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Composition I (English 1112)


ENG 1112 is a basic composition course for university first-year students.

walking studentsIn the course students:

  • are introduced to university-level analytical and critical thought
  • read expository and argumentative essays, as well as other professional and student models of proficient writing
  • participate in a variety of writing exercises and numerous informal writing assignments
  • write expository and argumentative essays
  • are introduced to research methodology
  • complete a research assignment culminating in a research paper 
  • continue to hone their grammatical, stylistic, and organizational skills

Throughout the course students are involved with writing as a process that includes:

  • prewriting
  • drafting
  • feedback
  • revision


  1. The student will demonstrate at least an introductory university-level grasp of analytical and critical thinking. 
  2. The student will be able to write reasonably well-focused, well-organized, and stylistically and grammatically proficient 2-5 page expository and argumentative essays. 
  3. The student will have at least an introductory university-level grasp of research methodology, including appropriate use of library and Internet resources. 
  4. The student will complete a research assignment culminating in a research paper at least 4-6 pages in length that employs at least three sources. 
  5. The student will be able to use the writing process to initiate ideas, to create and revise drafts, and ultimately to produce a polished product.

Assessment Criteria and Procedures

During the course students create an extensive body of writing from numerous informal writing assignments, 3-8 formal expository or argumentative writing assignments, and an extended research assignment. Each formal writing assignment is developed via the steps of the writing process and under the guidance of the instructor, and at least a portion of the final drafts resulting from the formal assignments, after being evaluated by the instructor, are further revised under the instructor's guidance. Below is a criteria guideline for a "C" evaluation of a final draft.

Content & Ideas

  1. The topic is clearly focused and properly emphasized early in the discussion. 
  2. Ideas are presented in a reasonably clear and considered manner. 
  3. All the ideas presented evince some appropriate development. 
  4. For the most part, the topic is approached knowledgeably. 
  5. At least half the ideas presented are somewhat original. 
  6. A basic, though at times rudimentary, grasp of effective expository, argumentative, analytical and/or critical thinking is evident. 
  7. The reader's informational needs are generally met. 
  8. The writer is basically in control of the ideas presented.


  1. The thesis and purpose are clearly stated in the introduction, though the reader is not necessarily effectively engaged by or invited into the discussion. 
  2. Most main ideas attempt to specifically support the thesis. 
  3. Most main ideas are supported with relevant details or evidence, but are not always well thought out, deliberate, or well-placed. 
  4. Transitions are generally adequate but do not always effectively guide the reader's thinking. 
  5. The essay basically moves along at an effective pace, though at times it may bog down or hurry. 
  6. The conclusion does wrap up the discussion, but may be overly mechanical or leave some loose ends unattended.


  1. The language basically is clear and communicates ideas, even though it may not always be fresh or specific. 
  2. Sentences at least occasionally evince stylistic sophistication. 
  3. The sentence structure coveys relationships between ideas, though may not always be fluid and occasionally suffers from wordiness or clumsiness. 
  4. At least a moderate control of complex sentence structure is evident. 
  5. Attempts to vary sentence structure occur and are generally effective. 
  6. Diction is usually exact and appropriate. 
  7. The tone is basically consistent and controlled. 
  8. The writer's voice shows signs of enthusiasm and commitment to the topic.


  1. Paragraphing is basically proficient. 
  2. Mechanics and punctuation errors are minimal. 
  3. Spelling is usually correct.
  4. Usage errors are minimal. 
  5. Moderate editing would be required to polish the text.

Research Application (when applicable)

  1. Plagiarism is avoided. 
  2. Sources used are basically appropriate to the topic. 
  3. All direct quotations and ideas borrowed from a source are cited, though the in-text citation method and integration of information from sources (summaries, paraphrases, quotations, facts) may be mechanically incorrect or stylistically clumsy at times.
  4. The Works Cited page includes all sources employed by the text, though formatting and citation method may be flawed. 
  5. An appropriate manuscript format has been followed.

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