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Learning Acceleration Division (LAD)

LAD 1201 - Introduction To Adaptive Equipment

A one-hour college credit course designed to introduce students to adaptive equipment technology for persons with disabilities. The special studies class will teach the basics of Voice Activated Computer systems (Dragon Dictate and Dragon Naturally Speaking), how to use the software and how to apply it to word processing concepts, the Internet, and spreadsheets. In addition, the basics of adaptive equipment for persons with visual impairments will be introduced to include ZOOM Text Computer Print Enlargement Systems, a Voice Synthesizer Systems. Closed Circuit TV Systems, and an introduction to utilizing a Braille printer. Students will be required to complete lab work and to schedule two(1) hour sessions for 10 weeks with the instructor. Purchase of a book will be not be required. However, a notebook of assignments and completed lab work will be required.
Units: 1
Offered:
Area: Learning Acceleration

LAD 1301 - Success Topics/English Emphasis

It is designed to assist general education students in the development and application of research skills (online, as well as traditional). The five-week course will focus on effective notetaking, research as a thinking process, taxonomy of research, the research process, using the research process on-line, developing a thesis and formulating questions, and planning research on a thesis. Available upon sufficient student demand. Fall, Spring.
Units: 1
Offered: Fall & Spring Semesters
Area: Learning Acceleration

LAD 1401 - Success Topics/Math Emphasis

Math Study Skills is a one-hour elective. It is designed to assist general education students in the development and application of math study skills. The five-week course will focus on understanding habits of mind related to math. Available upon sufficient student demand.
Units: 1
Offered: Upon Sufficient Student Demand
Area: Learning Acceleration

LAD 1501 - Success Topics/Adv. Study Skills

This course is a one-hour elective. It is designed to assist general education students with the skills needed for success in college academics. The five-week course will focus on five skills: Study Environments and Learning Styles, Time Management, Advanced Reading Strategies, Memory Techniques, and Test Taking Skills. Available upon sufficient student demand. Fall, Spring.
Units: 1
Offered: Upon Sufficient Student Demand
Area: Learning Acceleration

LAD 9012 - Math Essentials

Math Essentials is a two hour-credit course designed for students who score less than 15 on the ACT exam or the equivalent on the COMPASS exam. All students scoring at or below ACT 15 in Math or COMPASS Math Pre-Algebra 33 or below/Algebra 20 or below will be required to take Math Essentials before entering Foundations of College Mathematics 1. Math Essentials will prepare students from a wide range of technical and career fields to develop skills for success. This course will teach/review the basic concepts of math including operations with whole numbers; fractions and decimals and applications of each. These skills are required to demonstrate a solid understanding of basic math and prepare students for algebraic topics. Math Essential will also teach organizational skills needed to assist students with the structure critical for success in Math Essentials and subsequent math classes. Math Essentials will include an orientation to MyLabsPlus which introduces students to the technology used in Foundations of College Math 1 and 2. Upon successful completion of Math Essentials the student should be able to enroll in Foundations of College Mathematics 1.
Units: 2
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
Area: Learning Acceleration

LAD 9014 - Foundations of College Math 1

This 4-credit hour course provides a formal development of the algebraic skills and concepts necessary for successful completion of Foundations of College Math Level 2. Level 1 will include the following: Fractions; Signed Numbers; Basic Algebra; Percent; Metric and U.S. conversions; Statistics; Basic Geometry; Linear Equations and Inequalities; Problem Solving; and Introduction to Graphing. This course also will provide an optional self-review of operations on whole numbers and decimals (topics not covered in class) for students weak in these areas. This course includes 2 hours per week lab time. Pre-requisite for FCM 1: Placement score of ACT 16 Math or COMPASS Math Pre-Alg 34/Alg 21 or higher Successful completion of Foundations of College Math 1 (as specified in the syllabus) is required to progress to Foundations of College Math 2.
Units: 4
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
Area: Learning Acceleration

LAD 9024 - Foundations of College Math 2

This 4-credit hour course provides a formal development of the algebraic skills and concepts necessary for successful completion of College Algebra. Level 2 will include the following: Polynomials; Factoring; Rational Expressions; Radical expressions; Quadratic Equations; Graphing Linear Equations; and Introduction to Functions. This course includes 2 hours per week lab time. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of FCM 1 or FCM 1C; placement score of ACT 19 Math or COMPASS Math Pre-Alg 57/Alg 36 or higher. Successful completion of Foundations of College Math 2 or 2C (as specified in the syllabus) is required to progress to College Algebra.
Units: 4
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
Area: Learning Acceleration

LAD 9033 - Foundations of Writing

Foundations of Writing is a three-hour course for students who students who scored below 16 on the ACT or 66 on the writing portion of the COMPASS. It is designed to review and teach basic grammar and punctuation skills to prepare students for college work. Topics will include the parts of speech and their use, sentence types and construction, and paragraph development. Vocabulary building will also be included. To successfully complete Foundations, a student must score 78 or above on the writing portion of the COMPASS and pass all coursework with a cumulative grade of C or better.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
Area: Learning Acceleration

LAD 9043 - Foundations of Reading

This course is designed for students scoring 12-18 on the ACT or 51-76 on the Reading portion of the Compass Test. The course deals with comprehension, vocabulary and reading rate. While the course is highly individualized and structured around the specific needs of each student there will be lectures and group activities. The majority of the work will be done in the reading lab. Upon completion of the course the student must retake the Reading portion of the Compass Test: a score below 76 will require them to repeat the course, a score of 77-82 will place them in Speed Reading and a score above 82 will allow them to enter the core curriculum.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
Area: Learning Acceleration

LAD 9053 - Accelerated Learning Plan Writing

This course is a study of writing strategies for essays. Students will learn sentence combining through coordination, subordination, and parallel structure. Basic essay format and various methods of essay development are studied in preparation for Composition I. Students must earn an 11.0 in Language on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to successfully complete the class. Pre-requisite: Appropriate ACT or COMPASS scores.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
Area: Learning Acceleration