Syllabus for ENC-1101 Fall
Professor Spottke Office:
Valencia West, Building 1-
Professor's Office Phone:
Located at 5-231;
phone number: 407 582 1313
Hours, West Campus 1-
necessary, just drop in!:
Tuesday 12:50pm to 3:20
Wed 1120am to 1250pm
and 220pm to 320pm
Conferences outside of
may be requested by
Online hours, Atlas email
Mon 630pm-9pm, Thurs. 3pm-4pm, and
Fri. 9am-1030 am
Valencia Policy Change Important Notice:
All Valencia College Campuses are now smoke free.
There are no more smoking areas on campus including inside one's car in the parking lot.
Please be aware that failure to follow this policy change can result in one's permanent
removal from the college whether faculty, staff, or student.
Score of 83 on writing component of CPT or equivalent score on other state-approved entry test or minimum
grade of C in ENC 0012 and ENC 0012L or ENC 0012C or EAP 1640 or ENS 1441; also, score of 83 on
reading component of CPT or equivalent score on other state-approved entry test or minimum grade of C in
REA 0002 and REA 0002L or REA 0002C or EAP 1620 or ENS 1421.
Development of essay form, including documented essay; instruction and practice in expository writing.
Emphasis on clarity of central and support ideas, adequate development, logical organization, coherence,
appropriate citing of primary and/or secondary sources, and grammatical and mechanical accuracy. This
course includes learning activity designed to ensure competence in the basic use of computers.
State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.030, the Gordon Rule, requires that students complete with grades of C
or better 12 credit hours in designated courses in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level
writing skills through multiple assignments
__ Failure to complete ALL assigned essays will result in an F for the course.
__ Individual essays UNDER the length requirement will not be accepted. Student can turn in completed
essay late to meet Gordon Rule Requirements or else will result in an F for not meeting Gordon Rule. See
assignment sheets for individual length requirements.
COLLEGE LEVEL ACADEMIC SKILLS (CLAS)
Evidence of College Level Academic Skills (CLAS) is a graduation requirement. To the extent possible, you
will be encouraged to develop reading skills, essay skills, and English language skills as part of your work in
this course. Additional information is available in the Current Valencia College Catalog.
BOOKS and MATERIALS
John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Any edition. Used, new, borrowed from the library...
Buscemi, Santi V., and Charlotte Smith. 75 Readings Plus - 9th Edition (or any of the last three editions)
This is It!! Packet of Student Essays (West Campus Bookstore ONLY)
The Little Seagull Handbook by Richard Bullock and Francine Weinberg
Highly Recommended: a USB drive and a copy card from the library
You will earn points for each assignment you complete.
You must earn 700 points to pass the course with a C.
800 earns you a B.
900 an A.
A list of assignments, points, and due dates can be found in the announcements and start here sections of your
Each assignment is also posted on the left of your Blackboard page, the “ weekly work due” tabs.
You can earn a total of 1025 points. Notice the 25 extra points.
Because of these extra points, there will be no “ bumping up” of grades due to being “so close.”
700 points is absolutely REQUIRED to pass this course.
Failure to Complete the three essays both the first draft for peer review and the final version will result in an
F for not meeting Gordon Rule Requirements.
CORE COMPETENCIES AND OBJECTIVES
Think, Value, Communicate, and Act are Valencia’s core competencies. This course will help develop these
core competencies by developing your ability to write expository essays as well as read and evaluate essays
written by both professional writers and other student writers. Furthermore, on-line discussions and
interaction will focus on values which often change with time and culture.
Essay Assignments & Late Policy Regarding…
Your essays must be submitted as an attachment in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx format) ONLY to
Blackboard. Failure to submit in .doc or .docx format will result in a loss of up to ten points—more
for the documented essay, for proper formatting of MLA documentation will not be verifiable. All
word processing programs have the capability to SAVE AS a word, .doc, or .docx (new version of
Failure to complete any one of these essays before the final week of classes will
result in a zero for that missed assignment and you will fail the course for not
meeting Gordon Rule Requirements.
LATE assignments will lose one letter grade for each day late and will NOT receive professor
feedback, just a grade. Submitting an essay late forfeits your right to an essay graded in
timely fashion. I will grade your LATE ESSAY by the end of the semester.
Failure to meet the length requirement when submitting the final draft, the professor will return the
essay ungraded. Student will be responsible for resubmitting essay for Gordon Rule Requirements
by the Friday before finals (see GORDON RULE above); zero will remain.
Furthermore, going OVER the length requirement will result in up to ten point
deduction depending on how far over the length. Good writing must be condensed,
succinct, and to the point.
Failure to complete any one of these late essays or short essays before the final week
of class will result in a zero for that missed assignment, and you will fail the course
for not meeting Gordon Rule Requirements.
Online attendance is required and necessary for your receiving information. Logging on only once a week is
not sufficient. To get the most of this course, you are responsible for logging in and checking ALL mail
messages, announcements, and discussion messages. The professor reserves the right to post an
announcement worth points. You will be responsible for responding to this message immediately. Failure to
respond to the message within Four days will result in a zero. Failure to submit work over a period of two
weeks WILL result in my withdrawing you from the course.
Maintaining an online presence is required and necessary for your receiving information and earning points.
Your presence consists of reading all messages, not just ones from me but messages from your classmates.
You are also required to post & respond to your classmates.
See IMPORTANT DATES below for withdrawal deadlines (with refund or without academic penalty).
Students can withdraw themselves, receiving a grade of W in the course BEFORE the withdrawal deadline
but may NOT withdraw themselves after the withdrawal deadline. It is your responsibility and your decision
to withdraw from the course unless otherwise mandated by the instructor and/or the dean of the
Communications Department. (See ONLINE PARTICIPATION policy above).
This is the online class site. You will utilize this site to view instructions and requirements; check for
important announcements; post essays and assignments; read through learning modules; keep track of your
class standing (grades); and stay up-to-date on when work is due. You are responsible for checking the
announcements regularly—at least three times a week.
GETTING STARTED WITH BLACKBOARD:
You can access our class site via my courses area in Atlas or save the following address to your browser’s
--Use the same USER ID and PASSWORD as you use to access your ATLAS account.
--remove popup blocker for this site prior to logging in for the first time. Errors
with opening files are often due to this not being done.
Any troubles with Blackboard?
My recommendation: Download three browsers to your computer:
Firefox, Explorer, and Chrome.
If something doesn’t work on Blackboard, try another browser. If all three browsers show the same trouble,
call the Online Courses Help Desk and make sure to ask for a confirmation code:
Blackboard Help Page or 407-582-5600.
Only after doing all of this should you contact the professor and alert her of the problem—be sure to give her
the confirmation code as well.
ATLAS MAIL and Student Questions—ONLINE Hours
You may send me a question via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is responded to in a timely
manner, usually during office hours M - F. You MUST check your Atlas email account regularly—at least
three times a week.
You may also contact me via telephone. However, these calls will be responded to during live engagement
hours only (Monday through Thursday).
As for engagement hours, my doors are open to you according to the hours posted on my office door and at
the top of the syllabus. Want to work on homework? Drop by. Want me to take a look at your essay? Drop
Appointments for other dates/times may be made when necessary, just ask.
On your Blackboard Course Tab Menu on the left, you will see button/tab labeled "Weekly Work Due."
Click on this button and you will see a list of weekly assignments.
Discussion posts are due Friday evenings, and responses due the following Monday evening, 11:59pm. All
other online work is due by Monday evenings, 11:59pm.
There is NO SUCH THING as late work with the exception of the four essays and rational appeals for
documented essay (see Essay Assignments & Late Policy Regarding . . . above).
ACADEMIC HONESTY & PLAGIARISM
Your professor has a no tolerance approach to plagiarism.
Students’ essays will be submitted to a Blackboard program for verification of originality.
If you submit work that is wholly or partially plagiarized, you will be penalized for the
offense, depending on the extent of the offense.
Basically, if you are cutting from somewhere and then pasting into your essay without
quotation marks, citations, AND a bibliographic entry on the works cited page, then you
Absolutely NO research allowed for your first TWO essays!
You will be taught MLA citation and formatting. If you take a passage from a source, a single sentence or
more without appropriately citing that information, you will receive an F in the course. Offering a full
paragraph(s) or even a full essay will result in an F in the course. In extreme circumstances, academic action
may be taken against you.
Read the Academic Dishonesty policy found in Valencia’s online policy manual:
From Kent State University:
“Taking an online course and corresponding via the World Wide Web presents
communicators with the task of overcoming the lack of nonverbals in communication. When
taking a course online, it is important to remember several points of etiquette that will smooth
communication between the students and their instructors.
1. Avoid language that may come across as strong or offensive. Language can be easily
misinterpreted in written communication. If a point must be stressed, review the statement to
make sure that an outsider reading it would not be offended, then post the statement. Humor
and sarcasm may easily be misinterpreted as well, so try to be as matter-of-fact and
professional as possible.
2. Read first, write later. It is important to read all posts or comments of students and instructors within the
course discussion before personally commenting to prevent repeating commentary or asking questions that
have already been answered.
3. Review, review, then send. There’s no taking back a comment that has already been sent, so it is important
to double-check all writing to make sure that it clearly conveys the exact intended message.
4. An online classroom is still a classroom. Though the courses may be online, appropriate classroom
behavior is still mandatory. Respect for fellow classmates and the instructors is as important as ever.
5. The language of the Internet. Though still a fairly young type of communication, certain aspects of this
form of communication are becoming conventional. For example, do not write using all capital letters,
because it will appear as shouting. Also, the use of emoticons can be helpful when used to convey nonverbal
feelings (example: :-) or :-( ), but avoid overusing them.
6. No inappropriate material. Do not forward virus warnings, chain letters, jokes, etc. to classmates or
instructors. The sharing of pornographic material is forbidden."
Furthermore, when emailing your professor you MUST say what class you are in (ENC 1101 and CRN#).
Greet the professor with a Dear... or To... opening, and be sure to Close the message with your name. I
reserve the right to ask you to resend your email with grammar corrections if you use text speak, lower case i
for first person pronoun, and other grammatical errors.
Mon. Sept. 3 NO CLASSES College Wide: Labor Day
Wed. Nov. 21 to Sun. 25th THANKSGIVING
Thurs. Oct. 11 College Night (East, West, and Winter Park only...Osceola campus is closed Oct. 4th instead)
Final Exam. There is no final for this class, only a Cover Letter due (based on your documented essay).
COMPUTER-BASED LEARNING ACTIVITY
To demonstrate competence with the basic use of computers the College’s Freshmen Composition Course
(ENC 1101) is designed to include a formal “computer-based” learning activity. For this particular course the
following assignments, assessment and percentage of final grade protocols have been established.
Blackboard. This is our course site. Frequent use of this site is mandatory.
Valencia Databases. For your documented essay, you will be asked to do research via Valencia Library’s
online full-text databases. Proper submission of this assignment will be included as part of the essay’s overall
grade. Failure to complete the required research through the databases O N L Y will result in a loss of 60
points on the documented essay.
Atlas Policy. All students are required to maintain an Atlas account in order to receive information from the
college. It is your responsibility to check your ATLAS email account frequently, at least three times a week.
Forwarding ATLAS email is not recommended due to spam blockers. In the event that Blackboard goes
down and I need to reach you, I may contact you through Atlas and vice versa.
For students who are homeless and or hungry, non-perishable items are available in the Student Development
office, building 3 room 147. If you need or would like to donate, the pantry is open Monday through
Thursday 8am to 7pm and Friday 9am to 5pm. A Valencia ID is needed and five items per day may be
retrieved from the pantry.
Communications Center—Writing Professionals available to work with you on essays, research, and overall
writing skills (1/2 hour appointments; 1 hour appointments available for research paper). West Campus
Building 5, room 155; (407) 582-1812
There are also writing centers at every campus, not just West. Check the campus website for whichever
campus is closest to you.
Computer Lab at the Library—Computers available for student use. Software support for all disciplines.
Internet & word processing for research papers. Atlas & E-mail, Software catalog available in Lab. Photo ID
Valencia Library West Databases Access through ATLAS.
Having trouble with Blackboard? Do NOT contact your professor, contact the Online Courses Help Desk:
For most common problems: Blackboard Help Site
If the above link proves unhelpful, call: 407-582-5600
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.
Some students seek “extra credit.” The professor does not offer extra credit, for such translates to extra work
for the professor, and she hasn’t the time for it. Instead, points can be offered at the end of the semester for
visits made to either the professor’s office or the writing center to review any of the assigned essays.
THIS SYLLABUS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE