Location and time: DB 342 9:00-9:50
Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
Assignments % of Grade
Minimum of 4 In-Class Essays (350-word min. each) 30%
Minimum of 4 Formal, Revised Essays (750-word min.each) 50%
Major Exams/presentations 15%
Homework and Reading Quizzes 5%
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 writing assignments will be typed in MLA format.
By enrolling in this class, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” to 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.
Essays turned in late will immediately lose ten points and will continue to lose an additional ten points for every day that I do not have your essay. Note that if your essay is five or more days late, you have already failed the essay. Failure to turn in an essay completely will result in a zero for that essay grade. If you know that you will be absent the day an essay is due, make arrangements with me ahead of time to turn in your work early for full credit. Reading quizzes and homework assignments cannot be made up. Provided you have a doctor’s note, you will be able to make up major exams or in-class writings; however, you will have only two class periods starting the day you return to class to take advantage of this opportunity.
In order to successfully complete this course, attendance is imperative. MSU allows three absences for MWF classes. After three absences, each additional absence will result a 2.5 point deduction from you final average.
Tardiness to class is disruptive and disrespectful to both the professor and your fellow classmates. I will count every two late arrivals as being equal to one absence and will deduct from your final average according to my absence policy. If you arrive any time after class begins, you will be considered tardy; however, if you are ten minutes late or more, you will be counted absent.
Cell phones and other such gadgets are not to be used during class time. Sleeping and chatting with your friends will not be tolerated during class. If this behavior persists after I have spoken to you about it, you will be asked to leave the classroom and can possibly result in a referral to the dean of students. Disruptive behavior effects the education of your colleagues who have paid to attend this class; they, and I, deserve respect and the prospect of a “mature” classroom environment.