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Revision Date: 04-Jan-23

Spring 2023 | ENG-1062-VO04 - English Composition II

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


Ruth Farmer
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cindy Swanson

Course Description

This course is an introduction to interdisciplinary writing and an opportunity to refine critical reading and writing skills. Students construct complex essays, enhance their writing skills, and experiment with a greater variety of strategies to interest, inform, and persuade. Students must complete a final research paper with a grade of C- or better in order to pass this course. This course fulfills the research and writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite: English Composition.

Essential Objectives

1. Explore through reading, writing, and critical discussion a broad range of texts from a variety of genres such as memoir, travel, argument, satire, humor, and reflection.
2. Write and revise essays that demonstrate a variety of rhetorical strategies designed to meet the needs of specific audiences.
3. Develop complex positions or arguments through writing, synthesizing personal ideas with other information, arguments, and perspectives in order to support a claim and create new meaning, insight, and understanding.
4. Analyze and evaluate underlying strategies in selected works to define specific rhetorical components and evaluate their purpose and power.
5. Distinguish among opinions, facts, inferences, and persuasive approaches in primary and secondary sources.
6. Demonstrate the ability and willingness to approach a particular idea, problem, task, or writing goal from multiple perspectives.
7. Develop a process for getting started, developing, and structuring drafts, as well as revising toward a final product.
8. Examine and practice variations in style with an aim of developing a distinctive writing style of one's own.
9. Demonstrate information literacy skills: distinguish between and utilize both primary and secondary sources; perform library and web-based literature searches; and evaluate data and resources for credibility, reliability, and validity.
10. Demonstrate the ability to apply either APA or MLA citation styles in academic writing by parenthetically citing sources in the text and correctly compiling them in the relevant end sources page.
11. Compose, revise, and edit a final paper that includes a thesis, integrates five or more scholarly and professional sources, including primary and secondary evidence as needed, to address an academic research question and demonstrate writing proficiency by achieving a grade of C- or better.

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.


Methods include readings, discussion forums, essay assignments, quizzes, mini-lectures, audiovisual texts, and research project.

Evaluation Criteria

Research paper (50%): You will develop a research project comprised of several assignments, culminating in a final persuasive or argumentative essay. Assignments leading up to the final paper are intended to help strengthen your research and writing skills.

The final paper should be original to this class. That is, no recycling from previous or current coursework.

Discussion forums, attendance, and participation (30%): Regular attendance and participation are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV.As this is an online course, you receive credit for attendance by entering the course site and doing classwork.

Participation in online discussions is mandatory. Late, missing, and incomplete postings will negatively impact your final grade.

Additional assignments (20%): Essays, quizzes, and other assignments, including those that help you to develop your final paper.

Evaluation Criteria: Assignments are evaluated for depth, originality of ideas, critical thinking, clarity, adherence to writing conventions, appropriate documentation of source materials, and timely submission.

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


Essential Objectives

  • Research and Writing Intensive Module: This module contains vital information to help you have a successful semester. CCV offers much support to help you strengthen your academic skills.Pay particular attention to the resources in Research and Writing Help.
  • Course Resources Module:This is where you will find course-related documents. I add documents regularly, so check back here often.
  • Syllabus: Read it carefully. You're responsible for the expectations outlined in this document, so you might as well read it. Ask questions if you don't understand anything in the syllabus.

Forums: Introductions and Discussion



Exploring Multiple Perspectives




Essay 1: Reflective Essay

Discussion Forum



Purpose and Audience




Discussion Forum

Essay 2: Purpose and Audience



Critical Reading


Readings and mini-lecture


Discussion Forum



Analyzing Arguments


Readings and mini-lecture


Discussion Forum

Essay 3: Argument Analysis



Inquiry-Based Research




Exploratory Essay

Discussion Forum



Writing as Inquiry




Compare and Contrast Essay

Discussion Forum



Continuing the Research Process - Confirmation Bias


Ted Talks



Annotated Bibliography

Discussion Forum



Continuing the Research Process - Research Paper Draft


peer review


Discussion Forum: Sharing Research Paper Draft Introduction



Listening to Learn: Podcasts




Analysis of podcast episodes

Discussion Forum



What is a Good Idea?


Readings and Ted Talk


Discussion Forum



Exploring an Abstract Concept


Readings and Ted Talk


Discussion Forum



Opposing Views




Discussion Forum



Revising the Research Paper




Discussion Forum



Final Paper




Discussion Forum


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

Discussion Forums

Unless otherwise noted, the posting schedule is as follows:

  • Post 300-400 word reading responses by Thursday evening. Answer the questions posed, using specific details (such as citing the readings).
  • Respond to the post of at least one classmate by Friday evening. Responses to class members should be substantive. “I agree” or other minimalist phrases do not constitute sufficient engagement in the discussion.
  • By Sunday evening, respond to two additional class members.

In summary, each week you are expected to respond to forum questions and to the posts of three classmates. Discussion forums close on Monday morning.

Attendance, Making Up Work, and Related Information

Attendance Policy: It’s understandable that computer glitches, illnesses, family crises, and other unexpected events may cause absences or late postings. However, three absences (explained or unexplained) will result in a grade of F.

Late Work Policy: An assignment is considered late if not submitted or presented by the due date. Points will be deducted from late postings and late papers. Papers not submitted within one week of the due date will not be accepted.

No papers will be accepted after the last day of the semester.

Making Up Work: If you cannot attend class due to an emergency, email me. Contact me before submitting make-up assignments. You may make up a maximum of two discussion forums, for partial credit. You may make up one essay; it will receive a late penalty.

You must contact me within a week of the missed assignment. As an example, do not ask in Week 8 to make up work that was due during Weeks 1-6. You will not receive credit for submitting make-up work if we have not had an email exchange or video or phone conversation first.

Syllabus, methods, assignments, and structure of the class are subject to change.

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.