English Composition I

Course Code:

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:

001, 003, 005, 100, 700


Course Description:
This course in English composition is designed to prepare a student to write successfully throughout the four-year college career. Theme assignments deal with narrative, descriptive, expository, and argumentative writing. A documented essay is required. ENC 1101 fulfills 6,000 words of the Gordon Rule writing requirement.


Course Details


Acceptable placement scores in writing (or a grade of “C” or higher in ENC 0022 or ENC 0056) and reading (or a grade of “C” or higher in REA 0019 or REA 0056).

A grade of “C” or higher must be earned to enroll in ENC 1102 or to use this course as part of the general education requirement in English.



Rachael Beers

Richard Hinson

Kristi Jordan

Kurt McInnis

Rachel West, Ph.D.


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Bullock, Richard. The Little Seagull Handbook with Exercises and InQuizitive Access Code, Fourth Edition. Spiral Bound, New York: W.W. Norton and Company. (ISBN: 9780393888966).

If a used text is purchased, students are required to purchase InQuizitive through the W. W. Norton website (ISBN: 9780393888942).

English 1101 Syllabus, 2023-2024

One (1) flash drive


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

ENC 1101 is a General Education core course in Area 4—Communication 

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 Communicate effectively in various rhetorical modes

C-2 Evaluate ideas using critical thinking

C-3 Demonstrate appropriate documentation techniques through various assignments

C-4 Analyze human experiences through reading and writing

C-5 Demonstrate the effective use of the conventions of Standard American English


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Write well-developed essays employing various rhetorical modes

Demonstrate the effective use of the conventions of Standard American English

Deliver a well-developed oral presentation

Demonstrate the conventions of Modern Language Association documentation

Evaluate ideas using critical thinking

C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5

C-1, C-5

C-1, C-2, C-4

C-1, C-3

C-1, C-2, C-4

A compilation of student essays and writing assignments


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Instructors will provide lessons on writing, documentation, and grammar via a combination of lectures, PowerPoints, exercises, collaboration, and/or in-class assignments. Each student will be expected to read all assigned material as well as complete all the writing and grammar assignments.

Approximately 6,000 words will be required in order for any student to receive a satisfactory grade of at least a “C.”  Multiple essays, including documented essays (research paper), must be written by each student.  Short writing exercises may be used to teach specific objectives.  Final drafts will be prepared on a computer and submitted to Turn It In through Canvas.  Each essay is expected to be neat, edited for careless errors, and turned in on time.  Each instructor may specify other requirements.  Make‑up work is the responsibility of the student, as covered elsewhere under Attendance and Withdrawal Policies.

PLAGIARISM is academic dishonesty and may be defined as submitting another’s work as your own.  It includes failure to use quotation marks or other conventional marking around material quoted from any printed or electronic source.  Plagiarism shall also include paraphrasing a specific source without indicating accurately what the source is.  Plagiarism shall further include downloading essays or letting another person compose or rewrite a student's written assignment.  Plagiarism will result in a zero (0) for the assignment.


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