CPE Course Descriptions


HD100: College Survival and Success: On Course (3 Credits)

Course Description: Students develop attitudes, skills, and strategies known
to promote college success, including goal setting, time management and other personal skills; critical/creative thinking, personal learning style; note taking, study techniques, test taking; and use of college resources.  Work is set at university level.

Student Learning Outcomes: “Upon completing the course students will…’

1.      Have developed skills, strategies, and techniques deemed essential to college success.
2.      Have acquired attitudes and realistic expectations conducive to college success.
3.      Be able to evaluate self in relationship to various personal issues which confront
         college students.

RD 90   Preparation for College Reading (3 Credits)

Course Description: For students who need to further develop their critical/analytical reading skills. Course work emphasizes development of higher level reading skills improving student understanding and retention of sophisticated reading materials. Group and individual activities will help students increase their vocabulary, comprehension, critical reading, and content reading skills, and develop an appreciation of reading as a source of education and enjoyment.

Student Learning Outcomes: “Upon completing the course students will…’

1.         Use context clues to understand word meanings
2.         Identify topics and stated main ideas
3.         Recognize major and minor details.
4.         Distinguish between fact and opinion
5.         Make valid inferences.
6.         Utilize a variety of reading strategies based on purpose for reading.
7.         Recognize and use the parts of a book

RD 115 Academic Thinking and Reading (3 Credits)

Course Description:  Students prepare to become active participants in the process of reading college level materials.  Students build and apply a repertoire of reading and thinking strategies to meet the demands of an academic setting.

Student Learning Outcomes: “Upon completing the course students will…’

1.      Select and apply critical reading strategies to a variety of discipline specific materials.
2.      Use metacognitive strategies to identify and assess thinking processes related to
3.      Apply critical thinking to analyze and evaluate reading materials.
4.      Develop, use, and explain strategies to understand words with multiple, specialized, or
         technical meanings.
5.      Employ strategies for processing and organizing learning.


WR 90: Fundamentals of Writing (3 Credits)

Course Description: Students learn the writing essentials that build confidence in writing for a variety of academic purposes Emphasizes skills necessary to produce thesis-driven essays. Reinforces grammar and sentence-level editing skills in the context of paragraphs and short essays. Covers critical reading of college-level texts.

Student Learning Outcomes: “Upon completing the course students will…’

1.      Demonstrate a developing ability to write focused college essays.
2.      Use the writing process (invention strategies, drafting, revising, and editing) to produce
         paragraphs and essays
         that meet the college community’s expectations for entry into Writing 115.
Collaborate in peer revision of written work.
Explain how audience affects both content and language in student writing.
Write thesis-driven short essays developed through focused paragraphs.
Identify and use a variety of organizational patterns based on content, context,
         purpose, and audience.
Identify and eliminate individual patterns of errors in order to produce writing that
         follows the conventions of
         Standard Written English.
Use MLA formatting of an essay, including headings and titles.
Use student and published writings as models for rhetorical and organizational choices.
Paraphrase, summarize, and attribute college-level texts in writing.