Maricopa Community Colleges  ENG081   20096-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 10-28-08

ENG081  2009 Fall – 2010 Summer II

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Basic Writing Skills

Emphasis on preparation for college-level composition with a focus on foundational skills. Establishing effective writing strategies through six or more writing projects comprising at least 1500 words in total.

Prerequisites: Appropriate English placement test score, or ENG071 with a grade of C or better, or permission of Department Chair.


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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:



ENG081  2009 Fall – 2010 Summer II

Basic Writing Skills



Describe the contextual nature of writing, including the importance of circumstance, purpose, topic, audience and writer. (I)


Organize writing to support a central idea through unity, coherence, and logical development. (I, II, III, IV)


Use conventions in writing complete sentences, using appropriate grammar, and using mechanics. (II, IV)


Use conventions in writing, including consistent voice, tone, and diction. (II, IV)


Recognize effective and appropriate ideas. (II, III)


Craft a variety of sentence types. (II, IV)


Recognize and implement steps in the writing process for sentence and paragraph projects, including prewriting, drafting, and editing for unity and coherence. (I, II, IV)


Use feedback obtained from peer review, instructor comments and/or other resources to revise writing. (II)


Assess one's own writing strengths and identify strategies for improvement through instructor conference, portfolio review, written evaluation, and/or other methods. (II)


Generate, format, edit, and deliver writing using appropriate technology. (II, IV)



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MCCCD Official Course Outline:



ENG081  2009 Fall – 2010 Summer II

Basic Writing Skills



I. Describing Rhetorical Context

A. Circumstance

B. Purpose

C. Topic

D. Audience

E. Writer

II. Establishing Effective Processes

A. Invention

B. Drafting

C. Feedback

D. Revision

E. Presentation

III. Thinking, Reading and Writing Effectively

A. Reading for understanding

B. Reading for exemplification

C. Writing to communicate

IV. Recognizing Conventions

A. Format

B. Structure

C. Mechanics


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