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: 12/11/09; 11/19/12

Cross Listed as:
Related ID:ENGL 1C

1. Description -
Advanced study and practice of expository and argumentative writing. Focus on reading and writing assignments from across the disciplines to refine critical reading, rhetoric, writing style, and critical thinking skills. The honors section is intensive in content, involving both writing and meta-analysis of complex texts. Includes collaborative evaluations of the content, evidence, organizing principles and style of a variety of texts. Course encourages students to examine assumptions, implications and unintended consequences of rhetorical and content choices. Includes focus on primary sources and the interpretations of these documents in contemporaneous writing. Course expands and enhances the student's ability to write with fluency, effectiveness, and intellectual rigor.
Prerequisites: One of the following: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T or ESLL 26; Honors Institute participant.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ENGL 1C or 2.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate mastery of appropriate writing strategies for a variety of argumentative and expository prose compositions;
  2. Practice new reading strategies for the analysis and evaluation of an author's expository and argumentative reasoning;
  3. Demonstrate mastery of critical thinking techniques and analysis to include the different types of arguments, modes of argument, and different reasoning situations;
  4. Evaluate multicultural expository and argumentative non-fiction prose from across the curriculum;
  5. Incorporate research materials into papers to support claims by analyzing, synthesizing, interpreting and documenting sources.

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 6,000 words of instructor-evaluated expository and argumentative prose.
    2. Write at least three expository and/or argumentative essays of varying lengths, the shortest of which will be 1000 words.
    3. Write at least three in-class essay exams, one of which must be the final exam.
    4. Perform basic field and/or library research for at least one documented paper of at least 1,500 words.
    5. Work on advanced grammar, punctuation, and syntax as appropriate.
    6. Practice writing both as a process of discovery and of synthesis.
    7. Identify the constructs and constraints of writing within the academic discipline of the student's intended major.
  2. Reading
    1. Read analytically at multiple levels to examine text organization, logic, and style.
    2. Determine implications and reasonable inferences of an argument.
    3. Identify supporting evidence in terms of appeals to logic, emotion and ethic.
    4. Examine and describe multiple critical and disciplinary approaches to a topic in a selection of readings.
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) -
  1. Readings:
    1. One anthology of cross-cultural and cross-curriculum expository and argumentative essays, and/or.
    2. Book-length works of non-fiction assigned in place of or in addition to argumentative essays, and
    3. One text of expository and argumentative techniques and style.
    4. A selection of primary sources and interpretive works based on those sources.
  2. The following texts are suggested:
Katherine Anne Ackley. Katherine Anne Ackley. Perspectives on Contemporary Issues: Readings across the Disciplines. 6th edition. Boston: Wadsworth, 2012.
Lucas F. Johnson, ed. Higher Education for Sustainability: Cases, Challenges, and Opportunities Across the Curriculum. London: Routledge, 2012.
Laurence Behrens and Leonard J. Rosen. Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum. New York: Longman, 2010.

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 a range of disciplines
    2. In-class timed essays focused on assigned readings
    3. Formal analytical, text-based essays

    13. Need/Justification -
    This course is a restriced 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: 2014-03-21 19:31:55

    Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines