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ENG 101 - English Composition 1

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: ENG 100 , DVS 101  or DVS 103  (Minimum grade “C”), -OR- EAL 100  and EAL 101  (Minimum grade “C”) or successful placement.

This is a course that introduces or continues to familiarize students with critical thinking, the principles of academic writing and rudimentary research skills. Through the writing process, students refine topics; develop and support ideas; investigate, evaluate and integrate appropriate sources; edit for effective style and usage; and determine appropriate approaches for a variety of contexts, audiences and purposes.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Write academic essays that:
  • Develop a thesis 
  • Create an organizing structure appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • Make valid inferences
  • Support ideas with relevant explanation and substantial evidence details
  • Integrate and cite information from relevant print and/or electronic sources
  • Provide a coherent introduction and conclusion

    2.  Revise drafts to develop or support ideas more clearly, address potential objections, ensure effective transitions between paragraphs and correct errors in logic.

    3.  Edit and proofread, using standards for formal written English.

 Listed Topics
Review as Needed:

  • Using standard written English
  • Writing process from prewriting to rewriting
  • Developing ideas and supporting them with details
  • Creating introductions and conclusions
  • Using primary and secondary sources
  • Quoting, summarizing, paraphrasing sources

Further Develop:

  • Evaluating basic library and Internet sources
  • Using examples to clarify ideas vs. proving an idea
  • Avoiding ‘cut and paste,’ plagiarism and fabrication
  • Revising to accommodate differences in audience, tone, persona
  • Comparing and contrasting


  • Distinguishing observations, inferences & value judgments
  • Summarizing or reporting a position vs. arguing for or against a position
  • Problem-solving techniques
  • Critiquing the informational or argumentative weaknesses of a document

The student will produce five to seven reading based multi-paragraphed
expository and argumentative essays of increasing difficulty, totaling 15-20
pages for the semester.

 Reference Materials
Current recognized texts, handouts, videos, study sheets, internet resources and multi-media.

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

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