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Course Description

Collegiate Skills - COLLS 53

Critical Reading and Thinking Applications (4-0) 4 Cr. Hrs.

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 minimum score of 15-17 ACT-Reading, 22-24 SAT-Reading or 57-69 CPT-Reading Comprehension.

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

 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

Spring; 2018; COLLEGIATE SKILLS; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 5/7/2018

 053120501Crit Read Think App 4Margosian-Galindo N$25.0024/24/0OpenM W R  08:30 AM-10:09 AM MC035
M W R  10:15 AM-11:15 AM MC040

Winter; 2018; COLLEGIATE SKILLS; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 1/8/2018

 053110504Critical Read Think App 4Wernholm A$25.003/25/0OpenM W  09:00 AM-09:54 AM MC015
M W  10:00 AM-10:54 AM MC040
 053110505Critical Read Think App 4Wroblewski V$25.000/25/0ClosedM W  12:00 PM-12:54 PM MC015
M W  01:00 PM-01:54 PM MC040
 053110506Critical Read Think App 4Margosian-Galindo N$25.000/25/0ClosedM W  10:00 AM-10:54 AM MC035
M W  11:00 AM-11:54 AM MC040
 053110514Critical Read Think App 4Boyde S$25.005/20/0OpenT R  01:30 PM-02:24 PM MC035
T R  02:30 PM-03:24 PM MC050
 053110518Critical Read Think App 4Boyde S$25.004/25/0OpenT R  03:30 PM-04:24 PM MC015
T R  04:30 PM-05:24 PM MC040
 053110560Critical Read Think App 4Wernholm A$25.007/25/0OpenT R  06:00 PM-06:54 PM MC035
T R  07:00 PM-07:54 PM MC040
 053216507Critical Read Think App 4Margosian-Galindo N$25.006/24/0OpenT  11:00 AM-12:54 PM RC270
R  11:00 AM-12:54 PM RC410