College Preparatory Studies

 

 

College Prep EnglishCollege Preparatory Studies exists to remediate deficiencies, in order that students may excel in their chosen careers. The sequences of College Prep courses are designed to prepare students for college-level academic course work.

 

The recommendation to enroll in College Prep courses is made on the basis of diagnostic testing and THEA. Although these courses do not satisfy any degree requirement, they are designed to assure reasonable student success in the college curriculum.

 

Courses Offered:

 
College Prep ENGL   |  College Prep MATH  |  College Prep READ | Learning Framework


 

NCTC offers a number of courses (listed below) designed to help you acquire the skills necessary for success in college-level courses. The courses are widely offered in Texas community/junior colleges, and the policy statewide is that these will not transfer as college-level courses nor will they count toward graduation at accredited Texas colleges and universities. It is important that you understand that such courses are designed to help you overcome academic deficiencies that are likely to hinder you in your pursuit of a college degree.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Attendance in College Preparatory Studies is mandatory when a student has not passed the THEA or COMPASS exam. After THREE hours of absenteeism, a student may be warned and referred to the Department Chair of College Preparatory Studies. After SIX hours of absenteeism, a student may be dropped from his/her College Preparatory class. If the student is dropped from the only College Preparatory class in which he/she is enrolled, the student may be DROPPED from all remaining courses for that semester.

 


ENGL 0300 Fundamentals of English I

48 lecture hours ....................................................................................... 3 credit hours

In this course, students will learn to write clear, well-developed paragraphs. Students will also learn to identify and correct major sentence errors, including fragments, comma splices, and run-ons. Other topics include subject-verb agreement, pronoun usage, and basic punctuation. This course does not count toward graduation at NCTC.

 

ENGL 0305 Fundamentals of English II

Prerequisite: ENGL 0300 passed with a "C" or better OR satisfactory placement score.

48 lecture hours ....................................................................................... 3 credit hours

In this course, students will learn to compose unified, well-developed essays with an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. The thesis statement and topic sentences will be emphasized. Students will also review and practice the basic grammar skills taught in ENGL 0300 and then move to more advanced topics, including modifiers and parallelism. This course does not count toward graduation at NCTC.

 


MATH 0303 (NCTM 0331) Pre-Algebra

48 lecture hours ....................................................................................... 3 credit hours

This introductory course includes a general overview of basic arithmetic: fractions, decimals, and percent. Other topics include algebraic concepts, integers, solving equations, linear equations, graphing, and polynomials. Simple geometric concepts are also discussed. This course is designed for those students with little or no algebra background. This course does not count toward graduation at NCTC.

 

MATH 0305 (NCTM 0351) Beginning Algebra

Prerequisite: MATH 0303 passed with a "C" or better OR satisfactory placement score.

48 lecture hours ....................................................................................... 3 credit hours

This course includes basic algebraic concepts and notations, algebraic expressions and equations, factoring polynomials, and graphing. Some algebra is required. This course does not count toward graduation at NCTC.

 

MATH 0310 Intermediate Algebra

Prerequisite: MATH 0305 passed with a "C" or better OR satisfactory placement score.

48 lecture hours ....................................................................................... 3 credit hours

Concepts instructed in this course are algebraic expressions including polynomials and rational expressons, linear expressions and inequalities, funtions and relations, conic sections, and systems of equations and inequalities. This course does not count toward graduation at NCTC.

 

NEW FOR FALL 2012:

A study of relations and functions, inequalities, factoring, polynomials, rational expressions, and quadratics with an introduction to complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, determinants and matrices, and sequences and series.

 

 


READ 0300 Reading Techniques I

48 lecture hours ....................................................................................... 3 credit hours

Reading Techniques I is a course designed  to enable college students to become more aware of themselves as readers and to develop strategies and skills to meet the demands of college reading. Emphasis is placed on comprehension. Specific strategies covered include vocabulary development, active reading strategies, outlining skills (including identifying the main idea, supporting details and patterns of organization). This course does not count toward graduation at NCTC.

 

READ 0305 Reading Techniques II

Prerequisite: READ 0300 passed with a "C" or better OR satisfactory placement score.

48 lecture hours ....................................................................................... 3 credit hours

Reading Techniques II is a course intended to continue the improvement of reading skills with particular emphasis on critical and analytical reading strategies. The course begins with a review of active reading strategies for informational text and ends with an emphasis on critical reading of persuasive texts.  Critical reading skills covered include identifying an author's purpose, tone, bias, and logic. This course does not count toward graduation at NCTC.

 

 



EDUC1300 Learning Framework

48 lecture hours............................................................ 3 credit hours
A study of the (1) research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation; (2) factors that impact learning, and (3) application of learning strategies. Theoretical models of strategic learning, cognition, and motivation serve as the conceptual basis for the introduction of the college-level student academic strategies. Students use assessment instruments (e.g. learning inventories) to help them identify their own strengths and weaknesses as strategic learners. Students are ultimately expected to integrate and apply the learning skills discussed across their own academic programs and become effective and efficient learners. Students developing these skills should be able to continually draw from the theoretical models they have learned. This course is cross-listed as PSYC 1300. The student may register for either EDUC1300 or PSYC1300 but may receive credit for only one of the two.


PSYC1300 Learning Framework

48 lecture hours.............................................................3 credit hours
A study of the (1) research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation; (2) factors that impact learning, and (3) application of learning strategies. Theoretical models of strategic learning, cognition, and motivation serve as the conceptual basis for the introduction of the college-level student academic strategies. Students use assessment instruments (e.g. learning inventories) to help them identify their own strengths and weaknesses as strategic learners. Students are ultimately expected to integrate and apply the learning skills discussed across their own academic programs and become effective and efficient learners. Students developing these skills should be able to continually draw from the theoretical models they have learned. This course is cross-listed as EDUC1300. The student may register for either EDUC1300 or PSYC1300 but may receive credit for only one of the two.

 

 

Contact College Preparatory Studies

 

Linda Fuqua, Department Chair

Office: Gainesville MSS 823

Phone: 940.668.4221

Email: lfuqua@nctc.edu (lowercase Q, not G)

 

Dawn Porter, Department Assistant

Office: Corinth 320

Phone: 940.498.6208

Email: dporter@nctc.edu