Course Syllabus


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Purpose of the Course 

The purpose of this course is to teach you the basic skills for writing college essays and research papers. English 101 focuses on the different writing modes and how to blend them to create convincing and interesting essays and research papers. This prepares you for English 102 which requires that you can both use and blend these modes effectively for longer written works. 

Good writing skills are a necessary part of all your future work. By learning and honing these skills now, it will enable you, as a student, to succeed more readily and easily throughout your college career. Plus in your future career, it will enable you to communicate your ideas more accurately and effectively.


Total Points – 2975

  • A ~ 2677 - 2975
  • B ~ 2379 - 2666
  • C ~ 2081 - 2369
  • D ~ 1783 - 2080
  • F ~ 1782 & Below


Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 4-27-2010

ENG101  2011 Fall - 9999

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad


First-Year Composition

Emphasis on rhetoric and composition with a focus on expository writing and understanding writing as a process. Establishing effective college-level writing strategies through four or more writing projects comprising at least 3,000 words in total.

Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097.


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: First-Year Composition - [FYC]

Arizona Shared Unique Number : ENG 1101



MCCCD Official Course Competencies:



ENG101  2011 Fall - 9999

First-Year Composition



Analyze specific rhetorical contexts, including circumstance, purpose, topic, audience, and writer, as well as the writing's ethical, political, and cultural implications. (I, III)


Organize writing to support a central idea through unity, coherence, and logical development appropriate to a specific writing context. (II, IV)


Use appropriate conventions in writing, including consistent voice, tone, diction, grammar, and mechanics. (I, IV)


Summarize, paraphrase and quote from sources to maintain academic integrity and to develop and support one's own ideas. (III, IV)


Use feedback obtained from peer review, instructor comments and/or other resources to revise writing. (II)


Assess one's own writing strengths and identify strategies for improvement through instructor conference, portfolio review, written evaluation, and/or other methods. (II, III)


Generate, format, and edit writing using appropriate technologies. (II, IV)





MCCCD Official Course Outline:



ENG101  2011 Fall - 9999

First-Year Composition




I. Understanding Rhetorical Contexts

A. Circumstance

B. Purpose

C. Topic

D. Audience

E. Writer

II. Defining Effective Processes

A. Invention

B. Drafting

C. Feedback

D. Revision

E. Presentation

III. Thinking, Reading and Writing Critically

A. Reading to discover

B. Reading to analyze rhetorically

C. Writing to discover

D. Writing to communicate

E. Writing to reflect

IV. Knowing Conventions

A. Format

B. Structure

C. Documentation of sources

D. Mechanics


Learning Objectives:

Rhetorical Knowledge: Students will understand how audience, purpose, context, and language shape the meaning and function of any text and will apply this understanding in a variety of specific writing situations.

Critical Thinking/Reading: Students will use reading and writing as a means of inquiry—that is, as a way to generate ideas and questions, to understand the social and cultural implications of complex texts and debates, and to consider and express the relationship of their own ideas to the ideas of others. 

Processes: Students will practice a writing process that is flexible, recursive, and responsive to the needs of specific writing situations.  They will develop strategies for each phase of the process, such as: pre-writing/invention, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. They will understand this process as social and collaborative, assimilating feedback and critiquing the work of others.  Students will also develop a process for conducting academic research, which involves critically utilizing an array of print and electronic sources.

Conventions: Students will gain extensive practice in various genres of writing. They will utilize the appropriate tone, documentation style, grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling demanded by specific writing situations 

Course Structure 
For those new to the online environment, this course has specific due dates and deadlines. This course is not an open entry, open exit course that you can complete at your own pace. 


  • I will accept one late module.
  • No other assignments will be accepted late.
  • You have one week from the due date to turn in your late module.
  • Due to time constraints at the end of the semester, no part of Module #5 will be accepted late. No Exceptions!! No Excuses!!


Attendance Policy

    • Students who fall two modules behind will be dropped.
    • Students who fail to start the class by Wednesday, August 27th will be dropped.

For Your Protection:

     It is your responsibility to SAVE your essays and assignments on your hard drive or on a diskette. Keep these copies in a safe place until you have received your final grade.

The Writing Center:

    Please feel free to utilize the writing center and its tutors, who can assist you with grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, spelling, thesis statements, research papers, and other editing concerns. The tutors cannot write your paper; the point for using their services is to become a better writer. You need to schedule an appointment to work with a tutor in the center. The Writing Center is located in the Learning Support Center.

Minimal Expectations of Student Essays

  • Student essays must be MLA formatted, word processed in programs like Word or Word Perfect, and checked for spelling and grammatical errors prior to submission.
  • Students must incorporate sources into the last two papers (Cause/Effect and Argumentative Essays) including quotes and/or paraphrasing and a Works Cited page.
  • Students must submit copies of their sources (xeroxed copies of pages from books or magazines, and copies of online articles or web sites with the information utilized from these sources highlighted).
  • No papers will be accepted without copies of sources.
  • Students must submit all of their work as email attachments.

Students are responsible to read and understand the District-wide Scholastic Standards found in the current Student Handbook. Pay particular attention to the technology section in Article III, Paragraph 15. 

Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Center, B-Building -119, 602.787.7170. 

Withdrawal Policy 
Students who either fail to contact the intstructor by August 26, 2011 or who fall three modules behind will automatically be withdrawn from this class. 

Plagiarism is a serious offense.  It is the unacknowledged use of another’s words, ideas, or information.  Some common examples of plagiarism are summarizing or paraphrasing source material without documentation, quoting without citations, copying all or parts of another writer’s paper, having another person write the paper, or purchasing another writer’s paper.


Plagiarism includes recycled papers from previous classes.

Plagiarism also includes use of teacher textbook editions whether they were unintentionally purchased or not.

To avoid plagiarism, students must give a source credit for any ideas or information they have used in an essay, whether they have paraphrased, summarized, or quoted from the source. 

A student who plagiarizes is subject to disciplinary probation and suspension (see page 218 of the PVCC Catalog.)  The first occurrence of plagiarism may result in a zero for that assignment.  A second occurrence may result in a grade of “F” for the course.

Official absences are those that occur when students are involved in an official activity of the college, i.e., field trips, tournaments, athletic events, and present an official absence excuse form. Absences for such events shall not count against the number of absences allowed by an instructor or department. Students who must miss a class for an official reason must obtain an official absence verification card from the appropriate dean or associate dean and present it to the appropriate instructor(s) before the absence. Prior arrangements must be made with each instructor for make-up work. If prior arrangements have been made, the students will not be penalized. 

Other official absences include jury duty and subpoenas. Appropriate documentation will be required. Prior arrangements must be made with each instructor for makeup work. If prior arrangements have been made, the students will not be penalized. 

In the event of the death of an immediate family member, absences for periods of up to one week will not be counted against the number of absences allowed by an instructor or department. Students should contact instructor(s) as soon as possible to arrange for make-up work. Appropriate documentation will be required (for example, a copy of the obituary or funeral program). In specialized programs that require clinical rotations, this regulation may not apply. 

Students shall have the right to observe major religious holidays without penalty or reprisal by any administrator, faculty member or employee of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Absences for such holidays shall not count against the number of absences allowed by an instructor or department. At least one week before the holiday, students shall submit to their instructor(s) a written statement that includes both the date of the holiday and the reason why class attendance is impossible. Prior arrangements must be made with each instructor for make-up work. If prior arrangements have been made, the student will not be penalized. 

Students engaging in the following are subject to disciplinary sanctions outlined in the PVCC Catalog, Student Policies Section.

Acts of Dishonesty; examples include:

  • Plagiarism
  • Furnishing false information
  • Falsifying records related to coursework
  • Forgery, alteration, misuse of any college document
  • Tampering with the election of any college-recognized official
  • Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or college activities. An instructor can remove a student from class for disciplinary reasons.
  • Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion and/or conduct that threatens the health or safety of any person.
  • Attempted or actual theft
  • Failure to comply with direction of college officials or law enforcement officers
  • Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any college premises
  • Violation of federal, state, or local laws on college campus or at college sponsored activities
  • Use, possession or distribution of narcotics or other controlled substances
  • Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, or public intoxication
  • Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, weapons, or dangerous chemicals
  • Participation in a college demonstration that disrupts the normal operations of the college
  • Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on college premises
  • Conduct which is disorderly, lewd or indecent
  • Theft or other abuse of computer time
  • Abuse of the judicial system

Student Resources for College Success (revised for Fall 2012)

The majority of services are open:  Monday - Thursday 8:00 -7:00 and Friday 8:00 - 5:00.
Appointments may be required for some areas.
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 Academic Advising – KSC Information Desk, (602) 787-7060.  Advisors are available to assist with classes and degree information.  Discuss your goals, education history, and interests with the advisor. Hours:  Walk-in 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.   Afternoon and evenings by appointment only.

Admissions and Records - Ask at Information Desk, (602) 787-7020.  Services include registration, withdrawals, transcript requests, graduation requests, and educational records.  This office maintains all student records.

Assessment Center –  (602) 787-7050.  Services include placement, ESL, instructional , and CLEP testing.  Assessment helps students identify their existing skills and knowledge.

Athletics - To learn more about our athletic programs call (602) 787-7173 or contact us at   Webpage: .

Bookstore - (602) 787-7120.  The Bookstore, operated by Follett, sells new and used textbooks, school supplies, greeting cards, gifts, sundries, college clothing, trade books, and educationally priced software.

Career Services/Job Placement – (602) 787-7073.  This office provides job listings on and off campus, assistance in job searches, internships, and Maricopa Career Network for on-line postings.

College Safety - (602) 787-7900.  Provides safety and security measures for the campus.  Services include lost and found, emergency assistance, first-aid, parking decals, photo ID's.

Text message MEMS ALERTS  -  All students and employees are enrolled in a text-message ALERT notification system that sends messages with key directives in the event of incidents affecting the health and safety of people on campus/site.  Information at:

Computing Commons, E Building, 602.787.6760.  The Commons has word processing and other software packages for you to use to complete coursework.  Note:  To use the Open Lab (at any time), you must pay a $15 access fee in Admissions and Records.  This is a per semester fee.

Counseling - (602) 787-6540.  Free and confidential counseling is available to prospective and currently enrolled students at PVCC. Counselors are available by appointment.  Please call or stop by the Counseling Office.

Disability Resource Center/Student Development - KSC1220, (602) 787-7171.  This office participates in the Americans with Disabilities Act, which include reasonable accommodations with access, resources, and support services.  Student development activities include student orientations, ESL student support, and student diversity program.

Financial Aid – Ask at Information Desk, (602) 787-7100.  Services include financial counseling for students, assistance in completing the financial aid process and information about scholarship programs.  Financial aid includes grants, loans, student employment and scholarships.

Learning Support Center - E Building, (602) 787-7180.  The Learning Support Center provides free tutoring and other learning support for most PVCC courses.  Free tutoring includes study groups, drop-in tutoring, individual appointments and on-line tutoring.  Learning Support resources include video tapes, software, and print materials to provide help with both course content and study skills.  Hours:  Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Library - E Building, (602) 787-7200.  The PVCC Library offers a print and media collection of approximately 40,000 items.  In addition, the library now has a collection of electronic books.  An online catalog provides indexing to much of the material held by PVCC as well as materials owned by other Maricopa County Community College libraries.

Service Learning - (602) 787-6657 or (602) 787-7241.  Service-Learning is a direct expression of the PVCC vision statement.  Our college is dedicated to "building partnerships… that cross institutional boundaries for innovative instruction and coordinated community service."  Service-Learning combines academic learning and educational goals with student action in real life situations outside the four walls of the classroom.  Students are given the opportunity to learn and develop as leaders through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet vital community needs.

Student Life - (602) 787-7244.  The center encourages students to participate in college and community life.  Some activities include honors, leadership training, service learning, student clubs, Student Leadership Council, Emerging Leaders Program and student insurance.

Veteran's Services -  Ask at Information Desk, (602) 787-7045

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