Course Summary
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12 -- 15 weeks (136 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 English Composition I


The course objective is to develop written communication skills with an emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings, and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to apply the steps of the writing process
  • Analyze the role of reading and writing in your academic and professional career
  • Apply the proper use of spelling in writing
  • Examine strategies and guidelines for writing an effective research paper
  • Identify essay components
  • Write effective and grammatically correct paragraphs
  • Write effective and grammatically correct essays
  • Apply strategies to achieve clarity and effective style in writing
  • Differentiate between the writing pattern types
  • Identify sentence types, parts of a sentence, and patterns
  • Discriminate between proper and improper use of punctuation in writing
  • Apply the proper use of punctuation in writing
  • And write an effective and grammatically correct research paper

General Course Topics:

  • The writing process
  • Paragraphs
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Introduction to college writing
  • Introduction to essays
  • Writing a summary
  • Research writing
  • Writing in the disciplines
  • Clarity and style in writing
  • Patterns of writing: description and narration
  • Patterns of writing: classification
  • Patterns of writing: comparison and contrast
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Learner Presentations

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

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