School of Humanities and Cultural Studies

Prior Learning Assessment Submission - ENG 2100


The Department of English allows students to demonstrate proficiency by exam to earn credit for ENG 2100 Research and Argument. To demonstrate proficiency for ENG 2100, students must:

  • Start the PLA process by submitting the paperwork and payment, please consult the English department staff at [] or by calling 937-775-3136 to discuss the sample papers you will provide and the persuasive document you will be required to write.
  • Submit a portfolio of 2-3 papers from previous college courses that serves to demonstrate the learning outcomes for ENG 2100.
  • Submit a persuasive document explaining how the portfolio papers meet the learning outcomes from ENG 2100. Students should quote and paraphrase from the papers they uploaded for the portfolio as supporting evidence throughout the document.

The portfolio and examination are evaluated by faculty of the English Department’s Writing Program with the following basic standard in mind: “Does the writing in both the portfolio and the persuasive document demonstrate the major outcomes for the course ENG 2100?”


Prior to starting the portfolio submission and persuasive document, the following must be completed:

  • Fill out the Prior Learning Assessment Registration Form found here:
  • Submit to the English department by sending the form to or bringing it to our office in 470 Millett for the chair’s signature
  • The chair will review and sign the form and return it to you
  • Mail the completed and signed form with check to: Office of the Bursar, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435. If using a credit card email the form to or fax to 937-775-5775.


The fee for this Prior Learning Assessment is listed on the Prior Learning Assessment Registration Form (PDF)

Learning Outcomes

Assumption: Students begin course having met all ENG 1100 outcomes, which are expected for writing done in ENG 2100.

Academic Reading

(Not directly measurable; embedded in written products)

  • Choose and evaluate sources for Authority, Accuracy, Objectivity, Currency, & Relevance
  • Recognize authors’ underlying values and assumptions that inform the text


  • Develop facility with academic conventions introduced in 101
  • Present self-evaluation that identifies, demonstrates, and articulates learning and writing skills


  • Locate, evaluate, and use research material collected from various sources, including scholarly library databases, other official databases (e.g., federal government databases), and informal electronic networks and internet sources
  • Incorporate variety of sources
  • Use sources to support claims and develop thesis
  • Interpret evidence
  • Establish connections, references, and relationships between sources
  • Evaluate possible bias and entrenched loyalties of sources
  • Avoid quote stacking and throw-away quotes
  • Foreground writer’s argument without overreliance on sources
  • Document and cite correctly in MLA and APA format


  • Write an arguable thesis statement
  • Use reasonable tone that
    • establishes common ground
    • avoids personal attacks
  • Respect and grapple with the complexity of issues
  • Recognize emotional appeal and logical fallacies
  • Sustain progressive, focused, and logical argument that supports thesis
  • Acknowledge, accommodate, and refute counter arguments logically and ethically
  • Choose and engage target audience that includes skeptical readers
  • Avoid stereotyping and over-simplification
  • Use reliable and varied evidence to support claims

Facility with Language and Writing

  • Establish purpose and use precise language understandable for any academic reader
  • Avoid plagiarism
  • Observe sufficient mechanics, usage, grammar, and spelling (MUGS) conventions to preserve coherence and meaning of text and credibility of writer
  • Use electronic environments to draft, revise, edit, and share or publish texts
  • Produce texts whose meaning and purpose can be readily understood by a cold reader

Submit Your Portfolio

Before submitting, please review the learning outcomes for ENG 2100. These are the skills and abilities in academic writing and critical reading that we expect all students of ENG 2100 to demonstrate by end of the course.

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