Rhetoric and Composition

Course Details

Course Number: 1113  Section Number: 104

Fall 2011

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 329

Days & Times:

MWF 9:00-9:50

Course Attachments

Class Schedule  schedule - Rhet comp-1-20120403-160014.docx


MSU Faculty Member
Dr Gina Opdycke Terry   
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Course Objectives

Students will:

  • 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

Course Expectations

Quizzes & Class Activities                     10%

4 in-class essays (10% each)              40%

4 out-of-class essays  (10%, 10%, 15%, 15%)  50%

Grading Standards



Quizzes & Class activities                                        10%


4 in-class essays (10% each)                                     40%


4 out-of-class essays (10%, 10%, 15%, 15%)   50%

Grading Scale

F: 0-59, D: 60-69, C: 70-79, B: 80-89, A: 90-100

Final Exam12/10/2011  8:00

Submission Format PolicyNote: 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

  • You must complete all assignments in the sequence outlined on this syllabus in order to receive a passing grade in this course. 
  • Papers must be in MLA format.  Please use a Writer’s Handbook if you need a refresher on MLA format.  I will not accept papers that are not in MLA format.
  • Late papers will be penalized.  In the event of a personal or professional emergency, you must contact me prior to the due date and class meeting time.  Unauthorized late papers will result in a penalty of one lowered letter grade sequentially every twenty-four hours from the original due date, including weekends. 
  • In-class work, quizzes, homework, and major assignments may not be made up in cases of unexcused absences. 
  • Papers should not be submitted outside of class (for example, left under the door or by email).


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
  • Come to class; it’s that simple. You are expected to meet in class according to the times published in the fall schedule of classes.
  • Attendance will be taken at the beginning of class.  To have credit for attendance, students who arrive in class after attendance is checked (first five minutes) must provide evidence (documentation) to substantiate their late arrival.  Otherwise, late arrivals will be marked as absent.
  • Participation and attendance go hand in hand, and participation includes not only speaking and contributing to classroom discussion, but also completing the reading and assignments on time.  Please come to class prepared to discuss the assignments for that day and prepared to contribute to the overall conversation of the course.
  • You are responsible for getting notes from a colleague for any class information you may have missed.
  •  Quizzes, in-class writing, or other missed work may not be made up if the absence is unexcused, and homework will not be accepted late. 
  •  For excused absences, students will have one week to make up the missed work.
  •  If you miss more than 9 classes, you will fail the class.

Other Policies

Classroom Behavior

  • As a courtesy to your classmates and to me, turn off all electronic devices (iphones, cell phones, etc) before class starts. 
  • Please do not text during class,if you do so I will ask you to leave and the absence will be unexcused.
  • Please keep an open mind. 


Email and Fax

  • I will not discuss grades on e-mail or the phone.  Unless otherwise specified, assignments attached to e-mail messages will not be accepted if you have not submitted a hard copy of the assignment. 
  • I will try to respond to emails within 48 hours; if you have not heard from me, don’t hesitate to contact me again. 



Grades are not negotiable. Your final course grade will be based on your work in the course. If you are concerned about a grade, see me during office hours.

For freshmen or transfer students entering Midwestern in the fall of 2011 or later, a grade of C or higher in ENGL 1113 is a prerequisite for enrolling in ENGL 1123, and a grade of C or higher in ENGL 1123  is required for graduation from Midwestern.

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.