Composition Skill

Course Details

Course Number: 2113  Section Number: X22

Spring 2012

Location: ( All )

Course Attachments

Class Schedule  2113 schedule online-20120403-151908.docx


MSU Faculty Member
Emily McBroom   
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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.

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


ENGL 2113-X20, X21 Composition Skills

Spring 2012

Professor Emily McBroom           

Office: Bea Wood 200

Phone: 940-397-4058 




The primary objective of the course is to develop students’ skills in clear and effective composition and standard usage of the English language.  In English 2113, students compose, convincingly support, and polish persuasive, thesis-driven essays.  The course is required of those who have failed the Writing Proficiency Exam and may not be counted toward an English major or minor or toward English as a first or second teaching field or teaching emphasis.


Until the Writing Proficiency Requirement is met, a student may be required to enroll in and stay enrolled in ENGL 2113 in order to continue taking classes at MSU.  Any student with credit for more than 90 semester hours who enrolls in and subsequently withdraws from or is withdrawn from ENGL 2113 will be dropped from all courses. The student will not be allowed to enroll in any course except ENGL 2113 until the Writing Proficiency Requirement is met.




English 1113 and 1123


Office Hours


By appointment


Mandatory Dates

There is a mandatory final at the semester's end, which may be taken at Midwestern State University, in Wichita Falls, TX, or proctored at a college or university testing site.

MSU onsite exam date:  Fri. April  27,  beginning at  12:30 pm  (until 3:30 pm)

Proctored exam dates:  Proctored exams: Students need to contact a testing center and schedule to take the exam between Thursday, April 26 and Saturday, April 28.   


Required Texts and Access

  1. MyLab & Mastering (CourseCompass) access code, to be purchased online the first week of class. (About $15.00):
  2. The Little, Brown Handbook, by Fowler & Aaron. Pearson. The 12th edition is referenced in course assignments. You can purchase either a hard copy (which is bundled with an e-text) of the 12 edition, a new edition for spring; or purchase online only the e-text. Both options below come bundled with an additional resource, MyCompLab, which is not required for this course; however, the resource is free with the bundles listed below and provides supplemental material. (Note, this is not the same as MyLab & Mastering/CourseCompass, which is required and described above.)
    • Hardcopy comes bundled w/ access to MyCompLab (extra composition practice materials): 9780205248292 (Suggested retail price: $88.00).
  • E-text comes bundled w/access to MyCompLab (extra composition practice materials): 9780205223282 (Online purchase price: $37.00)
  1. Graff and Birkenstein, They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, 2nd edition. 978-0393-93361-1


Required Software


Microsoft Word. Students who do not have access to Microsoft Word need to contact the instructor before submitting any assignments to the dropbox.


Course Goals

  • Write thesis-based essays that provide strong support and specific details
  • Engage in a writing process that includes invention, drafting, and revision
  • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking about a timely issue or debatable topic
  • Demonstrate proficient use of Standard Written English


Departmental Goals, Objectives, and Measurements

Knowledge of Language and Literature (Objective 2.1): Student understands the usage and structure of the English language. Measurement: completion of a series of quizzes, discussion board postings, and writing assignments.

Writing as Process (Objective 3.1): Student reflects on his or her arguments over multiple stages of development. (Objective 3.2): Using traditional resources and emerging technologies, the student references and formats primary and secondary sources in MLA style. Measurement: successful completion of writing assignments.

Engagement (Objective 4.1): Student is aware of a cultural context for his or her own values and those of his or her sources. Measurement: synchronous and asynchronous correspondence with instructor, discussion board postings, and successful completion of writing assignments.


Grading Policy

Quizzes (25%):  Twelve grammar quizzes. Students are encouraged to meet with the instructor (by phone or online) following each quiz to review the quiz content and their performance. 

Writing assignments (40%): Four writing assignments and two graded discussion board postings. Writing assignments will be marked with instructor's commentary, and the grade assigned will reflect overall demonstration of the skills outlined above.

Final exam (35%):   The final exam will consist of two parts: 1) a grammar exam (15%), and 2) a thesis-driven essay (20%).

All assignments will be due on dates assigned. No late work will be accepted unless specific arrangements have been made prior to the due date. Students falling two assignments behind are subject to administrative withdrawal from the course by the instructor.

100 - 90% — A 

   89 - 80% — B 

   79 - 70% — C 

   69 - 60% — D 

        < 60% — F 





All formal writing assignments submitted for grading must conform to the formatting and style guidelines outlined in the Assignment Submission Guidelines extension to this syllabus.  (In CourseCompass, see Course Documents.)





Major assignments are to be submitted/uploaded to the CourseCompass Dropbox:  Access the Dropbox. Click Send File. Click Browse to upload the document. Click Submit. (If a student clicks Add File, the document will be posted to the student’s account, not sent to the instructor.)


E-mail Format

When sending emails to the instructor, a student should include in the subject line his or her last name, course and section number, and the content of the email (e.g., Jones 2113-X30, question). 


Required Contact

Students are required to interact with the instructor within the CourseCompass course management system at regular intervals during the term of the course. Any student who fails to interact with an instructor via CourseCompass, telephone, email, or in person during any two-week period of the term may be subject to administrative withdrawal from the course by the instructor.





All students are expected to adhere to the Midwestern State University Student Honor Creed when completing any work for this course. A student's name on any assignment scheduled to be turned in is his/her pledge that all work contained therein is his/hers alone. When using the ideas of other unpublished and published sources, students must use accepted documentation conventions (i.e., MLA). See the MSU Student Handbook (PDF attached to Course Documents in CourseCompass) to read the Student Honor Creed (4) and the university's policy on academic dishonesty (71). 




Members of this class are expected to treat one another with courtesy, professionalism, and respect. Repeated unprofessional, rude, or inappropriate behavior can result in 50-100 points being deducted from a student’s final grade for the course per instance of such behavior. 


Americans with

Disabilities Act

Midwestern State University is committed to providing equal access for qualified students with disabilities to all university courses and programs, and by law, all students with disabilities are guaranteed a learning environment that provides reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. 


This guarantee is provided through Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA reads: "No qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subject to discrimination by any such entity."


To obtain disability support services, students must


  • be accepted for admission to Midwestern State University,
  • complete a request for services form available through the Office of Disability Services,  and
  • provide current documentation from a qualified professional (such as a licensed physician, psychologist, audiologist, etc.) diagnosing the disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. 


For information on Disability Services at Midwestern State University see the following:  


If the instructor does not have proper notification, she will expect the same performance from each student enrolled in the course.



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, or call 397-4131.