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ENGL-101 - English Composition - Jim Keller

Course:English Composition
Professor:Jim Keller
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


English 101 will teach you how to write college-level essays, an essential skill for your success. The course is challenging, but structured so that students who are doing all the work almost always succeed. It is, however, a four-unit course, which means it requires more time than a lot of other courses do.

Course Description

We will be studying college writing as both readers and writers. We will be reading a number of different sources on different topics, doing library research, and then composing papers on the various issues that the sources touch on. There is a lot of diversity in the material we look at, and I encourage different perspectives on the material. That means the class tends to be diverse, and most students find they are challenged to think differently by both me and their peers. 

What to Expect in this Course

This is a 4-unit class, which means that an average student over the course of a full-length semester is expected to dedicate 12 hours a week to the class.  

The class is taught entirely in Canvas, so you will need a computer with reliable internet access, a word processor, and the ability to read PDF and online texts.  "Lectures" are on video, so you will need the ability to screen videos to get that material. I primarily use the Canvas messaging system to communicate with students, but you should also have reliable and regular access to you Canyons e-mail.

The class is asynchronous, which means that it does not meet at specific times on specific dates, but it is not truly self-paced. There are due dates which you must meet. You will still be working with your peers, so you need to be logging in regularly to interact with them. However, you have the flexibility to do the work on a schedule that works with your schedule.

Types of Assessments

The course is weighted so that written assignments comprise the bulk of the final grade, but there are also two exams, several quizzes, and a number of low-stakes developmental assignments. 

Textbook Information

This is a ZTC / OER course.  All textbooks will be distributed via the class Canvas shell.

Other Relevant Course Information

As an online class, be sure to log in to the Canvas shell by the end of the first day of the semester and at least once a week thereafter. Students who do not "attend" classes by participating in the Canvas shell can be dropped the same way students who do not attend in-person classes can be.

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)

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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

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: 05/09/2022 Sub#: 1345