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Collegiate Skills

COLLS 53


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Credit Hours

(4-0) 4 Cr. Hrs.

Section Start Dates


Section NoStart Date
140511August 25, 2014
140513August 25, 2014
140519August 25, 2014
140524August 25, 2014
140526August 25, 2014
140527August 25, 2014
140528August 25, 2014
140533August 25, 2014
140553August 25, 2014
246136August 25, 2014

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Critical Reading and Thinking Applications


Course Description

This course focuses on developing brain-based comprehension strategies to actively read and process information from a variety of texts. Students will study test taking, including proper question/answer techniques. They will learn a variety of vocabulary strategies as well as strategies to critically analyze, synthesize and evaluate argumentative and expository essays.

Prerequisites

(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • COLLS 50 or Reading Placement Score ACT 15 - 17 / CPT 57 - 69.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Develop reading comprehension strategies for various types of written material.
  • Differentiate between stated and unstated main ideas and supporting details in paragraphs, essays and texts.
  • Analyze vocabulary word parts and context clues in paragraphs, essays and texts.
  • Identify major organizational writing patterns in paragraphs, visuals, essays and texts.
  • Identify author's purpose and point of view in paragraphs, visuals, essays and texts.
  • Recognize valid inferences in various paragraphs, visuals, essays and texts.
  • Identify the central point and major supporting elements in visuals, essays and texts.
  • Document important events while reading an autobiography and generate short essays.
  • Use appropriate organizational, summative, notational and/or visual techniques to integrate related information.
  • Demonstrate appropriate test preparation and test taking techniques.
  • Identify essential elements of an argument.
  • Formulate a valid, documented response to an argument.
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