Lower Division Collegiate
RD90 (4 credits)
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 coursework. 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 the student to further develop the background knowledge and vocabulary necessary to effectively read college level material. The course also addresses work-related literacies such as creative and critical thinking, following written and oral instructions, collaboration, and communication skills. When taken with WR90, course is equivalent to WR91. Course is graded on a pass/no pass basis. Prerequisite: Designated placement score as shown on current indicator chart. Course does not transfer.
RD115 (3 credits)
Speedreading for College
Teaches an effective speedreading process. The goal is for students to improve reading rate, vocabulary and comprehension. It also develops skills needed to become a more intelligent reader and a more accomplished college level student. These skills include efficient reading habits such as speed studying and speed researching; recognition of writing structures of fiction and various types of non-fiction; and inferential and critical reading. Prerequisite: RD90 or WR91 or designated placement score.
RD116 (3 credits)
Adds significantly to students' reading, writing, and speaking vocabularies, fosters an interest in words, and offers strategies for vocabulary development throughout life. This class also provides rules and techniques to help students strengthen their spelling abilities. 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 college students, as well as their chosen career paths. Attention is given to application of spelling and vocabulary to college, personal success, and future employment. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement score.
RD120 (3 credits)
Critical Reading and Thinking
Develops a student’s 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 thinking, reading and problem-solving skills. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement score.