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ENGL 099 - Foundational Writing

English 099 introduces students to the fundamental aspects of clear written communication in a variety of genres. Genre coverage may include academic, creative, and workplace writing. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental components of clear written communication in each context, including organization of ideas, diction, grammar, and punctuation.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15





Non-Course Prerequisites:

Completion of Writing Assessment (WA) is recommended





Course Content:
This course will cover the following themes:
- Identifying homonyms, eliminating wordiness from sentences, using the apostrophe and capitalization correctly.
- Identifying sentence fragments and run-on sentences
- Identifying and avoiding plagiarism.
- Correctly structure a bibliography.
- Combining sentences and using parallel sentence structures
- Identifying verbs and subject-verb agreements
- Concisely summarizing academic articles
- Mastering tenses, pronoun forms, and pronoun-antecedent agreements
- Correct use of comma, semicolon, and colons
- Correct use of quotation marks, question marks, and exclamation marks
- Creating outlines for academic assignments

- Demonstrating effective revisions of written work


Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

The main goal of English 099 is to develop composition skills that are essential to reading and writing in a variety of disciplines and occupations. The specific skills addressed in this course include the following:
- Taking accurate and efficient notes based on written material
- Accurately summarizing sophisticated ideas
- Producing well-formatted, computer-generated texts
- Distinguishing between colloquial and formal language
- Narrowing a broad subject
- Concisely presenting an overarching claim or thesis
- Developing a thesis through unified paragraphs that consist of main points and
- Supporting details
- Constructing grammatically correct sentences that clearly convey complex ideas
- Varying sentence configurations for argumentative effect
- Making informed choices about language use in particular discursive context such as personal essays, business letters, literary criticism, etc.
- Attributing and documenting information borrowed from external sources so as to avoid plagiarism.
- Engaging in effective revision and proofreading.
Students who emerge from English 099 with a “C” or better will have demonstrated foundational composition skills that facilitate a successful transition into academic or professional writing.

- Working in groups.

- Appreciate and respect other students opinions.

- Access texts through D2L
   Contribute to online discussions through D2L
   Submit assignments through D2L

Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Additional Comments:
    The essay assignments must be submitted through the D2L dropbox, which automatically also screen the text using Turnitin, a text-matching program that detects faulty paraphrasing.

Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists

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