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Composition Courses at RVCC

 Courses Offered | Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP)

 

The English department at RVCC teaches a wide range of composition courses all informed by our basic principles for teaching composition

 

Courses Offered

For a list of courses being offered this semester, please see the online course schedule.  You can also view the official course outlines online. 

 

ENGL 050: Introduction to College Reading and Composition I (ICRC I)

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate score on placement test.
Reading and Composition I is an intensive developmental course designed to provide students with the foundations needed for academic reading and writing. In this integrated reading and writing course students develop a range of strategies for reading different kinds of texts and will practice the stages of the writing process with special attention given to paragraph organization and sentence structure. This six-credit class meets for six hours each week: three hours in a traditional classroom and three hours in a computer lab. 

ENGL 060: Introduction to College Reading and Composition II (ICRC II)

Prerequisite(s): Grade of C in ENGL 050 - Introduction to College Reading and Composition I or appropriate score on placement test.
Introduction to College Reading and Composition II is an intensive developmental course designed to provide students with the foundations needed for academic reading and writing. In this integrated reading and writing course students continue to develop a range of more advanced strategies for reading different kinds of texts and will practice the stages of the writing process with special attention given to essay organization and sentence structure. This four-credit class meets for four hours each week: two hours in a traditional classroom and two hours in a computer lab. This four credit class meets for four hours each week: two hours in a traditional classroom and two hours in a computer lab.

ENGL 070: English Composition I Workshop

Prerequisite(s): Grade of B in ENGL 050 - Introduction to College Reading and Composition I or ENGL 060 - Introduction to College Reading and Composition II or appropriate score on placement test.
Corequisite(s): Each section of this course is linked to a single section of ENGL 111 - English Composition I.
English Composition I Workshop is linked to English Composition I and is designed to enhance that course for students who need support in reading/writing. It takes place in a word processing lab where students are coached in structured ways to use the computer as a tool to improve reading and writing skills with an emphasis on process. The combined English Composition I and English Composition I Workshop sections allow students to work on English Composition I reading and writing assignments in a way that is paced, encourages full comprehension of the reading, and provides guidance during revision. 

ENGL 111: English Composition I

Prerequisite(s): Grade of A in ENGL 050 Introduction to College Reading and Composition I or ENGL 060 Introduction to College Reading and Composition II, grade of B in ENGL 050 or ENGL 060 with corequisite of ENGL 070 English Composition I Workshop, or appropriate score on placement test.
English Composition I is the first in a two-course composition sequence. The central purposes of English Composition I are to develop critical reading and thinking skills and to write thesis-driven, text-based essays. The course takes a process-oriented approach to writing that incorporates prewriting, drafting, reviewing, and revising. Students in English Composition I learn basic research skills and apply them to at least one text-based research essay.

ENGL 111H: English Composition I Honors: Composition and Controversy

Prerequisite(s): Minimum requrements for ENGL 111 - English Composition I placement, minimum grade-point average of 3.5 from high school or previous college, and/or permission of the instructor.
Like all sections of English Composition I, English Composition I Honors focuses on the development of greater fluency and greater control of language and the conventions of grammar and mechanics. The emphasis is on argumentative essays, critical analysis, and analytical integration of readings. A research paper is required. This Honors level course also emphasizes complex and controversial issues as vehicles for writing argumentatively and persuasively. The course focuses on an understanding of opposing points of view, the critical analysis of those views, and the development of persuasive responses to them. 

ENGL 112: English Composition II

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.
English Composition II is the second in a two-course composition sequence that continues to expand and refine analytical writing and critical reading skills. Students produce a series of documented essays based on a range of fiction and non-fiction sources, focusing on the challenges posed by writing longer essays and using advanced research techniques. 

ENGL 112H: English Composition II Honors: Text and Analysis

Prerequisite(s): A grade of A in ENGL 111 - English Composition I with a minimum GPA of 3.5 or permission of the instructor.
English Composition II Honors is a second-semester composition course that continues to refine the writing skills learned in English Composition I, including fluency, coherence, organization, and control of grammar and mechanics. The course focuses on analysis and synthesis of texts, finer points of writing style, and responsible researching skills. Students write a series of documented essays in comparative, analytical, and persuasive modes. A variety of texts serves as the springboard for written and oral analysis as students continue to strengthen and refine their analytical skills through careful examination of readings. 

  

Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP)

The English department offers local high school students in Somerset and Hunterdon counties the opportunity to take ENGL 111: English Composition I at their high schools through our Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP).  All CEP courses are taught by high school instructors, but use the same textbooks and types of assignments used in sections of English Composition I taught by RVCC faculty.  Successful completion of CEP courses fulfills high school graduation requirements and grants college credit. 

For more information about the Concurrent Enrollment Program, please contact the RVCC Office of Academic Outreach at (908) 526-1200 x8314. 

 

 

 Updated 10/23/13 by SA 


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