Course Summary
Credit Type:
Organization's ID:
S1 - 131237841, S2 - 131238533
4 weeks (120 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 English composition I


The course objective is to prepare students to write at the college level. It is organized around essential parts of the academic writing process. The first half of the course addresses mechanics and structure, information literacy, MLA style and citation, developing strong paragraphs, research basics, and the steps of the writing process. The second half focuses on application of writing skills to various essay forms including narratives, examples and illustration, comparison or contrast, cause and effect, and definitions. Students will also learn the key components of the revision process, including self-analysis and peer review.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and use proper grammar, mechanics, and structure
  • Practice information literacy skills including research, avoiding plagiarism, choosing and citing sources
  • Describe all stages of the writing process
  • Summarize the main points of a piece of writing
  • Identify the purpose, audience, and tone for a piece of writing
  • Write narratives and record a narrative
  • Plan and draft essays with examples and definitions
  • Plan and draft compare and contrast and cause and effect essays
  • Discuss essay drafts with other students
  • Participate in the writing revision process including peer review

General Topics:

  • Grammar, mechanics, and structure
  • Information literacy
  • MLA style and citation
  • Developing strong paragraphs
  • Research basics
  • The writing process
  • Writing with narratives
  • Writing with examples
  • Comparison and contrast
  • Cause and effect
  • Writing with definitions
  • The revision process
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Practical Exercises
  • Project-based Instruction

Methods of Assessment:

  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers
  • Scenarios, teacher facilitated discussions

Minimum Passing Score:

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