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English 101 - English Composition - Dr. Leslie Burnett

Course:English Composition
Professor:Dr. Leslie Burnett
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


CSU/UC transfer English 101 emphasizes the principles and methods of expository writing, with reading and analysis of expository prose.  The course meets CSU/UC transfer requirements. This is a 4 unit course. 

Course Description

There will be 4 major units over the 16-week semester, divided up into 4-week segments, 3 of which will focus on thematic issues covered in the Reader (History and Culture; Government, Politics, and Social Justice; Business and Economics; The Novel

What to Expect in this Course

Students are expected to post to various discussion boards several times a week, with required responses to their classmates as well, within a very structured time frame.  A reliable computer and access to the Internet are essential for success in this course.  Preferably, students should do their work on a desktop or laptop computer rhather than a cell phone.

Types of Assessments

Online Discussion Boards (including prewriting and peer reviews), 4 Formal Written Essays, Quizzes, and a Reading Final Exam

Textbook Information

Gilbert H. Muller, The McGraw-Hill Reader. Updated 12th ed. with MLA Booklet (earlier editions are not acceptable)

Stephen Reid, The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers, 12th ed. (standard text only available as EBook Rental, no Lab companion required)

Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence (Norton Critical Edition preferred, but any publisher will suffice)

All texts are required and can be purchased through the COC Bookstore.

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: 05/31/2021 Sub#: 134