Composition

Enrollment in many English courses requires meeting prerequisites. Prerequisites (proof of readiness) must be satisfied in one of the following ways:

  1. Placement as measured by the Ventura College assessment process; or,
  2. Satisfactory completion of the required prerequisite course at Moorpark, Oxnard, or Ventura College; or,
  3. Satisfactory completion of the prerequisite course at another college (transcripts required).

For further information about prerequisites, see the Ventura College Schedule of Classes and/or Catalog.

 

ENGL V01A - ENGLISH COMPOSITION - 4 Units

Prerequisite: ENGL V02 or ENGL V03A with grade of C or better or placement as measured by the college assessment process

Hours: 3.5 lecture and 2 lab weekly

The student will learn to write coherent, well-developed expository essays using a variety of rhetorical modes; to prepare a research paper; and to respond critically to ideas in published works.

Field trips may be required. Formerly Engl 1A. Transfer credit: CSU; UC. CAN ENGL 2 or CAN ENGL SEQ A [with ENGL V01B].

 

ENGL V01B - CRITICAL THINKING AND COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE - 4 Units

Prerequisite: ENGL V01A with grade of C or better

Hours: 4 lecture weekly

This course provides study of literature combined with instruction in critical thinking and composition. The course emphasizes understanding and writing about literature using principles of logical analysis, criticism, advocacy of ideas, and inductive and deductive reasoning. Students will examine assumptions upon which conclusions are based and recognize common logical errors of language and thought. Instruction is offered in advanced elements of style and organization. Application of critical thinking skills and logical methodology to the various literary genres will achieve a disciplined understanding of the material.

Field trips may be required. Formerly Engl 1B. Transfer credit: CSU; UC. CAN ENGL 4 or CAN ENGL SEQ A [with ENGL V01A].

 

ENGL V01C - ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND CRITICAL THINKING - 3 Units

Prerequisite: ENGL V01A with grade of C or better

Hours: 3 lecture weekly

This course offers practice in the writing of non-fiction, centered on a course theme, based on analytic reading of essays from a variety of disciplines. It develops mastery of the writing process, critical thinking, and the elements of style. Culmination of the semester is marked by the submission of a final portfolio of student's best work.

Field trips may be required.  Transfer credit: CSU; UC (pending state approval).

 

ENGL V02 - FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH COMPOSITION - 5 Units

Prerequisite: ENGL V03 or placement as measured by the college assessment process
Hours: 5 lecture weekly

The student will learn to write coherent, well-developed expository essays using a variety of rhetorical modes; to summarize and analyze essays as models for writing; and to conduct research and write a research essay.

Formerly ENGL V02A.

 

ENGL V03A - ACCELERATED BASIC ENGLISH COMPOSITION - 5 Units

Hours: 4 lecture and 4 lab weekly

This is an accelerated course, which is open to any student and is designed to develop skills in the basic conventions and expectations of college essay writing. It introduces students to critical reading, writing, and reasoning. Students employ a text-based, process-centered approach to writing essays in response to assigned readings from a variety of college-level texts. This course covers how to state and support a thesis, develop unified and coherent paragraphs as part of an organized essay, and write clear and effective sentences. Successful completion allows students to enroll in ENGL V01A.

Not applicable for degree credit.

 

ENGL V03 - BASIC ENGLISH COMPOSITION - 5 Units

Hours: 5 lecture weekly

The student will learn to write coherent, supported paragraphs and short essays; to analyze and summarize short prose; and to conduct research and write a short research paper.

Formerly Engl 3. Offered on a credit/no credit basis only. Not applicable for degree credit.