Course Description and Outcomes

Course Description

English 110 is designed to develop your understanding of academic writing with special attention to rhetorical analysis, reading and research, and the process requirements for successful academic writing. To meet these goals, this class is focused around a set of writing theories, the most important being genre and the rhetorical situation. Throughout the semester,  you will draw from these readings to produce your own knowledge about how writers research, make knowledge, and share knowledge. The ultimate goal of this course is for you to research and rhetorically analyze writing in academic settings so you can incorporate these rhetorical strategies into your own writing to help you communicate effectively in future writing situations.

This course is designed to satisfy the following program and General Education Student Learning outcomes:

General Education Student Learning Outcomes—As a course that fulfills the general education first-year writing requirement, ENGL 110 has the following learning outcomes:

  • Students analyze a source’s rhetorical situation
  • Students substantiate claims with evidence

These outcomes will be assessed using the Situation Analysis Project.

By the end of ENGL 110, you will be able to compose texts for scholarly and non-scholarly audiences by attending to rhetorical concerns like purpose, audience, and genre.  This goal is informed by Outcomes articulated by the Council of Writing Program Administrators.


  • Understand a writing assignment as a series of tasks, including invention, drafting, revising, and editing
  • Shape a work according to the requirements of purpose, genre, occasion, and audience
  • Construct an effective argument using appropriate evidence
  • Understand the conventions of academic writing
  • Document work appropriately

Reading and Research

  • Develop skills for studying college-level essays and academic articles
  • Develop skills for summarizing and paraphrasing college-level essays and academic articles
  • Evaluate, analyze, and synthesize appropriate primary and secondary sources
  • Integrate their ideas with the ideas of others effectively

Rhetorical Analysis

  • Understand how a text is shaped according to the requirements of purpose, genre, occasion, and audience
  • Understand the difference between summary and analysis