Course Descriptions and Outcomes

EN 101 Course Description

The first in a two-course sequence, English 101 introduces students to the rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking skills, composing processes, sentence-level conventions, and reflection skills needed to participate successfully in The University of Alabama discourse community.

EN 101 Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, you will

  • Develop a repertoire of diverse rhetorical strategies that will enable you to assess and appropriately respond to each assignment’s genre, audience, and purpose.
  • Demonstrate in writing a strong command of critical thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, interpretation, and evaluation.
  • Compose essays by working through multiple drafts; by participating in opportunities for peer and instructor feedback; by applying that feedback in revisions; and, in general, you will treat the composition of any written text as a deliberate and recursive process.
  • Employ grammar, punctuation, mechanics, usage, and basic citation and paper formatting in a manner appropriate to the genre and assignment being composed.
  • Reflect, in writing, on your own development as a writer.

EN 102 Course Description

English 102, the second course in UA’s first-year sequence, continues students’ practice in rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking skills, composing processes, sentence-level conventions, and reflection skills. The course also emphasizes university-level research and source usage techniques.

EN 102 Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, you will

  • Develop a repertoire of diverse rhetorical strategies that will enable you to assess and appropriately respond to each assignment’s genre, audience, and purpose, as begun in EN 101.
  • Demonstrate in writing a strong command of critical thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, interpretation, and evaluation, as begun in EN 101.
  • Locate assignment-appropriate sources in the library and online.
  • Synthesize ethically summarized, paraphrased, and quoted source material into academic arguments.
  • Compose essays by working through multiple drafts; participating in opportunities for peer and instructor feedback; applying that feedback in revisions; and, in general, treating the composition of any written text as a deliberate and recursive process, as begun in EN 101.
  • Employ grammar, punctuation, mechanics, usage, and citation and paper formatting in a manner appropriate to the genre and assignment being composed, as begun in EN 101.
  • Reflect, in writing, on your own development as a writer, as begun in EN 101.

EN 103 Course Description

English 103, advanced or honors composition, is a one-semester course that introduces students to the rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking skills, composing processes, sentence-level conventions, and reflection skills needed to participate successfully in The University of Alabama discourse community. The course also emphasizes university-level research and source usage techniques.

Students enrolled in EN 103 must meet one of the following prerequisites:
1)  ACT: Score of 28 or higher composite score OR score of 30 or higher on the English section; OR
2) SAT: Score of 1250 or higher composite score OR 720 or higher Verbal score.

Students with necessary qualifying scores who successfully complete EN 103 with a grade of C- or higher receive 6 hours of composition credit (3 hours for EN 103 and 3 hours of composition placement credit).

EN 103 Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, you will

  • Develop a repertoire of diverse rhetorical strategies that will enable you to assess and appropriately respond to each assignment’s genre, audience, and purpose.
  • Demonstrate in writing a strong command of critical thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, interpretation, and evaluation.
  • Locate assignment-appropriate sources in the library and online.
  • Synthesize ethically summarized, paraphrased, and quoted source material into academic arguments.
  • Compose essays by working through multiple drafts; participating in opportunities for peer and instructor feedback; applying that feedback in revisions; and, in general, treating the composition of any written text as a deliberate and recursive process.
  • Employ grammar, punctuation, mechanics, usage, and citation and paper formatting in a manner appropriate to the genre and assignment being composed.
  • Reflect, in writing, on your own development as a writer.

EN 104 Course Description

English 104 is a one-semester composition course for students in the Blount Undergraduate Initiative Program. Students enrolled in EN 104 must be members of the Blount Undergraduate Initiative program. It shares the same organizational and descriptive fundamentals as EN 103, differing only in the qualifying prerequisites and placement credit procedures. Like EN 103, English 104 is a one-semester, advanced or honors composition course that introduces students to the rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking skills, composing processes, sentence-level conventions, and reflection skills needed to participate successfully in The University of Alabama discourse community. The course also emphasizes university-level research and source usage techniques.

Blount program students taking EN 104 who also meet EN 103 prerequisite #1 (i.e., a score of 30 or higher on the English section of the ACT test or a score of 720 or higher on the verbal section of the SAT) will receive 6 hours of composition credit for successfully completing EN 104 with a grade of C- or higher (i.e., 3 hours for EN 104 and 3 hours of composition placement credit for EN 102).

Blount program students taking EN 104 who do not meet EN 103 prerequisite #1 (i.e., a score of 30 or higher on the English section of the ACT test or a score of 720 or higher on the verbal section of the SAT) will receive 6 hours of composition credit ONLY if they receive a grade of A- or higher in EN 104. If these students receive a grade lower than A- they must then also take an additional 3-hour composition course (EN 102).

EN 104 Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, you will

  • Develop a repertoire of diverse rhetorical strategies that will enable you to assess and appropriately respond to each assignment’s genre, audience, and purpose.
  • Demonstrate in writing a strong command of critical thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, interpretation, and evaluation.
  • Locate assignment-appropriate sources in the library and online.
  • Synthesize ethically summarized, paraphrased, and quoted source material into academic arguments.
  • Compose essays by working through multiple drafts; participating in opportunities for peer and instructor feedback; applying that feedback in revisions; and, in general, treating the composition of any written text as a deliberate and recursive process.
  • Employ grammar, punctuation, mechanics, usage, and citation and paper formatting in a manner appropriate to the genre and assignment being composed.
  • Reflect, in writing, on your own development as a writer.