Reading Skills: READ 1100, Section 1
Spring Semester 2011


General Information


Instructor:       Dr. Mary Nielsen

Phone:             706-272-4407 or 1-800-829-4436


Web page:

Office:             224 LIA

Office Hours:  Monday: 8:00-10:00 a.m.

                        Tuesday: 9:30-10:300 a.m. (in Writing Lab)

                        Wednesday: 8:00-10:00 a.m.

                        Thursday: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

                        Friday: 8:00-10:00 a.m.

                        Also by appointment.

Writing Lab:    Tuesday: 9:25-10:40 a.m.

Midterm:         March 21, 2011 (last day to withdraw)


Course Description


This is course is designed to provide a broad range of reading experiences for the student entering a trade area.  Areas of emphasis include vocabulary, comprehension, reading rate, and life skills. (Vocational-technical certificate course)


Required Materials


Reading for Thinking, 6th edition, by Laraine Flemming


Advancing Vocabulary Skills (4th edition) by Sherrie Nist


No. 2 pencils and blue or black ink pens.


Student Learning Outcomes


Students completing Reading 1100 toward a certificate should be able to


1.      comprehend the literal and inferential meaning of a variety of college, work-related, and everyday reading materials;

2.      develop strategies to increase college-level vocabulary and to comprehend unfamiliar words;

3.      employ critical reading strategies to analyze and evaluate printed materials;

4.      employ efficient reading strategies to increase reading speed while maintaining or improving comprehension.


Assessment Measures


Students will


1. Recognize and distinguish between supporting details and stated or implied main ideas in

    passages from textbooks or other print materials. (Outcome 1)


2. Employ strategies for learning new words and use college-level vocabulary in a variety of

    activities. (Outcome 2)


3. Critically evaluate passages to determine authorís purpose, tone, argument, bias, and plan of

    development (patterns of organization). (Outcome 3)


4. Apply efficient reading strategies to a minimum of three timed practices, demonstrating

    increased speed while maintaining or improving comprehension. (Outcome 4)





Students are expected to attend every class session.  Arriving late and leaving early count as one half of an absence.  I will allow a maximum of five absences without penalty (including early departures and late arrivals); after five absences, 2 points will be deducted from your final course grade for each additional 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.


Class Participation


Class participation is important, and in-class activities cannot be made up. If your grade is on the borderline between two grades, consistent, enthusiastic, and interested participation may make the difference between a higher or lower final grade.


Late Work


It is the studentís responsibility to complete the assigned class work on time. Ten points will be deducted for each day the work is late.  Knowing when assigned work is due is your responsibility.  If you are absent, please contact me by phone or email (or check my Web page) to find out if there is an assignment so that you can submit it on time.  No work will be accepted more than one week after the date the assignment was due.  In-class activities cannot be made up, though up to two may be replaced with Writing Lab extra credit points.


Make-up Tests


It is the studentís 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 become a 0.  The instructor reserves the right to give an alternate form of the test for make-up tests.




The class average will be determined as follows:


            30%: Homework and In-class Activities

            30%: Comprehension Tests

            20%: Vocabulary Tests

            20%:  Final Exam


The grading scale is as follows:


            A = 90%-100%

            B = 80%-89%

            C = 70-79%

            D = 60-69%

            F = 59 and below

Perfect Attendance Incentive


Students who miss no more than one class period (including arriving late and leaving early) will be exempt from the final exam if they are satisfied with their pre-final exam average.  For exemption purposes, students who are tardy, leave early, or leave class more than four times will not be exempt from the final.  In other words, even students who have perfect attendance will not exempt the final if they are tardy or leave class more than four times throughout the semester.  There will be no exceptions to this policy


Extra Credit Opportunity


Students may earn extra credit (which can be used as replacement grades for up to two low scores on vocabulary quizzes, homework assignments, or missed in-class activities) by doing extra practice in the Writing Lab (315 LIA).  This practice includes 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 may 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 may be earned each week.  Once 100 points are earned, this 100% will become a replacement grade.  Students may earn up to 200 points during the term.


Disability Support Services (Revised August 2009)


Students with disabilities or special needs are encouraged to contact Disability Support Services in Academic Resources.  In order to make an appointment to obtain information on the process for qualifying for accommodations, the student must contact the Coordinator of Disability Support Services. 


Contact information: 

Andrea Roberson

Pope Student Center, lower level



Drop/Withdrawal Policy (Revised June 25, 2007)

Students wishing to withdraw from the course may do so without penalty until the mid-point of the semester, and a grade of W will be assigned.  After that point, 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.  (Please note: At Dalton State College, the Hardship Withdrawal process requires students to withdraw from all classes at the college.)  The proper form for dropping a course is the Schedule Adjustment Form, which can be obtained at the Enrollment Services Office in Westcott Hall.  The Schedule Adjustment Form must be submitted to the Enrollment Services Office.  Students who disappear, completing neither the official withdrawal procedure nor the course work, will receive the grade of FThis instructor will not withdraw students from the class.  Withdrawal from any Dalton State College classes is a student responsibility.  The last day to drop classes without penalty is March 21, 2011.


Complete Course Withdrawal (Revised June 25, 2007)


The proper form for withdrawing from all classes at the college after the official drop/add period but before the published withdrawal date is the Schedule Adjustment Form.  Students who are assigned to the Academic Advising Center for advisement must meet with an advisor or staff member at the Academic Advising Center (107 Liberal Arts Building) to initiate the withdrawal process.  All other students must meet with a staff member or advisor at the Office of Academic Resources in the Pope Student Center to initiate the withdrawal process.  After meeting with the staff member or advisor, all students will then finalize the withdrawal process in the Financial Aid Office.


Workforce Development (Revised June 24, 2008)


Contact: Mr. Scott McNabb, Workforce Investment Act

      If a student receiving aid administered by the DSC Workforce Development Department drops this class or completely withdraws from the College, the schedule adjustment form must be taken to the Workforce Development Office first.  The office is located in the Technical Education Building, Room 214, and students can contact Mr. McNabb at 706-272-2635 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.  He is in the Georgia Department of Labor office on Wednesdays and Thursdays and can be reached at 706-272-4412.




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 check their email regularly, especially if they have missed class.