English Composition I

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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

Tammie Newsome

Belinda Stephens

Rachel West, Ph.D.

David Williams



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Bullock, Richard. The Little Seagull Handbook with Exercises and Access Code, Fourth Edition. Spiral Bound, New York: W.W. Norton and Company.  ISBN: 9780393877946

If a used text is purchased, students are required to purchase InQuizitive through the W. W. Norton website ISBN: 978039357000



Assignment/course outline:

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


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

Essays, Documented Essays, Departmental Exam, Pre- and Post-Tests, Writing Assignments, Reports



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Each student will be expected to read all material assigned in the syllabus.

A student-faculty conference is required during the first six weeks of class for all students with a D or F average.  Faculty will schedule this conference during their Help Session hours or Office Hours.  Students wishing to withdraw from the class must have two documented conferences with the instructor.

Each student will be responsible for working on his/her areas of weakness.  The instructor may assign remediation work and make an appointment with the student in the writing center during scheduled hours.

Pop quizzes, and/or weekly quizzes, may be used by the instructor to assess student progress and assign grades as indicated under Grading Policies.

Impromptu class essays, assigned class essays, and/or out‑of‑class essays will be required and graded on a regular basis.

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 for the assignment.

Each instructor is responsible for conducting class in an orderly, efficient, professional manner and following this syllabus.  All of each class period will be composed of a recognizable part of the subject matter of the course and syllabus, relating to one or more of the above objectives.  The instructor is expected to be the expert, the authority, on the content of the course and is further expected to assist the student in mastering this content.  In order to do this, the instructor will discuss the assigned reading and will carefully evaluate all written or oral work used in determining grades as specified in the syllabus.


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