Welcome to ENC 1101!

Please note: course work and weights revised on October 10, 2010. Please see the revised syllabus.

This web site will be a portal for information and resources to help you meet the learning outcomes of this course. You can download the syllabus and use the menu above to find the information you need. The online schedule is the master schedule--bookmark it and check it often.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course you should be able to

  • Produce clear and appropriate writing that performs the specific rhetorical tasks of analytic discourse
  • Produce both finished writing and preparatory writing (e.g., multiple drafts of formal writing, journal writing, written responses to other texts, etc.)
  • Employ critical thinking based on well-reasoned assumptions
  • Read and respond critically to a variety of professional and other student texts in order to position their own ideas and arguments relative to the arguments and strategies of others
  • Incorporate and cite external sources in one's writing
  • Use writing not only to communicate, but also to generate thinking and examine intellectual and/or cultural assumptions that emerge in the readings and in their own writing
  • Use an academically acceptable ethos (i.e., the ability of writers to effect credibility in their writing)
  • Recognize and practice writing as a recursive process that demands substantial reworking of drafts to revise content, organization, clarity, argument structures, etc. (global revision), as distinct from editing and correction of surface error (local revision)
  • Demonstrate enhanced learning through global and local revisions that are based on "learning- centered" grading criteria
  • Work effectively with other students in peer-group sessions to critique the substance of each other's work, focusing primarily on issues that would be addressed by global revision
  • Demonstrate the abilities to identify, understand, and edit for global organization, style, and the patterns of error recurrent in their own writing. To help you achieve this goal, you will learn a system of error tracking to identify and correct your patterns of error.

Required Books & Materials

  • Barrios, Emerging: Contemporary Readings for Writers, national edition, ISBN-13: 978-0-312-47444-7
  • Aaron, The Little, Brown Essential Handbook
  • Printouts of electronically distributed class materials (on Blackboard and course website) Folder for keeping in class writings in preparation for your portfolio submissions
  • Paper and writing instrument
  • Means of saving/accessing files (I recommend a GoogleDocs account, but you may also use a USB drive or email files to yourself)