SRJC Course Outlines

10/3/2023 2:18:04 PMENGL 5 Course Outline as of Fall 1998

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ENGL 5Title:  ADV. COMP&CRIT.THINKING  
Full Title:  Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking
Last Reviewed:1/23/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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A critical reasoning and advanced composition course designed to develop critical reading, thinking and writing skills beyond the level achieved in English 1A. The course will focus on development of logical reasoning and analytical and argumentative writing skills.

Completion of ENGL 1A with a grade of "C" or better.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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A critical reasoning & advanced composition course designed to develop critical reading, thinking & writing skills beyond the level achieved in Engl 1A.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of ENGL 1A with a grade of "C" or better.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Spring 1992
Communication and Analytical Thinking
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 A3Critical ThinkingFall 1992
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 1BCritical Thinking - English CompositionFall 1993
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1992Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1992Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: ENGL 105 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking SRJC Equivalent Course(s): ENGL5

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Students will improve their composition and reasoning skills, and
demonstrate their mastery through practice exercises and writing critical-
argumentative essays of varying lengths. More specifically, they will
demonstrate that they can:
A. Critical Thinking Objectives
1. Identify and analyze the structure of arguments in the reading assign-
2. Evaluate the validity and soundness of arguments in the readings and in
  their own compositions.
3. Identify common formal and informal fallacies of language and thought.
4. Apply what they know about inductive and deductive reasoning to their
5. Distinguish between factual and opinion statements.
6. Distinguish between and use denotative and connotative aspects of
  language for appropriate rhetorical ends.
7. Draw inferences from a variety of sources (print, media).
8. Identify propoganda and other manipulations of rhetoric--charged
  language and slanted facts--and avoid them in their own writing.
B. Composition Objectives
1. Write a number of essays totalling 6,000-8,000 words, divided between
 short essays of 1,000-2,000 words and more comprehensive essays of up to
 3,000-3,500 words.
2. Employ writing strategies including analysis, synthesis, and summary.
3. Employ writing strategies including causal analysis, advocacy of ideas,
  persuasion, evaluation, refutation, interpretation, and definition.
4. Demonstrate continued development in writing correct, sophisticated
  college-level prose.
5. Learn classical divisions of rhetorical appeal including ethos, logos,
  and pathos.
6. Employ good writing techniques including: organization for logic and
  coherence; revision for focus, clarity, precision, and diction; use of
  correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
7. Demonstrate familiarity with library research techniques.

Topics and Scope
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Reading assignments will include both book-length and long essays selected
from various cultures, academic disciplines, and historical periods.
Readings will include classic and contemporary arguments relating to such
issues as censorship, women's rights, civil disobedience and the purpose
of higher education.
To establish the critical connection between thinking and writing, the
class will examine the writer's argumentative purpose and its relation
to rhetorical techniques, looking specifically at:
1. The nature and structure of arguments
2. Audience--appeals through diction, tone and structure
3. Logical relationship between ideas and the linguistic indicators of
  these relationships
4. The demands and structures of inductive and deductive arguments--
  evaluation, including identifying fallacies
5. Critical theory--study and application of several critical theories;
  an examination of their utility in the study of selected poems and
  works of fiction.

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1. Reading assignments by authors from various cultures, disciplines, and
  periods which will be used both for examples of good essay writing and
  as subjects for student composition.
2. Short essays (1,000-2,000 words in length) to demonstrate understanding
  of each unit during the semester.
3. One longer essay (3,000-3,500 words in length) on a topic related to
  the semester's readings, which will include library research.
4. Mid-term and final exam.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
50 - 80%
Written homework, Essay exams, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 10%
Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 20%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 20%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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ELEMENTS OF ARGUMENT, 3rd ed., Rottenberg, Annette T, Bedford Books, 1993.
STRATEGIES OF ARGUMENT, 2d ed.Hirschberg, Stuart, Allyn & Bacon, 1990.
THINKING SOCRATICALLY, Schwarze, Sharon and Harvey Lope, Prentice Hall,
WRITING: A COLLEGE HANDBOOK, Heffernan, James A. and John E. Lincoln
W.W. Norton, 1990.
Other standard English handbooks, which include MLA and APA style.

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