English 101 Academic Writing and Research

Four Credit Hours

Course Description

Intensive instruction in academic writing and research. Basic principles of rhetoric and strategies for academic inquiry and argument. Instruction and practice in critical reading, including the generative and responsible use of print and electronic sources for academic research. Exploration of literate practices across a range of academic domains, laying the foundation for further writing development in college. Continued attention to grammar and conventions of standard written English. Most sections meet in computer classrooms. Successful completion of ENG 101 requires a grade of C- or better. This course satisfies the Introduction to Writing component of the General Education Program.

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in ENG 100 or placement via English department guidelines.

Learning Objectives

Students will

  1. Learn basic principles of rhetoric and develop an understanding of written texts as arguments generated for particular purposes, audiences, and rhetorical contexts.
  2. Examine similarities and differences in forms of inquiry and writing across academic disciplines.
  3. Practice analytical reading strategies and hone the ability to summarize, paraphrase, draw evidence from, synthesize, and respond to the scholarship of others.
  4. Learn to find and evaluate print and electronic source materials appropriate for academic research projects.
  5. Learn to develop original arguments for a range of academic purposes.
  6. Practice critically evaluating their own and others' work and collaborating effectively with other writers throughout the writing process.
  7. Practice and refine technical skills in areas such as grammar, mechanics, and the documentation of source materials.