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ENG 025 - Basic Writing


Last Date of Approval: Fall 2021

4 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 60
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
Basic Writing prepares students for ENG 105. This course focuses on the rules of grammar, mechanics, punctuation, academic writing style, and formatting. Students are introduced to and will practice sentence structure, paragraph construction, and the essay writing process. Also covered in class are study skills, reading strategies, time management, job-seeking strategies, and an introduction to research and citing. This course does not meet graduation credit requirements for certificate, diploma, general studies, or associate degree programs, but it will provide students with a foundation of effective skills, tools, and strategies to support them on their path to achieving academic, personal, and professional success. This course also helps students build confidence in their communication skills while also enabling them to think critically, consider the viewpoints of others, and effectively express themselves, all of which will benefit them in the classroom, in life, and in the workforce. 

Prerequisites: Mandatory Placement: ACCUPLACER WritePlacer: 0-2; ACCUPLACER Next Gen. - Writing: < 225; ACT: 0-13; SAT: < 19
Mode(s) of Instruction: face-to-face and online

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: None

Common Course Assessment(s): LearnSmart Achieve

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
  1. Identify and apply the rules of grammar, mechanics, and punctuation in your own writing and recognize these principles in the writing of others 

  1. Demonstrate improvement in writing skills of sentences, paragraphs, and essays to prepare for the demand of college writing assignments and the expectations of academic audiences. 

  1. Practice job-seeking skills by using job-seeking tools, analyzing job listings, discussing interviewing strategies, and creating a properly formatted letter of application and résumé that effectively addresses a real job listing. 

  1. Employ study strategies, research techniques, and critical thinking skills to meet the expectations of academic and professional audiences. 

Course / Unit Objectives

Unit I: Getting Ready to Write 

  1. Complete grammar/mechanics/punctuation pre-test 

  1. Discover the importance of writing in college and beyond 

  1. Explain how reading and writing well are connected 

  1. Examine various writing situations and audiences 

  1. Analyze and apply the stages of the writing process in your own writing 

  1. Develop writing goals for this semester and beyond 

Units II-IV: Writing Paragraphs 

  1. Identify and practice MLA formatting guidelines 

  1. Utilize pre-writing techniques to develop ideas and structure for writing assignments 

  1. Submit first drafts of writing assignments to instructor for feedback 

  1. Evaluate classmates’ work using peer reviews to help one another identify strengths and weaknesses and prioritize revisions 

  1. Apply rules of punctuation, mechanics, and grammar in your writing assignments to appeal to academic and professional audiences 

  1. Revise and submit final drafts of writing assignments to instructor and Turnitin.com 

Unit V: Short Essay 

  1. Explain the parts of an essay 

  1. Expand a paragraph from Units II-IV into a short essay OR construct a short essay using a new topic, making sure to refer to style guidelines from the book 

  1. Utilize pre-writing techniques to develop ideas and structure for writing assignments 

  1. Submit first draft of writing assignments to instructor for feedback 

  1. Evaluate classmates’ work using peer reviews to help one another identify strengths and weaknesses and prioritize revisions 

  1. Apply rules of punctuation, mechanics, and grammar in your writing assignments to appeal to academic and professional audiences 

  1. Revise and submit final drafts of writing assignments to instructor and Turnitin.com 

Unit VI: Short Informative Research Essay  

  1. Define qualities, expectations, and processes of academic research 

  1. Invent research questions to narrow topic, audience, and purpose 

  1. Utilize library and online research techniques to identify possible sources for research material 

  1. Synthesize outside materials in your writing, following MLA guidelines to correctly paraphrase, quote, summarize, and cite outside material in the essay and on its works cited page 

  1. Construct bibliographic notecards or an annotated working bibliography 

  1. Utilize pre-writing techniques to develop ideas and structure for writing assignments 

  1. Submit first draft of writing assignments to instructor for feedback 

  1. Evaluate classmates’ work using peer reviews to help one another identify strengths and weaknesses and prioritize revisions 

  1. Apply rules of punctuation, mechanics, and grammar in your writing assignments to appeal to academic and professional audiences 

  1. Revise and submit final drafts of writing assignments to instructor and Turnitin.com 

Unit VII: Career Portfolio  

  1. Locate and evaluate career specific resources 

  1. Examine various writing situations and audiences 

  1. Compose properly formatted documents (letter of application, resume, follow-up letter) for a particular job listing, with each document tailored to highlight the desired qualifications/skills of the job listing 

  1. Practice interviewing techniques 

  1. Apply rules of punctuation, mechanics, and grammar in your writing assignments to appeal to academic and professional audiences 

Unit VIII: Final Exam 

  1. Compose an in-class reflective essay addressing and assessing skills learned throughout course 

  1. Complete grammar/mechanics/punctuation post-test 



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