Course Syllabus


English 101

English Composition I

Department of English

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Claflin University

Fall 2017

Instructor:   Dr. Jonathan Evans

Office:         GTK 208                                      

Office Hrs: MTWR 12 – 2 PM

Phone Ext.:  x5699                                                                       




Catalog Description: This course is designed to help students develop the ability to write effectively and coherently, with emphasis on organization and development of ideas. Grammar, usage, and mechanics are emphasized. The requirements of the course can be satisfied by a grade of “C” or above. The written English proficiency assessment is a part of this class. Three semester credit hours.


Norton’s Field Guide to Writing 2nd Edition, PDF Copy Here: Norton’s Field Guide 2nd Edition

  • Access to a computer with Internet capability
  • Flash drive
  • 3-ring binder and paper for taking notes/tablet or laptop for taking notes
  • Ink pens with black or blue ink
  • Blue examination book(s) for midterm examination. Available in the CU bookstore.


To succeed in college, in the workplace, and in society, one must communicate effectively with written language. Acquiring this ability, then, is imperative, and it results from a combination of many skills: logical development of ideas, critical thinking, awareness of audience, clarity of language, reading, and use of formal academic voice. The goal of this course is to foster these skills through an integrated approach of reading, writing, and thinking, as well as to introduce students to integrating secondary sources into their papers and documenting said sources in the appropriate documentation and citation formats (i.e., MLA, APA, CSM). The course will also introduce students to the various modes of development including argumentation.


English 101 Objectives

English 101 Outcomes and Assessments

English 101 Objectives English 101 Outcomes
Students will read more analytically. Students will read selected texts and support their understanding and interpretation of the selections by citing textual evidence in oral and written activities and assignments.
Students will think more critically and logically. Students will engage intellectually with texts and others by participating in small and large group classroom and Moodle discussions.
Students will write more effectively. Students will participate in the writing process (prewriting, writing drafts, revising, peer and personal editing, and rewriting) by writing 3 essays (l1 timed essay and 2 out-of-class essays) based on a rubric consisting of unity, support, coherence and mastery of sentence skills.
Students will use basic research techniques. Students will incorporate introductory research techniques by writing 3 essays (1 timed essay and 2 out-of-class essays, including at least one essay with works cited/references) that conform to Modern Language Association (MLA) format or American Psychological Association (APA), including margins, headings, title placement and othe3r page layout conventions.
Students will use formal English. Students will demonstrate proficiency in the use of formal written English, including the conventions of grammatical skills, mechanics, punctuation and word use, by writing 3 essays (1 timed essay and 2 out-of-class essays).


MAJOR ESSAYS                                                                                  50%

1. Narrative Essay                                                   5%

2. Analytical Essay                                                  5%

3. Expository Essay                                                 5%

4. Argumentative Essay                                          5%

5. Final Portfolio                                                     30%

GROUP WORK                                                                                    10%                                                               

REFLECTION JOURNALS                                                                 10%

ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION                                           15%

FINAL EXAM                                                                                       15%

TOTAL:                                                                                                 100%


  1. Students may be required to read all specified textbooks and materials for the course to class meetings.
  2. Students are required to use Claflin e-mail accounts to communicate with their professors.
  3. Plagiarized work will not be accepted. Plagiarism, submitting the work or ideas of another as one’s own, is theft and a serious offense. Those who commit plagiarism will be dealt with according to the “Statement of Policy Concerning Academic Dishonesty” in the current catalog. Punishment may include a failing grade on the work, a failing grade in the class, or suspension from Claflin.
  4. Students will write at least four compositions during the course of the semester.
  5. Students will maintain electronic files of all drafts on a flash drive/Dropbox/Cloud/Google drive.
  6. Students will attend class in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the current university policy. Tardiness will be enforced at the discretion of the classroom instructor.
  7. Students will participate in class discussions and other activities as assigned by the instructor.