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English 101 - English Composition - Eric Seigo Barnhart

Course:English Composition
Professor:Eric Seigo Barnhart
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


My name is Eric Barnhart and I will be your guide/instructor for this 100% virtual immersion of English 101: English Composition.  I want to commend AND thank you for choosing to take the time to participate in this 12-week course.

Course Description

Catalog Description: 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.


Instructor Description: In this course, we will be introduced to and experiment with multiple genres of reading and writing at an “academic” level. For the sake of clarity, I am defining “academic” as a process in which we critically think, analyze, and respond to texts using methods appropriate for the purpose and audience. My goal in this class is to help each student build upon the personal foundations in which they compose and learn how to find their voice within different contexts and conventions of writing.

What to Expect in this Course

I want to begin by addressing a common misconception with online and/or short-term classes. While the virtual platform and the shorter schedule may suggest an easier workload, we will be covering the same amount of information as a traditional 16-week class. Before we dive into the material, you need to make sure that you can commit to:

  • Making time out of your schedule to dedicate to this class (totaling about 8 hours a week).
  • Checking Canvas ( and school email on a daily basis.
  • Keeping up with all readings and assignments. Each week will include reading articles (average of 20 pages), discussion posts, and writing assignments. 
  • Communicating with me (through Canvas or Email) if you encounter any issues or questions.
  • In order to succeed in any online course, you must have a reliable PC or Mac, access to your COC email address, Internet access with a reliable web browser (preferably Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome), a word processing program such as Microsoft Word, and have some basic computer skills including how to upload and access files for this class.

Types of Assessments

This course will use the following assignment types:

- Written discussion forums

- Written Assignments

- Academic essays (~5 pages on average)

- While there is the possibility of quizzes, these are not a normally planned assignment type I will be using the course. 

Textbook Information

You will not be required to purchase any books for this course. We will be using "textbook" readings from Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing. All readings will be made available through the English 115 Canvas page. 

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.


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Last updated: 09/11/2021 Sub#: 607