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Note: some or all of the courses in the subjects marked as "Transfer" can be used towards a transfer degree: Associate of Science and Arts or Associate of Engineering Science at DACC. Transferability for specific institutions and majors varies. Consult a counselor for this information.

Areas of Study | | ENGL101 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Rhetoric and Composition I
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): C1 900
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person, Online, Hybrid

Students will compose a number of genres, including creative non-fiction and source-based essays that require critical reading and analysis of arguments and thoughtful use of evidence. Students will revise texts in order to develop a clear purpose and to effectively communicate with the target audience. Students will learn to ethically integrate outside information based upon MLA guidelines. A final grade of C or better is necessary for registration into ENGL102 and for IAI transfer credit.

Place into ENGL101 with approved and documented placement test scores or by completing ENGL121 with a grade of C or higher.

NOTES: During the first week of class, students will produce a writing sample of connected paragraphs that summarizes a reading, responds with a focused argument to a specific prompt based on the reading, and demonstrates adequate control of the conventions of standard, written American English. Faculty may recommend taking a different English course based on writing sample.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Summarize a variety of informational and argumentative texts;
  2. Apply a number of strategies when drafting, composing, and revising texts;
  3. Revise texts based upon the writer’s purpose and the reader’s needs;
  4. Compose texts that exhibit control of a variety of persuasive techniques;
  5. Product texts with a clear purpose and appropriate voice and style;
  6. Organize supporting points, evidence, and examples in order to support their purpose and to effectively persuade their reader;
  7. Represent sources fairly, based upon the established MLA guidelines;
  8. Demonstrate awareness of the standards of written American English and the conventions of academic English.

  • Critical Reading Strategies
  • Writing Effective Summaries
  • The Rhetorical Situation
  • The Classical Appeals
  • Organization Patterns and Strategies-Aristotelian and Rogerian Arguments
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Invention, Drafting, Revising, and Editing Strategies
  • Introduction to MLA and Source-Based Writing
  • Expressive Writing

Course pack and/or OER materials may be used.

Students will produce a minimum of four revised, college-level academic writing assignments, one of which will be 1,250 words or more. Over the course of the semester, students will produce a minimum of 5,000 words. Each paper will be assigned a grade of “A” through “F” which will be assigned after students have been given an opportunity to revise. A minimum of 60% of the final grade will be determined based upon at least four writing assignments and 40% will come from in-class activities, exercises, quizzes, examinations, and group work.


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Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

Summer 2020

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