English Writing 302
Welcome to English Writing 302 (Engwr 302) with Professor Shannon Mendez at American River College.
This document provides a brief overview of the course. Once you're enrolled, you'll find more details
(office hours, deadlines, and so forth) in the Syllabus.
Information for Spring 2013
This Engwr 302 course meets on campus, once a week.
6:00 PM-9:05 PM
Davies Hall 220
Jan 19-May 22
On campus
3 hrs
Course Description
This course develops analytical skills through writing and discussion. It examines methods by which
people are persuaded to think, believe, and act. It also includes analyses of arguments or expressions of
opinions for their validity and soundness. Assigned readings include a variety of essays and a booklength text. Finally, it focuses on critically assessing, developing, and effectively expressing and
supporting opinions. Essays written for the course (6,000 words minimum) draw from the texts to present
carefully reasoned arguments. At least one essay includes citations from secondary sources,
documented according to current MLA format. This course is not open to students who have successfully
completed ENGWR 482.
Learning Outcomes and Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
analyze, compare, and evaluate divergent perspectives
reason inductively from examples, patterns, and structures to form generalizations
reason deductively by drawing conclusions about arguments
compose a thesis-driven argument of interpretation or evaluation and support it with textual
evidence, using a sufficient variety and number of appropriate examples
evaluate complex systems of values, contexts, and assumptions in texts
In order to take this class, you will need to have completed ENGWR 300 (College Composition) with a
grade of "C" or better. You will need to provide a Prerequisite Verification form or a copy of your
Assessment Placement results the first week of class in order to remain in the course.
Required Books
You will need the following two books for this course:
You will need to have these books for the first week of class, so choose a store and shipping method that
will deliver the books to you in time.
Course Website
Once you're enrolled in the course, you'll have access to our course website in Desire2Learn (D2L). The
website provides all the course materials and your grades. You'll also use the website to upload your
papers (note that I use Turnitin.com for plagiarism detection). To access our D2L website, go to