Syllabus, ENG 111/ENF 3, Fall 2019

Rick Dollieslager, Asst. Professor of English

Office Hours: Mon. & Weds. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.-4 p. m.; Tues. & Thurs. 11 a.m-12:30 p.m. 
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I. Materials

II. e-Book & Software

*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 from the electronic handbook 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

Eng. 111/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 and Attendance

Read: "Did I Miss Anything?" a poem by Canadian professor and poet, Tom Wayman, and his explication of it.

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.

Homework/class preparation: 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. Attendance means one is present for the entire class. Anyone who misses six twice-a-week classes will be dropped. Anyone who does not stay for the entire class meeting will be counted as absent. There are no exceptions and no excuses will be accepted. I have found that anyone can succeed who tries hard enough. If you must miss class, it is your responsibility to contact your classmates and to check the class web page, Blackboard, and college email for your assignments. Missed in-class quizzes and other in-class assignments may NOT be made up.

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 50.

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 "in the cloud" through use of Google Drive and/or Google Docs. "I finished it, but I forgot to bring it" is a completely unacceptable excuse.

Assignments: Assignments in this course will fall into the following categories: readings, quizzes, group work, essays, and/or in class discussions. I will do my best to grade all assignments within seven days; however essays may take a bit longer to grade. Grades are found in the "My Grades" section of BBd. Assignments are designed to provide opportunities for you to explore the concepts presented in the readings, class discussions, mini-lectures and/or videos. I expect ALL work that you submit to be grammatically correct and to follow the conventions of college level writing. Each assignment MUST be double-spaced (unless otherwise noted), with your name and assignment title at the top left corner.

Late assignments: Your professors, me, included, are under no contractual nor moral obligation to accept any late work for any reason whatsoever. Some argue, in fact, that we are morally obligated to insist on timely work to instill self-discipline. While I expect work to be submitted on time, I also understand that life sometimes intervenes on our best intentions and our best plans: cars break down, we get sick, our children get sick, etc. As such, I will accept up to two late assignments with no reduction in grade and with no questions asked if (1) they are submitted within a week of the original due date, and (2) they are accompanied with an NQA (no questions asked) coupon. I will give everyone two NQA coupons. The graded projects will range from two points for minor quizzes, learning journals, various in-class activities, to six points for an essay, to 10 points for semester culminating project, the webfolio of revisions. You may use your two NQA coupons at any time you choose to, whether that is for a two-point or a six-point assignment. Because I have a mountain of grading to scale at the end of the semester, NQA coupons are null and void after week fourteen of the term. I can't accept late work at that time and get final projects graded.

Final Grades: Graded projects will range from a minimum of 2 points 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 (10 points).

VI. Other Course Policies

Respect: We will discuss a variety of topics in class. It is mandatory that we treat each and every person’s prerogative to express their thoughts and ideas with respect. You don’t have to agree with each other, but you do have to listen and respond respectfully to one another. Opinions themselves are not always worthy of respect; however, in our society a person's right to express them is protected. That protection extends to the classroom. Disrespectful comments will not be tolerated and are grounds for being removed from the class. Because this course is about communicating professionally, gratuitous foul language is not acceptable and the consequences for use of foul language for gratuitous reasons will be addressed as is stipulated in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Because foul language is, nevertheless, a part of our wider culture in this country, study of the nature of the use of foul language as it is sometimes used in context is both non-gratuitous and is germane to the content of a course in rhetoric and public discourse.

 Class Disruptions: Arriving late or leaving early disrupts class and is consequently disrespectful to your class colleagues. While I do realize that emergencies arrive, I expect you to keep class disruptions to a minimum. Excessive off-topic chatting and excessive socializing will not be permitted. We will meet and greet at the start of class, and then we will focus on class topics. The Student Handbook and Code of Conduct prohibits disruption of classes due to talking or excessive noise, among many other specific examples. I am required to address such classroom disruptions as those specified on pages 16-19 in Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.

Cell Phone Policy: Discussed and agreed to by consensus on Day Five of the semester following discussion of research on the impact of cell phone use in the classroom:

VII. Instructor Responsibilities

It is my responsibility to guide and support each student’s learning in this course. This means that I do my best to provide clear instructions for all assignments, to identify additional resources as necessary, and to provide rubrics and other criteria for evaluation of assignments. I am here to help you, so do not hesitate to ask me questions.

It is my responsibility as your instructor to:


VIII. Rules for Success

IX. Success Habits and Behaviors

I care about the future of my country. You ARE the future of this country. Meet me half way: CARE, WORK, SHOW UP, SUCCEED!


X. TNCC 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).

XI. Fall 2019 Important Dates

Last day to drop with a refund: Sept. 6
Last Day to Drop with a Grade of “W”: Oct. 25
Classes End: Dec. 7
Exams: Dec. 9-14; Exam Schedule.
Grades due (by noon): Dec. 16
Grades Posted (Evening): Dec. 16

The English Department is part of the Communications, Humanities, and Social Sciences division which may be contacted at or (757) 825-2799.

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