Syllabus Overview

What is English 102?  As your catalog notes:


Freshman Composition 2
3 credits

English 102 furthers the composition skills developed in English 101, focusing on critical reading, writing, and research. Students will write expository and persuasive essays, using literary and/or interdisciplinary materials. This course also requires a researched essay. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 or equivalent proficiency test score.

Additionally, we require more detailed guidelines that note that students in this course will:
  • Read academic texts critically, analyzing and interpreting expository and argumentative prose written from a variety of disciplinary, ideological, and rhetorical perspectives.

  • Practice writing as a process aimed at developing abilities to write argumentative/persuasive prose for a variety of academic purposes and audiences.

  • Use appropriate research methods to gather, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize material from both primary and secondary sources.

  • Produce at least 5,000 words of edited prose [this refers to “final product” work, not ongoing assignments, drafts, or other course writing] demonstrating the ability to:

a.  support theses developed from thorough consideration of multiple perspectives on significant issues.

b.  use a variety of rhetorical strategies for a range of audiences and purposes, chiefly for persuasion and argument.

c.  control conventions of written English for academic purposes, including summary, paraphrase, and appropriate documentation style(s).

d.  proofread and edit writing to conform to accepted standards for academic writing in English.   

An on-line or computer-enhanced course, not a computer class

If you have managed to make it to this page, you have the principal computer skills required for completing this course:  you can access the internet, log in to Blackboard at CSI, and navigate various links.  If you have not used Blackboard before, there are a few more skills you will be acquiring as we move forward, to include posting messages in BITRO discussions (also known as“discussion boards” in Blackboard help screens), chatting online via Blackboard, taking quizzes online, and checking your grades.  In addition, you will need to use e-mail for communicating with your instructor and your classmates, for special questions or requests, aand for sending in your formal essays and occasional other assignments.  In your word processor, you will need to become accustomed to saving files in RTF file format (which just about takes longer to say than to accomplish), and you may want to use your media/mp3 players for occasional songs or spoken versions of the works being read.  But this is not a computer course, and while you may need to acquire a few new skills along the way, most of the work can be accomplished by anyone who can use a web browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, Firefox...).  

With those course guidelines in mind, continue to the specific requirements for this course >>>


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