Dec 07, 2019  
2019-2020 Course Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Course Catalog
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ENGL 1021 - Composition I

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture 4 Lab None
Course Description: This college composition course emphasizes academic writing, persuasive writing, and the expository essay. Students apply rhetorical principles, such as purpose, audience, and style, throughout the writing process. Students also compose source-based and claim-based writing by selecting, evaluating, organizing, and documenting sources. Instructor-supervised use of the Writing Center, equivalent to one credit, is required for students enrolled in ENGL 1021 sections meeting fewer than four hours per week. ENGL 1020  is equivalent to ENGL 1021, Composition I. If both ENGL 1020 and ENGL 1021 are completed, the most recent course will count for credit.
MnTC Goals
1 Communication

Prerequisite(s): Course placement into ENGL 1021 OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher and RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR course placement into ESOL 1033  or completion of ESOL 0043  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Word processing proficiency and basic computer skills

Major Content

  1. Rhetorical principles
    1. Purpose
    2. Audience
    3. Style
    4. Persuasive appeals
    5. Voice
    6. Point of view
    7. Engagement with a community of writers
  2. Writing process(es)
    1. Invention strategies
    2. Drafting as thinking
    3. Revision based on feedback within a community of writers
    4. Editing to eliminate grammatical errors
    5. Professional presentation
  3. Thesis-driven essays
    1. Logical and persuasive support
    2. Unity and coherence
  4. Conventions of academic discourse
  5. Finding, evaluating, and incorporating sources
    1. Using databases and other credible resources
    2. Integration of source material
    3. Documentation
    4. MLA format
    5. Avoiding plagiarism
    6. Awareness of alternative documentation styles
  6. Providing and responding to peer and/or instructor feedback

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. employ a writing process to produce expository and argumentative essays that use standard English and advance thesis-driven arguments.
  2. apply rhetorical principles, such as purpose, audience, and style.
  3. engage in academic discourse.
  4. locate, critically analyze, and incorporate materials from diverse sources and points of view in writing.
  5. write a documented essay.

Competency 1 (1-6)
01. 01. Understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing and presentation.

01. 03. Locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view.

01. 04. Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.

01. 05. Construct logical and coherent arguments.

01. 06. Use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in their writing and speaking.

01. 07. Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.
Competency 2 (7-10)
None


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