Writing Skills

WRIT 0301

  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

A course offered in a laboratory setting designed to identify deficiencies and improve writing skills. Will not meet graduation requirements. (3-3-0).

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer literacy

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
  • Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.
  • Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Communication (composition, speech, modern language)

  • To understand and demonstrate writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation.
  • To understand the importance of specifying audience and purpose and to select appropriate communications choices.
  • To understand and appropriately apply modes of expression, i.e. descriptive, expositive, narrative, scientific, and self-expressive, in written, visual, and oral communication.
  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • To understand and apply basic principles of proficiency in the development of exposition and argument.
  • To develop the ability to research and write a documented paper and/or to give an oral presentation.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

Course Objectives

  • To compose a variety of texts that demonstrate clear focus.*
  • To compose texts that are logically developed.*
  • To develop well organized paragraphs that cohesively sit in a body of text written to an appropriate audience.*
  • To use appropriate language, structure, syntax, and format to accomplish the author’s purpose.*
  • To use correct editing marks and procedures to increase alignment between concept and application of text.

(* Denotes alignment with College Readiness Standards.)


Performances and Learning Objectives

After studying the material presented in labs, the student should be able to complete all learning and performance objectives with an average of 70% competency in all assignments, tests, and assessments.

  • Determine effective approaches, forms, and theoretical techniques that demonstrate understanding of the writer’s purpose and audience.*
  • Generate ideas and gather information relevant to the topic and purpose, keeping careful records of outside resources.*
  • Evaluate relevance, quality, sufficiency, and depth of preliminary ideas and information, organize material generated, and formulate thesis.*
  • Recognize the importance of revision as the key to effective writing.*
  • Edit writing for proper voice, tense, and syntax, assuring that it conforms to standard English, when appropriate.*


(* Denotes alignment with College Readiness Standards.)

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

Disability Considerations (ADA and 504)

As mandated by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and rights protected under ADA, students with disabilities may not be discriminated against and are afforded equal access to services offered by the College.  If you have a disability, you are not required to disclose the disability to your professor; however, if you wish to gain services or modifications, you must see Student Services and provide proper documentation.  As the Disability Support Service Coordinator, you can reach Teresa through e-mail at (903) 693-2034, by telephone at 903-693-1123, or in her office in the Miller Administration Building.

Withdrawing from a course

It is the responsibility of the student to withdraw or drop a course.  A student interested in doing so should consult the Academic Calendar to determine the last day to drop.  Be advised that according to legislation, students in the state of Texas will only be allowed to drop 6 courses over the course of their academic endeavors, so think carefully before withdrawing or dropping.  However, if you do not drop your course and you stop attending, you will likely receive a failing grade for the course.


Technical Skill Requirements

To be successful in this course, students should be able to:

  • Use a web browser
  • Access and use Canvas
  • Access and use Microsoft Office or appropriate equivalent word processor
  • Use e-mail for communication
  • Attach and send documents as e-mail attachments
  • Download and install appropriate plug-ins as determined by system needs.


Classroom Etiquette

Students are expected to be respectful of the beliefs of others.  This includes sensitivity to cultural, familial, language, and manifestations of dress indicative of a global community.  Further, students are expected to maintain standard classroom decorum which includes taking turns in speaking, not talking out, and not attacking other students or faculty either physically, verbally, or emotionally.  All language and comments should be appropriate for a community college classroom.

Methods of Evaluation

  • Assignments
  1. 2 @ 25 points apiece: 50 points
  • Attendance
  1. 25 points for the semester
  • Journal
  1. 25 points for the semester
  • Class Participation
  1. 50 points for the semester
  • Essays
  1. 3 @ 100 points apiece: 300 points
  • Exams
  1. 2 @ 25 points apiece: 50 points
  • Total: 500 points possible.

Semester average = (point total/500 points)*100%=Grade

A=90-100%    450-500 points                                     

B=80-89%       400-449.4 points                                  

C=70-79%      350-399.4 points                                

D=60-69%      300-349.4 points                                

F=below 59% less than 299.4 points

You will have two class days to make up any work that you missed.  For example, if you were absent on Monday then you have Wednesday and Friday to make up any work that was missed.  If you wait until after Friday, you will not be able to receive any credit for your missed assignment.  This includes tests.  I will not contact you about missed work; it is up to you to contact me.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

You must have a C or better to complete your TSI requirements or pass the WRITING Section of the Accuplacer. Students who pass this Section of the Accuplacer can choose to withdraw from the course immediately and receive either their current grade or a W or they may choose to finish the semester and receive the grade earned based on the grading schedule.

You must have a C or better to complete your TSI requirements!!!

Q GRADE: Students who fail to master the educational objectives of the course but complete the semester showing progress in the discipline will be assigned a Q grade.  This grade will prevent a student from receiving a grade of F.  To receive this grade a student:

  1. Must have no more than 5 absences to a MWF class or no more than 3 absences to a TR class.
  2. Must have no more than 5 unresolved tardy marks.
  3. Must have completed at least 90% of assigned work.
  4. Must not have violated the Academic Dishonesty policy published in each Developmental Education Syllabi.

If a student is awarded a “Q” they must repeat the same course the next long semester or retake and pass a TSI assessment before the next long semester begins.  The repeated class will receive the grade earned, but the “Q” from the previous semester will not be amended.  Students who are TSI deficient in two or more areas may not skip a semester if a grade of “Q” is attributed.

Receiving a “Q” can only occur once per developmental course.


Students are required to be in attendance every class day.  As a student you are allowed to have 5 absences in MWF classes, and 3 in MW and TR classes.  I will not differentiate between excused and unexcused absences: an absence is an absence.  The only absences that an institution considers “excused” are those absences necessitated by institutional constraints or obligations.  If you experience an emergency that necessitates a review of that policy, I am more than willing to consider, but it must be a legitimate emergency.

The student handbook’s policy on attendance states:

Regular and punctual attendance of classes and laboratories is required of all students.  When a student has been ill or absent from class for approved extracurricular activities, he or she should be allowed, as far as possible, to make up the work missed.  When an instructor feels that a student has been absent to such a degree as to invalidate the learning experience, the instructor may recommend to the Vice President of Instructional Affairs that the student should be withdrawn from the course.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated at any level.  Academic dishonesty is defined as the act of or an attempt to pass off someone else’s work as your own.  It also includes resubmitting work that you submitted in a previous course.  Likewise, sharing answers with others, or bringin in unapproved outside resources in an exam is considered a breach of academic honesty.  Additionally, the use of cell phones to send, receive, or retrieve any material related to assignments or assessments in the course during the class is also considered a breach.

Should a professor find a student in the act of being dishonest, the student will be subject to an automatic zero on the assignment.  Repeated attempts or acts of dishonesty may result in the dismissal from the course with a grade of F attributed.

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies


Bullock, Richard, et al. The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings and Handbook. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010.

Other Materials

  • Three-ring binder
  • One (1) single-subject spiral bound notebook
  • One (1) portable USB thumb drive (2GB minimum)
  • Canvas (provided by Panola College)
  • Computer access


Computer System Requirements

  • Web Browser
  1. Microsoft Internet Explorer, 6.0 or higher
  2. Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or higher
  3. Google Chrome 1.0 or higher
  4. Safari
  • Operating System
  1. MS Windows XP Professional
  2. MS Windows XP Home
  3. MS Windows Vista
  4. MS Windows 7 Home
  5. MS Windows 7 Professional
  6. Mac OS 9.2X or higher
  • Internet Connection
  1. 56k dialup minimum
  • Software
  1. MS Word 2007 or higher
  2. Corel WordPerfect (set to .doc or .docx file format)
  3. Cisco OpenOffice Word (set to .doc or .docx file format)