Developmental Studies

Developmental Studies

Developmental Studies is an instructional program for students who have not reached college-level in the areas of English, reading, mathematics, biology or chemistry. Each Developmental course has stated objectives and a system to help students accomplish those objectives. Initial student placement in developmental courses is based on individual college placement testing policies and procedures. Students should begin developmental course work at the appropriate level indicated by the College’s placement test.


Developmental Studies Course Descriptions

BIO — Biology

CourseLectureLabCredit
BIO 090 Foundations of Biology 3 2 4

This course introduces basic biological concepts. Topics includes basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, interrelationships among organisms, scientific methodology, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate preparedness for college-level biology courses.

 


CHM — Chemistry

CourseLectureLabCredit
CHM 090 Chemistry Concepts 4 0 4

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Corequisites: None


This course provides a non-laboratory based introduction to basic concepts of chemistry. Topics include measurements, matter, energy, atomic theory, bonding, molecular structure, nomenclature, balancing equations, stoichiometry, solutions, acids and bases, gases, and basic organic chemistry. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and apply basic chemical concepts necessary for success in college-level science courses.

 

 

DRE – Developmental Reading and English

Initial placement in DRE courses is based on CPCC’s placement testing policies and procedures. The DRE courses are 3 credit hour (2.5 lecture contact hours and 1 lab contact hour) courses taught over an eight week period. These courses use an integrated, contextualized, accelerated, and technology-enhanced teaching method. DRE courses are mastery-based and are graded as P (pass) or R (retake). For more information, call 704.330.6506.

CourseLectureLabCredit
DRE 096 Integrated Reading and Writing I 2.5 1 3

  • Prerequisite: Appropriate placement test score(s).
  • Corequisites: None


This course develops proficiency in specific integrated and contextualized reading and writing skills and strategies. Topics include reading and writing processes, critical thinking strategies, and recognition and composition of well-developed, coherent, and unified texts; these topics are primarily taught at the introductory level using texts primarily in a Lexile range of 960-1115. Upon completion, students should be able to apply those skills toward understanding a variety of academic and career-related texts and composing effective paragraphs. If a student passes DRE 096 with 80% or above the student may register for DRE 097:Integrated Reading and Writing II.

 

CourseLectureLabCredit
DRE 097 Integrated Reading and Writing II 2.5 1 3

  • Prerequisite: DRE 096 or appropriate placement test score(s).
  • Corequisites: None


This course develops proficiency in integrated and contextualized reading and writing skills and strategies. Topics include reading and writing processes, critical thinking strategies, and recognition and composition of well-developed, coherent, and unified texts; except where noted, these topics are taught at a reinforcement level using texts primarily in a Lexile range of 1070 to 1220. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate and apply those skills toward understanding a variety of complex academic and career texts and composing essays incorporating relevant, valid evidence. If a student passes DRE 097 with 80% or above the student may register for DRE 098:Integrated Reading and Writing III.

 

CourseLectureLabCredit
DRE 098 Integrated Reading and Writing III 2.5 1 3

  • Prerequisite: DRE 097 or appropriate placement test score(s).
  • Corequisites: None


This course develops proficiency in integrated and contextualized reading and writing skills and strategies. Topics include reading and writing processes, critical thinking strategies, and recognition and composition of well-developed, coherent, and unified texts; except where noted, these topics are taught using texts primarily in the Lexile range of 1185-1385  in order to prepare students to be career and college ready. Upon completion, students should be able to apply those skills toward understanding a variety of texts at the career and college ready level and toward composing a documented essay. If a student passes DRE 098 with 80% or above the student may register for ENG 111: Expository Writing.

 


ENG — English

Initial student placement in developmental courses is based on CPCC’s placement testing policies and procedures. Students should begin developmental course work at the appropriate level indicated by the College’s placement test.

CourseLectureLabCredit
ENG 090 Composition Strategies 3 0 3
  • Prerequisites: ENG 080 or Appropriate Placement Test Score(s)
  • Corequisites: ENG 090A


This course provides practice in the writing process and stresses effective paragraphs. Emphasis is placed on learning and applying the conventions of standard written English in developing paragraphs within the essay. Upon completion, students should be able to compose a variety of paragraphs and a unified, coherent essay. This course satisfies the developmental writing prerequisite for ENG 111 and ENG 111A.

 

CourseLectureLabCredit
ENG 090A Composition Strategies Lab 0 2 1
  • Prerequisites: ENG 080 or Appropriate Placement Test Score(s)
  • Corequisites: ENG 090


This writing lab is designed to reinforce the skills introduced in ENG 090. Emphasis is placed on learning and applying the conventions of standard written English in developing paragraphs within the essay. Upon completion, students should be able to compose a variety of paragraphs and a unified, coherent essay.

 


MAT — Mathematics

Initial student placement in developmental courses is based on CPCC’s placement testing policies and procedures. Students should begin developmental course work at the appropriate level indicated by that College’s placement test.

CourseLectureLabCredit
MAT 050 Basic Math Skills 3 2 4
  • Prerequisites:
  • Corequisites: None


This course is designed to prepare students with the necessary skills to take other mathematic courses at CPCC. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. The focus of this course is to build students’ confidence in these topics, teach them how to perform basic computation skills, and solve relevant mathematical problems.

 

CourseLectureLabCredit
MAT 060 Essential Mathematics 3 2 4
  • Prerequisites: Appropriate Placement Test Score(s)
  • Corequisites: None


This course is a comprehensive study of mathematical skills which should provide a strong mathematical foundation to pursue further study. Topics include principles and applications of decimals, fractions, percents, ratio and proportion, order of operations, geometry, measurement, and elements of algebra and statistics. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic computations and solve relevant, multi-step mathematical problems using technology where appropriate.

 

CourseLectureLabCredit
MAT 070 Introductory Algebra 3 2 4
  • Prerequisites: MAT 060, or Appropriate Placement  Test Score(s)
  • Corequisites: None


This course establishes a foundation in algebraic concepts and problem solving. Topics include signed numbers, exponents, order of operations, simplifying expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities, graphing, formulas, polynomials, factoring, and elements of geometry. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the above concepts in problem solving using appropriate technology.

 

CourseLectureLabCredit
MAT 080 Intermediate Algebra 3 2 4
  • Prerequisites: MAT 070, or Appropriate Placement Test Score(s)
  • Corequisites: None


This course continues the study of algebraic concepts with emphasis on applications. Topics include factoring; rational expressions; rational exponents; rational, radical, and quadratic equations; systems of equations; inequalities; graphing; functions; variations; complex numbers; and elements of geometry. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the above concepts in problem solving using appropriate technology.

 


RED — Reading

Initial student placement in developmental courses is based on CPCC’s placement testing policies and procedures. Students should begin developmental course work at the appropriate level indicated by that College’s placement test.

CourseLectureLabCredit
RED 090 Improved College Reading 3 2 4
  • Prerequisites: RED 080 or Appropriate Placement Test Score(s)
  • Corequisites: None


This course is designed to improve reading and critical thinking skills. Topics include vocabulary enhancement; extracting implied meaning; analyzing author’s purpose, tone, and style; and drawing conclusions and responding to written material. Upon completion, students should be able to comprehend and analyze college-level reading material. Students will also be able to respond effectively to material across disciplines. This course satisfies the developmental reading prerequisite for ENG 111

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