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ENGL 1181 - Communications 1

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: Acceptable course recommendation/placement method

(formerly ENGL 1180)

In ENGL 1181, students learn to think rhetorically and develop transferable writing skills. Students read, analyze, and write in a variety of genres, including multimodal texts, and make appropriate rhetorical choices for the audience, purpose, and genre.  Additionally, students learn to develop and organize their ideas, revise their work based on feedback, and reflect on their writing process. Students who have completed ENGL 1210  successfully should NOT take ENGL 1181. Students will NOT receive credit for both.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to produce texts in a variety of written and multimodal genres that demonstrate an understanding of the rhetorical situation, such as purpose, audience, speaker, and context. 


  1. Analyze a variety of rhetorical genres in order to develop an understanding of key rhetorical concepts. 
  2. Identify how the purpose, audience, and context change across different written and multimodal genres.
  3. Adapt style, tone, and approach in response to a specific audience, purpose, and genre.
  4. Compose in a variety of rhetorical genres.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of visual rhetoric by creating a multimodal text.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to write using a recursive process that includes prewriting, drafting, revision, and reflection. 


  1. Use prewriting techniques, such as freewriting, outlining, brainstorming, webbing, mapping, and journalistic questions.
  2. Compose a coherent, structured piece of writing from prewriting materials.
  3. Provide feedback on student writing, such as participating in peer review or writer’s workshop.
  4. Make choices to improve the focus, organization, development, style, and control of language conventions after feedback on a draft of writing. 
  5. Express observations about their own writing process in order to increase awareness of thought processes, drafting and revision processes, growth as writers, and areas for improvement.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to write about a variety of texts, which may include visual, digital, and verbal texts in addition to written ones.


  1. Use reading strategies to understand and accomplish writing tasks, including assignment instructions.
  2. Identify the main ideas and supporting points of texts. 
  3. Differentiate between the ideas from texts and their own ideas, such as by using signal phrases.
  4. Support their own assertions about a text using specific examples from the text.


  • 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:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
  1. Rhetorical Concepts
    1. Rhetorical situation and genre
    2. Rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos)
  2. Multimodal Writing
    1. Visual rhetoric
    2. Design and writing
  3. Recursive Writing Process
    1. Prewriting (such as freewriting, outlining, brainstorming, etc.)
    2. Drafting with attention to rhetorical concepts. 
      1. Developing claims and ideas with support
      2. Organizing ideas
    3. Giving Feedback
      1. Analyzing the effectiveness of a draft through peer review, writer’s workshop or other tasks
    4. Using Feedback 
      1. Using feedback to guide revision of a draft, with a primary focus on higher-order concerns
      2. Editing and proofreading, as appropriate for the genre, audience, and purpose
    5. Reflection
      1. Narrating students’ own process through an assignment
      2. Identifying effective and ineffective processes
      3. Articulating areas of improvement
  4. Understanding and Responding to Texts
    1. Reading Effectively
      1. Understanding instructions for writing tasks
      2. Understanding main claims and ideas in various texts, such as written, visual, digital, and verbal texts
    2. Responding Effectively
      1. Articulating and supporting claims about a text, using evidence from that text.
      2. Supporting a claim about a text with evidence from outside the text, such as reasoning, analysis, experience, observation, etc. 
      3. Differentiating between students’ words and those of others using signal phrases, quotations, or other devices

Primary Faculty
Karlis, Sarah
Secondary Faculty
McGee, Nancy
Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Pritchett, Marie

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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