READ 0098: Learning Support Reading
Fall Semester 2005

(READ 0098, Section 2)

General Information

Instructor:         Dr. Mary Nielsen

Phone:              272-4407 or 1-800-829-4436

Email:               mnielsen@daltonstate.edu

Web Page:       http://www.daltonstate.edu/faculty/mnielsen

Office:              224 LIA

Office Hours:    Monday: 10:30-12:00 noon

                        Tuesday: 10:30-12:00 noon

                        Wednesday: 10:30-12:00 noon

                        Thursday: 10:30-12:00 noon

                        Friday: 10:30-12:00 noon

                        Also by appointment.  I am generally on campus until 5:00 every day.

Midterm:          October 28, 2005 (last day to withdraw)

Course Description

This is a semester course designed to teach reading skills necessary for success in comprehending and studying college-level courses.  Emphasis is on vocabulary, literal and inferential comprehension, analysis, efficiency, and reading rate.  Students may exit from Learning Support from this course; however, they may also repeat the course for a maximum of twelve semester hours or three semesters.

Required Materials

Ten Steps to Advancing College Reading Skills (4th edition) by John Langan

Advancing Vocabulary Skills (3rd edition) by Goodman, Nist, and Mohr

Reading for College: Georgia Reading Exams by Arthur and Dallas

American Heritage Dictionary (3rd or 4th edition). Hardbound or paperback edition.

No. 2 pencils and blue or black ink pens

A folder to keep all graded papers and tests

Student Learning Outcomes

The readings, class activities, and course work of READ 0098 are designed to help students meet Dalton State College general education goals and outcomes in the areas of communication, critical thinking and problem solving, and integrated learning.  The following student learning outcomes have been adopted for this academic year:

  1. Students will have a heightened awareness of how to deal with standardized testing situations.
  1. Students will develop rudimentary computer research skills.
  1. Students will increase their reading speed while maintaining comprehension.

These general goals and outcomes are met through the following specific course objectives:

1. To equip students with skills in using context clues, knowledge of word parts, and

    dictionary skills to help them identify new vocabulary.

2. To emphasize and develop students’ motivation and student responsibility.

3. To provide explanation and practice in findings a purpose for reading.

4. To build skill in finding main ideas.

5. To teach students to find patterns of organization in textbooks.

6. To increase reading efficiency by stopping regressions, expanding fixations, looking

    for thought phrases, and avoiding subvocalization.

7. To equip students with more efficient reading skills or problem-solving skills.

8. To build literal and inferential comprehension and evaluating abilities.

9. To increase proficiency in time management and study skills.


Students are expected to attend every class session.  Arriving late and leaving early count as 1/3 of an absence.  I will allow a maximum of four absences without penalty (including early departures and late arrivals); after four absences, 2 points will be deducted from your final course grade for each absence.  Students who sleep, chat, or play with computers during class are counted as intellectually absent and lose the same number of points as someone who is physically absent.


Students should demonstrate increased ability in critical reading skills (analyzing, making inferences, and drawing conclusions) and in vocabulary skills.  Students can demonstrate this improved ability by earning a score of 80 or better on the COMPASS (if eligible).

In order for a student to qualify to take the COMPASS, he/she must have an average of 75% in the class.  Students with an average of 80% or above in the class will have two opportunities to pass the COMPASS; students with a 75-79% average will have only one opportunity.

The class average will be determined as follows:

            50%--Practice Reading Tests

25%--Class work (including chapter tests and homework)

            25%--Vocabulary Quizzes

The grading scale is as follows:

            S = The student has a minimum class average of 75% and exits the class by

                  making a minimum of 80 on the COMPASS.

            IP= The student has an average of 75% or better but DOES NOT make a

                   minimum of 80 on the COMPASS.  The student MUST retake the class.

            U= The student has an average of 74% or less.  The student must retake the class.

·        Developmental studies grades will not be included in the GPA.


Students are expected to read all work that is assigned and listed on the tentative schedule of topics.  Please keep this schedule available and consult it daily.  Students are also expected to complete all exercises that are found within the assigned readings and to check their answers against the back of the book.  In addition to the reading assignments listed on the schedule, the instructor will also assign additional homework and practice exercises in class.  If you miss class, remember to contact the instructor concerning any assignments you may have missed.  Please do this before the next class period.


Students will be expected to read and report on articles from the Opposing Viewpoints Series (online).  You will find this series at the Roberts Library Homepage.  Look under DSC Library Databases and select GaleNet. Select the Opposing Viewpoint Series database. You will be expected to do the following:

·        provide the instructor with a copy of the article (articles must be at least 500 words)

·        write a brief summary of the article

·        write a brief reaction to the article using at least 5 of the weekly vocabulary words

·        underline or highlight the vocabulary words you have used in your summary

·        follow additional instructions that will be given in class.

Make-up Work and Tests

It is the student’s responsibility to complete the assigned class work and turn it in to the instructor on time.  Absence from class the day work is assigned is not an acceptable excuse.  Ten points will be deducted for each day your work is late.  Late work is not accepted after one week.   If you are absent, your work must be turned in the first day you return to class or the assignment will be considered late.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor in advance if he/she will not be able to complete the test, quiz, or exam on the scheduled day.  A student must make-up missed quizzes and tests within 48 hours.  In general, practice COMPASS reading tests cannot be made up; I will drop the lowest practice COMPASS reading test score, and if you miss a test, that will be the score that I drop.  I will also drop one low score from the class work category and one low vocabulary score.

Extra Credit Opportunity

Students may earn extra credit (which can be used to drop an additional low COMPASS test score or which can be used as a replacement grade for a chapter test or homework assignment) by doing extra practice in the Writing Lab.  This practice would entail taking practice COMPASS tests on the Writing Lab computers, taking practice reading tests that are available in the Writing Lab, using reading software available in the Writing Lab, or practicing with other materials suggested by the instructor.  Students can earn 20 points each week for any 10 weeks of the term by working with practice materials and/or software in the Writing Lab for 20 minutes each week.  A maximum of 20 points can be earned each week.  Students who wish to earn these points need to make sure that they sign the Writing Lab sign-in log and provide me with a printout of work completed or a copy of their answer sheet for the work completed.  A maximum of 200 points may be earned.  Thus, a student could elect to drop two low COMPASS test scores, replace two low homework or chapter test scores, or drop one low COMPASS test score and replace one low homework or chapter test score.

Access Statement for Students with Disabilities
(Revised 5-11-05)

Students with disabilities are invited to contact the Academic and Career Enhancement (ACE) Center of Dalton State College to request reasonable accommodations for academic programs and other activities of Dalton State College.  Students are encouraged to contact the ACE Center as soon as possible and to make an appointment with Disability Support Services (DSS) staff to begin the process of qualifying for accommodations.  Professional documentation must be provided that explains and verifies the disability and resulting limitations before DSS Services and accommodations can be utilized.  Once documentation is provided, students must allow adequate time for assessment of documentation and implementation of approved accommodations.  For additional information, please contact:


Mary Andrews

ACE Center - Disability Support Services

Lower Level, Pope Student Center

650 College Drive, Dalton, GA  30720, 706-272-4429

Workforce Development Statement

“If a student receiving aid administered by the DSC Workforce Development Department drops this class or completely withdraws from the College, the Add-Drop/Withdrawal form must be taken to the Workforce Development Office first.  The office is located in the Technical Education Building, Room 140, and the hours are 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon on Friday.  The phone number is 272-2635.”

Drop/Withdrawal Statement

“The last day to drop this class without penalty is October 28, 2005.  You will be assigned a grade of W.  After this date, withdrawal without penalty is permitted only in cases of extreme hardship as determined by the vice president for academic affairs; otherwise a grade of WF will be issued.  Students who wish to drop this class or withdraw from all classes should go to the Enrollment Services Office in Westcott Hall to complete the necessary form.  Students who fail to complete the official drop/withdrawal procedure will receive the grade of FWithdrawal from class is a student responsibility.  Before dropping any class, the college strongly advises that students meet with their academic advisor and their instructor to discuss the impact of a withdrawal on graduation plans.  The college also strongly advises students who are receiving any type of financial aid to visit the Financial Aid Office in the Pope Student Center to discuss the impact a withdrawal may have on their financial aid status.  The grade of W counts as hours attempted for the purposes of financial aid.


1.      All students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner conducive to a positive learning environment.  Class disturbances will not be accepted or tolerated.

2.      Students are expected to refrain from using the classroom computers during class except when directed by the instructor.  Students who are using the computers at inappropriate times are NOT counted as having attended class.

3.      Students are expected to bring their textbooks to every class.

4.      Students are expected to spend 8 hours each week studying, reviewing, practicing, and reading course-related materials.