Academic Skills Courses (ACAD)
How to Read Course Descriptions
The bolded first line begins with a capitalized abbreviation that designates the subject area followed by the course number and title. The number of credits earned by taking the courses is also displayed.
The course description is a brief summary of the purpose of the course and the topics covered. Any requisite courses are listed and could include the following:
- Courses showing the abbreviation “COREQ” require simultaneous registration with each course named as a corequisite.
- The abbreviation “PRE-or-COREQ” means that each course named may have been taken prior to or may be taken concurrently with the course for which it is required.
- Courses showing the abbreviation “PREREQ” require the courses named as prerequisites to have been taken previously.
If the course can be applied towards a General Education Objective, the applicable Objective is listed.
To assist with your academic planning, courses in the Undergraduate Catalog are designated according to the semester they are usually offered. Unanticipated faculty vacancies and academic program changes may affect future course scheduling. Therefore, students should always contact the academic department to verify future course offerings, especially when specific courses are needed for graduation.
The following letters which appear after the course descriptions indicate the anticipated course scheduling:
F = Fall Semester, every year
S = Spring Semester, every year
Se = Sequential; a series of courses is presented until all have been taught.
Su = Summer Semester, every year
EF, ES, ESu = Even-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
OF, OS, OSu = Odd-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
D = Students should contact the Department to ask when this course will be offered.
R1 = Course is rotated every year, either Fall or Spring
R2 = Course is rotated every two years, either Fall or Spring
R3 = Course is rotated every three years, either Fall or Spring
ACAD 1101 College Learning Strategies: 1 semester hour.
Covers learning strategies and study techniques (notetaking), textbook study, test preparation, memory, time management, etc. which promote academic success. Especially recommended for new students and re-entry students. F, S, Su
ACAD 1102 First Year Seminar: 1 semester hour.
Provides an extended orientation to the university for new students. Utilizes presenters from various campus support systems, collaborative learning activities, and written assignments which involve students in resources and activities on campus. F, S
ACAD 1103 College Learning Strategies for Mathematics: 1 semester hour.
Covers math anxiety, notetaking, homework, textbook study, learning styles, test preparation and problem solving. Concurrent registration in a mathematics course is required. F, S
ACAD 1104 First Year Transition: 2 semester hours.
Combines content of two courses: Study Skills and First Year Seminar. Introduces students to university culture and to learning strategies and study techniques which promote academic success. Especially recommended for entering students. F, S
ACAD 1105 Special Topics in First Year Seminar: 1 semester hour.
Provides an extended orientation to the university for new students while offering them an opportunity to explore a topic relevant to their majors. F
ACAD 1106 American Culture and the University Experience: 3 semester hours.
Study of American cultural values and expectations and how they manifest in the structure and functioning of a university. Emphasis on effective cross-cultural communication and navigating daily student tasks both on and off campus. Intended primarily for entering international students.
ACAD 1110 Money Management: 1 semester hour.
Covers basic Money Management techniques including: credit, saving, budgeting, debt, food dollars, financial goals, and investing. This is an eight-week course. F, S
ACAD 1111 University Inquiry: 3 semester hours.
Introduces students to inquiry in a university setting. The course will introduce the academic culture of ISU through research and university academic resources. The course will primarily deal with the level of inquiry and evidence expected of university students. Students will learn how to identify an information need, evaluate information discovered, and use information effectively and ethically. Satisfies Objective 8 of the General Education Requirements. F, S
ACAD 1115 Information Research: 1 semester hour.
Develop life-long strategies for recognizing when you need information, locating it, evaluating it, and using it effectively and ethically. Explore a variety of tools and formats in order to find sources worth using/citing in support of academic projects. F, S
ACAD 1199 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.
This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times with the same title and content.
ACAD 2210 Peer Tutor Training: 1 semester hour.
Introduction to individual and small group tutoring with adult students. Emphasis on teaching strategies, communication skills, ethics, learning styles. Graded S/U. F, S
ACAD 2220 Peer Instruction Seminar: 2 semester hours.
Innovative leadership and teaching techniques for peer instructors who will collaborate with a faculty mentor in preparing for and teaching one section of ACAD 1104. Students will explore and co-create teaching, mentoring, and leadership strategies; teach four learning modules; and assist in coaching first-year students in academic and personal success strategies. PREREQ: Completion with a grade of B or higher of ACAD 1101, ACAD 1102, ACAD 1104, or ACAD 1105 (or equivalent college success course). COREQ: Peer Instructor in ACAD 1104. F, S
ACAD 3301 Beyond the Undergraduate Degree: 1 semester hour.
ACAD 3301 is reserved for upper-division TRiO SSS and/or McNair students. This course will engage students in active and intensive research on universities and disciplines in preparation for the graduate school admissions process. This course integrates students' intensive and individual research with their experience and instructors' input and guidance to create a compelling graduate admissions portfolio. PREREQ: Permission of Instructor required. F, S
ACAD 3310 Efficient Reading: 1 semester hour.
Emphasis on developing flexibility and acceleration of reading speed and refinement of comprehension skills through intensive practice of rapid reading and comprehension building techniques applied to fiction and textbook reading. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. Graded S/U. D
ACAD 4450 Peer Advising Seminar: 1-2 semester hours.
Supervised experience in assisting another student. Students meet out of class on a weekly contact basis. Course provides ongoing training for the peer advisors. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. F, S