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Academic Skills

  • Search for SK8SK8 4 credits

    Introduction to Math

    Improves basic arithmetic skills and provides a better understanding of the fundamentals of mathematics. Designed to improve problem-solving abilities in every-day and work-related applications and to increase confidence and desire to continue the study of math. Course is graded on a pass/no pass basis.
    Prerequisite: Designated placement test score as shown on current indicator chart.

  • Search for WR10WR10 4 credits

    Basic Writing

    Designed for students needing rudiments of standard written English, including spelling. As an entry-level course, WR10 helps students deal with their attitudes and anxieties regarding written assignments. Course is graded on a pass/no pass basis.
    Prerequisite: Designated placement test score as shown on current indicator chart. Course does not transfer.

  • Search for WR20WR20 4 credits

    Fundamentals of Composition I

    Reviews standard written English skills. In addition to vocabulary building in the context of reading assignments, attention is given to helping students understand the relationship of reading and writing processes as a means to organize and relate their own thoughts in clear, effective paragraphs. Course is graded on a pass/no pass basis.
    Prerequisite: WR10 or designated placement test score. Course does not transfer.

  • Search for WR30WR30 4 credits

    Fundamentals of Composition II

    Introduces basic essay format while reinforcing sentence skills and paragraph development. Critical thinking and reading is also emphasized. May be offered in a distance learning format where students complete all work on-line and via e-mail. Course is graded on a pass/no pass basis.
    Prerequisite: WR20 or designated placement test score. Course does not transfer.

Reading

  • Search for RD30RD30 4 credits

    College Reading

    Improves reading and vocabulary skills by developing specific reading strategies and analytical skills, as well as by expanding basic background knowledge that will lead to proficiency in students’ college course work. Skills to be developed include comprehension, flexibility, critical thinking, graphic illustrations, and the use of library resources. Selections, which are excerpts from current college textbooks and a variety of sources, enable students to further develop the background knowledge and vocabulary necessary to effectively read college-level material. Also addresses work-related literacies such as creative and critical thinking, following written and oral instructions, collaboration, and communication skills. May include an individually prescribed reading plan in the reading lab. Course is graded on a pass/no pass basis. Course does not transfer.
    Prerequisite: Designated placement test score.

  • Search for RD115RD115 3 credits

    Speed Reading for College

    Teaches an effective speed reading process. It also develops skills needed to become a more intelligent reader and a more accomplished student. Skills include speed studying, speed researching, recognition of writing structures of fiction, various types of non-fiction, and critical reading.
    Prerequisite: RD30 or designated placement test score or college-level reading skills.

  • Search for RD116RD116 3 credits

    College Vocabulary

    Adds significantly to students' reading, writing, and speaking vocabularies, fosters an interest in words, and offers strategies for vocabulary development throughout life. Students will study word elements that hold the key to understanding English words. The vocabulary presented in this class will be practical, contextual, and relevant for all college students. May be offered in a distance learning format where students complete all work online and via email.
    Prerequisites: RD30 and WR30 or designated placement test scores.

  • Search for RD120RD120 3 credits

    Critical Reading and Thinking

    Develops students’ ability to think logically, solve problems, identify values, and understand various reasoning processes using a variety of sources. Students improve the quality of their reading and thinking by applying elements of reasoning and intellectual standards. In this skill-building course, students will critically evaluate complex issues from a variety of sources and develop lifelong critical reading and thinking skills. May be offered in a distance learning format where students complete all work online and via email.
    Prerequisites: RD30 and WR30 or designated placement test scores.

Skills Development

  • Search for SK8SK8 4 credits

    Introduction to Math

    Improves basic arithmetic skills and provides a better understanding of the fundamentals of mathematics. Designed to improve problem-solving abilities in every-day and work-related applications and to increase confidence and desire to continue the study of math. Course is graded on a pass/no pass basis. Course does not transfer.
    Prerequisite: Designated math placement test score.