Developmental Studies

                                         RDG101 College Reading for Health Sciences

Catalog Course Description: This course is designed to enhance reading efficiency by teaching students to effectively process and analyze information. It enables students to move through more demanding levels of comprehension, confront issues, make judgment and connect ideas. (This course is required for students who do not meet the reading requirements to enter Nursing and Health Sciences programs. Prerequisites: ENG 032 and RDG 100 or Compass placement test scores between 80 and 87.)


Prerequisite(s):                      RDG100 or a Compass score between 80 and 87

Credit Hours:                        3

Departmental Website:

Interim Department Chair: Mrs. Mary S. Thomas

Departmental Assistant:       Ms. Sandra Smith    (

DVS Office phone:     822-3539                     Office fax:      822-3547


Course Coordinator:                        Pat Tondini    822-3643



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Course Requirements

Textbooks/Course Materials Textbooks/Course Materials:   


Textbook(s):     Reading & Vocabulary Strategies for Health Sciences       ISBN 9781133444718

                           MyReadingLab student access code card

 Course materials:     Three ring notebook


                                                Marker pens

                                                Index cards: Yellow, pink and blue

                                                $10 print card as necessary 


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 for medical terminology.

3.   Develop techniques to read an assignment by using pre-reading and surveying processes.

4.   Determine the topic and main ideas from college textbook readings

5.   Use critical thinking skills such as distinguishing between fact and opinion and interpreting inferences and conclusions.

6.   Develop techniques to monitor comprehension, efficiency, and achievement of purpose.               

7.   Develop techniques to organize relevant information and apply to academic learning.

8.   Use technology to improve alternate reading skills and enhance reading comprehension.

9.   Through participation in My Reading Lab:

Increase their reading level by one hundred points as measured by the Lexile assessment

Improve various reading skills as measured by the MRL post-test




Course Outcomes and Competencies:

            Intended Course Outcome:


                Course Competency: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1.       Show an understanding of the definitions, appropriate combinations of prefixes, suffixes and root word in making or analyzing of medical terms.


Performance Measurement Instrument and Success criteria:  

                The success criterion is that 80% of the students will:

Students will demonstrate course competency #1 by obtaining a passing grade of 80% or higher on the medical terminology portion of the course final exam.





A = 94 - 100          B = 85 - 93            C = 75 - 84            D = 70 - 74            F = 69 and below     W= Withdrawal

WF=Withdrawal after midterm with failing grade on the last day attended

Your grade will be calculated as follows: 

                                                Unit tests/Final Exam         = 50%


                                                Class work/homework/

                                                My Reading Lab                 = 30%  


                                                Vocabulary Quizzes            = 20%




Additional grading and academic requirements:


A.      Incompletes are only awarded 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 no 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 Attendance: The quality of your learning experience in this class is determined 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.

You are expected to attend all classes; there are not excused absences. You are responsible for all in-class work and assignments, even if you miss a class.


If you have extenuating circumstances, such as illness, you are allowed a certain number of absences, depending on the length of the term and the number of times the course meets per week:

·         14 week term- 6 absences if the class meets 3 times a week, 4 if it meets twice**

·         10 or 12 week terms- 3 for 3 times a week, 2 for 2 times a week

·         7 or 5 week terms- 2 absences

·         If you exceed the number of absences you will be withdrawn from the course.


** You are allowed to miss only 2 scheduled class times and 2 scheduled Read Right times. 

You will be dropped from class after the 3rd absence from either one of the above.


You are considered tardy if you miss up to 10 minutes of any portion of the class. You will be counted absent if you miss more than 10 minutes of any portion of the class. 3 tardies equal 1 absence.


If you arrive in class after your instructor has taken role and marked you absent, it is your responsibility, at the end of that class meeting, to request that the absence be changed to a tardy.  The instructor will not change the roll at a later date.  Instructors are not obligated to repeat information or allow students to make up missed work.


If you have questions about whether the college will close during inclement weather, check the MTC web site (, WIS-TV, and/or call the school (803-738-8324) for information.  It is possible that the college will close or reopen in the middle of a regular class time; if this occurs, and there will be at least 30 minutes of class time remaining, that class will meet as usual.


Students who are absent from class are responsible for assignments that were given during class. In addition, students who are absent when a test is given must make up that test upon return to school with an automatic 10% deduction from their test score.  No makeup tests are allowed after one week from the original test date. Only one make up test will be permitted.


***Please note the following: You are responsible for all material and announcements presented, whether you are present or absent. ***


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.



Classroom Rules/Other:   Mastering 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.

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 at the beginning of the class.  Leaving during class should only be in case of an emergency.  If you must leave early, please let the instructor know ahead of time.



Academic Affairs Student Guidelines and Expectations



MTC Student Handbook:


Students are expected to read the MTC Student Handbook and abide by its policies.  You can find the handbook online at; copies are also available at various locations on campus.  Some of the more important handbook policies that impact your academic success are listed below.


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 (Appendix I of the MTC Student Handbook) defines academic dishonesty, which includes, but is not limited to, cheating on tests, plagiarism, collusion, and falsification. Such actions will result in discipline.

§  Cheating on tests includes:

.   Copying from another student’s paper.

.   Copying or presenting someone else’s work as your own.

.   Using unauthorized materials during a test.

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

.   Knowingly obtaining, using, buying, or selling in whole or part the contents of any test.

.   Bribing any other person to obtain information about tests.

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

§  Plagiarism is taking another person’s work and using it without giving the source credit in any graded assignment.

§  The use of cell phones or other portable electronic devices for purposes of academic dishonesty in any form is strictly prohibited; students who violate this policy will be subject to the disciplinary procedures and sanctions outlined in the Student Code.

§  For more information about academic dishonesty, see the Student Code. 


Class Attendance and Participation:


Students are responsible for meeting all attendance and participation requirements outlined in each course syllabus. 


Portable Electronic Devices:


Cell phones and other portable electronic devices may be used in classrooms only for maintaining access to MTC Alerts!, the college’s emergency notification system. Other uses of portable electronic devices (for example, leaving class to make or receive phone calls, sending or reading text messages, accessing the internet, taking pictures or videos, listening to music, etc.) will be considered disruptive activities, and the student will be subject to disciplinary action.


Student Email Accounts (MyMTC Email):


§  All MTC students are assigned a college email account called MyMTC Email. For access, follow the link on the Enrolled Students page or go to

§  MyMTC Email is the primary way the college communicates with students. You are responsible for checking your college email regularly for important information and announcements about registration, financial aid, cancelled classes, emergencies, etc.

§  Students can use their college email accounts to communicate with faculty, staff, fellow students, and others, as well as to maintain personal calendars and task lists.

§  In addition to using MyMTC Email, students may also be required to communicate with instructors through Desire 2 Learn (D2L, the college-wide learning management system), or through course-specific software, such as MyMathLab.







The college conducts business with students through MyMTC, which provides many services and resources, including access to transcripts, grades, and program evaluations; information about financial aid status; and how to search and register for courses. To access MyMTC, follow the link on the Enrolled Students page or go to   


Children on Campus:


Children are generally not permitted on campus except for special events.  Children are not permitted in classes, labs, or advisors’ offices.  Children can never be left unattended on campus, including in the library, the Academic Success Center, or parking lots. 


Inclement Weather Policy:


§  If weather conditions or other emergencies cause the college to close or open late, announcements will be made over local radio and TV stations, on the MTC website, and on the college’s information line (803-738-8324).

§  Notices will be sent to students via MyMTC Email and MTC Alerts! when applicable.

§  Check for separate announcements for day and evening classes because weather conditions can change during the day.

§  Inclement weather schedules:  In standard non-lab and non-clinical classes, 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 a.m., classes that normally meet at 8 a.m. will not meet, but classes that normally begin at 9:35 a.m. will begin at 10 a.m. Similarly, if the college closes at 8 p.m., 6 p.m. classes will meet for their regular time, but 7:35 p.m. classes will not meet.

§  Check your syllabus for specific information about the inclement weather policy for that course.


Campus Emergency Protocol:


§  To report safety concerns or suspicious activities, call Campus Security at 7850 (on campus) or 738-7850 (cell phone or off campus).

§  To report a security emergency, call Campus Security at 738-7199 or dial local 911 immediately.

§  The college also provides emergency call boxes; look for these red call boxes in or near parking lots on all campuses.

§  If a college-wide emergency occurs, the college will communicate additional information and instructions in a number of ways, including the MTC Information Centers, campus loud speakers, MyMTC Email, the MTC website, and MTC Alerts!. To sign up for MTC Alerts! and receive emergency notifications on your cell phone, go to:


Student Evaluation of Instruction:


Toward the end of the semester, students will be encouraged to participate in evaluating their courses. You can complete this confidential evaluation through MyMTC using your username and password. Announcements will be made during the term concerning how and when to complete the online evaluation.


Students Requiring Special Accommodations:


§  If a student with a disability requires special accommodations, 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. All information received will remain confidential. 

§  For more information, follow the Disability Resource Centers link under Online Resources on the Enrolled Students page. 











    (Approved July 12, 2011)