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ENGL-103 - Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking - Jennifer Hauss

Course:Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking
Professor:Jennifer Hauss
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Jennifer Hauss

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.

Congratulations on successfully completing English 101! My goal this semester is to create a challenging and supportive environment for you to continue developing your reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. 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 course examines the principles of critical thinking as applied to writing and reading arguments on complex issues. This class focuses on close textual analysis, argumentative writing, and logical reasoning. Essay topics may include pop culture, politics, social issues, or moral/ethical issues.

What to Expect in this Course

This course is 100% online and there are NO required face-to-face meetings or in-person video class sessions.

Therefore, in order to be successful, you will need to be focused, self-disciplined, and organized. 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 the 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 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 essays, midterm, and final. Online activities, exercises, and responses.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Textbook Title: Barnet, Sylvan, et al. Current Issues and Enduring Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking and Argument, with Readings, 12th edition. ISBN: 9781319507954

Please be sure to get the 12th edition of our textbook. I've provided the ISBN for the e-book. You may also choose the bound text (ISBN: 9781319198183) or a loose-leaf version (ISBN: 9781319281403).

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

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 12/08/2022 Sub#: 1076