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									                                              Spring 2011

                   Course: ENG 0099 Principles of Composition
 Instructor: Steve Chisnell, Adjunct Faculty
           Office: General Studies
           Office Hours: by appointment, Tuesday 5:15 pm in Library.
           Phone: C: 248-346-8166

           Fawcett, S. (2011). Evergreen, A Guide to Writing with Readings. 9 edition. Houghton-
          Huckin, T. and Hult, C. (2008). The New Century Handbook. 4th edition. New York: Pearson.
          A college-level dictionary such as Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary or The American Heritage
           Dictionary, College.

Catalog Description:
       This course provides a review of grammar, in-depth practice in constructing paragraphs, and an
       introduction to essay composition. The focus is on writing as a process: finding and organizing
       ideas, composing a first draft, rewriting subsequent drafts, and proofreading. Furthermore, the
       APA (American Psychological Association) standard writing format is introduced and applied to
       formal writings.

Class Policies:
       Success in this course is measured by the development of writing skills, including critical thinking,
       knowledge of English grammar, and the use of proper mechanics. Achieving that success
       requires regular participation in class and the timely completion of all assignments. With the
       common use of email, absence does not excuse a student from submitting assigned work on
       time. Acceptance of late assignments remains at the discretion of the instructor and the instructor
       reserves the right to impose a penalty for late work.

Course Objectives and Educational Outcomes:
   Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

           Communicate in writing and demonstrate proficiency in reading.
           Evaluate and revise written communication.
           Distinguish among opinions, facts, and inferences.
           Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in analyzing information.
           Identify and evaluate diverse perspectives and alternative points of view.
           Ask informed questions and render informed judgments.
           Recognize, analyze, and assess ethical situations.
           Integrate knowledge by taking a position on an issue and defending it with rhetorical
           Recognize when information is needed and acquire the knowledge and skills to locate,
            evaluate, and use information for college level work.
           Respect the privacy, security, and ownership of information located through online and library
           Access and use primary and secondary resources ethically and legally according to APA
            format style.
           Use computers to access, analyze, and/or present information, solve problems, and
            communicate with others.
           Demonstrate interpersonal skills necessary for classroom discussion and group work.
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IDEA Course Objectives:
          In the IDEA end-of-course student survey, one objective must be designated as Essential and
          two objectives designated as Important in the table below.

Objective 1: Gaining factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends)
Objective 2: Learning fundamental principles, generalizations, or theories
Objective 3: Learning to apply course material (to improve thinking, problem                               Important
solving, and decisions)
Objective 4: Developing specific skills, competencies, and points of view needed by professionals in the
field most closely related to this course
Objective 5: Acquiring skills in working with others as a member of a team
Objective 6: Developing creative capacities (writing, inventing, designing, performing in art, music,
drama, etc.)
Objective 7: Gaining a broader understanding and appreciation of intellectual/cultural activity (music,
science, literature, etc.)
Objective 8: Developing skill in expressing myself orally or in writing                                    Essential
Objective 9: Learning how to find and use resources for answering questions or solving problems
Objective 10: Developing a clearer understanding of, and commitment to, personal values
Objective 11: Learning to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments,                                Important
and points of view
Objective 12: Acquiring an interest in learning more by asking my own questions and seeking answers

                                                     Grading Policy
          Attendance is expected, as it shows that you are both interested in the material and willing to
          share your perspectives, experiences, and insights with your colleagues.

          As you enter the room it is your responsibility to initial the attendance sheet. You should initial the
          sheet prior to the beginning of class. You may not initial for any other class day or if you are late.


          Formal Writing 1: One paragraph, five to 12 Sentences                                    5%
          Formal Writing 2: Two paragraphs, five to 12 Sentences                                   5%
          Formal Writing 3: Narrative, three paragraph                                             5%
          Formal Writing 4: Illustration. minimum three paragraphs                                 7%
          Formal Writing 5: Description. minimum three paragraphs                                  8%
          Formal Writing 6: Persuasion, minimum five paragraphs                                   10%
          Homework: Grammar assignments (ACE THE TEST)                                            10%
          Homework: Online journal assignments, including assignment                              10%       20%
          involving plagiarism.
          Class work/participation                                                               20%        20%
          Final exam (on-ground); Final essay (online)                                           20%        20%
          Total                                                                                  100%

                    GRADING SCALE:
                          100 – 90                                 A
                          89 – 80                                  B
                          79 – 70                                  C
                          69 – 60                                  D
                          59 – Below                               F
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Schedule of Topics (may be adjusted depending on our needs)

                Text and              Topics                           Assignments

            Evergreen          Introductions                1. Syllabus Exercise
                                 and Diagnostics            2. Diagnostics
              Chapter 1
                                                            3. Reading: Evergreen: 1, 2, 25
              Chapter 2
                               Journals                     4. Reading: “How Sunglasses Spanned
              Chapter 25
                                                               the World” 534-535
                               Exploring the Writing        5. Journal A: Expectations,
            Unit 8 Reading
                                  Process                      Commitments, and Resources
    1       Selections
                               Prewriting                   6. Sample Writing #1 (Workshop 1):
  April 5                      The Sentence                    Most Confusing Events
                               Facts, Inference,            7. Evergreen Online ACE THE TEST:
                                  Opinion                      Chapter 1

                               “How Sunglasses          Homework:
                               Spanned the World”          1. ACE THE TEST: Chs. 2 & 25
                               534-535                     2. Bring article or email link related to
                                                              Sample Writing #1

            Evergreen          The Paragraph                1. Journal B: Reaction
                                                            2. Sample Writing #2 / Workshop 2
             Chapter 3:        Coordination and             3. Formal Writing # 1: Evergreen
             Chapter 26:         Subordination                 Online IMPROVE YOUR GRADE
             Chapter 39 A-C:   Spelling                        CH 1. Choose either Assignment #1
    2        Chapter 31        Nouns                           or #2. Write one Paragraph of 5-12
 April 12                                                      sentences.
                               “Driving While Stupid”       4. Evergreen Online ACE THE TEST
            Reading            583-584                         Chapter 3, 26, 31, 39
                                                            Selected from above or to be

            Evergreen                                       1. Reading: Evergreen: 3F, 32, 39D-E
                               Revision                     2. Journal C: Reaction
             Chapter 3F        Pronouns                     3. Sample Writing #3 / Workshop 3
             Chapter 32        Spelling                     4. Formal Writing #2: Evergreen Online
             Chapter 39D-E                                     IMPROVE YOUR GRADE CH 3.
                               Ana Veciana-Suarez:             Choose either Assignment #1 or #2.
            Readings:          “When Greed Gives               Write 2 Paragraphs of 5-12
                               Way to Giving” 573-             sentences
 April 19
                               575                          5. Evergreen Online ACE THE TEST
                                                               Chapters 3,32,
                                                            6. TEST #1

                                                            Selected from above or to be
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              Text and                Topics                         Assignments

           Evergreen         Narration                     1. Journal D: Reaction
                                                           2. Sample Writing 4 / Workshop 4
            Chapter 6        Coherence                     3. Evergreen Online ACE THE TEST:
            Chapter 16 (B)   Sentence Errors                  Ch 4, 27, 36
            Chapter 4        The Comma                     4. Reading: Evergreen: 39F-I
            Chapter 27
April 26
            Chapter 36 A-C   Spelling                   Homework:
            Chapter 39 F-I                                  Selected from above or to be
                             Brent Staples “A                determined
           Readings          Brother’s Murder” 562-

           Evergreen         Illustration                  1. Journal E: Reaction
                                                           2. Formal Writing #3: Write a minimum
            Chapter 5        The Comma                        three paragraph Narrative
            Chapter 16 (A)   Present Tense                 3. Sample Writing 5 / Workshop 5
            Chapter 36 D-F   Past Tense                    4. Evergreen Online ACE THE TEST
            Chapter 28                                        Chapters 5, 6, 28, 36
May 3
            Chapter 29
           Readings          Eric A. Taub “Cell Yell:       Selected from above or to be
                             Thanks for (Not)                determined
                             Sharing” 579-58

           Evergreen         Description                   1. Formal Writing #4: Illustration.
                                                              Minimum three paragraphs
            Chapter 7        Adjectives and                2. Sample Writing 6 / Workshop 6
            Chapter 16 (C)   Adverbs                       3. Evergreen Online ACE THE TEST
            Chapter 29       Past Tense Continued             Ch 7, 29, 30, 33, 35
            Chapter 30       Past Participle               4. Journal F: Summary
            Chapter 33       Prepositions
May 10
            Chapter 35       The Apostrophe             Homework:
            Chapter 39J      Spelling                       Selected from above or to be
           Readings          Michael Levin “The
                             Case for Torture”

           Evergreen         Revising:                     1. Formal Writing #5: Description.
                             Consistency and                  Minimum three paragraphs
            Chapter 21       Parallelism                   2. Sample Writing 7 / Workshop 7
            Chapter 22       Sentence Variety              3. Evergreen Online ACE THE TEST
            Chapter 23       Language Awareness               Ch 21, 22, 23
May 17
                                                           4. TEST #2
           The New Century   Using Sources and
           Handbook          Avoiding Plagiarism        Homework:
            Chapter 11       APA Documentation              Selected from above or to be
            Chapter 14       Style                           determined
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             Text and               Topics                          Assignments

          Evergreen                                      1. Journal G: Summary
                            Persuasion                   2. Sample Writing 8 / Workshop 8
           Chapter 13                                    3. Evergreen Online ACE THE TEST
           Chapter 15       Intro, Thesis, Title            Ch 13,15, 37
           Chapter 17 D     Mechanics
           Chapter 37
  8                         Andrew Sullivan “Why     Homework:
May 24    Readings          the M Words Matters          Selected from above or to be
                            to Me” 595-596                determined

          The New Century   Reviewing a sample
          Handbook          research report in
          Chapter 19c       APA Style

          Evergreen                                      1. Formal Writing #6: Persuasion –
                            Summarizing, Quoting            Title, Outline, Thesis Statement DUE
            Chapter 18      and, Avoiding                2. Sample Writing 9 / Workshop 9
                            Plagiarism                   3. Evergreen Online ACE THE TEST
  9                                                         Ch 18
May 31    Readings          Alice Walker “Beauty:        4. Journal H: Summary
                            When the Other               5. TEST #3
                            Dancer is the Self”
                            601-6                    Homework:
                                                         Selected from above or to be

          Evergreen                                      1. Plagiarism exercises: Ch 17 TBA
                                                         2. Formal Writing #6: Persuasion –draft
           Chapter 14       Writing the Essay            3. Sample Writing 10 / Workshop 10
           Chapter 20       Writing Under                4. Evergreen Online ACE THE TEST
  10       Chapter 38       Pressure                        Ch 14 , 20, 38
June 7                      Proofreading                 5. Grammar/Study: TBA
                                                         Selected from above or to be

                                Formal Writing #6: Persuasion – Third and FINAL Revision due to
          Final Exam            instructor – BRING A FINAL HARD COPY TO EXAM OF YOUR
  11                            COMPLETE PERSUASIVE ESSAY.
June 14
                                Final exam will include comprehensive grammar testing, at least
                                one paragraph, and one essay.
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South University Policies in Brief:
         South University has built its reputation by consistently providing quality education with high
         standards and the classroom environment must e conducive to quality learning. Respect, proper
         etiquette, appropriate attire, and academic integrity must help shape and support learning so that
         each student becomes part of a vital learning community that is comfortable, engaging and
         supportive. Towards these goals, a few University policies regarding the classroom are listed
         here. For further elaboration on any of these topics, be sure to consult the Student Handbook.

Class Attendance:
         Behavior patterns are often hard to change once established. Therefore, students are expected
         to attend each class session as absences result in lower achievement and other students miss
         the experience and perceptions that you bring to the classes. Students are responsible for
         knowing and adhering to the attendance policy set by their instructor and should find out from
         their instructors whether to come late to class if running notably late. Each student should
         familiarize themselves with the classroom guidelines paying particular attention to the
         consequences for missing exams, turning in assignments after the deadline, and receiving points
         for participation in class. Each instructor has a specific method of addressing missed classes,
         and student should be aware of this so that minimal learning disruption occurs. Clarify any
         questions regarding the course syllabus at the beginning of the term to avoid any unnecessary
         confusion. Students are responsible for material missed while absent, and should check with
         their instructors as soon as possible.

         South University seeks to properly prepare students for the general business and professional
         community. Students in allied health majors have specific dress requirements which are defined
         by their departments. If a student is improperly dressed, he/she will not be permitted to attend
         class or use University facilities. Inappropriately revealing and/or improper dress includes but is
         not limited to: sagging and low-rise pants, low-cut necklines, and bare midriffs. Hats may not be
         worn on campus.
                  Dress for success.
                           1. Always be ready for an interview
                           2. No jeans that are worn out, have holes or are low cut, no sweatpants or
                               pajama bottoms on campus
                           3. No tank tops or other clothing that is immodest

         In order to maintain an environment conducive to study, students are prohibited from activating
         noise making devices such as radios, cellular phones, beepers, and alarm watches while in any
         South University building.

Offensive Conduct:
         Lewd, indecent, or offensive conduct is prohibited in the classroom and on campus. This
         includes but is not limited to verbal profanity, disrespectful comments, tasteless jokes, obscene
         gestures, inappropriate clothing, materials, or electronic content brought onto the premises or the
         classroom by any student or guest deemed to be lewd, indecent or offensive as determined by
         faculty and/or school officials.
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Academic Dishonesty:
       Academic dishonesty is a serious offense and is outlined in detail in the Student Handbook.
       Students are responsible for reading and understanding this material in the Student Handbook.

Food and Drink in Classrooms
       Only water in clear, plastic, resealable bottles may be consumed in classrooms, hallways or
       laboratories. No other food or drink items are allowed in the classrooms.

Disability Services:

       South University provides accommodations to qualified student with disabilities, both online and
       on ground. The Office of the President or designee assists qualified student with disabilities in
       acquiring reasonable and appropriate accommodations and in supporting the student’s success
       at South University.

       South University is committed to providing qualified students with a disability and equal
       opportunity to access the benefits, rights, and privileges of college services, programs, and
       activities in compliance with American with Disabilities Act 1973.

       Students who believe they are in need of accommodation should contact the Office of the
       President. If you have a concern or complaint in this regard, please contact the Office of the
       President at 757-493-6900. Complaints will be handled in accordance with the Student
       Grievance Procedure for Internal complaints of Discrimination and Harassment described in this

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