2015-16 College Catalog

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ENGL-121 College Composition

This course guides students through the expository writing process and the rhetorical arts of argument and persuasion through critical thinking and research. Students will examine the relationship among writer, audience, and purpose, and practice writing through a recursive process. Students will develop an understanding of themselves as responsible readers and writers of global, contemporary critical discourse. Students completing this course successfully should be able to write persuasive, researched and documented essays (of at least 1,000 words) demonstrating the conventions of standard written English and manuscript presentation. ENGL-121 transfers as university-parallel freshman English.




Eligibility to enroll in ENGL-121 is based on English placement test scores or the successful completion of required developmental English course work

Hours Weekly

3 hours weekly

Course Objectives

1. Demonstrate an understanding of various writing invention strategies for generating ideas and gathering information;

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships among writer, audience, and purpose;

3. Formulate clear thesis statements;

4. Organize ideas logically and appropriately to support the thesis statement;

5. Edit, revise, and proofread to achieve more effective communication of ideas;

6. Provide constructive feedback to another student’s writing in a workshop setting;

7. Use study skills and techniques for answering in-class essay exam questions;

8. Employ critical thinking skills as a writer;

9. Apply various editorial and revision strategies to enhance communication;

10. Demonstrate in writing awareness of an appreciation for other world cultures.

11. Demonstrate the ability to use word-processing, appropriate software programs, and electronic resources for writing and revision;

12. Effectively locate, evaluate and incorporate several sources of information using library resources and electronic media;

13. Demonstrate the primary principles of scholarly inquiry and research;

14. Demonstrate advanced conceptual skills and knowledge of researched essay conventions and documentation (MLA or APA).