English 101: Composition

Dr. Darin E. Fields

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Wednesday, August 23, 2000

Course Description:

The primary goal of English 101 is to develop your writing skills and abilities and to encourage you to consider how writing and language use helps to define yourself, others, and community.  In English 101, you will gain experience with different forms of writing as you move toward a greater awareness of your responsibilities as a writer in the academic community and in larger social and professional contexts. To understand the process of writing, you will compose, revise, and edit your work, and you will receive feedback from your peers and from me.  Course work will develop your understanding of the importance of voice, audience, and purpose in writing by teaching you to move from personal to public presentation of ideas.

Goals and Objectives:

You should expect You should demonstrate

Texts and Materials:

Columbo, et al. Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Reading and Writing. 4th edition. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 1998.
Fowler. The Little Brown Handbook. 7th Edition. New York: Longman, 1998.
A 3.5 inch PC/Windows formatted computer disk.
A second computer disk for back-up purposes
A standard size (8.5x11) notebook for notes and in-class writing assignments.
A good collegiate dictionary. One that will not fit in your pocket.
Evaluation of your work in English 101 will be guided by the End-Point Competencies statement attached to this syllabus. Work for this course will involve formal and informal writing, research, and laboratory assignments totaling at least 7500 words for the semester. You will submit a midterm and a final portfolio of formal and informal writing from the semester partly selected by you from the materials above.

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