SRJC Course Outlines

4/21/2024 4:42:42 AMENGL 5 Course Outline as of Fall 2023

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CATALOG INFORMATION

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
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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In this critical reasoning and advanced composition course, students will develop critical reading, thinking, and writing skills beyond the level achieved in English 1A. Students will build logical reasoning skills, as well as analytical and argumentative writing skills.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Completion of ENGL 1A (OR ESL 10) or higher (V8) with a grade of 'C' or better.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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In this critical reasoning and advanced composition course, students will develop critical reading, thinking, and writing skills beyond the level achieved in English 1A. Students will build logical reasoning skills, as well as analytical and argumentative writing skills.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of ENGL 1A (OR ESL 10) or higher (V8) with a grade of 'C' or better.
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:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Demonstrate an understanding of principles of critical thinking.
2. Apply principles of critical thinking to texts, media, and everyday experience.
3. Compose argumentative, critical analysis, and response texts.
 

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Critical Thinking Objectives
    A. Identify and analyze the structure of arguments in the reading assignments.
    B. Evaluate the efficacy and soundness of arguments in the readings and in their own compositions.
    C. Identify common fallacies of language and thought.
    D. Analyze texts for the principles of inductive and deductive reasoning.
    E. Distinguish between factual and opinion-based statements.
    F. Distinguish between and use denotative and connotative aspects of language for appropriate rhetorical ends.
    G. Draw inferences from a variety of sources (e.g. print, media, Internet and electronic databases).
    F. Identify manipulations of rhetoric, such as propaganda, charged language, and slanted facts, in the readings and in their own compositions.
2. Composition Objectives
    A. Write thesis-driven essays of varying lengths, ranging from 1,000 to 3,500 words.
     B. Employ writing strategies including analysis, synthesis, and summary.
    C. Employ writing strategies including causal analysis, advocacy of ideas, persuasion, evaluation, refutation, interpretation, and definition.
    D. Demonstrate continued development in writing clear, sophisticated college-level prose.
    E. Utilize rhetorical appeals, such as, ethos, logos, kairos, and pathos.
    F. Employ effective writing techniques including organization for logic and coherence; revision for focus, clarity, precision, and diction; intentional use of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
    G. Compile and evaluate library research for application in compositions.

Topics and Scope
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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 online sources
    7. Evaluating popular and anecdotal sources
    8. Application of Modern Language Association (MLA) citation and format
VII. Making Reasonable Arguments
    1. Formal logic
    2. Avoiding 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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1. Reading assignments by authors from various cultures, disciplines, and periods
2. Writing multiple essays of varying lengths (totaling 5,000 to 8,000 words for the course) including at least one essay that incorporates analysis of primary and secondary sources, using MLA documentation.
3. Various kinds of short assignments to reinforce course concepts, such as, assumption, bias, value judgments, charged language, identification of logical fallacies and generalization, evaluations of research sources, and practice of MLA system for documentation
4. Exams and/or quizzes (optional)
5. Group project and/or presentation (optional)

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%
Essays of varying lengths; 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
0 - 30%
Exams and/or quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 20%
Attendance; participation in class discussion; group presentations


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Everything's an Argument. 9th ed. Lunsford, Andrea and Ruszkiewicz, John. Bedford/St. Martin. 2021.
Elements of Argument. 13th ed. Rottenberg, Annette and Winchell, Donna. Bedford/St. Martin. 2020.
The Thinker's Guide to Fallacies. Paul, Richard and Elder, Linda. The Foundation for Critical Thinking. 2014 (classic).
The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking. 8th ed. Paul, Richard and Elder, Linda. The Foundation for Critical Thinking. 2019.
Thinking for Yourself. 9th ed. Mayfield, Marlys. Wadsworth. 2013 (classic).
The Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics. Lloyd, Keith. Routledge. 2020.
Other standard English handbooks
Work/s of fiction and non-fiction used as vehicle for critical thinking.
Instructor prepared materials.

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