Maricopa Community Colleges  CRE101   20022-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval:  12-13-2011

CRE101  2012 Fall - 9999

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

College Critical Reading

Apply critical inquiry skills to varied and challenging reading materials. Includes analysis, synthesis, and evaluation through at least two substantial writing and/or speaking tasks.

Prerequisites: (A grade of "C" or better in ENG101 or ENG107) and (appropriate reading placement test score or grade of "C" or better in RDG091 or RDG095).


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Literacy and Critical Inquiry - [L]

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


CRE101  2012 Fall - 9999

Critical and Evaluative Reading I


1.         Describe the nature of critical reading and its application to life in the contemporary world. (I)

2.         Apply critical reading techniques to a variety of materials and purposes for reading. (II)

3.         Identify the structure of an argument. (III)

4.         Evaluate textual material to ascertain tone, purpose, audience, and context. (IV)

5.         Interpret assumptions, bias, author's point of view, and connotative meanings in text. (V)

6.         Identify and respond to common types of reasoning and common errors in reasoning. (VI)

7.         Apply critical reading skills to assess the nature and accuracy of evidence given in support of an author's argument. (VII)

8.         Gather and utilize internet, database, and print resources. (VIII)

9.         Interpret, evaluate, and analyze internet, database, and print resources. (VIII)

10.       Synthesize ideas on related issues from intertextual sources. (IX)


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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


CRE101  2012 Fall - 9999

Critical and Evaluative Reading I


I.          Nature of Critical Reading

            A.        Characteristics of critical reading

            B.        Applications

            C.        Blocks to critical reading

II.        Variation in Critical Reading Techniques

            A.        According to material

            B.        According to purpose

III.       Structure of an Argument

            A.        Issues

            B.        Conclusions

            C.        Reasons

IV.       Author's Stance in Written Materials

            A.        Tone

            B.        Purpose

            C.        Audience

            D.        Context

V.        Author's Use of Language

            A.        Assumptions

            B.        Bias

            C.        Author's point of view

            D.        Connotative and denotative meaning

VI.       Reasoning

            A.        Types

                        1.         Identification

                        2.         Analysis

            B.        Fallacies

                        1.         Identification

                        2.         Analysis

VII.     Evidence

            A.        Type

            B.        Accuracy

            C.        Logic and Completeness

            D.        Validity

VIII.    Research Process

            A.        Types of Sources

                        1.         Internet

                        2.         Library Database

                        3.         Print

            B.        Process

                        1.         Collection

                        2.         Evaluation

                        3.         Analysis

                        4.         Utilization

IX.       Synthesis of Ideas

            A.        Process

                        1.         Comparison/contrast

                        2.         Integration

                        3.         Final conclusion

            B.        Formats

                        1.         Substantial written project

                        2.         Substantial oral presentation


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