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ENG 101 and 102

ENG 101 and 102 together serve as an extended ENG 103 to prepare students for ENG 104.  ENG 101 and 102 provide students with more individualized attention and additional time to develop those skills needed to succeed in other academic courses. Combined, these two courses serve to familiarize students with rhetorical inquiry as the foundation for all communication. These classes introduce students to rhetoric as persuasion; and to the use of those elements, strategies, and conventions in the construction of their own persuasive texts, both visual and verbal. Students beginning ENG 101 are expected to continue on to ENG 102, usually with the same instructor, the following semester.  Students who successfully complete both ENG 101 and 102 go directly to ENG 104.

ENG 101: Foundations of Rhetoric and Writing I (2) The first of two consecutive semesters of a portfolio-based writing course. Introduces principles of rhetoric; basic research methods; elements, strategies, and conventions of persuasion used in constructing written and multi-modal texts. Prerequisite: appropriate placement.

Course Goals
At the completion of ENG 101, students should be able to achieve the following goals:

  • Understand that inquiry is the beginning of all writing and reading
  • Understand the nature of inquiry as a visual and verbal process
  • Understand the connection of inquiry and audience
  • Understand the connections among inquiry, argument, and audience
  • Practice writing as an ongoing process that allows writers to invent and rethink as they revise their work
  • Integrate primary research as appropriate to the rhetorical situation
  • Develop the ability to work well with others on composing tasks
  • Develop confidence in writing through inquiry and exploration
  • Take responsibility for their own progress.

Course Content and Format

  • Discuss and analyze the role of inquiry in reading and writing texts across a variety of genres
  • Discuss and analyze visual and verbal texts, examining each kind of text for its rhetorical situation
  • Compose texts using writing as a tool of discovery and shape that writing to a rhetorical context, involving a process of prewriting drafting, and revising
  • Compose texts using multiple drafts, revising based on peer feedback, self-reflection, instructor written comments, and teacher-student conferences
  • Organize and compose ideas and supporting evidence in a controlled writing environment
  • Complete a variety of four writing assignments employing various media and primary research for various audiences and contexts to be included in the student portfolio or e-portfolio
  • Reflect at various points on the composing processes used to construct the multiple texts of the student portfolio.

Requirements and Writing Assignments

  • Reading assignments for discussion, analysis, and response; related campus activities
  • Participate in the university’s library instruction unit.
  • Course-related research
  • A variety of writing tasks that reflect authentic writing situations
  • A final in-class essay in which students reflects on growth as a writer
  • Four or more writing projects that employ visual and verbal media as relevant, use primary research, and address different rhetorical situations
  • A portfolio with four texts, three of which are chosen, by the student, for final assessment. The portfolio counts for 60 percent of the final grade. 

NOTE:  In order to fulfill the University's Core Curriculum requirement in Writing Program courses, students must earn a minimum grade of C to pass; a grade of C- is not considered acceptable. Writing Program courses may be repeated as many times as necessary to meet the requirement but:

  • The first and all other grades will show up on the transcript.
  • All grades except the first will be used to compute the GPA.
  • A grade of W will not replace a previous grade.
  • Course credit hours apply only once to graduation requirements.

(Please see Ball Point for a more complete explanation of these policies.)

Evaluation
Students provide anonymous evaluations of the course. Instructors are urged to evaluate and revise individual syllabuses on a regular basis. ENG 101-102 is subject to curriculum review by the writing committee.

ENG 102:  Foundations of Rhetoric and Writing II (2) The second of two consecutive semesters of a portfolio-based writing course. Develops understanding of principles of rhetoric; basic research methods; elements, strategies, and conventions of persuasion used in constructing written and multi-modal texts. Prerequisite: English 101.

Course Goals

At the completion of ENG 102, students should be able to achieve the following goals:

  • Understand the foundations of rhetoric—both visual and textual—as integral to all reading and composing
  • Understand how texts—both visual and verbal—are composed for different audiences and persuasive purposes
  • Develop effective strategies of invention, drafting, and revision for different rhetorical situations and individual learning styles
  • Understand logical fallacies and how to avoid them
  • Compose texts in various media using solid logic, claims, evidence, creativity, and audience awareness
  • Integrate secondary research as appropriate to the rhetorical situation
  • Develop strategies for becoming more critical and careful readers of both their own and others’ texts
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude towards their writing by focusing on the need for appropriate format, syntax, punctuation, grammar, and spelling
  • Take responsibility for their own progress
  • Develop the ability to work well with others on composing tasks
  • Complete a variety of four writing assignments employing various media and research for various audiences and contexts
  • Compose and complete a writing portfolio, which demonstrates the student’s growth as a writer through self-evaluation, self-reflection and peer and instructor feedback.

Course Content and Format

  • Discuss, analyze, and respond to a variety of texts to identify rhetorical elements
  • Collaborate in developing ideas, analyzing texts (visual and verbal), and providing peer feedback
  • Compose texts in multiple drafts, revising based on peer feedback, self-reflection, instructor written comments, and teacher-student conferences
  • Complete a variety of writing assignments using various media, primary and secondary research, for multiple purposes, audiences, and contexts to be included in the student’s portfolio or e-portfolio.

Requirements and Writing Assignments

  • Reading assignments for discussion, analysis, and response; related campus activities
  • Course-related research
  • A variety of writing tasks that reflect authentic writing situations
  • Four or more writing projects that employ visual and verbal media as relevant, use secondary research, and address different rhetorical situations
  • A final in-class essay in which the student reflects on his or her growth as a writer
  • A portfolio with four essays, three of which are chosen, by the student, for final assessment. The portfolio counts for 60 percent of the final grade.

NOTE:In order to fulfill the University's Core Curriculum requirement in Writing Program courses, students must earn a minimum grade of C to pass; a grade of C- is not considered acceptable. Writing Program courses may be repeated as many times as necessary to meet the requirement but:

  • The first and all other grades will show up on the transcript.
  • All grades except the first will be used to compute the GPA.
  • A grade of W will not replace a previous grade.
  • Course credit hours apply only once to graduation requirements.

(Please see Ball Point for a more complete explanation of these policies.)

Evaluation
Students provide anonymous evaluations of the course. Instructors are urged to evaluate and revise individual syllabuses on a regular basis. ENG 101-102 is subject to curriculum review by the writing committee.

Approved Texts for English 101 and 102

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