Day 66 Sequencing

Study

At College of DuPage we offer several sequences in the course selection process. Often the first course serves as a foundation and prerequisite for the second course and so on.  Students are required to take a placement test in order to match their abilities and experience with the appropriate course in the sequence.  Consulting with an academic adviser is also highly encouraged when building a course schedule.

However, successful completion of a course sequence may be difficult for some students as they move from one course to another.  Even with defined course objectives and targeted outcomes, some students face stumbling blocks along the way.  For example, if a student earns a “D” grade in English 1101 during his first semester, repeats the course during the second semester and earns a “B” then takes English 1102 the second semester and earns a “D” during the first attempt, is the student advised to seek additional assistance?  Will the English 1102 faculty member conference with a student about his process and progress in English 1101, perhaps asking for writing samples or related assignments?  Is there a significant difference in the academic performance in English 1102 versus students who successfully completed English 1101?  Does the English 1101 course prepare students for the rigors of English 1102?  Does our course sequence provide a solid foundation to prepare students to excel at each level?  These are questions faculty work together to answer on a regular basis in committee meetings, student conferences and workshops. We strive to scaffold and create curriculum that will build critical thinking, writing and reading as students progress from one course to another.

Here is a listing of some of our English course sequence offerings:

  • ENGLI 0480
    Preparation for College Reading

    4  credit hoursBuilds the foundational reading skills necessary to prepare for college-level reading. Develops active reading habits that lead to comprehension and that introduce critical reading. Students read a wide variety of texts and show how the texts relate to their own lives as well as enhance their understanding of the world. This course may require use of academic support services. This course may be taken four times for credit. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on the Reading Pre-Course placement test. (4 lecture hours)
  • ENGLI 0481
    Approaches to College Reading I

    4  credit hoursContinues to develop the reading skills necessary for college-level reading. Emphasizes the role reading plays in acquiring new information and extends literal comprehension to more complex reading tasks required for difficult texts. This course may require use of academic support services. This course may be taken four times for credit. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on the Reading Pre-Course placement test (4 lecture hours)
  • ENGLI 0482
    Approaches to College Reading II

    4  credit hoursFocuses primarily on content area reading to prepare students for the challenges of reading in college. Students begin to read critically to determine the purpose, point of view, audience, and message conveyed by an author, to trace the development of the line of reasoning, and to identify and evaluate the rhetorical devices used to convey a point. Also includes vocabulary development and reader-response activities. This course may require use of academic support services. This course may be taken four times for credit. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on the Reading Pre-Course placement test. (4 lecture hours)
  • ENGLI 0490
    Basic Writing

    4  credit hoursBuild confidence and fluency in writing and the ability to generate well-developed texts. Students will understand how their texts fit in with a larger text-based world by developing a sense of audience and purpose. Classes are workshop-intensive sessions. Because of the strong relationship between writing and reading, students are immersed in reading activities. This course may be taken three times for credit. Prerequisite: Mandatory testing and appropriate score on the Writing Placement Test as determined by the English faculty (4 lecture hours)
  • ENGLI 0491
    Approaches to College Writing I

    4  credit hoursThe first of two developmental writing courses designed to prepare students for ENGLI-1101. Focuses on creating effective sentences and paragraphs within the context of writing short (250 – 350-word) essays, and on developing critical thinking skills. This course may be taken three times for credit. Prerequisite: An appropriate score on the English Placement test (4 lecture hours)
  • ENGLI 0492
    Approaches to College Writing II

    4  credit hoursThe second of two developmental writing courses designed to prepare students for ENGLI-1101. Focuses on composing longer (500-word) essays and on further developing critical thinking skills. This course may be taken three times for credit. Prerequisite: English 0491 with a grade of C or higher or an appropriate score on the English Placement test (4 lecture hours)
  • ENGLI 1101 (IAI C1 900)English Composition 1
    3  credit hoursThe first of two courses in the one-year composition sequence. Introduces students to college-level writing as a process of developing and supporting a thesis in an organized essay. Requires students to read and think critically. Emphasizes using appropriate style and voice as well as the conventions of standard English and citation. Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on English Composition Entry Test or ENGLI-0492 or ESL-0553 with a grade of C or better. Course requires Reading Placement Test Score – Category One. (3 lecture hours)
  • ENGLI 1102 (IAI C1 901R)
    English Composition 2

    3  credit hoursSecond course in two-course composition sequence. Students continue to develop experience in reading, thinking and writing critically by writing essays that demonstrate ability to analyze and evaluate the ideas of others and integrate them into their own writing. Reinforces student experience with the conventions of standard written English and the conventions of documentation while developing student ability to carry out independently the proper method and responsibilities of research. Prerequisite: English 1101 with a grade of C or better (3 lecture hours)

 

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