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 Course Title:   Basic Composition

 Title Abbreviation:   BASIC COMPOSITION

 Department:    ENGL

 Course #:    99

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    330103

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

The study of fundamentals of grammar, syntax, and composition leading to the construction of effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays.


Prerequisite: Grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 97, or AESL 98, or appropriate test score and concurrent enrollment or completion of CSS 103

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic N/A  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop ideas through conscious use of syntax.
    • Use varies of subordination to establish relationship of ideas and emphasis in own writing.
    • Structure own sentences to include a variety of simple, compound, and complex sentences as appropriate to context.
  2. Organize ideas through paragraph development strategies.
    • Within any paragraph of own writing, select a rhetorical mode and transitions appropriate to the needs of the topic sentence and paragraph goals [i.e. example, comparison-contrast, cause-effect, classification].
    • Revise paragraphs to sustain unity of ideas.
    • Edit paragraphs to sustain clarity of ideas.
  3. Develop short essays through appropriate coordination of paragraphs.
    • Subordinate paragraphs to a central idea.
    • Write/revise/edit paragraphs to create logical sequence.
    • Use transitional devices to create continuity.
    • Apply critical thinking skills in developing thesis sentence/controlling ideas and in answering organizational problems.
  4. Implement a writing process that includes conscious use of planning, revision, and editing.
    • Use a variety of prewriting methods to establish topics, idea, and writing strategies.
    • Shift as needed between drafting, editing, and revising modes.
    • Analyze, revise, and edit own writing.
    • Critique peer editing.
    • Submit work that shows the writer's process as well as product.
    • Demonstrate ability to recognize diverse perspectives/points of view in written work.
  5. Revise to eliminate syntactical, mechanical, and usage errors.
    • Recognize and eliminate run-ons, fragments, and comma splices.
    • Recognize and avoid sexist language.
    • Proofread to eliminate spelling, punctuation, and other mechanical errors.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.
3.7 Adapt communication to diverse audiences and media.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

Course Contents

  1. Writing process: selection and focus of topics, formulation of workable thesis, organization of paragraphs and essays, introductions of paragraphs, introductions/transitions/conclusions of essays, revision, editing.
  2. Grammar: basic sentence structure, correction of sentence fragments, run-ons, and fused sentences, agreement, punctuation, use of phrases and clauses, parallelism, capitalization, proofreading, idiomatic expression.