Syllabus
English Composition I

English Composition I

ENGL-1301

Fall 2010
08/23/2010 - 12/12/2010

Course Information

Section 169
Distance Learning
ONL RRC
Amy Handy
ahandy@austincc.edu
(512) 223.1790 x26328

Section 217
Distance Learning
ONL RRC
Amy Handy
ahandy@austincc.edu
(512) 223.1790 x26328

Section 246
Distance Learning
ONL RRC
Amy Handy
ahandy@austincc.edu
(512) 223.1790 x26328

Office Hours

No office hours have been entered for this term

Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

ENGLISH 1301 is a study of the principles of composition with emphasis on language, the mechanics of writing, types of discourse, and research and documentation.

 Course Objectives: The goals of Composition I are to promote

            •  critical thinking, reading, and writing;

            •  clear, coherent, confident, and effective communication;

            •  collaborative writing and learning. 

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of English 1301, students should be able to

            •  identify rhetorical purposes and methods of organization appropriate to topic,

                        thesis, and audience;

            •  collect, read, analyze, and use information from a wide range of sources;

•  write a coherent essay observing appropriate grammatical, mechanical, and

            stylistic conventions;

            •  evaluate, edit, and revise at all stages of the writing process. 

Course Requirements

Final Grade Rationale:

Your final grade is calculated based on your performance for each of the following:

Paper #1 – Narrative Essay)

Paper #2 –Comparison and Contrast Essay

Paper #3 - Textual Analysis Essay

Paper #4 – Research Essay

Departmental Exam

Quizzes and Discussion Boards

 

Readings

Texts include readings from:

The Brief Bedford Reader 10thEdition

The Bedford Handbook 8thEdition  

Instructor created course notes

Course Subjects

Orientation

Readings:

Orientation directions

 The Brief Bedford Reader

“Critical Reading”

Syllabus

 Assignments:

Syllabus Quiz

 Introductory Discussion Board

 Unit One: Narrative

Readings:

The Bedford Handbook

“The Writing Process” (pgs. 2-8)

“Prefer Active Verbs” (pgs. 142-147)

“Effective Paragraphs” (pgs. 62-67)

 The Brief Bedford Reader

“Narration: Telling a Story” (pgs. 80-92)

“Description:  Writing With Your Senses” (pgs. 116-123)

“Fish Cheeks” (pgs. 99-103)

 Course Notes

 Assignments:

Reading Quiz #1

Discussion Board #1

Narrative Essay

 Unit Two: Comparison and Contrast

Readings:

The Bedford Handbook

“The Writing Process” (pgs. 9-37)

“Word Choice” (pgs. 197-224)

 The Brief Bedford Reader

“Comparison and Contrast: Setting Things Side by Side” (pgs. 189-197)

“Example: Pointing to Instances” (pgs. 156-161)

“Neat People vs. Sloppy People” (pgs. 199-202)

 Course Notes

 Assignments:

Reading Quiz #2

Discussion Board #2

Extended Definition Essay

 Unit Three: Textual Analysis

 Readings:

The Bedford Handbook

 “Quotation Marks” (pgs. 392-399)

“Constructing Reasonable Arguments” (pgs. 104-128)

 The Brief Bedford Reader

“Division or Analysis: Slicing into Parts” (pg. 270-279)

“Mixing the Methods” (pgs. 474-475)

“I Have a Dream” (pgs. 483-488)

“Integrating Source Material” (pgs. 54-56)

 Course Notes

 Assignments:

Reading Quiz #3

Discussion Board #3

Textual Analysis Essay

 Unit Four: Research Paper 

Readings:

The Bedford Handbook

“Conducting Research” (pgs. 438-450)

 “Evaluating Sources” (pgs. 462-478)

“Managing Information; avoiding plagiarism” (pgs. 478-488)

 The Brief Bedford Reader

“Academic Writing” (pgs. 57-66)

 MLA Help Packet (available on Blackboard)

 Course Notes

 Assignments:

Infogame

Reading Quiz #4

Discussion Board #4

Research Paper

Unit Five: Dept. Exam

Readings:

Course notes

 Assignments:

Take Departmental Exam in the Testing Center  

Revisions and Retests

During this time you should finish any revisions you may have.  You should also retest if you did not pass your first attempt at the Departmental Exam.

 

All first attempts will be graded by this point and if you are satisfied with your grade, then you have successfully completed the course.