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1999-2000 Catalog

Course Descriptions

Degrees and Programs Index

Developmental Studies

DEVS 052 (3 Credits) As Demand Warrants
Reading Enhancement (3+0)
Intensive instruction in reading designed to increase vocabulary and comprehension skills necessary for successful reading in the content areas of college courses.

DEVS 058 (1 - 3 Credits) As Demand Warrants
Reading Comprehension Lab (0+3 - 9)
Emphasis on improving reading comprehension using texts from other classes or lab materials. Focus on paragraph structure to recognize main idea, supporting details and author's purpose. Study techniques for recognizing new vocabulary. Small groups allow individually designed course of instruction to meet the needs of the students. Open entry/open exit. May be repeated.

DEVS 065 (1 Credit) As Demand Warrants
Spelling Improvement (1+0)
A diagnostic/prescriptive approach for improving spelling skills.

DEVS 066 (1 Credit) As Demand Warrants
Vocabulary Development (1+0)
Designed to increase vocabulary substantially and to provide tools for further vocabulary growth.

DEVS 101 (3 Credits) Fall, Spring
Skills for College and Career Success (3+0)
A diverse menu of study skills for the student entering the college environment. Skills include active listening, effective reading, taking usable notes, test taking, communication, time and money management. Students learn personal development skills that assist in addressing intrusive issues that impact the learning process, increasing self-esteem, and relating these skills to the classroom and later to a career. Class sessions offer diverse learning experiences.

DEVS 102 (1 - 3 Credits) As Demand Warrants
Introduction to Distance Education (1 - 3+0)
A diverse menu of study skills for the student entering the distant learning college environment. Skills include: active listening, effective reading, taking usable notes, test preparation and test taking strategies, communication, and the use of technology as a study resource - all in the distance learning context. Additionally, personal development elements such as time management, working with university representatives, and accessing local resources will provide skills to maximize the learning experience and address the intrusive issues that impact the learning process.

DEVS 104 (1 - 3 Credits) As Demand Warrants
University Communications (1 - 3+0)
Introduces the unique methods of communication required at the college level. May link with selected lecture courses. May be repeated.

DEVS 105 (3 Credits) Fall, Spring
Intensive Reading Development (3+0)
(Cross-listed with CCC 105)
Develops vocabulary, strategies, speed, and comprehension to enhance success with textbook reading. Composition of essays in relation to readings.

DEVS 106 (1 Credit) Fall, Spring
Speed Reading (1+0)
Introduction to newest speed reading techniques. Development of flexible reading rates and increased comprehension and vocabulary skills. Application of techniques to study, professional and leisure reading.

DEVS 107 (3 Credits) As Demand Warrants
Reader-Writer Workshop (3+0)
A reader-writer workshop to develop fluency in reading and writing skills for persons whose first language is not English. Intensive speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities. (Prerequisites: Placement by examination or student decision.)

DEVS 108 (1 Credit) As Demand Warrants
Study Skills Lab (1+0)
Improvement of study skills in areas of greatest need on an individual or small group basis in the lab or other workshop or individualized format. Topics include time and stress management, listening/note taking, library research, and memory. Course may be repeated for credit when content varies.

DEVS 110 (1 Credit) Fall, Spring
College Success Skills (1+0)
An introduction and overview of the diverse skills, strategies and resources available to ensure success in the college experience. Topics include study skills, time management, career planning, stress management, communication skills, test taking and personal development skills.

DEVS 150 (1 Credit) Fall, Spring
Life Work Planning (1+0)
Planning for a satisfying career choice based on realistic assessment of self, accurate knowledge of the world of work and experience with ways to activate career plans. Enables students to evaluate potential careers and to make educational and job search plans. Graded pass/fail.

DEVS 160 (1 Credit) Fall, Spring
The resume: Key to Success (1+0)
Use the resume writing process to develop job seeking skills: locating the hidden market; researching job potential; learning to fill out effective applications; designing and printing a custom resume; assembling a portfolio; and developing effective interview skills. DEVS 150 recommended but not required.

DEVS 185 (3 Credits) As Demand Warrants
Straight Thinking (3+0)
A study of inductive, deductive and seductive thinking, and skill building to recognize and use all three. Critical thinking skills to analyze newspaper, magazine and spoken arguments. Political speeches and other media presentation examined. Effective and convincing presentation of one's own ideas include formal and informal logic. Materials fee: $10.00.

DEVS 189 (1 Credit) Fall, Spring
Academic Intervention (1+0)
Personal development and study skills for the student on academic probation. Encourages students to recognize personal issues that impact education and how to interface with resources to solve these problems. Emphasis on student self-evaluation and peer advisor support to adopt skills needed to improve poor academic records. Offers diverse learning experiences designed to support the student as they learn to function independently.