ENGL 1210 - Composition 1
Credit Hours: 3.00
Prerequisites: Placement, or ENGL 0055 or EAPP 1500 with grade C‑ or better
No credit after ENGL 1180. The focus of this course is the writing of expository and argumentative essays. This course emphasizes logical development of ideas and refinement of personal style. Students who have completed ENGL 1180 successfully should NOT take ENGL 1210. Students will NOT receive credit for both.
Billable Contact Hours: 3
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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use various forms of discourse, such as narration, description, exposition, and argument.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to write full essays that incorporate a controlling idea stated in an introduction, developed in the essay, and summarized in a conclusion.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to write sentences that are reasonably free of run-ons, comma splices, fragments, and agreement errors, and will demonstrate a satisfactory mastery of standard spelling, diction, and usage.
In the final essays written for the course the student should be able to fulfill the following requirements:
- Include an introduction that coherently leads to a statement of the main idea (thesis) of the essay.
- Paragraph the essay by a logical plan (e.g. by general steps to a process, by causes, by effects, etc.).
- Link the body paragraphs by transitions, repetition, leading sentences, or parallelism.
- Include topic sentences that accurately state the subdivisions or supporting generalizations of the essay’s main idea.
- Include in body paragraphs only that development which is governed by the topic sentence.
- Use examples, details, definitions, or comparisons to develop the paragraph.
- Include a conclusion that either restates the main idea or summarizes the subtopics or suggests the implications of the subject.
- Avoid sentence structure errors (awkwardness, comma splices, fused sentences, fragments, misplaced modifiers, faulty parallelism, illogical subordination).
- Avoid grammatical errors (agreement, case, pronoun reference, verb forms).
- Maintain a consistent point of view.
- Apply the conventions of punctuation (commas, semi‐colons, colons, apostrophes, italics, quotation marks).
- Avoid misspellings.
- Maintain an appropriate level of diction.
- Use conventional manuscript form.
- Abide by deadlines.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Critical Thinking: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
- Organization of Essays
- Definition of Introduction
- Function of Introduction
- Tone in the Introduction
- Definition and function of thesis
- Scope of thesis
- Relationship of the thesis to the organizational structure of the essay
- Placement of thesis in Introduction
- Length of introduction
- Middle paragraphs
- Definition and function of topic sentences
- Placement of topic sentences in paragraph
- Relationship of middle paragraphs to the introduction and to the thesis
- Length of middle paragraphs
- Function of the conclusion
- Length of the conclusion
- Development of Essays
- Patterns of development
- Exposition (required)
- process analysis
- Define and illustrate adequate detail
- Define and illustrate specific detail
- Define devices of emphasis
- Sentence variety
- Grammar and Punctuation
- Define and illustrate fragments
- Identify ways of correcting fragments
- Define and illustrate run‐ons
- Identify ways of correcting run‐ons
- Define and illustrate comma splices
- Identify ways of correcting comma splices
- Identify common usage errors and illustrate ways of correcting them.
- Require standard spelling in essays
- Show students how to use spelling checkers and grammar checkers in Word or other word processing programs
- Point out problems and cautions with using these checkers
- Define and illustrate agreement errors (subject‐verb; pronoun‐antecedent)
- Identify ways of correcting agreement errors.
- Define and illustrate simple, complex, and compound sentences
- Illustrate the use of each type of sentence
- Explain the connection of sentence type to logic (i.e. compound sentences are used for ideas of equal importance; complex sentences subordinate less important ideas).
- Define, illustrate, and explain when to use parallel structure
- Encourage the development of vocabulary and precision in word choice
- Explain denotation and connotation
- Define trite phrasing, jargon, slang, euphemism, and vulgarity suggesting ways to avoid or correct these problems
- Define and illustrate figurative language
Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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