House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

ENGL-0302-04 (College Reading Skills)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorKotaska, Kathleen Elizabeth
Phone(409) 984-6501
Developmental Education
Chair:Sherry Steele
Telephone:(409) 984-6321
Hours:M 11-1, T 11-2, W 11-1, TH 11-1, F 11-12.
Building:Faculty Offices Pavilion (FOP)
Room #:102
Course Information
Course ID #10337
Course Subject-Number-SectionENGL-0302-04
Course TitleCollege Reading Skills
Course Description A course that stresses the analytical and critical thinking skills associated with successful college reading.
Course Prerequisites Students are allowed to register and remain in this course when they have passed the previous developmental English course or by direct placement through COMPASS, THEA, or other standardized testing.
Required Textbooks Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. 3rd Edition. Kennedy & Gioia. In addition to this book you will need a subscription to mylitlabplus. An explanation of materials as well as cost will be discussed on the first day of class.
Learning Objectives 1.Apply a strategic approach to the development of academic and personal vocabulary.

2.Demonstrate analytical and evaluative comprehension through text analysis.

3.Develop a variety of study strategies and apply them to content area texts.

4.Locate, access and use needed information.

5.Participate in a community of readers.

Major Assignments NONE
Discussion Topics NONE
Attendance Policy Please refer to the attendance policy distributed on the first day of class.
Determination of Final Grade omework/Literaturelab: 25%, Quizzes/Tests: 50%, Final Exam: 25%
Final Exam Date May 12, 2011 - 8:00 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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