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SECTION A – Course Information

1. Course ID:

ENGL     1A

Student Learning Outcomes

2. Course Title:

Freshman Composition

3. Division:

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

4. Department:

English, Literature, Journalism

5. Subject:


6. Short Course Title:

Freshman Composition

7. Proposed Effective Term:

201110 - Summer 2011

SECTION B – Official Course Information

1. Recommended Class Size:

a. Maximum Class Size:


b. Class Size Approval Date:



2. Method of Instruction:


 Work Experience, Occupational


 Open Entry/Exit

 Lecture and Laboratory


 Independent Studies

 Distance Learning



3. Contact Hours for a Term:






         72.00 To


To be arranged:








Lab/Lecture Parity?    Yes  No

Does this course have lab parity?

If not, are you going to  apply for lab parity?                          Yes  No

To be arranged:







To be arranged:







Total Hours:    


              72 To


To be arranged:





4. Credit Units:

  4.00 To


5. Taxonomy of Programs (TOPS) Information:

a. TOPS Code and Course Program Title:

150100 - English

     b.  Course Control Number:    


6. SAM Priority Code: [Select One]



Courses offered to apprentices only.


Advanced Occupational

Courses taken in the advanced stages of an occupational program. Each “B” level course must have a “C” level prerequisite in the same program area.


Clearly Occupational

Courses taken in the middle stages of an occupational program. Should provide the student with entry-level job skills.


Possibly Occupational

Courses taken in the beginning stages of an occupational program.





7. Please place this course into the appropriate discipline by selecting from the drop down list. The discipline placement indicates what preparation is needed to teach the course. Discipline faculty may place their courses into more than one discipline as appropriate:

8. General Course Information

a. Course Credit Status:

D Credit Degree Applicable

b. State Transfer Code:

A Transferable, UC/CSU/Private

c. State Classification Code:

A Liberal Arts/Sciences Degrees

d. Basic Skills Status/Level:

N Not a Basic Skills Course

e. Sports/Physical Education Course:


f. Grading Method:

Letter Grade Only

g. Number of repeats allowed:

Non-repeatable Credit - equates to 0 repeats

h. Please provide cross listed course if applicable:



9. Course Preparation

a.   Prerequisite

ENGL 68 or satisfactory score on the English Placement Test

b.   Co requisite

c.   Advisories

d.   None


10. Course Special Designators:

11. Course Program Status:

 Program Applicable


 12. Funding Agency Category:

       Not Applicable

       Primarily developed using economic development funds

       Partially developed using economic development funds



SECTION C – For new transfer requests only, please complete the Transfer Status (CSU) Supplemental Form before submitting course for approval.

CSU Transferable              CSU Approval Date:                     (mmddyyyy)                 

Applying for CSU Transfer Status

UC Transferable                 UC Approval Date:                      (mmddyyyy)                 

Applying for UC Transfer Status


SECTION D - General Education Request

Mt. San Antonio College and CSU General Education course approvals are submitted to the Educational Design Committee and GE Subcommittee for approval.

1.  The Articulation Officer submits the course directly to the CSU Chancellor for approval.

2.  Upon receiving CSU approval, the course will be placed in the CSU approved area for the Mt. SAC Associate Degree GE.



Requesting approval for inclusion on Mt. SAC and CSU General Education List?

1. Mt SAC General Education Applicability:

    GE Approval Date :                   (mmddyyyy)

AAA2 - Written CommunicationsASA2 - Written Communication

2. CSU General Education Applicability (Requires CSU approval):

    CSU Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)

CSA2 - Written Communications

3. IGETC Applicability (Requires CSU/UC approval):

    IGETC Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)

IG1A - English Communication



SECTION E - Course Content

1. Course Descriptions

a. Catalog Description:

Develops effective expository writing skills and investigates the principles and methods of composition as applied to the writing of essays and the research paper. Emphasizes critical reading of academic material.

b. Class Schedule Description:



Is a course description to be printed in the Class Schedule?

Develops expository and argumentative essay and research paper skills. Emphasizes critical reading of academic material.

2. Course Outline Information

a. Lecture Topical Outline:

- Language analysis the language of an assignment or prompt
- Inferences drawn from close reading and critical analysis of texts
- Strategies for paragraph development, including the use of integrating evidence into body paragraphs, the rhetorical modes as strategies of development, and the use of sentence structures to develop the relationship among ideas
- Thesis development
- Organization
- Research process
- Source evaluation
- MLA format
- Strategies for revision
- Final exam

b. Lab Topical Outline:

3. Course Measurable Objectives:

Provide a minimum of five (5) course measurable objectives:

1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in the interpretation of texts in both discussion and writing.
2. Draw inferred arguments from primarily written texts with the option of some non-written texts.
3. Formulate effective thesis statements that focus the essay's argument and advance a clear assertion about the subject.
4. Develop arguments in response to prompts, using close reading and critical analyses of texts as well as relevant factual support.
5. Organize essays in an effective, systematic manner appropriate to the material.
6. Employ direct quotation, paraphrase, and summary for textual support.
7. Combine rhetorical modes as a means for constructing, developing, and supporting arguments.
8. Research topics as a means of writing arguments that engage in a dialogue with the alternative and complementary points of view.
9. Gather and evaluate the reliability of information from a variety of print and electronic sources.
10. Apply MLA format for citing and documenting sources.
11. Write essays of a minimum of 6000 words total for all essays, excluding revisions.
12. Employ a variety of sentence types in composition, the use of subordination and coordination.

4. Course Methods of Evaluation:

Category 1. Substantial written assignments for this course include:

Expository and argumentative essays of 3-5 pages based on analysis of assigned texts and response to ideas in the texts
Essay examinations based on analysis of assigned texts and response to ideas in the texts
Short responses to assigned texts
Library research paper of 7-10 pages documented according to MLA style or two library research papers of 5 pages documented according to MLA style

If the course is degree applicable, substantial written assignments in this course are inappropriate because:

Category 2. Computational or non-computational problem solving demonstrations:


Category 3. Skills Demonstrations:


Category 4. Objective Examinations:


5. Sample Assignments:

Provide a minimum of three (3) sample assignments:

1. Write a 3-5 page essay that explains a controversial issue. Do not try to persuade your readers to agree with your point of view about the issue. Instead, explicate the components of the controversy.
2. After reading Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and China Achebe's "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness," research the question of racism in Conrad's novel and take a stand on the question of whether or not the novel a racist. Defend your argument based on your evaluation of your sources and a close analysis of relevant passages from the novel.
3. Argue against the position you will defend in your research paper in a separate essay. Write at least four pages and cite at least three sources. This work should include an MLA works cited page.
4. In a 10-12 page paper, you will do two things: (1) choose a specific crime to research in order to understand the effects and implication of the crime in the "real: world, and (2) then research and analyze a work of art (visual, textual, audio) that incorporates your chosen crime in order to explain how the artist is using it thematically, symbolically, metaphorically to shape the argument of the text.


6. Representative Text:

If the course is requested to be or is CSU transferable, provide at least one (1) representative text that has been published within the last five (5) years.  A representative text is optional for a non-transferable course.

a. Book 1:

This is the most recent edition of this text:







  Writing Analytically with Readings


  Thomson Wadsworth

Date of Publication:




b. Book 2:

This is the most recent edition of this text:







  The Bedford Guide for College Writers


  Bedford St. Martins

Date of Publication:




c. Book 3:

This is the most recent edition of this text:










Date of Publication: