REVISED:  January 6, 2009


SLS 1125           


Spring, 2009


Miami Dade College

North Campus

Department of Counseling, Advisement, and Career Services

11380 NW 27th Avenue

Miami,  Florida   33167


Instructor:    Joseph R. Rosado, B.S., M.S.

  Associate Professor, Sr.



INSTRUCTOR BIO:  B.S. and M.S. / Univ. of Illinois in Health and Exercise Science.  I have taken additional graduate level work at Iowa State University, University of Miami, and  Florida Atlantic University.  During the summer of 2001, I attended the Graduate College of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff.  I began my teaching and coaching career in 1968 as Ass’t. Professor at the State Univ. of New York – College at Potsdam.  I have held teaching positions at Central Missouri State Univ., Clinton Community College in Iowa, and Fort Hays Kansas State University. I was Assistant Professor and Ass’t. Basketball Coach at Valparaiso University in Indiana for four years prior to my arrival at MDCC in 1989 as Assistant Professor and Head Coach of Men’s Basketball. My principal instructional responsibilities throughout my career have been in Health Analysis, Kinesiology, and Human Performance & College Survival.  I retired for my position as men’s basketball coach in 2002.


Office:  Rm. 3242 – 42                   Office Ph.:  305-237-1841


Email:     Faculty Web Site:



Required Text:                  On Course,  5th Edition*

                                      Houghton Mifflin,  Author:  Skip Downing








*  Very Important you have a text.  See Professor about purchase suggestions







SLS  1125

Student Support Seminar




Student Support Seminar is designed for students who have not developed skills and behaviors needed to successfully achieve personal and academic goals.  The course seeks to help students analyze, develop, and utilize these necessary life coping skills and behaviors.  Special emphasis is placed on critical thinking, problem solving skills, and social/psychological functioning of the student in relationship to self and others.  As a result of this experience, it is believed that students will be able to achieve academic and personal success.

Learning Objectives

When you have satisfactorily completed this course, you will be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

     Self- Discovery

  1. Discover current levels and systems of personal functioning
  2. Knowledge of “shaping influences” including people and events relating to self-concept and self-esteem
  3. Understand one’s strengths and values as they relate to personal interest and abilities
  4. Discover strengths and weaknesses as they relate to personal and career goals
Life Management Skills
  1. Knowledge of goal setting techniques by identifying general criteria for establishing personal goals
  2. Application of goal setting techniques to set goals
  3. Application of decision-making skills by using knowledge of values, lifestyle, strengths, and goals
  4. Knowledge and application of effective communication and how it relates to personal and career success.
  5. Knowledge of effective time management techniques
  6. Synthesis of time management techniques to design an effective personal plan
  7. Knowledge and application of critical thinking and problem solving skills in the completion of instructor assigned exercises

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:



Personal Development


1.    Discover current levels and systems of personal functioning


2.    Getting On Course for Success: Defining Success and Making Choices


3.    Accepting Personal Responsibility for Choices and Success


4.    Knowledge of Self-Esteem and Self-Motivation


  1. Understanding Morality and Values


  1. Mastering of Self Management


  1. Development of Critical Thinking Skills and employing Critical Thinking in Daily Life



Career Development


  1. Master Self Management skills


  1. Employ Self Management Tools


  1. Self Discipline, Focus, and Persistence


  1. Master Self Management Skills, tools, self discipline, and utilizes Critical Thinking skills for success


  1. Develops listening skills


  1. Adopts Lifelong Learning style















LATE  work is accepted at ½ point credit (within 2 weeks of the due date)


100 pts.       Attendance  (You will lose 10 pts for each absence – no excuses)



50 pts.         Participation ( You will lose 5 pts for each absence and/or non-participation)



100 pts.       (10 hand in assignments*  @ maximum of 10 pts each)

Issues List                        Willie Lynch 

Change Assessment          Popson’s  

Budget                             P.E.T.  

Learning Assess                Myers-Briggs  

Approved Resume             North American Continent


*Assignments are subject to change


50 pts.         Exam #1  (Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4)


50 pts.         Exam #2  (Chapter 5, 6, 7, 8)


25 pts.         Self Directed Search


25 pts.         Maya Angelou


Bonus pts.   Periodic opportunities available. Incl. Attendance, Autobiography (2/2007), quizzes,  reaction paper.


All “bonus assignments” must be completed and submitted by April 9, 2009.


TOTAL:                 400 pts.





350  and Above                   A


235  -  349                          B


175  -  234                          C


100  -  174                           D


99  and below                      F