English 102: Strategies of Successful College Writers

CSU Channel Islands

Professor Rachael Jordan

Course Description

Focuses on helping students develop habits of mind and strategies for success in writing at the college-level. Students will learn to leverage campus resources and academic technologies throughout the recursive thinking and writing process (invention, prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and peer review). Successful completion of ENGL 102 prepares students to enroll in ENGL 105 in the following semester to fulfill their first-year writing requirement (GE Area A2: Written Communication). GenEd: E (Lifelong Learning and Self Development)

Blended Course

This section of English 102 is a blended course. This means that we will meet face-to-face once a week and the rest of our work will be online. It's a "half online" class, if you will. Please see our Canvas Page "Start Here Module" for more information on how to be a successful online learner.

Contact Your Instructor

  • My office location is Bell Tower West 1141. You will typically find me there on Mondays 9am-12pm, Tuesdays 11am-12pm, and Thursdays 9am-10am. We can also schedule an appointment to meet in person or virtually. Just ask.
  • The best way to reach me is via email: rachael.jordan@csuci.edu I will also contact you via your campus email, so please check that daily.
  • I will typically respond to student emails Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm. Messages that arrive outside these times will receive responses the next business day.
  • Students are welcome to address me as Professor Jordan or Ms. Jordan. I look forward to working with you!

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the habits of mind that support student success and lifelong learning:
    • Curiosity
    • Openness
    • Engagement
    • Creativity
    • Persistence
    • Responsibility
    • Flexibility
    • Metacognition
  • Illustrate how these habits of mind apply to the thinking and writing process
  • Explain the recursive nature of the writing and thinking process, which includes the following elements (G.E. Learning Outcome 4.2):
    • Invention
    • Prewriting
    • Drafting
    • Revising
    • Editing
    • Peer Review
  • Compose texts by employing the habits of mind and recursive writing process described above
  • Select University resources and Academic Technologies that support their learning and success, such as the following:
    • Broome Library resources and databases
    • Writing and Multiliteracy Center
    • Student Services
    • Information Technology Services
    • Academic Technology Services

Area E & Program Outcomes

  • Identify, explain, and demonstrate dispositions and skills integral to ongoing learning and self improvement, including curiosity, initiative, independence, transfer, and reflection.
  • Express original and creative ideas in writing and speech
  • Practice effective editing, including appropriate use of English grammar and usage conventions
  • Analyze a diversity of texts, ideas, and problems from multiple perspectives (multicultural, interdisciplinary, international, experiential, theoretical and/or educational)

Student Requirements

  • This class will ask you to complete multiple reading and writing assignments on your own time. You should plan to spend about 10 hours a week on your work for this course. Take time to identify where and when you’ll do your learning.
  • Collaborative work is a significant part of this course. Your interactions with classmates will take place face to face as well as online.
  • Any sources that you draw upon in your papers must be cited. This includes any material that you quote directly (word for word), paraphrase (put into your own words), or summarize. No exceptions.
  • All of your writing for this class will be completed on a computer.
  • You must have a campus email account and access to CI Learn and CI Docs. You are expected to check your email at least once a day. Ideally, you will set up your smartphone or laptop, if you have one, to automatically receive campus email the moment it is delivered. Clear communication is key to successful completion of our writing courses.
  • You must have some way of saving your drafts. Not just on your laptop, but on a separate thumb drive or cloud-based storage system. My CI provides cloud based storage for all students (Dolphin Files).
  • Please review the Module Overviews to orient yourself to the flow of learning in the class. This class requires regular engagement throughout each module.
  • Completion of a Formative & Summative Assessment

Principles of Learning

  • You will learn only as much, or little, as you choose to learn.
  • Each of you has a unique learning style, so not every assignment will appeal to everyone. But the variety should provide you with a chance to show what you're capable of doing.
  • The more often you collaborate with your classmates--in discussion, in study groups, on papers--the richer the experience will be for you.
  • Writing, you will discover, is always a collaborative process.
  • You will teach yourself more than I teach you.
  • You will learn more from each other than you do from me.
  • All of you are capable of succeeding in this class; my job is to help you succeed.

Disabilities Statement

If you are a student with a disability requesting reasonable accommodations in this course, please visit Disability Accommodations and Support Services (DASS) located on the second floor of Arroyo Hall, or call 805-437-3331. All requests for reasonable accommodations require registration with DASS in advance of needed services. You can apply for DASS services here. Faculty, students and DASS will work together regarding classroom accommodations. You are encouraged to discuss approved accommodations with your faculty.


Every student in our online community is valued member of the group with a unique perspective and set of experiences. Your voice is valued in this course, and you are not presumed to speak for anything more than your own experience, ideas, and point of view.

Further, in this course, you have the right to be called by your preferred name, and to determine which pronouns should be used to refer to you.

If there are aspects of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or a sense of alienation from the classroom community or the course content, please contact me at any time.


Students will engage in multiple reading, writing, and thinking activities throughout the semester. These activities will include independent work as well as collaboration with classmates, both in person and online. Throughout the semester, you will receive abundant feedback on your work from your classmates, often in small groups, and your instructor. You will have ample opportunity to represent your best capabilities as a writer and as a participant in a community of learners. Students are encouraged to meet with their instructor throughout the semester by visiting office hours and/or scheduling conferences. Remember: most writing is rewriting--so we expect substantively revised and closely edited written work.

Required coursework and methods of assessment are listed below. Final grades for the course will be A through F; pluses or minuses may be used at the discretion of the instructor.

Formative Assessment

  • 20% of final grade
  • Submitted to Composition Team in Week 6 for assessment in Week 7
  • Evaluated via Formative Assessment Rubric

At the beginning of the semester, students will complete multiple short papers (~500 words) in response to course readings, selecting one paper to edit, revise, and submit for the Formative Assessment. English 102 classes will not meet in Week 7 to allow the Composition Team to meet as part of the assessment process. Submissions will be evaluated according to Formative Assessment Rubric. The Composition Team will also provide holistic, collective feedback to help English 102 students successfully complete the Summative Assessment (due in Week 14). Students will complete their own reflections (~250 words) indicating how they connected this feedback to their own writing and used it to draft, revise, and edit their submissions for the Summative Assessment.

Summative Assessment

  • 40% of final grade
  • Submitted to Composition Team in Week 14 for assessment in Week 15
  • Evaluated via Composition Program Scoring Criteria

In the second half of the semester, students will draft, revise, edit, and polish a complete essay (~1000-1250 words) in response to a prompt developed by the instructor. Required elements of the essay (including relevant readings to integrate and other expectations) will be detailed in the essay prompt. Final essay drafts, as well revised drafts of the reflections described above, will be submitted in Week 14. English 102 classes will not meet in Week 15 to allow the Composition Team to meet as part of the assessment process. Instructors reserve the right to reject submissions for the Summative Assessment for any of the reasons described below:

  • Insufficient student attendance to achieve course goals. For inquiries related to reasonable accommodations, see the Disabilities Statement.
  • Failure to fulfill the requirements of assignments (including draft deadlines and/or expectations or other required components). For inquiries related to reasonable accommodations, see the Disabilities Statement.
  • Student cannot provide multiple drafts demonstrating that the work is the student’s own, produced expressly for this course.

Additional Coursework

  • 40% of final grade
  • Evaluated by instructor

Throughout the semester, you will be asked to participate in other writing and discussion tasks outside of the formative and summative assessment that will make up this portion of your final grade. These assignments will include:

  • VoiceThread Discussions
  • Discussion Board Posts & Replies
  • Peer Review
  • Reading Annotation Journal
  • Contribution Journal
  • Writing Task Drafts
  • Brainstorming Activities

This additional coursework will be evaluated on a 4-point scale rubric.

Writing Criteria in the First Year Writing Program at CI

Click above to view our program's scoring criteria, which are used to assess your Summative Assessment paper.

Classroom Policies

General Attendance

All students are expected to abide by the University Policy on Class Attendance. This important policy includes the statement that students “are expected to attend class regularly” and outlines student responsibilities in communicating with the instructor in the event of an absence. Students must notify instructors, in advance whenever reasonably possible, about any missed classes. According to the catalog, "It is the responsibility of the student to give advance notification, contact the instructor … [and] submit assignments on time.”

Regular attendance is required in order to achieve Student Learning Outcomes and pass ENGL 102. Therefore, missing more than three weeks of class will prohibit you from passing the class. For extenuating circumstances related to a medical condition or disability, please refer to the Disabilities Statement. Three weeks of class = three class meetings for courses that meet once a week or six class meetings for courses that meet twice a week.

Note: We are a blended course that meets face-to-face once a week and online for the rest of class. That means that you can only miss three face-to-face class sessions.

Blended Learning

Our course is partly online and partly face-to-face. We will meet face-to-face once a week. You are expected to engage with all aspects of the course. Through using technology, we are then able to spend our class time doing conferencing, peer review, class discussions, and activities, rather than a traditional lecture format.

Technology Requirements

  • Regular access to a computer (not a mobile device).
  • Regular access to the internet.
  • A recently upgraded web browser.
  • Access to a webcam (can be a mobile device).

Technical Support

If you run into technical problems in this course, you should try the following:

  1. Clear your browser’s cache.
  2. Try a different browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome).
  3. Shut down and restart your computer.
  4. Contact the University Help desk helpdesk@csuci.edu or 805-437-8552.

Online Etiquette

The following ground rules will be in effect at all times to help us sustain a respectful and productive learning community throughout the semester:

  • Please consider yourself a member of a learning community. As a community, we are all working together towards our shared objective of successfully completing the goals of this course.
  • Please log in and participate regularly in our online, collaborative activities and discussions. The success of this course depends on the active, engaged participation and distinctive contributions of every community member. If you don’t participate regularly,you will find that the course moves forward without you and will likely find it difficult to become re-engaged.
  • Sharing our thoughts and ideas online requires trust of our fellow community members. Please treat the contributions of others with respect.
  • The technologies we will work with in this class are amazing tools but can also present frustrations from time time. Please maintain a sense of humor and patience when working with these tools. Learning to deal gracefully with the unexpected is a valuable skill you can gain in this course.
  • Everyone in this class, including the instructor, is expected to maintain the attitude of a lifelong learner. Please keep an open mind when introduced to new ideas that may challenge your previously held notions or perceptions.
  • Always ask for help when you need it, and please assist others when possible. You will be amazed by what you can learn when you help teach someone else.
  • Please understand that communications shared through text have a higher likelihood of being misinterpreted than words that are spoken. When you type a thought or a comment, read it carefully before you submit it. If you question the way it is worded, read it out loud to yourself. If you still question the way it's phrased, re-write it. Remember that you can’t unring a bell.
  • If, at any time, you feel that any ground rule has been violated by a member of our community, you are encouraged to bring your concern directly and immediately to Professor Jordan, our community leader. Clearly identify which ground rule has been violated and include specific evidence of the violation. Your concerns will be addressed promptly and in an individualized manner.

Late Work

  • If you keep up with the work, this class is not difficult. If you get behind, the workload may bury you. You must submit completed assigned work on the dates set by your instructor in order to achieve Course Goals and receive timely and helpful feedback from the instructor and your peers. Both the formative and summative assessments must be turned in by the assigned date and time in order to be submitted to the Composition Team. For extenuating circumstances related to a medical condition or disability, please refer to the Disabilities Statement.

Electronic Devices

Cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices can become a problem in the classroom. To prevent them from distracting us, we will abide by the following policies:

  1. All cell phones will be turned off or set to vibrate before class begins.
  2. If you must receive or make a phone call, leave the class to do so.
  3. Since we will regularly be writing during class, you may wish to listen to music as you compose. Use earbuds and turn your volume low enough so that no one else in class can hear your music.
  4. Wearing earbuds during class, except when composing, is inappropriate.
  5. You are encouraged to bring your laptops to class each week. We will use them to write and do Internet research. However, during discussions, presentations, or lectures, it is inappropriate to have your laptops open.
  6. At no time during class is it appropriate to engage in social networking sites like Facebook, surf the net, play computer games, or read email. Computers should be used only for class-related activities. Likewise, texting or instant messaging during class is never acceptable.

Academic Dishonesty

By enrolling at CSU Channel Islands, students are responsible for upholding the University’s policies and the Student Conduct Code. Academic integrity and scholarship are values of the institution that ensure respect for the academic reputation of the University, students, faculty, and staff. Cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration with another student, knowingly furnishing false information to the University, buying, selling or stealing any material for an examination, or substituting for another person may be considered violations of the Student Conduct Code (located at http://www.csuci.edu/campuslife/student-conduct/academic-dishonesty.htm).

All work that students submit as their own work must, in fact, be their own work. If a paper presents ideas or information from other sources, it must clearly indicate the source. Word-for-word language taken from other sources – books, papers, web sites, interviews, conversations, etc. – must be placed in quotation marks and the source identified. Paraphrased material must be cited. In accordance with the CSU Channel Islands policy on academic dishonesty, students who knowingly plagiarize ideas or language will fail the course. Students are encouraged to consult with the instructor if they have questions about what might constitute an act of plagiarism or cheating. For additional information, please see the faculty Academic Senate Policy on Academic Dishonesty, also in the CI Catalog.

Classroom Conduct

Academic freedom must be maintained. Differences of viewpoint or concerns should be expressed in terms that show respect even in dissent. Student conduct that disrupts the learning process will not be tolerated. No smoking of any kind – including electronic cigarettes – is permitted.

Emergency Intervention & Basic Needs Program

If you or someone you know is experiencing unforeseen or catastrophic financial issues, skipping meals or experiencing homelessness/housing insecurity (e.g. sleeping in a car, couch surfing, staying with friends), please know that you are not alone. There are resources on campus that may assist you during this time. The Dolphin Pantry is currently located in Arroyo Hall and offers free food, toiletries and basic necessities for current CI students. For additional assistance, please contact the Dean of Students office at (805) 437-8512 or visit Bell Tower 2565. Please visit the website for the most up to date information on the Basic Needs Program at CI: https://www.csuci.edu/basicneeds/.

Counseling & Psychological Services

CAPS is pleased to provide a wide range of services to assist students in achieving their academic and personal goals. Services include confidential short-term counseling, crisis intervention, psychiatric consultation, and 24/7 phone and text support. CAPS is located in Bell Tower East, 1867 and can be reached at 805-437-2088 (select option 2 on voicemail for 24/7 crisis support; or text “Hello” to 741741); you can also email us at caps@csuci.edu or visit our website at https://www.csuci.edu/caps.

Title IX & Inclusion

Title IX & Inclusion manages the University’s equal opportunity compliance, including the areas of affirmative action and Title IX. Title IX & Inclusion also oversees the campus’ response to the University’s nondiscrimination policies. CSU Channel Islands prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind on the basis of a protected status (i.e., age, disability, gender, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, and Veteran or Military Status). This prohibition on harassment includes sexual harassment, as well as sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. For more information regarding CSU Channel Islands’ commitment to diversity and inclusion or to report a potential violation, please contact Title IX & Inclusion at 805.437.2077 or visit https://www.csuci.edu/titleix/.

Class Recording Policy

Students may not record (audio or video) in this class except in accordance with approved ADA accommodations. Any recordings made in connection with a disability accommodation are for the student’s personal academic use only and may not be distributed in any manner to any other individual.

Writing and Multiliteracy Center

Location: Broome Library, 2nd Floor, Room 2675

Hours: M 9-8pm; Tu-Th 9-10pm; Fri 9-2pm; Sat/Sun 2-6pm

The Writing and Multiliteracy Center (WMC) provides all CI students with FREE support services and programs that help them become more effective writers and communicators. Peer consultants help students at any stage of the composition process in any discipline for writing or speaking (such as slideshow presentations). Students are also welcome to bring in other types of non-academic work such as resumes, letters of application, and personal statements. Our online writing consultants will also work with students if they don’t live on campus or if they have trouble physically getting to our Center.
Our tutors can also help those who want to talk about or wish to learn new skills in speaking in academic contexts, whether it's oral presentations, in-class discussions, or talking with professors during office hours. Student can drop in for a 30 min tutorial session. They can also make an appointment in advance by visiting us at http://www.csuci.edu/wmc, going directly to the Center, or calling 805-437-8934.

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