House Bill 2504

Summer I 2013 Course Syllabus

ENGL-0301-01 - Basic Reading Skills

Faculty Information
SemesterSummer I 2013
InstructorBrooks, Chandra G.
Phone(409) 984-6434
Developmental Education
Chair:Sherry Steele
Phone:(409) 984-6321
Hours:M-R 12:10PM - 1:10PM (By Appointment)
Building:Student Success Center (SSC)
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Course Information
Course Number60052
Course Description A course that stresses the analytical and critical thinking skills associated with successful college reading.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks MyLabsPlus access code
Attendance Policy LSC-PA maintains attendance and participation requirements for all students enrolled in developmental courses. These requirements apply to all developmental students: THEA, non-THEA, and THEA-exempt. Use your allocated absences for ALL of your personal needs. Employment, personal appointments and continuing legal/medical appointment are not e4xemptions from these guidelines. If this class conflicts with your work schedule, continuing medical/legal appointments, or other activities see an admissions advisor immediately. We offer a variety of day, evening, hybrid, and online courses.

Class begins as scheduled and does not end until the instructor dismisses the class. The student will be penalized for any instructional time that is missed. This includes arriving late, leaving early, and exiting the classroom for any reason. If a student leaves the classroom a second time during the same class period, he/she will not be allowed to return and these minutes will be deducted from the semester total.

Attendance counting begins on the first day the student is enrolled regardless of schedule changes. If a schedule change is made, absences that have been accumulated will carry over to the new section.

Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class meeting and turned in to the Attendance Compliance Office each week. No distinction will be made between excused and unexcused absences. All absences will be used to determine attendance penalties and are outlined as follows.

Attendance Penalties: After a student misses 300 minutes of class, the semester grade will be lowered according to the following scale:

301-375 One letter grade

376-450 Two letter grades

451-525 Three letter grades

If the grade is lowered to a "DD" or "F," the student will be required to repeat the course and take EDUC 1300 concurrently. The student may also be dropped from the course due to non-attendance or non-participation. The "F" carries an academic penalty.

Course Grading Scale AD: 90-100

BD: 80-89

CD: 70-79

DD: 50-69

F: (Carries an academic penalty) Below 50
Determination of Final Grade Homework/Classwork/Lab 25%

Exams 50%

Final Exam 25%

Final Exam Date July 9, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Major Assignments Please refer to the schedule distributed in class and/or via email
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Please refer to the schedule distributed in class and/or via email
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes 1. Communicates with appropriate modes of expression to individuals or groups.

(PSLO Alpha—Reading Skills)

(PSLO 1—Critical Thinking Skills)

(PSLO 2—Communication Skills)

A. Demonstrates thesis clarity

B. Organizes information

C. Uses substantial and logical support and transitions to effectively develop and communicate ideas

D. Presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression

Objective: Identify skills from patterns of organization.

Objective: Identify and define roots, prefixes, and suffixes.

Objective: Identify an accurate summary of a text.

Objective: Identify all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in a text.

Objective: Creatively identifies a problem, argument, or issue to determine the extent of needed information.

Objective: Identify and explain the connotation and denotation of words.

2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities.

(PSLO Alpha—Reading Skills)

(PSLO 5—Social Responsibility)

(PSLO 6—Personal Responsibility)

A. Identifies cultural characteristics (beliefs, values, perspectives, or practices)

B. Interprets works of human expression within cultural context

C. Shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others

Objective: Practice and utilize skills from active reading and vocabulary to demonstrate a full understanding of a text.

Objective: Differentiate between supported claims and unsupported claims (stereotypes and generalizations).

Objective: Apply prior knowledge to make sense of texts.

Objective: Construct possible solutions, predictions, and consequences of situations of a text or personal choice.

Objective: Consider and predict possible consequences/implications of his/her personal situation or choice.

3. Uses critical thinking skills

(PSLO 1—Critical Thinking Skills)

A. Identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed)

B. Differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation

C. Constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences

D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion

Objective: Identify and explain situations that call for a particular pattern of organization.

Objective: Differentiate between supported claims and unsupported claims (stereotypes and generalizations).

Objective: Differentiate facts from opinions

Objective: Construct logical and sound reasoning to create and justify inferences/drawn conclusions

Objective: Apply prior knowledge to make sense of texts.

Objective: Identify purpose and tone.

4. Demonstrates technology literacy

A. Locates needed information using the appropriate technological tool or device

B. Displays organizational skills with the use of technology

C. Presents information using the appropriate technological tool or device

Objective: Students will utilize an online learning system to demonstrate reading proficiency.

5. Matriculate into appropriate college level courses.

Course Student Learning Outcomes 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.

Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans 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.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

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  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


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