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Developmental Education


McMurry University understands that some students need preparation for college-level coursework and seeks to respond to their individual differences and special needs by offering comprehensive developmental education courses. These courses enable students to develop the academic skills and attitudes necessary to achieve success in the liberal arts and pre-professional curriculums. Students will be enrolled in the appropriate level developmental English, mathematics, and/or reading course based on student placement results and are required to register for and continually enroll in the developmental course(s) until it is passed with a grade of “C-” or better. Once students have met this requirement, they must enroll in the corresponding college-level academic course(s). Because McMurry University believes that success is linked to student engagement and practice, developmental courses may include lab requirements.

Developmental education courses (with the exception of ACAD 1210) do not satisfy any degree requirements, other than placement and the meeting of pre-requisite skills for college-level courses.

DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION COURSES

ACAD 1013D Academic Literacy I (3-0) This course is designed to help students strengthen deficits in reading comprehension skills. Various techniques in developing vocabulary, determining main ideas, increasing reading speed, and other pertinent topics will be included in this course. * (Fall, Spring as needed)

ACAD 1023D Academic Literacy II (3-0) Prerequisites: Appropriate score on reading placement test, or completion of ACAD 1013D with a grade of “C-” or better. Developmental Reading II is designed to prepare students to read college texts. Emphasis is placed on learning and applying study-reading strategies essential to success in academic courses. This course will include written and oral responses to reading materials in both individual, small group, and whole group environments. * (Fall, Spring as needed)

ACAD 1210 Strategies for Learning (2-0) Strategies for Learning is a practical course designed to assist students in the acquisition and application of skills and attitudes necessary to reach their educational goals and to succeed in the university setting. Some out-of-class academic development activities may be required. Elective credit. (Fall, Spring)

ENGL 1041D Writing Mechanics (1-0) This course covers the basic principles of grammatical structure and punctuation. Required for those whose academic placement results indicate a need for additional skill development. Laboratory time may be required. (Fall, Spring)

ENGL 1013D Introduction to Composition I (3-1) The study of, and extensive practice in, process writing of an effective paragraph, including work on mechanical skills. Required for students whose IELTS score warrants additional training before taking ENGL 1023D. Laboratory time is required. (Fall, Spring as needed)

ENGL 1023D Introduction to Composition II (3-1) Prerequisites: Appropriate score on composition placement test, or completion of ACAD 1013D with a grade of “C-” or better. The study of, and extensive practice in, process writing with emphasis on the basic elements of an effective essay, including work on mechanical skills. Required for those whose academic placement results indicate a need for additional skill development. Laboratory time is required. (Fall, Spring as needed)

MATH 1013D Introductory Algebra (3-1) Curriculum includes elementary algebra including properties and operations of real numbers, operations with algebraic expressions, factoring, solving linear equations and equalities, quadratic equations, and the coordinate plane and graphing. Required for students whose academic placement results indicate a need for additional skill development. Upon successful completion of MATH 1013D, the student will be enrolled in MATH 1023D. Laboratory time is required. (Fall, Spring)

MATH 1023D Intermediate Algebra (3-1) Prerequisite: Successful completion of MATH 1013D Introductory Algebra or demonstrated mastery of the concepts covered in MATH 1013D. The curriculum includes a review of introductory algebra concepts, quadratic equations, factoring, rational expressions, complex fractions, roots, radicals, absolute value equations and inequalities, and functions. Required for students whose academic placement results indicate a need for additional skill development. Upon successful completion of MATH 1023D, the student will be enrolled in MATH 1311. This is the first course in the Accelerated College Algebra series. Laboratory time is required. (Fall, Spring, Summer as needed)