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My plan of study while attending DeVry University took a little time to organize. I am required to post in the threaded discussions no later than Wednesday of each week. After that, I have to post in each discussion a minimum of two more times for the remainder of the week. I learned to post my initial discussion on the first day of the week and then concentrated on my assignments for the remainder of the week. I post in the discussions throughout the week when I have a spare moment to check on the feedback. I organize all of my classes and assignments in my computer for easy to find purposes.  I read all of my text book assignments and complete the assignments for each class accordingly. With this strategy, I have been able to maintain time for work, school, and home.

Being organized and on-time with all of my studies, I have accomplished to make the Dean’s List each semester and have been accepted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.

DeVry Courses I Have Taken

Career Development (CARD 205)

Career planning strategies and resources are explored to prepare students for a successful job search and to maximize potential for advancement and long-term professional growth. Students perform self-assessment and goal-setting activities, and apply research and evaluation skills to execute job search and career advancement strategies. Each student assembles a professional portfolio highlighting achievements, goals and concrete plans.

Nutrition, Health, and Wellness (SCI 228)

This course provides an overview of basic nutrients the body requires for health and life, and dispels common nutrition myths. The role of nutrition in various biological phases of the human life cycle, as well as psychological and sociological implications of food is discussed. Students also learn how the scientific method of inquiry is used in the nutritional science and health fields. In the lab, students collect observational data, employ computer simulations, and prepare and sample various foods.

Intermediate English (ENGL 092)

This prerequisite skills course helps develop the reading and writing skills of students who have mastered foundational and basic levels of English, but need to strengthen their facility with reading and composition prior to entering the writing sequence and enrolling in other mainstream DeVry courses. An integrated approach is used to link writing with reading and address more basic matters as they arise from assignments.

English Composition (ENGL 112)

This course develops writing skills through analysis of essays, articles and other written works that are used as models for writing practice and development. Writing assignments stress process approaches, development, organization, revision and audience awareness. Students use word processing and Web-based tools to develop written work.

Advanced Composition (ENGL 135)

This course builds on the conventions and techniques of composition through critical reading requirements and longer, more sophisticated reports, including a documented library research paper. Assignments require revising and editing for an intended audience. Students are also taught search methods for accessing a variety of print and electronic resources.

Professional Communication (ENGL 230)

This course enhances students’ writing and presentation skills for academic applications and professional communication in the workplace. Students analyze the needs of divergent audiences, and craft messages using technology tools and media appropriate for distance and group communication. An emphasis on collaborative work further prepares students for the contemporary work environment.

Algebra for College Students (MATH 114)

This course focuses on factoring polynomials; solving quadratic equations; systems of linear equations; radical expressions; and functions where linear and quadratic functions are emphasized using application problems and modeling.

Introduction to Business and Technology (BUSN 115)

This course introduces business and the environments in which businesses operate. Students examine the roles of major functional areas of business and interrelationships among them. Organizational theories and techniques are examined, and economic, cultural, political and technological factors affecting business organizations are evaluated.

Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving (COLL 148)

This course provides instruction and practice in critical thinking, problem-solving and using research as a problem-solving tool. Coursework addresses problem-solving methodologies, critical analysis of information, cooperative learning and research strategies. Students also focus on the need for self-discipline and motivation in completing college. Ethical and value considerations are included within the critical thinking and problem-solving framework.

Computer Applications for Business (COMP 100)

This course introduces basic concepts and principles underlying personal productivity tools widely used in business such as word processors, spreadsheets, e-mail and Web browsers. Students also learn basic computer terminology and concepts. Hands-on exercises provide students with experience in use of PCs and current personal productivity tools.

Principles of Psychology (PSYC 110)

This course provides a foundation for understanding, predicting and directing behavior. Organized within a framework encompassing foundations, general topics and applications, the course provides an understanding of how psychological principles and concepts relate to professional and personal life. Topics include learning, attitude formation, personality, social influence, dynamics of communication, conflict resolution, motivation, leadership and group roles and processes.

Ethical & Legal Issues in the Professions (HUMN 232)

This course provides a framework for decision-making in professional practice. Ethical principles, social responsibility, legal and regulatory requirements, and professional codes of conduct are explored to help students develop a clear perspective and a sense of ownership for choices they make. General principles are applied using examples from professions in specific areas such as electronics and computer technology, network systems administration and health information technology.

Visual Design Fundamentals (WGD 201)

In this course students examine the foundation of visual design. Topics include the design process; elements of design, such as line, color, form, function and space; and combining elements for enhanced visual design. Students explore these topics through various projects and by applying concepts using appropriate software.

Advanced Design and Rapid Visualization (WGD 205)

Students in this course develop skills in creating graphic media. Students explore design and use of type, the process of using rapid visualization for design concept and idea formulation, as well as create media that enhance user understanding.

Digital Imaging Fundamentals (WGD 210)

Students in this course learn the concepts of digital imaging, including editing, optimizing, and preparing images for web-based delivery. Topics such as color, special effects, and compression formats are discussed.

Information Design (WGD 229)

This course addresses principles of analyzing, explaining and communicating instructions, ideas and information used in integrated test and graphics. Using a collaborative approach, students use real-world examples to explore user-centered design.

Web Design (WGD 232)

This course introduces fundamentals of web design principles and web content management. Topics include the user interface, web page conceptualization, page structure, extensible hypertext markup language (XHTML), cascading style sheets (CSSs), WYSIWYG editors, scripting and web accessibility standards.

Web Animation (WGD 235)

This course focuses on design and production of animation within the constraints of Web applications. Topics include file-size optimization, timing, formatting requirements and scripting. Automated animation techniques as well as user-mediated animation are addressed.

Advanced Web Design (WGD 242)

In this course, students work in teams to develop a Web design for a fictitious company. Students research the company’s industry and evaluate competitor’s Web designs. Students also explore emerging Web development tools that enhance production capabilities.

Instructional Design for Multimedia (WGD 250)

Students in this course examine theory and practice of designing instructional materials, as well as systems used for interactive training and education. Practical development of online learning materials is emphasized.

Media Portfolio (WGD 260)

This capstone course culminates in a professional portfolio that showcases students’ web graphic products, including component examples and web designs.

My Grades

Fall 2011
Course
Grade
Credits
CARD205
A
2
ENGL230
A
3
SCI228
A
4
WGD242
A
4
WGD250
B
3
Summer 2011
ENGL112
A
4
ENGL135
A
4
WGD232
B
4
WGD235
A
4
Spring 2011
ENGL092
A
4
WGD210
A
4
WGD229
B
4
Fall 2010
MATH114
B
4
WGD201
A
3
WGD205
A
4
Summer 2010
BUSN115
A
3
COLL148
A
3
COMP100
A
2
PSYC110
B
3

My GPA For Past Semesters

Term Applied
Sum 10 3.73
Fall 10 3.68
Spring 11 3.63
Sum 11 3.67
Fall 11 3.81