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Republic of the Philippines


Asingan, Pangasinan




Course Code:         English  102

Course Title:          Writing in the Discipline       

Credit:                    3 units

Time Frame:          3 hours per week/ 53 hours

Instructor:                Mr. Julius A. Sison






            A dynamic self-reliant and productivity-driven institution of higher learning recognized as a center of excellence in professional studies and technical training with distinctive competence and leadership in research and community service.




            The Pangasinan State University will provide better service in technical and professional training in the arts, sciences, humanities, and in the conduct of scientific research and technological studies and community services. (P.D. 1497)




            The college shall provide relevant and quality education in technological programs, entrepreneurship, and professional education; conduct appropriate basic and applied research; and undertake productive extension services to improve the quality of life of the people.




1.      To produce competent and globally competitive teachers as well as highly skilled technicians and entrepreneurs in small and medium scale business and industrial establishments.


2.       To provide opportunities for the poor and the disadvantaged to acquire quality education to make them productive and versatile citizens committed towards improving themselves, their family and the community.


3.       To promote efficiency and effectiveness of operations through a continuing program of human resources development and evaluation of programs, projects, and activities.




1.      Provide students with relevant and quality education in the field of professional education, technology, and entrepreneurship to insure their productive employment so as to improve their lives;


2.      Conduct periodic review of existing curricula with the end view of enriching and updating in the same order to keep abreast of modern technology;


3.       Design and develop relevant and responsive curricular programs that will meet the needs of a developing community; 


4.      Continuously upgrade the competencies of the faculty and personnel through closer supervision and well-planned faculty-staff development program;


5.       Democratize access of poor but deserving students to quality education through institutionally-funded and privately sponsored scholarship programs;


6.       Conduct educational, socio-economic and appropriate technological researches to improve instructional effectiveness, develop new technologies, and enhance current work processes thereby increasing productivity;


7.       Strengthen the extension services to enable the out-of-school youths, unemployed adults, potential entrepreneurs, and the women sector to acquire the necessary skills and attitudes for gainful employment in order to improve the quality of life in the countryside;


8.       Establish and maintain functional linkages with the public and private agencies/ institutions to bring about the cooperative and fruitful realization of the college’s programs, projects, and activities;


9.        Conduct periodic evaluation and review of the management system and processes in the college in order to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the overall operation of the institution; and


10. To produce graduates with the necessary skills desirable work habits and attitudes and acceptable interpersonal and critical skills that can help in the community, regional and national development and are to be globally competitive.


II.       Course DescriptioN:


                    This course is designed to develop basic research and writing skills of          

             students in their specific discipline.


III.      Course Objectives:

A.     General Objectives:

                               At the end of the course, each student should be able to:


1.      Define and explain the sentence and kinds of sentence;

2.      Identify and explain a topic sentence;

3.      write a good paragraph

4.      write a coherent research paper.

5.      utilize the interview/ survey as a tool in research; and

6.      learn and apply the principles of business correspondence.                             


                B.Specific Objectives:

                                 Specifically each students should be able to:


1.      Enumerate the kinds of sentence according to use and structure,

2.      Enumerate the ways of placing a topic sentence in the paragraph,

3.      explain and apply the ways of developing a paragraph.

4.      identify and discuss the steps involved in conducting an interview.

5.      identify and discuss the steps involved in preparing the library research paper,

6.      identify the steps involved in conducting a survey, and,

7.      Write a business letter.




IV.        Course Requirements:

1.      Regularity in attendance

2.      active participation in classroom discussions and group activities.

3.      Preparation and submission of paper works

4.      Pass written examinations ( quizzes, mid-term and final )

5.      Oral report.


V.       Course CONTENT:                                                              Time Frame


Course Orientation --------------------------------------------------    1 hr


        I- THE SENTENCE---------------------------------------------------    2hrs.

1.1 Meaning of Sentence

1.2 Classification of Sentence by:

1.2.1       purpose/ uses

1.2.2       syntax/ structure

1.2.3       form

1.2.4       completeness


         II- THE TOPIC SENTENCE----------------------------------------     3hrs.

                       II.1 Ways of placing the topic sentence

          III- THE PARAGRAPH---------------------------------------------       12 hrs.

                       III.1 Meaning of Paragraph

                       III.2 Essentials of a Paragraph

                             III.2.1 Unity

                             III.2.2 Coherence

                             III.2.3 Emphasis

                       III.3 Development of the Paragraph

                               III.3.1 ways in Developing a Paragraph

                       III.4 Methods of Developing a Paragraph

                               III.4.1 Development by definition

                               III.4.2 Development by enumeration of details

                               III.4.3 Development by Illustration

                               III.4.4 Development by comparison & contrast

                               III.4.5 Development by cause to effect

                               III.4.6 Development by classification

                               III.4.7 Development by familiar-to-unfamiliar

          IV- THE BUSINESS LETTER------------------------------------          7 hrs.

                        IV.1 Parts of a business letter

                        IV.2 Essentials  of good business letter

                        IV.3 Layout / Forms of business letter

                        IV.4 Types of business letter

                               IV.4.1 Letter  of Inquiry

                               IV.4.2 Letter of Information

                               IV.4.3 Letter of Acknowledgement/ Order

                               IV.4.4 Letter of Remittance

                               IV.4.5 Letter of  Complaint

                               IV.4.6 Letter of Requesting Credit

                               IV.4.7 Letter of Purchase

                               IV.4.8 Letter of Subscription

                          IV.5 Job application letter

            V – Utilizing the interview or the survey  as a

                   tool in research ------------------------------------------------         8 hrs.


V.1 Interview Report

                                  V.1.1 identify and discuss the steps involved

                                             in conducting an interview

                                   V.1.2 Select and identify the purpose of the interview;

                                   V.1.3 organize and articulate guide questions;

                                    V.1.4 conduct the interview , and

                                    V.1.5 incorporate the interview data into the research


                         V.2 Survey Report

                                      V.2.1 identify the steps involved in conducting

                                                 a survey ;

                                       V.2.2 identify an object for conducting a survey;

                                        V.2.3 construct a questionnaire based on the objectives;

                                         V.2.4 conduct a survey;

                                          V.2.5 integrate the results of the survey with  the

                                                    Research paper.

             VI- Writing Coherent Research Paper---------------------------------        10 hrs.

                            VI.1 identify steps involved  in preparing the library

                                    research paper ;

                             VI.2 Choosing an appropriate subject for the paper;

                              VI.3 Preparing bibliography for the paper

                              VI.4 reading purposefully and taking down notes

                                      correctly for the paper

                               VI.5 formulating  a thesis statement

                               VI.6 writing an outline based on the outline,

                                VI.7 writing at least two drafts of the paper based on

                                         the outline

                                 VI.8 showing intellectual honesty through proper

                                         acknowledgement of source ( library research paper )

                                         and the proper presentation of facts ( survey or

                                         interview data ).



1.            lecture/ Discussion

2.      reading reports

3.      library work

4.      writing exercises

5.      reading exercises



VII.     Instructional MEDIA/ Materials:

a.      Books

b.      Hand-outs

c.       Test questions

d.      Reading Materials


VIII.    Evaluation SCHEME:

Quizzes, Recitation and long tests-----------------------------40%

 Written reports , assignments and project -----------------  30%

 Mid-term and Final Exams. ----------------------------------    30%



IX.      ENRICHMENT Activities:

a.      Internet and Library Research

b.      Class Recitation

c.       Writing an Application letter

d.      Open Forum





1.      Alcantara, Rebecca D. and Josefina A. Cabanilla

                                                Effective Writing . Quezon City : Phoenix

                                                Press, Inc., 1998.

2.      Aguilar, Celedonio G. Speaking and Writing


3.      Tiempo, Edilberto K. and Edith L. Tiempo.

                                                 College Writing And Reading. Manila:

                                                 Rex Book Store, 1980.

4.      Baraceros, Esther L.  Business Correspondence.

              Manila: Rex Book Store , Inc., 2000.

5.      Bautista, Ma. Lourdes, Carl,Koch, .

              English For Specific Purposes: Arts

              & Sciences. Mandaluyong City:

               National Book Store, 1982.

6.      Fermin, Virginia A. , E.S.

               Developing Skills in Writing Academic

               Research and Business Correspondence.

              Valenzuela City: Mutya Publishing

               House, 1999.




Prepared by:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JULIUS A. SISON

                                                                                   Instructor I

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