Montgomery College 2023-2024 Catalog 
    Jun 16, 2024  
Montgomery College 2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENGL 102 - Critical Reading, Writing, and Research


Studies in argumentation and research. A second of two sequential freshman composition courses, this course is designed to help students learn to identify, critically read, analyze and evaluate, and write arguments using logic and appropriate rhetorical techniques. Students construct thesis-driven academic essays, synthesizing and incorporating the words and ideas of others and using formal documentation. Students learn to identify audience as well as employ effective tone, word choice, and sentence patterns. 

To comply with Maryland state requirements for English Foundation (ENGF), ENGL 102 must be completed with a final grade of C or better for a student to graduate with an associate’s degree.

  PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C or better in ENGL 101 /ENGL 011  or consent of department. Three hours each week.

3 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Write multiple-page essays and workplace documents that demonstrate critical thinking - including an 8-10 page research paper - that meet college-level standards for content, organization, style, grammar, mechanics, and format as well as accepted conventions of writing in the workplace.
  • Write effective, sound, well-supported arguments using a variety of rhetorical techniques and conventions.
  • Manage the research and writing process effectively and show evidence of effective planning for research project methods and resource use.
  • Identify and respond effectively to a range of audiences in written and oral assignments.
  • Formulate a thesis to anchor development of an argument appropriate to audience and purpose.
  • Identify valid issues for research.
  • Formulate research questions that aid in exploration and analysis.
  • Use traditional library and online research skills to locate and evaluate college-level research materials as well as types of sources appropriate to research and writing.
  • Integrate outside information into essays.
  • Use appropriate standard documentation procedures in essays.
  • Recognize and avoid plagiarism.
  • Analyze readings for implied and direct meaning and for tone, audience, and purpose.
  • Synthesize a variety of viewpoints to develop an individual argument position.
  • Develop and analyze arguments using logic and other appeals.
  • Identify and avoid flawed logic or logical fallacies.
  • Participate constructively in discourse that may be controversial in nature.

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