Sec 107: 8-9:20 AM Bolin 103; sec 108: 11 AM-12:20 PM
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT OBJECTIVES for all ENGLISH 1123 courses
Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
Specific Objectives for ENGL 1123 with Dr Fields
Writing about Literature. For the first several weeks, students must write critically on assigned literary topics: a five-paragraph essay on poetry and a five-paragraph essay on fiction. Writing must follow MLA standards (both in-body and in the Works Cited). This module is designed to introduce students to supporting, demonstrating, and reinforcing a thesis with evidence and proper citation of sources—without as yet venturing onto the databases or into the book stacks.
Student Research Project. The final 10 weeks are devoted to a three stage 15-paragraph research project (each stage of which is a five-paragraph essay in its own right) on a topic of the student’s own choosing (subject to instructor approval). Each stage will be evaluated for grade. The grade for the final combined document will reflect the degree to which the student has accommodated the corrections and concerns indicated by the instructor at each stage of the process. The research topic must relate to the student individually, whether in regard to the student’s personal experience (including family history), or the student’s prospective field of study, goals, or career. All writing must follow MLA standards (both in-body and in the Works Cited). Sources must be scholarly (e.g., peer-reviewed and recent research in professional journals) and come from the Moffett-supported databases or Moffett book stacks.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL ENGL 1123 courses
Assignment % of Grade
Minimum of 2 In-Class Essays (350-word min. each)
Minimum of 3 Formal, Revised Essays (750-word min. each)
1 Annotated Bibliography (including both print and web sources)
1 Final Research Paper (1500-word min.)
Writing assignments should require students to produce approximately 5000 words of graded writing and count for at least 80% of the final grade.
Specific Requirements for ENGL 1123 with Dr. Fields:
Writing about Literature(see sample Hughes essay)
Students will write two five-paragraph literary essays based on key texts in A Short Guide to Writing about Literature. These essays are drafted in class to insure originality. Errors in grammar and punctuation will affect the grade.
Instead of an exam Tuesday, Dec. 7th, students must come to the office of the instructor between 9 AM and 4 PM. They will receive their folder with their grade for the final due date and their grade for the semester.
The Student Research Project (see sample essays)
Students choose their own individual topic (subject to instructor approval). Here are some of the topics students have chosen in recent semesters:
Bariatric Surgery, School Bullies, Palliative Care, Nursing and Stress, Racism in Hiring of Coaches, Surrogate Mothers, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Praise & Classroom Discipline, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Concussions & College Athletics, Epidural Anesthesia, Enforcing Title IX, Spiritual Counseling in Nursing, Breast Feeding vs. Bottle, Coaching for Life, Attention Deficit Disorder, Antidepressants, Radio Frequency Identification for Inventory, Accounting Education, Pre-School Education, Telemedicine in Developing Countries, Nanotechnology, Video Games as a Virtual Classroom, Black Holes, International Adoption, DNA Profiling, Vaccines and Autism, Genetic Causes of Obesity, Government Accreditation of Religious Colleges, Restructuring of Air Traffic Control, Natural Remedies for Alzheimer’s, Maternal Smoking & SIDS, Fertility, Lorenzo’s Oil for ALD, Female Body Image, Alcohol Abuse in College, Hooking Up on Campus, The Ethical Business Model & Profitability, The Global Business Model, Wind Power, Effect of Military Deployment on Children and Marriage, Physical Therapy & Post-Traumatic Stress, Educating Incarcerated Young People, Horizontal oil drilling, Engineering Challenges in Rebuilding New Orleans, The Risk of Infection with Pacifiers, Schizophrenia and Heredity, Commotio cordis (chest impacts and cardiac arrest),HIV Origin and Zoonosis, and Treating Parkinson’s.
Before students start drafting the three stages of the research project:
Writing each Stage of the Research Project (each stage a five-paragraph essay):
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%.
Grading and Evaluation
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.
Proper Format and Submission of all Work
An assignment is late if submitted after the class period it is due. If late by one period, the assignment will be penalized 10 points. If late by two class periods, the essay is penalized 20 points (the penalty is capped at 20 points). No late work may be submitted after the last official class period, Dec. 2. A class period is officially over when the instructor dismisses it.All late work must be submitted IN PERSON.
If students are too ill to submit their work personally, they should submit it when they return to class. They may avoid penalty for late submission by obtaining documentation from a relevant professional in a timely fashion (e.g., a doctor or the Dean of Students’ office). Absence for the sake of others requires similar documentation.
Roll is taken right away as soon as class begins. The instructor is not obliged to count people present who arrive late. A student with three unexcused absences receives a warning from the instructor. As of the fourth unexcused absence, the instructor reserves the right to notify the Dean of Students and to initiate removal of the student from the course.
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT POLICY ON PLAGIARISM
Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")–whether you use that material in a quotation, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.
LANGUAGE TOO CLOSE TO SOURCE (even if the sources are documented in the Works Cited)
In ENGL 1123 (w. Dr. Fields) restating language word for word (or close to word for word) from the source without using quotation marks or setting it off as a Block Quote will receive a failing grade, even if the student provides a parenthetical page at the end of a sentence and includes the source in the Works Cited.
The three stages of the research project are opportunities for the instructor to have teachable moments with students regarding language which is TOO CLOSE TO SOURCE. Students must revise these lapses—dynamically, creatively, and insightfully—for the final Combined document. Students who persist even at this final stage in using language too close to source risk repeating the course and their plagiarism being reported.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.
SAFE ZONE STATEMENT
The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.
CONTACTING YOUR INSTRUCTOR
All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor’s phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.
UNIVERSITY WRITING LABS
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.