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EBS Course Descriptions

EBS-011 Developmental Skills I [5.00 cr.] This course is the first part of a two-course basic skills sequence designed to improve fundamental academic skills in the areas of reading, writing, and critical thinking. Class instruction emphasizes the development of writing skills, literal and interpretive comprehension of reading texts, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation, and vocabulary. At least 50 minutes per week of this five-hour course meets in a computer lab where there is opportunity for individualized instruction. Lecture [5.00].

EBS-012 Developmental Skills II [5.00 cr.] This course is the second part of a two-course basic skills sequence designed to improve fundamental academic skills in reading, writing, and critical thinking for students who have not demonstrated mastery in all skill areas introduced in Developmental Skills I. Class instruction emphasizes the development of paragraph and essay writing skills, reading comprehension, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation, and vocabulary. At least 50 minutes per week of this five-hour course meets in a computer lab where there is opportunity for individualized instruction. Lecture [5.00]. Prerequisite[s]: EBS-011.

EBS-021 English Skills  [5.00 cr.] This course is a one-semester course designed to improve fundamental academic skills in reading, writing, and critical thinking. Class instruction emphasizes the development of paragraph and essay writing skills, reading comprehension, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation, and vocabulary. At least 50 minutes per week of this five-hour course meets in a computer lab where there is opportunity for individualized instruction. Lecture [5.00].

EBS-033 Directed Studies in Writing II  [2.00 cr.] This course provides the opportunity for students who qualify to accelerate and who are co-enrolled in WRT-101 to learn various strategies and specific skills that will help them to succeed in their WRT-101 course. Students enrolled in the course will receive instruction in critical thinking strategies, critical reading strategies, close reading, summary, paraphrase, direct quote, essay organization, essay coherence, grammar, proper documentation, and word processing. Lecture [2.00], Laboratory [1.00]. Prerequisite[s]: Accuplacer score of 235-239 or by instructor recommendation upon successful completion of EBS-011. Corequisite[s]: WRT-101.

EBS-041 Directed-Studies in Writing I  [1.00 cr.] This course is required for students whose scores on the Basic Skills Placement Test indicate a need for intensive instruction in writing. Personalized instruction designed to support the student's activities in English Composition I is offered in this course. Lecture [1.00]. Corequisite[s]: WRT-101.