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ENGL 121 College Composition

ENGL-121 guides students through the expository writing process through close reading of contemporary critical discourse and teaches the rhetorical arts of argument and persuasion through critical thinking, reading and research. Students will develop an understanding of themselves as readers and writers of world cultures who participate with others in responsible public discourse and have moral and ethical responsibilities in that discourse; students will also examine the relationship among writer, audience, and purpose, and practice writing prose through a recursive process. Students completing this course should be able to write persuasive, researched and documented essays (of at least 1,000 words) demonstrating the conventions of standard written English and manuscript presentation.

Credits               3
Prerequisites     Eligibility to enroll in ENGL-121 is based on English placement test scores or the
                           successful completion or required developmental English course work.
Instructor          Sylvia Lee
Phone                443-518-4666
Office                 DH 343

Overall Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

1.     Demonstrate an understanding of various writing invention strategies for generating ideas and
        gathering information;
2.     Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships among writer, audience, and purpose;
3.     Formulate clear thesis statements;
4.     Organize ideas logically and appropriately to support the thesis statement;
5.     Edit, revise, and proofread to achieve more effective communication of ideas;
6.     Provide constructive feedback to another student’s writing in a workshop setting;
7.     Use study skills and techniques for answering in-class essay exam questions;
8.     Employ critical thinking skills as a writer;
9.     Apply various editorial and revision strategies to enhance communication;
10.   Demonstrate in writing awareness of an appreciation for other world cultures;
11.   Demonstrate the ability to use word-processing, appropriate software programs, and electronic
        resources for writing and revision;
12.   Effectively locate, evaluate and incorporate several sources of information using library
        resources and electronic media;
13.   Demonstrate the primary principles of scholarly inquiry and research;
14.   Demonstrate advanced conceptual skills and knowledge of researched essay conventions and
        documentation (MLA or APA).

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Major Topics

  • Writing as a Recursive Process
  • Creating the Expository and Persuasive Essay
  • Employing Effective Library and Electronic Research Techniques
  • Documenting Sources
  • Writing the Effective Research Paper
  • Writing with Authority and Integrity

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Course Requirements

Specific assignments and procedures for evaluating student performance in the class (i.e., grading) will be described in the individual class syllabus, but all sections will include the following:

  • Students will produce 15-20 pages of formal writing in at least four discrete essays, including one researched, documented essay of at least 1,000 words.
  • Students will write, at least, one in-class essay in response to an exam prompt or question.
  • At least 80% of the final grade will be based upon writing, both formal and informal.
  • ENGL-121 approaches writing as a continual process of learning in which assignments are interdependent; therefore, students must complete all formal assignments to successfully complete the course.

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Course Format 

  • This class is not self-paced; a definite schedule with due dates must be followed.
  • The course material is sequential.
  • All assignments and essays must be word processed and submitted online via Canvas.
  • There is a specific timeline for the completion of each assignment in this class, along with late or missing work policies, as outlined in the course syllabus.
  • Some of the types of learning activities or assignments that the student will be required to complete are:
                o   Reading lessons, essays, and other material online.
                o   Taking online quizzes and tests.
                o   Posting to discussion board on various topics.
                o   Writing roughly papers ranging in length on various topics (see Course Requirements).  

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Required Texts/Materials

  • All texts will be delivered online via Canvas.
  • Additional materials required include access to MS Word (or Open Office, a free compatible version) or Word-compatible software, the Internet, and Canvas.  Updated viewers plug-ins, and players are also needed to view images, pdfs, audio, and video.


Specific policies will be detailed in your instructor's syllabus once enrolled.

Student Profile - Maribel