Welcome to Composition II!

South University --- English 1200

A Warm Welcome!

Welcome to Composition II. In this course, you are going to enjoy developing your analytical and argumentation skills so that you can effectively accomplish your goals in writing. It is going to be fun to see how you can avoid falling prey to unethical arguments and faulty or manipulative logic as you use the tools of rhetorical analysis to uncover the truth of any persuasive claim made in writing or communication.

Course Description

Focusing on the construction of effective, researched written arguments, this course refines composition techniques, develops abstract thinking processes, and promotes critical thinking. By locating and evaluating sources and incorporating appropriately vetted academic sources into their work, students will create well-supported arguments within appropriately documented academic essays. A minimum grade of C is required to pass this course.


The purpose of this course is to hone your analytical skills and to develop your research and writing abilities. In terms of analysis, we want to be able to determine that the materials we are reading and relying on are indeed true and not designed to manipulate us.

We are all familiar with arguments that are designed to manipulate us in one way or another. All we have to do is to think about the reason why a young person with a new driver’s license is really nice to his or her parents who possess a car, especially as the weekend approaches. We know that the motivation of using the car on the weekend is a strong one and will influence any communications and interactions between young person and his or her parent or parents at that time.

In the same manner, underlying influences impact all communications to some degree, even those communications that we think are authoritative and truthful. In order to ascertain the reliability of materials we read, we need to analyze them for potential bias and manipulative intention. We begin that task in this course.

Writing Assignments

  1. We are going to compose two essays in this course. The first one—a Rhetorical Analysis—will be drafted in Week One and completed in Week Two. This essay will focus directly on the analysis of the underlying motivations of the author, the accuracy and logic of the information presented and the potential for manipulation through appeals to emotion within a selected article.

    2. In Week Three we will begin work on the final essay in the course—an essay incorporating library sources of information—which will be researched in Week Three, drafted in Week Four and revised and submitted for final grading in Week Five. This essay will rely on your credibility as an author, the quality of your research and logic as you present it in your writing, and the appropriate use of emotional appeals in the overall work. You will know how to argue effectively in this second essay because of the practice you had with analysis in the first essay.


I hope you enjoy the course and allow yourself to grow as a writer and thinker as we build a strong community of learners and strengthen our argumentative skills. Please know I am here to help you succeed.