Spring 2016 � Section 4626  

Instructor: Prof. Joyce Schenk 


This course focuses on the development of critical thinking skills.  Students will apply these skills to the analysis of written arguments in various forms and genres, both classic and contemporary, and to the writing of effective persuasive essays.  Students will learn to evaluate and interpret data, to recognize assumptions, to distinguish facts from opinions, to identify and avoid logical fallacies, to employ deductive and inductive reasoning, and to effectively assert and support argumentative claims.

Transfer: CSU and UC

*Please note that students in English 1C are expected to write clear, college-level essays with logical paragraph composition and sentence structure as well as correct grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation.  If you feel you cannot be successful in this class due to struggles with grammar or other elements of essay composition, please contact the instructor as early as possible to discuss resources and strategies for your improvement.





English 1A with a minimum grade of C 



Student Learning

Outcome (SLO)

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Compose an argumentative essay that shows an ability to support a claim using analysis, elements of argumentation, and integration of primary and secondary sources.
  2. Identify and assess bias, credibility, and relevance in students� own arguments and in the arguments of others, including primary and secondary outside sources.
  3. Write an essay that is correct in MLA format, paragraph composition, sentence structure, grammar, spelling, and usage.






  1. Evaluate arguments in terms of bias, credibility, and relevance.
  2. Assess an argument's claims by examining assumptions, by differentiating between facts and inferences, by recognizing errors in logic, by analyzing support, and by identifying both explicit and implied conclusions.
  3. Recognize and assess argumentative claims embedded in literary works, advertisements, political tracts, and presentations in other media.
  4. Express critical viewpoints and develop original arguments in response to social, political, and philosophical issues and/or to works of literature and literary theory.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate electronic sources and databases, to incorporate research from on-line and print media, and to compose unified, coherent, fully supported argumentative essays that advance their claims by integrating primary and secondary sources, and by employing the tools of critical interpretation, evaluation, and analysis.




Cooper, Sheila and Rosemary Patton. Writing Logically, Thinking
8th edition. New York: Pearson Longman, 2010. Print

Other Material online






Online Accessibility: Instructor is online seven days a week to respond to emails or posted questions on Discussion Board Inquiry.

 Email: joyceschenk@gmail.com

 Faculty Website: http://www.elcamino.edu/faculty/jschenk/index.html









And Grading


  1. Students will be expected to log into the Discussion Board and engage in discussions and activities on a regular weekly basis. Interaction with each other is an important part of this course.
  2. Students will lose Discussion Board points by not posting an assigned exercise, not answering instructor questions to a post or not responding to the minimum number of postings.
  3. The quality of postings will be rewarded, so please avoid responses as �great� or �I agree.�  What I look for is why you agree with another student�s post which will reflect that you have thought about the subject under discussion.
  4. Students will complete and submit five essays and many drafts.
  5. Students will complete ten quizzes on the assigned readings and grammar.
  6. Quizzes may be taken multiple times before the deadline of each module.
  7. 10% will be deducted from the grade of a late essay (submitted up to one week after the due date) excluding the research paper and final essay.
  8. Be sure to keep all of your graded work until you receive your final grade report in case any discrepancies arise.

 Grades are based on points: 

Assignment #1 Inference


Assignment #2 Reasoning


Assignment #3 Logical Fallacies


Assignment #4 Premises


Assignment #5 - Argumentation


Discussion Board includes written posted and emailed drafts of practice and assigned essays as well as graded interaction with instructor and other students.


10 Quizzes



1,000 + bonus points






Grades are assigned based on total points earned as follows:

 1,000 - 900 = A

 899    - 800 = B

 799   -  700 = C

 699  -   600 = D

 599  -   0     = F 






Plagiarism is the passing off of another person's work as your own.

El Camino College places a high value on the integrity of its student scholars.  When an instructor determines that there is evidence of dishonesty in any academic work (including, but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, or theft of exam materials), disciplinary action appropriate to the misconduct as defined in BP 5500 may be taken.  A failing grade on an assignment in which academic dishonesty has occurred and suspension from class are among the disciplinary actions for academic dishonesty (AP 5520).  Students with any questions about the Academic Honesty or discipline policies are encouraged to speak with their instructor in advance.



It is the policy of the El Camino Community College District to encourage full inclusion of people with disabilities in all programs and services.  Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations in this class should contact the campus Special Resource Center (310) 660-3295, as soon as possible.  This will ensure that students are able to fully participate



Drop Policy

  1. In compliance with new state accountability requirements, if you fail to post to the discussion board by January 22, you must be reported as a �No Show� and the registrar will drop you from the course.
  2. If you miss two consecutive weeks of posting, you may be dropped from the course for �non attendance.�
  3. Check the Class Schedule for official college withdrawal dates.  According to college policy, any student still enrolled in a class after April 15, must receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F).
  4. If you wish to withdraw from any course at El Camino, it�s your responsibility to take the proper steps.  This is especially important in a distance education class. However, students are responsible for dropping a class within the deadlines published in the class schedule. Students who stop attending but do not drop may receive a failing grade.




        Reading Success Center (East Library Basement E-36)
Software and tutors are available for vocabulary development & reading comprehension.

        Library Media Technology Center - LMTC (East Library Basement)
Computers are available for free use. Bring your student ID # & flash drive.  There�s a charge for printing.

        Writing Center (H122)
Computers are available for free use. Free tutoring is available for writing assignments, grammar, and vocabulary.  Bring your student ID & flash drive to save work.  Printing is NOT available.

        Learning Resource Center - LRC (West Wing of the Library, 2nd floor)
The LRC Tutorial Program offers free drop-in tutoring.  For the tutoring schedule, go to
www.elcamino.edu/library/lrc/tutoring .The LRC also offers individualized computer adaptive programs to help build your reading comprehension skills. 

        Student Health Center (Next to the Pool)
The Health Center offers free medical and psychological services as well as free workshops on topics like �test anxiety.� Low cost medical testing is also available.

        Special Resource Center � SRC (Southwest Wing of Student Services Building)
The SRC provides free disability services, including interpreters, testing accommodations, counseling, and adaptive computer technology.



 Last Published 7/14/16