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COUNS-111 - Introduction to College and Strategies for Success - Diane Solomon

Course:Introduction to College and Strategies for Success
Professor:Diane Solomon
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Welcome to Counseling 111, Introduction to College and Strategies for Success!

I hope you are ready for an exciting semester! I want to welcome you and congratulate you for deciding to enroll in this very important class. This class is designed for new students entering college. Some of you may be freshmen and/or continuing students and the class will help you learn study strategies to become successful students. What is the most important thing to know is that this class is for anyone who wants to learn to be ready to succeed in college by learning to implement effective study strategies. In addition, you will also be exposed to learning about the following topics: time management, goal setting, campus resources, educational planning and career exploration. 

I assure you that it will be a great experience. All of my past students have shared how much they learned about themselves and the valuable strategies they learned to be successful students. The students who are successful in the course are those that are motivated and interested in the topic, and want to learn.  The rest will come with time.

If at any time you have a question, feel lost, or need help, please let me know as I am here to support you and guide you along the way. 

We will work together to learn from each other and I am sure that you will be motivated and become successful. There is a lot of support starting with me, your fellow students and all the wonderful resources on campus. I am looking forward to having you in my class.

Course Description

This course will provide you with an overview to the college environment and will assist you with college success. The goal of this course is to prepare you for the challenges of college by encouraging your individual initiative, confidence and motivation. Topics include student responsibilities, college policies and procedures, study skills, time management, academic programs, student service departments, choosing a major and career, educational requirements, self-awareness, multi-cultural awareness and various topics relating to education planning and success.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify an educational goal, formulate a rationale for the goal, and develop a plan of action for the next semester
  2. Identify and evaluate resources and support services available on campus

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What to Expect in this Course

To fully benefit from this course you are expected to participate in all online discussions and complete all your work on time. The discussion posts are how we communicate as a class community. You will be required to participate in weekly discussion posts and will often be required to reply to other student posts.  The goal is to create a strong online learning community where everyone feels safe and comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas. In order to fully participate in discussion posts, you will need to read the assigned materials, read all content posted in the weekly modules, and complete homework assignments.

This course is designed for you. Class activities and discussions will focus on behaviors, which contribute to a successful and positive college experience at College of the Canyons. It is important for you to take an active role in your learning. At first, you may find it difficult or uncomfortable to actively participate in a discussion board format and small group activities; however, it is one of the most important skills to learn in college. In order to fully participate in discussion boards, you will need to read the lectures in Canvas, read textbook chapters, complete written assignments, and be prepared before submitting your posts.

Types of Assessments

Discussion boards and activities.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

We will be using Open Educational Resources (OER) materials for this course! There is no cost to you as a student. All the materials necessary for this course are FREE to you and will be available through Canvas in an online format. If you wish to purchase the Counseling 111 OER text in a hard copy format, you will be able to do so in the bookstore for a small fee.

Other Relevant Course Information

Important on First Day of Class:

To avoid being dropped from this course as a No Show, you must login to the course website on Canvas and complete a discussion board activity by 11:59 p.m. on the first day of class. If you do not complete this assignment by the deadline, you will be dropped from this course. It is not enough to login to the Canvas course, you must also complete the discussion board activity to be counted as present in the course.

This is a 1-unit letter graded course. This class is CSU transferable and fulfills the CSU GE Area E - Lifelong Learning and Self Development requirement and also counts towards elective units for an associate degree.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 09/17/2021 Sub#: 679