ENGL 1301 - English Composition I (3-3-0)
A study of the principles of composition with emphasis on language, the mechanics of writing, the types of discourse, and research and documentation.
English Composition I: ESL - English 1301 ESL is a study of the principles of composition with emphasis on language, the mechanics of writing, documentation and research, and the types of discourse. ENGL 1301 ESL is the equivalent of ENGL 1301 and is designed to help students who are non-native speakers of English develop the skills they will need to succeed academically.
English Composition I: Honors - Please contact the Honors Program at 223-6555 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
English Composition I: Self Paced - This course is designed for students with strong writing skills who can complete the course assignments with only one class meeting per week.
As well as classes offered on campus, English Composition I is offered via Distance Learning. Distance Learning gives ACC students the opportunity to earn credit through non-traditional courses such as online and hybrid classes. Course content and transferability is identical to classes offered on campus.
TSI exempt or complete OR (on TSI Assessment test) 5 on writing exam OR 4 on writing exam AND 363 on objective exam AND 351 on reading exam OR C or better in Writing Skills 3 (DEVW 0130, 0230, 0330, or 0331) AND Reading Skills 3, (DEVR 0320) or ESOL 0384 or 0326.
Summary of Student Expectations
To successfully complete Composition I, students should enter with the following basic skills: critical reading; content development; organization of writing to include an introduction, appropriate thesis, coherent paragraphs, transitions, and a conclusion; grammar, mechanics, and sentence construction; and an initial understanding of documentation of sources.
Here is a link to a list of expectations and skills for students who are enrolling in Composition I: http://www.austincc.edu/english/ExpectationsOfSkills.php
The goals of Composition I are to promote
Instructors will assign required texts/materials for individual courses. It is the responsibility of the student to acquire required texts/materials.
NOTE: Students must provide their instructor with a Composition I File Folder (available in the bookstores) for the essays submitted. Instructors will keep folders for one semester following enrollment. Students are responsible for making copies of any papers they want to keep for their files. Online students do not need to purchase folders.
Individual faculty syllabi will indicate course methodology, which may include lectures, small group activities, use of electronic media, and in-class writing workshops.
Core components to be covered in Composition I include
At least one essay will be a textual analysis.
The remaining essays will achieve at least two of the following rhetorical purposes:
Your instructor will use one of two systems of grading, or a combination of the two systems.
System 1: Accept/Edit/Revise/Rewrite
All students in all sections must receive Accepted on the writing assignments to be eligible to receive a Test Permit for taking the Departmental Exam. Additional assignments are required for the grades of B and A.
In System 1, the student's final grade will be determined by the number of essays marked accepted by the instructor.
Each paper will be marked "ACCEPTED," "EDIT," "REVISE," or "REWRITE." Students are required to edit, revise, or rewrite their essays until they are accepted. (Students may submit only one essay at a time; when one is ACCEPTED, the student may submit the next one.) In addition, compliance with the instructor's system of deadlines and activities may determine eligibility for a grade of "B" or "A."
ACCEPTED: the paper fulfills the objectives of the assignment and is relatively free of grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors.
EDIT: the paper fulfills the objectives of the assignment but contains errors. Similar errors must be avoided in subsequent papers in order to progress in the course.
REVISE: the paper needs improvement in style, organization, or development.
REWRITE: the paper does not fulfill the objectives of the assignment.
"B" Requirement: Complete a writing assignment according to guidelines provided by your instructor. Minimum length: 1000 words.
"A" PAPER: Complete a writing assignment according to guidelines provided by your instructor. Use a minimum of two approved sources. Minimum length: 1000 words. MLA Documentation required.
Learning Lab Policy for B and A Papers
Departmental policy allows students to receive only very general assistance writing B and A papers in Composition I and II. Examples of such assistance include pre-writing activities and review of writing principles and of grammar and documentation conventions in response to student questions. In addition, individual faculty are free to prohibit students from seeking specific kinds of or any assistance on the B and A papers and may do so by sending a memo to the learning labs and by stipulating the restriction in class syllabi.
System 2: Letter Grades
Instructors will assign letter/number grades to some or all required essays. Students may be given the opportunity to draft and revise required essay assignments one or more times (instructors will determine how many times revision will be allowed/required and how final grade will be awarded). Students are required to pass the Departmental Exam (see description below) in the Testing Center to pass the course with a minimum grade of C. The instructor's grading system will be explained in detail in his or her individual course syllabus.
The Departmental Exam
The Departmental Exam is required of all students enrolled in English 1301 and must be taken under supervision in the Testing Center after required essays are completed. Given a selection to read, students will write an interpretive essay of at least 600 words analyzing the selection. The instructor will provide more detailed instructions about the test, which will be evaluated "ACCEPTED" or "RETEST" only. Students who do not pass on the first try may retest once. Essays must demonstrate the following:
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Administration of Discipline:
The campus dean of student services or the appropriate facility administrator shall have primary responsibility for the administration of student discipline. The campus dean of student services works cooperatively with faculty members in the disposition of scholastic violations.
Students with Disabilities
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Testing Center Policy
Under certain circumstances, an instructor may have students take an examination in a testing center. Students using the Academic Testing Center must govern themselves according to the Student Guide: Use of ACC Testing Centers and should read the entire guide before going to take the exam.
To request an exam, one must have:
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