Collegiate Skills


Critical Reading and Thinking Applications

Course Description

This course focuses on developing brain-based comprehension strategies to actively read and process information from a variety of texts. Students will study test taking, including proper question/answer techniques. They will learn a variety of vocabulary strategies as well as strategies to critically analyze, synthesize and evaluate argumentative and expository essays.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • COLLS 50 or Reading Placement Score ACT 15 - 17 / CPT 57 - 69.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Develop reading comprehension strategies for various types of written material.
  • Differentiate between stated and unstated main ideas and supporting details in paragraphs, essays and texts.
  • Analyze vocabulary word parts and context clues in paragraphs, essays and texts.
  • Identify major organizational writing patterns in paragraphs, visuals, essays and texts.
  • Identify author's purpose and point of view in paragraphs, visuals, essays and texts.
  • Recognize valid inferences in various paragraphs, visuals, essays and texts.
  • Identify the central point and major supporting elements in visuals, essays and texts.
  • Document important events while reading an autobiography and generate short essays.
  • Use appropriate organizational, summative, notational and/or visual techniques to integrate related information.
  • Demonstrate appropriate test preparation and test taking techniques.
  • Identify essential elements of an argument.
  • Formulate a valid, documented response to an argument.

Course Schedule

  No of Weeks   Begins   
 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

COLLEGIATE SKILLS; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 09/22/2015

 053140515Critical Read Think App 4Grant D A$13.0014/25/0Open
T R 12:30PM-01:54PMMC015
T R 02:00PM-02:56PMMC040
 053140532Critical Read Think App 4Brewer S$13.002/20/0Open
M W 02:00PM-04:26PMMC050
 053140550Critical Read Think App 4Raia M$13.0012/20/0Open
M W 05:00PM-07:26PMMC020
 053140560Critical Read Think App 4Anter N$13.000/25/1Closed
M 06:00PM-08:26PMMC040
W 06:00PM-08:26PMMC015

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