Student Development Courses

Student Development courses assist students in their transition to college. These courses provide essential information about Tidewater Community College's policies and procedures, as well as strategies for academic and lifelong success.

Your academic advisor will help you choose the best course for you. The courses are

  • College Success Skills (SDV 100)
  • Orientation to discipline in which you are enrolled (SDV 101)
  • College Survival Skills (SDV 108)

You are required to take a Student Development course:

  • within the first 15 credit hours of study if you are working toward an associate degree or certificate.
  •    or
  • if you are taking at least one developmental education course in English Fundamentals (ENF) or Math Essentials (MTE)

SDV courses are required for graduation.

Major Content Areas

  • Career Exploration and Planning
  • College Resources and Policies
  • Academic Planning
  • Study Skills
  • Life Management

Topics covered are course specific; however, they generally include the following:

  • Career Exploration and Planning
  • My TCC
  • Student Support Services
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Curricular Offerings and Academic Planning
  • Learning Styles and Study Skills
  • Goal Setting
  • Time Management
  • Social Interaction and Diversity
  • Communications Skills
  • Financial Literacy
  • Wellness

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify a potential career and articulate the steps needed to achieve their career goal.
  • Identify online college resources, student support services, and college policies regarding the rights and responsibilities of students.
  • Develop an academic plan identifying the steps needed to achieve their educational goals.
  • Identify their preferred learning style and effective study skills (e.g. note-taking, test-taking, memory strategies, and reading strategies) leading to optimal academic performance.
  • Articulate strategies to effectively manage various aspects of their lives (e.g. goal setting, time management, financial literacy, social interaction, communication skills, and wellness) in order to be successful.

Student Development Course Descriptions

SDV 100: College Success Skills (1 credit)

Assists students in transition to college. Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, and curricular offerings. Encourages contacts with other students and staff. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and other college resources available to students. Strongly recommended for beginning students. Lecture 1 hour per week.

SDV 101: Orientation to (Specific Disciplines) (1 credit) *

Introduces students to the skills which are necessary to achieve their academic goals, to the services offered at the college, and to the discipline in which they are enrolled. Covers topics such as services offered at the college, including the learning resources center; counseling and advising; listening, test taking, and study skills; and topical areas which are applicable to their particular discipline. Lecture 1 hour per week.

* SDV 101 Course Options:
  • Introduction to Business
  • Orientation to Automotive Technology
  • Orientation to Engineering & Technologies
  • Orientation to Trade Technician Careers
  • Orientation to Maritime Careers
  • Orientation to Information Technology
  • Orientation to Horticulture
  • Orientation to Interior Design
  • Orientation to Teacher Preparation
  • Orientation to Health Care
  • Orientation to Culinary Arts
SDV 108: College Survival Skills (3 credits)

Provides an orientation to the college. Introduces study skills, career and life planning. Offers an opportunity to engage in activities aimed at self-discovery. Emphasizes development of "coping skills" such as listening, interpersonal relations, competence, and improved self-concept. Recommended for students enrolled in developmental courses. Lecture 3 hours per week.

SDV Courses for Active Duty Military and Veterans

Active duty, veterans and family members can sign up for SDV 100 College Success Skills designed specifically for military-related students. The course, designed to ease the transition into college, is a new initiative for military-related students, who are one third of TCC's student population.

Virginia Beach students must register through their academic advisor at the Center for Military Veterans Education on the Virginia Beach Campus or through their veterans benefit advisor or office manager at their preferred campus.

Faculty Resources for SDV Courses »