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ENGL-101 - English Composition - Jennifer Hauss

Course:English Composition
Professor:Jennifer Hauss
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Hello, my name is Jennifer Hauss. I received my Ph.D. in American Literature from The University of Rhode Island. Before coming to COC in 2000, I taught at Rhode Island College and owned a restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island. I now live in Ventura.

My goal this semester is to create a challenging and supportive environment for you to develop reading and writing skills that enable you to think new thoughts. And while we will be doing this 100% online, my hope is to help you find the time, the place, and the environment in which to focus on nurturing curiosity, creativity, and the habits of mind that define a richer, fuller engagement with the world, its challenges, and its beauty.

Course Description

This is a UC/CSU transferable course that builds critical reading and expository writing skills through the analysis and evaluation of college-level, texts and the composition of well-organized, full-length essays containing properly documented evidence. Units (4.00) apply to the associate degree. Course objectives include:

  • Analyze and critically evaluate college-level, texts for rhetorical and genre strategies
  • Compose persuasive, well-organized, grammatically correct essays, synthesizing properly documented and relevant evidence to develop and support a unified thesis

What to Expect in this Course

This course requires a substantial weekly time commitment; you will be reading and writing a lot!  I will post each week's work on Canvas in Modules. Each weekly module will detail the reading required, the assignments and activities to do, and other supplemental documents, videos, and PowerPoints you'll need to digest. Following and completing the multiple weekly deadlines and carefully reading everything I post will be crucial to success in the class. You should expect to spend approximately 9 -12 hours per week completing assignments and reading the material for class. I will hold Zoom office hours throughout the semester, and I encourage you to email me if you have questions or concerns. For these reasons, you will need regular and consistent access to a computer with word processing software, email, and a high-speed Internet connection.

Types of Assessments

4 multi-paragraph essays, online activities and exercises, reflection responses, a midterm and final exam.

Textbook Information

  1. They Say/ I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (5th Edition) online digital access, edited by Cathy Birkenstein and Gerald Graff. ISBN: 9780393538687
  2. The Rise: Creativity, The Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery by Sarah Lewis. paperback ISBN 9781451629248

There are many different versions of the They Say/ I Say text. Please be sure to purchase the 5th edition with digital access code. Part of our coursework will be the online resources included with this edition. We'll be doing Interactive Tutorials attached to each chapter and InQuizitives - adaptive, game-like activities to practice sentence editing.

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)

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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

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Last updated: 12/08/2022 Sub#: 616