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Alamo Colleges District • St. Philip's College • - • DMSO-Diagnostic Med Sonography


Abdominopelvic Sonography DMSO-1541

  • Full Term Fall 2015

  • Section 002.11271

  • 5-4-2 Credits

  • 08/24/2015 to 12/12/2015

  • Modified 08/22/2015



St. Philip's College, founded in 1898, is a comprehensive public community college whose mission is to empower our diverse student population through personal educational growth, ethical decision-making, career readiness, and community leadership. As a Historically Black College and Hispanic Serving Institution, St. Philip's College is a vital facet of the community, responding to the needs of a population rich in ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic diversity. St. Philip's College creates an environment fostering excellence in academic and technical achievement while expanding its commitment to opportunity and access.
  The college fulfills its mission by offering:

1) General courses in arts and sciences leading to an associate degree.
2) Transfer education for students desiring to attend senior institutions.
3) Developmental courses that improve the basic skills of students whose academic foundations require strengthening.
4) Applied Science and technical programs leading to an associate degree or certificate designed to prepare students for employment and/or to update crucial skills.
5) Workforce and Career development training programs for business, industry and government.
6) Continuing education programs for occupational and educational enrichment or certification.
7) Counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their educational and professional goals.
8) Educational support services including library services, tutoring, open use computer labs and writing center.
9) Services and appropriate accommodations for special populations, to include adult literacy.
10) Quality social, cultural, and intellectual enrichment experiences for the community.
11) Opportunities for participation in community service and economic development projects.

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Contact Information


Instructor: Dr. Fehmida Khanum

Email: [email protected]
Office: CHP 308

Materials


Internet Access for current medical news as well as keeping current with ACES/Canvas 
Registration to www. Sonoworld.com

A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Sonography : Introduction to Normal Structure and Function

Author: Reva Curry and Betty Tempkin Bates
Publisher: Saunders
Edition: 3rd
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-4160-5556-3
Availability: Campus Bookstore

                                   

COURSE CONTENT:

Course Content will prepare student for the study of normal abdominal anatomy and physiology as it relates to Diagnostic Medical Sonography. In addition, student will be introduced to sonographic scanning techniques, equipment usage and Sonographic examination protocols

Description


Normal anatomy and physiology of the abdominal and pelvic cavities as related to scanning techniques, transducer selection, and scanning protocols.

Prerequisites

PHYS 1305, BIOL 2404 or (BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402)

Objectives


The successful completion of this course, the student should be able to demonstrate these specific Performance Objectives:
1. Perform entry level abdominal sonographic examinations utilizing appropriate equipment settings within  
     ALARA standards.
2. Recognize normal abdominal structures.  
3. Recognize normal abdominal vascular structures
4. Be able to identify sonographic changes when disease processes are present.
5. Be able to manipulate ultrasound equipment to achieve diagnostic images.

Outcomes


1 Identify the sonographic appearances of normal abdominal and pelvic structures.

2 Explain physiology of abdominal and pelvic organs.

3 Describe the appropriate scanning techniques according to standard protocol guidelines.

Evaluation


                 Percent                      Grade

                     93-100                        A
                     85-92                          B
                     77-84                          C
                     70-76                          D
                       0-69                          F

This particular course’s weighted grading is as follows:

 

  • Final Exam (Lab/Lecture)                         20%
  • Mid-Term Exam (Lecture)                          15%
  • Participation (Time/Att.)                          15%
  • Chp. Quizzes                                             15%
  • Assignments (Lecture)                              10%
  • Lab Portfolio                                             10%
  • QEP                                                           10%
  • Pop Quizzes                                                 5% 

                                           Total                        100%

 

Course Policies


ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTOR REQUIREMENTS:  (added by individual instructor)
Students are required to sign-in prior to the beginning of class. This will constitute a student’s agreement that he/she has in fact, attended the class. Students will be responsible for keeping track of their individual absences and grades.
 
Class Participation: The class is structured to be student centered and conducive to learning. In order to fully accomplish these goals, it is important that each student understand four important guidelines to learning.
?    Preparation – students should prepare by reading, analyzing and formulating the assigned materials.
?    Present- students should be  present, both physically and cognitively, so that learning can be achieved.
Class Assignments – Assignments and projects are a means to evaluate the learning progress of each student in achieving and mastering the course’s learning outcomes. All students should make every effort to manage their assignments, projects and quizzes in a timely manner. In those rare instances that this is not possible, this is the process that will be followed:
?    Any assignments turned in late will have 20 points deducted daily for the first two class days. After that, the assignment will not be accepted and will be given a score of “0” (zero). Late is defined as after the beginning of class. For example, if an assignment is handed in on the morning of the 3rd
 day and there are NO errors on the assignment, the highest achievable grade is 60%.
?    Quizzes and/or exams will be allowed make-up status only if the instructor is notified to the absence/tardy prior to or on the day of the scheduled examination before the class starts for the day. If no contact is made, then a score  of “0” (zero) will be given.
?    Cell phones – cell phones must be off and not visible during class time, both lab and lecture. A student who violates this policy will be excused and marked absent for the day. If a cell phone goes off during an exam, the score will be recorded as a “0” zero.
?    Childcare – In order to create and maintain a conducive learning environment for all students, no children will be allowed in the classroom during scheduled class, lab or lecture. Students with children are expected to make childcare arrangements for their scheduled class days.
?    Classroom behaviors – Students and faculty are expected to demonstrate respect towards their peers and faculty throughout the semester both in and out of the classroom. This behavior includes speaking to each other in an appropriate tone of voice, active listening and respect for others’ opinions and comments. The use of profanity is prohibited. Students who do not follow these guidelines will be asked to leave the classroom area.

Schedule


***Please keep in mind that this Course Outline is a living document and is subject to change*** You will always be informed of any changes.

Week     Weekly Date    Content
1    8/23/11    Class Expectations/PPT – World of Imaging
    8/24/11    Lab Day – Physics PPT
    8/25/11    Sonographic Terms/Foundations PPT
2    8/30/11    Quiz 1 & Start Chp. 4 - 1st Scanning Experience
    9/1/11    Layering Chp. 6
3    9/5/11     Labor Day Holiday
    9/6/11    Finish Chp.6
    9/8/11    Chp.4/6 Quiz – start Chp.15 Urinary System
4    9/13- 9/15/11    Chp.15 Urinary System
5    9/20/11    Chp. 15 Quiz – start Chp. 8 Abdominal Aorta
6    9/22-9/27/11    Chp. 8
    9/29/11    Chp. 8 Quiz, Start Chp. 9 IVC
7    10/4/11    Chp. 9/start Chp.10
    10/6/11    Chp. 10
8    10/11/11    Chp. 9/10 Quiz – start Chp.13
    10/13/11    Chp. 13
9    10/18/11    MIDTERM  EXAM - LECTURE
    10/20/11    Chp. 13 Quiz – Start Chp. 12 Liver
10    10/25-10/27/11    Chp. 12 Liver
11    11/1/11    Chp. 12 Quiz – Start Chp. 14 Pancreas
    11/3/11    Chp. 14
12    11/8/11    Chp.14 Quiz – Start Chp. 16 Spleen
    11/10/11    Chp. 16
13    11/15/11    Chp. 16 Quiz – Start Chp. 17 GI
    11/17/11    Chp. 17 GI
14    11/22/11    Chp. 17 Quiz
    11/24-25    Thanksgiving Holiday
15    11/29 – 12/1    Pelvis Review – Mini Assessment
16    12/8/11    Final Exam

Additional Items


COURSE DESCRIPTION:
 Normal anatomy and physiology of the abdominal and pelvic cavities as related to scanning techniques, transducer selection, and scanning protocols.
PREREQUISITES, CO-REQUISITES and OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
PHYS 1303    Intro to Physics
BIOL 2401     BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
HITT 1305     Medical Terminology
TEXTBOOKS (including ISBN#) and REQUIRED MATERIALS/RECOMMENDED READINGS:
A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

?    Sonography : Introduction to Normal Structure and Function
3rd Edition: Saunders, 2011 by Reva Curry and Betty Tempkin Bates
ISBN-978-1-4160-5556-3
?    Internet Access for current medical news
?    Registration to www. Sonoworld.com

 


COURSE CONTENT:
Course Content will prepare student for the study of normal abdominal anatomy and physiology as it relates to Diagnostic Medical Sonography. In addition, student will be introduced to sonographic scanning techniques, equipment usage and Sonographic examination protocols.



STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
The statement of student learning outcomes is designed to bring awareness of what the student will be learning and what skills the student should be able to demonstrate by way of the acquired knowledge.
This course’s SLO are in collaboration with the Program’s and the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan.
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to demonstrate the following Student Learning Outcomes:
1.    Demonstrate the ability to identify normal abdominal and pelvic structures in sonographic images.
2.    Explain the physiology of abdominal and pelvic organs .
3.    Demonstrate the appropriate scanning techniques using standard protocol guidelines
4.    Demonstrate proper use of the appropriate transducer for the area of interest.


PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES:
At the successful completion of this course, the student should be able to demonstrate these specific  Performance Objectives:
1. Perform entry level sonographic examinations utilizing appropriate equipment settings within ALARA standards.
2. Recognize normal and abnormal abdominal structures.
3. Be able to explain disease processes, and the correlation between lab values, patient clinical presentations and the resulting sonographic images.

METHODS OF MEASUREMENT (grade requirements):
Grades for this course follow the outline grading parameters as designated by the Allied Health Division for all of its programs. All assignments, examinations, projects and activities must be completed with a satisfactory passing grade of 77% to be able to continue on to the next semester. It is as follows:

Percentage                          Grade
93 – 100             A
85 -  92             B
77 – 84             C
70 – 76             D
0 – 69                 F
This particular course’s weighted grading is as follows:
Pop Quizzes                     5%
Participation                10%
Assignments    (Lab/Lecture)        10%
Chp.Quizzes               15%
Term Paper                        15%
Mid Term Exam (Lab/Lecture)    20%
Final Exam (Lab/Lecture)        25%

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES:
A. Attendance
Effective Spring Term 2010, student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets. Regular and punctual attendance in all classes and laboratories, day and evening, is required. Students who are absent for any reason should always consult with their instructors. Course syllabi must provide specific information regarding attendance, including, for courses involving the internet, online activity that constitutes “attendance.” Also, both tardiness and early departure from class may be considered forms of absenteeism. In all cases, students will be held responsible for completion of course requirements covered in their absence. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to drop a course for nonattendance.
Course instructors establish policy with regard to attendance in their respective syllabi and may drop a student for excessive absences.  Absences are considered excessive when more than 12.5 percent of the total contact hours of instruction in a semester, including lecture and lab, are missed.  For example, in a three-credit-hour lecture class, students may be dropped after more than six contact hours of absences. In a four-credit-hour lecture/lab class, students may be dropped after more than eight contact hours of absences.  Absences are counted regardless of whether they occur consecutively. In special programs with additional accreditation or certification standards, additional attendance requirements may be enforced but faculty must clearly explain these policies in their syllabi.  
Students who stop attending class for any reason should contact the instructor and the college registrar to officially withdraw from the class. Students may be required to consult with an advisor or designee before dropping. Failure to officially withdraw may result in a failing grade for the course. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw officially from a class by submitting a completed Withdrawal Form to the Admissions and Records Office.

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTOR REQUIREMENTS:  (added by individual instructor)
Students are required to sign-in prior to the beginning of class. This will constitute a student’s agreement that he/she has in fact, attended the class. Students will be responsible for keeping track of their individual absences and grades.
 
Class Participation: The class is structured to be student centered and conducive to learning. In order to fully accomplish these goals, it is important that each student understand four important guidelines to learning.
?    Preparation – students should prepare by reading, analyzing and formulating the assigned materials.
?    Present- students should be  present, both physically and cognitively, so that learning can be achieved.
Class Assignments – Assignments and projects are a means to evaluate the learning progress of each student in achieving and mastering the course’s learning outcomes. All students should make every effort to manage their assignments, projects and quizzes in a timely manner. In those rare instances that this is not possible, this is the process that will be followed:
?    Any assignments turned in late will have 20 points deducted daily for the first two class days. After that, the assignment will not be accepted and will be given a score of “0” (zero). Late is defined as after the beginning of class. For example, if an assignment is handed in on the morning of the 3rd
 day and there are NO errors on the assignment, the highest achievable grade is 60%.
?    Quizzes and/or exams will be allowed make-up status only if the instructor is notified to the absence/tardy prior to or on the day of the scheduled examination before the class starts for the day. If no contact is made, then a score  of “0” (zero) will be given.
?    Cell phones – cell phones must be off and not visible during class time, both lab and lecture. A student who violates this policy will be excused and marked absent for the day. If a cell phone goes off during an exam, the score will be recorded as a “0” zero.
?    Childcare – In order to create and maintain a conducive learning environment for all students, no children will be allowed in the classroom during scheduled class, lab or lecture. Students with children are expected to make childcare arrangements for their scheduled class days.
?    Classroom behaviors – Students and faculty are expected to demonstrate respect towards their peers and faculty throughout the semester both in and out of the classroom. This behavior includes speaking to each other in an appropriate tone of voice, active listening and respect for others’ opinions and comments. The use of profanity is prohibited. Students who do not follow these guidelines will be asked to leave the classroom area.

B. Tardiness –
Tardy/early departures in excess of 15 minutes will be counted as absences.  Three absences will accrue and counted as one absence. As per Alamo Colleges ‘ policy, the student may be dropped from the class due to excessive absenteeism.
C.Plagiarism-
In conjunction with The Student Code of Conduct, “scholastic dishonesty involving, but not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism and collusion” are a violation and will not be tolerated. Students may be subject to disciplinary proceedings resulting in an academic penalty or disciplinary penalty for academic dishonesty. Academic Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism and collusion. For additional information, refer to the “Student Code of Conduct” in the St. Philip’s College Student Handbook.

B. COLLEGE POLICIES:  
1. All of the Alamo Colleges are tobacco free.
2. Alamo Colleges DPS Emergency Phone Numbers:
Emergency Phone     (210) 222-0911
General Phone         (210) 485-0099
Weather Phone        (210) 485-0189 (For information on college closures)

C. Disability Access Statement – In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to self-identify with the campus Disability Support Services office. Only those students with appropriate documentation will receive a letter of accommodation from the Disability Support Services office. Instructors are required to follow only those accommodation and/or services outlined in the letter of accommodation. For further information, please contact the Disability Support Services office at (210) 486-2020 or visit the office located in the Sutton Learning Center, Rm. 103. If there are specific needs, please discuss them privately with the instructor.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE SUBJECT MATTER OF EACH LECTURE OR DISCUSSION:
(Include brief description of each major course requirement, including each major assignment and examination.)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Course Outline
AbdominoPelvic Songraphy - DMSO 1541-001 Room 112 (Lecture)
DMSO 1541 – LO1 & DMSO-L02 Lab Room 116(Lab)
Instructor: Virginia Narvaez, ARRT, RDMS
Week     Weekly Date    Content
1    8/23/11    Class Expectations/PPT – World of Imaging
    8/24/11    Lab Day – Physics PPT
    8/25/11    Sonographic Terms/Foundations PPT
2    8/30/11    Quiz 1 & Start Chp. 4 - 1st Scanning Experience
    9/1/11    Layering Chp. 6
3    9/5/11     Labor Day Holiday
    9/6/11    Finish Chp.6
    9/8/11    Chp.4/6 Quiz – start Chp.15 Urinary System
4    9/13- 9/15/11    Chp.15 Urinary System
5    9/20/11    Chp. 15 Quiz – start Chp. 8 Abdominal Aorta
6    9/22-9/27/11    Chp. 8
    9/29/11    Chp. 8 Quiz, Start Chp. 9 IVC
7    10/4/11    Chp. 9/start Chp.10
    10/6/11    Chp. 10
8    10/11/11    Chp. 9/10 Quiz – start Chp.13
    10/13/11    Chp. 13
9    10/18/11    MIDTERM  EXAM - LECTURE
    10/20/11    Chp. 13 Quiz – Start Chp. 12 Liver
10    10/25-10/27/11    Chp. 12 Liver
11    11/1/11    Chp. 12 Quiz – Start Chp. 14 Pancreas
    11/3/11    Chp. 14
12    11/8/11    Chp.14 Quiz – Start Chp. 16 Spleen
    11/10/11    Chp. 16
13    11/15/11    Chp. 16 Quiz – Start Chp. 17 GI
    11/17/11    Chp. 17 GI
14    11/22/11    Chp. 17 Quiz
    11/24-25    Thanksgiving Holiday
15    11/29 – 12/1    Pelvis Review – Mini Assessment
16    12/8/11    Final Exam
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***Please keep in mind that this Course Outline is a living document and is subject to change*** You will always be informed of any changes.
It is critical to keep abreast of the reading assignments. Please do not try to “crash study”. There is too much information. As you read the text, make notes of any unclear material so it can be cleared up in class.
I Strongly encouraging you to take notes on your reading. From time to time, you will be allowed to use your notes on quizzes.
Aside from your BIG official writing assignments, you will have chapter writing homework assignments, call WWP – “Weekend Work Projects”. These will be turned in prior to each chapter quiz. These will consist of short answer questions, terms, anatomical labeling, etc. These are posted on ACES for you to print out, fill in and turn in on quiz day. Occasionally, you will be required to do course outlines, prior to beginning the lecture portion of that particular chapter. These will be due on the first day of that chapter.
Written Assignments
1.    Personal Assignment Due 9/1/2011 –  BOC
2.    Choice Scanning Experience 9/27/11 – BOC
3.    Group Poster Projects  10/27/11 – BOC/Lab
Criteria and scoring rubric for papers is as follows:
       1. Personal Writing Assignment – style & method of your choice. No grading points…
       this is informational and will be returned to you when you least expect it. Specific      
       instructions to follow.
 
     2. Choice of Clinical Setting Writing Assignment – This should express and reflect current  
         reading content. Think about the intricacies of each exam that we have discussed. This is a  
         reflective paper but does require minimal research. Minimal 1 page but no longer than 3  
         pages. Papers should be neatly typed, double spaced, using Times Roman 12 point font. Please  
         attach a front cover page.  

         Grades will be assigned as such:    50% - Content (to the point, no “filling)
                                                                     25% - Spelling/Grammar
                                                                     15% - Reliable Sources
                                                                               5%-  Images
                                                                         5% - Length
                                                                      100%

      3. Group Poster Project– Topic to be Assigned by Faculty.
You will be graded on:
Mastery of information – 35% ***
Content                              25%
Creativity –                        25%
Spelling/Grammar            10%
Sources –                              5%
Please remember that this is YOUR class…it will be what you make. I serve to facilitate the learning process!!   
Project Lab Schedule                                                      
Date    Activity    Comments
8/24
    Classroom Lecture    Instead of Lab, we will need to cover some didactic notes to
Prepare for using the equipment
8/31    Review of Eqpt    Faculty demo; start scanning and assessing due 8/31 & 9/4
9/7    Kidneys    Faculty demo; start scanning
9/14    Kidneys; Start aorta    kidney assessments : Faculty demo aorta
9/21    Practice Aorta    Aorta scanning
10/5    Midterm assessments    3 students from each section: also start IVC
10/12    Midterm assessments    3 students from each section: also start IVC
10/19    Midterm assessments    3 students from each section: also start IVC
10/26    Faculty Development     Day – School closed - holiday
11/2    GB/Liver    Faculty demo; start scanning
11/9    Pancreas/Spleen    Faculty demo; start scanning
11/16    Final Abd Scan Assess    3 students from each section
11/23    Final Abd Scan Assess    3 students from each section
11/30    Final Abd Scan Assess    3 students from each section
12/7    Final Image Analysis    All together – 8am


Method of Instruction: A combination of the following teaching methods will be implemented in this course: discussion, lecture, audiovisuals, lab simulation, handouts, journal articles, quizzes, examinations, games, online resources and written assignments.

INSTRUCTOR VITAE INFORMATION:
Curriculum Vitae for Virginia Narvaez
As an educator, I have three goals for my students. I want them to know what I know. I want them to know more than I know, but most importantly – I want them to WANT to know than I know. I structure my lectures, presentations, powerpoints and case studies around that philosophy.


Education:
??Master’s Science Degree in Psychology
Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas

??Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences
Texas State University; San Marcos, Texas

??Associate’s Degree in Radiology
St. Philip’s College

Previous teaching positions: Faculty in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
Baptist School of Health Professions
 
Work Experiences: Radiology Manager
Methodist Speciality and Transplant Hospital
Pediatric Radiology Manager
Methodist Childrens’ Hospital
Radiology Director
Women’s and Childrens’ Hospital

Certificates and Licenses: American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
                                              American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
                                              Texas Certified Licensed Radiologic Technologists

Syllabus is subject to change
8/11 - vln

Institutional Policies


STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

A. Attendance:

Effective Spring Term 2010, student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets. Regular and punctual attendance in all classes and laboratories, day and evening, is required. Students who are absent for any reason should always consult with their instructors. Course syllabi must provide specific information regarding attendance, including, for courses involving the internet, online activity that constitutes “attendance.” Also, both tardiness and early departure from class may be considered forms of absenteeism. In all cases, students will be held responsible for completion of course requirements covered in their absence.

Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to drop a course for nonattendance. Course instructors establish policy with regard to attendance in their respective syllabi and may drop a student for excessive absences. Absences are considered excessive when more than 12.5 percent of the total contact hours of instruction in a semester, including lecture and lab, are missed. For example, in a three-credit-hour lecture class, students may be dropped after more than six contact hours of absences. In a four-credit-hour lecture/lab class, students may be dropped after more than eight contact hours of absences. Absences are counted regardless of whether they occur consecutively.

In special programs with additional accreditation or certification standards, additional attendance requirements may be enforced but faculty must clearly explain these policies in their syllabi. Students who stop attending class for any reason should contact the instructor and the college registrar to officially withdraw from the class. Students may be required to consult with an advisor or designee before dropping.

Failure to officially withdraw may result in a failing grade for the course. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw officially from a class by submitting a completed Withdrawal Form to the Admissions and Records Office.

B. Student Responsibility for Success (Alamo Colleges Policy F.6.2):

As members of the Alamo Colleges learning community, students, faculty, staff and administrators all share the responsibility to create an atmosphere where knowledge, integrity, truth, and academic honesty are valued and expected. A clear acknowledgment of the mutual obligations of all members of the academic community emphasizes this implicit partnership in fostering the conditions necessary for student success.

In this relationship, the Alamo Colleges provides institutional policies, procedures, and opportunities to facilitate student learning that encourage interaction, involvement and responsible participation. Inherent in the academic climate is the expectation that students will assume responsibility for contributing to their own development and learning. Academic success is directly tied to the effort students put into their studies, the degree to which they interact with faculty and peers, and the extent to which students integrate into the campus life.

1. Engagement

  1. Create connections and build relationships with faculty, staff and students (visit during office hours, join clubs and organizations, participate in student activities, etc.);
  2. Stay informed of policies, procedures, deadlines and events for academic and co-curricular activities;
  3. Complete all requirements for admission, registration, and payment by deadlines;
  4. Apply for financial assistance, if needed, complying with all federal, state and local regulations and procedures;
  5. Meet all federal, state and local health care regulations.

2. Communication

  1. Seek guidance from faculty, advisors or counselors for questions and concerns in regards to degree plans, major selection, academic status, grades, and issues impacting college success;
  2. Develop a peer support system to identify student contacts for questions, group assignments, etc. regarding academic and co-curricular activities;
  3. Communicate with College personnel promptly regarding academic or co-curricular concerns and assistance requests;
  4. Carefully consider the information provided by College personnel and make decisions using that information;
  5. Check the Alamo Colleges’ Web Services regularly for emails, holds, student records, financial aid status and announcements;
  6. Submit disability documentation if seeking services and request academic accommodations in advance of each semester.

3. Academic Success

  1. Complete courses with passing grades and maintain in good academic standing (2.0 GPA) status;
  2. Read and follow all syllabi;
  3. Purchase textbooks and required supplies in a timely manner;
  4. Attend classes regularly and on time, with as few absences, late arrivals, and early exits as possible;
  5. Arrive to class with all needed materials and completed assignments for that class period;
  6. Be attentive in class and actively participate as appropriate;
  7. Devote sufficient time for studying;
  8. Ensure integrity in all aspects of academic and career development;
  9. Accurately represent one’s own work and that of others used in creating academic assignments. Use information ethically and exercise appropriate caution to avoid plagiarism on all assignments;
  10. Notify faculty in advance or as soon as possible about absences and provide documentation as appropriate;
  11. Consult faculty members in advance when unable to complete projects, assignments, or take examinations as scheduled.

4. Self-Responsibility and Responsibility to Others

  1. Maintain accurate and complete degree/certificate major selection and contact information including name, address, phone number and emergency contact;
  2. Balance personal obligations and educational pursuits. Work with a counselor / advisor to design a realistic schedule that dedicates adequate effort to be successful in college studies;
  3. Know and follow the regulations and guidelines outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook;
  4. Maintain respectful and appropriate behavior within and outside the classroom;
  5. Ask for help when needed. Use all available resources and facilities provided by the College to enhance the learning experience;
  6. Attend scheduled advising sessions, tutorials, and other appointments. Cancel or reschedule only with good reasons as early as possible;
  7. Arrive prepared for tutorial sessions, bringing all needed materials (books, syllabi, rough drafts, calculators, assignment sheets, etc.).

C.  Textbook Availability

A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a university-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS:

A comprehensive final evaluation, not to exceed three hours in length, shall be given at the end of each course at the official scheduled final exam time. Any exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the appropriate Dean. Other evaluations are given at the discretion of the instructor.

A student who must be absent from a final evaluation should petition that instructor for permission to postpone the evaluation. A student absent without permission from a final evaluation is graded "0" on the exam.

Incomplete Grades.  The conditional grade of “I” may be issued to a student having a passing average on all completed coursework but for a justified reason, such as illness or death in the family or by providential hindrance, has been prevented from taking the final examination or completing other required coursework. The “I” becomes an “F” in one hundred twenty (120) calendar days from the end of the term unless the student completes the balance of the coursework with a performance grade of “D” or higher. Re-enrollment in the course will not resolve the “I.”  The student and faculty must fill out an Incomplete Contract, clearly defining the work remaining to be finished.

College Policies


Policies for St. Philip's College:

A. All of the Alamo Colleges are tobacco free.

B. Alamo Colleges DPS Emergency Phone Numbers:

Emergency Phone (210) 485-0911

General Phone (210) 485-0099

Weather Phone (210) 485-0189 (For information on college closures)

Disability Access Statement – In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to self-identify with the campus Disability Support Services office. Only those students with appropriate documentation will receive a letter of accommodation from the Disability Support Services office. Instructors are required to follow only those accommodation and/or services outlined in the letter of accommodation. For further information, please contact the Disability Support Services office at (210) 486-7175 or visit the office located:

MLK Campus
Norris Technical Center 100
SWC
LIFEspace Center, ITC A-135
Web
 http://www.alamo.edu/spc/disability-resource-center/

If you have specific needs, please discuss them privately with your instructor.