Course Descriptions - College Study Skills

CSS106 Mathematics Skills (3-0-3)

This course is a review of basic arithmetic operations with an algebraic approach (including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, and ratios). It provides preparation/review for Intro to Algebra, Business Math, Math for Food Service Records, and Concepts in Mathematics. F,S

CSS116 Skills for College Success (1-0-1)

This one-credit course is designed to provide a brief but intensive review of study skills for success in college. The following skills are covered: setting goals, time management, remembering and reproducing what you learn, textbook reading, note taking, and stress management. F,S

CSS119 ESL for Academic Writing (3-0-3)

This course is targeted for the academically and linguistically diverse population of SCCC students or prospective students whose first language is not English. The multilevel approach will focus on the common areas of difficulty in second language writing and reading. Its main goal is to enable students to engage in academic work with skills commensurate with those of native speakers.

CSS120 Introduction to Algebra (3-0-3)

This course focuses on algebraic operations and properties within the real number system, including integers, rational and irrational numbers. Algebra is introduced to evaluate formulas, solve first degree equations in one variable, perform operations on polynomials, graph lines, and calculate basic geometric formulas. This course provides preparation and review for Algebra I.

PR: CSS 106 or equivalent F,S

CSS122 Reading Skills I (3-0-3)

This course is intended to equip students with the skills and strategies to expand vocabulary and comprehend reading material beyond literal meaning. Students study vocabulary weekly using context clues, association, and visualization techniques. Students develop skills in finding main idea, details, and inference by reading a variety of literature and expository materials. Students develop critical thinking skills by analyzing, comparing, and contrasting texts, often in writing. Study skills taught include textbook study strategies and note-taking. F, S

CSS123 Reading Skills II (3-0-3)

This course provides an opportunity to learn and practice reading comprehension skills that go beyond CSS 122. The course continues vocabulary development, higher level comprehension skills, critical reading and thinking, reading textbooks, reading short fiction, and writing as related to reading. Study Skills taught include active reading strategies.

PR: CSS 122 or recommendation based on placement test F,S

CSS124 Writing Skills I (3-0-3)

This course provides instruction and practice in the fundamentals of writing including grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and organization. The student moves from paragraph to essay development using the process approach to writing. Unless otherwise indicated in the semester course schedule, this course is taught using computers in an electronic classroom. F,S

CSS125 Writing Skills II (3-0-3)

This course provides an opportunity to learn and practice written communication skills beyond CSS 124. Development of a thesis, introduction, and conclusion is taught, as is the use of transitions and organizational patterns for coherence. Practice in grammar and mechanics is provided.

PR: CSS 124 or recommendation based on placement test F,S * These courses are developmental in nature and the three credit equivalents do not satisfy degree or certificate program requirements.

CSS126 Integrated Reading & Writing I (3-0-3)

The course introduces students to active reading strategies and integrates selected readings with writing assignments that focus on sentence and paragraph structure. It also emphasizes the application of appropriate grammar and mechanics.

CSS127 Integrated Reading and Writing Skills II (3-0-3)

This course provides students with the foundation needed for college level reading and writing. It introduces students to reading strategies for a range of texts. Writing assignments are centered on student analysis of these texts. Special emphasis is given to paragraph organization and essay development along with grammar and mechanics.

PR: CSS 122 and/or CSS 124 or recommendation based on placement test

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