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University 100: the Core of the Course

Time Management, Information Competence, and Values in University 100

University 100 covers a broad range of academic and personal skills across three key domains: time management, information competence, and values. The lists below emphasize the connections between academic skills and personal skills. The course asks students to gain competence in each domain by practicing the listed skills in both the academic realm and the personal realm.

Example: students gain competence in the domain of time management by practicing a range of academic skills where time management is essential to success: test taking (efficient division of time allotted per question), note taking (what do you write down instead of a verbatim transcript of a lecture?), reading (how much time does it take to read various materials and why), writing (rough drafts, revisions, and advance planning), and speaking (when to speak, for how long, how quickly or slowly).

Students also gain competence, however, by exploring a range of personal skills where time management is essential to success: health (including sleep), career (when to declare a major, when to start a resume, when to seek an internship), money ("A penny saved" as well as discussions of credit card debt and related issues), and personal relationships (making time for friends, family, and other important people).

Academic Skills

  1. Time management: test taking, note taking, reading, writing, speaking
  2. Information competence: note taking, test taking, memory, reading, writing, thinking (critical, analytic, creative), ethics, computer literacy, university information (e.g., academic advisement), library research
  3. Values: diversity (as a lived experience), ethics, academic integrity, health, relationships, academic success

Personal Skills

  1. Time management: health, career, money, personal relationships
  2. Information competence: mapping the campus, lifelong learning, memory, careers, ethics, relationships, computer literacy, health, advisement/counseling, finances
  3. Values: diversity, ethical decision-making, healthy lifestyles, relationships, definitions of success