Instructor: Emily McBroom
Bea Wood 200
Office Phone: 940-397-4058
Location and time: PY 205 TR 5:30-6:50
Office Hours: MW 9:00-9:50, 10:00-10:50, and 5:00-5:30. TR 9:30-10:50 and 5:00-5:30 and by appointment
English 1113-114: Rhetoric and Composition
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 15%
To be announced
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%.
Submission Format and Policy
All writing assignments will be typed in MLA format.
IMPORTANT: 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.
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.
Late Paper/Assignment Policy
I will not accept email submissions of assignments; therefore, in order to ensure your assignments are turned in on time, you must be present in class the day the assignment is due. Any assignment that you do not hand in on the due date will receive a ten point deduction each day that I do not have the assignment.
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. Any plagiarized work will result in a zero and possibly immediate failure of the course or being dropped from the course. If I suspect plagiarism, you will be asked to provide proof of your work. The MSU “Academic Misconduct” policy is also available in the Student Handbook if you should wish to read further into the MSU plagiarism policy.
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.
In order to successfully complete this course, attendance is imperative. I will allow two absences consequence-free; however, after two, each subsequent 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. Any case of disruptive behavior can result in a referral to the dean of students. Disruptive behavior affects 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.
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.
Writing Proficiency Requirement
All students seeking a Bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they have 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 have 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.
Daily Schedule of Readings and Assignments
See attached calendar.