Syllabus, ENG 111, Fall 2011
Computer-Mediated College Composition I
Rick Dollieslager, Asst. Professor of English
Office: Templin Hall 874 Phone: 825-3543
Optional paper handbook: Norton Field Guide to Writing
*Note: We will use Microsoft Word as our word processing system, and we will use other components of the Microsoft Office Suite as needed. You need not purchase these since they will be available on campus.
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.
Upon successful completion of the course, you should have a better understanding of your own writing process and should be able to apply the strategies of exposition and persuasion/argumentation appropriately in writing situations. You should be familiar with the basic form of the academic essay and other forms of written electronic and print communication, you should have an increased awareness of tailoring writing to the needs of the audience, you should have an understanding of how to use various print and electronic resources both for research and for publication of your own work, you should be able to analyze academic and professional readings to determine the main points and methods of development, and you should be able to edit your own writing to satisfactorily conform to the accepted practices of standard (American) English prose.
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 is no different. We will meet for approximately six hours per week, which means that you should plan to devote twelve to eighteen hours per week outside of class to complete the work, do the experiential research, and otherwise study the handbook sources and the assigned on-line readings. This class will require you to do on-line research of sample essays and reviews, and of resources for ascertaining entertainment events and venues in this area of Virginia. Additionally, you will be required to do experiential research, that is, you will participate in and observe, and then review or comment upon various entertainment events or attractions in this area of Virginia in the essays that you write. This course will not require a published reader or textbook. If you want a course which you think will take less study/homework time (you won't find one), or which takes a more traditional textbook/essay anthology approach, then drop this course immediately and try to find one more to your liking. If you stick with this course, you now know what is required.
Grading and Assignments
First, keep disk and/or 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. In order to receive full credit, all work will be submitted on time (by the posted or stated deadline). The grade for any late work, if accepted at all, will be substantially reduced.
We will use the Internet for some of 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, 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 webpage builder application that is new to me, so we will all learn to use it together. Likewise, off-campus access to the Internet will be convenient but not mandatory, as you will have access through the Academic Computing Lab, room 255 in Wythe Hall.
Course Rules for Success
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 Mr. D's classes and adopted by agreement.
Mr. D's rule: Turn off your cell phone!! If your cell phone goes off, first, I will answer it; second, you beg the forgiveness of your colleagues for disrupting their educations by bringing a dozen doughnuts or a pizza for your colleagues on a day designated by the instructor. Same goes for texting during class!
Project professional demeanor
Do not be the class clown
“Simmah down now!”
Raise our hands when we want to talk
Have a positive attitude; cheer up someone who is obviously not happy
Never interfere with someone else’s learning in the classroom by being noisy, disruptive, rude, or disrespectful
Mr. D’s responsibility: Maintain a brain-friendly, learning centered classroom environment in which all who are present benefit
Prepare yourself mentally and physically for a challenging and successful learning experience EVERYDAY
Contact your professor if you are going to miss class
Contact class colleagues for help knowing how to make up work after an absence
Show up on time, every time—give yourself time to find a parking spot or deal with traffic or catch a bus that arrives on time
Be prepared: do your homework every time
Ask questions, ask for help when needed
Take GOOD notes
Be well rested
Eat the right foods
Speak with confidence
Study 2 to 3 hours for every hour of class time
Tell Mr. D. if there is an error on the class page!
Organize: bring everything you need all the time
Network, develop a good support group, form good study groups
Use a planner to schedule time wisely
Use resources—on line, writing center, computing lab, library, student success seminars, professor’s office hours
Grow dendrites, dang it!!
Make sure web page is accurate and up to date
Make sure we understand the homework; demonstrate when needed
Be on time
Turn off your phone!!
Be strict to keep us on track
Be a coach
Ensure variety when we put groups together
Make sure we are GETTING it before you go on
Return graded work on time
Absences: English Department policy stipulates that I should fill out a drop form for any student who has missed over 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 more than three classes will be dropped. I have found that anyone can succeed who tries hard enough.
Cell Phones: Turn off your cell phone during class! There will be no cell phone use, including texting during classes. If a cell phone rings during class, the offending owner will apologize to the class for disrupting their education and will further beg forgiveness of his or her colleagues by providing a dozen doughnuts or a pizza on a day agreed upon by the majority of the members of the class. Do not take or make a text message during class. Further, if you use a cell phone during classw, it will be placed on the teachers desk and remain until I give it back. If you don't like the cell phone policies, drop this class now. There is nothing more important between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays than your Eng 111 class; otherwise, you would not have scheduled this class at this time.
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 inadvertent, plagiarism is a serious academic offense, and the consequences for intentional plagiarism are severe, as stipulated in the TNCC Student Handbook: "The action may involve a grade reduction for the work in question, the assignment of a failing grade for the course, and /or a recommendation for possible dismissal from the College." (p. 68)
Repeat 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 see Professor Richard Hurst in the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (Hastings Hall, room 323) to register for support services or accommodations covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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