EN-120a Expository Writing I

College of Micronesia-FSM

Course Outline

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Course No. and Title: EN 120a  Expository Writing 1

 

 

Campus:  National Campus

 

Initiator: Devanesam Senarathgoda

 

 

Date: 12/3/18

 

Course description:

This course develops expository writing skills and introduces rhetorical patterns.The student also learns basic reseach skills.

 

COURSE HOURS/CREDITS:

 

 

 

 

Hours per Week

 

No.  Of Weeks

 

Total Hours

 

Semester Credits

Lecture

 

          3

x

16

=

       48/16

=

 

Laboratory

 

         

x

 

x

 

=

 

Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Semester

 

Credits

 

 

3

                     

 

PURPOSE OF COURSE:  

                                            [ x ] Degree requirement

                                            [  ] Degree elective

                                            [  ] Certificate

                                            [  ] Other:

 

PREREQUISITES:  None. Placement based on COMET Results.

 

PSLOS OF OTHER PROGRAMS THIS COURSE MEETS:

  

PSLO#

                             Program

None

General Education

 

 

  

  • INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

 

[ ]

1. Effective oral communication: capacity to deliver prepared, purposeful presentations designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners’ attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.

 

[x]   

2. Effective written communication: development and expression of ideas in writing through work in many genres and styles, utilizing different writing technologies, and mixing texts, data, and images through iterative experiences across the curriculum.

[x]

3. Critical thinking: a habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.

[ ]

4. Problem solving: capacity to design, evaluate, and implement a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal.

 

[ ]

5. Intercultural knowledge and competence: a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.

 

[x]

6. Information literacy: the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand.

[ ]

7. Foundations and skills for life-long learning: purposeful learning activity, undertaken on an ongoing basis with the aim of improving knowledge, skills, and competence.

 

[ ]   

8. Quantitative Reasoning: ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations; comprehends and can create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence and can clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats.

 

 

  • PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (PSLOs): The student will be able to:

 

  • Write a clear, well organized paper using documentation and quantitative tools when appropriate.
  • Demonstrate the ability for independent thought and expression.

2.2 Demonstrate understanding of the modes of inquiry by identifying an appropriate method of accessing credible information and data resource; applying the selected method; and organizing results.

 

  • COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (CSLOs) (General): The student will be able to:

 

  1. Utilize all stages of the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, revision when composing academic papers.
  2. Write essays in various rhetorical patterns such as example, comparison/contrast classification, cause/effect, and process analysis.
  3. Establish and defend a position in an argumentative essay.

 

 

  • COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (CSLOs) (Specific): The student will be able to:

 

CSLO (General) 1: Utilize all stages of the writng process: prewriting, drafting, revising when oomposing academic papers.

 

1.       Student Learning Outcomes (specific)

2.       ISLO

3.       PSLO

4.        

Assessment Strategies

 

1.1 Utilize all stages of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising when composing academic papers.

5.       2, 3, 6,

6.       1, 2, 3

Submitted drafts for peer review and instructor evaluation as assessed by a revision checklist.

CSLO (General) 2. Write essays in various rhetorical patterns such as  example, comparison/contrast, cause/effect, and process analysis.

 

Student Learning Outcomes (specific)

 

ISLO

PSLO

Assessment Strategies

2.1 Construct a thesis.

2

2

Write and submit an appropriate thesis for each rhetorical pattern that will be assessed by a checklist.

2.2 Develop the thesis using various expository modes to explain or analyze.

      example

      comparison/contrast

      classification

      cause/effect analysis

      process analysis

2

2, 3

Submit essays following a rubric for each expository mode.

2.3 Illustrate an awareness of the concepts

 of audience, purpose, and tone

2

2

Submit paragraphs or essays that will be assessed by a rubric that illustrate an awareness of audience, purpose or tone.

2.4 Draft a composition that exhibits, unity, coherence and logical organization of information.

2, 3

1, 2

Submit a revised final draft of a paragraph or essay that will be assessed by a rubric that exhibits unity, coherence, and logical organization.

2.5 Utilize word processing software such as MS Word to format, draft, save, revise, and print compositions. Also monitor spelling and grammar,  through the use of electronic technology.

 

6

3

Submit typed essays assessed with a checklist for MLA formatting.

CSLO (General) 3. Establish and defend a position in an argumentative essay.

 

Student Learning Outcomes (specific)

ISLO

PSLO

 

Assessment Strategies

3.1 Write an argumentative essay that defends a position.

3, 6*

1

Submit an argumentative essay assessed by a rubric showing support with research and documentation using MLA style.

 

  • COURSE CONTENT:

         Prewriting techniques

        Various rhetorical patterns

  Argumentation and persuation

  MLA format

 

  • METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION:

 

[ x] Lecture            [ ] Cooperative learning groups

[ ] Laboratory         [x] In-class exercises

[x ] Audiovisual     [ ] Demonstrations

[   ] Other: Online activities and guest lectures

 

 

  • REQUIRED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS:

Fawcett, Susan. Evergreen: a guide to writing with readings. 11th ed. Boston: Houghton Miffin, 2017. print.

 

  • REFERENCE MATERIALS:

       None

 

  • INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS:

 None

 

  • EVALUATION:

Students must achieve 70% mastery or a “C” to pass this course.

 

  • CREDIT BY EXAMINATION:

       NONe      

EN120a Expository Writing

Endorsed by CC: 05/04/21

 

Approved by VPIA: 05/06/21

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