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Don Nickel - Counseling & Matriculation

Online COUN 200 Syllabus

COUN 200: Orientation to College 

Instructor: Don Nickel, Counselor

Office: SCS 213
Phone: (408) 864-5423
Office hours: There are two ways that you can meet with me: by appointment or by drop in. Please select the link: See Schedule below for my hours of availability.

I encourage all of you to meet with me sometime during the quarter to ask your questions in person. You can even complete the final two assignments with me in person including completing your student ed plan.

  • De Anza Orientation Guide, which is also available online as a link on the COUN 200 course website

I will deliver the Orientation Guides to the first class meeting.

Course Description:

This online course provides students with an orientation to De Anza College including a review of De Anza's programs and policies. Emphasis will include major selection, GE review, the transfer process and the completion of an Educational Plan.

COUN 200 is a .5 unit,  Pass/No Pass, three-week course.  There are six lessons you must work through. To pass the course, you must complete ALL of the following: complete the quizzes, assignments and submit an Ed Plan for my approval. Your ed plan will include important information including placement test eligibility, your choice of major and general education pattern, degree objective (AA/AS or transfer), and your choice of classes for the upcoming quarter.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will develop a one quarter Student Educational Plan using Degree Works that supports your individualized educational goal and reflects your placement tests results.

  • 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
  • Completion of an Ed Plan

All course requirements must be completed by Friday, January 31, 2014. 


email Email: Don Nickel
Phone: 408.864.5423
Office: SCS 240
Hours: See schedule



Last Updated: 1/6/14