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ENGWR 41 Writing Skills

Units: 4

Hours: 72 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

This writing course, designed to prepare the student for ENGWR 51, will focus on reading and writing as integrally related skills. Students will study and practice reading comprehension, the writing process, and critical thinking. Students will create clear and correct sentences as they develop the skills necessary to write a variety of focused, developed, organized paragraphs and/or short essays. Students will be responsible for writing multiple full-process paragraphs/essays. The course may include a departmental proficiency test or portfolio assessment.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

COMPREHEND AND RESPOND APPROPRIATELY TO WRITTEN TEXTS (SLO #1).

ENGWR 42 Foundations of Reading and Writing Improvement

Units: 3

Same As: ENGRD 19

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the course will be limited by skills of students in reading and writing as demonstrated through the assessment process.

This course integrates and accelerates reading and writing at the basic skills level with a focus on learning to use language to learn. Course content, activities, and assignments integrate reading and writing for an academic purpose. Reading and writing are instructed and contextualized through a focus on a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts, and through the discussion of the meaning of a college education (including a focus on student services, academic programs, and campus events). Successful completion of this course will serve as a prerequisite for ENGRD 59/ENGWR 58 at Cosumnes River College. Placement in the course will be through the college assessment process; self-placement will not be allowed. This course is the same as ENGRD 19, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Apply Standard English conventions in a variety of texts read and written (i.e., sentences, paragraphs, extended texts of multiple paragraphs). (SLO 1)

ENGWR 44 Basics of Sentence Structure

Units: 1.5

Hours: 27 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

This course offers training in grammar, sentence building, correct usage, and punctuation. This course is recommended for students who wish to review basic principles of standard English as preparation or reinforcement of developmental writing for ENGWR 58 or ENGWR 101 or college composition for ENGWR 300. Graded on a pass/no pass basis.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

IDENTIFY AND COMPOSE GRAMMAR AND USAGE OF STANDARD ENGLISH AT A PROFICIENT LEVEL OF BASIC WRITING (SLO #1).

ENGWR 51 Developmental Writing

Units: 4

Hours: 72 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGWR 41 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Advisory: ENGRD 15

ENGWR 51 prepares students for ENGWR 101 through a focus on reading and writing as integrally related skills. Students will study and practice reading comprehension, the writing process, and critical thinking through the development of clear and correct sentences. Students will also develop the skills necessary to write a variety of focused, developed, organized paragraphs and essays. Students will be responsible for writing at least six full-process essays. The course may include a departmental final or portfolio assessment.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

DEMONSTRATE UNDERSTANDING OF THE WRITING PROCESS TO ACHIEVE VARIOUS PURPOSES THROUGH WRITING (SLO #1).

ENGWR 55 Fluency and Style in English Writing

Units: 1.5

Hours: 27 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

This course offers further training in grammar, sentence building, correct usage, and punctuation. Students focus on developing fluency and style through sentence combining. Recommended for students who wish to continue to develop their understanding of standard English as preparation or reinforcement for ENGWR 101 or ENGWR 300. This course is graded on a credit/no credit basis.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

EMPLOY DIFFERENT SENTENCE PATTERNS IN HIS/HER WRITING (SLO #1).

ENGWR 58 Writing Development with Reading

Units: 4

Same As: ENGRD 59

Hours: 72 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGRD 19 or ENGWR 42 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

The focus of this course will be on writing and reading instruction as integrally related skills. Students will study and practice reading comprehension in the context of the writing process with the goal of accelerating the pathway to the English Reading and English Writing requirements. Students will develop critical thinking skills and the ability to write clear and correct sentences as they write a variety of focused, developed, organized paragraphs and essays. Students will write both full-process and in-class essays. This course may include a departmental final or portfolio assessment. Successful completion of this course will serve as a prerequisite for ENGWR 101 and ENGRD 110 only at Cosumnes River College. As enrollment into course will be based upon prerequisite, there will be no self-placement. This course is the same as ENGRD 59, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Comprehend, think critically, and respond appropriately in writing to a variety of professionally written non-fiction and fiction texts. (SLO 1)

ENGWR 99 English Summer Bridge Program

Units: 1.5

Hours: 20 hours LEC; 21 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

This is a writing and grammar course that is part lecture and part lab. Students will focus on reading and writing as integrally related skills, hone their reading and writing processes, and practice grammar and sentence formation--all to become more college ready. This course is recommended for students who wish to review basic principles of standard English and practice college-level writing for ENGWR 51, ENGWR 101 or ENGWR 300. The course is graded on a pass/no pass basis.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Demonstrate understanding of the writing process to achieve various purposes through writing (SLO #1)

ENGWR 101 College Writing

Units: 4

Hours: 72 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGRD 59, ENGWR 51, or ENGWR 58 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

This course focuses on the connections between critical thinking, writing, and reading that are necessary for the independent development of essays in ENGWR 300 and other transfer-level courses. It emphasizes writing in response to various reading selections, including at least one full-length work. The essay writing process includes prewriting, thesis development and organization of ideas, drafting of essays, and revision. The course also requires outside research and includes an introduction to basic formatting and referencing of sources using MLA-style documentation. Students will write a minimum of four full-process essays totaling at least 4500 words.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

READ ANALYTICALLY AND THINK CRITICALLY ABOUT PROFESSIONALLY WRITTEN TEXTS (SLO #1).

ENGWR 108 Accelerated College Writing

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGWR 51 or 58 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Corequisite: ENGWR 300

This course provides intensive instruction and practice in the critical thinking and writing skills necessary for success in college composition. Assignments are often connected to the students' assignments in ENGWR 300. The course includes the drafting, revision, and editing processes as well as instruction in critical thinking, reading comprehension, grammar, mechanics, and usage.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

DEMONSTRATE PROFICIENCY WITH WRITING AS A PROCESS THAT INCLUDES PREWRITING, DRAFTING, AND REVISING BY COMPOSING UNIFIED, STRUCTURED, DEVELOPED ESSAYS (SLO#1):

ENGWR 109 Reading and Writing Skills for College

Units: 4.5

Same As: ENGRD 113

Hours: 72 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: ENGRD 59 or ENGWR 58 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

This integrated reading and writing course is designed to accelerate the preparation for college reading and writing competency requirement for students who are assessed into one level below transfer English courses. This course prepares students for ENGRD 310/312 and ENGWR 300 with integrated teaching and learning in both reading and writing to accelerate a pathway for English Reading and Writing requirements. Students will learn to develop reading skills in vocabulary expansion, unlocking meanings with context clues and word parts, increasing comprehension, SQ3R, and critical thinking. Students will also learn to develop skills in writing correct, clear, and concise sentences with proper English grammar that transfer to well developed and organized paragraphs and essays. Other skills include paraphrasing, summarizing, pre-reading and pre-writing techniques, revising and editing essays, analyzing and comparing ideas, identifying author’s tone, bias, and purpose. This course is most ideal for students who are assessed into both ENGRD 110 and ENGWR 101. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have met the prerequisite for ENGRD 310/312 and ENGWR 300. This course may include a departmental final. This course is the same as ENGRD 113, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Demonstrate proficiency with reading and writing as a process that includes pre-reading/writing, reading/drafting, and post-reading and writing.

ENGWR 110 College Reading and Writing Skills

Units: 4

Hours: 72 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

This pre-transfer-level course is designed to prepare students for success in ENGWR 300 and other courses that require writing. Students will read primarily transfer-level non-fiction texts of varying length, and write essays responding to and incorporating these readings. The course will focus on reading and writing fundamentals, such as active reading strategies, writing process, thesis development, paragraph structure, logical support, and sentence awareness.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Comprehend, think critically, and respond appropriately in writing to a variety of professionally written non-fiction and fiction texts. (SLO 1)

ENGWR 300 College Composition

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process. Grade of "C" or better required to meet prerequisite.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID ENGL 100

This course offers instruction in critical thinking, reading and writing, and is designed to help the student demonstrate, in both argumentative and expository prose, sound logic and/or argumentation, clear organization, precise diction, and appropriate style. Throughout the course, fluency and correctness are emphasized.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

COMPOSE EFFECTIVE COLLEGE-LEVEL ESSAYS USING A VARIETY OF RHETORICAL STRATEGIES AND APPLYING APPROPRIATE CITATIONS AND FORMATTING STANDARDS (SLO #1).

ENGWR 301 College Composition and Literature

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGWR 300, ENGWR 480, ESLW 340, or HONOR 375 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID ENGL 105; C-ID ENGL 120

ENGWR 301 offers the study of literature, with an emphasis on analytical reading and writing. It covers principles of argument and analysis, such as reasoning inductively and deductively. Assigned readings may include novels, short stories, poems, plays, and literary criticism. Essays written for the course (6,000 words minimum) generalize from the texts to present carefully reasoned arguments. At least one essay includes citations from secondary sources, documented according to current MLA format.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

DEMONSTRATE THE ACADEMIC LITERACY SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY TO FUNCTION SUCCESSFULLY AND COMPLETELY AT THE UNIVERSITY LEVEL (SLO 1, P-SLO 1)

ENGWR 302 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGWR 300 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID ENGL 105

This course is designed for students who have had ENGWR 300 and who desire further instruction in the techniques of effective critical thinking as expressed in written argument and in the major principles of advanced composition and rhetoric.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

PREPARE STUDENTS TO BECOME SELF-RELIANT, EVALUATIVE READERS AND WRITERS ABLE TO USE CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS TO READ AND WRITE EFFECTIVELY IN ACADEMIC AND WORKPLACE SETTINGS. (SLO#1, PSLO#3)

ENGWR 309 Documenting Research for College Composition

Units: 1

Hours: 18 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Advisory: LIBR 318

Transferable: CSU; UC

Learn to add credibility and to avoid plagiarism in your writing as you explore the principles and mechanics of documenting research while developing critical thinking skills. The final product of the course is a well-researched argumentative essay that shows mastery of the documentation style guidelines of the Modern Language Association of America (MLA).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

BECOME SELF-RELIANT, EVALUATIVE READERS AND WRITERS, ABLE TO USE CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS TO READ AND WRITE EFFECTIVELY IN ACADEMIC AND WORKPLACE SETTINGS. (SLO #1, P-SLO #3)

ENGWR 330 Writing for Publication

Units: 3

Same As: JOUR 340

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGWR 300, ENGWR 480, HONOR 375, or JOUR 300 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This is an introductory course in writing nonfiction for publication. Emphasis will be on developing magazine articles that sell; finding ideas; analyzing magazines; writing query letters; researching and interviewing; organizing, writing and illustrating articles. Individual and class criticism of student work will be featured. This course is the same as JOUR 340, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

BE SELF-RELIANT, EVALUATIVE READERS AND WRITERS, ABLE TO USE CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS TO READ AND WRITE EFFECTIVELY IN ACADEMIC AND WORKPLACE SETTINGS (SLO #1; PSLO #3).

ENGWR 331 Writing for Publication

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGWR 300 with a grade of "C" or better

Advisory: ENGWR 330

Transferable: CSU

This course offers a marketing approach to selling nonfiction writing. The course surveys consumer, general interest and specialty magazines, including trade journals, company publications, regional magazines and local markets. Activities will include the following: reporting on magazine categories; analysis of a variety of magazine article styles and types; writing and sending articles to the marketplace; individual and class criticism of student manuscripts. Emphasis will be placed on increasing freelance writing publication. The course may be taken twice for credit, with the understanding that many universities and four-year colleges place a nine-unit limit on transfer credit from advanced composition courses (ENGWR 330, 331 and ENGCW 400).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

review selling procedures, writing an effective query, and writing as a business.

ENGWR 341 Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Transferable: CSU

This course emphasizes principles of reader-centered writing for the workplace, focusing specifically on aspects of technical and professional writing. The course teaches the writing of documents used in industry and business. These documents may include memos, letters, brochures, reports, process analyses, technical descriptions, procedures, proposals, grants, scientific reports, web sites, software documentation, and case studies. The course may include team projects that require collaboration outside the classroom. The course complements communication skills needed for the division of Career and Technical Education. The course is intended to be applicable to AS and AA CTE degrees.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

IDENTIFY THE VARIOUS FORMS OF TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION, INCLUDING THE AUDIENCES TO WHOM THEY ARE FOCUSED (SLO#1).

ENGWR 480 Honors College Composition

Units: 3

Same As: HONOR 375

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Advisory: ENGRD 110, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Enrollment Limitation:

Eligibility for the Honors Program.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID ENGL 100

This course offers the honors student a challenging course that will develop skills in critical thinking, reading, and writing. It asks students to critically analyze, compare, and evaluate various complex works. The course is designed to help students demonstrate, in both argumentative and expository prose, complex critical thinking, effective organization, precise diction, and sophisticated style; at least one of those essays requires research and appropriate MLA documentation. Essays written during the term will total at least 8,000 words. Throughout the course, fluency and correctness are emphasized. This course is not open to students who have successfully passed ENGWR 300 or ESLW 340. This course is the same as HONOR 375. This course, under either name, may be taken one time for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

COMPOSE CAREFULLY REASONED AND STYLISTICALLY SOPHISTICATED COLLEGE-LEVEL ESSAYS USING A VARIETY OF RHETORICAL STRATEGIES AND APPLYING APPROPRIATE CITATIONS AND FORMATTING STANDARDS (SLO #1; PSLO #1; Honors Prog.SLO # 1 and #5).

ENGWR 495 Independent Studies in English - Writing

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).