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Essential Skills for College Success

Course Code: STAC 1101
Faculty: Student and Enrolment Services
Department: Centre for Students with Disabilities
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This preparatory course is designed to assist adults with barriers to learning to become successful college students. Course content will include academic skills, study skills, college orientation, learning strategies, and personal skill development. This course will introduce students to college resources and services and will assist students to develop an individual educational plan.

Course Content

  1. Post-secondary Orientation Strategies
  1. The role and function of College Services: Student Services, Registrar’s Office, Library Services
  2. College/Program Procedures and Policies
  1. Development of Basic Level Concepts
  1. Listening skills
  2. Initial Main Idea Concepts (Grouping and Elemental Writing)
  3. Learning strategies based on personal Learning Style
  4. Attention to detail (literal comprehension)
  5. Organization skills such as precise thinking, restraint of impulsivity, elaboration of thought and prediction model of learning (as opposed to trial and error)
  1. Development of Advanced Level Concepts
  1. Advanced main idea concepts (basic formula model)
  2. Making inferences, drawing conclusions, making judgments, reading between the lines, and hidden meanings
  3. Note taking (thesis/topic sentence, introduction and conclusion)
  4. Summarizing
  5. Differentiating between fact and opinion
  6. Comparison/contrast
  7. Cause and effect relationship (perceived and actual) and estimation of outcome
  8. Library research
  9. Presentation skills
  1. Personal Skills Development
  1. Organization of notes and other materials for college courses
  2. Development of a timeline
  3. Development of an effective personal and study time management schedule
  4. Test taking strategies
  5. Identifying learning style
  6. Dealing with test/exam and public speaking anxiety: strategies and specific relaxation exercise training
  7. Communication skills

Methods of Instruction

Course content will be presented through lecture, demonstration, readings, and a group discussion process.

Means of Assessment

Student Evaluation will be based on a Mastery Model of Evaluation.

Students will be expected to attend class regularly, to participate actively in class discussion and group work, to complete readings and assignments, and to present 2 research presentations. The balance of evaluations will be based on the results of activities and assignments satisfactorily completed during the extent of the course.

Learning Outcomes

  1. To develop the study skills necessary for entry into post-secondary institutions. Emphasis will be on academic skills that are prerequisite for college level coursework;
  2. To develop self-management skills that would lead to independent learning;
  3. To develop learning strategies that are consonant with individual learning styles;
  4. To ensure that academic skills are developed. Emphasis will be placed on skills that are prerequisite and relate directly to post-secondary classroom demands;
  5. To familiarize students with post-secondary expectations and procedures e.g. instructor expectations, applications, registrations, and other procedures;
  6. To set realistic educational goals and to develop an individualized educational plan for future use by the student.

course prerequisites

Instructor Interview and Acceptance

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.