Developmental Education Course descriptions and Common Course Syllabi

 

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) offers courses for improving students' reading, writing and math skills. Classrooms for these courses are on the second floor of Ferguson Hall. Developmental Math classes are taught in Ferguson Hall 201. Developmental Reading and Writing classes are taught in Ferguson Hall 203.

 

ED 0300 Reading Skills (3-0)
This course is designed for students whose score on an approved assessment instrument does not meet minimum requirements on the reading portion of the assessment. In this course, students will develop reading and study skills. Topics included in this course are: defining vocabulary in context; identifying stated, implied main ideas and central point; identifying details that support and differentiate between fact and fiction; identifying the author's purpose and tone; determining points and support of a critical argument. This course will emphasize correction of reading problems identified through diagnosis. Students must earn a grade of C or better to progress to any intensive reading course. Credit in this course cannot be used to satisfy requirements for any degree. (ED 0300)

ED 0300 Common course syllabus

ENG 0300 Writing Skills (3-0)
This course is designed for students who score on an approved assessment instrument does not meet minimum requirements on the writing portion of the assessment. In this course, students will develop their writing and reading skills through daily exposure to writing and reading exercises. Topics included in this course are: grammar, sentence structure, paragraph development, and essay writing. Areas which will be emphasized for essay writing are: appropriateness, unity and focus, development, and organization. Credit in this course cannot be used to satisfy requirements for any degree. Students must earn a grade of C or better to progress to ENG 1301. (ENG 0300)

ENG 0300 Common course syllabus

ENG 0310 Integrated Reading and Writing Skills (3-0)

This course is designed for students whose score on an approved assessment instrument does not meet minimum requirements on the writing and/or reading portion of the assessment. The focus of the course will be on applying critical reading skills for organizing, analyzing, and retaining material and developing written work appropriate to the audience, purpose, situation, and length of the assignment. The course integrates preparation in basic academic reading skills in writing a variety of academic essays. Credit in this course cannot be used to satisfy requirements for any degree.

ENG 0310 Common course syllabus

 

Mathematics Courses

MATH 0300 Introductory Algebra (3-0)
This course is designed for students whose score on an approved assessment instrument does not meet minimum requirements on the mathematics portion of the assessment. Topics included in this course are: operations on real numbers; the solving of equations and inequalities; basic operations with polynomials; simple graphing techniques; and college readiness skills. Students must earn a grade of C or better to progress to the next level math course. Credit in this course cannot be used to satisfy requirements for any degree. (MATH 0300)

MATH 0300 Common course syllabus

0301 Intermediate Algebra (3-0)
This course is designed for students whose score on an approved assessment instrument does not meet minimum requirements on the mathematics portion of the assessment. Topics included in this course are: real numbers; exponential, rational, and radical expressions; factoring and complex numbers; and critical thinking skills. Students must earn a grade of C or better to progress to the next level math course. Credit in this course cannot be used to satisfy requirements for any degree. (MATH 0301)

Prerequisite: C or better in Math 0300 or satisfactory score on placement exam.

MATH 0301 Common course syllabus