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EFFECTIVE WITH THE END OF SUMMER SEMESTER 2012, LEARING SUPPORT COURSES ARE NO LONGER TAUGHT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA.  THE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS BELOW ARE PROVIDED FOR HISTORICAL REFERENCE ONLY.

ENGL 0099 Basic Composition
MATH 0097 Beginning Algebra
MATH 0099 Intermediate Algebra
READ 0099 Improvement of Reading


ENGLISH 0099

 

 

A. Course Title Basic Composition

B. Course Content Several pre-writing assignments, 3-5 full-length essays, one
end-of-term exit essay (2 tries); practice quizzes/COMPASS samples.

C. Essay Topics/Format Topics will be selected from a list provided by the
instructor or from assigned outside reading or both.
Full-length essays must:
· Be fully developed (minimum of 325 words), have an introduction that contains a clearly stated thesis, two to three body paragraphs that provide valid, specific support for thesis, and a conclusion;
· Be typed (double-spaced) or hand-written on lined notebook paper in blue or black ink on one side only;
· Have identifying information in the upper left corner of the first page (name, date, class); and have last name and page number in upper right margin of subsequent pages.
NOTE: marked essays should be corrected/revised
before student writes next essay.

D. Attendance Students are expected to attend all class meetings; poor
attendance may adversely affect the final course grade.

E. Final Exam Only those students who meet "S" criteria (see Part
F below) will be eligible to take the final COMPASS.

F. Course Grades S (Satisfactory) Ready for ENGL 1101
Requirements: two S's on full-length essays and S on
exit essay and 60 or higher on final COMPASS Writing Test.

IP (In Progress) Must repeat ENGL 0099 during your
next term of attendance

U (Unsatisfactory) Must repeat 0099 next term of
attendance if eligible

1. 2 or more missing assignments OR
2. more than three U's on written work

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MATH 0097

Course Title: Elementary Algebra

 

Textbook: Elementary and Intermediate Algebra, 5th edition by Jerome Kaufmann and Karen Schwitters.

Attendance: Attendance is important, and students are expected to attend class regularly. Specific attendance requirements are set by the instructor. Students who exceed the maximum number of absences will receive a grade of "U." Volunteers and auditors who do not adhere to the attendance policy may be administratively withdrawn from the class. The classroom is no place for children/visitors. Please refrain from bringing them to class.

Calculators: CALCULATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THIS COURSE.

Grades: In order to exit MATH 0097, a student must achieve an overall average of at least 70% (455 points) of the total possible points (650) AND have satisfactory attendance. A student who does not meet these two criteria must repeat MATH 0097 the following semester. A maximum of three semesters is allowed for completion of all required learning support math courses. A student who places in MATH 0097 must satisfactorily complete that course as well as MATH 0099 within the three semesters. The grades are:

A - The student's average on all tests and exams is
90%-100% (585-650 points).
B - The student's average on all tests and exams is
80%-89% (520-584 points).
S - The student's average on all tests and exams is
70%-79% (455-519 points).
IP - (In Progress) The student's average on all tests
and exams is 55%-69% (357-454 points).
U - (Unsatisfactory) The student's average on all tests
and exams is less than 55% (fewer than 357 points)
and/or the student has exceeded the attendance
policy.

Sources of Student Assistance:

Instructor's Office hours: announced times when the instructor is available for individual assistance.

MALS: Math Assistance for Learning Support. Learning Support instructors and student workers provide assistance in a lab situation at announced times in Strozier 209.

Tutoring: Limited free tutoring is provided by the EXCEL Center, located in UCC 200 (678-839-6280); appointments are required.

Counseling for Math/Test Anxiety: Counseling is provided as a free service of the Student Development Center for any student whose performance is hampered by math or test anxiety (Row Hall, Room 123, 678-839-6428).

Videotapes: Videotapes of the course material are available in the library and lab for student use.

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MATH 0099

 

Course Title: Intermediate Algebra

Textbook: Elementary and Intermediate Algebra, 5th edition by Jerome Kaufmann and Karen Schwitters.

Attendance: Attendance is important, and students are expected to attend class regularly. Specific attendance requirements are set by the instructor. Students who exceed the maximum number of absences will receive a grade of "U." Volunteers and auditors who do not adhere to the attendance policy may be administratively withdrawn from the class. The classroom is no place for visitors/children. Please refrain from bringing them to class.

Grades: In order to exit Math 0099, a student must achieve an overall average of at least 70% (350 points) of the total possible points (500 points) AND pass the exit COMPASS Exam AND have satisfactory attendance. If a student does not accomplish all three requirements, that student must repeat MATH 0099 the following semester. A maximum of three semesters is allowed for completing all required learning support math courses. The grades are:

A - The student's average on all tests and exams is 90%-100% (450-500 points), AND the COMPASS is taken and passed.
B - The student's average on all tests and exams is 80%-89% (400-449 points), AND the COMPASS is taken and passed.
S - The student's average on all tests and exams is 70%-79% (350-399 points), AND the COMPASS is taken and passed.
IP - (In Progress) A student who has an overall average of 55%-69% (275-349 points) on all tests and exams or who did not pass the exit COMPASS will receive a grade of IP.
U - (Unsatisfactory) The student's average on all tests and exams is less than 55% (fewer than 275 points) and/or the student has exceeded the attendance policy.

Calculators: Calculators are permitted in this course and on the COMPASS test.

Sources of Student Assistance:

Instructor's Office Hours: announced times when the instructor is available for individual assistance without an appointment necessary.

MALS: Math Assistance for Learning Support. Learning Support instructors and student workers provide assistance in a lab situation at announced times during the day. Lab is located in Strozier 209.

Tutoring: limited free tutoring is provided by the EXCEL Center, located in UCC 200 (678-839-6280). Appointments are required.

Counseling for Math/Test Anxiety: counseling is provided as a free service of the Student Development Center for any student whose performance is hampered by math or test anxiety (Row Hall, Room 123, 678-839-6428).

Videotapes: Videotapes of the course material are available in the library and lab for student use. 

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READ 0099

 

Course Title: Improvement of Reading

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

Course Description: Aims at the identification and correction of reading and reading-related problems, guides students in improvement of learning skills, and exposes students to a variety of reading experiences and techniques for developing reading fluency.

Course Objectives:

1. Determine a vocabulary and comprehension level and a reading rate for each student at the beginning of the semester.
2. Help each student expand knowledge and use of words.
3. Increase efficiency in comprehension skills.
4. Increase reading rate.
5. Develop better listening skills.
6. Promote a more positive attitude toward reading.
7. Stimulate an interest for more frequent reading.
8. Raise reading level through consistent practice in materials sequenced in reading difficulty.

Required Texts: Vary by semester

Exit COMPASS Test: Only those students who meet the specified course criteria will be eligible to take the exit COMPASS test.

Grading Policies:

S: The student has completed satisfactorily the prescribed course work and has attained an appropriate score on the Reading COMPASS.
IP: The student continues progress toward completion of course requirements. He/She again enrolls in READ 0099 the next semester of attendance in the institution.
U: The student has exceeded the absence policy and/or failed to satisfactorily complete the required semester work.

Attendance: It is the student's responsibility to attend class regularly and prepare assignments for class. Failure to comply with the attendance policy could adversely affect the student's final grade and the student's opportunity to take the exit COMPASS.

**Note: The attendance policy is based on the number of days the class meets per week.

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