Course Number:
RD 115
Transcript Title:
Critical Reading
Aug 16, 2022
Aug 16, 2022
Total Credits:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture / Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Satisfies General Education requirement:
Grading Options
A-F, P/NP, Audit
Default Grading Options
Repeats available for credit:

placement into RD 115

Course Description

Improves critical reading skills and strategies, critical thinking, and vocabulary development, through the analysis of diverse college-level texts. Prerequisites: Placement into RD 115. Audit available.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Read independently for multiple purposes, including scholarly research (e.g. peer-reviewed journal articles, use of online scholarly databases, etc.).
  2. Read increasingly complex and diverse college-level texts using active analytical and critical reading skills.
  3. Use a variety of vocabulary-building strategies to discern the meaning of unfamiliar or discipline-specific words in increasingly complex college-level texts.
  4. Utilize reading strategies to monitor and enrich retention and comprehension of increasingly complex texts. 
  5. Demonstrate ability to critically examine and synthesize multiple texts (e.g. analysis, interpretation, inference, evaluation, explanation, and self-reflection).

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies may include: Written summaries, responses; Reading logs/ journals/ portfolios; Presentations; Quizzes; Graded homework; Small group projects; Discussion;  Oral reading; Conferences with instructor; Exams

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

  • Analyzing scholarly research
  • Read for multiple purposes
  • Identify reading purpose and context
  • Accurate reading of college-level  texts
  • Annotation skills
  • Comprehension strategies
  • Self-monitoring
  • Text analysis and criticism
  • Managing implied or unstated information