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ENGL 1113 is the first half of the Rhetoric and Composition sequence of study that offers “training in skills involved in the writing process through the composition of short essays and the reading of prose selections,” as specified by the MSU Catalog (2008-10). ENGL 1113 presents students the opportunity to acquire skills in writing and critical thinking that are valuable in their major fields of study and careers. Some of the central skills that will be developed are critical curiosity, knowledge of function and structure of language, improved writing skills, and strengthening of creative thought and intellectual precision.
ENGL 1113 is a writing class; the base for your final mark (70%) will be the average of your writing grades. In addition to the regularly assigned compositions, you will write three in-class essays, against the clock, as a way of preparing for essay exams in your major classes. The last of these will be written during finals week. An additional percentage of one’s final grade (25%) will be determined by quizzes. The final portion of your grade (5%) will be created by participation in class discussions and journal entries.
In this class, the following numerical equivalents for final grades are used: A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%.
You will need access to a good dictionary, standard white paper (8.5 x 11), and a computer, as well as a “USB stick.” Given that society as steered away from hand-written correspondence, final drafts of written work must be typed.
By enrolling in this class, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.
Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
In the event that you must miss class, for whatever reason, you assume the responsibility for contacting the instructor for missed work and assignments that are due. If you are going to be absent, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor and obtain copies of any handouts. Tentative assignment due dates are listed on the course schedule. Late work will not be accepted unless you make arrangements with the instructor.
Due Dates: No late work will be accepted unless arrangements have been made with the instructor. If you miss work, it is your responsibility to find out what was missed and if you can make it up. Missing work will earn you a zero grade for that assignment. In addition, once quizzes have been returned, they cannot be made up.
Regular class attendance will be expected. Roll will be taken at every class. After the first cut, each additional two can lower your final grade one letter mark. Two late arrivals equal one cut. “Authorized Absences” (see Catalog) will not be counted in this total. Such absences DO NOT excuse you from turning required work on time. In addition, please understand that instructors may drop students from class for lack of appropriate participation (see Catalog).
Cheating and Plagiarism: By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify authenticity and for educational purposes.
Plagiarism is a serious offense and break in trust. All written work will be turned in accompanied by drafts. So, be sure to save all drafts. If the student is found cheating or practicing plagiarism, he or she will be referred to the office of the Dean of Students.
Note: No work shall be based on secondary sources. If I suspect that secondary sources were used and not properly accredited, then you must come to my office and demonstrate your writing procedure. Note: The MSU “Academic Misconduct” policy is available in the Student Handbook.
Americans With Disabilities Act: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. If you require special arrangements in order to meet course requirements, you should contact the Office of Disability as soon as possible to make necessary accommodations.