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Outcome Based Assessments Template

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									                                   COURSE SYLLABUS

                                  Course Information
Course:                  English 112 10S
Semester:                Spring              Year:2006      Phone: 734-7914
Instructor:              Bart Ganzert                       Email: bganzert@forsythtech.edu
Office Hours             M-F 11-12 noon
Texts                    Barnet, Sylvan and Hugo Bedau. Current Issues and Enduring
                         Questions. 7th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004.
                         Optional: The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

                                   Course Description
This course, the second in a series of two, introduces research techniques, documentation styles,
and argumentative strategies. Emphasis is placed on analyzing data and incorporating research
findings into documented argumentative essays and research projects. Upon completion,
students should be able to summarize, paraphrase, interpret, and synthesize information from
primary and secondary sources using standard research format and style. This course has been
approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core
requirement in English composition. This course is also available through the Virtual Learning
Community (VLC).

                                   Course Objectives
Upon completion of English 112, a student will be able to:
 Summarize an essay
 Paraphrase an essay
 Interpret an essay
 Apply critical analysis to a discussion of the essay
 Present an argument in essay form with MLA format
Synthesize information from primary and secondary sources using standard research format and
style



               Learning Activities and Measurable Outcomes
Select this text and replace with a general description of how your course will be
organized. This information may be supplied to you by the resource instructor for the
course. Then, identify learning units based on course objectives and explain below.

       Learning Unit                    Assessment                     Expected Outcome
   1. Students will apply        During an actual debate,          Exemplary: Students will
      critical analysis and      students will show a              find substantial information
      assessment
                              specific argument either for    on a topic, have a clear
                              or against a selected topic.    argument, be able to
                              They will show adequate         defend that position and be
                              backing of the topic in their   able to address counter
                              research.                       arguments effectively.
                                                              (score 92-100)

                                                              Proficient: Students will
                                                              have a clear argument and
                                                              will be able to defend their
                                                              position. (score 84-92)

                                                              Adequate: Students will be
                                                              familiar with their topic and
                                                              be able to present
                                                              information suitable to
                                                              defend their side. (score
                                                              70-84)

2. Students will be able to   A written summary will be       A score of 92-100 will show
   summarize an argument.     required of each student.       strong sentence structure,
                                                              consistent grammar and a
                                                              clear understanding of the
                                                              essay.

                                                              A score of 82-92 will show
                                                              an understanding of the
                                                              essay but with
                                                              inconsistencies of grammar
                                                              and some undeveloped
                                                              areas of thought.

                                                              A score of 70-82 will show
                                                              vast inconsistencies of
                                                              grammar, but with a
                                                              dedication and
                                                              understanding of the essay
                                                              topic.
3. Analysis                   A written analysis will be      A score of 92-100 will show
                              required of each student.       strong sentence structure,
                                                              consistent grammar and a
                                                              clear understanding of the
                                                              essay.
                                                             A score of 82-92 will show
                                                             an understanding of the
                                                             essay but with
                                                             inconsistencies of grammar
                                                             and some undeveloped
                                                             areas of thought.

                                                             A score of 70-82 will show
                                                             vast inconsistencies of
                                                             grammar, but with a
                                                             dedication and
                                                             understanding of the essay
                                                             topic.
4. Students will show           Students will submit         Click for Paper Assessment
   knowledge of research        research paper on a given    Rubric
   and the MLA and will
   exercise critical thinking
                                topic.
   to develop and support
   an argument.
5. Students will                Students will construct a    Pass/Fail
   demonstrate ability to       works cited list from
   construct a properly
   formatted MLA Works
                                resources they use to
   Cited list.                  gather information for a
                                “trivia hunt.”
6. Students will be able to     Students will make an oral   Click here for Oral
   construct and deliver an     presentation on a chosen     Presentation Assessment
   argument in an oral
   presentation.
                                topic.
7. Students will apply          Students will compile a      A score of 92-100 will show
   classroom topics to          scrapbook of events.         the student has gathered
   current questions in
   society.
                                                             16 articles with summary
                                                             and statement of relevance.
                                                             The book will show strong
                                                             sentence structure,
                                                             consistent grammar and a
                                                             clear completion of each
                                                             task.

                                                             A score of 82-92 will show
                                                             no less than 14/16 tasks
                                                             and an understanding of
                                                             each article, but with minor
                                                             inconsistencies of grammar
                                                             and some undeveloped
                                                             areas of thought.
                                                                    A score of 70-82 will show
                                                                    vast inconsistencies of
                                                                    grammar, less than 14 of
                                                                    16 tasks, but with a
                                                                    dedication and
                                                                    understanding of each
                                                                    article topic.

                                      Grading Policies


The Forsyth Tech grading scale as explained in the course catalog will be used:
                                   94-100% = A
                                   86-93% = B
                                   78-85% = C
                                   70-77% = D
Class Participation Students will participate in all class activities,                         10%
                    will make at least four unprompted
                    responses to class discussions and will attend
                    classes.
Debate              Students will research and prepare a debate                                 5%
                    on a given topic.
Summary             Students will prepare a summary of a text                                  10%
                    essay.
Analysis            Students will prepare an analysis of a text                                10%
                    essay.
Library Exercises   Students will complete a research project                                  10%
                    and an MLA exercise.
Scrapbook           Students must compile and submit a                                         20%
                    scrapbook of articles through the term.
Research Paper      Students will submit a research paper on a                                 20%
                    specific topic with a specific argument.
Oral Presentation Students will present an argument in an oral                                 15%
                    presentation.

Attendance: You are expected to attend this class. You are responsible for making up all work
or assignments given in class during an absence. If you miss over five class hours, you will be
dropped from the roster. Late work will not be accepted unless it is submitted with an excused
absence. If you decide to drop this course, follow the official procedure outlined in the student
handbook. Failure to follow this outlined procedure may result in an "F" for the course.

Disability Statement: If you would like to request accommodations (i.e. note takers, readers,
extended test time, equipment, etc.) for a physical or learning disability, you must register with
the Disability Services Office, Allman Center, Room 133. You will be required to provide
current, official documentation of your disability. Please contact Ms. Paula Compton, Director of
Testing/Disability Services/ADA, at (336) 734-7248. Ms. Compton will work with you to
determine your classroom needs. Registering with her early is important, as she needs adequate
time to arrange the appropriate accommodations that you may need. We want to assist you in
being successful.




                                Paper Assessment Rubric

Score: 93-100         A paper of this score:
                          Presents a clear argument in the thesis
                          Develops a position that conforms to the central argument
                          Provides an analysis of the relevant issues that support or
                            oppose the argument
                          Demonstrates a proficiency of basic grammar and standard
                            English idiom.

Score: 86-92          A paper of this score:
                          Presents a clear argument in the thesis.
                          Considers a variety of issues relevant to the topic.
                          Shows a general proficiency of grammar and standard
                            English idiom.


Score: 77-85          A paper of this score:
                          Shows a clear statement of an argument in the thesis.
                          Shows analysis related to the topic but not developed past a
                            general relevance to the issue.
                          May contain multiple errors in basic grammar, but remains
                            generally clear to the reader.

Score: 70-76          A paper of this score:
                          Contains a central premise, but may lack clarity or
                            development past a general statement.
                          Has multiple grammatical errors and suffers a lack of overall
                            clarity.
                          Shows lack of development beyond a general
                            acknowledgement of the central claim.
                         Oral Presentation Assessment
Score: 93-100   This score will show strong verbal delivery, consistent grammar and a
                clear understanding and delivery of topic.


Score: 86-92    This score will show a clear argument but with inconsistencies in
                diction and delivery and some undeveloped areas of thought.


Score: 77-85    This score will show inconsistencies of diction and delivery and limited
                knowledge of the topic but with a dedication and understanding of
                the essay topic.
Score: 70-76    This score shows an understanding of the topic but with vast
                inconsistencies in diction and delivery. The presentation will address
                limited issues of the topic, but will not cover a depth of relevant
                information.

								
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