English 1113: Composition I

Syllabus

§ Writing is never finished; it's only due. §


Instructor : LeAnn Reeves  Section : 1630
Office : NB 2031  Room : On-Line
Office Phone : 581-2926  Time : Arranged
Email : leannr@cameron.edu  Website : www.cameron.edu/~leannr
Office Hours : On-Line Semester : Fall 2001


 

Communication:

Any email sent to the instructor needs to include ENGL 1113 in the subject line. General
questions about the class should be posted to the Discussion Board and not emailed to the
instructor. If you cannot get a general question answered on the Discussion Board, then email.

Saving Work:

 It is VERY IMPORTANT to make sure and have back-up copies on disk of all work. Damaged disks,
 computer failure, etc. are not excuses for losing an assignment.

Late Work:

Workload:

Most of the assignments are listed below; however, there may be additional brief assignments given over the course of the class. These assignments will appear in the Announcements on Blackboard.  Students are required to complete all assignments (including readings, research, and writings) as scheduled.  A student cannot pass the class unless all essays are completed and turned in.
 

Class Discussions:

Due to the topics covered in English Composition I, the discussions on the discussion board may at times deal with sensitive material and subject matter. Please be aware of this and approach the discussions maturely and seriously.  Thoughtful and lively discussion is encouraged, but at no time may students insult or be belligerent to each other.

Withdrawal:

Contact the Admissions Office at (580)581-2289 or 1-888-454-7600.
 

Communication:

Any email sent to the instructor needs to include ENGL 1113 in the subject line. General questions about the class should be posted to the Discussion Board and not emailed to the instructor. If you cannot get a general question answered on the Discussion Board, then email. The instructor will not answer general questions via email that have not been posted on the discussion board first.

Class Discussions:

Due to the topics covered in English Composition I, the discussions on the discussion board may at times deal with sensitive material and subject matter. Please be aware of this and approach the discussions maturely and seriously.  Thoughtful and lively discussion is encouraged, but at no time may students insult or be belligerent to each other.  The Discussion Board is an extremely important part of this class, so your active involvement is necessary.  The instructor will moniter the discussion board and make entries as merited.

Workload:

Most of the assignments are covered in the Course Documents and Assignments folders; however, there may be additional brief assignments given over the course of the class. These assignments will appear in the Announcements on Blackboard.  Students are required to complete all assignments (including readings, research, and writings) as scheduled.  A student cannot pass the class unless all essays are completed and turned in.

Saving Work:

 It is VERY IMPORTANT to make sure and have back-up copies on disk of all work. Damaged disks, computer failure, etc. are not excuses for losing an assignment.

Late Work:

You have one freebie for computer software/hardware glitches over all assignments after the first two weeks of class.  Otherwise, the following policies apply.

Withdrawal:

Contact the Admissions Office at (580)581-2289 or 1-888-454-7600.

Course Description:

Composition I gives students regular practice in reading and interpreting college level texts and in writing expository essays of various patterns that synthesize,
incorporate, and document the use of those texts to develop proficiency in critical thinking.

Course Objectives:
 

Required Texts:

     Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell. Patterns for College Writing. 8th ed.
     Hodges, John C., et. al. Hodges' Harbrace Handbook. 14th ed.

Assignments:

All essay assignments are located in the Course Documents folder.  It is your responsibility to read each assignment as that unit begins and direct any questions concerning the assignment to me.

Paper Format/Citations:

All papers must be formatted according to MLA style which is outlined in the Hodges' Harbrace Handbook, Chapter 38 Sections e-f. All papers utilizing quotations and/or information from a source (this includes any quotes from the essays out of Patterns) must include a Works Cited page. If a paper fails to show sources cited within the text and/or supply the publication information on the Works Cited page, it will not be graded. The student will be given one day to supply the information which will result in a reduced final grade. Students who have unclear citations, etc. may be asked to turn in sources used.

Plagiarism:

Any intentional use of a source (direct quotes, paraphrases, ideas) without proper citation constitutes plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense because it is the theft of ideas and words, therefore undermining the entire purpose of educational research and writing.

Peer Review of Rough Drafts:

A Rough Draft must be completed by the Thursday before the Essay is due in order for you to exchange essays with another member of the class for peer review.  All Rough Drafts must be at least 75% of the length of the final assignment to receive credit.  You will also turn in the rough draft on that Thursday.

There must be evidence of thoughtful revision (not just editing) from the Rough Draft to the Final Draft. In other words, both drafts cannot be identical -- improvements, changes, re-written sections, etc. must be apparent or neither will be given a grade.

Revisions:

Students who receive any grade less than an A on an essay may choose to revise that essay one time, and it must be turned in one week from the day the graded essay was returned.
Papers marked with an R (for revision) mean that the paper merited a grade of  F.  Students are encouraged to revise these essays.  If the essay is not revised within one week, then the F will be assigned.
Revisions cannot consist of only editing changes.  There must be apparent rethinking, reorganizing, and/or restructuring of content.

Research Paper:

The research paper will consist of one Rough Draft (reviewed by classmate), one First Draft (reviewed by instructor), and one Final Draft (graded by instructor).  The Final Draft grade will be the final grade for the essay.
 
 

GRADING PERCENTAGES
Essay I: Descriptive Narrative............................ 5%
Essay II: Exemplification..................................... 10%
Essay III: Cause and Effect (Reasearch Paper)..... 15%
Essay IV: Comparison and Contrast..................... 10%
Essay V: Argumentation (Final Exam).................. 10%
Annotated Bibliography: ............................................................ 5%
GUMPS Test: ............................................................ 10%
Quizzes: ............................................................ 10%
Discussion Board: ............................................................ 15%
Peer Reviews: ............................................................ 10%

 
GRADING SCALE
A = 100-90
B = 89-80
C = 79-70
D = 69-60
F = 59 or below

Essays:

All Rough Drafts, Essays, and Revisions should be turned in via the DropBox.  Make sure that you SEND the file, not just ADD it.  You will be given only one freebie if you accidentally ADD your file instead of SENDing it to me.

The following entries are required in the DropBox SEND window.  Follow the instructions for each field.

Title:

Simply type in Essay 1, Revision Essay 1, Rough Draft Essay 1, etc. in this field

File Names:

The files that you send via DropBox should be named according to the following patterns. Simply name your files in this way when you begin writing the essay, and you won't have to change when you send them.

Rough Drafts:    RDEss1ab

Final Drafts:    FDEss1ab

Research Paper Rough Draft:    RPRDab

Research Paper First Draft:    RP1ab

Research Paper Final Draft:    RP2ab

Revisions:    RVEss1ab

The "ab" position is for your initals.

Comment:

No comment is necessary unless you need to communicate something to me in reference to the file.