District Syllabus
Developmental Writing I

Credit Hours: 4
Contact Hours: 4
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: Placement at the college level or completion of the appropriate exit-level developmental course(s) with a grade of “C” or better
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description: Designed for students whose basic language skills need improvement, this course includes a review of basic grammar rules, sentence structure, punctuation, and capitalization. The writing component of the course focuses on effective paragraph construction.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Students enrolled in lecture sections must purchase the following:
    Biays and Wershoven. Along These Lines: Writing Sentences and Paragraphs (with MyWriting Lab)., 5th ed., Prentice Hall, 2012. ISBN: 9780205110209
  • Students enrolled in modularized sections must purchase the following:
    Biays & Wershoven. MyWritingLabPlus access code, 6th ed., Pearson Learning Solutions, 2012. ISBN: 9781256687436
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: None.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic grammar and punctuation 
and will write coherent sentences of varying structures. Students 
will organize and develop effective paragraphs.  
Course Learning Outcomes:
Students will demonstrate, on quizzes/tests and in written work, 
knowledge of standard grammar and mechanics.

1. Students will be able to

•	use prewriting, drafting, revision, and editing techniques.
•	select and narrow a topic that addresses the specific task.
•	demonstrate a basic awareness of purpose and audience.
•	sustain focus on a specific main idea for a single 
•	maintain coherence through the use of transitional devices  
         within a paragraph.
•	provide supporting details for main idea with relevant 
         explanations and examples, in a single paragraph.
•	create a logical progression of ideas or events.
•	choose appropriate words and phrases.
•	express ideas effectively.
•	use varied sentence structures.
•	use syntax appropriate to standard written English.
•	demonstrate a basic command of the conventions of standard 
         written English, including grammar, usage, and mechanics.
•	use complete sentences when writing.
•	use coordination effectively.
•	use subordination effectively.
•	recognize fragments.
•	recognize comma splices.
•	recognize fused sentences.
•	use standard verb forms.
•	maintain agreement between subjects and verbs.
•	use standard capitalization.
•	use correct pronouns.
•	recognize commonly confused words.
•	use end punctuation correctly.
•	use standard spelling.
•	use adjective and adverbs correctly.
•	use appropriate degree forms.

2.  Students will write a minimum of 5 - 7 paragraphs with 250-350 
Methods of Evaluation: Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the instructor, within the policies of the college and the department. Detailed explanations are included in the expanded Syllabus developed by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.