Rhetoric & Composition 2

Course Details

Course Number: 1123  Section Number: 218

Spring 2011

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 328

Days & Times:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00-12:20.



Course Attachments

Schedule  English 1123 Syllabus TR Spring 2011-20120402-150540.doc

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Becky Green   
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Course Objectives

·        Write thesis-based essays that provide strong support and specific details

·        Engage in a writing process that includes invention, drafting, and revision

·        Demonstrate proficient use of Standard Written English

·        Find, evaluate, and synthesize credible sources in support of a research paper

·        Document sources responsibly and follow a designated style guide  

Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.


Course Expectations

Assignment                                                           % of Grade

Proposal Paper                                                            10

2 In-class bluebook essays                                      10

Exploratory Paper                                                        10

Annotated Bibliography                                              10

Research Paper                                                          40

Visual Argument Paper                                              10

Class work, Group participation, Attendance        10

 

·         Wood, Nancy W. Perspectives on Argument. 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2009. Print.

ISBN 13: 978-0-205-64897-9

·         Aaron, Jane E. The Little Brown Handbook:Brief Version. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2011. Print.

ISBN 13: 978-0-205-76276-7

 

·         Supplies:

            ½ to 1½ three-ring binder

            4 dividers: classwork, bluebook essays, papers, research project

            notebook paper (not jagged-edged spiral paper)

            pens/pencils

            a non-electronic dictionary

            flashdrives

            student email account: first.last.mmdd@students.mwsu.edu


Grading Standards

Your grades in this class are based on this scale: A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%.


Final Exam5/11/2011  1:00-3:00 pm

Submission Format Policy

All writing assignments must follow MLA format.  You may complete In-class writing assignments in pen or pencil.  You must type all out-of-class writing assignments.  You will submit your research project in your binder containing all previous work and papers. 

By enrolling in this class, you expressly grant MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by you for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce your 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.



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.

Late Paper Policy

The policy for submitting late work is as follows:  Late homework is not accepted.  Missed group work cannot be made up. A missed in-class bluebook writing assignment may be taken before the essay is returned in class, which is usually one week later.  Therefore, if you miss an in-class writing on Tuesday, come during my office hours to BW 233 and complete the assignment before class time on the following Tuesday.  No appointment is necessary. Work not completed in this time frame receives a grade of zero.   If you must miss class on the due date for a paper, send me your paper as an attachment to an e-mail that same day.  I accept late papers only when you apply and I grant an extension before the due date.   

 


Plagiarism Policy 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 quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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 Zones 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.

Attendance Requirements

If you have more than 5 absences (the equivalent of 2½ weeks of class) you fail the class. When you miss class please don’t feel you have to justify your absence with e-mail messages, phone calls, or a doctor’s note; I respect your privacy.  If you accumulate more than the allotted absences before the university’s withdrawal date, dropping the course is your responsibility. 

Attendance in this class is profitable.  Coming to class will provide the instruction you need to meet the objectives and requirements of this course.


Other Policies

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 quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

At the least, plagiarism will result in a 0 on the assignment; at worst, the consequence will be an automatic F for the course.  I will follow the reporting procedures required by the Dean of Students.

 

Be on time:  If you are repeatedly late to class, I will begin marking you absent.  If extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time, please let me know.

Practice courtesy:  When I am speaking to the class, do not walk in front of me.  If you arrive late to class, wait for my invitation.  When another student is speaking, listen.  All cell phones and other electronic devices must be silenced and put away during class.  Do not leave class to answer your phone nor “text” during class.  If you need to leave the room in order to use the restroom or get a drink of water, you do not need my permission; simply leave the room when I or a classmate is not speaking.  Do not eat during in the classroom. Disruptive behavior is grounds for being asked to leave the room and being counted absent. 


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.