ENGL 2113, Composition Skills, is designed to build skill in clear and forceful composition and in standard usage. Successful completion of this course, which fulfills MSU’s Writing Proficiency requirement, requires that students demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking and effective writing by passing a final test in usage and writing a satisfactory final essay graded by the same standards as the Examination.
Course Objectives include
Critical thinking about a timely issue or debatable topic
Knowledge of the conventions of a thesis-based essay
Proficient use of Standard Written American English.
Assignment % of Grade
8 quizzes 20
4 writing assignments 40
Final Grammar Test 20
Final Essay Exam 20
This class will use the following grading system for essays: A 90-100; B 80-89; C 70-79; D 60-69; F 0-60. The grade requirement for passing this course is a minimum of 60 on the Final Grammar Exam and a minimum of 70 on the Final Essay Exam.
You will be working through several revisions of each writing assignment including prewriting or brainstorming, outlining, drafting, and revising. Save all of your writing in a portfolio. When using a word processor, use double-spacing and a size 12 font and include in the upper left-hand corner your name, date, and name of the assignment. Additional pages must include your last name and page number in the upper right-hand corner. Some writing will done in class and some in the Computer Writing Lab. You will be instructed how to name files and submit work electronically.
Several in-class writings and weekly quizzes are required to complete this course. If you miss one of these sessions, you must contact the instructor before the following class to arrange to make up the work. Do NOT come to class unprepared following an absence! Quizzes must be made up before the scores are returned (usually the following class period).
Attendance is required and includes being prepared with the day’s assignments and participating in class discussions. Excessive absences (more than 3) will lower your grade.
NOTE: MSU policy states that "any student with credit for more than 90
semester hours who enrolls in and subsequently withdraws from or is withdrawn
from ENGL 2113 will not be allowed to enroll in any course except ENGL 2113
until the Writing Proficiency Requirement is met.