2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog 
    
    Sep 27, 2022  
2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog
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ENGL& 102 Composition II: Argumentation and Research (5 credits)



Distribution Area Fulfilled Communications; General Transfer Elective
Formerly ENGL 103

Prerequisite ENGL& 101 with a grade of 2.0 or better.

Course Description
This course centers on argumentation and rhetorical strategies in a sustained and focused research and writing process. 

Course Content
A. Rhetorical situations related to the study of argumentation and research.  
B. Positionality and intersectionality 
C. Research processes 
D. Writing processes (e.g. composition, critical thinking, idea-building, drafting, editing, revision, iterative writing processes) 
E. Information literacy (critical information literacies) 
F. Source choice, documentation, and integration appropriate to the writer’s rhetorical situations 
G. Analysis and modeling of arguments, abstracts, summaries

Student Outcomes
1. Compose a sustained and focused written research project in order to support one’s arguments.

2. Engage in a sustained and focused research process to support one’s evidence-based argumentation and iterative writing processes. 

3. Analyze and employ a range of rhetorical and argumentative strategies in the research, citation, and writing processes. 

4. Demonstrate critical awareness of the range, depth, and diversity of positions in field of argument or inquiry.

5. Practice iterative writing and revision processes in order to present complex, humane arguments and rhetorically appropriate language.

6. Reflect on how individuals’ (i.e. learners’ and instructor’s) positional identities in the learning space shape an understanding of the field of study.

Degree Outcomes
Communication: Graduates identify, analyze and evaluate rhetorical strategies in their own and other’s writing in order to communicate effectively.

Effective Communication: Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.

Lecture Contact Hours 50
Lab Contact Hours 0
Clinical Contact Hours 0
Total Contact Hours 50



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