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Fall 2012

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ENG102 - Composition in the Natural and Social Sciences
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Continues the study of composition strategies introduced in ENG 101 by focusing on writing within the social and natural sciences. Emphasizes critical thinking skills and rhetorical principles commonly employed in disciplines that investigate human behavior and/or the natural world. Students produce 20 to 25 pages of text. Prerequisite: ENG101.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, students will be able to:

1. *Employ the stages of the writing process to produce and revise college level academic prose - to be assessed by measuring an informative or persuasive paper (3 pages minimum) against its rough draft (2 pages minimum) using a full-time faculty approved rubric;
2. Recognize and employ forms of writing common to the social and/or natural sciences (e.g. abstracts, research reports, reviews of literature, arguments);
3. Adjust the purpose (expressive, informative, and/or persuasive) and form of their writing to match audience needs and rhetorical situations appropriate to the particular discipline(s) under study (e.g. anthropology, psychology, sociology, biology, physics);
4. Demonstrate correct academic documentation, usage, and style appropriate to writing in the sciences (e.g. APA , ASA, CMS, or CSE, depending on the material under study);
5. Demonstrate an ability to apply library research to writing about the sciences.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
I. Review of English 101 concepts and the writing process

II. Expressive writing as it applies to the sciences

Discussion of rhetorical situations in the sciences associated with expressive
writing;
Discussion of specific concepts and accompanying vocabulary which are
characteristic of the discipline under study;
Discussion of impact of various expressive rhetorical situations on writing
strategies;
Application of the above analysis, via papers, to materials under study.

III. Instruction by a GCC librarian in research methods, appropriate online databases, and documentation as they apply to research in the sciences

IV. Informative writing as it applies to the sciences

Discussion of rhetorical situations in the sciences associated with informative writing;
Discussion of specific concepts and accompanying vocabulary which are characteristic of the discipline under study;
Discussion of impact of various informative rhetorical situations on writing strategies;
Application of the above analysis, via papers, to materials under study.

V. Persuasive writing as it applies to the sciences

Discussion of rhetorical situations in the sciences associated with persuasive writing;
Discussion of specific concepts and accompanying vocabulary which are characteristic of the discipline under study;
Discussion of impact of various persuasive rhetorical situations on writing strategies;
Application of the above analysis, via papers, to materials under study.




Effective Term: Spring 2011