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Note: some or all of the courses in the subjects marked as "Transfer" can be used towards a transfer degree: Associate of Science and Arts or Associate of Engineering Science at DACC. Transferability for specific institutions and majors varies. Consult a counselor for this information.

Areas of Study | Instruction / Independent Study - 11 courses
INST101 Success In College (Fall and Spring) – 1.0 hours
Course Description: An orientation course aimed at providing students with basics in study skills, time management, computer literacy, and critical thinking. Taught in various delivery methods. This is a valuable course for students wishing to learn more about the college experience. Required for graduation.
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INST102 Career Technologies (Every Semester) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: Career Technologies provides instructions for students to seek, gain and keep employment, emphasizing the areas of document development, application, personal development, and consumer skills in order to effectively transition individuals back to society. In order to equip students with necessary skills to function effectively in the current workforce, a strong focus of this course will be technological advancements and computer concepts. The students will also focus on Basic English skills to properly complete resumes, applications, and verbal communications for interviews.
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INST105 Library Research Skills (As Needed) – 2.0 hours
Course Description: Students receive practical experience in the research process, from selecting a topic through locating and assessing materials.  They will familiarize themselves with traditional library-based information resources and reference materials, and will develop strategies for applying research methods to electronic databases and the internet. Students will develop skills to select, assess, and critically evaluate various types of information resources.
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INST110 Online Learning Orientation (Fall, Spring, and Summer) – 0.0 hours
Course Description: The Online Learning Orientation is required for all students taking an online course at Danville Area Community College for the first time, or using Blackboard Learn for the first time. The orientation is free; students will not be charged any fees for the orientation. The orientation focuses on technical and practical preparations for the virtual classroom. Within the hands-on modules of the orientation, students will practice common online course activities including attaching files and submitting assignments, posting and responding in a discussion forum, sending e-mail, and navigating within a course. Activities and quizzes/exams will help students check their progress throughout the orientation. Students completing all activities will be eligible to print a Certificate of Completion.

INST113 Self-Awareness and Test Preparation () – .0 hours
Course Description: This course is designed to help students recognize that they have choices in life. By understanding how the human mind works, how their current beliefs and attitudes shape their expectations for the future, students learn that they are in control of the way they think, and can use that power to change they way they live their lives. This class will teach the art and science of goal-setting, combined with a thorough understanding of just how we think, so that the student comes away with self-confidence, self-esteem and a strong ethical center. It is one thing to know "the right thing," it's quite a another to have the confidence to act on it. In addition, students in this course will explore college, career, scholarship, and financial aid information and review relevant test materials.

INST115 Personal Responsibility and Ethics (Fall and Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: For a community to flourish and grow, everyone must take personal responsibility for themselves and the role they play in shaping society. This interdisciplinary course will investigate the role of self in personal life, the role of self in government, and the role of self in society. Students will first investigate the role of self while investigating and cultivating competency in organizational skills, prioritization, time-management, self-awareness, team building, leadership, character, business and personal ethics and accountability. Students will also review the Illinois and U.S. Constitution and other governmental entities and current events to better understand societal responsibility democratic education, and the role constituents play in shaping their community. Students will engage in community service projects to introduce and reinforce volunteerism and the added value it brings to society, as well as the impacts, effect and/or lack of services non-profits/organizations have in a community.

INST116 Consumer Economics (Fall and Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Consumer economics is a broad field principally concerned with microeconomic analysis behavior in units of consumers, families, or individuals. This course prepares students to understand the values, needs, wants, goals, and resources that enable people to make wise decisions that contribute to a family’s financial stability and improve the quality of life. Financial resource management, including consumer rights and responsibilities, family financial planning, and policy analysis will be discussed. Students will gain knowledge to familiarize them with community involvement and service, sociology of the local, state and national community, civic pride, diversity, interpersonal skill development, speech and small group discussion, and economics: mortgage, insurance, finances, goal-setting, savings, installment purchasing, budgeting, price comparison shopping, advertising, consumer credit legislation, consumer rights and responsibilities, and other life skills.

INST117 Critical Thinking and Strategic Problem-Solving (Fall and Spring) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: This course will develop critical thinking, reflective and problem solving skill sets by developing the ability to interpret, analyze, and evaluate ideals, arguments and theories. Students will explore some major historical issues through the use of literature, theatrical, cinematic, and personal testimony/eye-witness accounts. They will present their ideals and interpretations of events while learning how to frame an effective argument. Students will use logic models and mapping sequences to develop reasonable conclusions. Learning and applying persuasion techniques will assist the student in structuring debatable topics.

INST120 Credit Recovery (Fall, Spring and Summer) – 0.0 hours
Course Description: Credit Recovery is an on-line course delivery available through the E-2020 System. These courses are offered for high school credit only. Courses include a variety of subject matter/disciplines; including, but not limited to: Algebra, Geometry, English, History, Consumer Economics, and more. Students do not receive a grade equivalent in credit recovery as the course is either Pass or Fail. Students enrolled in this course must be Middle College students or current high school students who have a referral from their home high school to use toward high school graduation credit recovery. In this case the home high school is notified at the end of his or her success or failure. Other high school students may not independently enroll in Credit recovery. Credit recovery courses do not receive college credit as they are only used as equivalents for missing high school credits.

INST121 Government (Fall & Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Instruction covers modern political and economic systems of government, the origins of the United States, and the federal system of government. Topics also include amendments to the constitution, political parties, and the American Electorate, the electoral process, and the role that public opinion and pressure groups play in American politics. The course concludes with an in-depth study of the three branches of the federal government, the Illinois State Constitution, and the Federal Constitution. Course meets the Constitution Requirement of the Illinois State School Code.

INST199 Independent Study (As Needed) – 0-4.0 hours
Course Description: Designed to permit qualified students to pursue study in areas of special interest through outside readings, research, field study, or other projects.
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