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Winterim 2017

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ENG100 - Introduction to Composition

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Improves basic writing skills: grammar, mechanics, style and organization. Students who pass with a C or higher understand the basic nature of informative and persuasive writing and library research. Prerequisite: ENG 091 with a grade of 'C' or higher or by placement.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

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

1. Maintain a journal representing at least two entries per week to be submitted periodically (at least once every five weeks) for instructor review and response, in order to develop discipline and engagement in the writing process;
2. Write and revise at least one paragraph each week, to increase familiarity with informative and persuasive discourse, and to increase accuracy and vary range of grammatical structures after conferencing with instructor to identify common grammatical errors;
3. Complete a quiz or self-expressive narrative in which the student describes a basic library and Internet search, to demonstrate skills acquired after a library orientation session tailored to ENG 100;
4. Compose a minimum of one composition on a topic approved by the instructor using the word processor to demonstrate basic competency with information literacy skills;
5. Complete orally, or in writing, responses to selected readings that exemplify informative and persuasive writing strategies.
6. Unless already at a mastery level, increase the DIAGNOSTIC English score by 10% or more on the post-test, which measures ability in sentence-level mechanics and grammar, and is administered through software chosen by full-time English faculty.*

* 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. Diagnostic essay given the first week of class

II. Daily in-class writing

III. Review of paragraph writing-unity, coherence, topic sentence, and
paragraph development

IV. Essay writing-thesis development, persuasive and informative discourse,
support of topic (examples and details), organization, transitions, diction

V. Ongoing review of writing conventions, including punctuation, spelling,
usage, syntax, grammar, capitalization

VI. Perform basic library research

Effective Term: Spring 2013