ENGL 100 - Academic Writing

English 100 provides an introduction to university-level academic writing across the disciplines. While discipline-based coverage may reflect programs at individual campuses, emphasis is placed on the kinds of written communication that actually occur in the humanities, social sciences, and/or natural sciences. Thus, English 100 imparts a greater understanding of the practices and voices that characterize both academic and professional communities. This is not a remedial course.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks: 15





Non-Course Prerequisites:

Domestic students: “B” in English 12 or equivalent; or university-level placement on the Writing Assessment.
International students: “B” in English 12 or equivalent; or 6.5 IELTS writing band.





Course Content:
Grammar Review
Plagiarism Review
The Academic Essay:
- History, Purpose, Audience, Tone and Topics
- Genre Theory
- Clarifying Topics
- Research Sites and Prestige Abstractions
- Formality of Academic Style

- Academic Analysis of Primary Sources
- Peer-Reviewed Sources
- Web-Based Research
Working With Evidence:
- Critical Summaries
- Primary and Secondary Sources
- Skimming, Note-taking, Summarizing, Paraphrasing and Quoting
- Formatting Academic Papers
- Systems of Documentation
- Direct and Indirect Reference
- Footnoting and Endnoting
- Tables and Illustrations
Research Proposals:
- Annotated Bibliographies
- Rhetorical Features of Proposals
Shaping an Argument:
- Rhetorical Features of Academic Introductions
- Thesis Statements and Two-Part Titles
- Core Paragraphs
- Scholarly Conclusions
- The Revision Process


Learning Outcomes:

This course will focus on the critical thinking, research, and composition skills needed to write university-level papers.  Instruction in writing will enable students to organize and express ideas, to research topical papers, to recognize and manage grammatical principles and rhetorical techniques, to utilize proper documentation, and to edit their own papers with ease.  Students will be exposed to a number of genres of academic writing, including literary, historical, and scientific writing.  Class time will be devoted to writing and research instruction and to informal and free-writing and reading exercises, stylistic analyses, peer editing, and some discussion.  Upon successful completion of English 100, students should be able to write clear, convincing academic essays.


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 95


Percentage of Group Work: 5


Additional Comments:
- All course materials are provided online, in d2L.  Foremost among these is the course schedule, which outlines the sequence of topics and assignments that constitute the course.  It is the student's responsibility to keep up with course news by regular consultation of course homepage on d2L.
- Whether attending a face-to-face section, or taking the course online, there is a strong correlation between student engagement and successful achievement of course outcomes.  In ftf sections engagement is demonstrated by attendance at class, attention to what others say, and participation in discussion.
- NLC instructors use Turnitin to screen student essays for plagiarism.

- A penalty of 5% will be deducted each day an assignment is late; an alternate due date must be obtained from the instructor prior to the original submission date.  Students must submit the final essay and write the exam to pass the course.  Failure to do this will result in an automatic 'F' in ENGL 100.  A plagiarized paper will receive '0'.


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