English, Theatre & Foreign Languages

First Year Composition

UNCP’s Composition Program consists of three courses. The catalog description, objectives, and outcomes of each course are given below. 

 

ENG 0104, WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Course Description 
Introduces students to academic ways of reading, writing, and thinking. Students cultivate reading and writing strategies in order to understand, paraphrase, and summarize, producing several short texts. Credit, 3 semester hours (will not count toward earned hours or graduation requirements). Required for students placed into ENG 0104 and for students in the College Opportunity Program. NOTE:  Must receive “C” grade or better to progress into ENG 1050.

Course Objectives
ENG 0104 situates students in the academy and offers them tools for navigating texts. Students cultivate reading and writing strategies in order to understand, paraphrase, and summarize texts.

Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • employ strategies of pre-writing, drafting, and revising.
  • identify the main idea or central argument in a text as well as the rhetorical strategies used by authors to support those ideas and/or arguments.
  • compose a variety of texts that demonstrate clear focus, logical development of ideas, and use of appropriate language that advance the writer’s purpose.
  • demonstrate reading comprehension through effective summary and paraphrase.
  • demonstrate unity and coherence in their writing.
  • recognize and follow most conventions of Standard Edited English.

 

ENG 1050, COMPOSITION I

Course Description 
Provides students with a foundation in critical reading and writing practices by introducing different types of texts and ways of working with them; students will recognize and interpret differing perspectives and will analyze and synthesize others’ work, producing several texts of moderate length. Credit, 3 semester hours. PREREQ: Placement into ENG 1050 or “C” grade or better in ENG 0104.

Course Objectives
ENG 1050 places students in a text-rich environment for the purpose of cultivating skills in critical reading and writing through analysis and synthesis. Within this context, students develop rhetorical reading and writing practices, recognizing and interpreting differing perspectives and constructing claims about texts.

Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • employ strategies of pre-writing, drafting, and revising.
  • identify and explain the purpose, audience, genre, context, claims, reasoning, and assumptions of a given text.
  • write with a clear purpose.
  • compose texts that develop a sustaining idea or thesis, demonstrate engagement with an issue, explore different perspectives on the issue, and avoid sweeping generalizations.
  • summarize, paraphrase, synthesize, incorporate direct quotations from, and respond to text(s) in support of a sustaining idea or thesis.
  • produce clear and readable prose that demonstrates unity and coherence.
  • follow conventions of Standard Edited English.
  • know when and how to document information from texts using a citation style such as MLA or APA

(ENG 0104 outcomes are implicit in 1050.)

 

ENG 1060, COMPOSITION II

Course Description 
Builds upon the critical reading and writing practices developed in ENG 1050 and focuses on research principles and practices. Students will locate and evaluate sources; negotiate differing perspectives; synthesize and integrate sources ethically; arrive at a claim through logical reasoning; and argue the claim in rhetorically effective forms, producing several sophisticated texts.  Credit, 3 semester hours. PREREQ: “C” grade or better in ENG 1050.

Course Objectives
English 1060 places students in a context for research by providing readings that invite students into an ongoing conversation in which they explore contesting perspectives in order to make their own contribution to that ongoing conversation.

Within this context, students will continue to cultivate rhetorical reading practices; learn to develop a research question; locate and evaluate sources; negotiate differing perspectives;  synthesize and integrate sources ethically; arrive at a claim through logical reasoning; and argue the claim in rhetorically effective forms.

Students entering 1060 should be able to:

  • paraphrase accurately
  • incorporate source material with their own ideas
  • use sources ethically
  • recognize the elements of an argument: claims, reasoning, and assumptions.

Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • employ strategies of pre-writing, drafting, and revising, taking into consideration rhetorical purpose and the knowledge and needs of different audiences.
  • conduct inquiry-driven research to compose texts that integrate the writer's ideas with those from appropriate sources.
  • locate and evaluate (for credibility, sufficiency, accuracy, timeliness, bias and so on) primary and secondary research materials.
  • participate in an academic conversation with both peers and scholars by engaging with, responding to, incorporating and appropriately attributing the ideas of others.
  • summarize, analyze, and synthesize information and concepts from relevant and diverse sources as the basis for developing or supporting their own ideas and claims.
  • construct and advance an arguable thesis supported with compelling evidence and logical reasoning.
  • produce clear and readable prose that focuses on logical connections, coherent organization of ideas, and clear transitions in and between paragraphs.
  • follow conventions of Standard Edited English.
  • adhere to the conventions of a citation style such as MLA or APA.

(ENG 1050 outcomes are implicit in 1060.)