BE-112: Composition Workshop

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: BE-112 Composition Workshop

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours, 1 recitation hour

Credits: 0

Pre-requisites (if any): BE-111 or placement in BE-112. OR BE-122 or Exempt Reading If a student receives a grade of “R” two times, he/she cannot repeat the course. Instead, the student must enroll in a repeaters’ workshop.

Co-requisites (if any): BE-122 or Exempt Reading If a student receives a grade of “R” two times, he/she cannot repeat the course. Instead, the student must enroll in a repeaters’ workshop.

Course Description in college catalog:

For students with special writing problems who need intensified instruction, as determined by a standard skills assessment or placement test and screening results. Paragraph and essay composition and preparation of reports stressed, with emphasis on organization, thought development, and grammar.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will:

  1. Demonstrate facility in writing analytic, expository, and/or persuasive essays of multiple paragraphs (500 words) that introduce, develop, and conclude the discussion of an essay's topic with a unified, logical, and coherent focus.

  2. Demonstrate the logical development of an essay by using transitional words, phrases and sentences variety both within and between paragraphs and between them.

  3. Organize body paragraphs so that each paragraph develops one idea and supports the central focus of the essay.

  4. Analyze and summarize a variety of texts, identifying and engaging in important ideas from the text and relating these ideas to other readings or personal experiences.

  5. Utilize a writing process that includes prewriting techniques, such as brainstorming and free writing.

  6. Follow conventions of Standard Written English (SWE), specifically using coordination and subordination to achieve sentence variety as well as an appropriate and consistent level of diction in their essays.

  7. Write essays, in and out of class, with minimal global errors, showing a command of sentence boundaries and will be able to write an essay that contains very few local errors related to fragments and/or run-ons, subject-verb agreement, verb tense, pronoun agreement and reference, and basic punctuation and capitalization.

  8. Proofread effectively for surface errors such misspellings, as well as missing or misused apostrophes, articles, possessive nouns, prepositions, and content words.

Program-specific outcomes

Be prepared to meet the demands of English 101

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

  1. Student participation (being involved in the lectures and labs)

  2. Class assignments

  3. Quizzes

  4. Departmental Midterms

  5. CUNY Final Exams

  6. Project(s) implementation and presentation

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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