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Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016
Students who wish to withdraw from a course must complete all steps indicated on the Academic Withdrawal Request form by the course withdrawal deadline.
NOTE: Students who are attending Texas institutions of higher education, for the first time fall 2007 and later, may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career. This withdrawal limitation does not include dual credit or developmental classes (Senate Bill 1231 Rule 4.10.) For more information on Drop and Withdrawal Policies, please visit the Registrar's Office Web site.
ENGL-1302-010 Composition II
Prerequisite: ENGL 1301
Intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions.
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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec, 1 lab)
Carter, Judith, et al., ed. A Rhetoric Handbook for English 1301 and 1302: A Custom Publication for Amarillo College. Mason: Cengage, 2010. Print. *
*This book is available for purchase only at the AC Bookstore.
If you have questions regarding your textbooks call the AC Bookstore at (806) 371-5307.
You must have access to a reliable computer with Internet Access and either Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Wordpad, Notepad, etc. are not options due to these programs having issues with other programs used within this course. It must be able to save documents as Word files (.doc; .docx); or as PDFs (.pdf). It must also be able to access Blackboard. These programs will allow you to access class materials , communicate with me via email, and submit assignments.
If you do not have such a computer, there are computers for students to use in the Ware Student Commons. Additionally, the AC Bookstore has computers for rent.
For this class, you will need your preferred note-taking supplies: spirals, pens/pencils, highlighters, Microsoft Word, a Notes App, whatever you prefer.
Lastly, you should have a USB drive. They are useful for ensuring you have a copy of documents you can move from computer to computer; if something happens to the computer or system, the copy on the drive remains intact. It’s also useful for saving online documents and other sources without taking up too much space on your computer. I’ve had students fail my course because they lost their Final Papers due to computer loss. Flashdrives are cheap and available from the Bookstore, Walmart, Walgreens, etc.
After studying the material presented in this course of study, the student will be able to do the following as evaluated by the faculty in the department/program:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative research processes.
2. Develop ideas and synthesize primary and secondary sources within focused academic arguments, including one or more research-based essays.
3. Analyze, interpret, and evaluate a variety of texts for the ethical and logical uses of evidence.
4. Write in a style that clearly communicates meaning, builds credibility, and inspires belief or action.
5. Apply the conventions and style manuals for specific academic disciplines (e.g., APA, CMS, MLA, etc)
6. Demonstrate an understanding of literary genres and the basic vocabulary of literary analysis.
In addition to the course description, the skills taught in this course will be primarily achieved through the study of literature. Also, in addition to the learning outcomes, students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of literary genres and the basic vocabulary of literary analysis, as well as write a researched literary analysis paper that utilizes peer review.
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We are all adults and should know how to act. My primary concern is making sure EVERYONE in class has a safe environment conducive to learning and expanding viewpoints. As long as you act in a mature manner that does not hinder other students’ efforts to learn, we have no problems.
A few ground rules:
Plagiarism: the incorrect or intentional use of another’s intellectual property as one’s own original content.
The AC English Department Plagiarism Policy (Spring 2013) describes cheating as including but not limited to “copying or leaving the test with a test or questions from a test, helping or attempting to help other students cheat on a test, or plagiarizing on a paper.
It further defines plagiarism as “the use of someone else’s exact words that are neither quoted nor cited; Paraphrasing someone else’s words without citing them or using someone else’s research without citing it.
Let me be clear: The AC English department tracks plagiarism and records are kept of who plagiarizes and how. At the beginning of the semester, a list of names of plagiarizing students is sent to AC English dept. faculty.
The main reason not to plagiarize that should matter most to you: Plagiarized assignments in my class receive an automatic zero in the gradebook. Subsequent plagiarism will lead to expulsion from the class and a referral of the student to the Vice President of Student Affairs.
Once Upon a Time Essay 15%
Short Story Literary Analysis 20%
Short Research Essay 20%
Final Exam Essay 20%
Weekly Discussions 10%
Weekly Journals 10%
Quizzes (5) 5%
A 90-100 Exceptional work
B 80-89 Above Average Work
C 70-79 Average Work
D 60-69 Below Average Work (Additional Practice)
F 0-59 Unsuccessful.
Extra Credit: I do not generally give extra credit, but I do allow Papers turned in on time that score a D or below to be resubmitted for a better grade if done in a timely manner. The highest grade achievable for resubmission is a 70. With the shortness of the summer semester and the loaded assignment schedule, I would say if you can get it done within a week, do so, otherwise focus on the next assignment.
Late work policy: Due to the time constraints and amount of content involved in this course, Late Work will not be accepted after the due date. I encourage you to try and complete assignments before the due date when possible. If you encounter difficulties technological or otherwise, please contact me as swiftly as possible before time runs out so that I can help you.
Assignments must be turned in through Blackboard. I do not accept assignments for grading via email.
Perhaps the easiest and also most difficult ways to ensure a good grade in any college course is to show up on time, not skip class, and to complete assignments on time. Students who complete these three objectives consistently are far more likely to pass a class in my personal experience.
For an online class, there’s no set time for attending class or completing work. Completing assignments on time and getting what you need to done rests more on your shoulders than in scheduled classes.
I highly encourage you, in any online class you take, to schedule a set time every day to work on online class materials. This gives you the same sense of structure and mental scaffold of an in-person class and will help you get assignments completed on time.
Part of this is also contacting me promptly with any questions, concerns, or any major issues. My email is always open, and I’m always happy to schedule an appointment with you either in my office or in the virtual classroom.
Student Withdrawal Procedures: Students who wish to withdraw from a class must do so before Tuesday, October 5th in order to count as a withdrawal and not a drop. It is better to withdraw than drop, but I encourage you to contact me or an advisor before it gets that bad so that I/they can help you.
Administrative Drop Policy: Students who turned in any assignments on or prior to the census date (Wednesday, July 20th) will be administratively dropped.
Calendar Subject to change due to weather, extra time needed, etc.
Readings: RH: Rhetoric Handbook; BB: Blackboard
Assignments: Week 1 journal, Week 1 Discussion, Week 1 Quiz
Essays: Essay 1 due Sunday
Week 1 video
Lectures 1 & 2,
“Writing Formal Essays in Third Person,” pgs 102-103
Assignments: Week 2 Journal, Week 2 Discussion, Week 2 Quiz
Essays: Short Story Literary Analysis Assigned.
Week 2 Video
Lectures 3 & 4
“A good Man is Hard to Find”
“Guidelines for Literary Analysis Paper (Without Research)”
Assignments: Week 3 journal, Week 3 Discussion, Week 3 Quiz
Essays: Short Story Literary Analysis Due Sunday
Week 3 Video
“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”
“What Belongs in Parentheses”
“When to Summarize, Paraphrase, and Quote” from the Writing Center of GMU University
“Quoting and Paraphrasing from a short story”
Assignments: Week 4 journal, Week 4 Discussion, Week 4 Quiz
Essays: Short Research Essay assigned
Week 4 Video
Lectures 6 & 7
Choosing and Using Sources: A Guide to academic Research” (Chapters 1-4)
Assignments: Week 5 journal, Week 5 Discussion, Week 5 Quiz, Peer Review
Essays: Short Research Essay Due Sunday after Peer Review
Week 5 Video
“Choosing and Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research” (Chapters 5-8)
“Sample Works Cited Page for English 1302
“How to Paraphrase”
Assignments: Final Exam Essay Due Wednesday August 10th
Week 6 Video
Handout “Advice For In-class Writing”
“There Will Come Soft Rains”
The other people in this class are students just like you. I encourage you to use the email function of Blackboard to communicate with each other if you have questions or if you need help with something to do with this class (copy of notes from a day you missed, advice on a homework assignment, reminder of page numbers, etc.). There is strength in numbers, and a college class is no exceptions.
Useful Phone Numbers:
AC Advocacy & Resource Center
AC Counseling Center
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