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Course Description

Acquiring and developing the fundamentals of English composition is a vital skill that can be used in a variety of settings and situations. Being able to competently compose an essay and organize a thesis is not only useful in academic environments, but is also useful for business and personal applications. Learning and practicing the basic components introduced in this course will assist those in high school and college; it will help those who will be taking college and/or graduate school entrance exams, it will assist anyone who is currently job hunting by helping them create coherent, concise written material during the interview process. For those already in the business world, this course will help you create written presentations and other materials required on the job. It will enhance and expand your writing ability in the world of business. The course will also be of benefit to those in supervisory positions where a great deal of writing is required. Lastly, it will help anyone enhance their personal written communication skills. 

 There are eleven comprehensive lessons written in an easy to follow, informative manner. The end of each lesson will provide you with multiple summary review questions so that you may effectively test your new found knowledge. We encourage you to use these self-test questions as well as a writing assignment to determine whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or if you should review portions of the preceding lesson before taking the next step. Don't rush yourself. Making full use of this course, in its entirety, is the first step in becoming a master at using the written word to communicate your ideas and thoughts clearly and with great effect. 

Course Requirements

At least a high school reading and writing educational level is required.

Course Outline


Lesson 1: Essay Writing As a Process

Lesson 2: A Review of Grammar and Punctuation

Lesson 3: The Structures of an Essay; Essay Writing

Lesson 4: Outlining

Lesson 5: Developing a Powerful Thesis Statement

Lesson 6: Introduction to the Concept of Research

Lesson 7: Rough Drafting/1st Drafting

Lesson 8: The Revision Process

Lesson 9: Writing Effective Introductions and Conclusions

Lesson 10: Final Draft

Lesson 11: Introduction to Style Guides

Lesson 12: Conclusion

Course Materials

  • Hacker, Diana.The Bedford Handbook with 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates.
  • Notebooks, pencils, pens
  • Internet access
  • Library access

Grading Policy

The course consists of eleven lessons. At the end of each lesson will be a written assignment and a lesson review quiz based on the lesson material. A percentage grade will be given based on point accumulation.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate correct usage of grammar and punctuation.
  • Describe the structure of an essay.
  • Create an outline.
  • Develop a powerful thesis statement.
  • Conduct research.
  • Create a rough draft.
  • Know the revision process.
  • Write effective introductions and conclusions.
  • Develop a final draft.
  • Describe appropriate style guide usage, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment25
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Assignment25
Lesson 3 Exam8
Lesson 4 Assignment25
Lesson 4 Exam8
Lesson 5 Assignment25
Lesson 5 Exam9
Lesson 6 Assignment25
Lesson 6 Exam8
Lesson 7 Assignment25
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Assignment25
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9 Exam9
Lesson 10 Assignment25
Lesson 10 Exam8
Lesson 11 Assignment25
Lesson 11 Exam9
Final Assignment25
The Final Exam29
Total Points:429

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