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2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog
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RDG 048 - Basic Reading

Last Date of Approval: Spring 2021

4 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 60
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course introduces students to strategies that, when applied properly, will improve their literacy skills. This course provides opportunities for students to implement a variety of reading and study practices, including expanded vocabulary, note-taking and test-taking strategies, and critical analysis and problem-solving, to improve comprehension of textbooks, scholarly articles, and college-level tests. This course does not meet graduation credit requirements for certificate, diploma, general studies, or associate degree programs, but it will provide students with a foundation of effective skills, tools, and strategies to support them on their path to achieving academic, personal, and professional success.

Prerequisites: Mandatory Placement Levels for RDG 048: ACCUPLACER (Classic - Reading Comprehension): < 43; ACCUPLACER (Next Gen. - Reading): < 225; ACT (Reading) 0-13; SAT&nbsp;(Reading) Score March 2016-Present (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing): < 380; SAT (Reading) Score March 2016-Present (Reading): <19
Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face, and/or online

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: ebook/Access Code: $124.99 (charged once per term for all courses that use Cengage Unlimited)

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
1. Apply active reading strategies, including annotating, note-taking,
paraphrasing, discussing, and reflecting.
2. Analyze context when reading (author, tone, audience, purpose, and
organization) to comprehend a writer’s meaning and strategies.
3. Identify elements of textbooks and apply active reading strategies to analyze and discuss textbook materials from a variety of curriculum.
4. Apply active reading strategies to summarize and analyze practical,
professional, and career-focused reading materials.
5. Strengthen vocabulary by comprehending word meanings through context,
word parts, and online or print resources.
6. Apply effective student-success strategies, including time management,
planning strategies, study techniques, test-taking skills, and identifying and
visiting campus resources.
7. Utilize Iowa Central Career Services to develop job-seeking documents and practice professional skills.

Course Objectives
1. Complete a Pre-Test Diagnostic Exam.
2. Identify reasons for reading and skills required to be successful.
3. Identify and visit campus resources, including the Reading and Writing Center, and online resources.
4. Practice active reading strategies (annotating, note-taking, paraphrasing,
reflecting, identifying context, KWL, and SQ3R) with provided pieces of writing.
5. Analyze the purpose, elements, and other characteristics of textbook excerpts.
6. Apply active reading strategies to textbook excerpts (annotating, note-taking, paraphrasing, reflecting, KWL, SQ3R, REAP, and anticipating quiz/test questions).
7. Develop vocabulary through analyzing look-alikes and sound-alikes, context clues, and word parts.
8. Utilize online and print resources such as the dictionary and thesaurus to
further develop vocabulary.
9. Discuss new vocabulary in provided readings.
10. Practice vocabulary by studying for and completing vocabulary quizzes.
11. Determine topics, main ideas, and supporting ideas of provided readings byidentifying topic sentences, general statements, thesis statements, and major and minor details.
12. Analyze provided texts for implied meanings using context, inferences, and generalizations.
13. Recognize patterns of organization, including definition, chronology,
cause/effect, compare/contrast, example, and classification.
14. Discuss and write summaries and reflections of professional and careeroriented writings.
15. Find an appropriate job listing and create a career portfolio of professional
documents (including a cover letter and resume) that consider audience, style, formatting, tone, and purpose.
16. Identify and adopt student success strategies, including developing a growth mindset, utilizing planning and time-management, test-taking skills, and study techniques.
17. Complete a Post-Test Diagnostic Exam.

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