Syllabus, ENG 112: College Composition II, Spring 2019

Rick Dollieslager, Asst. Professor of English

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I. Materials

II. 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.

III. Student Learning Outcomes

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

IV. 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.

V. 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.

VI. 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. Missing more than four classes will seriously affect your final grade.  Missing 20% of the class will result in withdrawal prior to 3/22/18 and likely failing the course after the withdrawal date has passed. 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 me or 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. I have found that anyone can succeed who tries hard enough.

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.

Respect: We will discuss controversial issues. It is mandatory that we treat with respect each and every person’s prerogative to express their thoughts and ideas. 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 17-19 in Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.

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

Time Commitment: At the college level, you are required to spend 2 to 3 hours in addition to instructional time for each credit hour you are enrolled in working on course assignments. This means that when you take a 3 credit course (like this one), you are expected to spend 6 to 9 hours per week working on homework for this course.

Assignments: Assignments in this course will fall into the following categories: readings, quizzes, essays, summaries, group work, and discussions in class or on-line. 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 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 at the start of week fourteen of the term. I can't accept late work at that time and get final projects graded.

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:


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. 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

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