Developmental Composition II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 097

       Course Name: Developmental Composition II

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Placement test or successful completion (grade of “P”) of EGL 096

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course prepares students for college writing. Content includes the writing process, the structure of multi-paragraph essays, and review of sentence structure, paragraph organization, grammar, and mechanics.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Plan, draft, and revise short essays based on personal experience, observation, and assigned course readings, including summary, summary response, and persuasive essays.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of plagiarism and source documentation.
  3. Recognize and correct sentence fragments and run-on sentences, and correctly use simple, compound, and complex sentences, as well as the conventions of Standard English.
  4. Use techniques of summary, paraphrase and direct quotation as needed in writing about and using sources in assigned writing.
  5. Edit and proofread their own work in order to improve grammar, sentence structure, and ideas.

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

Sample sequence:

  1. Review of audience and purpose in planning writing
  2. Review of elements of the writing process
  3. Review of paragraph structure, transitions
  4. Review importance of focus or main idea in writing and revision
  5. Memoir or observation essays based on personal experience
  6. Techniques of analysis of main idea, structure in assigned writing
  7. Writing summary
  8. Using paraphrase, quotation
  9. Arguments, responses, and other types of expository writing based on assigned readings

Topics in grammar and mechanics, to be taught concurrently:

  1. Spelling, homonyms
  2. Subject-verb agreement
  3. Sentence types: simple, compound, complex
  4. Fragments
  5. Run-ons
  6. Pronoun agreement
  7. Pronoun reference
  8. Punctuation
  9. Capitalization
  10. Diction: wordiness, cliché
  11. Parallelism

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

Planning, drafting, and revising of several essays of varying length, for a minimum of 3000 words, not including drafts.  Reading and analysis of short texts, including models of the essays assigned.  Journal writing, peer review, quizzes and in-class writing assignments.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Check with the chairperson for current list.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. At least 50% of the grade will be based on the final drafts of out of class writing assignments. Ten percent of the grade will be based on attendance and participation. Forty percent of the grade will be based on in class assignments.
  2. Instructors will provide a rubric which explains how essays will be evaluated.
  3. Students must earn a grade of 70%, and submit a final portfolio of all formal papers to pass the course and move to EGL 101.

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.