English Composition I

Purpose of Course  showclose

No matter what career you pursue, you must be able to communicate effectively and clearly if you want to be successful.  This course will enhance your ability to do so by sharpening your critical thinking and writing skills.  We will begin with a unit designed to change the way in which you think about writing.  First, you will learn to think of writing not as a solitary act but as a conversation between yourself and an audience.  In this light, writing becomes a dynamic, interactive, and creative rather than a rote practice.  You will also begin to value writing as a process – an admittedly difficult one – rather than a product.  You will come to see that writing is an act of discovery rather than a recitation of prefabricated ideas.

Because this course is designed specifically for students in a university setting, the second unit will focus on academic writing.  We will learn how to respond to an assignment or test question by using the “PWR-Writing” or “Power-Writing” Method (PWR: Pre-write, Write, Revise) while learning the ins and outs of building a solid thesis and supporting that thesis with evidence.  The remaining units will focus on the minutiae of good writing practices from style to citation methodology.

Because the goal of this course is to improve your ability to write clear, grammatically-sound expository and persuasive prose, every unit will include a “Grammar Capsule,” focusing on a specific grammatical issue.

Course Information  showclose

Welcome to ENGL001 English Composition I.  Below, please find general information on this course and its requirements.

Course Designers: Carolyn Tedholm and Carolyn Savoldy

Primary Resources: This course is composed of a range of different free, online materials.  However, the course makes primary use of the following materials:
Supplementary Resources: For students using mobile devices, these two apps (among others) would be useful word processing tools for writing research papers and other academic reports. Requirements for Completion: In order to complete this course, you will need to work through each unit and all of its assigned materials.  The course builds upon itself from one unit to the next, so it is important to work thoroughly through each section to understand that which follows.  You will also need to complete the final exam.

Note that you will only receive an official grade on your final exam.  In order to pass this course, you will need to earn a 70% or higher on the final exam.  Your score on the exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it.  If you do not pass the exam, you may take it again.

Time Commitment: This course should take you a total of approximately 103 hours to complete including readings, assignments, and essays.  Each unit includes a time advisory that lists the amount of time you are expected to spend on each subunit.  These should help you plan your time accordingly.  It may be useful to take a look at these time advisories and determine how much time you have over the next few weeks to complete each unit and then set goals for yourself.

Tips for Completion: It may be helpful to take notes as you work through the materials in each unit in preparation for the final exam.

A version of this course is also available in iTunes U.
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Learning Outcomes  showclose

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • demonstrate mastery of the principles of grammar, usage, mechanics, and sentence structure;
  • identify the thesis statement in an essay;
  • develop a thesis statement, structure it in an introductory paragraph, and support it with the body of the essay;
  • organize ideas logically within an essay and employ adequate transitional devices to ensure coherence, flow, and focus;
  • differentiate between rhetorical strategies and write with an awareness of rhetorical technique and audience;
  • differentiate between tones and write with an awareness of how tone affects the audience’s experience;
  • demonstrate critical and analytical thinking for reading and writing purposes;
  • quote, paraphrase, and document the work of others; and
  • write sentences that vary in length and structure.

Course Requirements  showclose

In order to take this course, you must:

√    Have access to a computer.

√    Have continuous broadband Internet access.

√    Have the ability/permission to install plug-ins and software (e.g., Adobe Reader or Flash).

√    Have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer.

√    Have the ability to open and edit Microsoft Office files and documents (.doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx, etc.).

√    Have competency in the English language.

√    Have read the Saylor Student Handbook.

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