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ENGL 1101

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title English Composition I
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption from Learning Support English, reading and ESL requirements
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course focuses on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts, with emphasis on exposition, analysis and argumentation, and also including introductory use of a variety of research skills. Some sections of this course are taught with computer assistance in classrooms equipped with personal computers. Keyboarding experience will be useful but is not required.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
Demonstrate the critical thinking skills involved in exploring, limiting, and focusing the subject in order to produce a thesis statement appropriate for the audience and the assignment.
Organize essays, using outlining and prewriting techniques, so that the plan indicates the major divisions of the thesis and provides specific support for assertions.
Compose introductory paragraphs containing the thesis statement of the essay, body paragraphs containing adequately supported topic sentences, and conclusions indicating completion of the discussion.
Revise essays for logical coherence and completeness as well as appropriate rhetorical strategies, style, and diction.
Edit essays for correct punctuation, grammar, and usage.
Locate sources on computer data bases and cite those sources correctly in documented essays.

General Education Outcomes
I.    Learners develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the following ways:
They develop their speaking skills through peer group activities, class discussions, and more formal activities such a panel presentations, debates, and individual talks.
They develop their listening skills through taking notes from lectures and responding to oral instructions given in class.
They develop reading skills through comprehension of textbook material, analysis of both student and professional essays, and assessment of print and electronic resources.
They develop writing skills by planning , composing, and revising a variety of essays.
II.    Learners demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the following ways:
They learn a variety of strategies for planning essays.
They learn to evaluate others' ideas and integrate them into their own writing.
They learn the methods and rationale of persuasive writing.
III.    Learners organize and analyze information through the use of computer software in CAI classes.
They learn methods of revising, using a word processing program.
They learn methods of editing, using a word processing program.
They learn methods of doing research, using a browser.

Course Content
I.    Projects include the following:
A.    At least three expository/persuasive essays that progressively increase in length and complexity.
B.    At least one impromptu essay composed under conditions that simulate the Regents' Essay Exam.

C.    At least one documented essay of approximately 750 words and requiring two or more library sources.

II.    Techniques to be taught include the following:
A.    Invention and pre-writing
B.    Thesis and outline

C.    Development strategies for both paragraph and essay

D.    Revision

E.    Mechanics and usage

F.    Basic research skills

III.    Computer techniques taught in CAI classes include the following:
A.    Word processing methods for revision
B.    Word processing methods for editing

C.    Using a browser to search the Internet

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Essays 67% to 80%
Tests (optional) 10%
Final exam (including an essay written under supervision and counting at least fifty percent of the final exam 20% to 33%)
Every five years a committee appointed by the writing program administrator will select a representative sample of essays from the final exam essays.
The selected essays will be evaluated according to the criteria set forth in the Expected Educational Results.
The English 1101 and 1102 Committee will use the information gathered from the departmental assessment to revise the course outline and course syllabus as needed.
“Students must take the Regents’ Test in their first semester of enrollment after earning 30 semester hours.”
The Humanities Division recommends that students take the test for the first time the semester following completion of ENGL 1101 with a “C” or better.
Any exceptions to the statements above may be found by consulting the GPC College Catalog or GPC Student Handbook.

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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