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2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog
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ENG 105 - Composition I

Course Department: Communications
Last Date of Approval: Spring 2021

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course focuses on the process of writing expressive and informative prose, incorporating oral, visual, and electronic modes. It introduces research skills and critical thinking skills and reinforces critical reading skills. This course 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. 

Corequisites: The co-requisite course ENG 067 Composition I Laboratory is  required only when:  

  1. Required based on high school GPA as noted in prerequisite; 

  2. Grade of C or better in ENG 025 Basic Writing  


Mandatory Placement Levels: ACCUPLACER (WritePlacer): 3-4; ACCUPLACER (Next Gen. - Writing) 226-249; ACCUPLACER (Classic - Sentence Skills) 45-73; ACT 14-17; SAT (Writing) Score March ‘16-Present (Essay OR Writing + Language 20-23)    
Prerequisites: Mandatory Placement Based on Current, Cumulative GPA 

Students graduating from high school in the past 10 years: 

          HS GPA 2.8+ = college level English (no co-requisite) 

          HS GPA 2.0-2.799 = ENG 105 and ENG 067 

          HS GPA 1.999 or lower = ENG 025  

Students who graduated from high school more than 10 years ago will be placed in ENG 105 and ENG 067 (evaluate for prior credit). 

All students have the right to take the ACCUPLACER test. 

Levels for ENG 105: ACCUPLACER (WritePlacer): 5+; ACCUPLACER (Next Gen. - Writing) ≥250; ACCUPLACER (Classic - Sentence Skills) 74-120; ACT 18+; SAT (Writing) Score March ‘16-Present (Essay OR Writing + Language 24+)  
Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face, virtual, and online

Credit for Prior Learning: This course offers an opportunity for students to earn Credit for Prior Learning for skills that they have brought with them to Iowa Central. For more information, please ask the instructor and see the Iowa Central Community College catalog:

Course Fees: None

Common Course Assessment(s): Students will complete a minimum of three (3) papers including an informative research report with integrated sources, an evaluation essay, one additional paper. Each paper must be submitted to A measurable final exam is also required.

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
The students will meet the minimum competency requirements of this course by completing a minimum of three (3) papers including an evaluation essay and an informative research report with integrated sources. The evaluation essay will be 3-4 pages, the research report will be 5-8 pages (this may include a proposal or an annotated bibliography), and the additional paper will be 3-4 pages. Each of these papers should include an MLA Works Cited page, which is not included in the page range.  All papers will be submitted to for the student to pass the course..

Students will be evaluated on the following outcomes through completion of daily assignments, essays, presentations, portfolios, tests, conferences, and/or quizzes: 

1. Practice strategies of the writing process that include invention, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.

  • 1.1 Use a variety of introduction and conclusion strategies 
  • 1.2 State and support a thesis 
  • 1.3 Compose paragraphs that use a topic sentence and have adequate development.
  • 1.4 Construct clear and effective sentences in Standard English
  • 1.5 Submit essays to

2. Integrate source materials collected using traditional and electronic search techniques. 

  • 2.1 Generate appropriate questions for research 
  • 2.2 Conduct research using Iowa Central database and credible online resources  
  • 2.3 Evaluate electronic sources for credibility 
  • 2.4 Synthesize source materials 
  • 2.5 Use quotations and paraphrases to avoid plagiarism 
  • 2.6 Use correct citation methods including signal phrases  
  • 2.7 Use current Modern Language Association (MLA) format guidelines for quoting, citing, and formatting  

3. Apply critical reading and thinking skills. 

  • 3.1 Summarize and analyze texts 
  • 3.2 Respond to the writer’s ideas 

4. Express ideas and information using written, oral, visual, and technological formats. 

  • 4.1 Design and integrate visual and written information to create a unified text 
  • 4.2 Adapt communication to specific purposes and audiences. 
  • 4.3 Present a consistent point of view 


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