Skagit Valley College logo

Catalog Course Search Details

 Course Title:   English Composition I

 Title Abbreviation:   ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

 Department:    ENGL&

 Course #:    101

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    230101

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

The study of fundamental writing skills and varied writing strategies leading to the planning, organizing, writing, and revising of academic essays.


Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 99.

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 Communication  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU 101
OTHER Meets GUR at 3 BIS
U of W 131
WSU 101
WWU 101

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze any writing assignment and design a written response that meets the requirements of the assignment.
    • Determine the purpose of a given assignment
    • Take into consideration the needs of the audience
    • Select and focus a topic of suitable breadth for a given writing assignment
    • Select methods of development appropriate to the needs of the thesis sentence and essay goals including compare/contrast, casual analysis, description, example
    • Recognize and use both deductive and inductive methods of organization in writing essays and other assignments
    • Consciously select a method of organization appropriate to the assignment goals
  2. Implement a writing process that includes a conscious use of prewriting, planning, writing, and rewriting.
    • Use a variety of prewriting methods to establish topics, ideas and writing strategies as needed
    • Shift as needed between drafting and revising and editing modes
    • Analyze and revise/edit the student's own writing
    • Critique peer writing
    • Submit work that shows the process as well as the final product
  3. Develop ideas.
    • Select and focus topics that allow for complex development and careful analysis commensurate with college level work
    • Establish significance of the idea being developed
    • Distinguish between major and subordinate points
    • Support generalizations with sufficient and appropriate details, examples, and/or reasoning
    • When necessary for the reader's understanding, show connections in the writer's reasoning
    • Acknowledge or reconcile contradictions within the writing
    • Explore difficult and unfamiliar aspects of controlling idea
    • Apply critical thinking skills to development and presentation of ideas
    • Demonstrate ability to apply diverse perspectives to the exploration and understanding of ideas
  4. 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 errors
  5. Revise to add voice and style to increase reader interest
    • Use word selection to add interest, vary the tone, and create an individual voice
    • Use a variety of sentence structures
    • Trim excess words

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.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.
1.4 Evaluate issues (for example economic, legal, historic, social) surrounding the use of information.
1.5 Effectively integrate and use information ethically and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.

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 . . .
2.2 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.
3.7 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. Analyze any writing assignment and design a writen response that meets the requirements of the assignment.
  2. Implement a writing process that includes a conscious use of prewriting, planning, writing, and rewriting.
  3. Develop ideas.
  4. Revise to eliminate synactical, mechanical, and usage errors.
  5. Revise to add voice and style and to increase reader interest.