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ENGWR 41
Writing Skills
4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 72 hours LEC
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.
ENGWR 42
Foundations of Reading and Writing Improvement
3 Units
Same As: ENGRD 19
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the course will be limited by skills of students in reading and writing as demonstrated through the assessment process.
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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.
ENGWR 44
Basics of Sentence Structure
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 27 hours LEC
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.
ENGWR 51
Developmental Writing
4 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 41 with a grade of "C" or better; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
Advisory: ENGRD 15
Hours: 72 hours LEC
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.
ENGWR 55
Fluency and Style in English Writing
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 27 hours LEC
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.
ENGWR 58
Writing Development with Reading
4 Units
Same As: ENGRD 59
Prerequisite: ENGRD 19 or ENGWR 42 with a grade of "C" or better; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
Hours: 72 hours LEC
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.
ENGWR 99
English Summer Bridge Program
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 20 hours LEC; 21 hours LAB
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.
ENGWR 101
College Writing
4 Units
Prerequisite: ENGRD 59, ENGWR 51, or ENGWR 58 with a grade of "C" or better; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
Hours: 72 hours LEC
This writing course, designed to prepare the student for ENGWR 300, will focus on reading and writing as integrally related skills. Students will study and practice such things as the writing process, summarizing, critical thinking, creating clear/varied correct sentences and incorporating sources as they develop the skills necessary to write a variety of focused, developed, organized essays. Students will be responsible for writing at least six full-process essays (500 word minimum). The course may include a departmental final.
ENGWR 299
Experimental Offering in English - Writing
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 54 hours LEC
ENGWR 300
College Composition
3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process. Grade of "C" or better required to meet prerequisite.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(a); CSU Area A2; IGETC Area 1A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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. (C-ID ENGL 100)
ENGWR 301
College Composition and Literature
3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 300, ENGWR 480, ESLW 340, or HONOR 375 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area A3; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 1B; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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. (C-ID ENGL 105; C-ID ENGL 120)
ENGWR 302
Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking
3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 300 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area A3; IGETC Area 1B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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. (C-ID ENGL 105)
ENGWR 309
Documenting Research for College Composition
1 Unit
Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
Advisory: LIBR 318
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC
This course provides a basic understanding of the principles and mechanics of documenting research while developing critical thinking skills by writing a researched argumentative essay that shows mastery of the Modern Language Association (MLA) documentation guidelines.
ENGWR 330
Writing for Publication
3 Units
Same As: JOUR 340
Prerequisite: ENGWR 300, ENGWR 480, HONOR 375, or JOUR 300 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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.
ENGWR 331
Writing for Publication
3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 300 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGWR 330
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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 two times 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 341
Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing
3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(a)
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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. (Competency: Writing)
ENGWR 480
Honors College Composition
3 Units
Same As: HONOR 375
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.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(a); CSU Area A2; IGETC Area 1A
Enrollment Limitation: Eligibility for the Honors Program.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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. (C-ID ENGL 100; Competency: Reading; Competency: Writing)
ENGWR 495
Independent Studies in English - Writing
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 162 hours LAB
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.
ENGWR 499
Experimental Offering in English - Writing
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB