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An introductory course in composition, ENG 110/112 provides you the opportunity to learn and practice analytical and communication skills that are crucial to success in college and beyond.. The course will emphasize writing practice in various rhetorical modes with focus on all stages of the writing process and writing as a thinking process. (Students who qualify with a grade of "C" or better in ENG 110/112 will be exempt from further writing requirements in the General Education skills category, but this does not exempt students from the writing emphasis course requirement.)

Learning Outcomes

Rhetorical Knowledge

Students who complete English 110/112 with a C or better should

  • Learn and use key rhetorical concepts through analyzing and composing a variety of texts
  • Read and compose  in a variety of genres to understand how genre conventions shape and are shaped by readers’ and writers’ practices and purposes
  • Write effectively in response to a variety of situations, contexts, and environments that may call for purposeful shifts in voice, tone, level of formality, design, medium, and/or structure




Critical Thinking, Reading, and Composing

Students who complete English 110/112 with a C or better should

  • Read and compose as methods of inquiry, learning, critical thinking, and communicating in various rhetorical contexts
  • Read a diverse range of texts, attending especially to relationships between assertion and evidence, to patterns of organization, and to the functions of these features for different audiences and situations
  • Locate and evaluate appropriate secondary and/or primary research materials
  • Use strategies such as interpretation, synthesis, response, critique, and design/redesign to compose texts that integrate their ideas with those from sources




Students who complete English 110/112 with a C or better should

  • Develop flexible strategies for reading, drafting, reviewing, collaborating, revising, rewriting, rereading, and editing to practice writing as a recursive process
  • Use composing processes and tools as a means to discover and reconsider ideas
  • Practice the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes, including, but not limited to, learning to give and to act on productive feedback to works in progress 
  • Reflect on the development of composing practices and how those practices influence their work



Knowledge of Conventions

Students who complete English 110/112 with a C or better should

  • Explain why genre conventions for structure, paragraphing, tone, and mechanics vary
  • Develop knowledge of grammatical structures, as well as conventions of mechanics,
  • including punctuation and spelling, through practice in composing and revising
  • Apply citation conventions systematically in their own work
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the concepts of intellectual property that motivate documentation conventions, such as copyright and the fair use of ideas


Adopted by The English Department spring 2016


Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The Purdue OWL is one of the best writing resources available online. The OWL offers several resources including writing and teaching writing, research, grammar and mechanics, style guides, ESL (English as a Second Language), and job search and professional writing resources.  


Murphy Library

The campus library has many resources for students that include online article databases, course reserves online and offline, books for research and pleasure reading, newspapers, government information, interlibrary loan, computers and printers, quiet study areas, and reference librarians to help students find hard to find information. 
Murphy Library


Writing Center

The University of Wisconsin La Crosse's Writing Center located at the Learning Center in 256 Murphy Library, is a major resource to all students. Anybody can go to the Writing Center to get help whether he needs help with an ENG 110/112 writing assignment or editing a Senior Portfolio piece.  
Writing Center