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Eng 103 - Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking - Naomi Tarle

Course:Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking
Professor:Naomi Tarle
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


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Hello scholars! My name is Naomi Tarle, and I will be your instructor for English 103. I am here to support you. Get ready to think critically!

Course Description

English 103 is a 3-unit course that examines the principles of critical thinking as applied to writing and reading arguments on complex issues. This class focuses on close textual analysis, argumentative/persuasive writing, and logical reasoning.

What to Expect in this Course

This course is 100% online and there are NO face-to-face meetings. The Canvas course site cannot be accessed until the first day of the semester. This course requires a great deal of discipline, organization, reading and participation 5-6 days a week. 

Remember, this is an 8 week course, and therefore the average amount of work is doubled in comparison to a 16 week term.

There is a great deal of challenging reading in this course, so please be aware that you may be asked to read anywhere from 40-100 pages a week IN ADDITION to viewing PowerPoints, handouts, videos and websites if applicable. 

There is also a great deal of writing in this course. There is a full length essay due approximately every 2 weeks. All assignments have word count requirements that must be met to be eligible for full credit.

Types of Assessments

Over the course of the class, you should expect to complete anywhere from 2-4 assignments (discussion board responses, activities, and quizzes) per week IN ADDITION to one 4 page essay, two 5 page essays, and one 6 page essay (4 essays total for the semester).

Textbook Information

From Critical Thinking to Argument, A Portable Guide

Sixth Edition 

By: Sylvan Barnet, Hugo Bedau, John O'Hara

ISBN: 978-1-319-19443-7

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 09/10/2021 Sub#: 606