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2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GS 091 - Analysis of Academic Texts and Lectures

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
In this reading-focused class, students will be exposed to different styles of academic texts that they will encounter in the MSOE classroom, allowing for a smoother transition into higher education in the United States. They will analyze texts ranging from introductory college textbooks to academic journals. Students will work on identifying and developing their academic vocabulary, test-taking, and metacognition skills. They will also analyze the style and structure of academic lectures as they refine their note-taking and listening comprehension skills. (prereq: recommendation by the Director of International Programs and Services or the Coordinator of ESL)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify personal learning skills and study preferences
  • Use your understanding of the organization of a text and lecture to aid comprehension
  • Apply strategies to increase academic vocabulary and test-taking success
  • Determine the perspective of an author or speaker
  • Draw conclusions based on a reading or lecture
  • Take initiative in student-driven class discussions in response to academic articles and research
  • Reflect upon his or her reading and listening successes and areas for improvement
  • Finish a book of his or her choice, reflect upon the process, and share with a small group

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Module 1: Study skills and Metacognition
    • Time management and making a schedule
    • Study preferences
  • Module 2: Reading Skills
    • Analyzing parts of a textbook
    • Text organization and patterns
    • Annotating while reading
    • Critical reading
    • Analyzing and responding to a written prompt and assignment guidelines 
  • Module 3: Test-taking skills
    • Test preparation and anxiety
    • Analysis of different types of test questions 
  • Module 4: Academic journals
    • Analysis of different parts and types
    • Discussing findings
  • Module 5: Lectures and Note-taking
    • Effective note-taking strategies
    • Lecture purpose, preparation and structure
    • Understanding and using notes

Katherine Vernezze

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