Self-Paced Instruction (SPI)
SPI courses are offered in an independent study format, meaning students are not required to attend on-campus classes and have 20 weeks to complete all coursework.
Students wishing to take a SPI course(s) must:
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Meet with a TCC Advising Center Advisor (located on the second floor of the Student Union) to review requirements and complete a SPI contract before they can register for the SPI course(s)
SPI has many advantages: it is convenient, flexible and requires little travel. A SPI class also carries a higher level of responsibility on the part of the student. You will need to follow written instructions, complete assignments without reminders, and seek assistance from your instructor if necessary. SPI students work independently, and are required to turn in assignments and take exams according to the course syllabus. Personal contact with the course instructor is encouraged and made through telephone, electronic mail, office appointments, and occasional on- campus meetings for quizzes or exams.
SPI courses are not suitable for all students. In SPI courses, students are more responsible for learning than in traditional face-to-face courses. Students who participate in TCC SPI courses should have the following skills:
- Self-motivation, self-discipline, and working independently
- Good time management, reading and research skills
- Ability to understand and evaluate readings and to analyze and synthesize information
Taking an independent study course such as SPI can be quite different for a student who may be accustomed to the more traditional, in-class course, but who now may find themselves overwhelmed by the “freedom” that an independent study course provides. Unfortunately, this freedom may lead to procrastination, an often cited reason for failure to complete the course.
Therefore, it is incumbent upon you to begin your routine of fulfilling the requirements for your SPI course as soon as possible. Do not sign up for the SPI course intending to begin working on assignments at a later time. If this is your intention, be sure to drop the course during your refund period and sign up again when you are ready to begin work in the course.
Remember, you may register for SPI courses at almost any time during the term—as long as there is a seat available in the class. 2014 Summer SPI Schedule of Courses