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Courses Offered through the Department of Developmental Studies

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CP 101 Freshman Seminar    2 cr (Elective Credit)
This course, required of all first-time students with less than 15 hours of college credit is designed to help first-time students build a solid foundation for success at USA. It helps students with effective study skills, note taking, time management and exam preparation. In this class students will discuss building healthy relationships, staying safe on the campus, exploring careers, and staying healthy.
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CP 250 Career Planning and Development    3 cr (Elective Credit)
Principles, methods, and practice in career planning and development with emphasis on career information, self analysis, exploration of careers, career opportunities, and guidelines for goal achievement.
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CP 450 The Job Campaign    1-3 cr (Elective Credit)
Practical approach to career development designed to help students develop strategies for obtaining suitable employment and making career choices. Emphasis is on the principles, methods, and practice in achieving career goals through the study of careers, preparing resumes, writing letters of application, practicing job interview techniques, and identifying prospective employers.
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DS 014 Writing    3 cr (Institutional Credit)
An examination of the sentence and paragraph.  Students will review basic grammar, engage in structural analysis of the sentence, examine various techniques to achieve coherence at the paragraph level, and ultimately demonstrate these skills in writing (ranging from shorter assignments to the essay).  The course emphasizes grammatical competence, sentence style, and paragraph development.
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DS 082 Introductory Algebra    5 cr (Institutional Credit)
This course combines topics in pre- and elementary algebra including operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, exponents, signed numbers, order of operations; ratio and proportion; measurement; functions; solving and graphing linear and quadratic equations and inequalities; operations with polynomials, and factoring polynomials.  Requires 5 hours of in-class work and 1 hour of lab work.  Placement: Math Placement test score.
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LAS 100 Language Arts & Skills    3 cr (Elective Credit)
This course reinforces several related skills: reading, critical thinking, and writing. Students will examine sample essays, analyze them in terms of rhetorical strategies (methods of most effectively presenting an argument to an audience within a given context), and demonstrate these concepts in their own writing. Within this context, advanced grammatical concepts, punctuation, and sentence style will be emphasized. Logical idea development, organization, and style will also be emphasized. Designed to improve success in English 101.
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MTH 100 Mathematics for College    3 cr (ElectiveCredit)
This course includes using set, interval, roster, and scientific notation; solving and graphing: equations, inequalities, and absolute value equations, functions, systems of inequalities, quadratic equations, rational equations, radical equations, exponential and logarithmic equations; operations on: functions, rational exponents, polynomials, rational expressions, radical expressions, complex numbers; and problem solving. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on the Mathematics Placement Exam or successful completion of DS 082. Fee.
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RDG 151    1cr (Elective Credit)
This course gives students the opportunity to develop and use reading strategies necessary for college success. This is a one credit hour course for those not needing a more intensive reading course.
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RDG 152    2cr (Elective Credit)
This course gives students the opportunity to develop and use reading strategies necessary for college success. This is a two credit hour course for those needing an intensive reading course.
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RDG 153    3cr (Elective Credit)
This course introduces effective reading strategies to improve basic reading comprehension and recall. Emphasis is placed on the literal comprehension level, expanding vocabulary and spelling proficiency. Specific skills include: pre-reading, increasing reading rate and flexibility, effective use of a dictionary, recognizing main ideas, supporting details, and context clues, improving memory, and using reading strategies such as note taking and strategies to aid concentration and memory.

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