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ENG 090 - Fundamentals of College Writing, Experimental

Credits: 4
4 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: English test placement into ENG 089  

English 090 develops written communication skills, beginning with the ability to detect, diagnose, and correct error patterns in focused writings.  Students will practice sentence mechanics in the context of their own writing, while learning to develop paragraphs and short essays that clarify and support a point of view in preparation for college-level writing. Students will then progress to planning, drafting, revising and editing of short essays, some of which will be reading-based.  Supplemental instruction is a required part of this course.

Students must earn an “A” grade to register for ENG101. Students who earn “B” or “C” grades will be reviewed for progression to either ENG101 or ENG101 + 1 (lab). Students who earn a “D” grade will be reviewed for progession to ENG101 +1 (lab), ENG089, or ENG100.

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

  1. Identify and correct error patterns in writing.
  2. Demonstrate in writing an awareness of audience, purpose and tone. 
  3. Apply critical reading and thinking skills to their writing.
  4. Revise and edit multiple written drafts.
  5. Use sources responsibly.
  6. Produce 5-7 multi-paragraph essays totaling 14-18 pages of writing for the semester.
Listed Topics
  1. Sentence structure, grammar and punctuation
  2. Paragraph development including unity and coherence
  3. Constructing thesis statements
  4. Planning and organization of ideas
  5. Summary, paraphrase and direct quotation
  6. Academic integrity and intellectual honesty, including avoiding plagiarism
  7. Pre-writing strategies
  8. Drafting
  9. Revision and editing, including proofreading
  10. Basic formatting and composing on a computer
Reference Materials
Learning Commons, textbook, OER
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

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