Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Language Arts Division
4 hours lecture.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 48 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 4 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 expository and argumentative writing. Focus is on reading and writing assignments from across the disciplines to further improve and refine reading, grammar, composition, and critical thinking skills for students preparing to transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
Prerequisite: ENGL 1A or ENGL 1AH or ENGL 1T 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. Demonstrate mastery in writing text-based expository and argumentative prose
  2. Read, comprehend, and evaluate multicultural expository and argumentative prose from across the curriculum.
  3. Use and analyze basic modes of argument, such as inductive and deductive reasoning techniques, recognizing fallacies, analysis, interpretation, and synthesis.
  4. Incorporate research materials to support claims appropriate to the students' intended field of study.
  5. Develop and practice strategies for taking in-class essay exams.
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. Writing:
    1. Write a total of 5,000 words of instructor evaluated text-based expository and argumentative academic prose;
    2. Write at least four expository and/or argumentative essays of varying lengths, the shortest of which will be 500 words, including a documented research paper;
    3. Write at least three in-class essay exams, one of which must be the final exam.
    4. Develop advanced grammar, punctuation, and syntax;
    5. Practice writing both as a process of discovery and synthesis;
    6. Identify and employ the conventions and strategies appropriate to writing within the student's chosen discipline
  2. Reading:
    1. One anthology of non-fiction cross-cultural and cross-curriculum expository and argumentative essays; or
    2. Book-length work(s) of non-fiction assigned in addition to, or in place of, anthologized articles.
    3. One textbook or handbook demonstrating expository and argumentative techniques and styles appropriate to writing across the curriculum.
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 -
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.
    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: 2014-11-19 07:26:50

    Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines