Research and Composition

Research and Composition is the second in a series of two courses designed for a first-year college-level English writing program. Its purpose is to further develop students’ abilities to read and think critically by analyzing texts and evaluating sources, to research and evaluate evidence competently, to develop logical reasoning and persuasive argument skills, and to communicate ideas in appropriate written media and styles. It introduces students to academic writing, basic research, and the art of argumentation, as well as reinforcing concepts introduced in previous composition courses.


Course Information

Analyze a variety of scholarly and popular texts to show how content, organization, style, and tone are related to the author’s purpose, audience, and subject matter.

Bloom’s level 4

Use logical, emotional, and ethical appeals to construct formal, academic arguments.

Bloom’s level 3

Evaluate and select authoritative sources for college-level research.

Bloom’s level 3

Identify appropriate evidence from primary and secondary sources.

Bloom’s level 2

Distill, synthesize, and document evidence from primary and secondary sources.

Bloom’s level 5

Understand and apply the general conventions of MLA documentation.

Bloom’s level 3

Course Outline

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How Our Syllabus Stacks Up (Syllabus Equivalency)

Syllabi for equivalent courses from four other institutions were reviewed. The following table represents the coverage of rigor in terms of number of assessments and content in a TEL course as it relates to other similar courses.



4 Year Private University

2 Year Public College

4 Year Public Research University

 Lesson   Quizzes


 Scaffolded   Writing   Assignments


10 Journal Reflections

Weekly Online Discussions


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1 Grammar

1 Essay Exam


 Full Essay Assignments

554 (Requiring Multiple Drafts/Revisions)3 Essays (Draft and Revision)


One of the Five is a Research Essay Requiring MLA Formatting and Supporting Evidence

One of the Five is a Research Essay

1 Presentation

One of the Four is a Research Essay Requiring MLA Formatting and Supporting EvidenceSmall Writing Assignment

Lesson Features

Each of our lessons is designed as self-contained learning environment that provides all the context, explanation, and resources you need to learn about a specific topic. We give you the information you need in a format that helps you apply it in your daily life.


Knowing why a topic matters and how it applies to your experience is an important part of learning anything. That’s why we make sure you have the proper context for the information we give you.

Video Overview

Every TEL Library lesson features a video overview of the information being presented. Our videos provide helpful text callouts and a downloadable transcript.


We provide two different readings that elaborate information related to the lesson topic. The first gives you essential, objective information while the second offers a deeper look at a specific sub-topic or a view of different perspectives.

Check Your Knowledge

Developing a clear understanding of a topic generally requires that you spend time reflecting on the meaning or impact of its concepts and information. We facilitate this reflection with polls designed to help you create connections to the topic.



It’s easy to get tripped up on unfamiliar terms when you’re trying to learn something new. We’ve developed in-line glossary definitions of key terms to help make lessons easier to read and understand.

Toolbox Resources

We know that our lessons are simply a starting point for many learners. That’s why we provide a toolbox with related web resources for each lesson so that you can continue your learning journey on a specific topic.



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