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ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing

Course Details

Course Code: ENGL101 Course ID: 2852 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Playing third base doesn’t come naturally to most folks; instead, it requires dedication to become good at it. In the same way, learning how to cook or developing a new app takes a lot of time and commitment. As with any new skill, perseverance and consistent daily practice lead to success. And so it is with writing. It’s not the mystery most people make it out to be; in fact, when you get right down to it, writing is pretty formulaic. It’s a series of skills that, once learned, require a commitment to practicing them. In other words, no one is born a great writer; instead, writers learn their craft through hard work. ENGL101 identifies the basic building blocks of writing, and as each new skill is learned, it is practiced in a safe and supportive environment. Come take the mystery out of writing in ENGL101: Proficiency in Writing.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Identify the skills associated with good writing.
  2. Determine ways to use the skills in effective and efficient written communication.
  3. Create texts that conform to the principles of good academic writing.

Students write three essays as well as numerous short writing activities and forum posts. Each essay requires the student to work through a designated process of planning, composing, revising, and polishing. See the student handbook for the University’s grading scale.

Individual assignments are graded according to rubrics that represent the expectations for student work. See each forum and assignment for details, instructions, and associated rubics.

Writing Expectations

College level writing requires complete, grammatical sentences and orderly paragraphs, without using slang, jargon, or texting conventions that abbreviate or misspell.

College level writing involves learning to do college level research. This course requires using the universityonline library for all research. The library hosts helpful tutorials, style references, and links to tutoring. Open web sources like Wikipedia,, and are not appropriate for college level research.

Late Assignments

Students are expected to submit classroom assignments by the posted due date and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. Instructors may take late point deductions. Contact the course instructor if additional time is needed to complete an assignment. Cognitive learning is accomplished by receiving consistent and incremental feedback that creates a positive change in performance (Ultanir 208). Feedback is structured so students increase their cognitive learning and skill sets. Thus, submitting bulk-loaded late work (more than one assignment at a time) is highly discouraged and may even result in assignment(s) being returned for revision, if the instructor determines that feedback from any submission would have improved the student’s assessment of any assignment. Building feedback is essential to your success.


The Student Handbook is the official resource for admission, registration, extension, grading, and all other policies that may impact students. The Handbook includes General Course Requirements for what you need to know before your course begins.

Book Title: Various resources from Trefry Library and/or the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.
Publication Info:
ISBN: D2L Note

Book Title:Various resources from Trefry Library and/or the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.