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College Catalog 2021-2022 
College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CSSK 1200 - College Success Skills

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

(formerly CSSK 1100)

CSSK 1200 covers essential college skills such as time management, test taking, note taking, thinking and reasoning, managing stress, and work-life balance. In addition, effective ways of accessing information from various campus resources such as the library, learning center, and academic advising as well as identifying personality strengths, weaknesses, and interests to explore possible career paths will be taught.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply Macomb’s academic policies and procedures and utilize the appropriate resources to make timely and effective educational decisions.


  1. Locate the following resources: The Learning Center/Library, Financial Aid, Career Services, Counseling & Academic Advising, Enrollment, Special Services, The Bookstore, and Student Life & Leadership.
  2. Summarize the function and role of each college resource and its relationship to student success.
  3. Locate and describe the resources related to Macomb policies and procedures (Handbook, Catalog, website, etc.)
  4. Establish a system of support by utilizing the appropriate organizations and resources to receive guidance and acquire information.


Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to recognize the differences between high school and college and their impact on learning.


  1. Inventory academic strengths and areas of improvement.
  2. Set and monitor personal and academic goals.
  3. Create a viable personal time management and organizational system.
  4. Examine the culture of college and impact of student responsibility on success.
  5. Apply learning strategies and study skills to enhance learning.


Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to investigate how ability, personality, and interest impact career choice.


  1. Recognize the relationship between goals and career development.
  2. Explore career options and educational requirements.
  3. Identify on-ground and online resources for career exploration.
  4. Develop a career profile using short and long term goals.


Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to develop a system and set of strategies for maintaining work/life balance through self awareness.


  1. Measure components of wellness and emotion.
  2. Analyze the impact of time and stress on success.
  3. Recognize the existence of trade-offs in the decision making process.
  4. Develop strategies that lead toward greater self awareness.
  5. Model communication standards in academic and workplace environments.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES

  1. Introduction to College Resources
    1. Academic policies
    2. Campus tours
    3. Financial aid
    4. Career planning and job placement
    5. Tutoring
    6. Academic advisement and registration
    7. Student activities
  2. Transition to College
    1. Learning styles, strategies, and stages of learning
    2. Study Skills
      1. Time Management
      2. Memory
      3. Academic Literacy
      4. Note-taking
      5. Test taking
    3. Transference of skills to real world
  3. Career Development
    1. Goal setting
    2. Evaluate abilities, aptitudes, personality, interests
    3. Specific careers and college majors
    4. Personal/educational career planning
  4. Life Management
    1. Time management
    2. Stress management
    3. Decision making
    4. Relationship skills
      1. Emotional Intelligence
      2. Communication

Primary Faculty
Mayernik, Heather
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Pritchett, Marie

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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