Blinn College • Distance Education • Humanities • English - ENGL
Composition I ENGL-1301
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).
The coursework teaches students critical reading, primary and secondary research, academic integrity, interpersonal collaboration, and the generation, analysis, synthesis, and expression of ideas in oral, aural, written, and visual form that will serve them throughout their post-secondary learning experiences and beyond.
MindTap English Instant Access Code for VanderMey/Meyer/Van Rys/Sebranek's The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching (5th ed.)
Students in ENGL 1301 (Composition I) can expect the following graded activities:
"Getting Started" Chapter Responses/Participation Discussions: 15%
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 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.
Chapter Activities/Homework, including Aplia Quizzes: 15%
These activites are linked through MindTap chapters to assess knowledge of material presented.
Two Major Essays (MLA documented, 750 words minimum): 30%
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 within their appropriate MindTap dropbox as a SINGULAR file by 11:55 p.m. on the due date. (save as .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .odt, 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 within the MindTap 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 or through the Writing Center at email@example.com for comment prior to the final due date.
Research Paper (MLA documented, 1500 words minimum): 25%
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.
Final Exam (typed essay and a multiple-choice course inventory exam) 15%
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).
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 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 electronic dropboxes linked out in MindTap. 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 dropbox is not an excuse the instructor will accept. (To ensure a successful file submission, students should always check their digital 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.
Free Tutoring: The Writing Room on the Brenham campus will provide online tutors to help with planning, organizing, formatting, revising, and editing writing assignments during this minimester. This service is free of charge. To submit your paper for feedback, please send it as a MS WORD attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org and expect your feedback within 24 hours. Please note that tutors do not edit papers for students, but do provide activities for idea invention, reference books to help students find the answers to their questions, and feedback to students as they learn to identify both the strengths and weaknesses of their own writing.
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 instant chat, 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. That work may take the form of such tasks as responses, discussion, homework, 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/complete work for an assigned unit is assessed a week’s worth of absences. A student failing to attend/complete work for a second assigned unit is administratively withdrawn from the class.
For this online section, we use an e-book and learning platform called MindTap inside of eCampus (https//ecampusd2l.blinn.edu). Here's the information you need to purchase an instant access code:
MindTap English Instant Access Code for VanderMey/Meyer/Van Rys/Sebranek's The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching (5th ed.)
Our minimester course is set-up in three units. At the end of each unit, students must complete the required responses, discussions, homework, quizzes, essay, and any other graded activity in MindTap. Units follow weekdays; weekends are reserved for reading, writing, research, and working ahead.
Note: a daily break-down of work is given to aid in time management. The instructor will grade material as it comes in, but unit due dates are the ABSOLUTE last day/time material will be accepted for credit. The end of a unit is at 11:55 p.m. on its day.
More detailed weekly information is available in MindTap. Within this platform, students should click on each separate "Daily Work" link (such as the "Day One Work" link), in addition to the links for each activity therein. Textbook readings should be completed before online activities are attempted.
-------------------DAY ONE (May 12): START OF UNIT ONE-------------------
Ch. 1: Critical Thinking Through Reading, Viewing and Writing
-------------------DAY TWO (May 13)-------------------
Ch. 12: Comparison and Contrast: Essay One assignment
Ch. 2: Beginning the Writing Process
Ch. 3: Planning
-------------------DAY THREE (May 14)-------------------
Ch. 25.10: Conducting Research , but section 25.10 (a-d) only: “Finding Articles via databases”
Ch. 28: MLA Style
-------------------DAY FOUR (May 15): CLOSE OF UNIT ONE-------------------
Final draft of Essay One due by Thursday, May 15 at 11:55 p.m.
Ch. 4: Drafting
Ch. 5.1-5.5 and 5.7-5.8: Revising
-------------------DAY FIVE (May 16): START OF UNIT TWO-------------------
Ch. 35: Avoiding Sentence errors
-------------------DAY SIX (May 19)-------------------
Ch. 11: Cause and Effect: Essay Two Assignment
Ch. 17: Strategies for Argumentation and Persuasion: Research Paper Assignment
-------------------DAY SEVEN (May 20)-------------------
Ch. 18.1: Taking a Position, but section 18.1 (a-f) only: “Reading Position Writing”
Ch. 24: Getting Started
-------------------DAY EIGHT (May 21): CLOSE OF UNIT TWO-------------------
Final draft of Essay Two due by Wednesday, May 21 at 11:55 p.m.
Ch. 26: Building Credibility: Avoiding Plagiarism
-------------------DAY NINE (May 22): START OF UNIT THREE-------------------
Ch. 27: Drafting Papers with Documented Research
Ch. 13: Classification
-------------------DAY TEN (May 23)-------------------
Ch. 14: Process
Ch. 15: Definition
-------------------DAY ELEVEN (May 26): CLOSE OF UNIT THREE-------------------
Final draft of Research Paper due by Monday, May 26 at 11:55 p.m.
Ch. 32: Finding the Right Word
Ch. 9: Forms of College Writing
----------DAYS TWELVE (May 27) and THIRTEEN (May 28): FINAL EXAM----------
Final Exam: typed essay and multiple-choice post test due by Wednesday, May 28 at 9 a.m.
LAST DAY TO ACCESS COURSE: May 28 (continue routine login until this time)