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Note: some or all of the courses in the subjects marked as "Transfer" can be used towards a transfer degree: Associate of Science and Arts or Associate of Engineering Science at DACC. Transferability for specific institutions and majors varies. Consult a counselor for this information.

Areas of Study | | DEVE098 syllabus

DIVISION:Institutional / Developmental Ed
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person, Hybrid

A review of English for written communication, this course focuses on preparing students for Associate Degree level and Transfer Course level writing. Students will review basic grammar concepts (including sentence structure, punctuation, and mechanics) in connection with the proper structure of paragraphs and essays. Students are evaluated through in-class assignments, homework, mastery tests, paragraph assignments, and essay assignments. This course combines both in-class lectures/discussions with online matery-based learning. Students who (1) complete the requirements for the course, (2) complete a successful final essay exam and (3) achieve combined coursework grades of 80% or above will be placed in Communication Skills 121 or, with instructor approval and a corresponding Accuplacer score, may be placed in Rhetoric 101. Students who do not meet these requirements will be reassigned to English 098. (Non-Degree Credit)

This course is not available for web registration.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the basics in grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, and essay structure to create college level writing.

Introductions, Week 1:
  • Complete Grammar Diagnostic (page 682) In Class
  • Complete Week One Discussion Post (Diagnostic Writing) Blackboard

Module 1: Approx. 3-4 Weeks

  •  Blackboard Module One Grammar notes and quizzes: Subjects/Verbs, Fragments, Runons, Irrg. Verbs, Standard Verbs, S/V Agreement
  • Blackboard Module One Discussion Post
  • Class Lecture/Discussion Chapters 3-6 on the basic paragraph writing process
  • Class Lecture/Discussion (as needed) on grammar quizzes and reinforcement
  • Blackboard Mastery Test over Module One Grammar

Module 2: Approx. 3 Weeks

  • Blackboard Module Two Grammar notes and quizzes: Pronoun Types, Pronoun Agreement/Reference, Adjectives/Adverbs, Misplaced/Dangling Modifiers
  • Blackboard Module Two Discussion Post
  • Class Lecture/Discussion Chapters 9 and 14 (tie Chapter 14 to Adj/Adv. Work).
  • Class Lecture/Discussion (as needed) on grammar quizzes and reinforcement
  • Blackboard Mastery Test over Module Two Grammar

Module 3: Approx. 3 Weeks

  •  Blackboard Module Three Grammar notes and quizzes: Capital Letters, Numbers, Apostrophes, Quotation Marks, Commas, Other Punctuation
  • Blackboard Module Three Discussion Post
  • Class Lecture/Discussion (as needed) on grammar quizzes and reinforcement
  • Continued practice with paragraphing assignments
  • Blackboard Mastery Test over Module Three Grammar

Module 4: Approx. 4 Weeks

  • Blackboard Module Four Grammar notes and quizzes: Dictionary Usage, Spelling, Commonly Confused Words, Effective Word Choice
  • Blackboard Module Four Discussion Post
  • Class Lecture/Discussion Chapter 17: Essay Writing
  • Class Lecture/Discussion (as needed) on grammar quizzes and reinforcement
  • Blackboard Mastery Test over Module Four Grammar

Final Exam Week: Week 15/16 (depending)

  • Final Exam will be an Essay based exam, showing mastery of grammar skills through writing, mastery of paragraph structure, and mastery of essay structure

English Skills with Readings (Ninth Ed.) by John Langan (McGraw-Hill)

Students are evaluated using Unit Tests, Homework, Paragraphs, Essays (Rubric), Mastery Tests. Students must complete the course with a combined grade of 80% for all coursework and exams.

23 Mastery Tests and 4 Unit Tests – 35% of total grade
4 online discussion posts, 4 formal paragraph assignments, 3 formal essay assignments – 50% of total grade
Final Essay Exam – 15% of total grade


Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at:

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 113. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

Spring 2018

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