ENGL 2113, Composition Skills, is designed to build skill in clear and forceful composition and in standard usage.
Course Objectives include
Assignment % of Grade
8 -10 quizzes 20
4 writing assignments 40
Final Grammar Test 20
Final Essay Exam 20
This class will use the following grading system for essays:
The grade requirement for passing this course is a minimum of 60 on the Final Grammar Exam and a minimum of 70 on the Final Essay Exam. Two points are added to your final grade average for effective participation and completion of homework.
You will be working through several revisions of each writing assignment including prewriting or brainstorming, outlining, drafting, and revising. Save all of your writing in a portfolio. When using a word processor, use double-spacing and a size 12 font and include in the upper left-hand corner your name, section number, date, and name of the assignment. Additional pages must include your last name and page number in the upper right-hand corner. Some writing will be done in class and some in the Computer Writing Lab. You will be instructed how to name files and submit work electronically.
Late work will be accepted late only in exceptional cases. If a problem arises preventing you from submitting an assignment on time, contact me before the due date explaining the problem and requesting an extension. If you have not made these arrangements, the assignment grade will be reduced by a half grade per day (A becomes an A-; B- minus becomes a C+). The greatest incentive for submitting assignments on time, however, is that this class moves quickly. Late work inevitably leads to more problems down the line.
Attendance is required and includes being prepared with the day’s assignments and participating in class discussions. Up to two points are added to your final grade for attendance and participation. Excessive absences (more than 3) will lower your grade. If you are absent on the day an assignment is due, you must arrange for someone to submit the assignment for you or risk a late penalty (see section above).
Several in-class writings and weekly quizzes are required to complete this course. If you miss one of these sessions, you must contact me before the following class to arrange to make up the work during my office hours. Quizzes must be made up before the scores are returned (usually the following class period).
You can expect me to be available as a resource from which to draw and to obtain feedback. I encourage you to schedule an appointment with me during my office hours to discuss your progress in the class.
I am also very responsive to email questions as long as I know who the email is from and you have provided all information necessary for me to provide a complete answer. Please follow these guidelines: