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Fall 2011

English 1302.8021 Composition II Departmental Syllabus

Class Location and Times: C212; 9:30-10:50 TR Instructor Name: Dr. William Matter

Office: WH 136 Phone: 972-238-6060 Email: Office Hrs.: 9:00-10:00 MWF and 1:00-2:00 TR Course Description (from District Catalog): This is a common course number. Former course prefix/number ENG 102. Prerequisite: English 1301 and have met Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading and Writing. In this course students refine the writing, research, and reading skills introduced in English 1301. A related goal is the development of critical thinking skills. Writing assignments emphasize argumentation and persuasion. Students will also write a formal research paper. (3 Lec.) Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2304015112 Textbooks and Other Course Materials: Suggested but not required:

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Bullock, Richard, Maureen Daly Goggin and Francine Weinberg. The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings and a Handbook, 2nd ed. New York: Norton. 2010. Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. 2nd ed. ISBN: 978-0-393-14607-3

Compliance with Core Curriculum Guidelines: English 1302 addresses the following Core Curriculum Educational Objectives: To understand and demonstrate writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation. To understand the importance of specifying audience and purpose and to select appropriate communication choices. To understand and appropriately apply modes of expression, i.e. descriptive, expositive, narrative, scientific, and self-expressive, in written, visual, and oral communication. To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding. To understand and apply basic principles of critical thinking, problem solving, and technical proficiency in the development of exposition and argument. To develop the ability to research and write a documented paper and/or to give an oral presentation. English 1302 addresses the following Core Curriculum Intellectual Competencies: Reading: The ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials books, documents, and articlesabove 12th grade level. Writing: The ability to produce clear, correct and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion and audienceabove 12th grade level. Critical Thinking: Think and analyze at a critical level.

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Computer Literacy: Understand our technological society, use computer based. English 1302 Course Objectives: Upon completing of English 1302, students should demonstrate the ability to 1. Write with voice, detail, and clarity to communicate effectively to a chosen audience. 2. Write for a variety of purposes, including to inform and to convince. 3. Write for a variety of audiences, each chosen with a purpose in mind. 4. Write within different time constraints, such as a single class period or over the course of several days or weeks. 5. Read and critically respond to the writing of others, including professional writers and/or students. 6. Develop informative, analytical and/or persuasive papers with a thesis and supporting evidence. 7. Conduct research using both traditional and electronic search techniques. 8. Incorporate researched material into an original paper, correctly paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting in current MLA format. Institution Policies: For Institution Policies, please refer students to the Richland website (Current Students) or to Course Outline: Week One Week Two Week Three practice Week Four Week Five writing Week Six Week Seven daily writing Week Eight Week Nine Introductions, grammar, daily discussions, writing grammar practice, discussions, daily writings, vocabulary autobiographical essay (Major Essay 1), grammar grammar test, discussion, vocabulary In-class presentation of research topic, vocabulary, daily Major Essay 2 (in-class), discussion of essay, peer review Sources and research documentation, discussion, Vocabulary, discussion, in-class writing In-class research work, discussion, vocabulary The instructor reserves the right to amend this syllabus as necessary.

Week Ten Week Eleven Week Twelve Week Thirteen Week Fourteen Week Fifteen Final Exam

Research paper rough draft, peer review Peer review, discussion, vocabulary In-class essay work, writing, discussion Research paper due, discussion Vocabulary test, discussion, in-class writing Readings, discussion, prepare for final

Evaluation Procedures: 5 In-class writings the total grade Grammar Test total grade Vocabulary Test total grade Major paper 1 total grade Major paper 2 total grade 2 Peer reviews total grade Sources Documentation the total grade Rough Draft total grade Research Paper total grade Daily, attendance total grade Final exam = grade A = 1000-900 699-600 F = <600 = = = = = = 10 points each, 100 points 100 points 100 points, 100 points, 50 points for 10% of 100 points for 10% of the 100 points for 10% of the 100 points for 10% of the 100 points for 10% of the

50 points each, 100 points for 10% of the = 50 points, 50 points for 05% of 100 points for 10 % of the 100 points for 20% of the 100 points for 10% of the 100 points for 10% of the total C = 799-700 D=

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100 points 100 points 100 points

100 points B = 899-800

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Obtaining Final Course Grades Using eConnect Final Grade Reports are no longer mailed. Convenient access is available online at or by telephone at 972-613-1818. Use your identification number when you log onto eConnect, an online system developed by the DCCCD to provide you with timely information regarding your college record. Your grades will also be printed on your Student Advising Report, which is available in the Admissions and Student Records Office, T170. Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend. Five points from your attendance grade will be deducted for each unexcused absence. There are only a very few situations that would qualify as an excused absence. Classroom Etiquette: You are expected to treat other students and the instructor with respect. As you would wish to be treated, so you should treat others. In other words, by following the rules outlined below, you will be more successful and less frustrated with your instructor and fellow students (and better prepared for university and/or business life). a. Practice open and honest communication. Communicate, politely, with your instructor if you have a problem. Nothing can be solved if you approach your instructor in an offensive manner, or demand the instructor solve your problems, or if you act out in class. Also, nothing can be accomplished if you dont talk to your instructor at all! Remember the golden rule above: if you treat your instructor with respect, your instructor will treat you with respect. This works for your fellow students, too! b. Avoid asking for special treatment without good reason. Requests for special consideration from the instructor (such as late papers, excused absences, etc.) are just that, requests. You are asking the instructor for a favor. Your instructor must be fair to all students and may not grant your request, or may grant it only with adequate documentation/evidence. Be aware of this and respect the instructors decision. Be prepared. Come to class prepared to write, discuss, work in groups, and ready to cooperate. Being prepared and able to work with a team are the two most valued skills in the business world. Have your reading done, drafts prepared, topics


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considered before you come to class. This, above all else, demonstrates respect for yourself. d. Listen! Listen to your instructor and your fellow students. Take notes when needed. Most problems occur because deep and open listening has not been practiced. Considering what has been said before reacting shows respect for the other person, as well as yourself. Finally, respect other students and the instructor by coming to class on time and making sure you turn off cell phones and pagers. Disrupting class is never respectful in anyones eyes.

e. Drop Date:

The last date to drop this class with a W is November 14, 2011. Academic Honesty Statement Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on tests, plagiarism and collusion. Cheating includes copying from another students test or homework paper, using materials not authorized, collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test, knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting the contents of an unadministered test, and substituting for another person to take a test. Plagiarism is the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means anothers work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in ones own written work. Collusion is the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements. Academic dishonesty is a serious offense in college. You can be given a failing grade on an assignment or test or even be suspended from college. Students who are determined to be involved in such activities shall be punished as prescribed by college and Board policies outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. You can access this information by going to . Preliminary drafts with evidence of plagiarism may receive reduction of the grade at the instructors discretion. Dependent upon the severity, final drafts with evidence of plagiarism will receive a grade reduction of at least 25% to 100%, and/or reporting of the incident to the Dean and/or Vice President of Student Affairs which may result in expulsion from class. It is the students responsibility to prove that he/she did not plagiarize.

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Where to go if you need additional help with your writing: The Writing Center is located in Medina 216 (Phone: 972-238-6226). There you can receive free tutoring by appointment or on a drop-in basis. The Writing Center staff also offers a series of Connnections workshops throughout the semester on writing and study skills in general. Dates and times for these free workshops are posted on the door of M-216. Help with grammar and mechanics is also available on-line at the following websites: Campus Emergency Operation Plan: Richland College and the Dallas County Community College District have developed policies and procedures for dealing with emergencies that may occur on campus. To familiarize yourself with these procedures, please take time to watch the overview video: The complete Emergency Operations Plan can be viewed and printed at the following website: If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Richland College Office of Emergency Management. This office can be reached by phone (972/2383794) or by e-mail ( Contingency Plan: Richland College has developed an Instructional Contingency Plan for Temporary College Closing for On-Campus Courses. Please discuss this contingency plan with your instructor. Students will be notified through either eConnect or eCampus e-mail should an emergency occur which prevents the holding of class. Make sure your e-mail address is current in eConnect. .

The instructor reserves the right to amend this syllabus as necessary.