Advising Notes
Montgomery College, Germantown Campus

Discipline:  Reading [RD099]
Reading Advisor

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RD 099 (College Reading Skills II)
Sample syllabus submitted by Department, Fall 2005

Catalog Description

This course is the second in a sequence of courses designed to develop reading skills.  The emphasis is on improving the abilities to read and understand college textbooks and other media. Skills include dictionary use, context clues, note-taking techniques, test taking, and listening skills.

(1) Recommended for native speakers of English.

(2) Additional lab required.

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of RD 089/RD 095 or appropriate reading level score on placement test.  Lecture hours will be used for calculating student load and tuition.  Three hours lecture each week plus additional reading laboratory assignments.  No credit.

GRADING: At the end of the semester, the student will receive a grade of A, B, C, or F. In order to pass the course, students should:

1. Attend all classes from beginning to end.  Students are expected to attend all classes.  Class meets 3 hours per week (or the equivalent in summer).  According to college regulations, students who accumulate more than 3 hours of absences may be dropped from the course.  Instructors take attendance.  Attendance and tardiness, according to the individual instructor, may affect the final grade.

2. Complete all assigned work.  ALL assigned work must be completed.  All work must be submitted to the instructor on time, according to the instructors specifications.  Work missed because of absences may be made up according to the instructors policy for missed work.  The department final exam counts as 20% of the final grade. 

COURSE MATERIALS: Required and optional materials will be assigned by the instructor.

Course Content/Objectives

Students completing the course should be able to:

1.     locate and state the main idea, thesis, or theme in essays, expository writing, and narratives; demonstrate the ability to infer an implied main idea;

2.     demonstrate an understanding of the rhetorical patterns of organization in literature, essays, and college text material to improve reading comprehension;             

3.     apply cognitive and metacognitive reading strategies such as outlining, mapping, diagramming, summarizing, SQ3R, Cornell note-taking, skimming, scanning, and lecture- and text-based note-taking;

4.     apply critical reading/thinking skills such as (but not limited to) inferring authors meaning; differentiating fact from opinion; interpreting graphs and charts;  detecting purpose, tone, bias, and propaganda techniques; and evaluating arguments.

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