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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 11-Apr-24

Fall 2024 | ENG-1061-VO09 - English Composition

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 2 (as of 07-13-24 3:05 PM)
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Jason Robtoy
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cindy Swanson

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Introductory Written Expression
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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. Discuss writing by authors from diverse (such as racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and gender) backgrounds to explore how perspectives and experiences may shape voice in composition.
5. 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.
6. Compose written work that demonstrates effective use of sentence structure, paragraphing, grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling.
7. Demonstrate proficiency in research writing skills by completing one or more papers that:
a) Develop and support an arguable thesis;
b) Locate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate scholarly and professional sources, including primary and secondary evidence as needed, to address an academic research question;
c) Appropriately acknowledge and document sources, using standard MLA or APA styles.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class. ***

ENG-1061-VO09 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


As this is an asynchronous online course, the methods will be a little different than a fully in-person class. For the most part, work will be independent, and we will also utilize online discussions on a weekly basis. Most of these will be traditional discussions through Canvas, although we may use short video discussions as well. For online discussions, please post thoughtful content to move the discussions (and learning) forward. We will often use discussions for peer critiques of papers as well.

*NOTE: we will use a free online textbook for this class.

Evaluation Criteria

Grades for the course will be calculated as follows:

  • 4-6 page narrative essay = 15%
  • 4-6 page persuasive essay = 15%
  • 4-6 page comparison essay = 15%
  • 8-10 page research paper = 25%
  • class participation/homework = 30%

You are allowed one late paper, for whatever reason. Anything late after that will be penalized one letter grade.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Week 1

  • Class introductions

  • Get familiar with the textbook

  • Characteristics of narrative essays

  • Read sample narratives


Sample narrative essays


discussion and introductions


  • Reading more sample narratives

  • Choosing narrative topics

  • Choosing books & novels for the comparison essay

  • Discussion


sample narrative essays


choosing books & movies for later comparison


  • Narrative essay rough drafts & critiques

  • Reading sample narratives

  • Discussion

  • “How to Say Nothing in 500 Words”


How to Say Nothing in 500 Words

Ch. 1 & 2 of textbook


rough drafts of narrative essays

ch. 1 & 2 response



  • Discussion of “How to Say Nothing in 500 Words”

  • *keep reading novels!


keep reading novels!



final draft of narrative essay


  • Reading sample persuasive essays

  • Ethos, pathos, and logos

  • Discussion

  • Thesis development, appropriate sources


ch. 3-4 of our textbook

persuasive essay samples




  • Examining the persuasive essay rubric

  • VCVS Library plagiarism resources

  • Persuasive essay rough drafts and critiques


sample persuasive essays


rough drafts of persuasive essays



  • Persuasive speech characteristics

  • Persuasive speech intros developed from papers


keep reading novels!

famous persuasive speeches


persuasive essay final drafts

introduction for a speech version of persuasive essay


  • Formality - avoiding “you”

  • Books finished!

  • Watch the movie

  • Book discussion


finishing novels




  • Comparison essay rough drafts and critiques

  • Read sample comparison essays


sample comparison essays


comparison essay rough drafts



  • Discussion



final draft of comparison essays


  • The research process

  • Evaluating sources

  • Research question and list of sources






  • Research paper outlines

  • MLA overview

  • Paraphrasing and citing overview



ch. 6-7 of our textbook




  • Examining the research paper rubric

  • Looking at sample research papers

  • Research paper rough drafts and critiques


sample research papers


rough drafts & critiques





  • Celebrations of knowledge! (research paper presentations)


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

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.