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CCOG for RD 117 Winter 2022

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Course Number:
RD 117
Course Title:
Advanced College Reading
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Course Description

Further exploration of topics covered in RD 115, emphasizing inferential, critical, and technical reading. Prerequisite: Successful completion of RD 115. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

After successful completion of Reading 117, students will be able to:

  • Read textbooks and research material with increased effectiveness
  • Expand both general and specialized vocabularies
  • Develop inferential reading skills
  • Develop awareness and application of nuances, imagery, figurative language, connotation, symbolism, irony, and satire
  • Read not only with enjoyment but with a sense of enlightenment
  • Respond to texts both verbally and in writing, presenting ideas and opinions based on the reading
  • Access campus support services and other learning resources

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include, but is not limited to:

  1. Speed reading and comprehension tests/activities
  2. Quizzes on vocabulary and correct usage
  3. Midterm and comprehensive final
  4. Group/individual work demonstrating vocabulary usage
  5. Group/individual work demonstrating comprehension strategies
  6. Book review/project of novel, biography, or autobiography
  7. Other assessment activities may include:
    1. 5-10 hours on computer reading software with an analysis
    2. Conference with instructor
    3. Portfolio
    4. Individual projects, such as outlines, oral book reviews, Service Learning

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes and Concepts:
Recurring themes and concepts that students will work with include:

  1. Main idea/thesis/controlling idea
  2. Comprehension and rate
  3. Eye movement and motor skills
  4. Inferential and critical reading
  5. Passive vs. active reading
  6. Etymology and Greek and Latin roots/affixes


  • Critical thinking skills
  • Skimming, scanning and rapid reading skills
  • Dictionary skills/reference skills
  • Vocabulary skills
  • Determining meaning by inference
  • Distinguishing slanted language, fallacies, and misinformation from accurate information