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ENG-1061-VO03 - English Composition

Synonym: 143341
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-08-2015 to 12-21-2015
Faculty: Suzanne Purcell | View Faculty Credentials

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Course Description:

In this course, students develop effective composition skills and research techniques. Students learn strategies for organizing, evaluating, and revising their work through extensive reading of a variety of essay styles and literary texts; apply writing and research techniques to their papers; and demonstrate proficiency in first-year college-level writing and information literacy.

Essential Objectives:

1. Consistently apply an appropriate writing process that includes planning, drafting, revising and editing.
2. Demonstrate in written work an awareness of the relationship among writer, subject, audience, and purpose.
3. Demonstrate writing proficiency with a range of rhetorical approaches to include narration, exposition, argument, and critical analysis and recognize the stylistic and structural strategies in the writing of others.
4. Focus written work around an explicit central thesis, a position statement or proposition advanced by the writer that is arguable and supportable and develop the thesis systematically, using specific details and supporting evidence.
5. Compose written work that demonstrates effective use of sentence structure, paragraphing, grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling.
6. Collect, organize, and use a variety of traditional and electronic resources, critically evaluating information.
7. Demonstrate proficiency in research writing skills by completing one or more papers that:
a) Develop and support an arguable thesis in written work;
b) Collect, organize, evaluate and use a variety of traditional and electronic resources;
c) Incorporate relevant information and sources into written work; and
d) Appropriately acknowledge and document sources, using standard MLA or APA styles.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Hello Class,

Please look over my course materials and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I look forward to working with you!




ENG – 1061: English Composition I

Instructor: Suzanne Purcell

Spring, 2015


Students in this introductory writing course develop effective essay and composition skills. Through extensive reading and writing, students learn strategies for organizing, evaluating, and revising their work and ultimately demonstrate proficiency in first-year college-level writing. The course examines a variety of essay styles and literary texts and introduces students to research techniques.

Topics include: Narration; Description; Exemplification; Definition; Process Analysis; Cause and Effect; Comparison and Contrast; Division and Classification; Argumentation.  The focus will be on grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and the development of skills in structuring sentences, paragraphs and essays. 

Methods include weekly formal writing assignments of varying lengths; Peer Review of essays with a focus on content, mechanics, and grammar; substantive revision of several essays; completion of a research project, documented using MLA or APA; active participation on weekly discussion boards.

Grading Criteria:


A few words about grading: It is not my favorite part of teaching. However, it is necessary and gives you an idea of how you are doing throughout the class. I will make every effort to post your grades for the week as soon as possible.

The grading system for this course is based on a scale of 10. You can earn as many as 10 points for each week’s assignments, which include posts, submission of assigned projects, essays, and responses. The final project is worth 25 points
The total number of points you can earn for the course is 165. This means the grading for the semester looks like this:


148 – 165 points = A
132 – 147 points = B
116 – 131 points = C
99 – 115 points = D

At Midterm: (maximum points available: 70)
63 – 70 points = A
56 – 62 points = B
49 – 55 points = C
42 – 48 points = D


121 - 135 = A

108 - 120 = B

94 - 107 = C

81 - 93 = D

At Midterm: (maximum points available: 67)

60 - 67 = A

53 - 59 = B

46 - 52 = C

40 - 45 = D

Weekly Grading:

9-10 points = Excellent posts which include information from the reading assignments and critical thinking on your part. Responses are spread throughout the week and indicate that you have not only read the assigned reading, but your peer’s posts as well.

7-8 points = Several posts which include some references to the reading material, and more than two responses which are posted at different times.

5-6 points = A post which addresses the question in a very general way, and one or two responses that are written at the same time. Blackboard tracks posting times, so it is evident when you have spent 15 minutes on your posts for the week. Even though you may in fact be reading every post all week, I have no way of knowing this if you do not interact with your peers.

3-4 points = A post which addresses part of the question and one or two responses.

1-2 points = A single post, either an initial post for the week, or a reply to one of your peers.

0 = An absence is recorded for the week.

As the above criteria indicates, I am looking for meaningful synthesis of the reading material, quality interactions spread over the course of the week, and “critical thinking” on your part. Critical thinking is indicated by your opinion on the topic, and why you feel the way you do. Please always state the name of the person to whom you are responding, as this helps discussions stay organized and clear.
If you ever have questions or comments about grades or anything else, do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone. It is always better to address issues sooner rather than later.




Fall 2015 textbook data will be uploaded on August 10. We strongly suggest that you verify the information below with our online bookseller EdMap before purchasing textbooks from another vendor. If your course is at the Winooski center, check the UVM Bookstore for textbook and pricing information.

The Elements of Style, 4/e, ISBN: 9780205309023, PEARSON EDUCATION   $9.95

Additional Options: Used | Rental |

English Composition Reader - 2/e 2014, ISBN: 9781583901465, COPLEY PUBLISHING   $53.66

Attendance Policy:


Consistent attendance is critical to your success in this course. Attendance is defined as active participation on the discussion board, with initial posts submitted by Friday night and responses to your peers by Sunday night. Failure to meet these deadlines results in an absence for the week, and three absences results in failure of a 15 week course; no more than two absences are allowed during a 12 week summer course. If you know your post is going to be late and you have a valid reason, you must notify me prior to the weekly deadline.


Faculty Contact Information:

Email Address:
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jennifer Alberico -


This syllabus is a general overview of weekly topics and reading assignments. Page numbers refer to readings in The CCV English Composition Reader. There will be some additional online reading assignments, which will be posted in the weekly instructions.
Always refer to the weekly instructions for all assignment details.

Weekly assignments will always consist of readings and the writing of an essay following the tenets of that week's format.  Students will post an essay to the weekly discussion board and actively participate in classroom discussions.  Weekly assignments will build elements of the final research project.

Week 1

Reading Assignment: Narration

Page 92 - 138


Week 2

Reading Assignment: Description

Selections of Pages 139 - 204


Week 3

Reading Assignment: Exemplification

Page 205 - 235


Week 4:

Reading Assignment: Definition

Page 236 - 258


Week 5

Reading Assignment: Process Analysis

Page 159 - 289


Week 6

No Reading Assignment in Text

Essay: Beautiful Things

Week 7

Reading Assignment: Cause & Effect

Page 290 - 309


Week 8

Reading Assignment: Comparison and Contrast

Page 310 - 340


Week 9

Reading Assignment: Division and Classification

Page 341 - 360


Week 10

Reading Assignment: Argumentation

Page 361 - 416


Week 11

Reading Assignment: TBA online sources

Topic: Research Methods


Week 12

Reading Assignment: TBA

Topic: Documentation


Week 13

Reading Assignment: TBA

Topic: First Draft of Research Paper


Week 14

Reading Assignment: TBA

Topic: Completion of Research Paper


Week 15

Reading Assignment: Culminating Activities


Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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