Developmental Composition I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 096

       Course Name: Developmental Composition I

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Placement test.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course prepares students for college writing. Content includes the writing process, sentence structure, paragraph organization, basic essay structure, grammar and mechanics.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Write paragraphs and brief essays based on personal experience and assigned course readings.
  2. Develop these essays using paragraphs with topic sentences and adequate supporting detail.
  3. Recognize and correct errors in subject-verb agreement, and correctly use simple and compound sentences, standard English diction and the conventions of punctuation.
  4. Use techniques of summary, paraphrase and direct quotation as needed in working with course readings.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of plagiarism and source documentation.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Grammar and Mechanics
    1. Spelling, homonyms
    2. Complete sentences
    3. Subject-verb agreement
    4. Sentence types: simple, compound
    5. Pronouns
    6. Punctuation
    7. Capitalization
    8. Standard English
  2. Paragraph and Essay
    1. Topic sentences
    2. Supporting details
    3. Narrative paragraphs
    4. Descriptive paragraphs
    5. Expository paragraphs
    6. Summary, paraphrase, quotation
    7. Short narrative descriptive essays based on personal experience
    8. Short expository essays, based on assigned readings
    9. WSAT review and practice

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of presentation will vary among instructors: some prefer traditional classroom procedures (lectures, discussion, class exercises); others prefer individualized one-to-one instruction in a modified lab setting.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading, weekly writing assignments and testing.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Suggested Texts: Check with the chair for current list.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Such measuring devices as writing samples, exercises, and tests, will be used according to the instructor's guidelines.
  2. Writing assignments will occur at least weekly.
  3. The assessment test determines the next level of student placement in composition courses.

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. Attendance policy
  2. For whatever information/procedures the instructor holds the student accountable.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.