Psychology 100 - Academic Reading

Christine Pruitt, Instructor
Box 12235
Office: 501-279-4054
Home: 501-268-6317

Institutional Mission Statement: Harding University’s curriculum provides students with the fundamental knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential for a Christian in a complex and dynamic world.

ADVANCE Mission Statement: The mission of ADVANCE is to help students become active, independent learners who possess the skills necessary to succeed across the curriculum.

Course Description: This course is designed to assist students in improving the reading skills and techniques necessary to succeed in college level courses. Advanced practice and instruction are given in vocabulary, comprehension, critical analysis, and study reading. It is also designed to help the student evaluate reading material from a Christian perspective. Students must enroll in Reading Lab 102 for one hour credit.

Credit Hours: 2

Text: Opening Doors by Joe Cortina and Janet Elder, 3rd Edition (with CD-ROM), 2002

Recommended Materials: Three-ring binder, loose-leaf paper, 3x5 cards, assignment book,
three-prong folder with pockets

Goals and Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. Show evidence of an increased vocabulary and apply skills to continue developing a college-level vocabulary
  2. Identify the topic, main idea, and supporting details of a paragraph/article
  3. Apply study reading techniques when reading textbooks
  4. Recognize an author’s writing pattern (list, sequence, definition, comparison/contrast, cause/effect, mixed pattern)
  5. Apply critical reading and thinking skills
    • Determine audience, purpose, point of view, tone, and intended meaning
    • Distinguish fact from opinion and evaluate support of opinion
    • Make inferences and draw logical conclusions
    • Distinguish between deductive and inductive reasoning
    • Evaluate an author’s argument
    • Identify propaganda devices

Assessment: Harding University, since its charter in 1924, has been strongly committed to providing the best resources and environment for the teaching-learning process. The board, administration, faculty, and staff are wholeheartedly committed to full compliance with all criteria of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university values continuous, rigorous assessment at every level for its potential to improve student learning and achievement and for its centrality in fulfilling the stated mission of Harding. Thus, a comprehensive assessment program has been developed that includes both the Academic units and the Administrative and Educational Support (AES) units. Specifically, all academic units will be assessed in reference to the following Expanded Statement of Institutional Purpose: The University provides programs that enable students to acquire essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions in their academic disciplines for successful careers, advanced studies, and servant leadership.

Course Assessment
Assessment of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of each student for the purpose of assigning a letter grade at the completion of this course will be based on:

Chapter Tests
Final Exam
Class Assignments
Recreational Reading

Class Requirements:

  1. Complete all class reading and writing assignments; be prepared for and participate in class.
  2. Read two books with a minimum of 150 pages each and complete all related assignments.
  3. Tests will consist of chapter tests, vocabulary quizzes, and a final.
  4. Attend class regularly (see attendance policy).

Grading Scale:

90 -100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
Below 70% = No Credit

A semester grade of 70% (C) or higher and a Nelson Denny total score of 12 will be required to pass Reading 111.

Attendance Policy:
There are no unexcused absences allowed in the ADVANCE Program. Each student will begin the semester with 100 attendance points, with 10 points being deducted for an unexcused absence. Your total attendance/participation points will be worth 10% of your semester grade. If a student accumulates more than 3 unexcused absences, he/she will be dropped from the class and receive no credit. Three unexcused tardies equal one unexcused absence.

There are 3 excusable reasons for absence:

  • Illness as verified by a school nurse or a physician
  • An administratively-approved field trip
  • Death or serious illness in the immediate family of the student

Excused absences will be posted by the Academic Dean’s office on your Banner account (Harding’s site). Please make a copy of your excused absence post from Banner and bring it to class within one week of your absence.

Making Up Missed Exams or Assignments:
If an excused absence occurs on an exam day, the student is responsible for scheduling a time with the instructor to make up the test. Make-up exams should be scheduled no later than one week after returning to class. If a quiz is missed, be prepared to take the quiz the day you return to class.

If an excused absence occurs on a day when an assignment is due, the assignment should be turned in when the student returns to class. If you miss class, you are responsible for getting the assignment and being prepared for the next class, including quizzes and tests. In the space provided, write the names and phone numbers of two classmates you may call to obtain class assignments. You may also call or e-mail the instructor.

Name________________________________ Phone_______________________

Name________________________________ Phone_______________________

Academic Misconduct
Any act of academic misconduct as defined in the Harding University Catalog will result in a grade of zero, and the student will be reported to the Academic Dean as stated in the catalog.

The instructor may change any of the components of the syllabus in the event of extenuating circumstances.

Note: These courses carry degree credit only when they can be used in a curriculum as free electives. However, most majors do not allow many hours of free electives, so most students will find that these courses are taken in addition to the courses required for their major. These classes do count toward your grade point average.

Students with Disabilities: It is the policy for Harding University to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law. Therefore, any student with a documented disability condition (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the instructor and Student Support Services at the beginning of each semester. (If the diagnosis of the disability occurs during the academic year, the student must self-identify with the Student Support Services office as soon as possible in order to get academic accommodations in place for the remainder of the year.) The Student Support Services Office is located in Room 109 of the Lee Academic Center, telephone 501-279-4028.