Blinn College • Distance Education • Humanities • English - ENGL
Composition I ENGL-1301
On-campus Office Hours
Online Office Hours
eCampus Log in Homepage: http://ecampus.blinn.edu/
This writing-intensive first semester freshman composition course includes (1) study of and practice in all phases of the writing process, both individually and collaboratively, and (2) study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions. Essays, including a 1500-word documented library research-based paper, are required. Credit: Three semester hours.
For writing: ENGL 0321 with a “C “or better, or ESOL 0336 with a “C” or better, or DIRW 0326 with a “C” or better, or ENGL 0121 (NCBO) with a grade of “pass,” or ESOL 0237 (NCBO) with a grade of “pass”; and for reading: READ 0306 with a “C” or better, or READ 0307 with a “C” or better, or ESOL 0325 with a “C” or better, or READ 0208 (NCBO) with a grade of “pass,” or ESOL 0226 (NCBO) with a grade of “pass,” or “college ready” placement test score or alternative test score, or with approval of division chair. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.
This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives.
Students who succeed in this course will:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative research and writing processes.
2. Develop ideas and synthesize primary and secondary sources within focused academic arguments, including one or more research-based essays.
3. Analyze, interpret, evaluate, and respond to the ethical and logical uses of evidence in a variety of texts.
4. Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose, credibly and persuasively.
5. Use edited American English in academic essays.
6. Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution, applying the conventions of style manuals for specific academic disciplines (APA, CMS, and MLA, et al).
Greene, Stuart, and April Lidinsky. From Inquiry to Academic Writing: A Text and Reader. 2nd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012. Print.
Lunsford, Andrea. The Everyday Writer with Exercises. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St Martin's, 2013. Print.
Discussion Forum Postings/Participation: 20%
Students are required to post and respond to discussion forum topics as assigned for credit. While not all work will be directly responded to, it will all be evaluated for participation credit (on the 0-5 scale noted below) and is therefore expected to be completed responsibly.
Grade Equivalencies for Discussion Forum Postings:
5 points = Outstanding; see "A" in “Grading Standards” section.
4 points = Good; see "B" in “Grading Standards” section.
3 points = Average; see "C" in “Grading Standards” section.
2 points = Significant Improvement Needed; see "D" in “Grading Standards” section.
1 point = Below Minimal Standards; see "F" in “Grading Standards” section.
0 points = Unacceptable (incomplete, plagiarized, directions not followed, late, and/or assignment not submitted); see "0" in “Grading Standards” section.
Two major essays (MLA documented, 750 words minimum): 20%
The instructor will assign two major essays (documented 750-word, minimum) to help the student learn to prewrite, draft, critique, revise, and polish written assignments. All essays (text and works cited) should be electronically submitted to the TurnItIn dropbox as a SINGULAR file by 11:55 p.m. on the due date. (save as .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, or .pdf file extension). Essays must follow MLA format for margins, headings, spacing, and page numbering. Late essays will not be accepted.
Graded essays will be returned using the TurnItIn GradeMark software prior to the final due date of the next major assignment so that students have the opportunity to review their mistakes on an earlier essay before turning in the next essay. To view comments and grades:
Scroll through not only textual marks but also general comments; printing or saving this file is advisable.
Students are invited and encouraged to ask the instructor questions during the writing process and are free to submit drafts to the instructor for comment prior to the final due date. There is also an opportunity for organized peer revision during the semester.
Research Paper (MLA documented, 1500 words minimum): 20%
A research paper (1500 words minimum) will be assigned to allow students to demonstrate knowledge of skills taught in class. The research paper is an attempt at incorporating scholarly source material into a fluid argument. As such, library resources are to be utilized instead of Internet resources. Note that no Internet source materials (such as those obtained through Google or other comparable searches) will be allowed for the Research Paper. Because of the final draft’s length and proximity to the end of the semester, the text may not be returned prior to the student completing the final exam.
Reading and lecture quizzes will be given during the semester to assess knowledge of material presented. A midterm exam will be given, which will count as three quiz grades.
Quizzes inside the eCampus classroom are timed and are subject to limited availability. This means that students will have not only a specific amount of time to complete a quiz (such as 8 minutes for a 10-question quiz) but also a specific window of time in which this quiz can be accessed and completed (such as between Monday at 8:00 a.m. through Sunday at 11:55 p.m.). Regarding quizzes, students should remember the following:
Final Exam (typed essay and a multiple-choice course inventory exam in testing center) 30%
This exam will be given to determine whether or not the student has sufficient knowledge of the skills needed to advance to the next level of college-credit English. It will include a 650-word (minimum) essay (90% of this grade) and course inventory test (10% of this grade), which MUST be proctored in an approved testing center.
Online Course Proctoring
The Humanities Division requires that at least 30 percent of the coursework for every online course be completed in a proctored environment. Such coursework includes major tests and exams and all division tests such as pre-and post-tests and final exams.
Thus, two trips to a testing center are required as part of this online class:
Note: Any costs associated with using an off-campus testing center are the student’s responsibility.
For more information on testing centers, procedures, and requirements, access http://www.blinn.edu/disted/students/testing.html.
A 90-100% Excellent
B 80-89% Good
C 70-79% Average
D 60-69% Poor
F Below 60% Failure
QF Dropped Failing
W Dropped For Good Cause or Withdrew from College
Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.
Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference.
This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process. The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook.
The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.
There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:
Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty member with appropriate documentation. A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.
It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending. To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.
Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled. The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.
It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty. Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism. If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction. Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local). The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.
Adding / Dropping Courses.
Adding: No courses may be added later than the official calendar add date. A student adding the course must make up the work missed within two weeks after a course is added.
Dropping: Students may drop, or withdraw from, courses by notifying Admissions and Records in person or in writing. The official drop date for a regular semester is the Friday of the 12th week of that semester. A student who drops on or before the official drop date may receive a grade of W or Q. A student who drops after the official drop date will receive a grade of QF. If the student’s work was passing at the time of withdrawal, he or she may petition the instructor to file a grade change from QF to Q. Students may not drop or be dropped from classes once the final examination period begins.
Incomplete Grade. A grade of “I” may be given only in emergencies, such as the serious illness of the student or a close family member. This grade is not for students who fall behind in their work. To receive a grade of incomplete the student must have satisfactorily completed all but one or two of the final requirements of the course. The instructor and student must agree on this grade before it can be assigned, then a course completion contract must be signed by student, instructor, and division chair. All work must be made up within 90 days of signing the course completion contract, or zeroes will be assigned for the uncompleted work.
Textbook: The assigned textbooks are essential for your learning, especially in classes focusing on the study of the written word. You must provide yourself with the books from the very beginning of the semester. You are required to bring the textbook with you every day unless otherwise notified. You may not share the textbook during class or use photocopied pages instead of the book
Grading Standards for Papers and In-Class Essays
Note: To receive a grade of A-C, the paper must meet all requirements of the assignment. All research material of a paper must be correctly documented, and formatting must adhere to instructor requirements and current standards of the Modern Language Association.
The A paper (90-100) represents original, outstanding work. It shows consistently careful thought, fresh insights, sophisticated analysis, and stylistic maturity.
The B paper (80-89) represents clearly good, above average college level work. It demonstrates insight, analysis, and a varied vocabulary.
The C paper (70-79) represents average college-level work. It is a competent expression of ordinary thoughts in ordinary language and exhibits a writing style that is basically correct.
The D paper (60-69) represents below average college work. It often demonstrates one or more of the following characteristics:
Note: A paper exhibiting major weaknesses in any specific area—content, development, organization, grammar and mechanics, documentation conventions, writing style—or, indeed, a failure to address the assignment is usually considered, at best, a D paper.
The F paper (59 and below) is characterized by writing that falls below minimal standards for college-level literacy. It often demonstrates one or more of the following characteristics:
Note: Sometimes inadequacy in one area is enough to fail a paper—the writer, for instance, may not have control of punctuation, producing fragments or comma splices in almost every paragraph. However, serious weaknesses usually occur in several areas of concern.
The No-Credit Paper (0) demonstrates one or more of the following serious errors:
Late work is not accepted!
Electronic Submission of Work: All major written work will be submitted (in its final form) to Turnitin dropboxes in eCampus, a service utilized by Blinn College. Full instructions for usage will be provided in class.
Please note: Pleading a case of "computer malfunction" is the dog-ate-my-homework excuse of the 21st century, and such an excuse will not be accepted. Access to reliable technology and avoiding procrastination are a student's responsibility. Please note also that failure to appropriately submit an assignment to the Turnitin dropbox is not an excuse the instructor will accept. (To ensure a successful file submission, students should always check their digita portfolio by re-accessing [refreshing] the dropbox page and ensuring a Turnitin digital receipt.)
Departmental Reminder for Submission of New Work: Students who have been enrolled in English 1301 (online, in a classroom, or otherwise) in a previous semester should remember that the work they submit this semester must be new. This means, for instance, that students cannot submit papers (or any other assignments) that were initially written in a previous semester. Students need to treat this semester as a fresh start--because recycled work from previous semesters will not be accepted. Likewise, if students have friends and/or family members who have previously taken this class, then students should remember that papers (or other assignments) from these friends and/or family members cannot be submitted in place of students' own work. The work that each student submits this semester must be original. Any student who submits recycled and/or copied work this semester will be subject to the Blinn College policies governing scholastic dishonesty.
Manuscript Form: All papers must exhibit an understanding of MLA format. Remember: English 1301 is not a course in creative writing. Adherence to guidelines and directions in writing is imperative.
Print Management System: Each student is automatically given a print system account at the start of the semester along with 15 credits (i.e. $15.00). The credits can be utilized in the library and lab settings for any print jobs. Credits are not refundable nor does the balance roll over to the next semester.
E-mail Policy: Students should remember the above when interacting with one another (and with the instructor) inside (or outside) the online classroom. In short, students should be respectful of others, both actually and virtually, whether they are interacting face-to-face, on the telephone, within e-mail, inside the chat room, or inside the discussion forum.
The following guidelines (which apply to all communication inside the online classroom) help to ensure that the online classroom is a positive and respectful learning environment:
Online Attendance Policy: This class follows the college attendance policy (detailed previously), but there is a point of clarification that needs to be made because of the online format.
“Attendance” means both logging-in and attempting work for a given week (which runs Monday through Sunday). That work may take the form of such tasks as discussion forum postings, quizzes, or essay submissions. An accurate, daily record of attendance is kept by the eCampus system.
In line with the collegiate attendance policy, a student failing to attend for one week is assessed a week’s worth of absences. A student failing to attend for two weeks is administratively withdrawn from the class.
More detailed weekly information is available inthe "Lessons" tab in eCampus. Within this tab, students should click on each separate "Weekly Assignments and Instructions" link (such as the "Week One Assignments and Instructions" link), in addition to the link for each assignment. These links contain important—and specific—instructions concerning each week's work. The weekly readings should be completed before online activities are attempted for each week. Note that weeks run from Mondays (8:00 a.m.) to Sundays (11:55 p.m.).
INQUIRY = From Inquiry to Academic Writing (2nd ed.)
EVE = The Everyday Writer, with Exercises (5th ed.)
-------------------WEEK ONE (Aug. 26 – Sept. 1)-------------------
Readings: Read Course Syllabus.
Read INQUIRY Ch. 1 “Starting with Inquiry” p. 1-4, ending at “Academic Writers Make Inquiry.”
Read EVE Ch. 2 “Expectations for College Writing” p. 12-19, Ch. 3b “Join Class Discussions” p. 24-25, and Ch. 20 “Writing to the World” p. 245-50.
-------------------WEEK TWO (Sept. 3 – 8)------------------- (Monday, Sept. 2 is the Labor Day holiday.)
Readings: Read INQUIRY Ch. 1 “Starting with Inquiry” p. 4-14, beginning with “Academic Writers Make Inquiry.”
Read EVE Ch. 6 “Exploring Ideas” p. 59-65, Ch. 7 “Planning and Drafting” p. 66-77, and Ch. 12a-d “Critical Reading” p. 129-37.
-------------------WEEK THREE (Sept. 9 – 15)-------------------
Essay One assignment. Rough draft of Essay One due by Sunday, Sept. 15 at 11:55 p.m. in eCampus mail (not for a grade) if you want individualized feedback to aid in revising.
Readings: Read INQUIRY “Becoming Academic: Two Narratives” p. 15, Rodriguez’s “Scholarship Boy” p. 15-22, and Graff’s “Disliking Books” p. 22-26.
Read EVE Ch. 8c “Narrative” p. 82 and Ch. 18 “Integrating Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism” p. 224-34.
-------------------WEEK FOUR (Sept. 16 – 22)-------------------
Self-edit of Essay One. Final draft of Essay One due by Sunday, Sept. 22.
Readings: Read INQUIRY Anzaldua’s “How To Tame a Wild Tongue” p. 373-383.
Read EVE Ch. 1 “The Top Twenty” p. 3-12, Ch. 10 “Reviewing and Revising” p. 104-16, Ch. 11a “Edit” p. 117-22, Ch. 28a-e “Shifts” p. 303-05, and Ch. 39 “Commas” p. 400-12.
-------------------WEEK FIVE (Sept. 23 – 29)-------------------
Readings: Read INQUIRY Ch. 3 “From Identifying Claims . . .” p. 51-52, Sadker & Sadker’s “Hidden Lessons” p. 52-55, Rojstaczer’s “Grade Inflation Gone Wild” p. 67-69, and Stafford’s ex. research paper “Texting and Literacy” p. 115-19. Note annotations throughout.
Read EVE Ch. 14 “Constructing Arguments” p. 161-84 and Ch. 13e “Thinking Critically About Fallacies (text)” p. 151-53.
-------------------WEEK SIX (Sept. 30 – Oct. 6)-------------------
Readings: Read INQUIRY “Analyzing Visual Rhetoric: Advertisements” p. 236-46, Satrapi’s “from Persepolis” p. 678-96, and Howard’s “Buying Organic” p. 866-67.
Read EVE Ch. 17c-d “Evaluate a Source’s Usefulness and Credibility” p. 208-13.
-------------------WEEK SEVEN (Oct. 7 – 13)-------------------
Readings: Read EVE Ch. 15a “Scope” p. 189, Ch. 15d “Set up a Research Log” p. 191, Ch. 16 “Doing Research” p. 193-205, and Ch. 17f “Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing” p. 219-23.
-------------------WEEK EIGHT (Oct. 14 – 20)-------------------
Readings: Read INQUIRY Tannen’s “How Male and Female Students Use Language Differently” p. 344-50 and Paul’s “Green, If Not Clean” p. 816-19.
Read EVE Ch. 8c “Comparison and Contrast” p. 85. Familiarize yourself with Ch. 49, 50, and 51 on MLA, p. 457-501.
-------------------WEEK NINE (Oct. 21 – 27)-------------------
Readings: Read INQUIRY Ehrenreich’s “Cultural Baggage” p. 46-49 and “Your Local News—Dateline Delhi” p. 608-10.
Read EVE Ch. 8c “Cause and Effect” p. 86 and Ch. 17a-e “Evaluating Sources” p. 206-17.
-------------------WEEK TEN— (Oct. 28 – Nov. 3)-------------------
Essay Two assignment and self edit. Peer edit posting of Essay Two due by Sunday, Nov. 3. Work on Research Paper prewriting and rough draft.
Readings: Read INQUIRY Desesiewicz’s “The End of Solitude” p. 91-98 and Naylor’s “Mommy, What Does Nigger Mean?” (.pdf supplement).
Read EVE Ch. 8c “Definition” p. 83-84.
-------------------WEEK ELEVEN (Nov. 4 – 10)-------------------
Final draft of Essay Two due by Sunday, Nov. 10.
Readings: Read INQUIRY “Consider How Your Tone May Affect Your Audience” p. 210.
Review EVE “Guidelines for Peer Response” p. 107.
Read EVE Ch. 23a-e “Word Choice and Spelling” p. 260-67 and Ch. 29 “Conciseness” p. 307-11.
-------------------WEEK TWELVE (Nov. 11 – 17)-------------------
Readings: Read EVE Ch. 13a-d “Analyzing Arguments” p. 143-50 and Ch. 52 p. 501-11. Note annotations throughout David Craig’s essay.
-------------------WEEK THIRTEEN (Nov. 18 – 24)-------------------
Final Draft of Research Paper due by Sunday, Nov. 24.
-------------WEEK FOURTEEN (Nov. 25 – Dec. 1): Short week due to Thanksgiving Break: ----------
Begin preparing for final exam.
-------------------WEEK FIFTEEN (Dec. 2 – 8)—FINAL EXAM-------------------
Final Exam: typed essay and multiple-choice post test
(Note: Must be taken in a proctored, testing center location!)
LAST DAY TO ACCESS COURSE: Dec. 13 (continue routine login until this time)