Syllabus, English Fundamentals 1-01W & 2-20W, Fall 2016
Rick Dollieslager, Asst. Professor of English

Office Hours in room 233: 9:00-10:00 M-Th (4 hours) & 11:40-12:30 M-Th (3.5 hours)
In my office, room 207-A: 1:45-3:00 M-W (2.5 hours)
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e-Book & Software

*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. Additionally, if you do not have MS Word off campus, the VCCS provides you with access to a free download through your MyTNCC login. That's a GREAT deal!

The conrnerstones of clasroom deportment and academic and professional success: The three R's--Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness. These are qualities that are expected of professionals. The responsibility of college educators is to educate the whole person, develop critical thinkers and good citizens, and prepare people for their professional lives. As such, you and I will conduct ourselves professionally by showing respect to others, and thereby gaining the respect of others; we will take personal responsibility for the work we are to do and for the outcomes we attain; and we will be resourceful in order to achieve the results and successes that we wish to enjoy. In short, your success depends on what you do, not on what others do, or do "to you."

VCCS Student Learning Outcomes for English Fundamentals

Read the objectives and learning outcomes of English Fundamentals 1 and 2 at the link above. The intent of ENF 1 and 2 is to help students develop and improve their reading, writing, study and critical thinking abilities for success in college-level courses.

Instructional Methods

The course will be conducted in workshop fashion, requiring individual work at the computers (including in-class reading, writing and software lessons), 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, reading and discussion, 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. ENF 2 is no different. We will meet for approximately 4 hours per week, which means that you should plan to devote 8 to 12 hours per week outside of class to complete the software lessons, write your papers, and to study the handbook sources and the assigned on-line readings, models, and lessons for writing. If you are registered for ENF 1, we will use the additional classroom days for individual study and instruction and for opportunities to dive deeper into the reading, writing, and editing skills necessary for success in college. This class will require you to do on-line research, which I will teach you how to do.

Grading and Assignments

Grading: Students must accrue better than 70% on all work for the semester in order for their writing portfolios to be submitted to the evaluation committee. Your placement next semester will depend on the recommendation of the evaluation committee, based on the quality of the work in your writing portfolio and on your DRP scores.

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.

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" through use of Google apps (available to you in your MyTNCC login), or another universally accessible mode of storage which you may prefer. "I finished it, but I forgot to bring it" is a completely unacceptable excuse, as are these: "my computer crashed, I lost my flash drive, my dog ate it, my cat threw up on it . . ." (add your favorite excuses here). Store your drafts so that you always have access to them electronically. I will show you how to use Google apps and email as back up methods.

Course Rules for Success

According to the policies of TNCC and the VCCS, as quoted from the Student Handbook, "Inappropriate classroom behavior impacts the learning process of students. The instructor is responsible for maintaining an environment conducive for student learning as an official College representative." To those ends we will use the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct as our guide to professional and collegial classroom deportment, as outlined in that document and below.

Expectations of Students (This section was submitted by my previous ENF/English students. Let's discuss it, tweak it, and agree to the revisions.)

In order to be successful in ENF 1 and ENF 2, we agree to do the following:

Expectations of Mr. Dollieslager (This section was also submitted by my previous ENF/Eng. students, so let's, again, revise it and agree to the revisions.)
In order to facilitate your success and to support your achievements, I agree to the following:

Classroom Deportment (Again, let's review this section, revise it, and adopt the revised "Deportment" section by the second week of classes.)

In order to foster success, it is my responsibility to maintain a safe, learning centered environment in which every student can participate and develop the skills necessary to be successful in ENF.  I take this responsibility very seriously, and we will all agree to the following classroom behaviors in order to respect everyone’s right to learn the course objectives and to support each other in achieving them.

NOTE: 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 Code of Conduct prohibits disruption of classes due to talking or excessive noise.

Important Dates and Announcements

Last date to withdraw with a refund: 8/30/16

Final date to withdraw from the course: 10/28/16

Finals "Week: 12/12/16-12/17/16

Grades Posted by noon on 12/20/15

Plagiarism: In accordance with provisions published in the TNCC Student Handbook (page 52-53), 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: "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 to register for support services or accommodations covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


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