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ENGL-103 - Critical Reading, Writing, & Thinking - Dr. Samuel Otoo

Course:Critical Reading, Writing, & Thinking
Professor:Dr. Samuel Otoo
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


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Hi English 103 Scholars,

Greetings and welcome to English 103.

My name is Dr. Samuel Otoo, and I’ve been an English/ESL instructor at College of the Canyons since August, 1992. I'm glad you'll be sharing a learning environment with me this semester. This is a short-term 8-week course. All students have to log in on Monday to begin the course. If you have questions before the first day, please feel free to email me at

Here're a few things you've to pay attention to:

  1. Attendance is required. Your continuous online. presence will ensure your success in the class.
  2. Plan to attend the first class.
  3. Log in to the online class and respond to the first board post.
  4. Read the syllabus often.
  5. Make it your objective to be successful in this class!

Course Description

English 103 examines the principles of critical thinking as applied to writing and reading arguments on complex issues. Focuses on close textual analysis, argumentative/persuasive writing, and logical reasoning. Essay topics may include pop culture, politics, social issues, or moral/ethical issues.

What to Expect in this Course

Throughout this semester, you'll be required to:

  1. Read two required textbooks
  2. Do one individual presentation and one group presentation
  3. Research and write multi-paragraph essays (assignment prompt for each essay will be provided)
  4. Participate actively in discussion boards frequently
  5. Read assigned reading passages and write analytical responses to them

Types of Assessments

The following assignments will be used to determine the final grade:

  • Essays
  • Quizzes
  • Individual & Group Presentations
  • Group Discussions
  • Critical Analysis Responses
  • Final Exam

Textbook Information

Required Texts:

Asking the Right Questions by Neil Browne & Stuart Keeley (11th Edition). ISBN: 9780321907950

Mastering Logical Fallacies by Michael Withey. ISBN: 9781623157104

Other Relevant Course Information

To be successful in this 100% online course:

  • You need to obtain a computer with internet access:
    • I understand how functional smart phones are in enabling students to communicate effectively, but they’re not compatible with numerous types of activities on Canvas. It’s your responsibility to obtain the technical tool that will help you to be successful in the class. Sorry, I can't help you with technical issues.
  • All assignments must be submitted to me via Canvas.
  • Schedule time to log in frequently; in a fast-paced course, it's not helpful to fall behind.

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: 09/16/2021 Sub#: 653