ENGLISH 1010

COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC

COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND

GENERAL GUIDELINES

INSTRUCTOR:  Margaret H. Jenkins

TELEPHONE:     Prince Frederick Campus: (443) 550-6000 (Leave message)   

EMAIL:             margaretj@csmd.edu (Best way to reach me)

COURSE PREREQUISITES: ENG 0980, ENG 0990 or placement

COURSE DESCRIPTION

      Students will receive instruction in grammar, planning, organizing, and developing a variety of compositions as outlined in the course syllabus.  Students will learn basic research and documentation techniques.  Upon completion, students should be able to write unified, coherent essays nearly free of mechanical or structural errors.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Each student should be able to demonstrate writing skills that show the following:

     1. Develop a clearly stated thesis after careful thought.

     2. Develop ideas to support thesis.

     3. Practice standard English usage.

     4. Write essays and long papers that are free of major sentence errors.

     5. Analyze a writing problem (e.g., persuasion, argument, compare and contrast, descriptive),   and write an essay that effectively demonstrates purpose.

 Each student should be able to write essays of at least 500 words using the following methods of development:

     1. Narration

     2. Description

     3. Process

     4. Illustration/ Example

     5. Division and Classification

     6. Compare and Contrast

     7. Cause and Effect

     8. Definition

     9. Argument and Persuasion

             Each student will show the ability to research an assigned topic and to organize this research into a coherent and original paper of at least 1500 words.  Each student will investigate sources, evaluate, and document them according to the methods for research papers outlined in the required textbook.  Further guidance for research paper format will be given in later class sessions.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should exhibit proficiency in the following areas (as defined in the Faculty Statement on General Education, found in the CSM Catalog).

Faculty Statement on General Education

Upon completion of the course, a student should be able to do the following:

¨ Read college-level material

¨ Identify the main components and supporting evidence in a text

¨ Evaluate written material to reach conclusions

¨ Write complete sentences, proofread and edit, punctuate and spell in Standard English

¨ Conceive ideas, select materials, and organize contents effectively for a purpose

¨ Choose style and content appropriate to audience and purpose

¨ Write a unified, coherent academic essay, correct in structure and mechanics, which supports a clear, limited thesis

¨ Write a coherent research paper, including gathering information, taking notes, quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing accurately, and documenting sources properly

¨ Set study goals and priorities to attain stated course objectives

¨ Accept constructive criticism and learn from it

¨ Interpret, analyze, and evaluate spoken messages

¨ Engage in constructive debate

¨ Recognize valid and invalid reasoning

¨ Understand and use inductive and deductive reasoning

¨ Draw reasonable conclusions from information found in various sources

¨ Distinguish between fact, opinion, and inference

¨ Develop, present and defend valid arguments

¨ Compare, contrast and classify information and concepts

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

A.         RESEARCH PAPER ASSIGNMENT

Each student will submit a 1500 to 2000-word research paper (about 7 to 10 typed pages, double-spaced).  The topic must be approved.  After studying the materials presented in the text and in the class, the student will complete the assignment by the deadline as indicated below:

Research Deadlines:

Research Component

Session Due

Points

Topic

4th Session

10

Research Outline

5th Session

10

Research materials, note cards

8th Session

20

Draft of Research Introduction

9th Session

10

Research Works Cited Page

11th Session

10

Draft of Research Paper

12th Session

40

Final Paper

13th Session

100

 

NOTE: The Research Paper is very important in this class.

No student may pass this course without turning in a research paper.

B.         ESSAY ASSIGNMENTS

There will be five different essays assigned during this course, using the various modes of development (Comparison, Classification, etc.)

C.         ONLINE RESEARCH TESTS: TILT MODULES

TILT - Texas Information Literacy Tutorial

 TILT is an online information literacy tutorial designed to assist students with research strategies. Students are required to complete three modules (tutorials and quizzes) and submit a printed copy of each quiz as part of the outcome assessment. Some other courses may require passing scores of the TILT modules; therefore students will have to keep copies of the printed quiz scores if they do not wish to take the quizzes again. Students may take the TILT tutorial and quiz over should the first score be unsatisfactory.

To access TILT, go to the Collage of Southern Maryland Homepage at www.csmd.edu, and click on the Library link. From there, select TILT. All TILT scores must be in by the 10th session.

D.     OTHER ASSIGNMENTS

There will be other assignments in this course such as the following:

            . Homework assignments from the textbook or handout

            . In-class assignments

            . Study assignments

            . Reflection Logs & Assignments

            . Assigned class presentations

E.         MIDTERM AND FINAL EXAMS

           All students must be present to take the midterm and final exams.  In the event of a grave emergency, the instructor should be notified and a make-up date should be arranged for the exam.  The student should validate the nature of the emergency with some form of documentation, such as a physician's note.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS OUTLINE

Assignment Topic

Assigned Session

Draft Due Session

Final Copy Due Session

Narrative

3

4

5

Comparison

4

5

6

Cause & Effect

5

6

7

Classification

6

7

8

Argument

8

 

10

Other Homework

To be assigned

 

Next Session

TILT 3 Modules

1

 

10th Session

Research Paper

1

 

13th Session

Midterm

1

 

7th Session

Final

1

 

14th Session

 

ASSIGNMENTS

All assignments are due on the sessions listed as due dates, and should be turned in at the beginning of each class.

          Students who plan to submit essay assignments online should use a Microsoft Word formatted attachment. Other word processing files must be converted into Rich Text Format (rtf). ZIP files are not acceptable. On the email subject line, students should indicate Eng 1010, otherwise it is likely that the email may be put in a junk folder. When the instructor receives the assignment, she will send the student an email indicating that the assignment has been received (usually within 48 hours). If a student does not receive any email from the instructor, he or she should try to submit again since something may have gone wrong. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the work has been properly submitted and received. Internet failure is not an acceptable excuse for late work. If system failure is truly the cause, the student must print a hard copy of the original email as verification.

          Late essay assignments will have 5 points deducted on a scale of a hundred for each session that the assignment is late. No late work will be accepted for assignments in other categories such as Reflection Assignments and homework practices from the book.

          Students should seek help from the instructor if they encounter difficulties; however, students should plan to get help before the assignment is due. The instructor is available after class and via phone or email.  All assignments should be in one week before the Final Exam.

ATTENDANCE AND MAKE-UP WORK

Students are expected to attend classes regularly in order that they learn all information given during lectures and actively participate in class activities and discussions. Students will receive 10 participation points for each session they are present.

          Students with excused absences (those with valid documentation turned into the instructor) may make up all assignments. Those students with excused absences who wish to receive participation points must write a summary essay of about 500 words summarizing the chapter(s) covered for the particular session. Students will have one week from the date of absence to turn in the summary essay and missing homework assignments. It is also the responsibility of the absent student to find out what he/she has missed and what has been assigned during class.

          Students with unexcused absences may only make up essays and research units (with points deducted). Other late assignments such as Reflection Assignments or work from the textbook will not be graded. Students are also expected to complete all missing assignments regardless of points because the practices are designed to help students learn.

          All assignments should be in one week before the Final Exam.

REQUIRED TEXT

Dornan, Edward A., and Robert Dees. Four in One: Rhetoric, Reader, Research Guide, and

                     Handbook.  4th ed. New York: Pearson Longman Company, 2008.

 

 

OTHER

     . Bring a notebook for taking notes, writing in-class practices, and saving graded papers. You may also bring a flash drive to save digital information. Please remember that your returned graded papers in your notebook are proof of completion for all assignments. This is especially important in the event of a dispute regarding grades.

     . Please be considerate of others in the classroom. During lecture time, please do not hold private conversations. During group work time, please share and be civil. When classmates present information, please be attentive. 

     . Please refrain from using the lab computers during lecture and discussion time. Using the computers to check email, play games, or catch up on homework is not acceptable.

     . The instructor reserves the right to ask any student who is disruptive to leave if she believes it to be in the best interest of the class.  If a student’s behavior repeatedly disrupts the educational process of the class, a student judicial complaint will be submitted, and the disciplinary actions that result will be final.  This information is in the Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.

GRADING PROCEDURE 

Each assignment will be given a point value. Student grade will be calculated by taking the acquired points divided by total possible points and converting the numeric value into a percentage. However, no student may pass this course without the research paper, midterm and final exams.

Participation:                         10 points each session

Papers:                              100 points each

Selected Class assignments: 10 points each

TILT Quiz:                             50 points each

Research paper:                  200 points total

Quizzes:                               50 points each

Midterm:                             100 points

Final:                                  100 points

GRADE ASSIGNMENT

A = 90 – 100%              B = 80 – 89%                C = 70 – 79%                D = 60 – 69%               

F = < 60%

FORMAT TO SUBMIT WORK

All essays, the research paper, and drafts to be reviewed in class must be typed, double spaced, using 10-12 font size that is legible (such as Ariel, Times New Roman, or Courier). Headings for the essays should be on the top left corner, providing information such as Name, Course, Assignment, and Date. The centered title should follow next. The title should follow MLA guidelines and not be underlined or in quotation marks. The research paper must have a cover sheet and typed in the proper format.

For other exercises such as Reflection Assignments, quick-writes, and other work from the textbook may be hand written in legible writing or typed, following directions given in the text or by the instructor. The heading should be on the top left corner, providing information such as Name, Course, Assignment with page number if appropriate, and Date. The centered title should follow next.

CELL PHONE AND PAGER POLICY

All cell phones and pagers must be turned off or be in the silent mode during class so as not to disturb the class.

VISITOR POLICY

According to the guidelines of the College of Southern Maryland, unauthorized people are not allowed in the classroom.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students are expected to follow a Code of Academic Integrity. This means that students must refrain from cheating on exams, plagiarizing papers, submitting the same paper for credit in two different course without authorization, purchasing papers, submitting fraudulent documents, and forging documents. Names of students who plagiarize will be submitted to the Dean following the guidelines indicated in the Student's Handbook.  

ASSISTANCE WITH WRITING ASSIGNMENTS

The Student Success Center (SSC) provides free one-on-one writing assistance. Contact the information on Student Success Services at 443-550-6000 or visit the web site www.csmd.edu/studentsuccess for details.

Also, the website Guide to Grammar and Writing hosted by Capital Community College is an excellent online help system to supplement your textbook (http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/).

IMPORTANT DATES

Please check the academic calendar for the following:

First and last dates for the semester

             Last day to change from credit to audit or from audit to credit

Holiday or breaks for college closing

             Last day to withdraw without a grade
COURSE OUTLINE

The following is a general guide for English 1010. It may be necessary to make minor changes as needs arise due to the individuality of the class population. The student is responsible for recording any changes in this syllabus. Students should read ahead and be prepared prior to coming to class so that they may be ready for discussions. Sometimes, specific assignments will be assigned in class. It is the students' responsibility to record those assignments.

 

 

Session

Materials Covered

Assignment

Due

1

Introduction; Syllabus; Ch. 1: Critical & Creative Thinking (3-6); Ch. 27: Critical Reading (467-473); Summarizing; Reflection concepts (4, 46, 469, 472); Writing a Reflection Assignment

Read essay “Like Mexicans” (17+) & write a Reflection Assignment

 

2

Ch. 2: Critical Thinking Basis (7-16); Ch. 3: Critical Thinking & Reasoning (21-29)

Ch. 6: Writing Thesis Statements & Formal Plan, Outlining (67+);

Handout: Evaluating essays using Unity, Coherence, & Organization;

Textbook Activities  p. 15-16, 28-29; Read Ch. 4 & 5 (44-45, 46-66). Read “Myth of the Latina Woman” (485+) & write a Reflection Assignment

Reflection Assignment for “Like Mexicans.”

3

Ch. 7: Writing paragraphs for the Rough Draft (78+)

Ch. 12: Narrative(171-186), Essay “Myth of the Latina Woman..” (485+)

TILT Module 1

Narrative Essay. Read “The Hero” (209-211) & write Reflection Assignment.

Textbook Activities  p. 15-16, 28-29;  Reflection Assignment for Ch. 4 & 5

 

4

Ch. 8 & 9: Responses to Rough Draft & Revising Rough Draft (102+);

Ch. 10: Preparing to Submit Essay (139+);

Ch. 14: Comparison (208+)

Comparison Essay. Read “Cheating...” (223-226) & write a Reflection Assignment.

Research Topic (with 3-5 questions); Draft of Narrative Essay; Reflection Assignment fro “The Hero”

 

5

Ch. 15: Cause & Effect (222+)

TILT Module 2

Cause & Effect Essay. Read “Why We Crave Horror Movies” (519-521) & write a Reflection Assignment.

Draft of Comparison Essay; Final Copy of Narrative Essay; Research Outline; Reflection Assignment  on “Cheating”

6

Ch. 17: Classification (255+)

Classification Essay. Review for Midterm.

Draft of Cause & Effect; Final Copy of Comparison Essay; Reflection Assignment on “Why We Crave Horror Movies”

7

Ch. 20: The Research Essay (309-325);

MIDTERM;

TILT Module 3

Read “Here's Looking at Reality, Kid...” (288-291) & write Reflection Assignment.

MIDTERM; Draft of Classification Essay; Final Copy of Cause & Effect Essay

8

Ch. 19: Argumentation & Persuasion (286+)

Argument Essay. Write a Reflection Assignment on one of your research articles.

Research Materials, Notes; Final Copy of Classification Essay; Reflection Assignment for “Here's Looking at Reality, Kid...”

9

Ch. 20: The Research Essay (326- 340); Ch. 22: Documenting Sources (372+); Using Online Bibliography Builders

Read sample research paper “College Plagiarism” (358-370) & write a Reflection Assignment.

Draft of Intro for Research Paper; Reflection Assignment on one of your research articles.

10

Ch. 21: Writing the Research Essay (342+)

Read “We Are Not Alone” (192-194) & write Reflection Assignment.

Final Copy of Argument Essay, TILT Modules (all 3). Reflection Assignment on “College Plagiarism”

11

Ch. 13: Examples (190+);

Ch. 18: Definition (269); Evaluate Sample Research Papers

Read “Imaginatively Chaotic Art” (155-157) & write a Reflection Assignment.

Research “Works Cited” Page; Reflection Assignment for “We Are Not Alone.”

12

Ch. 11: Description (153+);

Ch. 16: Process Analysis (242+)

Read “The Speaker's Tone...” (430-432) & write a Reflection Assignment.

Draft of Entire Research Paper; Reflection Assignment for “Imaginatively Chaotic Art”

13

Ch. 24: Writing about Images (435+); Ch. 25: Writing for an Exam (433+); Ch. 23: Writing about literature (421+)

Prepare for FINAL- presentation/ final

Final Copy of Research Paper; Reflection Assignment on “The Speaker's Tone...”

14

Oral Presentations, Final Exam

 

 

FINAL EXAM

 

Special Note: In order to complete all assignments for this course, students should plan to spend a minimum of 6- 8 hours a week for homework, reading, research, and writing assignments in addition to class time.