Course Descriptions: ENG 100j

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English 100J Composition Studio

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ENG 100j: Composition Studio is an intensive, five-hour composition course designed to prepare students who place in it and pass it to move on to ENG 102 the next semester. It meets all the objectives of ENG 101 with extra focus on critical reading and editing skills.

Students who pass ENG 100j will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Write arguments focused on a specific purpose;
  • Write arguments that anticipate the needs of different readers;
  • Recognize the differences among kinds of writing situations and be able to reproduce the conventions associated with a specific situation when writing an argument to address it;
  • Compose knowledge from a variety of reliable sources including personal expertise when writing an argument;
  • Demonstrate critical reading skills when interpreting, analyzing, discussing, and evaluating of a variety of texts;
  • Develop standards of "good writing" by which students can evaluate their own and classmates' essays during revision;
  • Use productive strategies for generating, organizing, revising, and editing when writing arguments;
  • Write understandable, efficient sentences that follow the general conventions of usage, spelling, grammar, style, and punctuation in standard written English; check for conventions about which they are unsure.

 For Fall 2013 only, students may also fulfill the requirements of 100j by enrolling in and passing all three of the following courses in a single semester: ENG 100i (3 hours), ENG 105 (1 hour), and ENG 106 (1 hour). Taking and passing all three of these courses will make students eligible to sign up for ENG 102 the following semester. If ENG 105 or ENG 106 is failed, the student will need to retake and pass the failed course the following semester before s/he can proceed on to ENG 102. If ENG 100i is failed, the student must enroll in and pass ENG 100j the following semester before s/he can proceed on to ENG 102.

Students who pass ENG 100i will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Practice the writing process, including prewriting, writing, revising, and editing;
  • Focus on a specific purpose;
  • Anticipate the needs of different readers;
  • Practice strategies for purposeful, concrete development of topics;
  • Recognize the differences among kinds of writing situations and be able to use the conventions appropriate to those different situations;
  • Use writing to record, explore, organize, and communicate;
  • Know how they make knowledge through reflecting on their experience and expertise, investigating a variety of sources, and composing what they know;
  • Reflect on their own writing and thinking processes;
  • Use multiple drafts to improve their own texts;
  • Use generating, organizing, revising, and editing strategies appropriate to specific writing situations;
  • Build familiarity with general conventions of usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation in standard written English; check for conventions about which they are unsure.