Course Descriptions

English Composition I - ENGL 1101


A composition course focusing on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts, with emphasis on exposition, analysis, and argumentation. The course includes an introductory use of a variety of research skills.

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Credit Hours


  • ESL students must have successfully completed all ESL courses. Remedial students must have completed all reading and writing requirements.


  • Free

Course Equivalency

    Course Syllabus    

After completing this course, you will be able to

  • Demonstrate critical thinking and critical reading strategies.
  • Use a writing process to produce writing.
  • Write complete and clear sentences that are grammatically correct according to standard written English.
  • Use correct spelling and punctuation.
  • Develop unified coherent paragraphs by expressing controlling ideas.
  • Support and clarify ideas with specific evidence and details.
  • Plan writing in light of situation, audience and purpose.
  • Follow a format and structure appropriate to the rhetorical situation.
  • Introduce and close essays while linking paragraphs logically and clearly.
  • Write for varied purposes informing, analyzing and arguing.
  • Select an organizational approach and style appropriate to varied situational contexts.
  • Synthesize information and ideas from one or more sources and explain.
  • Integrate appropriate information from outside sources in the appropriate style and form.
  • Use GALILEO and Web search engines to locate information.
  • Critically evaluate sources and assess varied perspectives and viewpoints.
  • Unit 1: The Introductory Unit
  • Unit 2: The Narrative Essay
  • Unit 3: Expository Writing & Rhetorical Analysis
  • Unit 4: The Argumentative Essay
  • Unit 5: Writing a Research-based Argument

Your final grade will be based on the following breakdown. Please note that each instructor may choose to make modifications.

  • Class Discussions & Assignments – 30%
  • Unit Essays (3) – 40%
  • Research Essay – 20%
  • Proctored Essay – 10%