Developmental Education Courses and Common Course Syllabi

 

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

ED 0300 Reading (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 are: defining vocabulary in context; identifying stated, implied and main ideas and the central point; identifying details that support; differentiating between fact and fiction; identifying the author's purpose and tone; determining points and support of a critical argument. This course emphasizes connection of reading problems identified through diagnosis. Credit in this course cannot be used to satisfy requirements for any degree.

ED 0300 Common course syllabus

ENG 0300 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 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 are: grammar, sentence structure, paragraph development, and essay writing. Areas 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.

ENG 0300 Common course syllabus

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 are operations with rational numbers; elementary geometry and applications; algebraic expressions and their operations; solving linear equations and inequalities including applications; rectangular coordinate system and graphs of linear equations; simple graphing techniques; critical thinking skills; and college readiness skills. Credit in this course cannot be used to satisfy requirements for any degree. Students must score a grade of C or better to progress to the next level math course. (MATH 0300)

MATH 0300 Common course syllabus

MATH 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 are real numbers, exponential, rational, and radical expressions; factoring and complex numbers;  and critical thinking skills. Credit in this course cannot be used to satisfy requirements for any degree. Students must score a grade of C or better to progress to the next level math course. (MATH 0301) Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MATH 0300 or satisfactory score on an assessment instrument. NOTE: If a student’s major requires only one college-level math course, then the student is encouraged to take MATH 1310 to meet that requirement. MATH 0300 is the prerequisite course for MATH 1310 for students who are TSI-affected in mathematics. Students with only one college-level math requirement will not be required to take MATH 0301 to be TSI-clear in mathematics. Students must speak with a TSI advisor to clarify which mathematics path to take. TSI mathematics-affected students whose majors require two college-level mathematics courses must take both MATH 0300 and MATH 0301 (as a student’s placement score determines) as the pre-requisite for MATH 1315 and/or MATH 1342.

MATH 0301 Common course syllabus