English Composition

Course Details

This course is delivered by Westcott Courses in partnership with Brandman University

ENGU 103 - English Composition

Prerequisite: College Reading & Composition with a grade of C or better.

Course Description: Provides a study of and practice in the use of language and writing of argumentative, analytical essays and research papers. Emphasis is on college-level expository essay construction, communication, and research methods.

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Enrollment Schedule: Enroll any day of the year, and start that same day. Students have five months of access, plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. Students can finish the self-paced courses as soon as they are able. Most students finish the lower level courses in 4 - 8 weeks. The upper level math classes, such as Calculus and above, usually take students 3-4 months. (Note: The 30-day extension cannot take your total course time six months beyond the date of enrollment. At the end of the six months, we must post a grade with the university.)


5 months to complete

Single 30 day extension if needed

Estimated Cost


Payment Plan: First payment of $292.25 and a second payment 30 days later of $239.75.

Ways to Learn



3 academic credits

Lower Division, UG

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We partnered with with Westcott Courses to offer online remedial, general education and other courses that count towards degree completion.

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to

  • Analyze a variety of texts and their rhetorical structures, arguments and themes. Identify main ideas, types of evidence, organizational patterns, rhetorical strategies, and fact vs. opinion. Type of texts: critical, informative, argumentative, analytical and fictional.
  • Compose clear, well-developed, substantive argumentative and analytical essays, including a research paper.
  • Ethically apply rhetorical techniques. Avoiding plagiarism and deception: students must use proper documentation of ideas from others, use of strategies to make it difficult if not impossible for students to cheat. Ethical appeals: Logos, Ethos, Pathos Equitable consideration of ideas and information.
  • Demonstrate the writing process. Stages: reading, brainstorming, outlining, revising, editing.
  • Evaluate, analyze, and synthesize sources. Evaluate and analyze: reliability, credibility, and biases. Integrate sources: Integrate sources to support students' arguments.
  • Employ the rules and logic of the MLA style of documentation. MLA documentation: In-text citation (signal phrases, parenthetical citations, quotations, paraphrase, grammatical synthesis); work cited pages
  • Write grammatically correct and effective sentences. Style Punctuation, and grammar: syntax, punctuation, and clarity.

Course Topics:

  • Discussion/Review of reading strategies
  • Review of writing as a process
  • Analysis of various readings
  • Review strategies for integrating and synthesizing sources into students' own writing


  •  Review strategies for writing effective sentences
  • Review strategies for writing effective compositions
  • Develop/revise essays
  • Develop/revise an argumentative research paper

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These individual courses are available to anyone in the public who would like to enroll in a math or general education course. Unlike traditional colleges where one must enroll in a degree granting program, Westcott Courses offers individual courses where filling out a one page form makes the course immediately available. Westcott Courses is the teacher of the course and your official transcript with academic semester credits will come from one of our partner universities which are regionally accredited by WASC. Westcott Courses does not appear on the transcript; the transcript will show our courses the same way it would show a traditional class taken on the universities campus without being enrolled as a regular student. View transferring the credits.

Teachers for the Course

The classes are self-paced; however, a teacher is attached to each course who holds at least a master's degree in their field of study (or related). Most of our teachers are teachers who teach the exact same course on either a California State University or California Community college campus.

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