Academic Opportunity Center

UWM AOC Instructors' Mission

UWM AOC

What Courses Are Offered?

Educational Psychology

Curriculum & Instruction

English

Mathematics


What Courses Are Offered?

AOC offers foundation courses in English, mathematics, study skills, and reading. Each semester a Timetable/Schedule of Classes provides section numbers, times, and locations of classes taught by AOC. Check the Table of Contents under Academic Opportunity Center. Additionally, check the AOC listings under the Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Psychology, English, and Mathematics departments. Students register for these courses as they do for other classes. AOC students, always check first with your advisor before registering. Additional information can be obtained by calling AOC at (414) 229-4696.

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Educational Psychology

Learning Skills Laboratory (315-100) is a two-credit orientation and study skills course that teaches students how to study effectively for success in college. The course includes information about effective study techniques such as note taking, strategies for reading, and understanding different types of material, techniques for improving concentration and memorization, and preparing for objective and essay exams. Other topics included in the course are stress and time management. The course also provides an orientation to UWM and all of its resources, including instruction in library research techniques. In addition, the course examines topics and issues of cultural diversity. Students who have taken this course highly recommend it for all freshmen as an initial step on the path to success.

Foundations of Academic Success (315-101):

Topic: Career Explorations -this one-credit course meets twice a week for 8 weeks. Students will explore interests, values, skills and personality preferences related to their major or career. Students will use the UWM Career Development Center and the Internet to gain information related to careers.

Topic: A Course for Students on Academic Probation -this course meets twice a week for 8 weeks. It is a one-credit course designed to increase retention through self-assessment, career exploration, decision-making, study skills, goal setting, and available sources at UWM. It is required for AOC students who are academically dropped.

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Curriculum & Instruction

Reading Proficiency for College Students I and II (272-110 and 272-112) are one-credit courses to help students develop the skills needed for reading and understanding college-level material.

Reading 110 meets twice a week for eight weeks. In this course, students will recognize organization of ideas; understand the main ideas and details in sentences; and understand techniques for comprehending increasingly longer and more challenging material. Students will also participate in small collaborative group activities; computer-assisted instruction; and library research assignments.

Reading 112 meets twice a week for eight weeks. In this course, students will develop the ability to think critically through active reading, journal writing, and small group discussion. Students will analyze points of view, interpretations, and assumptions. They will learn to identify reasoning patterns and common errors. The readings include textbook excerpts, short narratives, and essays.

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English

Fundamentals of Composition (350-095) is a non-credit course that provides a foundation for English 101 through critical reading and writing, with an emphasis on the processes of writing and revision. Students produce a portfolio of revised essays. NOTE: there is a .5 hour Writing Center requirement.

Introduction to College Writing (350-101): English 101 introduces students to college reading and writing practices through a sequence of writing assignments that integrates critical reading, writing, and reflection.

College Writing and Research (350-102): English 102 introduces students to college research writing through a sequence of assignments in which students pose and investigate questions in response to their reading of course texts.

NOTE: The English Department requires a minimum grade of 'C' in English 95 as a prerequisite for English 101, and a minimum grade of 'C' in English 101, for English 102.

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Mathematics

Basic Mathematics (600-090) is a non-credit course that gives students the foundation for Mathematics 095 and helps review and improve basic math skills. This course is required of all students whose mathematics placement results do not permit enrollment in Math 095 or higher level courses. The following skills are covered: fractions, decimals, percentages, geometry, and beginning algebra.

NOTE: The Math Department requires a minimum grade of 'C' in Math 90 as a prerequisite for Math 95.

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