English 102

English 102 Syllabus — Sample


English 102 helps develop a student’s use of academic English for the successful use of writing and verbal communication throughout Lincoln and afterwards. The course helps a student to write, to read, and to listen effectively, critically, coherently, and persuasively. The course teaches the research paper, which helps a student to develop the ability to understand the difference between factual information and opinion, and helps the student recognize how to distinguish between the ethical and appropriate use of an other person’s writing and ideas so as to make informed judgments and be able to solve problems with sound standards. The course helps students develop the ability to develop, modify, and create research agendas around contemporary and enduring issues. Additionally, the student learns how to find, evaluate, organize, store, retrieve, arrange, synthesize, annotate, cite, and present information from a variety of print and electronic sources.

Additionally, through the literature text, Making Literature Matter, the course helps a student to develop the ability to comprehend the ethical social values of a diverse world and to grasp that many historical and contemporary courses of action are guided by a variety of value judgments. 

English 102 introduces students to:

Ø      The process of planning and writing a college-level research paper in the humanities;

Ø      The principal literary genres, the study of literature, and the writing of analytical essays on literature;

Ø      The further development of expository writing skills by writing an argumentative essay;

Ø      The elements of syntax, grammar, and style will be reviewed as needed by the students. Serious writing deficiencies must be overcome by the students independently and/or at the Writing Center.

Required Texts:

Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual. Latest Edition. Bedford. Print.


The grades on the argument essay and the research paper (or papers) should constitute the primary final grade. The 5-7 page research paper. The research paper is the most important aspect of ENG102, and should be graded accordingly. Faculty members may limit the topics of research. MLA style should be used. The sequence for preparing and writing a research paper must minimally include: Topic selection, library research methods, bibliography-production, note-taking/summarizing, outlining, and drafting and revising the final product.  These sequences should be treated as sequential parts, and given some weight in the final grade of the research paper.

The writing process, learned in ENG101, should be reinforced in ENG102; sentence outlines and multiple revision drafts should be treated as sequential components of each assignment. The structure and organization of these essays should be the same as in ENG101: Essays should include thesis statement, topic sentences, introductions and conclusions. As in ENG101, students should be allowed to revise some, if not most, of their essays; revision grades may be incorporated at the faculty member's judgment.

Library orientation. All ENG102 sections should be scheduled for a library orientation. Faculty members should call the Library and schedule a visit early in the semester.



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