EDE 11: English Composition Readiness, 3 Credits

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

Provides academic support for successful completion of ENG 111. Students will identify and apply academic skills including critical reading, writing, thinking, and introductory research.

General Education Competencies Supported by this Course

  • Critical Thinking
    Critical thinking is the ability to use information, ideas and arguments from relevant perspectives to make sense of complex issues and solve problems. Degree graduates will create, evaluate, interpret, and combine information to reach well-reasoned conclusions or solutions.
  • Written Communication
    Written Communication is the ability to develop, convey, and exchange ideas in writing, as appropriate to a given context and audience. Degree graduates will express themselves effectively in a variety of written forms.

Prerequisites - None
Corequisites - ENG 111

Required Course Text

Connect Master for Composition, McGraw-Hill, ISBN #9781260376500, E-Book

Please purchase this textbook either from the McGraw-Hill publisher or from the TCC Barnes & Noble Bookstore. You will have a free trial period of 10 days. 

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to do the following:

  • Critical Processes: Identify and understand critical reading, thinking, writing, and introductory research
  • Apply critical processes in both EDE 11/ENG 111
  • Critical Reading: Implement Vocabulary
  • Identify Main vs supporting ideas
  • Make inferences 
  • Understand purpose and audience
  • Understand and use a variety of genres and media to address a range of audiences 
  • Identify academic discourse
  • Critical Writing and Conventions: Demonstrate Pre-writing strategies
  • Create an outline and display organization of thoughts
  • Draft correctly formatted papers
  • Develop knowledge of linguistic structures, including grammar, punctuation, and spelling, through practice in composing and revising and editing
  • Revise according to feedback from peers and others to improve development, organization, documentation, and clarity of writing
  • Reflect on assignments and writing: Produce and work on writing requirements for English 111
  • Critical Thinking: Problem solve
  • Summarize, paraphrase
  • Reflect through (evaluation/assessment)
  • Establish goals and manage time effectively
  • Define and support beliefs
  • Critical Research: Select and refine topics
  • Develop, organize, and support ideas
  • Investigate and evaluate resources
  • Incorporate appropriate resources into text
  • Demonstrate appropriate context, audience, and purpose
  • Properly format documents using MLA and APA
  • Practice applying citations into their own writings in support of English 111

Assignments & Grading

Introduction to Course Module = 5%

Critical Reading & Thinking Skills Module = 25%

Writing Strong Paragraphs Module = 50%

Grammar/Sentence Structure/Word Choice = 20%

Total = 100%

Grading Scale: 90-100 points=A; 80-89=B; 70-79=C; 60-69=D; 59 and below=F
Note: For an "A" final course grade, students must complete the four essays: Narration/Description, Causal Analysis, Argument Research, and Reflection. 

Late assignments are accepted with a penalty. For each day beyond the due date, Canvas will apply a late penalty of 10% to your graded score. The minimum score for any assignment is 0 points.
In the case of extenuating circumstances, alternative due dates can be agreed upon between you and your instructor as long as you have communicated with your instructor PRIOR to the due date.

Disclaimer: Points are different from percentage points since assignments are weighted. Canvas computes the percentage totals and the designated letter grade throughout the duration of the course and the cumulative percentage total and letter grade at the end of the course. For example, 91.67% cumulative total might still be a “B” final course grade

College Attendance, Educational Accessibility, and Plagiarism Policies


Attendance: This course is virtual (onsite); therefore, there are no on-campus meetings. 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.

Technology Access: Students need to have access to Canvas, the Internet, and TCC Gmail.

Educational Accessibility
Students who have documented, diagnosed disabilities, and who need special accommodations for tests, etc., are advised to see the Educational Accessibility Disabilities Services staff in Student Services so that the instructor may be notified of what accommodations are appropriate in each case. Requests for accommodations should be made to the designated campus Educational Accessibility counselor at least 45 days before classes begin. Documentation must be provided to support the need for accommodations.



Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional use of another person’s ideas without proper documentation. Plagiarized assignments may result in a student’s failure. Documentation is required on papers turned in that are not original. MLA Documentation Style is required. TCC uses Turnitin Similarity Report Checker. In addition, Turnitin added an AI Writing Detection Capability which will also show an overall percentage of the document that may have been AI-generated.