ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing

Course Details

Course Code: ENGL101 Course ID: 2852 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Playing third base doesn’t come naturally to most folks; instead, it requires dedication to become good at it. In the same way, learning how to cook or developing a new app takes a lot of time and commitment. As with any new skill, perseverance and consistent daily practice lead to success. And so it is with writing. It’s not the mystery most people make it out to be; in fact, when you get right down to it, writing is pretty formulaic. It’s a series of skills that, once learned, require a commitment to practicing them. In other words, no one is born a great writer; instead, writers learn their craft through hard work. ENGL101 identifies the basic building blocks of writing, and as each new skill is learned, it is practiced in a safe and supportive environment. Come take the mystery out of writing in ENGL101: Proficiency in Writing.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
05/29/2023 - 11/03/2023 11/06/2023 - 12/31/2023 November Fall 2023 Session I 8 Week session
06/26/2023 - 12/01/2023 12/04/2023 - 01/28/2024 December Fall 2023 Session D 8 Week session
07/31/2023 - 12/29/2023 01/01/2024 - 02/25/2024 January Winter 2024 Session B 8 Week session
08/28/2023 - 02/02/2024 02/05/2024 - 03/31/2024 February Winter 2024 Session I 8 Week session
09/25/2023 - 03/01/2024 03/04/2024 - 04/28/2024 March Winter 2024 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

CO1: Execute prewriting strategies, including researching, freewriting, brainstorming, mind mapping, and outlining to generate and organize ideas before drafting.

CO2: Employ the 5-Step writing process to write a college-level paper.

CO3: Incorporate revisions and edits to the draft.

CO4: Create variety in sentence structure by combining complete sentences with the appropriate punctuation and/or transition words.

CO5: Devise appropriate references and citations.

Students build an essay one step at a time. In addition, they assess their knowledge through quizzes and practice the building blocks of writing in Discussions. See the student handbook for the University’s grading scale.

Individual assignments are graded according to rubrics that represent the expectations for student work. See each forum and assignment for details, instructions, and associated rubics.

Writing Expectations

College level writing requires complete, grammatical sentences and orderly paragraphs, without using slang, jargon, or texting conventions that abbreviate or misspell.

College level writing involves learning to do college level research. This course requires using the universityonline library for all research. The library hosts helpful tutorials, style references, and links to tutoring. Open web sources like Wikipedia, ask.com, and answers.com are not appropriate for college level research.


The Student Handbook is the official resource for admission, registration, extension, grading, and all other policies that may impact students. The Handbook includes General Course Requirements for what you need to know before your course begins.

Late Assignments

Students are expected to submit assignments by the due dates listed in the classroom. Late assignments, including but not limited to Assignments, Discussions, posts and responses, quizzes, and exams, may or may not be accepted after the course end date. Submitting an assignment after the due date may result in a penalty of up to 10% of the grade per day late, not to exceed a maximum 50% of the grade. The amount of the penalty is at the faculty member’s discretion. Faculty recognize that students have limited time and may be more flexible if potential delays are communicated ahead of time.*

*Doctoral and Programs with specialty accreditation may have different late policies.

**Students with DSA accommodations may have different late policies applied. For more information regarding our DSA services, please contact [email protected].

NameGrade %
Discussions 30.00%
Welcome Discussion 4.29%
Week 2 Discussion 4.29%
Week 3 Discussion 4.29%
Week 4 Discussion 4.29%
Week 5 Discussion 4.29%
Week 6 Discussion 4.29%
Week 8 Discussion 4.29%
Assignments 65.00%
Creating a Thesis Statement and Topic Sentences 13.00%
Building the Body Paragraphs 13.00%
Writing the Introduction 13.00%
Writing the Conclusion 13.00%
Putting it all Together 13.00%
Quizzes 5.00%
Sentence-Combining 2.50%
Sentence-Combining 2 2.50%

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.