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


Abdominopelvic Sonography DMSO-1441

  • Full Term Fall 2018
  • Section 005.37384
  • 4-3-3 Credits
  • 08/27/2018 to 12/15/2018
  • Modified 08/28/2018

Meeting Times


Lectures:  Monday and Wednesday   8:00 AM - 9:20 AM

         Lab:  Monday  9:30 AM - 12:20 PM Section 001

                 Wednesday 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM Section 002

Contact Information


Instructor: Mrs. Erika D. Haskins MBA, ARDMS

 

Contact by Phone or Email

Monday and Wednesday  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

 

 

 

Materials


Internet Access for current medical news

Registration to www. Sonoworld.com

External Portable Hardrive

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: Elsevier, Inc.
  • Edition: 4th
  • ISBN: ISBN-978-0-323-32284-3
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore

Workbook and Manual for Sonography: Introduction to Normal Structure and Function

  • Author: Reva Arnez Curry and Betty Bates Tempkin
  • Publisher: Elsevier, Inc.
  • Edition: 4th Revised Reprint
  • ISBN: ISBN-978-0-323-54523-5
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore

Description


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

Prerequisite(s)

PREREQUISITES, CO-REQUISITES and OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

PHYS 1303 Introduction to Physics                                                     

DMSO 1302 Basic Ultrasound Physics

BIOL 2401/ BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II        

DMSO 1210 Introduction to Sonography

MATH 1314 College Algebra                              

 

 

 

Objectives


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.

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:
Participation                                    10%
Assignments (Lecture)                    15%
Chp.Quizzes                                    10%
Mid Term Exam (Lab/Lecture)          20%
Final Exam (Lab/Lecture)                 20%   

Lab                                                    25%                              

Course Policies


Student Commitment to Success

All students enrolled in this course are expected to read and acknowledge the Student Commitment to Success during the first week of this course. This commitment is intended to challenge students to be their very best and will give them some tips to help them be successful not only in this course but in all of their courses. 

Attendance

Regular and punctual class and laboratory attendance, day and/or evening, is required. A student who is absent for any reason will be allowed to do makeup work at the discretion of the instructor. A student will be held responsible for lecture materials when covered on subsequent examinations. An excused absence will apply only to a student representing the school in an official capacity approved by the administration. Absences of a student are recorded from the official date of enrollment in the class. A student who has accumulated absences equivalent to two (2) weeks of instruction may be dropped by the instructor after the census date. If a student is dropped from a class for excessive absences, the instructor will record a grade of “WN” (Withdrew for non-attendance).

Tardiness

Tardiness is a form of absenteeism.

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.

 

Requirements for Written Work

Your work is expected to be free of grammatical, typographical, and spelling errors. Grades are affected by such errors. If papers are not legible, they will be returned without grades and will be subject to a penalty. Should you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact The Writing Center.

In addition, all typed assignments must be:

Double-Spaced
One (1) inch margins all around
Font: Times New Roman or Courier (Courier New)
Font Size: 12 inch only 
Black ink

APA Format

Assignments  must be uploaded and submitted to "turnitin" in canvas by the due date. Additionally, a hard copy of the study along with the  grading rubric must be turned in to the SPC instructor by the due date specified.

Please note assignments are due to "turnitin" no later than 7:00 am on specified date. Late submissions will not be accepted and “0” points will be recorded for that assignment. Additionally, there will be a 5-point deduction for late submission to the  instructor. 

Note: It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor for a consultation on issues regarding the course (course work, grades, unclear on assignments, etc.). Students working towards a certificate or degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography must receive a grade of a “C” or better.

Expectations for Professionalism

Students must demonstrate professional conduct that is appropriate for clinical settings, therefore it must be modeled in the classroom. Professionalism is defined as arriving on time to class, respecting class peers and instructor, working together as a community of learners and promoting a positive attitude.

Professionalism is also being prepared to arrive on-time to class with all work completed such as assignments and readings, participating in class discussions and having all required materials and textbooks for each class lectures.

Points will be deducted for inadequate professionalism and preparedness under the participation category.  If the incident is repeated, points will be deducted which could result in a lower final grade and a student counseling form will be implemented.

Student Counseling

The objective of student counseling is to develop and maintain professional development throughout all Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses and completion of the program.

A student counseling form will be executed if the following are violated: 
• Student Code of Conduct 
• Attendance or Tardy Policy
• Inadequate Assignments/
• Deficient Preparation/Participation.

Incompletes

An Incomplete “I” for a Diagnostic Medical Sonography course is at the discretion of the instructor. The department does not issue an “I” grade due to incomplete work, and/or non-compliance of any policies and procedures as outlined in the course syllabus. An incomplete grade will be taken under consideration on a case by case basis and must be approved by the Department Chair and/or Program Director before submitted. A counseling form must be signed by the student and instructor.

 

For detailed description of program policies and procedures please consult the Student Handbook. (The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Student Handbook is provided to all enrolled Sonography students, as a source of information and reference regarding the organization and operational aspects of the program.) 

Schedule


GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE SUBJECT MATTER OF EACH LECTURE OR DISCUSSION
                       

Date

Topic

Assignment

Homework

8/27  Mon

 

Introduction

 



Review  Syllabus

 

Review DMSO & Student

          Handbook

 

Group “Icebreaker”

 

Learning Styles Profile

 

Expectations

 

Read  Chp. 2 (pg 8-17)

Wkb Chp. 2 (pg 5-8) 

 

 

Read Chp. 5 (pg 28-47)

Wkb Chp. 5 (pg 13-14 )

Due 8/29

   

 

8/29  Wed

 

Knobology  -  Chp. 2

 

Interdependent Body Systems – Chp. 5

      Wkb Chp. 2 & 5  Due

Chp. 2, Knobology

 (pg 8-17)

 Review Ch. 2 PPTs/Videos

 

Chp 5. Interdependent Body Systems (pg. 28-47)

Review Chp. 5 PPTs/videos

 

Read Chp. 6 (pg.48 - 80)

Wkb Chp. 6 (pg 15 - 38)

 

Read Chp. 7 (81-124)

Wkb Chp. 7 (pg 39-54)

Due 9/5

Pay particular attention to sonographic terms

9/3  Mon

 

Labor Day Holiday

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/5  Wed

 

 

 

 

9/10   Mon

Layering & Sectional Anatomy, – Chp. 6

 

 

 

 

First Scanning Experience- Chp. 7

 

Introduction to 3D/4D Technology

 

 

 

     Wkb Chp. 6 & 7 Due

Chp. 6, Anatomy Layering and Sectional  

(pg. 48-80)

   Review Chp. 6 – PPTs/Videos

 

 Chp. 7, First Scanning  

            Experience

            (pg. 81-124)

Review Chp. 7 – PPTs/Videos

Introduction to 3D/4D Technology Video

 

Read Chp. 4 (pg 23 –27)

Wkb Chp. 4 (pg 11-12)

Due 9/12

 

Read Chp. 9 (pg. 141-156)

Wkb Chp. 9 (pg. 63-64)

Due 9/17

 

 

 

9/12   Wed

 

 

 

 

 

9/17   Mon

 

Quiz Chp. 2, 5.6 & 7

 

Ergonomics & Safety- Chp 4

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Laboratory Values-Chp 9

Wkb Chp. 4 Due

Chp. 4, Ergonomics & Safety

(pg. 23 -27)

Review Chp. 4 PPTs/Videos

 

Ergonomics Group Assignment

 

Wkb Chp. 9 Due

Chp. 9, Introduction to Laboratory Values

(pg. 141-156)

 

Review Chp. 9 PPTs/Videos

 

 

Ergonomics Group Assignment Due 10/17

 

 

Read Chp. 17(pg. 266 - 294)

 

Wkb  Chp. 17 (pg. 134 - 153) Due 9/19

 

 

 

 

 

9/19   Wed

 

 

Urinary & Adrenal Systems- Chp.17

 

 

 

Wkb Chp. 17  Due

 

Chp. 17 – Urinary/Adrenal Systems

(pg. 266 - 294)

 

Review Chp. 17 – PPTs/Videos

     

 

Read Chp. 10 (pg. 157 - 171)

 

Wkb  Chp. 10 (pg. 65 - 72) Due 9/24

 

 

9/24   Mon

Quiz  Chp. 9 & 17

 

 Abdominal Aorta- Chp. 10

Wkb Chp. 10  Due

   Chp. 10 – Abdominal Aorta

(pg. 157 - 171)

 

Review Chp. 10

          PPTs/Videos

 

 

Read Chp. 11 (pg. 172 - 180)

Read Chp. 12 (pg. 181-191)

 

Wkb  Chp. 11 (pg. 73 – 80)

 

Wkb Chp 12 (pg. 81-90) Due 9/26

 

 

9/26   Wed

 

 

 

10/1    Mon

 

 

 

Inferior Vena Cava- Chp 11

 

Portal Venous System- Chp. 12

 

 

Wkb Chp. 11 & 12  Due

Chp. 11 - IVC

(pg. 172 - 180)

Review Chp. 11 PPTs/Videos

 

Chp. 12 – Portal Venous System (pg. 181 – 191)

Review Chp. 12 PPTs/Videos

 

 

     

\

Read Chp. 15 (pg. 228-248)

 

Wkb Chp. 15 (pg. 109-118)

Due 10/3

 

10/3   Wed

 

Quiz Chp. 10,11, & 12

 


The Biliary System- Chp. 15

 

 

 

 

     

Wkb Chp. 15  Due

Chp. 15-The Biliary System

(pg 228-248)

 

Review Chp. 15  PPTs/Videos

 

Read Chp. 14 (pg. 206 – 227)

Pay attention and study

Reference Charts on pg

226 & 227

 

Wkb Chp. 14 (pg 97 -108).

Due 10/8

 

 

10/8   Mon

 

 

 

10/10   Wed

 

 

  

 

The Liver- Chp 14

   

Wkb Chp. 14 Due

Chp. 14- The Liver

(pg. 206-227)

 

 

Review Chp. 14 PPTs/Videos

 

 

 

 

 

Study for Midterm Exam

 

Complete Ergonomics Group Assignment

 

10/15   Mon

    Quiz Chp. 14 & 15

 

Review for Midterm

 

Overview of Chapters

2,4,5,6,7,10,11,12,14,15,17

 

 

Study for Midterm Exam

 

10/17  Wed

 

MIDTERM EXAM

Chapters

2,4,5,6,7,10,11,12,14,15,17

        Presentations

      

MIDTERM EXAM

 

 

Ergonomic Group

 Assignment

Presentations

 

 

 

10/22   Mon

 

 

 

10/24  Wed

 

         

   Exam Evaluaion   

 

 

     Presentations

 

Ergonomic Group

Assignment

Presentations

 

Select Research Assignment

Read Chp. 16 (pg. 249 - 265)

Pay attention and study

Tables & Reference

Charts on pg 250,

254,255 & 265

 

 

Wkb Chp. 16  (pg. 119 - 133) Due 10/29

 

Research Assignment

Due 11/21

 

10/29   Mon

 

 

 

10/31  Wed

 

 

 

 

The Pancreas-Chp. 16

 

 

 

Wkb Chp. 16  Due

 

Chp. 16-The Pancreas

(pg. 249-265)

 

Review Chp. 16 PPTs/Videos                                                                                                                     

 

 

 

Read Chp. 18 (pg. 295 – 306)

 

Pay attention and study

Tables & Reference

Charts on pg 295 & 306

 

Wkb Chp. 18  (pg. 154 - 160) Due 11/5

 

 

11/5   Mon

 

11/7   Wed

   Quiz Chp. 16

 

 

The Spleen-Chp. 18

 

 

Wkb. Chp. 18 Due

 

Chp. 18  - The Spleen

(pg. 295 - 238)

 

Review Chp. 18 PPTs/Videos

  

Read Chp. 19 (pg.307 - 332)    

 

Wkb Chp. 19 (pg. 162- 170) Due 11/12

 

 

11/12  Mon

 

 

11/14  Wed

 Quiz Chp. 18

 

 

 

The Gastrointestinal System-Chp. 19

Wkb. Chp. 19 Due

 

Chp. 19 – The Gastrointestinal System     (pg. 307-332)

Review Chp. 19 PPTs/Videos

Read Chp 20 (pg. 333 – 340)

 

Wkb. Chp. 20 (pg. 171 – 176)  Due 11/19

11/19  Mon

 

 

11/21  Wed

Quiz Chp. 19

The Male Pelvis-Chp. 20

Wkb. Chp 20 Due

 

Chp. 20-The Male Pelvis (pg. 333-340)

Review Chp. 20 PPTs/Videos

 

Research Assginment Due

 

Case Study Selections

Read Chp. 21 (pg. 341-391)

Pay attention and study

Tables, Diagrams &

Reference Charts on pg 342, 350, 352,354, 356, 363,388, & 391.

 

Wkb. Chp. 21 (pg. 177-219) Due 11/26

Case Studies Due 12/5

 

11/22 Th -11/23  Fr

 

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

 

 

 

11/26  Mon

 

 

 

11/28  Wed

 

 

The Female Pelvis-Chp 21

Wkb. Chp 21 Due

Chp. 21- The Female Pelvis (pg.341 – 391)

Review Chp 21 PPTs/Video

 

 

Study for Final Exam

 

Case Study

 

12/3  Mon

 

 

 

 

The Female Pelvis-Chp 21

 

Chp. 21- The Female Pelvis (pg.341 – 391)

 

Review Chp 21 PPTs/Video

 

       

 

Study for Final Exam

 

Case Study

 

12/5  Wed

 

 

Quiz Chp. 16,18,19,20,21

 

Review for Final

      Case Studies Due

    Overview of Chapters

16,18,19,20 & 21

 

 

Study for Final Exam

12/10  Mon

 

 

 

Review for Final

 

 

     Overview of Chapters

16,18,19,20 & 21

 

 

 

Study for Final Exam

12/12 Wed

      FINAL EXAM

 

 

 

 

Lab Portfolio Due

 

 

    

 

Lab Schedule

    Date

    Activity

                                   Comments

8/27  Mon

 

 

8/29 Wed

 

Classroom Lecture

 

 

US Unit Intro

Instead of starting in the Lab, we will need to cover some didactic material in the classroom. Then move to the lab. 

Prepare for using the equipment

As noted above***chapter 2 – Knobology

Review of lab processes

 

9/3  Mon

Labor Day

 

9/5 Wed

College Closed

Kidneys

 

Faculty demo/ Start scanning

9/10 Mon

 

9/12  Wed

 

9/17  Mon

 

Kidneys

 

Kidneys

 

Kidneys

 

Faculty demo/ Start scanning  Guest Specialist TBD

 

Scanning

 

Scanning

 

9/19  Wed

9/24   Mon

9/26   Wed

10/1  Mon

 

Kid Assessment

Kid Assessment

Aorta/  IVC/ PV

Aorta/ IVC/  PV

 

 

Scanning

Scanning

Faculty demo/start scanning

Faculty demo/start scanning

 

10/3   Wed

 

10/8   Mon

 

10/10  Wed

 

 

10/15  Mon 

 

Ao/ IVC/ PV 

 

Ao/ IVC/ PV 

 

Ao/ IVC/ PV  Assessment

 

Ao/ IVC/ PV  Assessment

 

 

Scanning

 

Scanning

 

Scanning

 

 

Scanning

 

10/17  Wed

10/22  Mon

 

GB /Liver

GB/Liver

Faculty demo/ start scanning

Faculty demo/start scanning

 

 10/24   Wed

 10/29  Mon

 

 10/31   Wed

 

 11/5   Mon

 

GB/Liver

GB/Liver

 

GB/Liver Assessment

 

GB/Liver Assessment

 

 

 

 

 

Scanning

Scanning

 

Scanning

 

Scanning

 

11/7     Wed

11/12    Mon

 

11/14   Wed

Pancreas/Spleen

Pancreas/Spleen

 

Panc /Spleen

Faculty demo/ start scanning

Faculty demo/start scanning

 

Scanning

11/19   Mon

 

 

11/21    Wed

 

 

 

 11/26  Mon

Panc/Spleen

 

Panc/Spleen Assessments

 

 

 

Panc/Spleen Assessments

 

 

Scanning

 

 

Scanning

 

 

 

Scanning

 

11/28  Wed

 

 

12/3   Mon

 

 

12/5   Wed

 

 

12/10   Mon

 

 

Final Timed Assessments

 

Final Timed Assessments

 

Final Timed Assessments

 

Final Timed Assessments

 

RUQ scanning – timed assessments

 

 

 

RUQ scanning – timed assessments

 

 

RUQ scanning – timed assessments

 

 

RUQ scanning – timed assessments

***Please keep in mind that a Course Outline is truly a living document and subject to change*** All class members will always be informed of any changes 

Additional Items



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.


Institutional Policies


STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

A. Attendance:

SmartStart.
Student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets, and beginning Fall 2014, students who do not attend the first scheduled class meeting or contact the instructor will be dropped. Students should verify the drop is completed.

For fully online courses, an attendance verification activity is assigned and must be completed by the 3rd class day.

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 may drop a student for excessive absences or for online classes non-participation as defined by assigned work not being turned in during the course of a week. 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 as soon as possible. To officially withdraw from the class, a withdrawal request must be submitted in ACES via the “student course withdrawal” link. Contact your instructor, advisor, or the Admissions and Records office if guidance is needed.

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 “student course withdrawal” request in ACES.

B. Early Alert and Intervention

Alamo College instructors care about students’ success in every course.  During the semester, students may receive alert emails through the ACES account regarding their progress and ultimate success in a course.  Upon receipt of the email, students are to contact the course instructor to discuss specific tasks or actions to improve success in this course.  In addition, students will also need to meet with their Certified Advisor.  Discussions with faculty and Certified Advisors allows the student to identify actions that will help to successfully complete course requirements at the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District.

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

As members of the Alamo Colleges District 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 District 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 District’s 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 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.).

D.  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.

E. Licensed Concealed Campus Carry

No open carry of firearms is allowed on all property owned, controlled, or leased by the College District, including vehicles operated by the Alamo Colleges District. Concealed carry of a handgun by persons licensed to carry may not be restricted except in locations signed as prohibited areas.

  • Special testing locations requiring a complete surrender of personal effects during testing will be signed as prohibited areas. 
  • Persons may be required to place their purse, backpack or briefcase away from their person, but within their view during tests at the direction of their instructor or test administrator.
  • License holders carrying on campus intending to access prohibited areas must leave their weapons locked in their vehicles.  College lockers are not authorized for storage of handguns by license holders.

Disciplinary Sanctions

Open carry, intentional display, unlicensed carry, and carry in spite of signed prohibition are subject to employee and student discipline, as well as possible prosecution. Unintentional display of a weapon by a license holder must be avoided.  Police will exercise their enforcement discretion. 

If you see a person openly carrying or deliberately displaying a firearm:

  • Call the Alamo Colleges District Police 210-485-0911
  • Do not confront the person or ask if the person has a permit

F. Title IX policy

Information and policy regarding Title IX, Civil Rights Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation can be found in Board Policy H.1.2.

 

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS:

While other exams are given at the discretion of the instructor, a final assessment is given at the end of each semester for each course. The Final Exam Schedule changes with each term and differs from normal class meeting dates and times. See the Final Exam Schedule in the Catalog/Schedule of Classes in the left hand navigation bar.

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 Priorities


How can I create My Mission Statement?

A Personal Mission Statement is critical to your success as a student at St. Philip's College. The development of your mission statement will assist you in identifying your skills, abilities, and interests and how they relate to your values and principles toward the career you wish to pursue.

Once completed schedule your appointment with your advisor via your ACES portal.

Take a peek at the attachment to better assist you in the creation of your mission statement.

College Policies


St. Philip’s College Mission Statement

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 usecomputer labs and writing center.

9) Services and appropriate accommodations for special populations, to include adult literacy and distance education.

10) Quality social, cultural, and intellectual enrichment experiences for the community.

11) Opportunities for participation in community service and economic development projects.


St. Philip’s College Quality Enhancement Plan: Ethical Decision Making

St. Philip's College is committed to quality education, as such the focus of the 2016 Quality Enhancement Plan is ethical decision-making which is the ability to connect values and choices to actions and consequences.

QEP FOCUS STATEMENT: Ethical Decision–Making is the ability to connect values and choices to actions and consequences.

QEP GOAL: Students engage in specific measurable academic activities to enhance their ethical decision–making skill

QEP Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Values: Students gain skills to assess their own values.
  • Ethical Issues: Students identify and are knowledgeable of ethical issues.
  • Perspectives: Students analyze various ethical perspectives.

THE PROCESS OF ETHICAL DECISION–MAKING

  1. Stop and think to determine the facts.
  2. Identify options.
  3. Consider consequences for yourself and others.
  4. Make an ethical choice and take appropriate action.

          

 For more information on the Quality Enhancement Plan,

Click HERE https://www.alamo.edu/spc/about-spc/strategic-plan/quality-enhancement-plan-qep/

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Policies for St. Philip's College:

A. All of the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District are tobacco free.

B. Alamo Colleges District DPS Emergency Phone Numbers:

Emergency Phone (210) 485-0911

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 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 Services office at (210) 486-2199 or SWC (210) 486-7175 or visit the office located:

MLK Campus – Located at the Sutton Learning Center, Ste. 102

SWC – Located in the LIFEspace office, ITC A-135

Web - https://www.alamo.edu/spc/experience-spc/current-students/support-centers/disability-services/services/

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

D. Mandatory Student Training for Online Classes:

**Note** If you are new to online classes, you are REQUIRED to take the St. Philip’s College Orientation to Online Learning course, OLRN 0001. The free, self-paced, online course will familiarize you with Canvas and will provide helpful tips on being a successful online learner. Register for the OLRN course the same way as any other course. See https://www.alamo.edu/spc/academics/distance-learning/ or call 210-486-2239 for more information.