Chris Bishop

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Instructor Phone

(940) 498-6241


Course Description

Continuation of ENGL1301. Advanced techniques of expository and persuasive writing; critical thinking and textual analysis; essays and research methods. 48 lecture hours. 3 credit hours.


Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to sharpen students' ability to recognize and analyze argument whether it is written or visual. The main emphasis will be on improving students' ability to read critically, to think critically, and to express their opinions in writing about subjects that are at issue. The emphasis is on argument as it appears both in academic environments and in society. Since argument can be found everywhere, the material students learn in this course will be useful in all of their college classes, as well as on the job, at home, at school, and in a variety of other private and public spheres.


Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete ENGL1302 will be able to:

  1. 1) Read and write critically and analytically about the course readings;

  2. 2) Use Standard English and identify and avoid major grammatical and mechanical errors in sentences;

  3. 3) Write unified, developed, clear, and coherent essays; and,

  4. 4) Conduct scholarly research using print, electronic media,and Internet sources and integrate research findings into writings, scrupulously avoiding plagiarism and using MLA style of documentation.



Course Requirements


Successful completion of ENGL1301




  • Wood, Nancy V. Essentials of Argument. 3rd ed. New York: Prentice Hall, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-205-82702-2 


  • Aaron, Jane. The Little, Brown Compact Handbook with Exercises. 8th ed. New York: Pearson/Longman, 2012. ISBN: 0-205-21751-6 


  • A college dictionary of recent publication
  • To access an online dictionary, you can use the link to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in the Resources Tab. 


Additional Resources

Sample Syllabus (PDF)