Syllabus, ENG 112: College Composition II, Summer 2018

Rick Dollieslager, Asst. Professor of English

Mon & Weds Office Hours 1:00-2:00 and 6:00-7:00 room 233
Tues & Thurs Office Hours 11:00-2:00
Office Phone: 757-258-6506
Office: 207Q

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I. Materials

II. e-Book & Software

"Textbook" and Handbook : 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. 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. Eng. 112 Course Description

Prerequisite(s): Students must successfully complete ENG 111 or its equivalent, and must be able to use word processing software and internet/electronic technologies.

English 112 continues to develop college writing with increased emphasis on critical thinking, reading, analysis, writing, argumentation, and research, while developing these competencies through the examination of a range of texts (to include multimedia and web) about the human experience.  Requires students to locate, evaluate, integrate, and document sources and effectively edit for style and usage producing longer and more complex compositions. Lecture 3 hours per week.

VI. Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester students should be able to:

V. Writing and Communication Skills

Participants should possess a firm command of written communication skills, including the mechanics of writing and grammar, the ability to organize thoughts, and the ability to demonstrate those skills in all written work.

VI. Instructional Approach

Communication (student-to-student and student-to-instructor) is critical for success. Since class discussions and participation are graded aspects of this course, I expect us to have vigorous and in-depth discussions of the reading and writing assignments, and you are expected to ask questions when you do not understand a reading or homework assignment.

VII. Course Policies

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

You must prepare for, attend, and participate in all scheduled class sessions and meetings. In-class work cannot be made up. English Department policy stipulates that I should fill out a drop form for any student who has missed 20% of the scheduled classes; that is approximately three of our sixteen 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 four 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. You can't learn if you are not present. Two tardies to class or two early departures from class equal one absence. This is college and we are adults, so there are NO "excused" absences. That is high school stuff. You are either here to learn and participate, or you are not.

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.

Respect: We will discuss controversial issues. 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 themelves 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 22-23 in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.

Cell Phone Policy:

Time Commitment: By TNCC policy faculty are expected to to assign no more than 2 to 3 hours of work in addition to instructional time for each credit hour you are enrolled in. Since we meet for appx. 5 hours per week you should expect to spend 10-15 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: Assignments in this course will fall into the following categories: readings, quizzes, group work, essays, and in-class discussions. I will do my best to grade all assignments within seven days. 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 by the next class after 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 projects such as the longer research paper or 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 seven of the term. I can't accept late work at that time and get final projects graded.

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:


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, SUCCEED!


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).

XII. Summer 2018 Important Dates,

Last Day to Add/Change Classes:  Wednesday, June 6
Last Day to Drop for a Refund: Tuesday, June 12
Last Day to Drop with a Grade of “W”: Friday, July 6
Classes End: Saturday, July 21
Exam (for this class): Tuesday July 24
Grades Due (by noon): Friday, August 3
Grades Posted (Evening): Friday, August 3

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