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Collegiate Skills - COLLS 53

Critical Reading and Thinking Applications

4 Credit Hours
4 Lecture Hours

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 TitleLocationCredit HoursInstructorsSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusFeeDays-Time-Room

Winter; 2021; COLLEGIATE SKILLS; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 02/02/2021

 053110504Critical Read Think AppMC4Boyde S0/10/0Closed$25.00M W  09:00 AM-11:26 AM LA340
 053110511Critical Read Think AppRMT4Margosian-Galindo N0/24/2Closed$25.00T R  12:00 PM-01:10 PM WEBWEB
T R  01:16 PM-02:26 PM WEBWEB

Winter; 2021; COLLEGIATE SKILLS; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/11/2021

 053110505Critical Read Think AppRMT4Margosian-Galindo N0/24/0Closed$25.00M W  12:00 PM-12:54 PM WEBWEB
M W  01:00 PM-01:54 PM WEBWEB
 053110506Critical Read Think AppRMT4Wernholm A2/24/0Open$25.00M W  10:00 AM-10:54 AM WEBWEB
M W  11:00 AM-11:54 AM WEBWEB
 053110508Critical Read Think AppRMT4Anter N2/24/0Open$25.00T R  09:30 AM-11:26 AM WEBWEB
 053110514Critical Read Think AppRMT4Boyde S11/24/0Open$25.00T R  01:30 PM-02:24 PM WEBWEB
T R  02:30 PM-03:24 PM WEBWEB
 053110518Critical Read Think AppRMT4Boyde S4/24/0Open$25.00T R  11:00 AM-11:54 AM WEBWEB
T R  12:00 PM-12:54 PM WEBWEB
 053110560Critical Read Think AppRMT4Anter N3/24/0Open$25.00T R  06:00 PM-06:54 PM WEBWEB
T R  07:00 PM-07:54 PM WEBWEB

Key: Day of the Week

  • T = Tuesday
  • R = Thursday
  • S = Saturday
  • X = Sunday