Developmental Studies Credit-Bearing Courses

  • Some of the DVST Credit-Bearing Courses

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    To explore these courses further or to request permission to register for one of these courses, please contact the Developmental Studies Department, 202 Pratt Hall, 724-357-2729.

    • DVST 110 Introduction to Critical Reading and Thinking
    • DVST 150 Introduction to Higher Education
    • DVST 160 Learning Strategies
    • DVST 170 Career Exploration
    • DVST 201 Vocabulary Expansion

    DVST 110 - Introduction to Critical Reading and Thinking
    Credits: 2.00

    Focuses on the development and mastery of skills related to the processes of understanding, analyzing, and assessing college-level texts and other academic readings. Students will synthesize written information from a variety of sources and content areas. Note: For sections paired with specific content-area course sections, students are required to register for BOTH courses. Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following level(s): Undergraduate

    DVST 150 - Introduction to Higher Education
    Credits: 1.00
     
    Introduces students to the system of higher education and to the skills that promote effective educational planning and academic success. Orients students to the systems, resources, policies, and procedures of IUP and to the Liberal Studies curriculum. Emphasizes goal setting, decision making, self monitoring, and time-management skills. Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Undergraduate or Graduate

    DVST 160 - Learning Strategies
    Credits: 1.00

    Assists students to develop and use effective and efficient study strategies on a consistent basis. Students will examine their academic goals and implement study strategies to help achieve those goals. Includes the topics of goal setting and self-monitoring, learning styles, test preparation and test taking, lecture and textbook note taking, time management and concentration, and general strategies for learning. Students will be required to give evidence of application of the study strategies to other courses in which they are currently enrolled. Active participation in class meetings is expected. (Offered as ED160 prior to 1997-98). Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Undergraduate or Graduate

    DVST 170 - Career Exploration
    Credits: 1.00
    Introduces students to the theoretical and practical framework with which to explore careers compatible with overall academic skills, aptitudes, and life goals. Students will examine the world of work, assess their interests and abilities, and make realistic decisions on academic majors and careers. (Offered as ED170 prior to 1997-98. Course is cross-listed as ADVT170. These courses may be substituted for each other and may be used interchangeably for D or F repeats but may not be counted for duplicate credit.) Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Undergraduate or Graduate

    DVST 201 - Vocabulary Expansion
    Credits: 2.00
     
    Assists students to develop an enriched vocabulary through learning and applying knowledge of Latin and Greek word parts and mastering the meanings and use of mature words based on those word parts. Primary emphasis is on developing the reading vocabulary, but attention is also given to students’ writing, listening, and speaking vocabularies. Restriction: Must be enrolled as an undergraduate student.