Academic Program Options What educational options are available at IVCC? Okay, now that you know how to get started here at IVCC, what about academic program options? At IVCC, you can choose from five different degrees and a variety of certificate programs. If you want to transfer to a four-year college or university, you will pursue either an Associate in Arts (A. A.) degree, an Associate in Science (A. S.) degree, or an Associate in Engineering Science (A. E. S.) degree. These three degrees are called transfer degrees. If you want to learn a professional skill that will result in immediate employment after IVCC, you will pursue either an Associate of Applied Science (A. A. S.) degree or a certificate program. Another degree option available to you is the Associate in General Studies (A. G. S.) degree. This degree is individualized to meet the needs and interests of the student. It allows for the combination of both transfer and career courses. While not intended to be a transfer degree, the A. G. S. degree recognizes completion of two years of college. back | home | next
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Test Your Knowledge If you have no interest in completing a transfer degree but wish to develop/enhance a certain skill in a particular field, you may wish to: A. Complete a certificate program B. Complete an associate in applied science degree C. Both of these are effective options and would help you reach your goal
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REFLECTIVE JOURNALING TOOLS Reflective J ournalingTools LEARNING: • How is practice different from theory? Did this exercise help you to understand your theory and the application of theory better? How? Why? • Did you learn anything that helped you to better understand a theory, the use of a test that you were taught in lectures/labs? • What did you learn that were not taught in lectures (e.g. communication with patients), and how did you cope or learn more about this to improve your performance? Or how can this be incorporated into lectures? • Did this exercise help you to remember or recall later other aspects of previous experiences that you have forgotten? • Did this exercise help you identify areas that need to be changed, improved etc. in yourself/peers/staff/clinical training etc. Why and how? • What actions did you take you take and what are the results (what did you learn)? SELF ASSESSMENT: • Did you identify areas/issues that you were unclear of, or disagreed with your supervisors/peers, or different from what you have learned in your past lectures? Justify the actions taken. Did this help you in your learning? How? • Have you been open to share with others and to listen what others have to say? • Have you paid attention to both your strong and weak points? Can you identify them? What are you going to do about them? • How did faculty supervision/RW help you in your clinical experiences in relation to your professional growth? (eg. did it encourage you to be more independent, to become more confident in professional activities and behaviors etc) • What have you noted about yourself, your learning altitude, your relationship with peers/supervisors etc. that has changed from doing this exercise? COMMUNICATION: • What have you learned from interacting with others (peers/supervisors/staff etc)? • Did your peers gain anything from YOUR involvement in this exercise and vice versa? • Did this exercise encourage and facilitate communication? • Did you clarify with your supervisors/peers about problematic issues identified? Why (not)? What are the results? • How could you/your peers/staff help you overcome negative emotions arising from your work? Did your show empathy for your peers? PROFESSIONALISM: • Did you learn that different situations call for different strategies in management? • What are the good and bad practices that you have identified? How would you suggest to handle the bad/poor practices identified (if any)? • Did you learn to accept and use constructive criticism? • Did you accept responsibility for your own actions? • Did you try to maintain high standard of performance? • Did you display a generally positive altitude and demonstrate self-confidence? • Did you demonstrate knowledge of the legal boundaries and ethics of contact lens practice? EMOTION & PERSONAL GROWTH: • Did you reflect on your feelings when dealing with the case/peers/supervisor (eg. frustration, embarrassment, fear) for this exercise? If not, why not? If yes, who should be responsible — you, your patient or your supervisor? Why? • Did you find reflection (as required for this exercise) helpful, challenging, and enjoyable, change the way you learn? How? Why (not)? • How and what did you do to handle negative emotions arising from doing this subject? How could these feelings be minimized? • Did you try to find out if your feelings were different from your peers? Why? What did you do to help your peers? • Did you reflect on your learning altitude? How was it? Is there room for improvement? How? Why (not)? • What did you learn about your relationship with your peers/supervisors? What did you learn about working with others? Ideas for Reflective Journaling Writing Contributor(s): Dr. Michael Ying and Dr. Pauline Cho
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Sri Lanka (7:31) (Adopted UK & USA) Intellectual skill (1:7) New Zealand, NCCA, Ireland, 1993 2003 Work and study Australia, ATCS Project (10) EntrepreneurshipCritical thinking, and innovation problem-solving, Malaysia (Adopted UK, NZ, USA & Australia) Colin’s Workshop, QAA Workshop, UGC (9) HELP, Malaysia (10) Knowledge of the Intellectual skill discipline-Content (1) Exhibit knowledge and skills in the field of study Practical skills (2) Practical Skill Apply knowledge and understanding for professional purpose Numeracy skill Utilize creative and innovative skills in identifying, analyzing and solving problems decision-making Research skills and awareness Creativity and innovation Practical Skill (2:6) Problemsolving Numeracy skill (3:3) Numeracy Communication skill (4:3) Communicati Communication Communication on skills ICT skill (5:3) Information Personal and social Problem solving & scientific skills (6) responsibility – including cultural awareness Information literacy (includes research on sources, evidence, biases etc.) Communication skills, Communication leadership and team skill skills (5) Information ICT Skill management and lifelong learning skills (7) Communicate effectively and demonstrate the use of information technology in the advancement of the profession Support the development of knowledge through research activities ICT literacy Interpersonal and teamwork skill (6:3) Social and cooperative Team-working and leadership Self management and professional development skill SelfPersonal management effectiveness/ development Collaboration (teamwork) Learning to learn, meta-cognition Social skills, teamwork and responsibilities (3) Interpersonal skill Apply teamwork and leadership skills for efficient performance Values, attitudes and Team work skill professionalism (4) Pursue personal and professional development 25 in the spirit of lifelong
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