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READ 0820 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

READ 0820 - Reading Learning Support B (Section R80)

2 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course covers the TBR approved Reading Learning Support Competencies: Competency Level 2. Each competency consists of six skills and/or strategies: Main Idea, Supporting Details, Organization/Relationships, Vocabulary Development, Critical Reading/Logic and Strategic Reading. This is an individualized course with early exit possible. Competency Level 2 requires students to demonstrate mastery of uncomplicated college entry-level passages.

Course Outcomes:

As a result of successfully completing this course, students will have demonstrated an acceptable level of mastery of the concepts and skills required for taking a reading intensive college level course. 

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

ACT reading score between 13 and 18 or comparable placement score on the Compass test.

Course Topics:

The course is divided into two competencies, each containing six skill modules.

Competency Level 1 (passages with a readability level of 9-10th)

  • Module 1: Main Idea and Purpose
    • Stated Main Ideas
    • Implied Main Ideas
    • Purpose
    • Tone
  • Module 2: Supporting Details and Summarizing
    • Supporting Details
    • Summa ring
  • Module 3: Patterns of Organization
    • Combined Patterns of Organization
    • Simple Listing
    • Definition and Example
    • Time Order
    • Comparison and Contras
    • Cause and Effect
    • Classification
  • Module 4: Vocabulary
    • Vocabulary
    • Vocabulary Development
    • Figurative Language
  • Module 5: Critical Thinking and Logic
    • Inference
    • Critical Reading
  • Module 6: Strategic Reading
    • Reading Textbooks
    • Graphic Illustrations
    • Reading Rate

Competency Level 2 (uncomplicated college entry-level passages

  • Module 1: Main Idea and Purpose
    • Stated Main Ideas
    • Implied Main Ideas
    • Purpose
    • Tone
  • Module 2: Supporting Details and Summarizing
    • Supporting Details
    • Summa ring
  • Module 3: Patterns of Organization
    • Combined Patterns of Organization
    • Simple Listing
    • Definition and Example
    • Time Order
    • Comparison and Contras
    • Cause and Effect
    • Classification
  • Module 4: Vocabulary
    • Vocabulary
    • Vocabulary Development
    • Figurative Language
  • Module 5: Critical Thinking and Logic
    • Inference
    • Critical Reading
  • Module 6: Strategic Reading
    • Reading Textbooks
    • Graphic Illustrations
    • Reading Rate
Specific Course Requirements:
  • A purchased access code to MyReadingLab.
  • Have a reliable computer and internet access or be willing to go to a campus computer lab.
  • Possess basic computer skills, the ability to follow written directions, and be able to read for comprehension.
  • Possess good time-management skills to work through an individualized course.
  • Be able to go to a TBR Testing Center for proctored exams. 

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

The course requires a proctored exam at the end of each competency. 

Grading Procedures:

Students must complete at least one competency in order to receive a final grade for the course. After meeting requirements to pass the course, the final course grade will be based on the following: 

ActivityValue
Competency Test60%
Lexile Score20%
Competency Average (Completed Competencies)20%

 

Grading Scale:
90-100%A
80-89.9%B
70-79.9%C
<70%F

 

Assignments and Projects:

This course requires students to complete homework assignments in MyReadingLab and D2L. It is an individualized course and each student will be provided a list of competencies to complete after the Diagnostic Test has been completed.

This is an individualized course that requires mastery learning. All course assignments will require a mastery competency that must be met before access to next assignment will be permitted. Both competencies must be mastered to complete this course.

Each module includes readings, homework, and activities to be completed in MyReadingLab and in D2L (eLearn). The specific activities for each module are provided in a checklist in D2L. 

TopicPointsActivityTotal Value

Practice Exercises in MRL 

100 points for completing all practice assignments in a module. Partial credit will be given for homework in MRL.* 

Assigned practice activities and tests in MyReadingLab. 

Total: 100 points
25% of grade 

Lexile Readings in MRL

2 @ 50 points each

Students complete two Lexile readings for each module. 

Total: 100 points
25% of grade 

Discussion Board Post in D2L 

1 @ 10 points

The discussion grade must be posted in D2L.

Total:
10 points
(extra credit) 

Mastery Module Exam in D2L

1 @ 200 points 

Total: 200 points
50% of grade 

  Total400 points

 

Class Participation:

You are expected to log in to your course at least three times a week, read your e-mail, check the calendar for due dates, and check the discussion board for announcements. You should use the course email system to contact the instructor about personal questions. You should use the Discussion Board to ask for help on course material. This way the entire class can see the reply. You will be expected to complete all assignments. You will be expected to take the Proctored Module Exam at an approved TBR Testing Center or another site approved by your instructor. Your instructor has final approval of proctored testing sites.

It is your responsibility to plan around trips and to locate alternate internet access when yours is not working.
Public Libraries are a good place for free internet access when you are out of town. 

Late Policy:

In organizing your time, you should plan for unforeseen problems or emergencies as NO work will be accepted after the end of the semester. If you do not complete both competencies during the semester, you will be required to register for the course again. Students will not be expected to complete a module that has already been mastered in a previous semester. 

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:

RULES OF THE TENNESSEE BOARD OF REGENTS STATE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM OF TENNESSEE SYSTEMWIDE STUDENT RULES CHAPTER 0240-02-03 STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS

Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications

Email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members

Discussions:

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.

Library

The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.


Last Revised on April 28, 2017