Course Syllabus

Welcome to ENGL002: English Composition II

Specific information about this course and its requirements can be found below. For more general information about taking Saylor Academy courses, including information about Community and Academic Codes of Conduct, please read the Saylor Student Handbook.

 

Course Description

Introductory course on basic research concepts and techniques, including ways to build academic research into effective writing processes.

 

Course Introduction

The ability to research topics and incorporate information from your sources into your work is an important skill both in college and on the job. This course will reinforce the concepts you practiced in English Composition I by introducing you to basic research concepts and techniques. It will also give you a chance to put these new concepts and techniques to work as you develop a final research paper. We will begin by looking at how to build research into an effective writing process. First, you will learn to think of researching not as a requirement for getting a good grade on a paper but as a valuable tool that can make your writing more powerful and convincing. You will learn how to build research into your writing process so that you can add persuasive power to your finished work. Through rigorous practice of the fundamental techniques, you will come to see that, like writing itself, research is an act of discovery rather than a search for prefabricated ideas.

The intent of this course is to teach you how to prepare research for any discipline or subject. We will carefully explore and practice general research techniques and processes that you should be able to apply to many academic disciplines and in your job.

This course is comprised of the following units:

  • Unit 1: Research and the Writing Process
  • Unit 2: Researching: How, What, When, Where, Why
  • Unit 3: Reviewing and Analyzing Your Sources
  • Unit 4: Putting Your Source Material to Work
  • Unit 5: Writing Your Research Paper and Acknowledging Your Sources
  • Unit 6: Polishing Your Research Paper 

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • define the relationship between research techniques and academic work in various disciplines
  • refine research within a writing process, identifying and using rhetorical strategies as well as practicing critical thinking and reading
  • identify the various kinds of research used to produce written work in academic disciplines
  • identify and use tools for conducting Internet-based and library research
  • demonstrate critical and analytical thinking in locating, evaluating, and using research
  • use quotes, paraphrases, and summaries accurately and appropriately to strengthen written arguments and to avoid plagiarism
  • demonstrate skills in source summarization and in synthesis skills
  • cite and document information sources in accordance with MLA style requirements
  • use information from resources as structural elements in an academic paper
  • review and practice the grammatical and rhetorical skills necessary for successful writing.

Throughout this course, you'll also see related learning outcomes identified in each unit. You can use the learning outcomes to help organize your learning and gauge your progress.

 

Course Materials

The primary learning materials for this course are readings, lectures, video tutorials, and other resources.

All course materials are free to access, and can be found through the links provided in each unit and subunit of the course. Pay close attention to the notes that accompany these course materials, as they will instruct you as to what specifically to read or watch at a given point in the course, and help you to understand how these individual materials fit into the course as a whole. You can also access a list all of the materials used in this course by clicking on Resources in the course's "Activities" menu.

 

Evaluation and Minimum Passing Score

Only the final exam is considered when awarding you a grade for this course. In order to pass this course, you will need to earn a 70% or higher on the final exam. Your score on the exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, you may take it again as many times as needed, following a 7-day waiting period between each attempt. Once you have successfully passed the final exam you will be awarded a free Saylor Certificate of Completion.

There are also 6 unit assessments and other types of quizzes in this course. These are intended to help you to gauge how well you are learning and do not factor into your final course grade. You may retake all of these as many times as needed to feel that you have an understanding of the concepts and material covered. You can locate a full list of these sorts of assessments by clicking on Quizzes in the course's "Activities" menu.

 

Tips for Success

ENGL002: English Composition II is a self-paced course in which you the learner determines when you will start and when you will complete the course. There is no instructor or predetermined schedule to follow. While learning styles can vary considerably and any particular student will take more or less time to learn or read, we estimate that the "average" student will take 101 hours to complete this course. We recommend that you work through the course at a pace that is comfortable for you and allows you to make regular (daily, or at least weekly) progress. It's a good idea to also schedule your study time in advance and try as best as you can to stick to that schedule.

Learning new material can be challenging, so below we've compiled a few suggested study strategies to help you succeed:

  • Take notes on the various terms, practices, and theories as you read. This can help you differentiate and contextualize concepts and later provide you with a refresher as you study.
  • As you progress through the materials, take time to test yourself on what you have retained and how well you understand the concepts. The process of reflection is important for creating a memory of the materials you learn; it will increase the probability that you ultimately retain the information.
  • Although you may work through this course completely independently, you may find it helpful to connect with other Saylor Academy students through the discussion forums. You may access the discussion forums at https://discourse.saylor.org.

 

Suggested Prerequisites

In order to take this course, you should:

  • have completed ENGL001: English Composition I.

Technical Requirements

This course is delivered fully online. You will be required to have access to a computer or web-capable mobile device and have consistent access to the internet to either view or download the necessary course resources and to attempt any auto-graded course assessments and the final exam.

  • To access the full course including assessments and the final exam, you will need to be logged into your Saylor Academy account and enrolled in the course. If you do not already have an account, you may create one, free of charge, here. Although you can access some course resources without being logged into your account, it's advised that you log in to maximize your course experience. For example, some of the accessibility and progress tracking features are only available when you are logged in.

For additional technical guidance check out Saylor Academy's tech-FAQ and the Moodle LMS tutorial.

 

Full Course Download

If you would like to work through this entire course offline, you may download the course contents here. All individual resources are included in the zipped folder and grouped by units, though you can use the provided word doc syllabus (Course-English Composition II Offline.docx), which contains links directly to the locally hosted and downloaded files.

Note: If using a PC, you will have to "extract" the files before being able to access the resource folders and syllabus.

ENGL002 Full Course Download


Fees

There is no cost to access and enroll in this course. All required course resources linked throughout the course, including textbooks, videos, webpages, activities, etc are accessible for no charge. This course also contains a free final exam and course completion certificate.



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