, ISVC111 or Permission of Instructor)

*** Credits do not count toward graduation requirements.**