STUDENT DEVELOPMENT Courses
Student Development Courses

Not all classes in all disciplines are offered every semester. See the Class Schedule or contact the Student Service Division office for offerings in the current semester.

NOTE For up-to-date course descriptions, please refer to the current GCC catalog.

ST DV 100

100
COLLEGE ORIENTATION
1.0 Unit
ST DV 100 is an introductory college orientation course for newly enrolled and matriculated students. The course covers the following topics: college academic regulations; four-year schools’ requirements for transfer; A.A. degree requirements; certificate program requirements; college services and specialized student support services. At the conclusion of the course, the student prepares a Student Educational Plan. Note: This course is Pass/ No Pass only. Lecture 1 hour. Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ABSE 187 or ESL 123.

ST DV 101

101
COLLEGE SUCCESS STRATEGIES
1.0 Unit
ST DV 101 is dedicated to ensuring students’ college success and motivating their journeys toward lifelong learning. Students develop their own plan for personal, academic, and career success through self-evaluation, application of specific techniques, and classroom activities. Topics include eff ective study strategies, short and long-term goals, time management, and campus resources. This course is about making choices, especially those about setting and meeting personal, academic, and career goals. Note: This course is Pass/No Pass only. Lecture 1 hour. Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 190, ENGL 191, ESL 141, ESL 146 Transfer Credit: CSU.

ST DV 103

103
COLLEGE ORIENTATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
1.0 Unit
ST DV 103 is an introduction to customs unique to the American culture, prevalent American attitudes, United States Immigration regulations affecting F-1 Visa international students, and general principles for living and studying in the United States of America. Additionally, the course covers college academic regulations, requirements for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, college services, and specialized student support services. At the conclusion of the course, the student is able to produce a Student Educational Plan. Note: This course is Pass/No Pass only. Lecture 1 hour. Prerequisite: None.

ST DV 125

125
CAREER PLANNING
1.0 Unit
ST DV 125 is a course that helps students choose a career goal by assessing and analyzing personal values, aptitudes, skills, interests, and traits and relating them to career areas. Decision-making strategies are taught and a tentative career plan is developed. Note: This course is Pass/No Pass only. Lecture 1 hour. Recommended Preparation: ENGL 191 or ESL 141 Transfer Credit: CSU.

ST DV 127

127
MAJOR EXPLORATION
1.0 Unit
ST DV 127 is a course designed to help students select majors that will lead to a potential career. Emphasis is placed on introducing students to the required education and training within a particular major. Guest lecturers present on various careers. Students explore factors such as interests, values, and skills that influence their choices of a major. Note: This course is Pass/No Pass only. Lecture 1 hour. Recommended Preparation: Completion of ENGL 188 and ENGL 189 or ESL 133, ESL 135 and ESL 136.

ST DV 128

128
VOCATIONAL PATHWAYS
1.0 Unit
ST DV 128 is designed to assist students with disabilities prepare a vocational plan and apply decision-making skills to the world in which they live. Students explore career options and construct a well planned career path, show a thorough understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its application to their employment options, and increase their awareness of how to live as independent adults. Note: This course is Pass/ No Pass only. ST DV 128 may not be taken for credit by students who have successfully completed ST DV 125 or ST DV 145. Lecture 1 hour. Prerequisite: None.

ST DV 129

129
TEXT-TO-SPEECH SOFTWARE USE FOR READING AND WRITING ASSISTANCE
1.0 Unit
NON-DEGREE APPLICABLE
ST DV 129 provides instruction in effective use of text-to-speech software. Students with disabilities will learn how to use this program as an assistive device for improving skills in reading, study skills, vocabulary development, prewriting, and editing for correct spelling and word usage. Note: This course is Pass/No Pass only. Lecture 1 hour. Prerequisite: None.

ST DV 141

141
IMPROVING COLLEGE PERFORMANCE AND STUDY SKILLS
1.0 Unit
ST DV 141 is an introduction to study skills methods, academic support services, and students’ academic assessment. This class is designed to improve such skills as note taking, test taking, and time management. Note: This course is Pass/No Pass only. Lecture 1 hour. Prerequisite: None.

ST DV 143

143
STUDY SKILLS LAB
0.5 to 2.0 Units
NON-DEGREE APPLICABLE
ST DV 143 is a laboratory course designed to meet the individualized needs of students with disabilities. Specialized tutoring is offered to assist students in developing compensatory strategies necessary for success in mainstream classes and daily living. Note: This course is Pass/No Pass only. Laboratory 1.5-6 hours. Prerequisite: None.

ST DV 145

145
ACHIEVING ACADEMIC AND CAREER SUCCESS
3.0 Units
ST DV 145 is a survey course designed to increase academic motivation and career success throughout the life span. The primary goal of this course is to examine how an individual’s psychological, social, physical, and environmental factors impact academic achievement and academic, career and personal life choices. Topics include learning theory, achievement motivation, identity development, critical thinking strategies, study and time management techniques, career exploration, decision making, and vocational planning. Note: ST DV 145 may not be taken for credit by students who have successfully completed ST DV 125 or ST DV 128. Lecture 3 hours. Recommended Preparation: ENGL 191 or ESL 141 Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

ST DV 146

146
EFFECTIVE STUDY TECHNIQUES
1.5 Units
NON-DEGREE APPLICABLE
ST DV 146 is a lecture course designed to place special emphasis on memory techniques, test preparation strategies, time management, and note-taking skills for students with disabilities. This course helps students develop critical thinking skills as well as compensatory strategies. Lecture 1.5 hours. Prerequisite: None.