Academics

Title III, REA 0002:

Basic Reading Skills II - Syllabus

 

INSTRUCTOR:  Cynthia Ross     INSTRUCTOR'S PHONE: 752-5463,

E-MAIL:  rossc@scf.edu        LANGUAGE & LITERATURE PHONE: 752-5242

 

LOCATION:  Building 3, Room 119

OFFICE HOURS: To Be Announced

 

TEXTBOOKS: Ten Steps to Advancing College Reading Skills, 4th ed., by John Langan
Advancing Vocabulary Skills, 3rd ed., by Sherrie Nist and Carole Mohr


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Prerequisite: 
Successful completion of REA 0001 or appropriate score on placement test. 
Students must also register for REA 0002L.

Basic Reading Skills II
(5) (CC). Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week. This course is designed to develop skills in word recognition, vocabulary and literal and critical comprehension.

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
The student, at the completion of this course, should be able to:
 

  1. Identify word meanings based on knowledge of context clues.
  2. Recognize main ideas in paragraphs and longer reading selections.
  3. Recognize major details in paragraphs.
  4. Identify transition words in paragraphs.
  5. Identify patterns in paragraph organization.
  6. Distinguish between statements of fact and opinion.
  7. Identify author's purpose in a reading selection.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to draw logical inferences based on a reading selection.
  9. Identify author's tone in a reading selection.
  10. Recognize common logical fallacies in arguments.

CLASS ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY.
Students are permitted three absences without penalty. A student who accumulates excessive absences (more than 3) may be dropped from the course.

Being on time is also very important. Students who are more than 10 minutes late to class will be counted absent.  

HANDBOOK
Students must abide by all Lancer Student Handbook guidelines.

TESTS:
Students will NOT be allowed to make up any tests. There are 10 test days and 4 vocabulary test days; therefore, students should plan absences accordingly.

All tests will be announced. I will drop your lowest test grade in the Skills Tests area, therefore, if a student chooses to miss one test and use this grade as his/her lowest test grade, that is permissible. For any other test that is missed, a student will receive a zero for that grade.

CLASS PREPARATION:
Class preparation/participation is very important to your grade. Make sure that you complete ALL assignments BEFORE coming to class.

Online Tutoring and Study Skills Support:   
A collection of web sites to help students enhance study skills and to provide tutoring support is available on the MCC web site.

            a) Go to Title III

            b) Click Student Services Resources link

            c) [ Click ] Virtual Tutoring and Study Skills Support Link

CELL PHONES:  Cell phones must be turned off  (NOT set to 'vibrate') every day during class.
 

GRADING SCALE:

A=90-100
B=80-89
C=70-79
D=60-69
F=59 BELOW

Skills Tests (lowest Skills Test score will be dropped) *                             35%
Vocabulary Tests (4 Unit Tests) (no scores dropped)                                25%
Homework/Class Work                                                                         10%
Lab Work (no make-up labs are permitted)                                              30%

*the final exam score is included in the Skills Test area but this score will not be dropped.

State Exam                                                                   Minimum Grade of 60% is Required

A "C" average in the course as well as a "C" average in the Skills Tests category is required in order to sit for the state exam.  In other words, your lab grade does not count toward this requirement. You must score a 60% or higher on the state exam in order to pass.

In order to pass the course, you must maintain a "C" average.   Your final grade will be the combination of the final exam score, 9 skills tests, 4 vocabulary tests, homework, and lab work.

ACADEMIC CHEATING:
Unauthorized collaboration, falsifying information, or cheating on an examination is considered "academic dishonesty" and is subject to severe penalties.

PLAGIARISM
is the use of ideas, facts, opinions, illustrative material, data, direct or indirect wording of another scholar and/or writer-professional or student-without proper credit. Expulsion, suspension, or any lesser penalty may be imposed for plagiarism.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY:
In accordance with the Manatee Community College policy as stated in the college catalog, students may withdraw from any course or all courses without academic penalty of a WF by the withdrawal deadline as listed in the Manatee Community College academic calendar. This semester this date is October 29.

The student must take responsibility for initiating the withdrawal procedure. Students are strongly encouraged to talk with their instructors first before taking any withdrawal action.

CLASS CONTACTS:
Write down the names and telephone numbers (and/or e-mail addresses) of 2 classmates:

________________________________________________________
NAME and PHONE NUMBER

________________________________________________________

NAME and PHONE NUMBER

*IF YOU ARE ABSENT, PLEASE CALL SOMEONE IN THE CLASS FOR THE ASSIGNMENT THAT IS DUE THE NEXT CLASS MEETING. 

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