1 Clarendon College SYLLABUS for ENGL 1301 English Composition and Rhetoric I Fall 2014 3 semester hours INSTRUCTOR: Melissa McCoy OFFICE: Room 110, Phone: 806-874-4830 (direct line). The best way to catch me is to E-mail me at [email protected] . OFFICE HOURS: MONDAY-FRIDAY 1:30 P.M. - 2:30 P.M., and MWF at 10:00 A.M. My schedule is posted on the Clarendon College website under Faculty/Directory/McCoy CALENDAR OF IMPORTANT DATES: Classes Begin Wednesday, August 27 Late Registration Begins Wednesday, August 27 Last Day to Register and/or Add/Drop Thursday, September 4 12th Class Day Friday, September 12 Thanksgiving Holidays Wed-Fri November 26 th -28 th Last Day to Drop with a "W" Thursday, November 20 th Commencement Thursday, December 4 th Final Exams Mon-Wed December 8 th -10 th Final grades due at 10:00 a.m. and dorms close Thursday, December 11 th GRADING PROCEDURE : The final grade in this course will be determined by the following: Tests (reading, grammar/punctuation, other) = 30% Major writing assignments=50% Daily assignments, including in-class writing, attendance, and class participation=20% The final semester grades will be figured as set in the current catalog: 90 to 100...A 80 to 89...B 70 to 79...C 60 to 69...D Below 60...F TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: It is my belief that students who take the responsibility for learning will learn the most. What you learn in this course will come primarily from these sources: textbook reading and quizzes, writing assignments, class discussions, and lectures. If you ever need extra help, I am only a phone call or an email message away. I am always willing
2 to help you, and asking for help is one way to take responsibility for your own learning. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis. COURSE VALUE : Ability to communicate across the curriculum; ability to interpret what is read and to accept or reject ideas projected from that reading; designed to fulfill the requirements of the core curriculum. REQUIRED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS: Textbook: Bullock, Richard, Maureen Daly Goggin, and Francine Weinberg. The Norton Field Guide to Writing, with Readings and Handbook . Second Edition. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc. 2010. The ISBN # is 978-0-393-93382-6 Students should go to one of the following Bookstore links: or Other material: On-campus students will need at least 10 scantrons for chapter or punctuation/grammar tests. Please have these before class begins! When there are quizzes, the instructor will not wait for students to run and get scantrons but will start the quiz when class starts. Students will also need to come to class with paper, pencils or pens, and a notebook for taking notes. NOTE: Students who do not come to class with the appropriate materials will be counted absent and will receive a zero for their daily participation grade! STUDENT REQUIREMENTS : Students are expected to come to class ON TIME and have the necessary materials for class. Being late disrupts the class and is just plain discourteous. Always have extra scantrons, pencils, papers, etc. so that you will be prepared for whatever activity we have that day. For more information on the penalties for failing to come to class prepared or being late to class, see CLASS POLICIES below. COURSE OBJECTIVES: As a result of this course, you should be able to meet the learning outcomes listed below. (You should expect to meet these outcomes only if you honor all course policies, attend classes regularly, complete all assigned work in good faith and on time, and meet all other course expectations of you as a student)
3 Core Objectives 1. Critical Thinking Skills: to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information (CR) 2. Communication Skills: to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication (COM) 3. Personal Responsibility: to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision making. (PR) 4. Teamwork: to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal (TW) Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes. (Assess CT, COM, PR, and TW through the proposal essay) 2. Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution. (Assess CT and COM through proposal essay) 3. Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose. (Assess CT and Com through proposal essay) 4. Read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts. (Asses CT through essay or in-class activity.) 5. Use Edited American English in academic essays (Assess CT and COM through essays and pre and post writing test grades) CLASS POLICIES ATTENDANCE, TARDIES, AND GRADING: Attendance in college courses is your choice. Because so much of what you will learn in this course is not found in the textbooks, however, it is very important that you attend all classes if you want to be successful. Therefore, a portion of your grade for this course is daily assignments, which includes a grade for attendance. In addition, there will often be daily grades, (including writing in class and possible quizzes) that cannot be made up if the student misses class. I repeat: i f you aren't in class to take the pop test with the rest of the class, you will rec eive a zero for that grade, even if you were late and came in to class after the pop test was over. If you are going to be gone on a school activity, you will have an excused absence but will still receive a zero for the daily grade you miss. These zeros cannot be made up, but I will drop the lowest three grades on daily work. I will drop the lowest test grade . You may also check with me before you leave and see if the assigned work can be received and turned in before you leave. Even if you are gone on a school-sponsored activity, it is still your responsibility to turn your work in on time. If you have a situation that might require you to be late on work, such as the death of a family member, you must communicate with me before the assignment is due so we can talk about
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