Composition I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Instructor Information

Office Location

Ordway 100 A

Office Hours

Fall I: 10:30-11:30 MTWR

And by appointment

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Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016

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ENGL-1301-011 Composition I


Corequisite: INRW 0303 Prerequisite: Scores on a state-approved test indicating college-level reading and writing skills

Course Description

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating and critical analysis.

Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website

Department Expectations

Occupational License Disclaimer

Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(3 sem hrs; 3 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


Amarillo College English Department. A Rhetoric Handbook for English 1301, 1302, and 2311. Hayden McNeil, 2019.

Bullock, Richard, Michal Brody, and Francine Wineberg. The Little Seagull Handbook with Exercises. 3rd ed., W. W. Norton, 2017


A computer with reliable access to the internet and a word processing program. Students must be able to save documents as either Word files (.doc or .docx) or portable document format files (.pdf).

Students may use the computers in the English Writing Lab in Ordway 101, which are equipped with Word, during its regular hours of operation. See

Student Performance

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes.
2. Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution.
3. Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose.
4. Read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts.
5. Use Edited American English in academic essays.
Departmental expectations:
6. Write a third person, argumentative research paper following the MLA format for citing sources.
7. Use the library's online databases and other computer resources for research and word processing.

In addition to the learning outcomes listed, students will be expected to use the library’s online databases and other computer resources for research and word processing. Also, all students will write a third person, argumentative research paper that follows the MLA format for citing sources and utilizes peer review. 

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

English and Cultural Studies Department Tutoring Policy

If a student scores below 70% on an exam or writing assignment, he or she will be required to attend tutoring per the instructor’s directions before being allowed to complete the next assigned work.

Amarillo College English Department Plagiarism Policy, revised Spring 2013

The English Department takes plagiarism seriously.

Plagiarism is defined as the following:  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.

Student plagiarism in the Amarillo College English Department is internally tracked.  To clarify, records will be kept in the Department of those students who have plagiarized.  At the beginning of each new semester, the names of students who plagiarized the previous semester will be sent to all English Department faculty. 

Plagiarism may receive a penalty of a zero.  A subsequent infraction will be deemed a reason for expulsion from the class. At this point, the case will be referred to the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Note: Self-plagiarism will be discussed with the class by each instructor and infractions for such are left up to the individual instructor’s discretion.

Grading Criteria

Quizzes: 10% 

Discussions: 10%

Major Assignments: 80% Total [Summary 15%; Introduction 20%; Works Cited 15%; Rhetorical Analysis 25%; Research Proposal 25% 

90-100% = A

80-89% = B



59% and lower=F

Late work policy noted in course introduction. Generally though, five point reduction for each day late.


This is a fast paced class. Best strategy is to look ahead and don't get behind.





Class Activities



Read Introductory Material and look through class on Blackboard



Lesson 1

Discussion Board

Academic Writing Quiz


Lesson 2

Reading 1



Census Day

Readings 2 and 3

Discussion Board

Lesson Quizzes


Lesson 3

Discussion Board


Summary and Paraphrasing Assignment

Summary and Paraphrasing Assignment

Due by Noon


Lesson 4

Discussion Board

Lesson Quiz

Grammar Quizzes


Lesson 5

Discussion Board

Lesson Quiz


Introduction and Thesis Assignment

Introduction/Thesis Assignment

Due by Noon


Lesson 6

Discussion Board

Lesson Quiz

Grammar Quizzes


Lesson 7

Discussion Board

Citation Quizzes


Lesson 8

Discussion Board

Lesson Quiz


Lesson 9

Discussion Board

Works Cited Quiz



Works Cited Test Due


Lesson 10

Discussion Board





Rhetorical Analysis Due

By Midnight


Last day to withdraw

Lesson 11



Work on Proposal




Research Proposal Due by Noon

Additional Information

Day-to-day work listed in syllabus subject to change at the discretion of the professor.

College Content:

In the college experience, students will encounter diverse views and new subject matter, which expand their knowledge and perspective.  In this college English class, we might read and discuss some literary works with subject matter that could include (but not be limited to) death, violence, sexuality, race, potentially offensive language, and political or religious viewpoints different from your own.  If this is a concern for you, please meet with me.

Syllabus Created on:

06/30/22 8:08 PM

Last Edited on:

06/30/22 8:15 PM