Introduction to College Reading

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2013
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00 AM-12:20 PM

Becky Green (view Profile)


Ten Steps to Advancing College Reading Skills
5th edition

Course Objectives

Acquire vocabulary skills necessary for college-level coursework

Identify the structural elements of written materials

Practice strategies for note taking and test preparation

Demonstrate ability to think critically

Grading Standards

Assignment                               % of grade

10 Skill building quizzes                 50

4 Combined-skills tests                 25

Final exam                                        10

Homework and Class work          10

Attendance                                          5


You must earn a final grade of C/70 or better to pass this course.  This course does not use the plus/minus grading system.  The following numerical equivalents for grades are used: A=100-90%; B=89-80%; C=79-70%; D=69-60%; and F=59-0%. According to MSU Catalog 2012-2014 page 77, an A indicates excellent work, a B indicates good work, a C indicates satisfactory work, a D indicates passing work, and an F indicates failing work.

Final Exam

12/10/2013 1:00-3:00 PM

Submission Format Policy

You will complete the assigned pages of your textbook, remove them along the perforated edges, and submit them for grading.

All writing assignments (paragraphs) must follow MLA Format.  Use notebook paper (not jagged-edged spiral paper) and either a pen or pencil to complete class work, but you must type and print all out-of-class writing assignments.

Note:  You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been or will be submitted for a grade in another class unless you obtain in advance my and the other instructor's written permission.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Your homework is due at the beginning of class on its assigned date.  I do not accept late work.  You may take a missed quiz or test in my office (BW 233) during my office hours before the next class meeting.  Therefore, make up a missed Tuesday quiz or test the next day, Wednesday; make up a missed Thursday quiz or test on the following Monday (because I have no Friday office hours).  Assignments not completed in this time frame earn a 0.  Taking a quiz or test the day after it is given results in a 10 point deduction.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

You must attend class regularly and arrive on time.  I will take roll each class day and enforce the following:  2nd absence--I will refer you to the Academic Success Center. A counselor will contact you to ask if you need help getting to class.  3rd absence--You must come to my office to explain your absences.  With my permission you may return to class.  4th absence--I will drop you from the class.  You have earned an F.

If you are late to class twice, I will count you absent.

"Authorized Absences" (See MSU Student Bulletin) will not be counted in the total.  Such absences, though, do not excuse students from turning in required work on time.  Please be aware that instructors may drop students from class rolls for lack of appropriate participation (See MSU Student Bulletin and Student Handbook).

If you miss work for whatever reason, it will be your responsibility to find out what you have missed and how or if it can be made up.  Missing work is averaged as a 0.  "I wasn't here for this" is not sufficient reason to excuse you from completing required work.

Dropping this course can only be done the week preceeding the university's official drop date.  You may drop the course with a grade of W if at that time you have not exceeded the number of allowed absences and if reducing your course load does not affect you enrollment at MSU.

If you are enrolled in this course on the basis of required remediation, you will not be permitted to drop the course unless you are enrolled in another developmental course.  A student in need of developmental education must be enrolled in developmental education each semester.

The MSU Undergraduate Catalog states "An instructor may drop a student anytime during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct."  MSU's policy for developmental education requires an instructor to drop a student with an F.

Students who withdraw themselves from the course or who are dropped by the instructor or who do not pass the course with a grade of C/70 or better must repeat the course.

Other Policies

PLAGIARISM:  At the least, plagiarism results in a 0 on the assignment; at worst, the consequence is an automatic F for the course.  I follow the reporting procedures required by the Dean of Students.

SAFETY:  I consider the classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being--regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability.  Additionally, I appreciate and encourage diversity of thought, provided you can agree to disagree.  It is my expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

CONTACT: I prefer e-mail contact:  When writing a message, follow conventions of standard written English.  Do not use text-code when you write any professor, and be sure to include a greeting (Mrs. Green) and a signature (Your Name).

ARRIVAL:  Be on time.  Being late is irresponsible.  If extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time, please let me know.

COURTESY:  When I am speaking to the class, do not leave your seat or walk in front of me unless you are ill.  If you arrive late to class and I have begun teaching, remain outside in the hallway until I invite you into the room.  When another student is speaking, listen.

If you need to leave the room, you do not need my permission; simply leave when I or a classmate is not speaking.  If you leave the classroom for more than 15 minutes, you are absent.  If you begin leaving the classroom daily, you must provide a doctor's note explaining the condition that makes sitting for 1 hour and 15 minutes impossible for you.

Eating is not allowed in the classroom.  You may drink from a spill-proof container.


Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at