COMP111 English Composition II

Department of Language & Literature: Composition

I. Course Number and Title
COMP111 English Composition II
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
COMP110 (C or better) or Permission of the Department of Language and Literature
V. Other Pertinent Information

The Department of Language and Literature has determined that all composition courses will require a minimum of 5000 words in formal writing assignments. Although revision is strongly encouraged, when revision of a graded paper is permitted to allow the student to attain a higher grade, such revision, whether merely editing or major rewriting, cannot become the sole basis for the grade received in the course.

This course meets the General Education requirement in Writing.
This course meets the General Education requirement in Critical Thinking.
This course meets the General Education requirement in Information Literacy.

VI. Catalog Course Description
In this continuation of English Composition I, students write several analytical essays assigned in conjunction with classroom study of at least three genres of literature, including drama, poetry, and short fiction. After sequenced instruction in research techniques, students write an argumentative and scholarly research paper.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students must

    1. read and evaluate critically selections from at least three genres, including drama, poetry, and short fiction;
    2. identify the literary elements that distinguish each genre.
    3. interpret, analyze, and evaluate written texts [Critical Thinking];
    4. articulate and develop a unified, restricted, and precise thesis [Critical Thinking & Writing];
    5. produce writing that is unified, coherent, detailed, and grammatically, syntactically, and mechanically correct; [Writing]
    6. find, evaluate, and ethically use a variety of sources appropriate to a variety of purposes in academic writing [Information Literacy].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Reading Assignments: Over the course of the semester, students will read a balanced selection from each of the required genres: drama, poetry, short fiction.

    Writing Assignments:

    1. Literary Analyses: Students will write a minimum of 2500 words in several analytical essays based on class readings. At least one of these essays shall be written in class. In these essays, students will analyze literature and demonstrate knowledge of each particular genre.

    2. Research Essay: In addition to the required literary analyses, students will write a 2500-word (approximately 10 typed pages) research paper that demonstrates library research and the use of proper MLA documentation. The topic should be challenging enough to produce worthwhile investigation and must show evidence of the student's synthesis of source material. Bibliography, Works Cited, note cards, outline and/or early draft(s) must be submitted in an appropriately-paced sequence over the course of the semester for evaluation prior to collecting the final draft of the research paper. The research paper should show the student's ability to evaluate, explain, analyze, and synthesize sources in defense of an argumentative thesis statement..

    Research Activities:

    In the research paper, students must do the following:

    1. Conduct library research and demonstrate proficiency in the use of research technology, including the on-line catalog, CD Rom, world-wide web, and other appropriate electronic resources;
    2. Demonstrate proficiency in using standardized indices, reference works, books, periodicals, various electronic source material, and other appropriate resources;
    3. Illustrate the utilization of the appurtenances of research: précis or proposal, bibliography cards, note cards, outlines, drafts, and the Works Cited page;
    4. Demonstrate skill in using the MLA style of documentation along with an awareness of other documentation styles;
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of plagiarism as a major ethical concern;
    6. Identify the consequences of plagiarizing, pursuant to the BCCC College Catalog Plagiarism Policy, and the effects of this action on the student and the community.

    Research papers cannot be:

    1. personal responses to a topic without outside sources;
    2. reports on a topic, with summaries and sources, but without an argumentative thesis and evaluation;
    3. primary research in social sciences based on interviews and questionnaires;
    4. primary (including laboratory) research and results in the natural sciences;
    5. papers previously submitted in their entirety for any other class.
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students will be assessed on the following:

    1. A minimum of 2500 words of literary analysis in several multi-paragraph essays, at least one of which shall be written in class. (See attached "Grading Standards for COMP111")
    2. A scholarly research paper of approximately 2500 words, with an argumentative thesis and proper documentation. The research paper must constitute between 45-50% of the final grade. (See attached "Grading Standards for COMP111").
    3. Other evaluative tools: quizzes, examinations, class participation, and other projects as specified in individual instructor's class format. These evaluative tools shall contribute a total of no more than 10% of the final grade for the course.
    4. Their understanding of plagiarism as a major ethical concern and their ability to identify plagiarism and its effects on the student and the community through specific readings, writing assignments, and/or quizzes.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Required: A literature anthology and a handbook that includes MLA research paper instruction. See individual course syllabi. Students should be advised of the availability of the Tutoring Center.

Originally prepared by the English Department at Temple University and adapted by the faculty of the Department of Language and Literature.

Review/Approval Date - 4/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 9/05; New Core 8/2015