Seward County Community College/Area Technical School
- TITLE OF COURSE: EG0403 - Pre-Composition I
- COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Three credit hours. (Three hours lecture) The class emphasizes the foundations of standard English through a focus on basic grammar and writing paragraphs/essays. THIS COURSE WILL NOT COUNT FOR GRADUATION. For each unit of credit, a minimum of three hours per week with one of the hours
for class and two hours for studying/preparation outside of class is expected. Pre-requisite: none. Refer to placement matrix.
- DIVISION/DEPT/PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT: The Developmental Education Department at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School
promotes the cognitive and affective growth of all post-secondary learners, at
all levels of the learning continuum, by assuring that the institution
identifies needs and offers appropriate courses and tutoring to help
each student succeed.
- TEXTBOOK AND MATERIALS:
- Fawcett, Susan. Evergreen: A Guide to Writing with Readings. 10th Anniversary ed. Boston: Cengage, 2014.
- SCCC/ATS OUTCOMES:Graduates of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School should demonstrate mastery of nine institutional outcomes.
- Students in this course will be assessed according to the following SCCC/ATS outcomes:
- Outcome # 1 Read with comprehension, be critical of what they read, and apply knowledge gained to real life situations.
- Outcome # 2 Communicate their ideas clearly and proficiently in writing, appropriately adjusting content and arrangement for varying audiences, purposes, and situations.
- Outcome # 5. Demonstrate the ability to think critically by gathering facts, generating insights, analyzing data, and evaluating information.
- Mastery of these outcomes will be demonstrated by the following competencies:
- Competency 1 will be achieved by requiring students to read various selections from the textbook Evergreen. Students' ability to read and comprehend these assignments will be measured by classroom discussion, paragraphs/essays, and journals.
- Students' essays will measure SCCC/ATS Competencies 2 and 5. These assignments require students to apply what they have learned to their own circumstances and the world around them.
- Successfully meeting the SCCC/ATS outcomes will be indicated by a grade of "C" or better.
- DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM OUTCOMES/ASSESSMENTS: Students will demonstrate their competence in accord with the following Developmental Education Department Outcomes.
- Outcome 1: Students have acquired the knowledge and resources needed to communicate ideas clearly and effectively.
Method of Assessment: Comparison of pre- and post Diagnostic Test scores.
- Outcome 2: Students have developed the ability to use writing and reading not only as a basis for communication, but for inquiry, thinking, and learning.
Method of Assessment: Instructors scoring of exit assessment essay using the SCCC/ATS English Department Writing Rubric to evaluate structure, correctness, and content/audience.
- Outcome 3: Students have developed an effective basic writing process adaptable to a variety of writing situations.
Method of Assessment: Pass (70% or above)/Fail grade Examination Essay.
- COURSE OUTCOMES:
- Students will demonstrate, through written work and tests, their Competencies through a variety of methods using universally accepted guidelines of grammar.
- Think and write critically about assigned readings.
- Compose, organize, and develop six paragraphs and two essays for a variety of purposes.
- Demonstrate control of the grammatical and mechanical conventions of Standard American Edited English in writings.
- TOPICAL COURSE OUTLINE:
- Writing Process:
- Pre-writing strategies
- Paragraph Structure:
- Defining the Paragraph
- Types of Paragraphs
- Choosing a Topic
- Narrowing the Topic
- Generating Ideas for Supporting Details
- Arranging Ideas in an Outline
- Drafting and Revising the Paragraph
- Essay Structure:
- Thesis Statement
- Paragraph Focus and Unity
- Effective Titles
- Essay Development:
- Logical Flow
- Voice/Tone/Level of Formality
- Review of
- Sentence Completeness
- Grammatical conventions
- INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS: Lectures, discussions, textbook exercises, handouts, writing assignments and computer activities.
- INSTRUCTIONAL AND RESOURCE MATERIALS: Textbook, lecture, class discussion, constructive critiques of writing
assignments, computer software and word processing assignments demonstrations
- METHODS OF ASSESSMENT:
- Attendance, Daily Work and Journals-10%
- Students will write an in-class essay to demonstrate their skills upon entering Pre-Composition I.
- Students will respond in journals to assigned thought-generating exercises as printed in their text and/or assigned by the instructor.
- Chapter Tests-25%
- Students will demonstrate competency in grammar, punctuation and spelling skills.
- Students will take the Diagnostic Test as a pre-test and as a post-test for a grade.
- Four Paragraphs and Two Essays- 40%
- Students will write 4 paragraphs and 2 essays in response to their reading assignments in their textbook, Evergreen.
- Final Essay-25%
- Students will write an in-class essay as their final examination.
- An English writing rubric score of 3, 2, 2 will be the benchmark for writing that meets the expectations of the department.
- ADA STATEMENT
- If you believe that you are entitled to special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Dean of Student Services at 620-417-1016 or visit the office located in the Hobble Academic Building.