Syllabus, English Fundamentals II Spring 2018
Rick Dollieslager, Asst. Professor of English

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

Email me at


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

Instructional Methods

Workshop Methodology: 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.

Attendance and Homework/Class Preparation

Homework Commitment: 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. This class will require you to do on-line research, which I will teach you how to do it.

Grading and Assignments

Grading: Students must accrue better than 75% 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. You will earn credit for completing assignments on time and for the quality of the projects you complete, and that credit will be recorded in BlackBoard's Gradbook so that you can be aware of your progress at all times during the semester. The points you total must surpass 75% for your final portfolio to be evaluated. No more than three projects will be accepted after due date and they must be accompanied with a No Questions Asked (NQA) coupon. I will disribute three of these and you will be responsible for keeping them until needed. No late project will be accepted more than one week later than the due date.

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 "in the cloud" through use of Google Drive (available to you in your MyTNCC login). "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 Drive (and email) as back up methods.

Course Rules for Success

Attendance: 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 20% of the class will result in withdrawal prior to 3/23/18 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.

Expectations of Students (This section was submitted by my previous ENF/English students.)

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

Expectations of Mr. Dollieslager (This section was also submitted by my previous ENF/Eng. students.)

In order to facilitate your success and to support your achievements, I agree to the following:

Classroom Deportment

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.

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, Spring 2018

Last Day to Add/Change Classes:  Friday, January 12
Last Day to Drop for a Refund: Thursday, January 25
Last Day to Drop with a Grade of “W”: Friday, March 23
Classes End: Monday, April 30
Exams: Tuesday-Monday, May 1-7
Grades Due (By Noon): Wednesday, May 9
Grades Posted (Evening): Wednesday, May 9

Plagiarism: In accordance with provisions published in the TNCC Student Handbook (page 23-24), 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).

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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