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X101: Learning Strategies for Business

Course Overview

X101 is a 2 credit-hour graded semester long course that is open to ALL STUDENTS who are also enrolled in any section of Business X100.  The class size is small (24 students), which allows for personal attention so that the students can discover the ways that they study best.


Course Description

X101 has been designed with the purpose of providing students with the necessary skills and abilities to successfully and effectively study business concepts, most notably those introduced in Business X100.  Although this course is directly linked to BUS X100 – Introduction to Business, the nature of the X101 discussions and assignments will provide the student with lifelong learning concepts that will be applicable throughout their academic pursuits.  X101 is a “collegial experience” – meaning the collective efforts of the instructor and all of the students create a learning environment more conducive to shared learning.  This shared learning will allow the students to become each other’s greatest resource throughout the semester.

Assignments are tailored to parallel those in Business X100 and are designed to 1) assist students in learning the concepts introduced in class, (2) facilitate studying for the quizzes and final exams, and (3) create a foundation for future business courses by providing students with sound and effective learning skills.


Course Structure

Course activities guide students to focus more on the thought processes being used rather than focusing entirely on finding the “right” answer to the problem. Students will be encouraged to become aware of, reflect upon, and consciously direct their thinking and problem-solving efforts. Another way to think about what is covered by this course is to think about success in M118 coming from not only “doing” math, but also “thinking about doing” math and “questioning what you are doing” in math. This is done primarily through expressing mathematical ideas orally and in writing as well as describing how they reached an answer or the difficulties they encountered while trying to solve a problem. In addition, students’ beliefs about the nature of mathematics and themselves as learners are addressed, as well as math study skills and strategies for coping with math/test anxiety and various lecture styles.

Course Objectives

* Become more active learners who take control of their own learning by anticipating the upcoming lecture/discussion, summarizing the most recent lecture/discussion, and formulating questions they hope will be answered as they attend a lecture/discussion or read a text.

* Think like a ‘business academician’ and learn different approaches to business, thus gaining a better understanding and appreciation of the discipline and recognizing the value of business knowledge in everyday life.

* Improve reading efficiency by learning how to read different sorts of business texts actively, strategically, and critically to identify major business themes.

*Transform the text and lecture/discussion information by writing summaries, creating cognitive maps and/or time lines, and verbalizing what they have learned and what they do not fully comprehend.

* Write well-organized accurate essays by learning ways to analyze arguments, identify thesis statements and supporting arguments, and distinguish between essential and non-essential information.

* Analyze their own thinking and learning by becoming aware of what they know, need to know and are learning so they can relate new information to prior knowledge.

* Learn to work collaboratively with other students through X101 student discussion of lecture/reading notes and the formulation of smaller study groups specifically geared toward the study of business.

* Develop study skills such as note taking, preparing for exams, time management, and goal setting.

Students have the opportunity to develop skills in the following areas:


Who Benefits from Taking Education X101

*Students who are enrolled for the first time in a large college lecture course that emphasize independent learning.

* Students who want to know what it takes to do well at the college level.

* Students who want to increase academic success in all courses.

* Students who would like to optimize their study skills.

* Students who want to become a better reader and writer

* Students who enjoy Business and are considering it as a major or minor