Syllabus for EAP 1640
Instructor: Jennifer Britton
Office Hours: M-R: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
M-R: 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (virtual – e-mail)
F: 10:00 a.m. to noon
*NOTE: If I am not able to be in my office during these hours, I will post
notices on my office door and/or in Atlas, My Courses Announcements.
Textbooks: Grassroots with Readings by Susan Fawcett
Materials: Blue/black pens
a good eraser
8 blue examination booklets
8 ½ x 11” notebook paper
Description: This is a 3-hour course in advanced writing for non-native speakers of English. The purpose of this
course is to prepare students for entry into Freshman Composition I, ENC 1101 and to develop two College Level
Academic Skills: essay development skills and essay- and sentence-level editing skills.
To pass this course, the student must have a C- or higher average in all course work and pass the departmental
final examination with a grade of C- or higher. This course requires 4 to 6 hours of lab work each week in addition
to a minimum 8 to 10 hours of homework each week.
Attendance: Attendance counts as a test grade! This class meets 29 times; each class meeting is
worth 5 points! If you have perfect attendance, you will have earned one test grade of 100 points. Each
time you are absent, you will lose 3.45 points. Once you have missed a third class meeting, you may be
withdrawn from the course.
Attendance will be taken by a sign-in sheet. Make sure that you sign the attendance sheet every class
meeting. Your signature on the attendance sheet will document your attendance on that date.
Late Arrivals and Early Departures: Arriving late and/or leaving early will cost you points: you will
lose 1 point from your attendance grade for each 15 minutes you are late or leave early. Besides costing
you points, these disruptive behaviors cost your classmates instructional/learning time that they have paid
for. If you make a habit of coming in late and/or leaving early, I will counsel you. If, after counseling, you
continue to arrive late or leave early, I will advise you to withdraw from the class. If you don’t withdraw
yourself after being notified of excessive tardies or early departures, your course grade will be F.
NOTE: You are 100% responsible for obtaining materials, assignments, information that
you miss if you are absent from or late to class.
Course Communication: I will be using Atlas tools to communicate with you outside of
class time. These tools are available under the “My Courses” tab in Atlas. The tools include
Atlas e-mail: I will use this to communicate to individual students and to communicate to the class
as a whole.
Atlas Announcements: I will use this tool to inform and/or remind students of important
information, such as changes in dates/times of assessments, assignments, office hours.
Atlas Course Files: I will use this tool to create a record of all that we do in the course. The
syllabus, handouts, homework assignments, etc. will be posted there and will remain there until the
end of the term. Therefore, if you are absent, you can go to the course files for this course and find
out what you missed and/or what the homework is.
Blackboard: Editing assessments and journal assignments will be posted in Blackboard.
Classroom Conduct: This is a college classroom, and you and your classmates are here to develop
college-level reading proficiency and vocabulary. Therefore, workplace behavior, including dress, is required:
behaviors that hinder (block, interrupt) instruction and/or create a negative classroom atmosphere will not be
tolerated. If you are doing anything “to impair, interfere with, or obstruct the orderly conduct, processes, and
functions of the college,” you may be referred to the Dean of Communications and/or the West Campus Provost.
Refer to the “Student Code of Conduct” for more information:
Three-time Rule: In this course, I am going to follow what I call the “three-time rule”: if you do something
to interfere with the progress of the class, at the first instance, I will tell you to stop that behavior. If you
continue to act disruptively, then I will ask you to leave and not return until you have met with the Dean of
Communications (Dr. Elizabeth Renn) or the Dean of Counseling (Dr. Tyrone Johnson). Subsequent
disruptive behavior will lead to your being withdrawn from the course.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is cheating by copying another person’s work in whole or in part and
putting your name on the copied work and/or allowing another student to copy your work. Plagiarism is not
tolerated in this class. I expect all the writing you turn in for a grade to be your own work. If you turn in
someone else’s writing, work, and/or answers and put your name on it, here are the consequences if I find
evidence that you have indeed plagiarized:
The first instance of proven plagiarism will result in your receiving an F for the assessment.
The second instance of plagiarism will result in an F in the course.
Proven cheating on the final exam/state competency exam (whether it is the first or second
instance) will result in an automatic F in the course.
It is the student’s responsibility to keep his/her answer sheet covered during objective tests.
Failure to keep an answer sheet covered will be considered as aiding cheating. Such behavior will
lead to the consequences stated earlier in this note. To discourage cheating, multiple test forms
are used for each objective test. Thus, if you copy from another’s answer sheet, you will likely be
copying a wrong answer.
Testing Protocol: Failure to observe the following will result in an F for that assessment.
Keep your desks clear of extraneous materials (materials not required for the test) during a
o no electronic devices of any kind. Make sure that phones, pagers, etc. are
turned off, and placed on the floor.
o no notebooks, pocketbooks, book bags, textbooks, dictionaries, papers, notes,
outlines: stow these items on the floor!
o no food may be on your desk during a test.
Do not communicate with other students during the test: talking and/or signaling of
any kind during a test will result in an F for that test.
Keep your answer sheet covered: it is your responsibility to keep your answer sheet covered
during a test. If you are not actively bubbling in an answer, your answer sheet must be covered. If
you aren’t actively bubbling in answer and your answer sheet is uncovered, I will warn you once. If
I have to alert a second time, you will have earned at F on the test.
Be on time for tests: You may not enter the room once a test has started.
Stay until you have finished the test: Students may not leave the room and then return once a
test/assessment begins. Take care of personal needs prior to class time. When you leave, your
test/assessment will be considered completed.
E-mail Etiquette: I will be using the Atlas e-mail system (within the My Courses tab) to
communicate with you individually or to the class as a whole throughout the semester. You too can use
Atlas e-mail to communicate with your instructor and/or your classmates—individually or as a group. I
encourage you to use Atlas e-mail to communicate with me and/or your classmates about topics relevant to
the course and your learning. However, messages you send via Atlas e-mail should be professional,
respectful, and collegial in form and tone.
Lab: Lab work is required in all EAP courses. Your lab work in this course consists of a variety of work,
including but not limited to timed writing assignments, attending skill workshops, using on-line grammar/editing
websites, writing journal entries, and consulting with Writing Center consultants.
Late Work, Make-up Work: No late work will be accepted. All homework assignments are due at the
time stated on the course calendar. If you are absent on the date an assignment is due, you may send that
assignment to me via e-mail prior to the beginning of the class during which it is due. If the work is a Blackboard
assignment, that assignment will close at the time posted.
Final Exam: The final exam is a writing exam that requires you to read a short passage and then
response to one of two questions. Your response must be at least 250 to 300 words. Your response will be graded
on its organization, support, grammatical correctness, and ability to communicate. If you fail the essay portion of
the exam and you have a C or higher average in the course, you will be eligible to retest. If you do not pass the
essay retest, then you must repeat the course.
Writing Assignments, Labs, Tests, Quizzes = 50%
Mid-term Exam = 25%
Final Exam = 25%
Letter Grade Conversions of Points:
A = 90 to 100
B = 80 to 89
C = 70 to 79
D = 60 to 69
F = 0 to 59
Grades of D and F are NOT passing.
Writing Standards: Writing assessments will be evaluated according to four indicators
indicated in Valencia’s “Rubric for the Assessment of Written Communication” (Meaning and Development,
Organization, Language, and Conventions) and the four levels of achievement. The aim of this course is to help
students approach and/or reach the “Competent” level of achievement in all four indicators.
Rewrites: Rewrites are required for Timed Writings that earn below B. Rewrites are
due one week from the date each Timed Writing is returned to you. If you score B or higher on a timed
writing, you may rewrite, but you do NOT have to.
Important Note: Valencia College is interested in making sure all our students have a rewarding and successful
college experience. To that purpose, Valencia students can get immediate help with issues dealing with stress,
anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, substance abuse, time management as well as relationship problems
dealing with school, home or work. BayCare Behavioral Health Student Assistance Program (SAP) services are
free to all Valencia students and available 24 hours a day by calling (800) 878-5470. Free face-to-face counseling
is also available.
Disclaimer: The instructor reserves the right to change specific dates and/or times stated in this syllabus and
issue a revised syllabus if necessary.
09/03/2012 LABOR Day Holiday – college closed
10/11/2012 College Night: No classes on West Campus
11/21-11/25/2012 Thanksgiving Holiday – college closed
12/10-12/16/2012 **Final Exam Period
*http://valenciacollege.edu/calendar/documents/12-13Final.pdf – link to College Calendar for 2012-2013
**http://valenciacollege.edu/calendar/documents/FallFinalExams-2012.pdf -- link to schedule of final
NOTE: The instructor reserves the right to change specific dates and/or times stated in this syllabus and issue a
revised syllabus if necessary.