ENGL 281-A801 Standard English Grammar Ms. Marcia Allen, Adjunct Associate Professor MAllen@faculty. umuc.edu Course Description ENGL 281: Standard English Grammar (Formerly WRTG 288. Fulfills the general education requirement in communications but is not a writing course.) An overview of standard edited English, a standard central to academic and professional communications. The aim is to write clear, effective prose consistent with the writer’s goals. Topics include applying advanced grammatical and linguistic descriptions and prescriptions and attending to the needs of diverse audiences while making writing and editing decisions. Tasks focus on parts of speech, sentence patterns, and sentence transformations. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 281, ENGL 281X, or WRTG 288. Course Goals & Objectives /Intended Course Outcomes After completing this course, students should be able to read, comprehend, summarize, and synthesize information concerning Standard Edited English in order to write clear, effective prose integrate effective choices in tone, style, and format to meet the writer's purpose demonstrate the confidence to adjust and revise language and sentence structure to meet the needs of diverse audiences. Course Introduction The course is divided into three major themes: Theme 1: Understanding Sentences. We explore types of sentences, basic sentence patterns, parts of a sentence, slots, constituents, and diagramming. Theme 2: Understanding Phrases. We learn about verb phrases, adverb phrases, noun phrases, adjective phrases, and pronouns. Theme 3: Making Rhetorical Choices. Theme 3 focuses on rhetoric and style—how sentences and paragraphs are structured and punctuation is used to convey thoughts to an audience. We'll explore rhetorical choices, choices you make as a writer, and your personal style. Here's how the course works: Refer to the course schedule for weekly reading and assignments. Read assigned materials during assigned weeks. Discuss in class discussion threads the concepts covered in the reading. Statement of Time Commitment Online courses are designed to mirror the time commitment of face-to-face courses. For example, if you spend 3 hours in a traditional classroom each week, you should plan to spend 3 hours in your online classroom each week. As in a face-to-face class, you will also need to allocate time outside of the online classroom to complete reading and other assignments. As a general rule, you should plan to schedule 2 - 3 hours outside of the classroom for every hour you spend in the classroom. For a typical 3-credit online course, you should be prepared to commit a total of approximately 9 - 12 hours per class per week. Bear in mind that writing courses may require additional time because effective writing and research take time. Course Materials Required Textbook: Morenberg, Max. Doing Grammar, 2nd ed. Oxford UP. 1997. (ISBN: 9780195097832 ) Other Requirements: Web access (TDY included) Microsoft Word (or the ability to save files in that MS Word format) Completed registration with the UMUC library/databases online For important information about ordering course materials, please see the Administrative Policies, Procedures, and Practices section at the end of this syllabus. Grading Information Grading will be criterion-referenced in accord with the UMUC Guide to Writing and Research, Chapter 7 "Assessing Your Writing," Section "How Is Writing Graded?" found at http://www.umuc.edu/ewc/onlineguide/chapter7/chapter7-07.shtml. Plagiarism Policy: The ready access of information on the Internet has made it seem easy and tempting to steal someone else's ideas, words, or writing achievements and call them our own. Therefore, sophisticated technology has made it easy for instructors to detect theft of what we call "intellectual property." Resist the temptation. The consequences of plagiarism go far beyond an individual essay or research project. Entire academic careers and job opportunities have been derailed by such mistakes--even innocent mistakes. It is every student's responsibility to understand what constitutes plagiarism. I take plagiarism seriously. I do check your papers for plagiarism. You risk failing the entire course or worse if you plagiarize. You and your education are worthy of your academic integrity. In this, as in other important matters, be honorable, knowledgeable, and "play safe." Give credit where it's due, and the winner will be you! See the links under "Academic Integrity" in the Class Announcement to learn more. Extra Credit: To be fair to all students, I do not grant extra credit. All due dates/deadlines are USA ET. That's the same time zone as the main UMUC Adelphi campus in Maryland. For many students, this amounts to bonus hours before a deadline. (For example, a Sunday midnight deadline USA ET might mean a mid- day Monday deadline in Japan or Korea.) Submit original writing. Do not "recycle" a paper you have previously written, and obviously, never submit work you yourself have not written. Late Assignments: Because Distance Education makes access to the course available 24/7 from almost any location around the world, submitting assignments late is hardly ever necessary. Treat your academic work with the same respect and sense of responsibility you treat your job. Genuine emergencies will, of course, be treated with understanding. IMPORTANT: All assignments are due by midnight (USA ET time zone) on the day indicated in the Course Schedule. Any assignment submitted after the due date and without my prior approval will be docked a full letter grade. Further deductions will occur depending on the degree of tardiness; moreover, work submitted exceptionally late—to be defined by me— will earn a zero. Do not send assignments or conference posts to me through e-mail: All coursework must be posted to your Assignment folder or the weekly conference threads (as required) to be considered official. Evaluation Grading Scale A = 90-100 points B = 80-89 points C = 70-79 points D = 60-69 points F = 0-59 points Assignments Points Percentage Conference participation 10 10% Exercises (6 @ 5% each) 30 30% Summary of article about grammar 10 10% Revision of summary using synthesis 10 10% Midterm Exam (at home) 20 20% Proctored Final Examination 20 20% TOTAL 100 points 100% Participation (10%) By registering for a web-based course, you have made a commitment to participate in your course conferences as well as other online activities. Please plan to participate regularly. Participation for this course is defined as proactive discussion in weekly conferences and discussion questions. This requires you to actively reflect on weekly module and textbook readings and to develop original ideas in your responses. You are expected to demonstrate critical thinking and your understanding of the content in the assigned readings as they relate to the issues identified in the conference discussion. You are expected to make your own contribution in a main topic as well as respond with value-added comments to at least two of your classmates. You are encouraged to respond to other students as well as to your instructor. You will note in the grading policy that your online conference participation counts significantly toward your final grade. You are expected to adhere to the general rules of online etiquette. To prepare to use the online conferences, you should read the notes on WebTycho Participation and Online Etiquette. Keep those notes handy; you may need to refer to them during the semester. Grading Standards for Conference Participation Conference participation includes work performed and posted in conferences, workbooks, and study groups. It is graded on three criteria, emphasizing the fact that such work demonstrates the interactive nature of the online classroom: 1. Timeliness: Posts made early in the week are preferred because they provide more opportunity for further discussion. Posts made in the last few hours or minutes of the week will receive partial credit, but not as much credit as earlier posts. Posts made after the conference week has concluded will receive no credit. These guidelines apply to any midweek due dates as well. 2. Thoughtfulness: Posts do not need to be "right" to receive full credit, but they should be thoughtful. Thoughtful posts acknowledge and respond to the work of other students, make connections between concepts discussed in the assigned readings and conference assignments, and demonstrate an engagement with any lecture material posted in the conference. 3. Thoroughness: Posts should thoroughly respond to conference prompts. For example, rather than a five-word post such as "Yes, I agree with Matt," a thorough post will state "Yes, I agree with Matt, and here's why," and proceed with a few paragraphs of explanation. Most conferences will assign at least one substantive post; these should be a minimum of a few paragraphs long. The category of thoroughness also considers whether students completed all of the assigned tasks for the week, or only some of them. Project Descriptions In addition to participation, a midterm exam, and a proctored exam at the end of the term, this course entails writing a summary and a synthesis Weekly Exercises (6 @ 5% each = 30%) Each exercise tests your comprehension of the grammar lessons studied that week. Mid-Term at-Home Exam (20%) This at-home exam is an objective test of your knowledge of English grammar based on material covered during Weeks 1 ~ 4. Summary (10%) Write a summary of an assigned article about English grammar. The overall essay must be complete (all topics in the original are addressed), and your work should have the following features: an appropriate and engaging introduction with a clear thesis statement well-developed supporting paragraphs, each with a clear topic sentence an effective conclusion that brings about a sense of closure and unity well-written, varied sentences that exhibit appropriate levels of complexity sophisticated word choices accurate paraphrases that respect the integrity of the original text Guidelines: length: minimum—900 words; maximum—1,200 words no direct quote more than 15 words limit of four direct quotes throughout the essay do not insert your personal opinion match your level of formality to the content focus on accurate paraphrase and on clear, concise writing Revision of Summary Using Synthesis (10%) Starting with the essay you wrote for the summary assignment above, integrate both additional content and the feedback from your instructor and peers to form a wholly revised and expanded essay. Your writing should have all of the features of good writing as described above and should also include accurate documentation of your additional source(s). Guidelines: length: minimum—1,400 words; maximum—1,800 words use at least one additional source that either contrasts or complements the ideas in your summary, and incorporate the information in a meaningful way no direct quote more than 15 words; document quotes and paraphrases limit of six direct quotes throughout the essay you may insert your opinion, but when you do, be sure to support your opinion effectively focus on accurate paraphrase and on clear, concise writing Proctored Exam (20%) The final (closed-book) exam will review the concepts of Standard English Grammar covered since the mid-term exam. The exam includes both objective and essay sections. See the Week 5 conference for more information. For important information about Proctored Exam procedures, please see the Administrative Policies, Procedures, and Practices section at the end of this syllabus. Course Schedule Fall Session 1 (8 weeks) (No break) Term Dates: Aug. 29, 2011 ~ Oct. 23, 2011 Week Session Date Assignment Schedule * Doing Grammar: Read Ch. 1, “Verb Types” p. 1 SEP 4 Last withdrawal Date for 75% Tuition 1 Aug 29 ~ Sep 4 Refund * Exercise #1 due 9/4 * Doing Grammar: Read Ch. 2, “Analyzing Sentences” p. 23 SEP 11 Last Withdrawal Date for 50% Tuition 2 Sep 5 ~ Sep 11 Refund * Exercise #2 due 9/11 Doing Grammar: Read Ch. 3, “Expanding Verb Phrases” p. 46 3 Sep 12 ~ Sep 18 * Exercise #3 due 9/18 * Summary of article due 9/18 * Doing Grammar: Read Ch. 4, “Exploring Noun Phrases” p. 69 4 Sep 19 ~ Sep 25 * Exercise #4 due 9/25 * Doing Grammar: Read Ch. 5, “Rearranging & Compounding” 5 Sep 26 ~ Oct 2 p. 89 * Mid-term Exam at home due 10/2 * Make Reservation for Proctored Exam * Doing Grammar: Read Ch. 6, “Constructing Relative Clauses” p. 130 6 Oct 3 ~ Oct 9 * Doing Grammar: Read Ch. 7, “Reducing Relative Clauses” p. 155 * Exercise #5 due 10/9 * Revision of Summary due 10/9 * Make Reservation for Proctored Exam * Doing Grammar: Read Ch. 8, “Making Noun Clauses, Oct 10 ~ Oct 16 Gerunds, and Infinitives” p. 181 7 * Doing Grammar: Read Ch. 9, “Adding Modifiers” p. 155 OCT 14: Last date to officially withdraw * Exercise #6 due 10/16 * Doing Grammar: Read Ch. 10, “What Can You Do Now That 8 Oct 17 ~ Oct 23 You Can Do Grammar?” p. 241 Proctored Exam Week Additional Information How often should I be online? Please check the course Web site at least three times each week for updates on essay assignments, instructions on individual or group conferences, and class announcements. Participation represents a significant percentage of the grade in this class, and failure to check the conference questions and respond to them will unfavorably affect your grade. Advice on Managing Your Time: Courses earning three-hour credits require a minimum of three hours in the Web classroom each week and a minimum of two additional hours outside of class for each classroom hour, totaling nine hours a week. If your time is limited, learn to discipline yourself at the beginning of the term and get started on the conference questions and group discussions when they are posted on the Web page. It's always best to begin the writing process as soon as you understand the assignment. Writing takes time. Proper preparation of course assignments takes time and concentration. If you are having a problem with an essay assignment, contact me as soon as possible. Students who dip in and out of class in a scattered, uncommitted way will fall behind quickly. For maximum success in grades and learning enjoyment, stay on top of the weekly conference materials and the assignments. Read everything. Be organized. Take the work seriously. Save Your Work: Keep good records of all your written work, research, and notes. The on-line classroom, computer hard drives, and floppy disks all make record keeping rather easy. But painful mistakes can happen unless you make an effort to organize and catalog your work. Contact Information You may contact me at MAllen@faculty.umuc.edu or through WebTycho Private Messages. I am located in the U.S. in the Eastern Time Zone, the same time zone as the main campus of University of Maryland University College. If you send me an e-mail message, please enter ENGL 281 in the subject line (In terms of my e-mail account, I do not open mail from unfamiliar senders. I also consider unfamiliar e-mail addresses and the absence of an e-mail subject "suspicious.") You should feel free to e-mail me with questions related to your personal schedule (e.g., deployment) or grade matters. All questions related to course content should be posted to the weekly Q & A thread, where they may well benefit your classmates as well as you. And remember, I do not accept any conference posts or assignments via e-mail. Thank you for your cooperation! The following is not written by your professor but accompanies your academic syllabus for this course UMUC Asia DE Administrative Policies, Procedures and Practices Ordering Course Materials: Textbooks can be ordered online at the Asia DE Web site, http://webtext.asia.umuc.edu/. Books ordered from any other source will be at the student's own risk. UMUC Asia cannot be responsible for problems encountered when textbooks are ordered from sources outside of the Asia DE Web site. Proctored Exams: Asia DE 8 week courses require all students to take a proctored exam at the end of the term. Students that do not take the proctored exam will receive a failing grade for the course. All students are expected to make their reservations during Weeks 6 and 7 of the session. Asia based students should make their proctored exam reservation through the Asia DE online "Proctored Exam Reservation" system (http://de.asia.umuc.edu/proctor/index.cfm), or through their local UMUC Asia Field Reps. Europe based students must make their reservations through their local UMUC Europe Field Rep Office or computer lab. Students unable to test at either UMUC Asia or Europe facilities need to arrange for an alternate proctor. For details go to http://de.asia.umuc.edu/proctor/index1.cfm, and submit the Alternate Proctor Request Form. Students who need to test outside of Proctored Exam week should review the information about early/late testing at http://de.asia.umuc.edu/proctor/early_procedures.cfm, and follow the procedures outlined there. Computer-Based Proctored Exams are a popular option for students testing at designated UMUC Computer Labs (only available during the scheduled Proctored Exam Week). Ask your local UMUC Asia/Europe Field Reps or Computer Lab Staff if their location is participating. Students at other locations or using an alternate proctor must take paper exams. Important reminder: Keep your professor informed of your testing status. Occasionally exams (particularly paper exams) take time to reach the professor or there are problems with exams being delivered. Therefore, when Proctored Exam week arrives many professors will create a special "Proctored Exam Reporting" conference in the WebTycho classroom where you can report "when", "where" and "how" you took the exam (by paper or computer). If you do not report that you have taken your exam and it has not arrived by the end of the term, the instructor will give you a failing grade for the course. Fall 2011 Session 1 (8 Week Course Calendar) Registration Dates: 27 Jun 2011 ~ 29 Aug 2011 Session Dates: 29 Aug 2011 ~ 23 Oct 2011 WEEK DATES ACTIVITY 1 AUG 29 ~ SEP 4 Normal Course Instruction Begins Sep 4 Last Withdrawal Date for 75% Tuition Refund 2 SEP 5 ~ SEP 11 Sep 11 Last Withdrawal Date for 50% Tuition Refund 3 SEP 12 ~ SEP 18 Normal Course Instruction 4 SEP 19 ~ SEP 25 Normal Course Instruction 5 SEP 26 ~ OCT 2 Normal Course Instruction 6 OCT 3 ~ OCT 9 Make Reservation for Proctored Exam 7 OCT 10 ~ OCT 16 Make Reservation for Proctored Exam Oct 14 Last Date to Officially Withdraw 8 OCT 17 ~ OCT 23 Proctored Exam Week Contact Information: For administrative assistance contact: email@example.com For GoArmyEd issues contact: GoArmyEd@asia.umuc.edu For WebTycho assistance on workdays contact: firstname.lastname@example.org For WebTycho assistance on Saturdays and Sundays: http://support.umuc.edu/ For proctored exam information, please visit the Asia DE Website at http://de.asia.umuc.edu and click on 'Proctored Exams' For proctored exam assistance contact: email@example.com For textbook assistance: contact firstname.lastname@example.org For MyUMUC help visit UMUC 360 Helpdesk - http://support.umuc.edu/ Support for UMUC Asia students is also available by phone at 225-3696 (DSN) or 81-42-552- 2510 Ext. 5-3696 (international comm.), Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (JST). Plagiarism: Ask your professor about his/her plagiarism policies. Here is some further guidance on how to avoid plagiarism: UMUC's Effective Writing Program "Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism" UMUC's Online Writing Center "How to Avoid Plagiarism The University has a license agreement with Turnitin, a service that helps prevent plagiarism from Internet resources. The professor may be using this service in this class by either requiring students to submit their papers electronically to Turnitin or by submitting questionable text on behalf of a student. If you or the professor submit part or all of your paper, it will be stored by Turnitin in its database throughout the term of the University's contract with Turnitin. If you object to this temporary storage of your paper, you must let the professor know no later than two weeks after the start of this class. Please Note: If you object to the storage of your paper on Turnitin, the professor may utilize other services to check your work for plagiarism. Students With Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have disabilities and are enrolled in any program offered at UMUC. For more information, students should contact the Director, Student Affairs or e-mail email@example.com. Academic Policies: Academic Policies are not course specific and are therefore created and housed separately from this document. You may access and print Academic Policies from the Syllabus sub- menu in your WebTycho classroom or by going to these links http://de.asia.umuc.edu/policies/ or http://www.umuc.edu/policy/category.shtml. Caveat: UMUC Asia DE syllabi are tentative and subject to change, if necessary. Changes will be announced with as much notice as possible.
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