RDG 010 Developmental Reading-Basics - Compressed 100
                                                                      Developmental Studies Department
                                                                                ___________Semester

Catalog Course Description
This course covers the application of the reading process to improve critical comprehension and higher order thinking skills. This course does not meet the requirements for a degree, diploma, or a certificate. This course is intended for student who lack adequate reading skills to handle college level work and gives them the opportunity to exempt Reading 100.

Prerequisites:
ASSET score of 38-39
Compass score of 75-79

Corequisites: None
Credit Hours: 1.0 credit hour, 1.0 contact hour

Departmental Website: http://midlandstech.edu/dvs

Instructor:
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Departmental Assistant: Ms. Sandra Smith 822-3539: smiths@midlandstech.edu
Department Chair: Ms. Darlene Anderson 822-3239: andersond@midlandstech.edu
Program Coordinator: Ms. Sharon May 822-3612: mays@midlandstech.edu

Textbook: An Introduction to Critical Reading 6th ed. Leah McCraney
Additional Textbooks/Readings: Passport to College Reading. (If required by instructor)

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

1. Determine word meanings from context clues and word parts.
2. Use a variety of techniques to assist in learning vocabulary in a variety of reading selections.
3. Use techniques to orient themselves to an assignment.
4. Determine the topic and literal or implied main ideas from paragraphs and longer selections in a variety of materials.
5. Recognize paragraph types, patterns, and signal words to extract relevant details and supporting ideas.
6. Use critical thinking skills such as recognizing the author's purpose and attitude, distinguishing between fact and opinion, interpreting inferences and conclusions, and recognizing valid support for arguments to comprehend reading in a variety of materials.
7. Develop techniques for a study plan.
8. Develop techniques for checking recall.
9. Develop techniques to monitor comprehension, efficiency, and achievement of purpose.
10. Read and respond to analytical essays, journal articles, reference materials, and textbooks.
11. Apply thinking, reading and writing skills to a variety of tasks, such as taking essay exams and writing critiques and/or summaries of articles.
12. Develop techniques to organize relevant information and apply to real life situations.
13. Develop a frame of reference from varied readings.

Course Outcomes and Competencies:
Intended Course Outcome:
Students will develop techniques to monitor comprehension, efficiency, and achievement of purpose in the author's writing.

Course Competency:
Students will mark author's topic and supporting sentences.

Performance Measurement Instrument and Success Criteria:
Students will complete assignments marking material to identify the appropriate areas with marginal notes. Students will meet this criteria by scoring .75 on a rubric with scores of .25, .50, .75 and 1.

Course Attendance:
The quality of your learning experience in this class is determined in large by your active participation in the learning process. Therefore, it is important that you make every effort to attend every class. Students are expected to attend all classes and are responsible for class work, homework, lecture notes, reading assignments, etc., whether or not you are present.

For Fast track classes, you are allowed only 1 absence.

Withdrawal:
Should the maximum allowable absences be exceeded prior to midterm, a "W" will be submitted to the registrar to be recorded on the student's transcript. Should the maximum allowable absences be exceeded after midterm, a "W" will be submitted to the registrar if the student was passing the course at the time of withdrawal OR a "WF" will be submitted if the student was failing the course at the time of withdrawal.

Course Requirements:
Mastering reading skills requires regular attendance in class, consistent study of text material and class notes, and preparation of homework assignments. Students are expected to BE PREPARED FOR and PARTICIPATE in every class meeting. Students are expected to have all assignments completed by the due date.
A. Incompletes are awarded only under extenuating circumstances, such as hospitalization, and require the permission of the instructor. All requests must be properly documented. Normally, the course work must be completed not later than the end of the following term.

B. The instructor is not required to permit makeup work after the fact and may assign a grade of "0". Submitting makeup work for grades may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor provided you make arrangements with your instructor prior to the due date of the assignment in question.

C. You are responsible for making sure all work reaches the instructor. All assignments should be submitted directly to the instructor; if assignments are submitted in any other way, they must be clearly labeled with the instructor's name.

Course Grading:
S = Satisfactory U = Unsatisfactory W = Withdrawal
WF = Withdrawal after midterm with failing grade on the last day attended

*Student must make a Satisfactory to exempt Reading 100: Critical Reading
Grading Scale:
S = 75 To 100
U = 0 to 74

Classroom Rules/Other:
You are in college. You will be treated and respected as an adult. It is a violation of the MTC Student Code to interfere with the learning process in the classroom. Courteous, attentive behavior is expected at all times. Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated. Students engaged in such behavior will be dismissed from class and subject to disciplinary procedures.

It is expected that all beepers and cellular telephones will be turned off or "set" to the silent mode during class. You may not receive or place telephone calls during class.

No I-pods, MP3 players, etc will be permitted in class. A Laptop computer is allowed only if the student uses it to take notes during class.

Be on time! It is inconsiderate to your classmates and disruptive to the class to arrive late. Students are expected to be in their seats ready to start class at the beginning of the class. Leaving during class should only be in case of an emergency. If you know you must leave early, please let the instructor know ahead of time.

Course Topic Outline/Course Calendar with Assignments:

Homework Due In-class Activities

Day 1 Introduction to the Course
Assign Reading Responses
Discuss Interpreting Poetry
Read: Batey 3
Genesis 19:12-26 4
Robinson 4
Nowland 5
Hughes 6
Hudgins 12
Write Practice Reading Response

Day 2 Reading Response 1: Hayden 8 Write In-class Poetry Paper
RR 2: Flint 8
RR 3: Dove 10
RR 4: Piercy 20

Day 3 RR 5: Mowry 58 Discuss Interpreting Fiction
RR 6: Walker 88 Fiction Terminology


Day 4 RR 7: Welty 107 Assign Fiction Paper
RR 8: Steinbeck 202

Day 5 RR 9: Gregory 213 Discuss Interpreting Essays
RR 10: Williams 215 Essay Terminology
Day 6: RR 11: Wiesenfeld 237 Fiction Paper Due
RR 12: Koch 222 Assign Essay Paper

Day 7: Essay Paper Due Final Exam - in class

Grades Due: Monday 9/21/09 by 3 p.m.

Please Note: Should changes become necessary, the instructor reserves the right to adjust the requirements, pace, or scheduling of this course. Any change will be announced in class before it becomes effective.

College Policies

Students are expected to read the student handbook and abide its policies. Copies of the hand book may be obtained at various locations on campus and is located on the web: by http://www.midlandstech.edu/planner/

Academic Dishonesty: The Student Code addresses what constitutes academic dishonesty. All forms of dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating on tests, plagiarism, collusion and falsification, will call for discipline.

CHEATING ON TESTS includes:
" Copying from another student's paper.
" Using materials during a test not authorized by the person giving the test.
" Collaborating with any other person during a test without permission.
" Knowingly obtaining, using, buying, selling, transporting, or soliciting in whole or part the contents of any un-administered test.
" Bribing any other person to obtain information about tests.
" Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for oneself.

PLAGIARISM is the appropriation of any other person's work and unacknowledged
incorporation of that work in one's own work offered for credit.
Campus Emergency Protocol: Students and employees are asked to report safety concerns or suspicious activities to Campus Security at 7199 (on campus) or 738-7199 (cell phone or off campus). In the event of an emergency, student and employee protocol is to immediately call Campus Security or local 911. If an emergency occurs, the college will use a variety of methods to communicate additional information and instructions including the MTC Information Centers, campus loud speakers, MTC Alerts! (http://www.midlandstech.edu/ Phone_Alert.htm) ,voice mail, email, college Intranet, and the MTC website homepage.
Inclement Weather Policy: In the event weather conditions or other emergencies cause the closing or a delayed start of Midlands Technical College, announcements will be made over local radio and TV stations, on the MTC Web site, and on the college's information line (803.738.8234). Notices will be sent to student Campus Cruiser Mail when applicable. Separate announcements may be made for day and evening classes as weather conditions change during the day.
If the college closing or reopening means that there is at least 30 minutes of a class remaining, plan to attend that class. For example, if the college opens at 10:00 a.m. in TTH, classes that normally meet at 8:00 a.m. will not meet. If the college closed at 8:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. classes would meet for their regular time, but 7:35 p.m. classes would not meet since there are fewer than 30 minutes remaining in class.
Student E-Mail Accounts: All MTC students are assigned a college e-mail account upon admission to the college. This account is called "Campus Cruiser Mail." Campus Cruiser Mail is the primary mode by which the college communicates with students. Students are responsible for checking their college e-mail on a regular basis for important information and announcements about registration, financial aid, cancelled classes, emergency announcements and other notices. Students can use their college e-mail accounts to communicate with faculty, staff, fellow students, and others, in support of their educational pursuits. In addition to e-mail, students will also have access to maintaining personal calendars and "tasks lists" through their Campus Cruiser e-mail account.

Student Evaluation of Instruction: Students have the opportunity to evaluate this course. The confidential evaluation process is conducted through MTC On-Line using the individual student's username and password. Announcements will be made during the term concerning how and when to complete the online evaluation. Students are encouraged to participate in this process.

Students Requiring Special Accommodations: If special accommodations are needed for a student with a disability, the student should go to Counseling Services on Beltline or Airport Campus for assistance. Documentation regarding a specific disability is required in order for special arrangements to be made. Confidentiality of information received will be maintained.

 

College Policies and Expectations

Students are expected to read the MTC Student Handbook and abide by its policies.  Some of the more important policies that impact your academic work are below.  The Handbook is located on the web: http://www.midlandstech.edu/planner/

Copies of the handbook are also available at various locations on campus.  

Academic Integrity – The students of MTC have adopted the following Honor Code:

As a member of the Midlands Technical College community, I will adhere to the college’s Student Code. I will act honorably, responsibly, and with academic integrity and honesty. I will be responsible for my own academic work and will neither give nor receive unauthorized or unacknowledged aid. I will behave courteously to all members of the MTC community and its guests and will respect college property and the property of others.

The Student Code addresses what constitutes academic dishonesty. All forms of dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating on tests, plagiarism, collusion and falsification, will result in discipline.

CHEATING ON TESTS includes:

.   Copying from another student’s paper.

.   Using materials during a test not authorized by the person giving the test.

.   Collaborating with any other person during a test without permission.

.   Knowingly obtaining, using, buying, selling, transporting, or soliciting in whole or part the contents of any un-administered test.

.   Bribing any other person to obtain information about tests.

.   Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for oneself.

PLAGIARISM is taking another person’s work and using that work without giving the source credit in any assignment turned in for credit.  For more information, see Appendix I at the end of MTC Student Handbook. 

Campus Emergency Protocol:

.   Safety concerns or suspicious activities:   Call Campus Security at 7199 (on campus) or 738-7199 (cell phone or off campus).

.   Emergency:  Call Campus Security or local 911 immediately.

.   If a college-wide emergency occurs, the college will use a variety of methods to communicate additional information and instructions including the MTC Information Centers, campus loud speakers, MTC Alerts!, voice mail, email, college Intranet, and the MTC website homepage.  (Sign up for MTC Alerts! at http://www.midlandstech.edu/Phone_Alert.htm)

Inclement Weather Policy: In the event that weather conditions or other emergencies cause the closing or a delayed start of Midlands Technical College, announcements will be made over local radio and TV stations, on the MTC Web site, and on the college’s information line (803-738-8324).

.   Notices will be sent to students via Campus Cruiser Mail when applicable. Separate announcements may be made for day and evening classes as weather conditions change during the day.

.   If the college closing or reopening means that there is at least 30 minutes of a class remaining, plan to attend that class. For example, if the college opens at 10:00 a.m., in TTH, classes that normally meet at 8:00 a.m. will not meet, but classes beginning at 9:30 a.m. will meet. If the college closes at 8:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. classes will meet for their regular time, but 7:35 p.m. classes will not meet since there are fewer than 30 minutes remaining in class.

Student E-Mail Accounts:  All MTC students are assigned a college e-mail account upon admission to the college. This account is called “Campus Cruiser Mail.”  Follow the link on the Enrolled Students page or go to http://prod.campuscruiser.com.

.   Campus Cruiser Mail is the primary mode by which the college communicates with students. Students are responsible for checking their college e-mail on a regular basis for important information and announcements about registration, financial aid, cancelled classes, emergency announcements and other notices.

.   Students can use their college e-mail accounts to communicate with faculty, staff, fellow students, and others, on college-related activities.  In addition to e-mail, students can maintain  personal calendars and “tasks lists” through their Campus Cruiser e-mail account.

MTC Online:  The college conducts business with students and has many services and resources for students through MTC Online.  Follow the link on the Enrolled Students page or go to midlandstech.edu/mtconline.   

Student Evaluation of Instruction:  Toward the end of the semester, students will have the opportunity to evaluate this course. The confidential evaluation process is conducted through MTC Online using the individual student’s username and password. Announcements will be made during the term concerning how and when to complete the online evaluation. Students are encouraged to participate in this process.

Students Requiring Special Accommodations:

.   If special accommodations are needed for a student with a disability, the student should go to Counseling Services in the Student Center on Beltline or Airport Campus for assistance. Documentation regarding a specific disability is required in order for special arrangements to be made. Confidentiality of information received will be maintained. 

.   For more information, go to the Counseling and Career Services link on the Enrolled Students page. 

(Revised 07/10)