Research Writing

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Course Description:
This course is designed to increase proficiency in effective methods of library research and in writing the documented essay. ENC 1133 fulfills 2,000 words of the Gordon Rule writing requirement.


Course Details


Grades of "C" or higher in ENC 1101 and ENC 1102



Richard Hinson



Required textbooks/ course materials:

No textbook or course materials are required to purchase for this course.

Any handbook with an MLA documentation-style reference may be used in print or online. The OWL at Purdue MLA online handbook is an excellent resource.



Assignment/course outline:

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


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

ENC 1133 is a General Education core course in Area 5—Humanities

The purpose of the humanities in the core curriculum is to understand the human condition through the study of the following: art history, literature, music history, music theory, performing arts, philosophy, and visual arts.

H-1   Identify the humanities in various cultures. 

H-2   Elucidate the historical context of human artistic expressions.

H-3   Analyze artistic expressions and articulate informed responses. 

H-4   Identify reasons to preserve the humanities.

H-5   Describe core human beliefs and principles in the humanities.  

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 when reading and writing.  


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Formulate an argumentative thesis.
  • Develop the thesis by providing adequate support from the literature.
  • Develop the thesis by arranging the ideas and supporting details in a logical pattern appropriate to the purpose and focus.
  • Develop the thesis by writing coherent prose and providing effective transitional devices that clearly reflect the organizational pattern and relationships of parts.
  • Observe the conventions of the Modern Language Association style by correctly using direct quotations and paraphrases.
  • Observe the conventions of the Modern Language Association by avoiding plagiarism.
  • Observe the conventions of the Modern Language Association by correctly creating a works cited page.
  • Employ electronic resources for research.
  • Employ conventional outline format.
  • Observe the conventions of Standard American English.

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

C-1, C-2

C-1, C-4

C-1, C-4

C-1, C-4

Research Papers, Writing Assignments, Documented/Argumentative Essays



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Write a concise argument thesis statement.
  • Generate a workable outline.
  • Correctly document borrowed material.
  • Research a given topic.
  • Correctly compose a Works Cited page.
  • Write an argumentative, documented essay of 2,000 words on the assigned topic using the MLA format.
  • Read all material assigned, both in the text and in the research packet.
  • Search for material in the library and electronic sources suitable to the given topic.
  • Attend class regularly.
  • Turn in all assignments on time for assessing progress.


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