Syllabus, English 03, Spring 2006

Rick Dollieslager, Asst. Professor of English

Office: Templin Hall 874 Phone: 825-3543



Office Hours:

  • Mon. & Weds., Noon - 2:00 p.m.
  • Also, by arrangement.

Contacting me: Use email or stop past my office. Please do not call me on the phone and leave a message for me to call you back. You won't be there, and I won't play phone tag. If you need to talk to me and I'm not in, call back during my office hours.


  • A folder or binder with pockets to keep all handouts, printouts and assignments.
  • A 3.5" computer disk.
  • Textbook: There is no textbook. I'll explain in class.

Catalog Description: ENG 03 "Preparing for College Writing II" emphasizes strategies within the writing process to help students with specific writing situations. Develops techniques to improve clarity of writing and raise proficiency to the level necessary for entrance into particular curricula.

Prerequisites: ENG 01 "Preparing for College Writing I"

Instructional Methods: The course is conducted as a workshop. It will include full-class discussion of the assigned material, small-group discussion and exercises, peer evaluation, use of computer-assisted instruction, and individual student/instructor conferences. As this course is a workshop, expect to, and be prepared to, work in class at every scheduled meeting.

Assignments: First, save this syllabus and all other electronic handouts to your disks and keep all paper handouts and assignments that you receive or do this semester. You will find them useful, in that, throughout the semester, I will refer you to the handouts I have given you and to the assignments you have completed; and your papers will be revised for inclusion in your exit portfolio. Typically, I assign five or six essays, as time and our progress towards meeting the course objectives permit. In addition to the writing assignments, you will work editing lessons on the computer, consult on-line writing resources on the Internet, study interactive computer programs on the conventions of punctuation and grammar, read handouts and Internet assignments, take readings quizzes, and work exercises from the textbook. Due dates: The deadlines for papers will be posted on the class web site. I will not collect papers at their due dates, rather I will arrange to have a conference with you on the first draft of each paper. We will conference either during class or during my office hours or at another time, by arrangement. I will not collect your papers and take them with me at any point in this semester up until the final portfolios are to be turned in. Do not give me your papers, do not leave them in my mail box, do not slip them under my office door, and do not email them to me. We will go over your papers together, in conference.

Evaluation: Near the end of the semester, in the 14th week, you will submit a portfolio of your writings to be evaluated by a panel of readers from the English Department. The portfolio will comprise the final drafts of all of your papers, including the in-class essay, which you will write in week 14. The panel of readers will recommend your placement for the next semester. The recommendation will be to re-enroll in ENG 03 or to take English 111. Your portfolio won't be considered for evaluation at the end of the semester unless you have also successfully completed at least 80% of the assigned work on time (both in-class and outside-of-class work) including the Perfect Copy software lessons and the readings quizzes.

Attendance and conduct: Make a commitment to attend every class because infrequent or irregular attendance makes success in the course unlikely. Much of the work for the course will be conducted or due in class, so you'll have to be here in order to get credit for it. We will also have frequent individual conferences in class. If you have an emergency which prevents you from attending class, call me during my office hours. I'll make arrangements with you to keep you current if it is possible to do so. However, appointments with dentists, loan officers, counselors, academic advisors, phrenologists, cable and telephone technicians, etc. are not emergencies. Schedule such things at times which won't conflict with class. TNCC policy stipulates that I should fill out a drop form for any student who has missed 20% of the scheduled classes. I can't help you to achieve your goals if you aren't in class to work toward them. Anyone who misses nine M-W-F classes will be dropped. I have found that anyone can succeed who tries hard enough. "English 03: Computer-Mediated Writing" in room 916 is a workshop, not a social gathering. Anyone who disturbs me or the other learners in the classroom or otherwise disrupts the classroom environment will be told to leave. Socializing won't be permitted, nor will playing computer games be permitted.

Cell Phones: Somehow mankind has existed for thousands of centuries without the need for a cell phone. You will not need one in English 03 either. If a cell phone rings duing class, the offending owner will apologize to the class for disrputing their education and will further beg forgiveness of his or her colleagues by providing a dozen doughnuts on a designated day near the end of the semester.

Plagiarism: In accordance with provisions published in the TNCC Student Handbook, disciplinary action will result if plagiarized work is turned in. The TNCC Student Handbook describes plagiarism thus: "To steal and pass off as one's own the ideas or words of another; to use without crediting the source; to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source; to commit literary theft." Whether intentional or inadvertant, plagiarism is a serious academic offense, and the consequences for intentional plagiarism are severe, as stipulated in the TNCC Student Handbook: "Plagiarism at Thomas Nelson Community College will constitute a dismissable offense..."

Last date to withdraw with a refund: 2 September 2005

Final date to withdraw from the course: 28 October 2005

TNCC Retake policy: Enrollment in a course is limited to two times. If a student needs to enroll for a third and final time, he or she must submit a written petition to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (or her designee) for approval.

ADA Compliance: If you have any diagnosed physical or learning disabilities please go to meet with Professor Nancy Bailey in the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (Hastings Hall, room 323) to register for support services or accomodations covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


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