English 110 Course Syllabus Fall 2004/ English 110 Instructor: Ms. Martin / Faculty Towers 204-F Sec. 11 9:30-10:55 MF MUS 113; WSL 005 Email: email@example.com Library Lab: R 9:00-10:20 WSL rm. 7 Phone: 664-3069 Library Instructor: Curt Asher Office Hours: MW 1:00-2:00, or by appt. Sec 8 2:00-3:25 MW CB 106; F CB 101 webpage: http://www.csub.edu/~mmartin11/ Library Lab: R 1:00-2:20 WSL rm. 7 Library Instructor: David Korakowski (Library Lab Does Not Begin Until 4th Week of Class) Required Texts— The Prose Reader Kim Flachmann and Michael Flachmann, 7th Edition Quick Access Required Materials— A diskette to use in the computer classroom Recommended Texts— Any college dictionary and thesaurus (Roget’s is an excellent thesaurus.) Instructor Policy— Please be respectful to yourself, your classmates, and the class. Respect yourself by asking questions when you are confused and by speaking up when you have something to say that is pertinent to the discussion. Respect your classmates by listening while they speak and using conversation rather than confrontation in discussions. Respect the class by behaving as adults: please do not disrupt the class by arriving ten minutes late, or by having your cell phone ring in the middle of a discussion (no headphones or other electronic devices will be tolerated in class). If you have a question that would better be answered before or after class in a private discussion with the instructor, please save it for that time. All in all, be mature, respectful, and attentive, and you should succeed not only in this class, but in your life as well. * On Fridays we will be meeting in a computer lab. Unless I have assigned an Internet related activity, I expect you to refrain from using the Internet at this time. If anyone persists in using the Internet, they will be dismissed and receive an unexcused absence. I appreciate your cooperation. Waiting List Policy—On a waiting list, you are eligible for a place in the class 1. if you come to every class and 2. if you turn in the work while you are there. Being on a waiting list does not mean you are guaranteed a place in the class. It simply means you are welcome to wait for an opening in the class if you so desire. If no one drops out of a section, no one can add. As a result, you should be aware of the last day to add (September 21 st, 2004) and have a back-up class chosen if you need another class. This plan is especially important for financial aid recipients, who must carry a full load to receive financial aid. Being on a waiting list does not count as a class toward your full load. Instructor-Initiated Drop Policy—This course is subject to the policy on instructor-initiated drops. If the class is full and has a waiting list, I have the right to have you administratively dropped from class by the end of the second week of the term if you have missed three consecutive class sessions during the first week of the class and have not contacted me with alternate plans. However, you should not assume that you would be automatically dropped from this course due to non-attendance. Welcome to English 110, Writing and Research. At the end of this quarter, you must be able to do the following to earn at least a C: 1. present a clear and complete thesis statement; 2. present appropriate details, examples, and definitions as support; 3. fully develop arguments and write cohesively using adequate transitions; 4. use a variety of sentence structures; 5. use exact and concise words and phrases; 6. analyze a potential audience and use an appropriate style and tone; 7. use basic library research techniques; 8. identify good, reputable sources that would be useful; 9. identify an author’s thesis statement and abstract the main points of support; 10. outline, draft, write, and edit a persuasive college-level term paper, 11. document a research paper using the MLA documentation style; 12. identify and avoid plagiarism. Students must earn a grade of C or better in English 110 to satisfy the General Education requirement for A2 (Writing and Reading). This grade is also a prerequisite for upper-division composition courses and the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement exam. Attendance Policy—Because mastering skills in Writing requires regular, sustained effort, students in English composition classes should attend class regularly and punctually. A student who has more than two unexcused absences cannot expect to receive a passing grade. Work may be accepted early and the absence may be excused if you are involved in a University-related activity, such as an athletic game, are participating in a religious holiday, or have a medical emergency. Documentation must be provided. Library Lab— You are responsible for attending the Library Lab that is assigned to your class. The grades you earn in this Library Lab are 10% of your English 110 grade. This lab will meet at least three times, beginning the fourth week of the quarter. Your thesis statement must be approved by your English 110 instructor before the first meeting of the lab. Miscellaneous Work—Throughout the quarter, we will be completing a number of in-class assignments (both individually and in groups), as well as short homework assignments. This work will account for 15% of your final grade. Like the regular essays, this work cannot be turned in late. Unlike the essays, this work cannot be made up early. Irregular attendance will, therefore, result in loss of points. Paper Policies 1. All papers (this includes research paper steps) are due on their appointed due date (refer to course calendar below). Late papers are accepted, but with 10% deducted for each day they are submitted; this includes Saturday and Sunday. If you know you are going to miss a class, turn the paper in a day early, or have a classmate turn it in for you. 2. All papers must be in MLA format, typed, double-spaced, with Times New Roman 12 pt font and one-inch margins. 3. If a length is specified, the paper must be of that length; anything less will result in a lower grade. 4. If a Works Cited page is specified, it is essential. Any such paper lacking a Works Cited page will earn a lower grade. 5. There will be one make-up essay at the end of the quarter. This will make up for any emergency that may occur during the course. 6. E-mailed assignments are not accepted. Grading Grading Scale Library Lab 10% 90-100 A Miscellaneous Work 15% 80-89 B Essays 30% 70-79 C Final paper 45% 60-69 D 0-59 F Research Paper The purpose of English 110 is to enable you to write a research paper of quality and depth. Upon completion of your paper, you will have the knowledge to write the research papers that other courses will require of you. Because the research paper requires considerable effort and planning, it is best tackled in stages. Your syllabus calendar lists the various stages and the dates each stage is due. The final paper must consist of 8-10 pages of quality, argumentative text with a works cited page and synthesis, bringing the overall page total to a minimum 12 pages. This paper must be presented in MLA documentation format and must utilize 8 or more quality sources. The research process has been broken down into a series of steps. Mandatory conferences are set up during the 8th week. These conferences are scheduled in order to provide one-on-one time to discuss your writing of the research paper. Furthermore, they are designed for your benefit; please do not dismiss them. Missing a conference will result in a lower score on your overall research paper. Your Mission: In order to give you more insight and provide you with more knowledge on your chosen discipline or major, the research paper must examine an argument or conflict within your discipline/major. Think about what arguments you read or hear about within your discipline/major. If you are not familiar with any offhand, talk to your department instructors or conduct some research at the library. This topic should be a fresh one, not one you have written about in a previous assignment. While I am giving you freedom to choose your own topic, I do reserve the right to grant approval of your chosen topic. Once you have chosen an appropriate argument, research it and choose to argue one side or the other. Your opinion/argument must be clear and sufficiently supported with researched evidence. You must do more than summarize and paraphrase; informing the readers with background and other descriptive information is necessary, but first and foremost you must present your argument. To insure this discipline/major focus, one of your sources must be an interview. Your sources must also include two scholarly journals and two scholarly books. Suggestions: 1. Read drafts out loud before you attend conferences and hand your paper in. 2. Ask questions if you are having problems; do not be ignorant about your education.
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