Syllabus, Eng. 111 Spring 2019

Rick Dollieslager, Asst. Professor of English

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I. Materials

II. e-Books & Software

III. Purpose

ENG 111 College Composition I is a required writing course in many programs at Thomas Nelson, including all transfer programs. ENG 111 is a prerequisite for ENG 112: College Composition II. ENG 111 transfers to most public four-year institutions in Virginia, usually to fulfill a general education requirement in writing. Students intending to transfer should meet with advisors at Thomas Nelson and the transfer school and should check the transfer school’s transfer guide to see how this course will fit into their curricula.

IV. Catalog Description and VCCS Student Learning Outcomes

English 111 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..

V. 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 is no different. We will meet for approximately three hours per week for Eng. 111, which means that you should plan to devote six 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 instructor, your classmates and to check the class web page, Blackboard, Remind app, and college email for your assignments. Missed in-class quizzes and other in-class assignments may NOT be made up.

NQAs: I will, nonetheless, accept late work but no more than two projects will be accepted after due date, and they must be accompanied with a No Questions Asked (NQA) coupon. I will distribute two of these and you in Week Two, and you will be responsible for keeping them until needed. No late project will be accepted more than one week later than the original due date, and I cannot accept late work after week 14 of the semester begins. Period.

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 Remind app. Excessive tardies will be recorded as absences, with two tardies equaling one absence.

VI. Grading and Assignments

Grading: First, keep electronic 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. 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 posible, 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.

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" on Google Drive. "I finished it, but I forgot to bring it" is a completely unacceptable excuse.


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, 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 the Google Sites, Wix, WordPress or the webpage builder of your preference for this roject that I call the "Webfolio of Revisions." Likewise, off-campus access to the Internet will be convenient but not mandatory, as you will have access on campus in the classrom, in the library, and in the Tutor Zone tutoring center

Final Grades: The final project will be a revision of your major assignments for inclusion in your electronic webfolio. The grades acumlulate in points (from 2 to 6 for most projects) and should total approximately 70 points for the semester.

Keep electronic and/or paper copy of all handouts and assignments that you receive or do this semester. That way, you have copies of everything of importance. All final drafts of paragraph and essay assignments will be typed. In order to receive timely feedback for revision, all work will be submitted on time. If papers miss deadline for final drafts, they will not be included in the semester portfolio, which means the student cannot pass the class.

VII. 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 the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.

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

VIII. 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: (Let's tweak this part ogether before finalizing the syllabus.)


IX. Rules for Success

X. 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!


XI. 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).

XII. Spring 2019 Important Dates

Last Day to Add/Change Classes:  Friday, January 11
Last Day to Drop for a Refund: Thursday, January 24
Last Day to Drop with a Grade of “W”: Friday, March 22
Classes End: Monday, April 29
Exams: Tuesday-Monday, April 30-May 6
Grades Due (By Noon): Wednesday, May 8
Grades Posted (Evening): Wednesday, May 9

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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