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The Course

Medaille College
Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, New York 14214


Course Number and Title ENG 110 College Writing

CRN 10183 Section 09 Tuesday, Thursday 11:10-12:35 in Main 200

Semester Fall 2016
Number of Credits 3
Prerequisite ENG 100 or suitable score on the writing assessment

Instructor Douglas Anderson

Office Main 204
Hours Monday and Wednesday 3-4, 5:30-6 and Tuesday and Thursday after my last class 4 – 5
I have several email addresses, but I would appreciate it if you sent all mail related to this course to me at eng110f16 at 

Please note: Grading of student papers will reflect standard English usage. The MLA and APA bibliographic styles are generally used at Medaille.

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Catalog Description of Course

This course develops the students’ abilities to write effectively in college. It assists students to make judgments regarding content within their own writing, particularly when utilizing researched sources. It also emphasizes organization, structure, revision, and mechanics. Students will produce a portfolio of their written work, including a self-assessment.

Student Objectives

After completing this course, you will be better able to:

  • Understand writing as a process that involves pre-writing, drafting, global revisions, and sentence-level revisions.
  • Write organized, thesis-driven essays with appropriate purpose for academic audiences that include introduction and thesis focus, subtopic focus, transitions, paragraph structure, and conclusions.
  • Read, think, and write at the college level by doing in-class and out-of-class critical thinking and writing exercises.
  • Recognize and apply writing mechanics, including sentence structure, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Locate appropriate research sources, in multiple media, including Medaille College Library resources with a focus on search engines and databases.
  • Evaluate research sources in multiple media to determine credibility.
  • Avoid plagiarism by appropriately summarizing and paraphrasing sources using MLA documentation style (with some instruction in APA).
  • Use critical thinking skills to show evidence of active reading and listening through outlines, summary, paraphrase, or annotation.
  • Follow instructions and guidelines for both in and out of class writing assignments in multiple media, including email, for use of proper manuscript format and appropriate tone and style.
  • Demonstrate competency and appropriate etiquette in communication in multiple media and online platforms, including relevant social media applications.
  • Assess their own progress as writers within the context of the course, culminating in the creation of a writing portfolio, including a self-assessment.
  • Further develop their identification and use of rhetorical strategies, including use of counter-argument, anti-thesis, or concession-rebuttal strategies.


Outline of Course Content

day-by-day syllabus

  • Essay organization: introduction and thesis focus, subtopic focus, transitions, paragraph structure, and conclusion
  • Use of rhetorical modes: Comparison-Contrast, Process Analysis, Definition, Exemplification, Cause-Effect, Narration, Description, and Division-Classification
  • Review of grammar and punctuation: sentence structure, subject-verb agreement, tenses, pronoun usage, parts of speech, commas, apostrophes, colons, semicolons, hyphens, dashes, brackets, and ellipses
  • Research: formulate appropriate questions, use advanced library resources (indices, database searches, Internet searches)
  • Critical reading: evaluation of research evidence; source and reliability; relevance to topic focus; fair use
  • Paraphrase and summary
  • Avoidance of plagiarism
  • MLA and APA documentation styles
  • Manuscript format
  • Audience analysis
  • Control of syntax, diction, and mechanics
  • Voice and style
  • Workshops on student essays: peer review; peer editing; use of vocabulary specific to composition theory/criticism
  • Revision, with emphasis on the portfolio
  • Relationships of this course to other courses in the curriculum, with a particular emphasis on writing across the curriculum