Indiana University Northwest

Course Description


Dianna Atrosh


Cathy Hall
Director Ofc of Spe Ret Prog

Office: HH 449
Phone: 219/980-6531

Online Course Offered:
Summer Semester

X 155 Critical Reading and Research

Course Description  

This course is designed to help you develop critical thinking and reading skills. These are skills that you will need to be effective in your courses, in particular, those that require you to read and write intensively and analytically and conduct research. This means learning how to focus your attention, develop curiosity by asking the right questions, and generate interest in the subject of inquiry. It includes learning how to present information and ideas accurately.

Course Goals and Objectives  

This course is designed to help you define and develop Critical Thinking skills to use in both academic and daily activities. 

You will:

  • become familiar with the OnCourse learning environment
  • learn netiquette and respectful ways to communicate
  • be able to define and develop critical thinking skills
  • learn to use a rubric to evaluate critical thinking skills
  • learn how to apply critical thinking skills to current issues and other challenging topics
  • learn to write a summary/response paper
Course Activities  

Students will view Powerpoint presentations and access readings through the modules, including written lectures on the course material.  They will also watch short videos and respond to those videos, either through journal entries or Forum discussion questions.  Students are expected to respond weekly to discussion questions and also respond to others in the Forum.

There will be 4 vocabulary exercises and 4 vocabulary quizzes, along with 4 chapter tests and a final exam.  Other assignments include written journal responses to prompts and 4 short papers.

Course Syllabus  

Indiana University Northwest

Critical Literacy Program




X 155 Critical Reading and Research
Summer 2013


Instructor Name: Dianna Atrosh, diddicki@iun.

 and Cathy Hall,
Phone: 219-980-6531

Office: Hawthorn Hall 449 by appointment