ENG 112: College Composition II, 3 Credits

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENG 111

Michele A. Marits, Assistant Professor of English/Humanities, mmarits@email.vccs.edu 757.822.7050

Faculty Home Page: http://faculty.tcc.edu/MMarits/index.htm

Course Description: English 112 continues to develop college writing with increased emphasis on critical essays, argumentation, and research, developing these competencies through the examination of a range of texts about the human experience. Requires students to locate, evaluate, integrate, and document sources and effectively edit for style and usage.

This course is an online, synchronous course; students may access the course from any location (including home) where Internet access is available. Therefore, reliable Internet/computer access is a requirement of this course. All official correspondence will be conducted using TCC Gmail email accounts. Students are required to adhere to posted due dates.

Since the prerequisite for English 112 is the successful completion of English 111, students should have acquired the following writing, revision, and documentation skills: knowledge of the writing process for multi-paragraph essays to include drafting, composing, revising, and editing; the ability to recognize and avoid incorrect and ineffective usage and sentence construction and errors in grammar, mechanics, and spelling; an awareness of intended audience and the ability to address it purposefully and effectively; and the ability to locate, evaluate, and utilize valid scholarly sources to support writing assignments, and document sources using MLA style.

Canvas Conferences: Students can schedule conferences in Canvas with the instructor at mutually-agreed dates/times. 

Phone Conferences: Students can schedule phone conferences with the instructor at mutually-agreed dates/times. 

Onsite Conferences: Students can schedule onsite meetings with the instructor at mutually-agreed dates/times. These conferences will be held at the Virginia Beach Campus, Kempsville Building, in Room D-118. 

Required Text

MindTap is recommended but optional for this course. If you purchase it, you will access it through Canvas. The publisher allows a trial period if you want to review it before making a decision. This text provides information on argument rhetoric and readings on four of the required topic areas for your individual and collaborative multimodal presentations. Check your bookstore for options and pricing comparisons to make the best purchase decision for you, including buying MindTap on its own or via a Cengage Unlimited subscription if you have other classes that require a Cengage text

(see below).

Textbook ISBNs for this class (choose one):

Printed/loose-leaf version with MindTap (with the ebook) Mauk/Metz - Bundle: Inventing Arguments, Brief, Loose-Leaf Version, 4th + 2016 MLA Update Card + MindTap English, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card: 9781337375719


MindTap Only (with the ebook) Mauk/Metz - MindTap English, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card for Mauk/Metz's Inventing Arguments, 4th: 9781305115019

Cengage Student Login: https://www.cengage.com/c/inventing-arguments-4e-mauk/9781337280860?searchIsbn=9781305115002

Students have multiple purchasing options, depending on whether they want to purchase it through their bookstore or the publisher.

Barnes & Nobles Bookstore: https://tcc.bncollege.com/

Buying Books with Financial Aid: https://www.tcc.edu/paying-for-tcc/financial-aid/buy-books-financial-aid

Cengage Student Login: https://www.cengage.com/c/inventing-arguments-4e-mauk/9781337280860?searchIsbn=9781305115002

In addition to the required text, the instructor uses free, licensed Open Educational Resources (OER) for supplemental instructional materials.

Below are a few of the supplemental OER instructional materials used in this course section.

Writing Commons: http://writingcommons.org/open-text
Style for Students (free handbook): https://courses.candelalearning.com/styleforstudents/
Rhetoric and Composition--Wikibooks (free text): https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Rhetoric_and_Composition
Writing Commons (free text): http://writingcommons.org/open-text
University of Richmond: http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb.html
Purdue Online Writing Lab: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/625/01/
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant: http://www.powa.org/index.php/convince/arguing-in-context


College Attendance, Disability Concerns, and Writing Policies



Students are required to engage in all online activities and to complete all required assignments as detailed on the weekly schedule. If students are not present online for two weeks and have not contacted the instructor, they may be withdrawn from the course.


Disability Concerns


All students will be treated with respect to their individual needs. If you are receiving services related to a disability or medical condition or feel you might need services, please make an appointment to talk with me. Any information about your disability or medical condition we discuss is confidential and will not be shared with anyone. For additional assistance, please contact your disability services counselor or the District Coordinator at 757.822.1213 and/or visit the web site at http://www.tcc.edu/students/specialized/disabilityservices/index.htm.



Plagiarism is the accidental or intentional misrepresentation of the words or ideas of another as one's own and includes uncredited as well as improperly credited use of an author's words or ideas. Plagiarism may result in the student's failure.

Students are responsible for being aware of the policies, procedures, and student responsibilities contained within the current edition of the Tidewater Community College Student Handbook.

Course Objectives

Students will learn how to do the following:

  • Strengthen understanding of rhetorical situations and persuasive discourse;
  • Develop and refine writing skills throughout all stages of the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and reflecting);
  • Formulate adequate theses to express reasoned, well-developed judgments on meaningful topics;
  • Abstract, summarize, and synthesize information from a variety of disciplines and across a range of differing positions demonstrating global awareness;
  • Apply methods of academic research, using a variety of investigative techniques, including personal, primary, and secondary print, electronic, and real-life sources;
  • Effectively incorporate information from source material and properly document sources into their own written works;
  • Apply the conventions of appropriate academic formatting, style, and mechanics;
  • Compose a variety of graded and un-graded assignments and will produce at least 5,000 words of finished, graded text;
  • Write one or more documented argument papers.

Course Content

Rhetorical Strategies

Analyzing and evaluating arguments
The rhetorical situation: writer, subject, purpose, audience, tone
Rhetorical appeals: logos, ethos, and pathos
The Toulmin Method: claims, warrants, and reasons
Rogerian Argument: negotiation and mediation

Research processes

Locating print and electronic source material
Conducting observations, interviews, and surveys
Analyzing and evaluating sources and evidence
Synthesizing sources: summary, paraphrase, and quotation
Documenting and incorporating sources

Writing processes: Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Editing, and Reflecting

Description of Assignments/Grades

  • Letter to Group Members (1), 5 points
  • Rhetorical Analysis Essay (1): TEDTALK, 15 points
  • Individual Writing Presentation (1), 15 points & Group Activities (4), 20 points= 35 points
  • Library Research Assignment, 5 points
  • Collaborative Writing Presentation (1), 15 points for written text 5 points for original design and platform, for a total of 20 points & Journal Entries (3), 15 points= 35 points
  • Self and Peer Assessment (1), 5 points

Extra Credit, 5 points total, 3 points for one of the extra credit assignments and 2 points for the three Atomic Learning videos (one points each).

Total Possible Points: 105

Grading Scale: 93-100 points=A; 80-92=B; 70-79=C; 60-69=D; 59 and below=F


Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional use of another personís ideas without proper documentation. Plagiarized assignments may result in a studentís failure. Documentation is required on papers turned in that are not original. MLA or APA Documentation Styles is acceptable. The Individual and Collaborative Writing Presentations, will be uploaded to SafeAssign, a plagiarism checker.