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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 ACT-Reading, 22 SAT-Reading, 57 CPT-Reading Comprehension or 237 NGA-Reading.

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

Fall; 2018; COLLEGIATE SKILLS; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/27/2018

 053140513Critical Read Think App 4Brewer S$25.001/25/0OpenM W  02:00 PM-02:54 PM MC035
M W  03:00 PM-03:54 PM MC040
 053140519Critical Read Think App 4Wernholm A$25.003/25/0OpenM W  09:00 AM-09:54 AM MC035
M W  10:00 AM-10:54 AM MC040
 053140524Critical Read Think App 4Ginestet L$25.008/20/0OpenM W  09:00 AM-09:54 AM MC015
M W  10:00 AM-10:54 AM MC050
 053140526Critical Read Think App 4Gyurina V$25.002/20/0OpenM W  10:00 AM-10:54 AM MC015
M W  11:00 AM-11:54 AM MC050
 053140527Critical Read Think App 4Gyurina V$25.004/20/0OpenM W  12:30 PM-01:24 PM MC035
M W  01:30 PM-02:24 PM MC050
 053140528Critical Read Think App 4Ginestet L$25.001/20/0OpenT R  10:00 AM-10:54 AM MC035
T R  11:00 AM-11:54 AM MC050
 053140533Critical Read Think App 4Anter N$25.003/20/0OpenT R  09:00 AM-09:54 AM MC035
T R  10:00 AM-10:54 AM MC050
 053140553Critical Read Think App 4Raia M$25.006/20/0OpenM W  06:00 PM-06:54 PM MC025
M W  07:00 PM-07:54 PM MC050
 053140555Critical Read Think App 4Anter N$25.004/25/0OpenT R  06:00 PM-06:54 PM MC035
T R  07:00 PM-07:54 PM MC040
 053246136Critical Read Think App 4Margosian-Galindo N$25.006/24/0OpenT R  10:30 AM-11:24 AM RC670
T R  11:30 AM-12:24 PM RC410

Winter; 2019; COLLEGIATE SKILLS; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/14/2019

 053110504Critical Read Think App 4Wernholm A$25.0015/25/0OpenM W  09:00 AM-09:54 AM MC015
M W  10:00 AM-10:54 AM MC040
 053110505Critical Read Think App 4Margosian-Galindo N$25.005/25/0OpenM W  12:00 PM-12:54 PM MC015
M W  01:00 PM-01:54 PM MC040
 053110506Critical Read Think App 4Margosian-Galindo N$25.008/25/0OpenM W  10:00 AM-10:54 AM MC035
M W  11:00 AM-11:54 AM MC040
 053110514Critical Read Think App 4Gyurina V$25.000/20/1ClosedT R  01:30 PM-02:24 PM MC035
T R  02:30 PM-03:24 PM MC050
 053110518Critical Read Think App 4Gyurina V$25.007/25/0OpenT R  03:30 PM-04:24 PM MC015
T R  04:30 PM-05:24 PM MC040
 053110560Critical Read Think App 4Anter N$25.006/25/0OpenT R  06:00 PM-06:54 PM MC035
T R  07:00 PM-07:54 PM MC040
 053216507Critical Read Think App 4Anter N$25.004/24/0OpenT R  11:00 AM-11:54 AM RC270
T R  12:00 PM-12:54 PM RC410