COMP110 English Composition I
Department of Language & Literature: Composition
- I. Course Number and Title
- COMP110 English Composition I
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- All students planning to take COMP110: English Composition I must take the College Writing Placement Test (see exceptions in College catalog). Test times and dates when this 45-minute essay examination will be administered are listed in the course offering brochures.
- The Department of Language and Literature has determined that all composition courses will require a minimum of 5,000 words in formal writing assignments.
- Although revision is strongly encouraged, when revision of a graded essay is permitted to allow the student to receive a higher grade, such revision cannot be the sole basis for the course grade.
This course meets the General Education requirement in Writing.
This course meets the General Education requirement in Critical Thinking.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- English Composition I emphasizes the systematic study of writing effective expository prose and argumentation, stressing development and support of a clear thesis. The focus of the course is to lay the foundation for future academic writing requirements, including the ability to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, summarize, paraphrase, and cite textual sources from required course readings.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- Reading: Students will be able to
- to summarize, paraphrase, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate assigned readings; and
- incorporate skills learned through readings and class discussions into their own writing.
- Writing: Any student who earns a final grade of C must be able to produce essays that demonstrate
- fully developed body paragraphs that support the thesis with clarity [Writing];
- improved writing skills in multi-paragraph compositions.
- Academic Integrity: Students will be able to
- demonstrate their understanding of plagiarism as a major concern; and
- identify the effects of plagiarism on the person and the community.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- Reading Assignments
- Writing Assignments
- Academic Integrity
- Students will identify its effects on the person and the community.
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
Students will be assessed on the following:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:The course will employ a reader that provides a substantial sampling of academically-rigorous college level writing. Excessive use of student writing, newspaper articles, and essays from popular magazines should be avoided. Anthologies should be primarily thematic in organization, and, while no one particular text is required of all instructors, text selections cannot duplicate those used for COMP107. The required anthology must be supplemented by a rhetoric, a handbook of current usage, or both. See individual course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 2/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 11/05; New Core 8/2015