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Course Descriptions

RD90 - College Reading (4 credits) - P/NP (Course Outline)
Improves reading, study, and vocabulary skills by developing specific reading strategies and analytical skills as well as by expanding basic background knowledge that will lead to proficiency in students' college coursework. Skills to be developed include comprehension, flexibility, critical thinking, graphic illustrations, and the use of library resources. Selections, which are excerpts from current college textbooks and a variety of sources, enable the student to further develop the background knowledge and vocabulary necessary to effectively read college-level material. The course also addresses work-related literacies such as creative and critical thinking, following written and oral instructions, collaboration, and communication skills. Course is graded on a pass/no pass basis. The course is non-transferable.
Prerequisite: designated placement test score
RD115 - Speed Reading for College (3 credits) - A-F 
Teaches an effective speed reading process. The goal is for students to improve reading rate, vocabulary, and comprehension. It also develops skills needed to become a more intelligent reader and a more accomplished college-level student. These skills include efficient reading habits such as speed studying and speed researching, recognition of writing structures of fiction and various types of non-fiction, and inferential and critical reading.
Prerequisite: College-level reading skills or completion of RD90, WR90 or WR91.
RD116 - College Vocabulary Development (3 credits) - A-F
Adds significantly to the students' reading, writing, and speaking vocabularies, fosters an interest in words, and offers strategies for vocabulary development throughout life. This class also provides rules and techniques to help students strengthen their spelling abilities. Students will study word elements that hold the key to understanding English words. The vocabulary presented in this class will be practical, contextual, and relevant for college students as well as their chosen career paths.  Attention is given to application of spelling and vocabulary to college, personal success, and future employment.
Prerequisite: College-level reading skills or completion of RD90, WR90 or WR91
RD120 - Critical Reading and Thinking (3 credits) - A-F
Develops students’ ability to think logically, solve problems, identify values, and understand  various reasoning processes using a variety of sources. Students improve the quality of their reading and thinking by applying elements of reasoning and intellectual standards. In this skill-building course students will critically evaluate complex issues from a variety of sources, and develop lifelong critical reading and thinking skills.
Prerequisite: College-level reading skills or completion of RD90, WR90 or WR91