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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 | | ENGL102 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Rhetoric and Composition II
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): C1 901R
DELIVERY MODE:Ten traditional sections offered every Fall and Spring semester. Two online sections offered every Fall and Spring semester.

Required of all transfer students.  Continued training and practice in the comprehension and expression of written English, with emphasis on the research process. A "C" or better is required in this course for degree and/or transfer credit to be issued beginning summer, 1999. Keyboarding skills required.

ENGL101 with a grade of C or better.


Rhetoric 102 is a continuation of Rhetoric 101. Students will show competency in critical thinking and reading, in multi-source writing, and in college-level research. They will experience multi-source writing as a process which requires research, planning, drafting, continued research, editing, and revising. Students will be assisted with time management by meeting regularly with their instructors to discuss their assignments.

Entrance Expectations:
Students should be able to write cohesive essays: demonstrating a controlling sense of purpose and audience; unified by a reasoned thesis; displaying development appropriate for readers and purpose; exhibiting interrogation of the subject, insight, reflective thinking, and/or explanations of abstractions; exhibiting persuasive strategies, including awareness of counter positions; adapting organization for readers and purpose; engaging with discourse through summary and commentary; demonstrating a voice and style appropriate to the rhetorical situation; demonstrating competence with sentence boundaries, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and paper presentation (including layout, format, and printing).

Upon successful completion of ENGL 102 students will be able to:
  1. critically read, summarize, and analyze based on focused research questions a variety of texts, including academic discourse.
  2. demonstrate a practical and theoretical understanding of rhetorical context (how the reader's needs, writer's goals, subject matter, and language interact).
  3. establish a voice appropriate to the rhetorical context and topic.
  4. use library resources (including electronic databases) to examine focused research questions.
  5. select, evaluate, and interact effectively with sources while ensuring those sources have been fairly represented.
  6. clarify major aims, arrange material to support aims, and provide sufficient materials to satisfy readers' needs.
  7. utilize a writing process that will facilitate production of multi-source, lengthy (1,500 & 3,000 word) research question focused research essays.
  8. understand citation styles (MLA, APA), both in text and bibliographic.
  9. produce writing evincing good control of the standards of written American English that is also in control of the elements of presentation.

MLA, APA documentation style
Summaries, paraphrases, quotations
Note taking
Annotated bibliographies
Critical thinking
Sentence outlines
Multi-source writing
Library resources, including electronic databases
Internet research and Web site evaluations

No textbook required. A research handbook is encouraged.

Grades of "A" through "F" or points will be assigned after students have been given an opportunity to revise their research papers. Final grades will be determined on the basis of at least six papers: a practice/controlled research paper (20%); a summary paper, research paper topic proposal, annotated bibliography, research paper sentence outline/essay (25%); multi-source research paper (40%).  The final grade will also be determined by in-class activities and exercises (5%) and a final examination (10%).  In order to receive a "D" or better in the course, students must write an acceptable, multi-source research paper.

The major writing assignments are two research papers: a practice/controlled research paper (at least 1500 words in the final draft) and a multi-source research paper (3000 words in the final draft).  These two assignments make up 60% or more of the final grade.

Students will be required to write a practice research paper using a topic and reading sources (including an example of academic discourse) that are provided by the instructor.  This material will also be used to give students practice with summarizing, quoting, and paraphrasing sources.

The multi-source research paper requires students to conduct their own research to provide the sources for the paper they write.  Students will choose their topics from a general writing context determined by the instructor.  Annotated bibliographies and sentence outlines will help students prepare their multi-source research papers.

Conferences are a major aspect of this course and will be held at designated times during the research process to help students manage their time and complete assignments.


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