Developmental Writing (Combined)

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Course Description:
This course is designed to augment writing skills by concentrating on writing sentences, paragraphs, and short themes. This course is designed for those exempt, non-exempt, or opt-in students whose placement scores indicate remediation.


Course Details


Placement scores on ACT 0-16; PERT 0-102; SAT 200-430. A grade of “C” or higher in this course is required before advancing to ENC 1101.



Carol Saunders


Required textbooks/ course materials:

The Perfect English Grammar Workbook: Simple Rules and Quizzes to Master Today’s English, 2017, Zephyros Press. ISBN: 9781623157968.



Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

The purpose of the communications area in the core curriculum is to enable the student to read critically and communicate effectively in clear and correct English.

C-1   Demonstrate the writing process through various formats using the conventions of 

         Standard American English.

C-2   Use rhetorical modes effectively in written and oral communication.

C-3   Illustrate critical thinking in writing or oral communication.

C-4   Construct a documented essay using research and technology skills.

C-5   Analyze universal human experiences in essays and literature.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Sustain focus on a specific topic or argument

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard written

Support and illustrate arguments and explanations with relevant

English, including grammar, usage, and mechanics details, and examples

Create a logical progression of ideas or events, and convey the relationships among them

Establish a thesis that addresses the specific task and audience

Develop and maintain a style and tone appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience

Choose words and phrases to express ideas precisely and concisely

Assess the quality of one’s own writing, and, when necessary, strengthen it through revision

Use varied sentence structures to achieve cohesion between

When writing to inform or explain, students must convey sentence information clearly and coherently

When writing to inform or explain, students must demonstrate

Accurately incorporate source material into one’s own work understanding of content by reporting facts accurately while avoiding plagiarism

When writing arguments, students must establish a substantive claim

When writing arguments, students must link claims and evidence with clear reasons, and ensure that the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims

Students must acknowledge competing arguments or information, defending or qualifying the initial claim as appropriate

Gather the information needed to build an argument, provide an explanation, or address a research question

Recognize effective transitional devices within the context of a passage

Recognizes commonly confused or misused words or phrases

Places modifiers correctly

Uses coordination and subordination effectively

Recognizes parallel structure

Avoids inappropriate shifts in verb tense

Maintains agreement between pronoun and antecedent

Avoids inappropriate pronoun shifts

Maintains clear pronoun references

Uses proper case forms

Uses adjectives and adverbs correctly

Uses appropriate degree forms

Avoids fragments, comma splices, and fused sentences

Uses standard verb forms

Maintains agreement between subject and verb

Uses standard spelling

Uses standard punctuation

Uses standard capitalization

Use technology as a tool to produce, edit, and distribute writing

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C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4

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C-1, T-1, T-2

Tests, Writing Assignments, Homework, Cumulative Final, Essays


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The student will

  1. attend class with consistency (See attendance policy).
  2. learn the material presented and assigned.
  3. make up any work missed during an excused absence within one week after returning to school.
  4. complete all assignments with promptness and accuracy.
  5. obtain a passing score on quizzes, chapter tests, and major exams.
  6. participate in classroom activities.
  7. complete all writing assignments.
  8. treat classmates and instructor with respect.

The instructor will

  1. explain clearly all material to be covered.
  2. make assignments.
  3. administer, score, and correct quizzes and tests and return to students within a reasonable time frame.
  4. maintain a pleasant and respectful environment.

Lecture from the class textbook is the primary means of instruction. Concepts will be explained and enhanced through board illustrations, supplementary worksheets, and video presentations. Other instructional techniques will include prompting student written and oral responses and directing small group work.


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