All students will have access to the course when the semester begins, August 29, 2005.
|CCBC: Catonsville||Academic Division: Liberal Arts|
|Course Number and Title: RDNG 052 College Reading||Section(s): WW|
|BASIC COURSE INFORMATION:|
Welcome to Reading 052 on the Web. I make make every attempt to make this course as meaningful and exciting as ever! We have a brand new textbook that we are using this year, and I hope you like it as much as I. Please take some time to review the syllabus and familiarize yourself with the course. So you may be asking yourself, "Where do I start?" Well, go into the WebCT course and click on the link entitled Getting Started! Best of luck to you!
All students will have access to the course when the semester begins, August 29, 2005.
Semester Credit Hours: 0
Course Description: College reading is designed to prepare students for college-level reading. Topics include improving vocabulary, increasing comprehension, critical reading, and study reading (outlining, note taking). Course completion is dependent upon fulfillment of the course objectives and meeting the minimum reading competencies as established by the Reading Faculty. RDNG 052 is required for those students not meeting minimum competency on initial assessment/placement.
Overall Course Objectives as listed on the official common course outline.
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
The topics covered in this course include:
Major Topics as listed on the official common course outline.
1. Vocabulary Skills
2. Critical Reading Skills
3. Reading/Study Skills
- Apply a systemic method for textbook reading.
- Apply specific techniques for taking notes.
- Develop and apply outlining and summarization skills.
Specific Course Objectives:
A. The student will demonstrate the following vocabulary skills:
- Select the appropriate meaning of words in context and in isolation.
- Use vocabulary words correctly in writing assignments.
- Learn new words through a variety of strategies.
B. The student will demonstrate the following comprehension skills in college-level reading selections:
Reading and study techniques
Use a systematic method for textbook reading (active reading/previewing, highlighting)
Practice specific techniques for note-taking
Develop and apply outlining, paraphrasing, and summarizing skills
Literal reading skills
Identify topics and main ideas, both stated and implied
Locate supporting details
Recognize organizational patterns in expository writing.
Critical reading skills
Draw valid inferences
Distinguish fact from opinion
Evaluate the author's purpose, tone, ideas, opinion, and logic
C. Reading techniques for specific disciplines
Public Policy/Contemporary Issues
The course is set up on a modular--by-modular basis. Modules will be revealed gradually throughout the semester. Each module is designed to help the student develop competence in comprehension skills that are listed in the course objectives. Within each module a student has the opportunity to complete exercises and/or tests to determine the student's competency with specific skills. Students will also be directed to specific readings in the text.
Please read and follow the directions on each module. Please pay special and close attention to the dates and specific directions. My experience with WEB-CT is that students who do not read all of the instructions three or more times do not fulfill all the requirements for the individual module. Remember: THIS IS A READING COURSE!!!!!
Rationale for the course:
This course will prepare you to read and think critically in college-level courses. You will develop a variety of strategies for increasing your vocabulary. You will learn how to analyze texts, make inferences and draw conclusions, distinguish between fact and opinion, and evaluate an author’s purpose by analyzing language. In addition, you will learn specific study skills, including systematic textbook reading, note taking, outlining, and summarizing.
Total Grade for course:
Assignments Percentage Textbook Assignments 35% Course Tests* 35% Final Exam** 30% Total 100%
* All course tests are timed and will be taken online. You will have ONE attempt to take the test, I do not allow retakes. So please be mindful that once you begin a test, you will have a specified amount of time to take it, and you cannot come back to the test later and resume where you left off. Instructions on how to take the test will be posted in each respective module that has a test. Please note that a test will be administered during Module 4, 6, 10, and 13.
**The final examination will be a departmental competency based examination. You will be required to come to one of the testing centers during the final examination period in December to take the examination. More details on that later.
S = 70% or above course average
R = A specific amount of content or progress in the development of skills
U = Below the 70% course average
I require that students submit their assignments on the due date specified. I also require that students submit all answers using the Assignment sheet that I provide for you in each module. Please read the information located under the Assignment Submissions link, which you can find on the Homepage.
Dates for access to the modules are stipulated in each of the modules. Modules will be revealed gradually throughout the semester. I require that you read the assignments very carefully and submit them to me by the due date. I will not accept any assignments (1) after the due date, (2) that are not submitted on the assignment sheet, or (3) that are emailed to me. Assignments MUST be submitted via the assignment link.
Discussion Thread Assignment Postings:
Please keep in mind that the discussion posts are people's opinions, knowledge, and interpretations of what they read, so they may differ from your own. I require that we have a mutual respect for each other and be considerate of your words. We are in an academic environment, and we all must respect each other.
Please do not use profanity or disrespect any student or the professor because of his/her view(s). If any one violates the rules, you will be required to submit your assignments to me via email and you will be removed from the discussion board. Also, remember, posting to the discussion board is like writing a paper, please make sure that you post your comments by the deadline.
I am an adjunct professor at CCBC, so I do not have an office number. So, please e-mail me if you have any questions. Please use the WebCT email. I have provided instructions on how to email me under the Getting Started link. I DO check my email daily; however, since this is an online course, my responses may not be "instant" as they would be in a classroom where we meet face to fact. I will make ALL attempts to respond to your emails within 24 hours.
Reading 052 McWhorter Textbook Package
Package contains: McWhorter, K. Reading Across the Disciplines, Second Edition
MySkillsLab Access Code Card
Longman Textbook Reader
HINTS FOR SUCCESS:
Here are some tips you should follow which will help you to succeed in this course:
- Set aside a specific time each week to work on this course. The estimated amount of time you should spend is 10-12 hours per week.
- Keep in touch with me and your classmates by frequently checking your course e-mail, bulletin board, and calendar. This will help build a sense of community among us. Using the various communications tools provided in this course effectively is the same as "raising your hand" and participating in class discussions.
- Be aware of the time lag that is inherent in most on-line courses. Although the communications tools make it appear that the transfer of information such as assignments is "instantaneous", it does not mean that the reply will be instantaneous. One of the hardest things about an on-line course is becoming comfortable with its asynchronous nature. In general, expect assignments to be returned within 1 week.
- Familiarize yourself with published deadlines.
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Remember that there are traditional ways for keeping in touch. Use the telephone, a fax, or make an appointment to meet with me on campus.
- Work off-line and save your assignments on your computer before submitting them electronically. You can use the saved version of your work to copy and paste to an on-line assignment or you can attach the saved file to an e-mail or bulletin board message. This will prevent a lot of frustration should your Internet connection or your system "fail."
- Be sure you check the course syllabus and other course material for instructions on how to submit assignments. In many cases your instructor will specify that you submit your assignments using a specific file format. If your instructor does not specify a particular format for text documents, it is suggested that you save your files in Rich Text Format (.rtf format). This will minimize the potential for inadvertently transmitting computer viruses.
- Be sure to install anti-virus software on your local system and check all downloaded files before opening them.
Good luck! Contact me if you have any questions!
Updated: Jan 3, 2003