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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 | | ENGL101 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Rhetoric and Composition I
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): C1 900
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person, Online

Required of all transfer students. Training and practice in comprehension and expression of written English. Placement is based on a combination of appropriate placement test scores and a week one diagnostic writing sample. A final grade of C or better is necessary for registration into ENGL 102 and for IAI transfer credit.

Place into ENGL101 with approved and documented placement test scores or by completing ENGL121 with a grade of C or higher.

NOTES: Students are expected to produce a writing sample of connected paragraphs that: 1) summarizes a reading, 2) responds with a focused argument to a specific prompt based on the reading, 3) demonstrates adequate control of the conventions of standard, written American English.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand and analyze a variety of different texts, including academic discourse.
  • Understand writing as a recursive process and write utilizing a variety of invention, composing, and revising strategies.
  • Produce texts that exhibit control of a variety of persuasive techniques.
  • Produce texts that exhibit a controlling sense of purpose and/or a unifying thesis and an appropriate voice and style.
  • Utilize writing as a means of self-discovery to produce texts designed to persuade a reader of the writer’s commitment.
  • Interact effectively with sources, including employing in-text citation, in order to meet the writer’s purpose with confidence that the sources have been represented fairly.
  • Demonstrate satisfactory control of the conventions of written American English and the conventions of document format and presentation.
  • Better evaluate their own writing and that of their peers.

  • Persuasive and expressive writing, summary and response
  • Writing contexts: audiences, genre/form, purpose
  • Persuasive strategies: classical appeals, Rogerian
  • Critical reading and summarizing strategies
  • Organizational patterns and strategies
  • Invention, drafting, critiquing, revising strategies

No textbook is required. A handbook and a dictionary are encouraged.

Each paper will be assigned a grade of "A" through "F" or points after the student has been given an opportunity to revise. Students may also be given the opportunity for additional revision at the end of the semester. 75% of the final grade will be determined based on at least 5 full length (700-1,000 word) essays. 15-20% will come from in-class activities: writing exercises, quizzes, discussion, peer editing/group work. 5-10% of the final grade will be based on a final examination to include either paragraph or essay questions.

Type and length of assignments
Types of essays will include persuasive (700-1,000 words), expressive (700-1,000), summary and response (450), and interpretive (700-1,000). For all assignments students may be required to complete invention/pre-writing and peer critiquing activities.

Overall Quality of Thought - Writing represents college-level thinking.

Thesis or Focus - Thesis unifies the paper, is well reasoned, and is appropriate for purpose and readers.

Development - Paper develops the thesis appropriately for readers and purpose. Content demonstrates interrogation of the subject, insight, reflective thinking, persuasive strategies, and/or explanations of abstractions as warranted by intended readers and purpose.

Organization - Paper is arranged appropriately for readers and purpose and demonstrates a recognizable organizational pattern. Discourse is coherent as demonstrated through appropriate use of transitional elements, consistent verb tenses, and pronoun usage.

Voice, Sentence Structure, Sentence Variety, and Diction Style is appropriate for topic, readers, purpose, and college-level writing.

Conventions - Writer demonstrates competency with grammar, sentence boundaries, spelling, punctuation, and format.


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 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

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