Reading 0090, Section 1
Certificate Preparatory Reading, Spring Semester 2005

General Information

Instructor:         Dr. Mary Nielsen
Phone:              272-4407 or 1-800-829-4436
Web page:
Office:              224 LIA
Office Hours:    Monday: 8:00-8:30, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
                        Tuesday: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
                        Wednesday: 8:00-8:30, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
                        Thursday: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
                        Friday:  8:00-8:30, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Other Hours:    To be announced

 Midterm:         March 21, 2005

Course Description

This course prepares students for Reading 1100 by developing reading skills such as finding the main idea, locating supporting details (major and minor), practicing skills involving inferential and literal comprehension, and using vocabulary in context.

Required Materials

Langan, John.  Ten Steps to Building College Reading Skills.  3rd edition, Marlton, New Jersey:
             Townsend Press, 1998.

Goodman, Nist, and Mohr.  Improving Vocabulary Skills.  3nd edition, Marlton, New Jersey:
              Townsend Press, 2002.

Recommended Materials

American Heritage Dictionary (3rd or 4th edition)

General Information

The purpose of Certificate Preparatory Reading is to teach students how to become better readers and to prepare them for success in Reading 1100.  Students will participate in activities that will enhance vocabulary development, enhance understanding of main ideas (both stated and implied), enhance understanding of supporting details, and enhance literal and inferential comprehension.

This course awards 3 hours of institutional credit.

Learning Outcomes (boldface items represent the 2004-2007 focus)

1.               Students will develop a better understanding of critical reading skills pertinent to success in Reading 1100.

2.               Students will demonstrate an improvement in vocabulary skills.

3.               Students will apply metacognitive strategies to adjust their reading skills to a given reading assignment and/or a test-taking situation.

4.               Students will utilize electronic media in order to improve reading skills.

5.               Students will apply reading study techniques to textbook excerpts.

6.               Students will respond in written form to reading assignments.

7.               Students will acquire the computer skills necessary to use electronic media in order to discuss reading assignments.

      8.       Students will develop sufficient reading skills in order to demonstrate their readiness for READ 1100 by exiting the class.

      9.      Students will develop their inferential reasoning skills.


   Grades will be determined as follows:

            Homework/Class work             25%

            Vocabulary Tests                      25%

            Chapter Tests                          25%

            Final Exam                               25%

Students with a semester average of 75% or above will qualify to take the exit exam.  The exit exam and the semester grade will be averaged together, with the exit exam counting 50% and the semester grade counting 50%.  If the two grades average out to a score of 75% or higher, the student will exit Certificate Preparatory Reading.  If the average of the two scores is below 75, the student will be required to continue with Certificate Preparatory Reading.

Grading scale for daily work and tests:

A     90-100

B     80-89

C     70-79

D     60-69

F     59 or below

Grading scale for report card grade:

S     Satisfactorily completed the course

IP    Making progress, did not pass, must repeat the course

U     Unsatisfactory progress in the course; continue in the course next semester


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.  Ten points are deducted for each day an assignment is late.


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 six absences (including early departures and late arrivals) without penalty.  If you register late or do not show up for the first class, these absences are included as part of the five that I allow.  After five absences, two points will be deducted for each absence from your final course grade. 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.

Make-up Work

It is the student’s responsibility to complete the assigned class work.  Do not expect the instructor to remind you to turn in your work.  Ten points will be deducted for each day work is late.  Knowing when assigned work is due is the student’s responsibility.  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; otherwise, the grade will be a zero.

Extra Credit Opportunity

Students can earn extra credit (which can be used as a replacement grade for two low scores on either a vocabulary quiz or a homework assignment) by doing extra practice in the Writing Lab (315 LAB).  This practice would include taking practice reading comprehension tests on the lab computers, 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.


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.  Cell phones and beepers must be turned off before entering the classroom.

2.      Students are expected to read all work that is assigned prior to coming to class.

3.      Students are expected to spend a minimum of 6 hours each week studying, reviewing, practicing, and reading course-related materials.

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

5.      Students are expected to refrain from using the classroom computers except when authorized by the instructor.   Students who “surf the Internet,” check their e-mail, play games, or otherwise engage in non-instructional computer use are NOT counted as having attended class.

Students with Disabilities


Students with disabilities should contact the ACE Center to request reasonable accommodations for academic programs and other activities of Dalton State College.  Students must personally request services and provide adequate documentation that explains the disability.  Please allow a minimum of five business days for approved accommodations to be arranged.  Disability Support Services is located in the ACE Center on the lower level of the Pope Student Center.  Students who are unable to come to the ACE Center to request services should contact 272-2524 or email for assistance.

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 March 21, 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 F Withdrawal 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.”


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