This course reviews the principles of composition, including rhetoric, grammar and usage. It emphasizes critical thinking, the recursive nature of writing, the writing of analytical essays, and the application of information literacy skills.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Apply college-level critical thinking and writing in various rhetorical situations
Compose original, thesis-based essays with cogent, well-supported evidence
Use appropriate rhetorical techniques for a specific writing task
Demonstrate organizational skills in constructing an essay with an introduction, conclusion, and transitions
Explore and evaluate appropriate academic databases to find credible primary and secondary sources
Synthesize appropriate sources to produce a research paper with accurate documentation
Employ prewriting, drafting, and revision strategies
Apply formal conventions of standard English with respect to grammar, mechanics, and punctuation
College Academic Learning Goals Designations: Critical Reasoning (CR), Information Literacy (IL), and Written Communications (WC)
Prerequisites: Students who score at the developmental level on both the writing and reading placement tests are required to successfully complete Reading II (REA 050) and Developmental English (ENG 050) before taking English Composition I. A score of 500 on the SAT or 18 on the ACT can also qualify students for ENG 100.