Developmental Studies

 Fall Semester


CATALOG COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to improve students’ reading comprehension skills and vocabulary through individualized and/or group instruction and practice reading.

Pre-requisite:  None

Co-requisite:  Developmental Reading 013

CREDIT HOURS:    1 credit; 3 contact hours


DEPARTMENTAL WEBSITE:  www.midlandstech.edu/dvs








Departmental Assistant: Sandra Smith 822 – 3539; smiths@midlandstech.edu


Interim Department Chair: Darlene Anderson 822 – 3239; andersond@midlandstech.edu


Program Coordinator: Patricia Tondini  822-3643 tondinip@midlandstech.edu




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EQUIPMENT:   College level dictionary (paperback is fine).  All other books and materials will be supplied in the Read Right® classroom.


GRADING SCALE:            

S = 140-200 points AND completion of YELLOW level in Read Right®

I = 140-200 points

U = 139 and below


COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:




Intended Course Outcome:  Students will improve their ability to read college-level texts.


Course Competency Students will demonstrate that they are “excellent" readers  based on the Read Right® standards.


Performance Measurement Instrument and Success criteria:   80 percent of students will earn a rating of “excellent” based on the Read Right® scoring rubric (see course syllabus).


Course Attendance:


1.       Students are expected to attend all classes and are responsible for all class work, lectures, and assignments whether they are present or not.


2.       All students are required to attend a minimum of 85% of their regularly scheduled classes. The maximum number of allowable absences for a class meeting one day per week over the fall and spring semesters is two (2).  In addition to class attendance, each student will be expected to spend a minimum of one verifiable hour per week in an out-of-class activity (activities will be discussed and assigned in class).


3.       Absences are counted from the first day of class.  All absences are counted.  There is NO such thing as an excused absence.  When the allowable number of absences is exceeded the student is immediately withdrawn from the course.  A grade of “W” is assigned if it is prior to mid-term, or if it is after mid-term and the student had a passing average on the last day they attended.  A “WF” is assigned if a student is failing and is withdrawn after the mid-term period.  A “WF” is calculated into the GPA as an “F”.


4.       All students are expected to attend class on time and to remain present for the scheduled class time.  During the 14 week session, the maximum number of allowable tardies is three.  Students are considered tardy if they enter the class after the roll call has been completed or leave class before the end time.  When the allowable number of tardies is exceeded, all future tardies will be counted as absences.


5.       If the college has a delayed start and thirty minutes or more time remains in a non-lab class, the class will meet that day.


Withdrawing from Courses Changes in course loads impact financial aid, veterans’ benefits, and other enrollment-related financial situations; it is the student’s responsibility to investigate the consequences of a course withdrawal in these areas.


Course Requirements:  To make the most progress with the Read Right® tutoring program, you must complete at least (1) 2 hours of Read Right® tutoring per week for 13 weeks AND (2) 20 minutes of Independent Reading each day, five days per week, for a total of 100 minutes per week.

1.)        READ RIGHT® Sessions:  Total Points Possible – 100

            26 or more Read Right® sessions completed =  100 points

                22 Read Right® sessions completed = 80 points

                20 Read Right® sessions completed = 60 points

                Less than 20 sessions completed = 0 points

2.)        *Independent Reading:  Total Points Possible – 100

            1300-1400 minutes = 100 points

1120 – 1259 minutes = 90 points

                980 – 1119 minutes = 80 points

                840 – 979 minutes = 70 points

                839 minutes and below = 0 points


*If your current tutoring range is RED, Independent Reading is done with the Red books.

  If your current tutoring range is GREEN, Independent Reading is done with Red books

  If your current tutoring range is BLUE, Independent Reading is done with Green or Red books.

  If your current tutoring range is LIME, Independent Reading is done with Red, Green or Blue


  If your current tutoring range is PURPLE, Independent Reading is done with Red, Green, Blue,

  Lime, or any other book (non-Read Right®) of your choice.


Total Points Possible:    200 points


Course Grading: The final grade will be based on the following criteria:

S = Satisfactory

I = Incomplete*

U = Unsatisfactory

*Student will re-enroll in RDG 013 the next semester to continue progressing toward the YELLOW level.


S =          140-200 points AND completion of YELLOW level in Read Right®

I =           140-200 points

U =          139 and below


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.


.   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)