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Don Nickel - Counseling & Matriculation

COUN 50 Syllabus

COUN 50: Introduction to College 

Instructor: Don Nickel, Counselor

Office: RSS 213
Phone: (408) 864-5423
Office hours: By appointment. You can make an appointment at the Counseling Center front desk or online at:

I encourage all of you to meet with me sometime during the quarter to ask your questions in person. We can even complete a comprehensive ed plan using Degree Works.

COUN 50 is an introduction to De Anza College that includes information about programs, services, policies, degrees, certificates, transfer requirements and college culture. The focus is on strategies needed for academic success and the development of a preliminary comprehensive education plan.

COUN 50 is a 1 unit,  Pass/No Pass course.  To pass the course you must attend all class sessions, pass all tests and learn how to develop a comprehensive ed plan.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will learn how to use Degree Works to complete a comprehensive Student Educational Plan that supports their individualized educational goal.
  • Become familiar with De Anza college and reasons why students choose to attend here.
  • Learn about De Anza's policies and procedures such as how to add/drop courses and information on important dates, probation, time management, GPA calculation and more.
  • Review Placement Tests information for English, ESL, Math and some science courses.
  • Learn about degrees offered at De Anza and at four-year colleges.
  • Learn about major selection and how to find your major requirements.
  • Be introduced to different General Education (GE) options.
  • Review transfer information.
  • Learn how to use Degree Works to complete audits and a comprehensive ed plan.


email Email: Don Nickel
Phone: 408.864.5423
Office: RSS 240




Last Updated: 9/26/17