401 | MA-ENCOM1

English Composition Academic Writing I

Key topics include reading strategies; rhetorical modes, stages of writing; research & success strategies

The English Composition I course, structured around the writing process, develops students’ critical reading, writing, and research skills at the college level.

Course materials build students’ understanding and capability with essential parts of the academic writing process. Key topics include reading strategies; rhetorical modes, multiple stages of the writing process; how to conduct research and cite relevant sources; grammar and mechanics; and success strategies. Engaging, curated content includes text, video, interactive self-check activities, and more.

This course curriculum includes the modules, lessons and topics listed below (or in the sidebar).

The content, assignments, and assessments for English Composition I are aligned to the following learning outcomes:

Success Skills

  • Define and evaluate college success skills
  • Identify and practice habits for success
  • Identify and apply critical thinking skills
  • Analyze time-management practices
  • Define successful approaches towards college-level writing tasks
  • Apply word-processing skills to college writing tasks


  • Evaluate academic reading strategies
  • Evaluate various types of reading material
  • Evaluate general reading strategies
  • Evaluate reading strategies for specialized texts
  • Evaluate vocabulary usage
  • Evaluate thesis ideas of texts
  • Evaluate supporting claims of texts
  • Evaluate use of logic and structure in texts
  • Evaluate summary skills for reading comprehension


  • Evaluate the process of academic writing
  • Evaluate topic selection activities
  • Evaluate pre-writing activities
  • Evaluate activities to find evidence in support of a claim
  • Evaluate essay organizational techniques
  • Evaluate drafting activities
  • Evaluate revision activities
  • Evaluate proofreading activities


  • Evaluate the process of academic research
  • Evaluate and practice preliminary, intermediate, and advanced search techniques
  • Evaluate and practice methods of analysis to assess the quality and reliability of a source
  • Evaluate issues of plagiarism and academic dishonesty
  • Evaluate and practice MLA document formatting and citation practices


  • Critique patterns of academic grammar and punctuation usage
  • Critique the use of nouns and pronouns
  • Critique the use of verbs
  • Critique the use other parts of speech, including adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and articles
  • Critique the use of common punctuation marks
  • Critique sentence structure and variety of sentences
  • Critique the use of both active and passive voices

This course was developed by Lumen Learning in conjunction with Cerritos College and incorporates material from multiple open sources under license CC BY: Attribution.

Admission Requirements

This course is open to all Integrative M.A. Degree students.

Degree Credits

By completing this course students will earn 5 ECTS study credits which can can be applied towards the Integrated M.A. Degree.

Accreditations & Certificates

A course certificate of completion will be provided.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Contact us for a detailed overview of the course tuition including potential credits, financial aid and sponsorship options.

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Course Includes

  • 27 Lessons
  • Course Certificate