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ENGL-101 - English Composition - Christine Iskander

Course:English Composition
Professor:Christine Iskander
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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The goal of this course is to help students become better writers, ones who show a diligence to detail, who demonstrate critical thinking and writers who review and revise their own work consistently.  This English course, then, will expect much from the students who are enrolled in it.  During this term you might find yourself feeling over-worked or perhaps even a bit “stressed.”  Interestingly enough, however, these are positive signs, for they are strong indicators of seriousness and commitment, and you will need both of these virtues to be successful in this class and in college as a whole. Please be assured in that I am committed to everyone’s success.  It is my job to help you if you’re struggling; this is why I am here. 

This course and its reading materials assume a mature academic audience. Essays and fiction often have their fingers on the pulse of difficult issues and controversies, expect to have aspects of your belief system and values challenged. Respect for the instructor and peers in the heat of intellectual debate is expected at all times.

Course Description

English 101 builds critical reading and expository writing skills through the analysis and evaluation of college-level, non-fiction readings and the composition of well-organized, full-length essays, containing properly documented evidence.

What to Expect in this Course

By the end of this semester, students will be able to:

  • Analyze and critically evaluate college-level, non-fiction texts for argument, structure, and rhetorical strategies.
  • Compose persuasive, well-organized, grammatically correct full-length essays, synthesizing properly documented and relevant research and other evidence to develop and support a unified thesis.

Types of Assessments

For this class, you will have 3 essays with a possibility to re-write one essay. There will be one timed essay. There will be open note reading quizzes, and a final portfolio assignment.

Textbook Information

Title: "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants” by Malcolm Gladwell
ISBN: 978-0316204378

Title: "They Say / I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing | Edition: 3 ISBN: 9780393935844

There will also be several OER sources that will be posted onto the Canvas Shell

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:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

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.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 10/07/2021 Sub#: 760