Studies Rules and Regulations
The Observation or Placement portion of your Liberal Studies
class accounts for 1/3 or 33% of your grade in your Liberal Studies class.
You receive 3 units of credit for your class: Of those units, 2
are for the lecture portion and 1 is for the placement. The grade
for your placement is computed as part of your class grade.
for Liberal Studies 10 and 20 students will be according to Merced College
will be in a traditional classroom. Placements may not be with
family members. Any exceptions must be approved in advance by
the Liberal Studies Coordinator, Myshel Pimentel.
will be limited to several schools in the Merced/Atwater/Los Banos areas.
students will maintain a regular schedule of 3 hours per week in their
placement for a total of 40-45 hours for the semester.
Studies students are accountable for getting their paperwork in on time
and for arranging an observation by college personnel. You will need
to check your Merced College e-mail address for messages.
arrange an observation, students must contact either Myshel Pimentel
for Merced-Atwater placements or Barbara Penney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for Westside placements. During the orientation, you must
provide your current phone and email.
are to file their paperwork on a timely basis. The first 4 weeks
of a placement require a weekly evaluation from the placement teacher.
These will not be accepted for credit beyond the 6th week
of the placement.
must arrange for an observation within the first two months of the placement.
Each observation will be approximately 1 hour in length. If a
student is not present when the observer arrives, rescheduling is at
the discretion of the observer and may only be done if time permits.
Students will receive one copy of the observation and another will be
sent to the classroom instructor.
are to refrain from involving themselves in the politics of the school.
You are a guest in the classroom. Remember this.
courteous at all times. Be responsive to the teacher's needs and
directions. Do not hesitate to ask questions if you do not understand
the directions, but never question the validity of the assignment.
appropriately for your school site.
you have any problems whatsoever with your placement, do not wait; contact
the Instructional Assistant immediately so she can refer you to
the appropriate personnel (386-6614).
for each semester of Liberal Studies will be in a different grade level
to maximize student experience.
for the lab portion will be as follows:
4 week Evaluations:
Evaluation (positive) 10
A; 80-89=B; 70-79=C; 60-69=D; below 60=F