Welcome Letter: English 201A: Composition: CRN: 32373

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English 201A, Composition: Critical Thinking

----January 22nd to March 22nd----


Welcome potential students! My name is Matthew Fleming, and I look forward to working with you this semester. This course is a major commitment, as a 4-unit course should be; however, if you are willing to put in the time and effort, it will also be very interesting, creative, dynamic, and, dare I say. . . educational.

----Matthew Fleming


What you should know

  • This course is 9 weeks of condensed and intensive study
  • We have no face-to-face meetings
  • You must participate in this course on an almost every-other-day basis
  • You must write a minimum of 400 words a week in online forums
  • You will have homework assignments and readings due once a week.
  • You will write a series of essays including drafts and peer reviews on turnitin.com and Canvas
  • You will be dropped if you fail to log in for more than 7 days and/or if your postings-to-forum or postings-to-homework percentage falls below 50%.



Instructor:    Matthew Fleming

Email:            mfleming@cuesta.edu

Phone:            546 3100 ext.2743

Office Hours: TBA


Course Description: The Cuesta College catalog and schedule descriptions of English 201A define it as a course that provides a study of and practice in the use of language and writing of argumentative/analytical essays and research papers--acceptable for credit at UC, CSU.
 Prerequisites: Verification of eligibility for 201A.



Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Write a fair and persuasive argument that takes a clear position while    incorporating differing viewpoints.
  2. Write an essay that is effectively and clearly organized.
  3. Find necessary information, assess its value, and use it in a research paper.
  4. Integrate and document sources correctly, clearly, and ethically.
  5. Write clear, grammatical sentences with few errors.


Required Text:   Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Required Regular and Effective Contact:

This course requires regular and effective contact among all students and the instructor for the full 9 weeks of the course. We will achieve this in a variety of ways:

  • weekly class discussion and homework forums in Canvas,
  • weekly book homework and readings and submissions,
  • interactive online essay work-shopping through turnitin.com and Canvas
  • viewing of short video lectures and content
  • writing of a series of essays using turnitin.com



Tech Support for Canvas, Cuesta’s LMS:

http://www.cuesta.edu/student/aboutacad/distance/technical_support.html Links to an external site.

Online Class Readiness Tools:

http://apps.3cmediasolutions.org/oei/ Links to an external site.

Disabled Student Services Program: If you have a disability and might need accommodations (support services) in this class, please contact Disabled Student Program & Services in Building 3300 as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the accommodations in a timely manner.

http://www.cuesta.edu/student/studentservices/dsps/index.html Links to an external site.

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