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English Composition 2

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Welcome to English Composition 2 Online at Illinois Valley Community College. I hope that this page will give you a good overview of what to expect if you decide to enroll in English Composition 2 Online. Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information about the course or if you have any questions about it. My telephone number 815-224-0338, and my e-mail address is randy_rambo@ivcc.edu.

Brief Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is attendance on campus required? No
  2. Is the credit earned for this course the same as the credit earned for other ENG 1002 courses? Yes
  3. Does the credit earned by successfully completing this course transfer and apply toward a degree? Yes
  4. What is the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) equivalent for this course? C1 901
  5. Are special computer skills required? No
  6. Are special software purchases required for this course? No
  7. Is there a required textbook for the course? Yes, one required textbook
  8. What is the required time commitment? At least 6 to 9 hours every week
  9. Is there a prerequisite for this course? Yes, successful completion of ENG 1001
  10. Are there due dates for assignments? Yes
  11. Are there specific times when students must be working on assignments online? No
  12. Where is the course home page? At http://www2.ivcc.edu/eng1002  

Course Description

This course is a continuation of ENG 1001 and is designed to help students strengthen their abilities to write formal and analytical essays, with an emphasis on writing with sources and writing about literature. All writing assignments involve analyses of works of literature. The content and course work is essentially the same for students in English Composition 2 Online as for students who take English Composition 2 on campus. Simply put, we do a lot of reading and writing, and students should gain a better understanding of the principles of effective expository prose and should gain the ability to apply these principles to their own writing. We will read many sections of the textbook and will write a few essays and one or two longer research paper. We will focus on supporting and developing ideas effectively, expressing meaning concisely and clearly, incorporating research material into papers, and mastering the basics of Standard English.

English Composition 2 Online is not a correspondence course, an independent study course, or a self-paced course. All students contribute to the class and interact with the instructor and other students at least every few days, and there are due dates for all assignments.


Successful completion of ENG 1001, or its equivalent, is required before a student can enroll in this course. Students are expected to begin the course with a basic understanding of how to write essays and how to avoid errors in punctuation, grammar, and word choice.

Required Textbook

The required textbook for the course is Literature and the Writing Process, MLA Update, 11th edition, by Elizabeth McMahan, Susan X. Day, Robert Funk, and Linda Coleman. The book is available to rent at the college bookstore.


The course requires students to write formal and expository essays totaling 16 to 24 pages, so most of our time will be spent writing at least a few essays and one longer research paper that fulfill this requirement. Some of the writing assignments, including the research paper, require the use of material from sources and the proper citation and documentation of that material according to MLA standards. Other course work includes reading assignments from the textbook; exercises over punctuation, style, and other elements of writing; interactive discussions; and peer critiques of essay drafts. All assignments are submitted online, and there is no requirement for students to come to campus for any assignments.

Assignments are divided into units, and each unit covers course work for about a three-week period, but the research paper unit or units will be longer. Once a unit is posted, all assignments for about a three-week period will be available. Every assignment has a specified due date, and assignments must be submitted by the due dates. English Composition 2 Internet follows the same semester timetable as courses taught on campus.

Accessing the Course Material

All assignments are presented in the course Blackboard. The course also includes Web pages, most importantly the Writing Resources Web pages, which present information about writing that should be helpful as students complete assignments.

What is Expected of Students

There are no required meetings on campus and no specific times when students must work and interact online. Instead, students will have at least a few days to complete all assignments (more time for longer assignments). This feature of the course makes it especially convenient for students whose busy schedules prevent them from attending classes during regular times on campus. The class meets whenever and wherever you sit down in front of a computer.

Because intense and ongoing interaction through the Internet replaces traditional classroom meetings, students should expect to interact frequently with the instructor and with other members of the class. In general, students must devote at least six to nine hours a week to completing course work and must check into the course Blackboard every few days. The time commitment that English Composition 2 Online requires of students is about the same as, or a little more than, the time commitment required of students taking the course on campus. Please do not misinterpret the flexibility and convenience of the course as an indication that this online version of the course is any "easier" than completing an English Composition 2 course on campus.

Students likely to succeed in the course tend to be highly responsible, self-motivated, and self-disciplined, the kind of students who have no problem devoting plenty of time to completing assignments and who use their time effectively, even when the instructor is not there to remind them of the due dates. Successful students also tend not to have had problems with writing courses in the past. Please think carefully about your own learning style before enrolling in the course.

There is no conventional attendance policy for this course, but students may be withdrawn from the course without warning if they do not complete assignments or enter the course Blackboard for an extended amount of time.

The Technology

You do not need extensive computer skills to complete the course work, but students enrolling in English Composition 2 Online should enter the course with basic computer skills, including the ability to use a web browser and a word-processing program. You do not need to purchase any software to complete this course. Any word processor is fine. The course is most convenient for students who have a home computer with Internet access, but college computers can also be used to complete assignments.

We use Blackboard frequently in this course. Links to Blackboard appear on the course home page and on IVCC's home page.

Getting Started

As soon as the semester begins, you should visit the course home page and log in to the course Blackboard. The first assignments are due shortly after the course begins, so it's important that you get started right away. Of course, please contact me as soon as possible if you have any problems getting started.

The Instructor

My name is Randy Rambo. Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information about the course. My telephone number is 815-224-0338, and my e-mail address is randy_rambo@ivcc.edu.

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