ENGL 1010, Composition I, ALP

Instructor: John W. Cole

Office: Room 3210, Knight Campus

Email: jcole@ccri.edu

Phone: 825-2362

Office Hours: M: 11:00-1:00; W: 11:00-1:00 (Warwick Campus); R: 11.00-1.00 (Liston Campus).

My Faculty Website: http://facultywp.ccri.edu/jcole/

Course Overview ( from the Course Catalog):

Composition I is recommended for all first-year students and required for many, depending on curriculum. The purpose of this course is to enable students to write fluent, accurate and effective essays, including research and documentation assignments. (Prerequisite: English placement exam or at least a C in ENGL 1005.) Lecture: 3 hours Completes the following requirement(s): humanities requirement (HUMN).

Learning Outcomes:

ENGL 1010: Composition I

On successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills
  1. Follow the writing process and principles in various assignments.
  2. Use standard English grammar and mechanics.
  3. Use a writing style that aids and enhances communication.
  4. Apply critical-thinking skills to all steps of process writing and to differentiate among inadequate, adequate, and superior presentation of ideas.
  5. Analyze, evaluate, and synthesize several valid sources of information to produce well-reasoned and original essays in accepted academic format
  6. Examine and assess own and others’ writing.
  7. Develop information literacy skills in research and writing.
  8. Research a topic with social, cultural, or historical implications to produce a research paper that integrates quoted and paraphrased material with MLA documentation.

Course Overview:

You are enrolled in a Composition I, an Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) section. Some of you enrolled in this class will be taking Composition I only, and some of you will be taking both Composition I and College Writing, ENGL 1005. ALP sections are designed to give co-requisite support to those students enrolled in both courses. All of you, however, will be writing the same papers throughout the semester. The Monday class will be devoted to Composition I. Those of you enrolled in both Comp I and College Writing will also attend the Wednesday class.



Delivery Method: Face-to-Face

Course Requirements and Policies:

Attendance:  You will be allowed to miss two classes with no penalty.  Your grade will be dropped by one letter grade if you miss a third class, and if you miss a fifth class, you will not be able to pass the course.  Class begins on time; do not arrive late.  Two late arrivals will count as one absence.

Grading:  Your grade will be based on your written work. Although you will write 5-6 papers for this class, your grade will not be based solely on an average of all your papers. Writers, all writers, improve by writing. Therefore, your grade will be based on the quality of your writing by the end of the semester. In other words, I look for improvement during the course of the semester.  Note: In order to pass the course, you must submit all required work.


Written Work: 90%

Attendance and Participation: 10%

Total: 100%


Grade Table:

A: Superior 93-100

A-: 90-92

B+: 87-89

B: Above Average: 84-86

B-: 80-83

C+: 77-79

C: Average: 74-76


D+ 67-69

D: Below Average: 60-66

F: Failure: Below 60

Other Matters:  I expect proper classroom decorum, and I deal with any disruptive behavior immediately.  (Please consult the Student Handbook for details if you need to.)  Turn off all cell phones or other electronic noisemakers before you come into the classroom, and keep them out of sight. Laptops are not permitted in class.

Plagiarism:  Plagiarism is the appropriation of another writer’s thoughts or words as your own.  If you plagiarize, you will receive an F in the course. I recognize plagiarized work instantly.

Disability Services for Students: Students who feel they may need an academic accommodation based on a disability may meet with me privately after class. Contact the Office of Disability Services for Students to coordinate reasonable accommodations. DSS Coordinator contact information.

Other Student Services: Students who faces challenges securing  food or housing and believe this may affect their performance in the course are urged to contact CCRI’s Community and Social Resources Office for support.