HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
COURSE MASTER: ENGLISH 093
English Division: April 20, 2012
COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE: English 093: Basic Writing: Paragraphs to Essays
CREDIT HOURS: 3
INSTRUCTOR CONTACT HOURS: 47
STUDENT CONTACT HOURS: 47
PREREQUISITE: Students must have writing skills scores of 32-43 on the ASSET Test
or 23-77 on the Compass Test.
CO-REQUISITE: Students who have not scored at least 43 on the ASSET Reading Test
or at least 82 on the COMPASS Reading Test must be concurrently enrolled in English
081 or they must have passed that course.
COURSE GRADING SCALE: S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory)
This course is intended for students whose placement scores indicate the need
for instruction or review in order for them to write acceptable college compositions
in English 131. Various methods such as lectures, group discussions, textbook
exercises, peer review, conferences, and lab work will be used to help students
improve their expository writing and study skills. To facilitate mastery of writing,
students will receive study skills instruction. This course does not substitute for
English 131,132, or 135. Students must earn a grade of S (satisfactory) before
enrolling in English 131.
The major goal of ENG 093 is for students to learn to write a variety of short
essays, each with a clear thesis, coherent organization, relevant supporting
details, and a minimal number of mechanical and grammatical errors.
MAJOR CORE COURSE OBJECTIVES:
After successfully completing the course, students will be able to do the following:
Use the writing process stages to plan, draft, revise, and proofread
paragraphs and essays.
Write paragraphs with clearly stated topic sentences that are supported with
logical reasons and evidence such as examples, details, and facts.
Formulate clear, narrowly focused, and precisely worded thesis statements
appropriate for 500- to 800-word expository essays.
Organize supporting information in a clear pattern, such as time, space, or
Use various modes of development, such as examples, definition, and
comparison and contrast.
Use transitional expressions to link main ideas in paragraphs and
paragraphs in essays.
Use a variety of sentence patterns and rhetorically appropriate vocabulary.
Make few grammatical and mechanical errors of the kind defined in the 093
Write essays in and out of class with complete introductory, supporting, and
ASSESSMENT OF ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT:
Criteria for assessing the quality of individual papers are identified in the
grade rubric that appears in HFCC Handbook and Planner.
Instructors may determine the weight given to the three to six mandatory
essays and whether they will use other measures of student progress, such
as quizzes or journals.
The required final exam in English 093 consists minimally of an in-class
essay; however, instructors may choose to also administer a final grammar
exam. Division-wide final exam essay topics will be distributed before the end
of the semester. Instructors may determine the weight given to each part.
While instructors may use letter or numerical grades to assess course work,
the final grade assigned in English 093 must be S (satisfactory) or U
GENERAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
While additional assignments are necessary and should be identified by individual
instructors in their syllabi, the following are required in all sections of 093:
Students must complete the English Division Diagnostic Writing Test and a
writing sample within the first two weeks of the course to determine if they
are appropriately placed. Specific instructions and topics for the writing
sample will be available to English 093 instructors at the beginning of the
Students must attend an orientation in the Learning Lab and complete
supplementary lab work, such as Skills Tutor and/or Learning Lab handouts.
Students must attend at least one conference with their instructors.
Students must write three to six short (4- to 5-paragraph) expository essays.
TEXTBOOKS: The curricular committee that oversees this course maintains a list of
approved texts, which may be found on the EWL Division’s homepage.
CORE COURSE TOPICS:
introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions
The Writing Process
Grammar, Mechanics, and Usage
study skills and memory
A) Can credit for this course be granted through credit for prior college-level
If “yes,” describe the procedure for how credit for prior college-level learning will
B) Does this course satisfy MACRAO requirements
Yes x No
C) Deactivation Date