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ENG 089 - Basic Writing Techniques

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: English placement test

This is a course to help the student who has little writing experience to develop skills and fluency in writing and to detect, diagnose, and correct error patterns in focused writings. This is the first of two courses that prepare the student for college-level writing. Students must earn a “C” grade or better to register for the next course in this discipline or to use this course as a prerequisite for a course in another discipline.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Write in response to readings.
  2. Generate ideas and express them in written forms.
  3. Detect, diagnose, and correct error patterns in focused writings.
  4. Edit to eliminate errors in the use of standard written English.
  5. Construct elementary summaries and paraphrases.
  6. Use a variety of sentence structures.
Listed Topics
  1. Sentence elements
  2. Sentence types
  3. Punctuation, spelling, grammar
  4. Sentence boundary errors (fragment, run-on, comma splice, fused sentence)
  5. Sentence structure errors
  6. Topic sentences and basic paragraph development
  7. Thesis statements and essay development
  8. Prewriting strategies
  9. Editing
  10. Revising
  11. Basic attribution and avoidance of plagiarism
  12. Elementary summaries and paraphrases

The student will produce numerous focused paragraphs and essays totaling a minimum of 10-14 pages of writing for the semester.

Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 12/13/2006

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