Department of Basic Composition

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The Basic Composition Program understands that all students bring with them rich and diverse histories, knowledge, skills, and literacies that can be applied to the literacy work they will take part in as college students at UVU. We are committed to providing opportunities for students to recognize their own oral, written, and visual literacies as relevant to the academic setting and to helping them develop these literacies for the work they will do in the academy, in the workplace, and in their personal lives.

Courses

ENGH 0890

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is a five credit nontransferable course preparatory to ENGL 1010. This course does not transfer to other institutions of higher education; however, the grade you receive for this course does count towards your GPA.

This course requires students to create portfolios to display their essays and to model the stages of writing. This course teaches students to distinguish formal from informal writing. Emphasizes writing as a reflection of their reading and speaking abilities. In addition, this course fosters a community of writers by practicing literate activities in the classroom and online. Prerequisite(s): appropriate placement score.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

ENGH 0890 prepares students (in a student-centered teaching environment) for ENGH 0990, ENGL 1010, and additional writing in other courses. In 0890, students:

  • Distinguish informal writing from formal writing.
  • Learn to edit papers for correct usage and mechanical accuracy.
  • Use the writing process and peer review strategies
  • Create portfolios, a collection of their assigned writing (informative, persuasive, and research), which demonstrates student progress over the semester.

ENGH 0990

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is a five credit nontransferable course preparatory to ENGL 1010. This course does not transfer to other institutions of higher education; however, the grade you receive for this course does count towards your GPA.

This course requires students to create portfolios that include informative, persuasive, and multiple-source essays. This course helps students to understand peer review and collaborative learning processes both in the classroom and online. In addition, this course prepares students for ENGL 1010 and other writing intensive courses by asking them to write for various academic audiences. Prerequisite(s): ENGH 0890 or appropriate placement score.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

In 0990, students are being prepared to write for ENGL 1010 and their other college courses. In 0990, students:

  • Prepare for ENGL 1010 by learning peer review skills, critical thinking skills, and understanding writing for different audiences.
  • Work online and collaboratively.
  • Edit their papers for correct usage and mechanical accuracy.
  • Focus on informative, persuasive and research strategies.
  • Write mixed-genre papers where multiple sources are integrated into their essay writing.
  • Create portfolios, a collection of assigned writing which demonstrate student progress over the term.

Engaged Learning

The department actively promotes student writing for publication consideration and supports composition efforts across campus by collaborating with ENGL 1010/2010, the Writing Center, and Writing in the Disciplines. Writing Center tutors are currently piloting tutoring sessions in basic writing courses.