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ENGL 121 College Composition I

This course focuses on informative prose and builds toward the art of arguments and persuasion. Students develop an understanding of themselves as writers as they participate in public discourse about writing; examine the relationship among writer, audience and purpose; and practice writing prose through a recursive process.

Placement test scores or completion of required developmental English course work.
Stacy Korbelak
DH 131
(443) 518-4299

Overall Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to select and use a variety of techniques for generating and gathering information. You will learn how to analyze your audience; organize ideas logically and effectively; and present appropriate support for your theses. You will perform basic research using a variety of sources and incorporate source material into your writing.

Major Course Topics

  • Writing expository and persuasive essays
  • Thesis statements, topic sentences, MLA, and APA formatting
  • Selecting and researching various topics

Course Format

This course:

  • Is not self-paced. We will work together on a weekly schedule of required readings, written responses, and drafts. I will give you a schedule with the due dates of all major assignments during the first week of classes. The workload, course content, and writing assignments are equal to those in a regular classroom section of English 121.
  • does have a course page in Canvas that you will access several times a week at your own convenience. All class readings and assignments will be discussed on this site.
  • Does require an on-campus exam, to be taken in the HCC Test Center.
  • Does not require real-time chats. We will communicate with emails and weekly postings on an online bulletin board.
  •  If you decide to take ENGL 121 in this format, you should like working on computers, be self-motivated, and be prepared to do significant amounts of work outside of class. This format is not for you if you have a tendency to procrastinate.

Technical Requirements and Orientation:

  • Review the Technical Requirements link on the Distance and Alternative learning homepage.
  • Reviw the "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)" and "is Distance Learning Right For You?" sections of the Distance Learning Homepage
  • This course does not have a face-to-face orientation. There is an online orientation highlighted on the opening page of our class page. If this is your first class and/or you would feel more comfortable meeting before class starts for a face-to-face orientation, just email me at

Course Requirements

  • Formal Essays, including a final in-class essay written in the Test Center.
  • Informal response to 10 current event readings.
  • Weekly peer responses.
  • Weekly online contact with the instructor via Canvas.

Texts and Materials

Textbook information:  To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.  We will be using the campus book connection book for our final essay (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Skloot)


This course has a proctored final exam at the HCC Test Center for students in the local region of at a regional institution for remote students. The exam will have a flexible window of the time during which it needs to be taken rather than a single date and time.

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