MDC Description of Course
This is the second required general core course in college-level writing. Observing the conventions of standard edited American English, students will compose informative and persuasive essays, write responses to a variety of literary genres and/or non-fiction, and produce a documented paper based on research. This course fulfills the Gordon Rule requirement that students demonstrate proficiency in college-level writing through multiple assignments. 3 Credits
Note: This course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
Prerequisites: ENC 1101 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better.
Competency 1:The student will compose essays that explain an idea, belief or attitude by
- choosing and limiting a subject that can be sufficiently developed within a given time, for a specific purpose and audience.
- formulating a thesis reflecting the subject and purpose of the essay.
- supporting the thesis with specific details and arranging them logically.
- using appropriate transitional devices.
- writing an effective conclusion.
Competency 2:The student will present writing that seeks to persuade an audience to accept a belief, attitude, value or course of action by
- using logical, ethical, and/or emotional appeals appropriate to audience and purpose.
- demonstrating logical reasoning.
- providing sufficient evidence to support the thesis.
- clearly acknowledging any sources by using a standard form of documentation.
Competency 3:The student will write responses to a variety of literary genres and/or non-fiction by
- reflecting a literal and critical comprehension of the reading.
- providing suitable support and organization.
- articulating the author’s point of view.
Competency 4: The student will write a documented research paper by
- limiting a topic.
- using library and electronic resources to fulfill research objectives.
- taking notes, paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting sources.
- articulating a thesis that demonstrates a logical connection between research and argumentative techniques.
- organizing the text to be congruent with the subject and purpose of the paper.
- using sources in the text to substantiate the thesis.
- using a standard form of documentation (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).