EDUC 1100/1300
Learning Framework

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: A study of the research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation; factors that impact learning, and application of learning strategies. Theoretical models of strategic learning, cognition, and motivation serve as the conceptual basis for the introduction of college-level student academic strategies. Students use assessment instruments (e.g., learning inventories) to help them identify their own strengths and weaknesses as strategic learners. Students are ultimately expected to integrate and apply the learning skills discussed across their own academic programs and become effective and efficient learners. Students developing these skills should be able to continually draw from the theoretical models they have learned. (Cross-listed as PSYC 1300)
    2. Prerequisites - None
    3. Credit Hours: 1 or 3. Students who do not meet TSI Placement Standards must enroll in EDUC 1300. Students who meet TSI requirements may enroll in EDUC 1100.
    4. Requirements for major areas of study:  This course is required of all students for graduation. 
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. SLO 1: Construct a personal learning system informed by the research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation.
    2. SLO 2: Identify factors that impact learning and apply techniques and strategies to achieve personal, financial, academic, and career success.
    3. SLO 3: Use technological tools and library resources to acquire information, solve problems and communicate effectively.
    4. SLO 4: Develop an educational and career plan based on individual assessments and exploration of options as evidenced by the appropriate degree plan on file.
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. General evaluation options available for use by all instructors include:  examinations (multiple choice, true/false, short answer, matching, essay) classroom presentations, portfolio assessment, research activities, journaling, self-reflection, or any combination of these options.
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Your College Experience, by John N. Gardner and Betsy O. Barefoot. Tenth Edition. ISBN #978-0-312-60254-3
  5. Other Policies: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
  6. Course Organization & Tentative Schedule*


Material Covered

Textbook Reading Requirements

Possible Assignments

Module 1

  • Exploring you purpose for attending college
  • Managing your time
  • Understanding emotional intelligence
  • Discovering how you learn

Text Assignment is Chapters 1-4

  • There will be an open book 30 question quiz
  • Time management schedule (weekly)
  • Exam #1

Module 2

  • Thinking critically
  • Being engaged in learning
  • Reading to learn from college textbooks
  • Learning to study, comprehend, and remember

Text Assignment is Chapters 5 - 8

  • There will be an open book 30 question quiz
  • Group PowerPoint summaries over text
  • Exam #2

Module 3

  • Exam improvement
  • Writing and speaking effectively
  • Research skills
  • Making career choices

Text Assignment is Chapters 9 -12

  • There will be an open book 30 question quiz
  • Research topic is career choice
  • Exam #3

Module 4

  • Managing money
  • College relationships
  • Appreciating diversity
  • Maintaining wellness

Text Assignment is Chapters 13 -16

  • There will be an open book 30 question quiz
  • Money management schedule (semester)
  • Exam #4
  • Students are required to submit a completed degree plan for both years of college.


*The above schedule, policies, procedures, and assignments in this course are subject to change


Last Modified: January 16, 2014