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Spring 2014 English 200: Reading and Composition I (3 units)

Section 4348       Class Begins January 21

Course Description

This course will fulfill the requirements of the first semester of freshman composition at the university level. All sections are both writing and reading intensive. Topics covered include thesis development and support, writing essays in various rhetorical modes, close reading, and completion of a thorough, properly cited research paper.   Transfer: CSU; UC.

Prerequisite: Must complete ENG 80 or BOT 170 with a minimum grade of C or qualification for ENG 200 through the assessment process.

  • Instructor: Kathlyne Adams
  • Email:
    After the class has started, please use ETUDES Private Messages for communication.
  • Textbook Information:
    The Contemporary Reader: 11th Edition by Gary Goshgarian.
    ISBN: 0-321-87189-8  Approximate cost: $75.00

    Rules for Writers: 7th edition, 2009 MLA Update
    by Diana Hacker
    ISBN: 0-312-64736-0  Approximate cost: $ 35.00

    Life of Pi
    by Yann Martel [see ISBN, but any edition is acceptable]
    ISBN: 978-0-15-603020-9  Approximate cost: $15.00
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 9 hours per week reading, working on research assignments, taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions.  This class is not self-paced.  Specific assignments and discussions are meant to be completed for the whole class at the same time.
  • Special Requirements: Log into ETUDES by the first day of class (1/21) and begin working on the first week’s assignment and discussion.
  • Assignments & Tests: Course content will consist of the following:
    -Class and Group Discussions
    -Textbook and Novel Reading and Analysis, Quizzes, Grammar Exercises
    -Journals, multiple entries
    -Essays (Narrative, Expository, Argumentative) (2-5 pages)
    -One Research paper, multiple parts (7-15 pages)
    -Midterm and Final Exams
    Assignments may vary as the course progresses based upon the needs of the class
  • Additional Comments: The entire course will be conducted online through the ETUDES course management system. Students are required to have Internet access, an active email account, the ability to use word processing, conduct Internet searches, attach files, send emails and private messages, and work independently.
  • New to ETUDES: Here is an Online Orientation (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that will show you the basics of how to use ETUDES. Here is a flash tutorial (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that demonstrates the log in protocol. Be sure to check System Requirements before getting started with ETUDES. You need to do this on each computer you use while taking a class through ETUDES.
  • ETUDES Course: You will log into the Etudes classroom with the log-in information provided below.

Log in to your course on the first day of the class. Here's how:
Go to the ETUDES portal at

Log-in ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
    Jose A. Garcia
    Student ID: 1021945
    Username = joga21945

Default Password: Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411

You will be prompted to create a "strong" password, if you are a returning student use the same password you previously created.