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Fall 2021
Mar 02, 2024
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Written Communications I - 17979 - ENC 1101 - B37

Associated Term: Fall 2021
Levels: Credit

Bradenton Campus
Traditional Schedule Type
Traditional Method Instructional Method

Learning Objectives: Course Rationale: The intention of this course is to familiarize you with critical thinking and analytical writing, which includes the ability to analyze other’s written work, explore meaning, conduct academic research and incorporate both the resulting analysis and research into a coherent formal essay. The course is also meant to introduce you to MLA documentation that will be used in all of the four essays. The goal of the course is for you to arrive at a formal analytical essay that includes outside research and is documented according to MLA guidelines. While the course description from the catalogue is cut and dry, it should be understood that the course focuses on the writing process, which will require you to develop analysis specific to four writing structures: causal analysis, description, analysis through comparison and classification/division. We will be examining readings and various platforms of popular culture that will require that you consider relevant historic, social, and political movements affiliated with each text. I ask that you foster an appreciation of the complexity and diversity of issues. The semester also focuses on the writing process to encompass analytical reading and research. The writing process includes initial interpretation of the assigned focus, some of which will be recorded in outlines. These outlines will serve as the foundation of formal essays. Academic writing requires that papers are focused and clear: we will be using a four part rhetorical arrangement of formal essays. I ask that essays be revised to reach an academic standard of structure and organization of the literary analysis. Revision will also include changes to achieve an academic tone and format papers according to MLA standards. The process of revising papers will be modeled in class and you will make suggestions for revision to your classmates online. However, the revision of an essay rests solely on the writer to arrive at a final draft. Points will be given for the revision process only if an initial draft is turned in on time and if the peer review is completed by the deadline. We will start the writing process with three shorter papers that analyze a medium of pop culture; the last essay will be longer and will require multiple sources of research to support the writer’s own analysis. Each assignment will require research; thus, we will discuss the rationale and ethics of research. Students are expected take personal ownership over assignments and to see them as opportunities for personal growth.
Required Materials: Bullock, Richard and Maureen Daly Goggin. The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings. New York: Norton, 2010. Print. ISBN-13: 978-0-393-93381-9 College level dictionary
Technical Requirements: The course will also require access to a computer and the internet (all State College of Florida: Manatee College campuses have computer labs for student use).

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