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Developmental Education Descriptions

DEVELOPMENTAL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

US 10003 – Reading Strategies for College Success (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to enable student to use reading to teach themselves to learn which is necessary for college success.  Students will develop a college level vocabulary, a daily newspaper reading habit and a positive attitude about reading and learning.  Successful completion of this course will empower the student to establish and maintain an interest in a topic, allowing the student to concentrate and thus, understand and remember what they read.  Since the student has had only very little experience reading to learn, students who take US 10003 should not take heavy reading content courses because these courses require 80 pages of textbook reading each week.  Students earning a 'D' or 'F' grade must repeat the course.  A grade of 'C' or better is required to move onto the next course in the sequence, US 10006 – Study Strategies for College Success.

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US 10006 – Study Strategies for College Success (3 credit hours)

This course is about applying the right strategy or technique to different courses in order to make the most efficient use of study time.  Placement into this course may include what is described for US 10003 and/or one of more of the following:  a student who "got by" without reading high school textbooks or doing much studying; a student who did not take high school courses that prepared him/her for the demands of college coursework; or a returning student who has been away from school for a period of time.  Students will benefit most if they take a heavy content reading course during the same semester they enroll for US 10006.  Students who place into US 10006 and also enroll in a reading content course such as psychology, history or sociology do better in the reading content course because they courses demand 80 pages of textbook reading each week.

A study of Kent State students who placed into US 10006 and completed the course reports that those students average GPA at the end of their first semester was 2.32, while students who placed into US 10006 and did not take the course earned an average probationary GPA of 1.85.

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ENG 11001 – Intro to College Writing I S
(3 credit hours)

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ENG 11002 – College Writing I S (3 credit hours)

In this writing "stretch" sequence the student will remain with the same instructor for an entire academic year.  ENG 11001 will emphasize developmental work, including how to choose a topic, make a point and support ideas with clear details, the essentials for successful college writing.  A minimum grade of 'C' is required, along with passing a portfolio assessment to move onto ENG 11002 – College Writing I S.  ENG 11002 will emphasize reading, thinking, writing and technological skills to prepare students for ENG 21011 – College Writing II.  A minimum grade of 'C' is required to advance to ENG 21011.

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MATH 10020 – Pre-Core Mathematics (2 credit hours)

Properties of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, signed numbers and order of operations, to a greater degree than in Core Math I and Core Math II. Mental math and elementary algebraic theinking skills are emphasized and calculators are not allowed. Hours do not count toward graduation. Prerequisite: none.

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MATH 10006 – Core Mathematics I & II (4 credit hours)

This math placement indicates the student's need for review of basic math, pre-algebra and high school Algebra I and II.  Course content includes operations on integers, fractions, decimals, and percents, properties of real numbers.  Introduction to variables, first degree equations and problem-solving with formulas.  Equations and inequalities in one variable, linear equations, rate of change and slope, graphing in the cartesian plane.  Also includes Introduction to functions, systems of linear equations, exponents, polynomial operations, scientific notation. Factoring polynomials, solving quadratics by factoring, radicals and rational exponents.  Students must successfully pass this course with a grade of 'C' or better before moving on to the next course in the sequence which is Math 10007 – Core Mathematics III & IV. 

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MATH
10007 – Core Mathematics III & IV (4 credit hours)

This math placement indicates the student's need for review of high school Algebra I and II.  Course content includes some of what is described in Core Mathematics II, but also includes Zeros of functions, rational expressions and equations, problem-solving with rational expressions, intermediate factoring techniques. Quadratics: functions, graphs, equations, inequalities, "quadratic type" equations and problem-solving.  Furthermore, this course includes advanced factoring techniques, rational functions, radical equations, absolute value equations and inequalities. Exponential and logarithmic functions: introduction, graphing, problem-solving.  Student must complete each course with a grade of 'C' or better to move onto Math 11009 – Modeling Algebra or Math 11010 – Algebra for Calculus, or another math course if required by their major.