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Revision Date: 30-Dec-22

Spring 2023 | ENG-1061-VO16 - 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: 01-24-2023 to 05-08-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Jennifer Alberico
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cindy Swanson

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
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 course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


In this class, we will be reading a variety of writers, testing out our own writing skills in order to develop voice and focusing on strengthening skills while developing style. To achieve this, we will write as a form of discussion, write in other informal forms, and work on developing strong essays as we approach the final paper. We will incorporate other mediums as well to help shape our thinking and expose us to other ways of achieving our goals.

Evaluation Criteria

Participation: 15%

Assignments: 25%

Essays: 20%

Final Essay: 35%

Drafts: 5%

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


Introductions and the Narrative Essay


Readings included in Module 1


Grammar quizzes 1 & 2 on commas

Readings posted in the Week One Module

Discussions 1 & 2

Journal #1



Developing Your Narrative Essay


Readings included in Module 2


Narrative essay draft due February 6

Discussions due following the initial Thursday/final post Sunday cycle



Developing Your Narrative Voice Continued


Readings Included in Week 3 Module


Sentence Fragment Quiz due February 13

Two discussion forums following Thursday/Sunday due dates



Polishing Your Narrative Essay


Readings are Included in the Week Four Module


Narrative Essay: Final Draft due February 20th

Discussions due on Thursday and Sunday cycles



Developing Your Example/Illustration Essay


All readings are included in the Week Five module


Journal #2 Due February 27th

Illustration/Example essay draft due February 27th




Scholarly Conversations, Citing Sources, and Practicing Summarizing


All readings included in the Week Six module


Grammar Quiz #3 due March 6th

Summarization exercise due March 6th




Polishing Your Illustration Essay and Learning to Compare/Contrast


All readings are included in Week Seven module


Illustration/Example Final Draft due March 13th




Writing the Compare/Contrast Essay


All readings included in the Week Eight module


Grammar Quiz #4 due March 20

Compare/Contrast First Draft due March 20




Practicing Compare/Contrast Skills


All readings can be found in the Week 9 Module


Journal #3 due March 27th

Active vs. Passive voice assignment due March 27th




Intro to the Research Paper and Polishing Your Compare/Contrast Essay


All readings can be found in the Week Ten module


Grammar Quiz #5 due April 3

Summit Your Research Paper Topic due April 3

Final Draft Compare/Contrast Essay



Selecting Your Research Topic, Thesis Statement, Works Cited


All Readings can be found in the Week Eleven module


Thesis Quiz due April 10th




Developing Your Outline


All readings can be found in the Week Twelve module



Works Cited Page

Journal 4 - All are due on April 17th




Research Paper


All readings can be found in the Week Thirteen module


Grammar Quiz #6 due April 24th

Research Paper Draft due April 24th



Developing Your Analysis Skills


All readings are available in the Week Fourteen Module


Reflection of the Research Paper - Due May 1st

Discussions due on Thursday/ Sunday cycle



Final Research Paper


All readings included in the Week Fifteen Module


Final Research Paper Due on May 8th



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.

Participation Expectations

Discussions are the heart of the online class. That's why we have requirements for them. Please be sure to follow the posting requirements each week (they are included in every discussion forum prompt) in order to receive full points. Every week, you are expected to post at least once initially by Thursday night at 11:59 and then finish up your replies by Sunday night at 11:59. Please always check back to see if people have asked you questions or responded to your posts--including me! There is a rubric used to asses your posts each week; be sure to read the rubric to make sure you are getting full points (or the find out why you are not!).

Missing & Late Work Policy

Late or Missing Work: If you miss the due date on any assignment and you want to make it up, you MUST get in touch with me and get my permission to submit late work before you do it. To save yourself some work, please do that before just submitting anything past the due date. Everyone gets ONE FREE PASS per semester that I will grant you to submit a late or missing assignment, but you do have to check with me first.

Discussions cannot be made up. Once the week's discussion is over, it is over and there is no going back.

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.