Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
Minimum of 2 In-Class Essays (350-word min. each) 10%
Minimum of 3 Formal, Revised Essays (750-word min. each) 30%
(Summary/Response, Exploratory, Rogerian, Visual)
1 Annotated Bibliography (including both print and web sources) 10%
1 Final Research Paper (1500-word min.) 30%
Presentations and in-class participation 10%
Writing assignments should require students to produce approximately 5000 words of graded writing and count for at least 80% of the final grade.
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%.
All in-class work must be written on standard white lined paper in pen. All outside class work must be typed, printed, and submitted according to current MLA requirements.
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.
All assigned work will be due on dates assigned at the beginning of class. I do not accept late work.
Regular class attendance will be expected. Roll will be taken at every class. After the first cut, each additional two will lower your final grade one letter mark. Two late arrivals equal one cut. “Authorized Absences” (see Bulletin) will not be counted in this total. Such absences, though, DO NOT excuse students from turning in required work on TIME. Please be aware that instructors may drop students from class rolls for lack of appropriate participation (See Bulletin and student handbook).
If you miss work for whatever reason, it will be your responsibility to find out what you have missed and how or if it can be made up. Missing work will be averaged as a zero. “I wasn’t here for this” will not be considered sufficient reason to excuse an individual student from completing required work.
I encourage you to begin drafting papers as early as possible and to take advantage of the MSU Writing Labs located in 224 Bea Wood and RC246 Moffett Library. Writing tutors will not edit your papers for you, but they will provide you with specific suggestions for improving your writing.
Cell phones must be turned off. Vibrating cell phones are a disturbance and will not be tolerated. If a student is caught using an electronic device during a test, that student will receive a 0 on that test. Any behavior that disturbs the learning environment will not be tolerated. I will give a warning once that a particular behavior is disruptive to the class. If that conduct continues, an instructor drop will be initiated.