List of Courses

RDG 087 Introduction to Academic Reading Skills (3EQ credits)

Designed to meet the needs of students who need to strengthen their core academic reading skills. Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary building, and comprehension skills such as paraphrasing, outlining and summarizing. The vocabulary component will focus on efficient methods of deriving meaning from context, Latin and Greek roots and affixes, and the dictionary. The reading comprehension component will focus on improving comprehension at literal, inferential and evaluative levels, using a variety of literary genres and non-fiction texts. Prerequisite: Placement test; co-requisite: RDG 087L.

RDG 087L Introduction to Academic Reading Skills Lab (1EQ credits)

This one-hour-a-week lab is designed to support instruction specific to RDG 087, Introduction to Academic Reading Skills. Students will work one-on-one with a tutor to identify skill gaps and improve their vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. The vocabulary component will focus on efficient methods of deriving meaning from context, using Latin and Greek roots and affixes, and the dictionary. The reading comprehension component will focus on improving comprehension with an emphasis on paraphrasing, summarizing and understanding author's tone and purpose using a variety of literary genres and non-fiction texts. Co-requisite: RDG 087.

RDG 093 Reading Preparation for College (3EQ credits)

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who should strengthen their reading and study skills to the level necessary to effectively and efficiently manage the demands of college courses. Emphasis will be placed on textbook reading and comprehension, and will include managing technical vocabulary, focused text marking, and content processing to maximize retention of text. The course includes analysis of articles to identify an author's message, supporting points and evidence. Critical reading strategies are included. Students will also analyze issues and challenges that can create barriers to success in college. Prerequisite: RDG 087 or Placement Test; co-requisite: RDG 093L.

RDG 093L Reading Preparation for College - Lab (1EQ credits)

This one hour a week lab is designed to support instruction specific to RDG 093, Reading Preparation for College. Students will work one-on-one or in small groups in the lab to practice strategies that will strengthen their reading effectiveness in the context of college level textbooks. They will also apply comprehension strategies in order to develop meaningful approaches to content processing for retention. Analysis of argumentative essays to identify author's message, supporting points and evidence will also be a focus of lab work. In addition, analysis of barriers a student may encounter that could impact success in college will be incorporated in lab assignments and discussion. Co-requisite: RDG 093.

RDG 140 Vocabulary and Learning Strategies for Health Sciences (3 credits)

Designed specifically for health science majors for the purpose of developing learning strategies and vocabulary in the science content areas. The learning strategies component will focus on improving note-taking in science classes, reading science textbooks, active strategies for integrating class materials for test preparation, and test-taking strategies for lecture and lab exams. The vocabulary component will focus on developing knowledge of Greek and Latin roots and affixes, as well as building science knowledge and vocabulary from current health readings. Prerequisite: Placement Test/RDG 093.

RDG 141 Vocabulary Building and Critical Reading For the Health Sciences (3 credits)

This course is designed primarily for health science students and is a continuation of RDG 140, Vocabulary and Learning Strategies for the Health Sciences. Approximately one third of the course will be devoted to the development of critical reading strategies that will maximize the health science student's efficiency and effectiveness in reading and understanding demanding texts in the health science fields. Approximately one third will be devoted to the development of advanced learning strategies as they apply to science courses. Approximately one third will deal with developing and using the specialized vocabulary of the health sciences. Prerequisite: RDG 140.

RDG 153 College Learning Strategies (3 credits)

This course is designed to help students become more efficient learners through practice of higher level thinking skills. Emphasis is on taking complete, accurate notes; effective use of class notes in study; reading and marking text assignments; strategies for taking essay and objective exams; studying beyond the literal level; and techniques for dealing with technical terms and unknown vocabulary. Prerequisite: Placement Test/RDG 093.