Course Summary
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Self-paced (60-90 days)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 English Composition


The course objective is to teach foundational writing skills that will enable students to be successful in a college-level English composition course; and learn how to construct sound sentences, craft effective paragraphs, and write cohesive compositions, developing their writing skills through all stages of the writing process.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to use parts of speech effectively
  • Construct effective sentences
  • Develop effective paragraphs
  • Describe and engage in the writing process
  • Structure essays effectively
  • Write in the argumentative mode
  • Write in the informative and descriptive modes
  • And apply proofreading, editing, and revising skills

General Course Topics:

  • Parts of speech
  • Subjects, verbs, and verb tense
  • Pronouns and antecedents
  • Commas
  • Apostrophes
  • Independent and dependent clauses
  • Run-on sentences
  • Modifiers
  • Parallelism
  • Paragraph development and organization
  • Developing an effective topic sentence
  • Writing effective narrative, descriptive, and informative paragraphs
  • Modes
  • Purpose, audience, and tone
  • The writing process
  • Prewriting
  • Revising, editing, and proofreading
  • Reflection
  • Defining your essay topic
  • Introductions and thesis statements
  • Body paragraphs and transitions
  • Conclusions
  • Writing an effective argumentative essay
  • Using evidence in an argumentative essay
  • Giving and receiving feedback on a piece of writing
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Examinations
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

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