HES 100 Section 019: Freshman Compass Human Env Sci

Fall, 2010
3 Credit Hours
Primary Instructor: Juanita McMath

Office Hours

Instructor:             Mrs. Juanita McMath                                            Teaching Assistant: Chris Asa

Office:                    105 Doster Hall                                                      Office Hours:            M, W by appointment

Office Hours:        T & R 1:30-3:30, by appointment                        Email:               

Phone:                    348-2785                 Cell:  799-1667                      


SKYPE:                  juanita.mcmath                                                       


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No prerequisites found.

Course Description

Designeed to help students make the transitiont o a large comprehensive research university, develop a better understanding of the learning process, ad acquire basic academic survival skills.


HES 100 is designed to help students make the transition to a large comprehensive research university, develop a better understanding of the learning process, acquire basic academic survival skills, and adopt methods for being successful in college.  Students will understand and appreciate the interaction, interrelatedness, and capacity building opportunities of individuals, families, and communities using a systematic, lifespan approach.  The ultimate goal of the course is to equip each student with the confidence and basic skills necessary for degree attainment and professional fulfillment.


1.        Improve your skills in writing, speaking before a group, using the Internet, using the campus libraries, establishing good faculty relations, taking tests, and managing time, energy, stress, and money.


2.        Introduce you to the many educational opportunities and career planning resources at UA.


3.        Enhance your understanding of global interdependence, resources, and opportunities.


4.        Assist you in exploring the variety of campus activities and organizations.


5.        Help you learn to balance the academic and social freedoms and responsibilities that are part of college life.


6.        Acquaint you with the rights, responsibilities, and expectations of CHES students.


7.        Acquaint you with the various majors in CHES and the professional common body of knowledge.

Outline of Topics

Welcome, Course Objectives, Introduction to CHES, eLearning, MyBama

Changes: Adjusting to Life at a Major University and the Academic Lifestyle

Time Management and Taking Notes in Class

Learning Styles and Reading College Textbooks                           

Staying Safe at UA and Becoming Involved                                           

Staying Healthy

Writing Skills

Preparing for Exams

Oral Communications and Presentation Workshop

Purpose of a University Education and University Faculty

University Undergraduate Catalog

Money Management

MyBamaContract Report

Career Plan/Resume Design

UA Office of Judicial Affairs

Intercollegiate Athletics


Exams and Assignments

Weekly Journal Writings (typewritten) - 10 total

MyBama Contract

Strengths/Personality Assessment

 Exam I:  Text Chapters, Guest Lectures, and Class Discussion

 Undergraduate Catalog Scavenger Hunt

 Team Presentation AND turn in PowerPoint

 MyBama Progress Report


Exam II:  Text Chapters, Guest Lectures, and Class Discussion

Extra Credit:  Possible

Grading Policy

Grade Calculation:

100- 97    A+                                           96-93       A                             90-92       A-

87-89       B+                                           83-86       B                             80-82       B-

77-79       C+                                           73-76       C                             70-72       C-

67-69       D+                                           63-66       D                             60-62       D-

59 -0        F



Reflection Letters (10 total)

     10 Points


0-10 points:  Thoughtful, sincere approach, typed.


0 points:         Turned in late or not at all


Attendance and participation

     10 Points


10 points:        No more than five (5) absences


0 points:          More than five (5)  absences

Bama Contract

     10 Points


10 points:  Contract completed with at least one item added.


0 points:        Turned in late or not at all


Strengths Finder

     10 Points


0-10 points:  Assessment completed.


0 points:        Turned in late or not at all


Oral Report

     10 Points


0-5 points:   Contributed to group effort of project

                        as outlined in team agreement.


0-5 points:    Report thoughtful, no grammar or other



0 points:         Did not participate or turn in report.


Scavenger Hunt

     10 Points


0-10 points:  Typed response with correct answer


0 points:         Turned in late or not at all



     10 Points


0-10 points:  Thoughtful, sincere approach, typed.


0 points:         Turned in late or not at all


Exam I

     15 Points


0-15 points

Exam II

     15 Points


0-15 points

Extra Credit

     9 Points


0-9 points:      Three points for a maximum of three

                         Extra credit activities





Policy on Missed Exams & Coursework

Unless acceptable documentation is presented for absence, making up missed exams and coursework will not be allowed.  When traveling on university business or military duty, the student is expected to make arrangements PRIOR to due date of coursework or exam.

Attendance Policy

Attendance and active participation is expected for classes unless there is a documented (i.e., medical, military, university service, etc.) excuse.  Arrangements should be made prior to absence when possible (i.e., university service, military service). Point deduction will occur in excess of five absences (10 points).

Required Texts

UA Supply Store Textbook Information


Extra Credit Opportunities

*Extra credit opportunity  - extra credit opportunities may be added by the instructor. NOTE:  extra credit is NOT available to students who miss more than three class periods.

    3 points each, up to 9 total points   

Disability Statement

If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss any course accommodations that may be necessary. If you have a disability, but have not contacted the Office of Disability Services, please call 348-4285 or visit 133-B Martha Parham Hall East to register for services. Students who may need course adaptations because of a disability are welcome to make an appointment to see me during office hours. Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services, 133-B Martha Parham Hall East, before receiving academic adjustments.

Policy on Academic Misconduct

All students in attendance at the University of Alabama are expected to be honorable and to observe standards of conduct appropriate to a community of scholars. The University expects from its students a higher standard of conduct than the minimum required to avoid discipline. Academic misconduct includes all acts of dishonesty in any academically related matter and any knowing or intentional help or attempt to help, or conspiracy to help, another student.

The Academic Misconduct Disciplinary Policy will be followed in the event of academic misconduct.

Severe Weather Protocol

In the case of a tornado warning (tornado has been sighted or detected by radar; sirens activated), all university activities are automatically suspended, including all classes and laboratories. If you are in a building, please move immediately to the lowest level and toward the center of the building away from windows (interior classrooms, offices, or corridors) and remain there until the tornado warning has expired. Classes in session when the tornado warning is issued can resume immediately after the warning has expired at the discretion of the instructor. Classes that have not yet begun will resume 30 minutes after the tornado warning has expired provided at least half of the class period remains.

UA is a residential campus with many students living on or near campus. In general classes will remain in session until the National Weather Service issues safety warnings for the city of Tuscaloosa. Clearly, some students and faculty commute from adjacent counties. These counties may experience weather related problems not encountered in Tuscaloosa. Individuals should follow the advice of the National Weather Service for that area taking the necessary precautions to ensure personal safety. Whenever the National Weather Service and the Emergency Management Agency issue a warning, people in the path of the storm (tornado or severe thunderstorm) should take immediate life saving actions.

When West Alabama is under a severe weather advisory, conditions can change rapidly. It is imperative to get to where you can receive information from the National Weather Service and to follow the instructions provided. Personal safety should dictate the actions that faculty, staff and students take. The Office of Public Relations will disseminate the latest information regarding conditions on campus in the following ways:

  • Weather advisory posted on the UA homepage
  • Weather advisory sent out through Connect-ED--faculty, staff and students (sign up at myBama)
  • Weather advisory broadcast over WVUA at 90.7 FM
  • Weather advisory broadcast over Alabama Public Radio (WUAL) at 91.5 FM
  • Weather advisory broadcast over WVUA 7. WVUA 7 Storm Watch provides a free service you can subscribe to that allows you to receive weather warnings for Tuscaloosa via e-mail, pager or cell phone. Check for details.