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Developmental Course Descriptions

​​The courses listed here do not satisfy the credit requirements needed to graduate; they also do not satisfy any program requirements. Students must speak with their academic advisors, or refer to their course syllabus, on how to advance to the next level of competency based upon their course grades.​

Placement test scores may indicate that remediation is needed in the following areas:

​Reading

RDG 033 Introduction to College Reading I (3 lecture hours, 3 credits)
This course is designed for students who need to read more efficiently. Each student's reading ability will be evaluated, with primary attention focusing on basic skill development.

RDG 055 Introduction to College Reading II (3 lecture hours, 3 credits)
This course is designed for students who need to improve their reading effectiveness in literal comprehension, inferential comprehension and reading speed.

RDG 077 College Reading Accelerated (6 lecture hours, 6 credits) 
This course presents an opportunity for students to complete the reading requirement in one semester. The accelerated format provides an intense review of ​reading effectiveness from literal to inferential comprehension. The culmination of the course provides practice in evaluative questioning and application to college-level reading.

RDG 099 Introduction to College Reading III (3 lecture hours, 3 credits)
This course is designed for students who have a strong background in literal comprehension and need additional practice in evaluative questioning and speed-reading.

 

Writing

COM 044 Basic Composition I (3 lecture hours, 3 credits)
This course provides students with a thorough review of the elements needed to write logically constructed sentences. As such, the course covers parts of speech and their grammatical functions, punctuation, mechanics, spelling and word usage. In addition, the students write on a variety of topics based on their experiences, readings and research.

COM 066 Basic Composition II (3 lecture hours, 3 credits)
This course reviews English skills that contribute to clear, effective writing that is valuable in college and daily living. Students are introduced to writing as a process that includes planning, drafting and revision. In addition, the course provides practice in mastering the principles of effective paragraph writing and their application to the traditional five-paragraph essay.

COM 077 Basic Composition Accelerated (6 lecture hours, 6 credits) 
This course reviews the grammar skills and important principles of writing that contribute to effective college compositions while introducing students to various types of college-level writing, including but not limited to essay exam paragraphs, the traditional five-paragraph college essay and the source paper. The accelerated format of the course allows students to satisfy their developmental writing requirements in a single semester. Successful completion of the course advances students to ENG 101.

COM 088 Basic Composition III (3 lecture hours, 3 credits)
This course provides students with the basic principles needed to write strong collegiate essays. Students practice a number of different ways to organize and develop essays. In addition, the course introduces students to many types of writing required in college, such as essay exams, summaries, reports​ and research papers. Further, students continue to review the skills needed to write clear, error-free sentences.

 

​Mathematics

MAT 010 Introductory College Mathematics (3 lecture hours, 3 credits)
This developmental course is for students whose placement test scores place them at this level or those who feel they need to review and improve their working knowledge of the fundamentals of mathematics. This course is designed to provide students with a more sophisticated level of understanding of basic concepts. The topics covered will include basic arithmetic and problem solving.

MAT 011 Introductory to College Mathematics Review (1 lecture hour, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Accuplacer® Arithmetic score of 75-81.
Prerequisite or co-requisite: RDG099
This one-credit hybrid developmental course reviews math skills with students whose placement test scores place them at this level or those who feel they need to review the fundamentals of mathematics. This course provides a sophisticated level of understanding of basic concepts and includes basic arithmetic and problem solving. This is offered during the summer and winter terms only.

MAT 050 Elementary Algebra (3 lecture hours, 3 credits)
This course is designed for students whose placement test scores place them at this level or those with little or no previous experience in algebra. Emphasis is on operations with signed numbers, evaluation and simplification of algebraic expressions, solutions to linear equations with applications, exponents, polynomials, factoring and graphing.

MAT 051 Elementary Algebra Review (1 lecture hour, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Accuplacer®​ Arithmetic score of 63-75.
Prerequisite or co-requisite: RDG099
This is one-credit hybrid developmental course reviews math skills with students whose placement test scores place them at this level or those with little or no previous experience in algebra. Emphasis is placed on operations with signed numbers, evaluation and simplification of algebraic expressions, solutions to linear equations with applications, exponents, polynomials, factoring and graphing. This is offered during the summer and winter terms only.

The following courses do not require a developmental reading course as a prerequisite and may be considered when selecting courses:

Study Skills and Psychology

COS 103 Student Success (3 lecture hours, 3 credits)
This course provides an orientation to Rowan College campus resources and the academic skills necessary for the student to achieve his or her educational goals. A strong emphasis is placed on exploration of campus facilities and services. The course focuses on study skills, library skills, self-assessment, wellness, goal-setting, critical thinking and decorum appropriate for college students in a college learning environment.

PSY 100 Interpersonal Psychology (3 lecture hours, 3 credits)
This course permits students to personally participate in a study of human interaction. It will focus on interpersonal relationships and how people adapt to various social and personal situations. Training techniques such as role-playing, observations and discussion groups will be included in the course. This course does not count as a social science elective.

CIA 100 Essential Computer Skills (3 lecture hours, 3 credits)
Does not satisfy the CIS 101 or CIS 102 requirement in any academic program.
This course introduces students with no prior experience to basic computer techniques, including keyboard and ​mouse operations, email, the internet, the Windows operating system​ and Microsoft Office. Using a hands-on, step-by-step approach, students will use Microsoft Word to create, edit and format documents. They will use Microsoft Excel ​​to create and format worksheets and Microsoft Access to create a simple database. In addition, students will use Microsoft PowerPoint to create, edit and format presentations, including importing pictures and sounds.​​​

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