College English I

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Ms. Roslyn Douglas

Course Director Name:  Mr. Asher Mains 

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information:

Course Director Contact Information: 

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 1:30 pm to 3:30 Tuesday, Thursday: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Course Director Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00 am – 11:30 am & 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm and Wednesday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location:  Ballsier Building, G Block

Course Director Office Location: Ballsier Building, G Block

Course Support:   Nichole Phillip, Ext. 3823 or. 3692Email: Nikisha Thomas Ext 3692

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link



Students have been designated either face - to- face or online status, based on the survey they completed.  Please note that students must therefore maintain their respective designations and not be allowed to switch, without the permission of the Dean of Students (DOS) Office.


Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

At the end of this course, students will be familiar with the skills of academic reading, writing and critical thinking that will prepare them for more advanced college work. This course aims to train students to write clearly and intelligently, and think critically within their various program disciplines, with an overall goal of improving students’ academic, professional and personal writing. 

Course Objectives: 

  1. Gain skills of academic reading, writing and critical thinking
  2. To write clearly and intelligently in various program disciplines
  3. Improve academic, professional and personal writing  

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop the necessary skills required for college level writing
  2. Use relevant information from various conventional and electronic sources
  3. Improve the reading effectiveness of students academically, professionally and personally
  4. Sharpen ability to think clearly, logically, critically and effectively through reading.

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

PO.4- Effectively communicate information by extracting and constructing meanings through analysis and critical thinking.

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 65% or less 

Course Materials:

Readings and other resources will be made available online.

Course Grading Requirement:

Assignment #1(Diagnostic Test)         


Assignment 2 (MI/Learning Styles) 


Essay Drafts




Midterm Exam   


Short Talk 


Final Exam 


Writing E-Folder   


3-Minute Presentation 


Attendance and Participation 




Course Requirements:

Placement test or Foundation course.


Lectures & Assignments:  The following schedule may be adjusted as  needed.






  • Introductions/Course Overview. Learning Styles/Multiple Intelligences
  • Review: Alternative Means of Reading – Skimming & Scanning; Flexibility, Writing Mechanics, Efficiency, Using English Effectively: Grammar Review/Sentences
  • Introduction to the Student Writing Samples e-Folder and Short Talk
  • Introduction to Assignment #1

Assignment #1 Diagnostic Test Due: Jan. 20 (Mandatory)




  • Avoiding Plagiarism and citing sources incorrectly (APA Formatting).
  • Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarizing. 
  • Learning & Retention Strategies, Techniques for Learning Textbook Material, Note-taking; Dealing with Internet Information.




 Quiz #1

 (Weeks 1 & 2 Content) Due.  Thurs. February 3  





 Mastery of Paragraph:

  • Thesis Statement
  • Introduction, Body and Conclusion 
  • Main ideas & paragraph structure Patterns – relationships between ideas; 
  • Writing paragraphs (Reflection) 
  • Using English Effectively: Subject/Verb Agreement Review
  • Punctuation Review: commas, semicolons, colons

Review of Essay Types:

  • Expository 
  • Narrative
  • Descriptive
  • Persuasive/Argument (e-Folder)
  • Compare & Contrast (e-Folder)
  • Cause & Effect (e-Folder)

Assignment #2

Released (MI/Learning Styles)  Due. Tues. Feb. 8













  •  Paragraph Assignment Strengths & Weaknesses

The Essay: Compare & Contrast


  • Writing process
  • Structure of C&C Essay
  • Creating an essay outline
  • Developing thesis statement; introduction and conclusion

First Draft C&C Essay

Due first day of Week 5 (Mandatory)

Due. Tue. Feb 15











The Essay : Persuasive

  • Structure of a persuasive essay  (arguments for/against, counterarguments etc.)
  • Creating an essay outline (persuasive)
  • Developing good thesis statements; introductions and conclusions

Introduction to the Short Talk: 

-Cultural Practice

-Short Story Analysis

-Other instructor-approved topic

Persuasive Essay

Due first day of Week 6 (Mandatory) Tues. Feb. 22




The Essay: Compare & Contrast; Cause & Effect

  • Structure of an Essay (C&C vs. C&E)
  • Developing thesis statements; introductions and conclusions

Discussion of e-Folder

  • Persuasive/Argument (e-Folder)
  • Compare & Contrast (e-Folder)
  • Cause & Effect (e-Folder)
  • Approval of Short Talk Topics

Cause & Effect Essay

Due first day of Week 7 (Mandatory) Tues. March 22





Essay Feedback

  • Drafts Review:
  • Mid-term Exams
  • Mock 



Mid-term Exams


Short Talk Preparation/Discussion



 Short Talk Presentations 




  Figurative Language and Tone  (213 Prep)

Quiz 2

March 31




Grammar Review and Vocabulary Using English Effectively: Faulty parallelism/Dangling modifiers

 Presentation Tips

Quiz #3

April 7 



3-minute presentation summarizing  e-Folder Topics as it relates to discipline.

Peer Feedback

Assignment 3 (Presentation) Tues. April 12 & Thurs. April 14 

Assignment 4 Submission of E-Folder (Early submissions encouraged)



3-minute presentation summarizing  e-Folder Topics as it relates to discipline.


Peer Feedback

Assignment 3 (Presentation) Tues. April 19 & Thurs. April 21

Assignment 4

Submission of E-Folder Final Due Date Thurs. April 21



Mock Exam



Final Exams


 ***The Lecturer will offer Drills and Bonus Point Opportunities.

School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.