September 4, 2011

CSUB 101: Roadrunner FYE Seminar

Syllabus Winter 2012


 Instructor: Christy Gavin  
Office Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10:30-11:30, Library, 116D  
Contact: Website:

 Required Materials:

Runner Life 2011-2012: The RUSH-A Handbook by Dr. Brett Schmoll & Matthew Woodman. ISBN: 9781463617325.

This text is available in the campus book store, through “,” and through “”

 The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. ISBN: 978-0-385-52820-7.

This text is available through the campus book store.

Both books are on reserve at the Walter W. Stiern Library. Bring your CSUB ID Card to the Check Out Desk to borrow a copy.

Course Description

 This seminar introduces students to important issues for academic and career success at CSUB, including, but not limited to, managing time, learning how to learn, reading/listening/taking notes, thinking logically and critically, communicating effectively, taking exams/writing papers, avoiding violations of academic integrity, living healthy. (Credit/No Credit grading)

Course Goals. By taking this course, you will:

1. Develop a clear understanding of the culture, role, and importance of higher education and how it figures into your long-term plan.

2. Acquire knowledge for academic success.

3. Gain knowledge of CSUB and an understanding of how to access academic support services.

4. Become familiar with university policies and regulations.

5. Become meaningfully involved in university life through connection and engagement with other students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

 Course Objectives After taking this course, you should be able to:

1. Describe the differences between high school and university cultures and the new responsibilities you must assume as a college student.

2. Demonstrate an improvement in academic skills (such as note-taking, critical reading, problem solving, and basic research skills)

3. Demonstrate the ability to identify the benefits of appropriate campus resources and locate them

4. Demonstrate the ability to locate sources of the appropriate policies and regulations

5. Demonstrate an understanding of your rights and responsibilities as a member of the CSUB community

6. Demonstrate a respect for diverse points-of-view and the ability to engage in civil discourse

7. Demonstrate the value of the lifelong practice of reading to broaden one’s horizons

8. 8.   Understand the options available for campus engagement through campus   organizations.


This is a credit/no credit course.  Credit will be awarded based upon attendance and the completion of the weekly class assignments.  You will fail the class if one or more of the following expectations are not met:

1. Missing more than two sessions.

2.  Failure to complete two or more of the weekly assignments.

3. Attend two campus/community  events.

 FYE Binder Requirements:

 Your FYE Binder will consist of the following sections:

1. Learning log entries

2. Notes from speaker sessions

3. OWM discussion responses

   4. Returned exercises

All assignments are due at the beginning of class. Late assignments will not be accepted. All assignments are expected to be neat, typed, and double spaced.

Any student who has a disability that may prevent him or her from fully demonstrating his or her abilities should contact me as soon as possible so accommodations can be made.


This class is subject to the academic and disciplinary sanctions established by CSUB for plagiarism as outlined under the rights and responsibilities of students in upholding academic integrity on page 82 of the 2009-2011 CSUB Catalog.

Tentative Schedule    
Week Topic Readings
Jan. 9 Introduction & College Expectations  
Jan. 16 Time ManagementThe Art of Note Taking OWM Discussion OWM, Chap.1
Jan. 23 Advising & RegistrationSpeaker: Adriana Sixtos

 OWM Discussion

RL, 33-41OWM, Chap. 2
Jan. 30 Getting InvolvedSpeaker Tanya Boone

 OWM Discussion

RL, 70-77OWM, Chap. 3
Feb. 7  Choosing Majors/CareersSpeaker Jane Evarian  RL, 63-66OWM, Chap. 4
Feb. 14 Library Research BasicsOWM Discussion  OWM, Chap. 5
Feb. 21 Celebrating DifferenceSpeaker: Rhonda Dugan  RL, 81-88, OWM, Chap. 6
Feb. 28 Your Well BeingSpeaker: Janet Millar OWM Discussion RL, 33-47, OWM, Chap. 7
Mar. 6 Managing Your MoneyOWM Discussion RL, 67-68, OWM, Chap. 8
Mar. 13Binder Due Review//OWM Discussion  RL, 89-99, OWM, Epilogue