Syllabus, ENG 111/ENF 3, Fall 2017

Rick Dollieslager, Asst. Professor of English

Mon & Weds Office Hours 10 AM – 12:30 Library Tutoring Zone
Tues & Thurs AM Office Hours 9:30-10:00, room 233
Tues & Thurs PM Office Hours 11:40 AM-12:30, room 233; 12:30 – 2:00, room 207A

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I. Materials

  • Two pocket folders: one to keep reading handouts and notes, the other for writing handouts as well as drafts and revised final copies of writings
  • Access to Google Drive, Drop Box or similar "cloud" storage for all of your course documents
  • Eng. 111/ENF 3 class resource page

II. e-Book & Software

  • ENF 1 & 2 Little Seagull Handbook & InQuizitive registration site: You will need an access code from the bookstore, or you will need to purchase the products with a credit card for $15.
  • Class code for Little Seagull/InQuizitive: 38165
  • Class code for Norton Write lessons bank:

*Note: We will use "OER's"--i.e., Open Educational Resources--in this class, which is to say free, available material on the Internet, so you will not need to purchase a textbook for this course aside form the electronic handboook and lessons described above. Microsoft Word is our primary word processing system. You need not purchase Word since it is available on campus, and you get a free download of the Microsoft Office products (including Word) provided to you by the college. We will also use Google documents and various Google applications, which are also provided without additional charge to all TNCC students through your MyTNCC login.

III. Catalog Description, English 111 & Student Learning Outcomes for ENF 3

Introduces students to critical thinking and the fundamentals of academic writing. Through the writing process, students refine topics; develop and support ideas; investigate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate resources; edit for effective style and usage; and determine appropriate approaches for a variety of contexts, audiences, and purposes. Writing activities will include exposition and argumentation with at least one researched essay.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory scores on the placement exam or satisfactory completion of prerequisite writing course.

IV. Instructional Methods

The course will be conducted in workshop fashion, requiring individual work at the computers, small group discussion and exercises, peer evaluation, and group or student/instructor conferences. There will be a few sessions which are predominantly lecture and discussion, but there will be a good deal of in-class writing and a number of Internet-based projects, so you should expect to and be prepared to work in class at every scheduled meeting.

For each college course that you enroll in, you should expect to spend two to three hours outside of class for every hour of seat time, in order to study and to complete your assignments. English 111/ENF 3 is no different. We will meet for approximately five hours per week, which means that you should plan to devote ten or more hours per week outside of class to complete the work, do the research, study the handbook sources and the assigned on-line readings and lessons. This class will require you to do on-line research. This course will not require a printed reader or textbook.

Absences: English Department 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. Attendnce means one is present for the entire class. Anyone who misses six twice-a-week classes will be dropped. There are no exceptions and no excuses will be accepted. I have found that anyone can succeed who tries hard enough.

Tardiness: It is important to be at class at the start so that you know what activities we will work on during class and so that you do not disrupt your colleagues by having to get caught up. If life intervenes, and you are going to be late, contact me via

V. Grading and Assignments

First, keep electronic and paper copy of all handouts and assignments that you receive or do this semester. That way, if there is any question of policy or of accuracy in recording a grade, you have copies of everything of importance. All graded work will be typed. In order to receive full credit, all work will be submitted on time (by the posted or stated deadline). Essays will total 6 points possible, the webfolio of revisioins will total 10 points, and various assignments of lesser magnitude (quizzes, critical thinking journals, tutorials, etc.) will total 2 points possible. The total points for the semester will be around 70.

We will use the Internet for our readings and research/analysis projects. All of the graded assignments will be worked on the computer and the papers will be submitted first as hard copy or through BlackBoard, then revised and edited to include in your web folio. You will publish your class papers on the Internet by developing an electronic portfolio as one of the major projects for the semester. We will use a Google or Wix webpage builder application for these "webfolios." Likewise, off-campus access to the Internet will be convenient but not mandatory, as you will have access in the library or Tutor Zone.

You are required to have ALL of your work with you at all times that the class meets. This is easily accomplished by using your two paper folders for handouts and printouts, and by storing all of your drafts and projects on your portable storage media and "in the cloud" through use of Google apps, DropBox, or another universally accessible mode of storage which you may prefer. "I finished it, but I forgot to bring it" is a completely unacceptable excuse. Nonetheless, I will accept late work, but no more than three times, with a deduction of one letter grade up to a week late, two letter grades up to two weeks late, but I won't accept work more than two weeks late. I cannot accept late work after week 13 of the semester. Period.

Final Grades: Graded projects will range from a minimum of 1 point to a maximum of 6 points, and the points accumulate. The final project will be a revision of your major assignments for inclusion in your electronic webfolio.

VI. Course Rules for Success

According to the policies of TNCC and the VCCS, as quoted from the Student Handbook, "Inappropriate classroom behavior impacts the learning process of students. The instructor is responsible for maintaining an environment conducive for student learning as an official College representative." To those ends we will use the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct as our guide to professional and collegial classroom deportment, as outlined in that document and below.

Students’ expectations of self and colleagues, collected in class, via email, and from hard copy submissions. These are the success rules developed by students in Prof. D's classes in previous semesters, updated every semester, and then adopted by consensus.

VII. Classroom Deportment
Sections VII-IX compiled in class by students and Prof. D

Prof. D’s responsibility: Maintain a brain-friendly, learning-centered classroom environment in which all who are present benefit

Prof. D's rule: Put away or turn off your cell phone!!
Show up on time
Always bring ALL necessary material, including electronic copy of all your work
Practice speaking "professionally" in class
Stay focused on class discussions, lectures, activities
Dress appropriately
Be respectful and well-mannered
Listen to others and allow others to speak
Listen closely and take notes
Use time wisely in class
Have all necessary material with you and know where and how to find it
Avoid/ignore distractions
Ask questions
Use good listening skills
Respect others' input
Maintain a positive attitude; smile
Exhibit willingness to learn
Encourage each other
Keep each other on track

VIII. Work Habits

  • Tell Prof. D. if there is an error on the class page!
  • Check email at least daily
  • Connect with colleagues outside of class for f-2-f or electronic study groups
  • Don't procrastinate
  • Maintain a regular study schedule
  • Practice critical reading
  • Practice & repetition = mastery
  • Maintain reliable associations, in class and outside of college
  • Set goals and achieve them; work hard
  • Responsibility
    - show up on time
    -prioritize work: important things first, hardest things first
  • Be open to ideas
  • Ask questions
  • Take good notes
  • Exchange contact information
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help
  • Use your resources
    - class page & handbook
    -Tutor Zone
  • Grow dendrites, dang it!!
IX. Students’ expectations of instructor
  • Make sure web page is accurate and up to date
  • Stay on topic
  • Give good directions and instructions
  • Be dedicated to students
  • Use good communication
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Keep a sense of humor
  • Be well rounded
  • Treat students fairly and with respect
  • Teach in a variety of ways
  • Help students one-on-one
  • Make learning fun
  • Challenge students

X. Important Dates and Announcements

Last date to withdraw with a refund: 9/7/17

Final date to withdraw from the course: 10/27/17

Finals "Week": 12/10/17-12/16/17

Grades Posted by noon on 12/19/17, accessible by that evening.

XI. Standing Policies

Plagiarism: In accordance with provisions published in the TNCC Student Handbook, disciplinary action will result if intentionally 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 inadvertent, 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 dismissible offense..."

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 Student Services, room 117B, to register for support services or accommodations covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


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