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ENG 103 - Critical Read/Writ/Thinking - Ericka Kent

Course:Critical Read/Writ/Thinking
Professor:Ericka Kent
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 4 Week


English 103 examines the principles of critical thinking as applied to writing and reading arguments on complex issues. Focuses on close textual analysis, argumentative writing, and logical reasoning.

1. Evaluate the strength of written, visual, and multimedia arguments on a range of different issues and controversies.

2. Compose logical, well-reasoned arguments on selected topics such as popular culture, politics, social issues, and moral and ethical issues.

Course Description

Professor Kent’s English 103 course examines the relationship between media and society.  Students will examine texts in literature, television, film, art, and music through critical lenses to understand the social and cultural implications of these texts within society. Students will also self-evaluate the role and impact that media has in their lives.  This means that students will engage with media in unique social experiments that can be easily be done from home or for the daring, out in society.

What to Expect in this Course

Canvas will be your lifeline for this course, all assignments (big and small) will be

completed on canvas. Students will have bi-weekly projects and daily quizzes on

assigned readings and lecture materials.  Attendance is required in this course,

students will have daily in-class assignments.

Types of Assessments

What to expect:

-2 original essays (5-7 pages)

-Portfolio assignment 1 revised essay (6-8 pages) & self-reflection letter (1-2 pages)

-Weekly Projects (300-500 words)

-Weekly texts (readings, videos and/or films)

-Final exam—multiple choice and matching

Textbook Information

Signs of Life in the USA this text is available in the bookstore as well as online only the

 8th edition will be applicable. Students will also have online resources including:

TEDTalks, Prezis, and articles that will be posted on Canvas.  Students might want to

purchase Rules for Writers for correct MLA formatting of essays and assignments.

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: 10/21/2021 Sub#: 909