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Revision Date: 22-Dec-22

Spring 2023 | ENG-1061-VO19X - 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 03-13-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-02-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 02-21-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Richard Isenberg
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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.


Welcome to English composition. Language is the core skill through which all other learning takes place. The ability to communicate clearly, efficiently, and eloquently in writing will serve you well regardless of the path your personal and professional life may take. This course is designed to develop each student’s writing skill, focus on the compositional forms most common in academic and professional writing, focus on standard usage and fluency, build competence and confidence to succeed at any writing task, and enjoy and appreciate good writing.To accomplish these goals we will work to develop a class atmosphere of mutual support and collaboration.

The best way to learn to write is to write a lot. In this course you will be asked to write in every class and will have regular reading and writing tasks between meetings. You will also be asked to share your own writing, read the writing of others, participate in discussions, and contribute productive criticism.

There will be assigned readings each week. To avoid the expense of a textbook, both instructional and literary readings will be available online through our Canvas page. Instructional readings are for your information. Literary readings are examples of good writing. Poetry is to illustrate the beauty of thoughtful word-craft.

You will be asked to respond to the weekly class reading. Responses should be thoughtful, but brief (100-200 words). Responses will be posted on our discussion forum. You are expected to read and encouraged to comment on the reflections of classmates.

There will be seven formal writing projects, one each week in this accelerated class. The seven tasks represent the most common composition forms in academic and professional writing. These will be submitted electronically, edited and revised. In a compressed course, it is assumed that your are prepared to keep to the accelerated pace.

You are encouraged to read and listen to good, topical language from a variety of information and entertainment sources. Each week you are expected to identify and post on the Canvas Discussion site at least one quotation that you think is particularly interesting and well crafted.

While you will end up writing a lot, each task is focused on a specific composition skill where quality is more important than quantity.

Evaluation Criteria

The purpose of assessments is to encourage and praise, identify strengths and weaknesses, guide instruction, determine progress over time, and determine performance based on standards. Successful completion of each tasks will accumulate into your final evaluation for the course.

· 70% of your final evaluation will be the six formal compositions

· 15% will be earned by completing your weekly journal reflections on the assigned readings.

· 15% will be your class participation in discussions, peer editing, asking questions, posting weekly quotations, and sharing your own ideas and work.

You may continue to revise, edit, and resubmit a paper as many times as necessary until you are satisfied that it is as good as it can be. Everyone who does the work will do well. Everyone who also has fun, will do better.

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




Narrative Essay



Description/Figurative Language/Idioms/Wordplay


Descriptive Essay





Comparative Essay



Process Analysis/Organizing Information


Procedure Essay



Persuasion/Using Data


Persuasive Essay



Research Paper


Research Paper



Putting It All Together


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

Participation each week is expected. Attendance will be assessed based on participation in weekly discussion forums and completing writing assignments on time. If you have a planned or emergency absence, please contact the instructor to ensure there is a plan to complete the missed work.

Missing & Late Work Policy

It is assumed that you will choose this accelerated class because you have the time and commitment to complete a semester's worth of work in seven weeks. While late work and additional revisions may be accepted, falling behind the pace of the course will make success extremely difficult.

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.