May 19, 2024  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EN 131 - Composition

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course assumes competence at the high school level in writing coherent, effective, well organized, and grammatically correct texts. The objective of EN 131 Composition is to help students refine their strategies for communicating ideas clearly and to deepen students’ understanding of how they must adapt these strategies to fit changing rhetorical contexts and multiple audiences. (prereq: None) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the principles and techniques of writing unified, coherent, emphatic, and well-organized essays
  • Use basic grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development in an appropriate manner
  • Be familiar with the basic tools of library research
  • Write essays which include the essential parts: introduction, body, and conclusion
  • Understand and use revising and editing techniques
  • Use good pre-writing strategies when planning and composing essays
  • Be familiar with writing audience-based essays
  • Understand the need to assume a persona when writing

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Principles and techniques of essay writing (8 classes)
  • Pre-writing and editing strategies (2 classes)
  • Library research (1 class)
  • Evaluation, documentation, and incorporation of sources (4 classes)
  • Peer evaluation and writing workshops (4 classes)
  • Impromptu, in-class writing and journaling (1 class)
  • Analysis of composition strategies and discussion of content in written and visual texts (10 classes)

Jennifer Farrell

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