SRJC Course Outlines

12/7/2019 2:01:44 AMENGL 5 Course Outline as of Spring 2019

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  ENGL 5Title:  ADV COMP & CRIT THINKING  
Full Title:  Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking
Last Reviewed:5/8/2017

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
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

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.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Completion of ENGL 1A or higher (V8)


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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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.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of ENGL 1A or higher (V8)
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Spring 1992
Inactive: 
 Area:B
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:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: ENGL 105 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking SRJC Equivalent Course(s): ENGL5

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Describe principles of critical thinking.
2.  Apply principles of critical thinking to texts, media, and everyday experience.
3.  Write critical analysis and response papers.
 

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
A. Critical Thinking Objectives
    1. Identify and analyze the structure of arguments in the reading assignments.
    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 principles of inductive and deductive reasoning to their arguments.
    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, Internet and electronic databases).
    8. Identify propaganda and other manipulations of rhetoric--charged language and slanted
         facts in the readings and in their own compositions.
B. Composition Objectives
    1. Write essays of varying lengths, from 1000 to 3500 words, as appropriate to assignment or
         writer's purpose.
     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. Examine classical divisions of rhetorical appeal including ethos, logos, and pathos.
    6. Employ effective writing techniques including organization for logic and coherence;
         revision for focus, clarity, precision, and diction; use of correct grammar, punctuation, and
         spelling.
    7. Compile and evaluate library research for application in research papers.

Topics and Scope
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Topics and sequences vary but a typical course involves the following:
I. Motives for Writing
II. Assumptions, Bias, and Value Judgments
III. The Power of Language
    1. Denotative/Connotative
    2. Charged vs. neutral language
    3. Propaganda
    4. Gender bias in language
IV. Audience and Point of View
V. The Claim
    1. How claims work
    2. Classifying the claim
VI. Supporting the Argument
    1. Varieties of support
    2. Arranging an argument's support
    3. Definitions
    4. Evaluating statistics
    5. Evaluating academic sources
    6. Evaluating on-line sources
    7. Evaluating popular and anecdotal sources
    8. Application of Modern Language Association (MLA) citing and formatting
VII. Making Reasonable Arguments
    1. Formal logic
    2. Informal fallacies
VIII. Writing Essays Using Arguments
    1. Arguing facts
    2. Arguing cause
    3. Arguing evaluations
    4. Arguing recommendations
IX. Evaluating Media Sources

Assignments:
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Note: Essay assignments should total 6,500-8,000 words, divided between Assignments 3 and 4
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. Reading of college level texts
3. Writing short essays (1,000-2,000 words in length) to demonstrate understanding of each unit
    during the semester
4. Writing one longer essay (of up to 3,500 words in length), including library research, on a
    topic related to the semester's readings
5. Various kinds of short assignments to reinforce concepts related to assumption, bias, value
    judgments, charged language, identification of logical fallacies and generalization,
    evaluations of research sources, and practice of MLA system for documentation
6. Short quizzes
7. Group research project with group presentation (optional)
8. 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%
Short essays of 1000 words; research essay of 3000 to 3500 words; short assignments
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 30%
Objective Exams and Quizzes; Midterm; Final
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Attendance; participation in class discussion; group presentations


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Everything's an Argument. 7th ed. Lunsford, Andrea and Ruszkiewicz, John. Bedford/St. Martin. 2015
Elements of Argument. 11th ed. Rottenberg, Annette and Winchell, Donna. Bedford/St. Martin's. 2014
The Thinker's Guide to Fallacies. Paul, Richard and Elder, Linda. The Foundation for Critical Thinking. 2014
The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking. 7th ed. Paul, Richard and Elder, Linda. The Foundation for Critical Thinking. 2014
Thinking for Yourself. 9th ed. Mayfield, Marlys. Wadsworth. 2013
Other standard English handbooks, which include MLA and APA style.
Work/s of fiction and non-fiction used as vehicle for critical thinking.
Instructor prepared materials

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