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Course ENG101: English Composition I


In this course, you will develop better writing skills through learning and practicing the steps of the writing process: prewriting, writing (drafting), revision, editing, and publishing.

The course focuses on the genres of writing (types of writing) that are most frequently used in college, such as expository essays and research papers. Lessons also highlight the importance of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling, and explain effective research techniques, use of sources, and citation.

The primary project, counting for 20% of your grade is a 10 page research paper, with accompanying presentation (3.3% of your grade).

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take English Composition I.

English Composition I Course Objectives:

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the following genres (types) of nonfiction writing and the settings in which they would be used: expository, descriptive, narrative, argumentative (research)
  • Identify the following genres of expository writing and the settings in which they would be used: analysis, cause & effect, compare/contrast, illustration/examples, process analysis
  • Compose in at least the following genres of writing: exposition, narrative, literary analysis, argumentative (research)
  • Explain and identify the steps involved in the writing process
  • Make use of prewriting techniques to identify a subject for writing and to organize one's thoughts about it
  • Employ basic principles of rhetoric, such as writing for a particular audience and adjusting tone accordingly
  • Compose a strong thesis statement
  • Organize an essay into a well written form: introduction, body with supporting evidence, and conclusion
  • Employ proper research techniques
  • Analyze and judge the validity of the various kinds of sources used in research
  • Summarize and paraphrase without plagiarizing.
  • Successfully revise and edit an essay for content, style, and form
  • Understand and apply principles of visual rhetoric through the creation of a presentation
  • Evaluate peer essays according to a rubric
  • Construct grammatically correct sentences
  • Compose sentences and paragraphs with correct spelling and punctuation


Course Materials & Tuition:

Title Cost
Strunk, W., & White, E. B. (2000). The Elements of Style. New York: Longman. 105 pages.   ISBN 0-205-30902-X $5.20
Total Cost of Course, including Books (at Full Price): $705.20


To register for this course:

  1. If you are not already a student: Apply Now & agree to the terms of the included Enrollment Agreement. Once your application is approved, log in to Populi to register.
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