Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Language Arts Division
ENGL 1CARGUMENTATIVE WRITING AND CRITICAL THINKINGSpring 2014
5 hours lecture.5 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 60 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: 5 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,  
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 07/2005;12/09; 11/19/12

1. Description -
Advanced study and practice of argumentative writing with emphasis on critical analysis and evaluation of texts. Focus is on reading and writing assignments from across the disciplines to further improve and refine critical reading, writing, and thinking skills.
Prerequisite: ENGL 1A or ENGL 1AH; or ENGL1T; or ESLL 26.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ENGL 1CH or 2.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Reading
    1. Critically read, analyze, compare, and evaluate multicultural argumentative prose from across the curriculum.
    2. Identify a text's premises and assumptions in various social, historical, cultural, psychological, or aesthetic contexts.
  2. Writing
    1. Demonstrate mastery in writing text-based arguments, including interpretation, evaluation, and analysis, and support them with a variety of appropriate textual evidence and examples.
    2. Use and analyze basic modes of argument, such as inductive and deductive reasoning techniques, recognizing fallacies, analysis, interpretation, and synthesis.
    3. Find, analyze, interpret, and evaluate research material, incorporating them to support claims using appropriate documentation format without plagiarism.
    4. Use style, diction, and tone appropriate to the academic community and the purpose of the specific writing task.
  3. Critical Thinking
    1. Identify logic of argument (premises and conclusions)
    2. Demonstrate understanding of formal and informal fallacies in language and thought
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. When taught on campus, no special facility or equipment needed.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to computer with email software and capabilities; email address.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Reading:
    1. Read and analyze at least three book-length, college-level texts in separate of anthology form.
    2. Comprehend and evaluate a text's main themes
ii. Draw reasoned inferences based on close reading of a text
  • Conduct rhetorical analysis of texts
  • Analyze varieties in voice, rhetorical style and purpose in non-fiction genres
  • ii. Identify and analyze rhetorical devices in connection with a text's main themes
  • Establish cultural and historical contexts for a text and determine how those contexts shape that writing
  • Draw connections that synthesize:
  • Two or more texts
  • ii. The text(s) and the student's individual experiences and ideas
    5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
     
    6. Methods of Evaluation -
    1. Evaluation based primarily (at least 80%) on the quality of written composition
    2. Quizzes and tests
    3. Midterm and final
    7. Representative Text(s) -
    The following texts are suggested:
    Lawrence Behrens and Leonard J. Rosen Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum. New York: Longman, 2011.
    Christine A. Hult. Researching and Writing Across the Curriculum, 3rd Ed., New York: Longman, 2005.
    Kevin Bales, ed. York: Longman, 2011.
    Christine A. Hult. Understanding Global Slavery: A Reader. Berkeley: University of Calfornia Press, 2005.

    8. Disciplines -
    English
     
    9. Method of Instruction -
    The instructor may deliver course material via lectures, discussions, and structured small-group exercises.
    When taught as a fully online course, the faculty shall employ one or more of the following methods of regular, timely, and effective student/faculty contact:
    1. Private Messages within the Course Management System
    2. Personal e-mail outside of the Course Management System
    3. Telephone Contact Weekly Announcements in the Course Management System
    4. Chat Room within the Course Management System
    5. Timely feedback and return of student work (tasks, tests, surveys, and discussions) in Course Management System by methods clarified in the syllabus.
    Discussion Forums with appropriate facilitation and/or substantive instructor participation.
  • E-Portfolios/Blogs/Wiki for sharing student works in progress; provide feedback from fellow students and faculty in a collaborative manner, and to demonstrate mastery, comprehension, application, and synthesis of a given set of concepts.
  • Field trips.
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    10. Lab Content -
    Not applicable.
     
    11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
     
    12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
    1. Reading and discussion of non-fiction texts from across the curriculum
    2. In-class timed essays based on analysis of assigned reading
    3. Formal analytical, text-based essays based on analysis of reading and research
    13. Need/Justification -
    This course is a restricted support course for the AA degree in English. It also satisfies IGETC; and Area 1, Group B and CSU Breadth Requirements for Area A-3.


    Course status: Active
    Last updated: 2014-04-25 09:49:28


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