Student Development Courses

DMACC offers several credit courses designed to help students make successful transitions to college life and careers. Credits earned in these courses count as electives toward DMACC degrees and may also transfer to four-year institutions. SDV108, The College Experience, is intended as a first-semester class. Other Student Development courses can be taken any term.

SDV108 The College Experience 1 credit
This course is designed to introduce students to college resources, services, and expectations and to assist them in gaining maximum benefit from their college experience.
SDV115 Study Strategies 2 credits
Provides students with study/reading strategies for independent learning and academic success. An examination of college policies and procedures is also included.
RDG163 Speed Reading 3 credits
An advanced reading course designed to improve reading speed and comprehension. Emphasis on adapting to varying content and levels of difficulty and reading purposes.
SDV130 Career Exploration 1 credit
Provides help in choosing a career goal. Emphasis will be placed on how to access labor market information, interests, abilities and values, explore options and make decisions that will lead to career satisfaction and success.
SDV164 Electronic Portfolio Development 1 credit
Students will receive instruction in creating an electronic portfolio of work. Emphasis will be on selecting artifacts, reflecting on choices, formatting and displaying a web-based portfolio for career or college transfer.
SDV165 Transfer Planning 1 credit
Provides students with the information, resources and tools necessary to plan a successful transition from a community college to a four-year college or university. Special emphasis will be placed on developing individual transfer plans.
SDV171 Library Instruction 1 credit
Study of classification systems, use of library resources and the compilation of bibliographies.
SDV172 Internet Research Techniques 1 credit
Students will learn how information resources are organized on the internet and how to reference, search and evaluate information of particular topics.