Rhetoric & Composition I

Course Details

Course Number: 1113  Section Number: 301

Summer I 2012

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 205

Days & Times:

MTWR 8:00-10:00 AM



Course Attachments

ENGL 1113 301 Syllabus Summer I 2012Syllabus   ENGL 1113 Sum 2012-20120618-133440.doc

Daily ScheduleTemtative schedule of activities and due dates   ENGL 1113 Summer Schedule 2012-20120618-144629.doc

Textbooks

LB Brief
4th edition Jane E. Aaron
  ISBN: 978-0-205-75155-6

Reading Critically/Writing Well
9th ed Axelrod, Cooper, & Warriner
  ISBN: 978-0-312-60761-6

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Peter Fields   
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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
  • Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.

In this summer session, students will write FIVE handwritten in-class essays. All five are drafted by hand in class for a grade (handwritten essays are submitted when students leave class). 

Students must also revise ESSAY ONE, THREE, FOUR, and FIVE according to the instructor’s evaluation of them. The revised essays must be typed, 12 point font, Times New Roman. 

The revision of the FIFTH essay (the POSITION PAPER) will have a WORKS CITED page. Students will include information and quotes from a scholarly source found on the Moffett-supported databases. Sources are paper clipped or stapled to the final FIFTH essay (both handwritten and revised). 

The five handwritten essays each count 10 percent of the overall grade. Revised Essays count 10 percent (Essay Two is not revised).

Students will take GRAMMAR quizzes and a GRAMMAR FINAL. The highest grade (quiz average vs. final) will represent 10 percent of overall semester grade.

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.

The POSITION PAPER will utilize a SCHOLARLY SOURCE from one of the Moffett-supported databases (e.g., Academic Search Complete). Students will spend one paragraph sustaining a discussion in their own words of a point in this source which they print out and highlight for the key passage. They should also quote at least ONCE from the highlighted passage.

 A complete printout of the source (with the key passage highlighted) must be attached to the typed revised version of the essay. Students will also attach it to the handwritten version & the revised version.


Course Expectations

Students will submit handwritten and typed essays. The handwritten essay should be legible. The typed essays (usually a revision of the handwritten essay) must be double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font, one inch margins all around. Papers should have the student’s name, instructor’s name, course designation, and date in the left hand corner. Each typed page should have right hand corner header (student’s last name and page number). Multiple pages should be stapled. WE USE MLA FORMAT INCLUDING IN-BODY CITATION AND WORKS CITED.

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.


Grading Standards

Grading and Evaluation

The English Department minimum requirements:

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/Quizzes                                                                  15%

 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%.

  • In English 1113-301 the writing grade is 90 percent of the overall semester grade.
  • In English 1113-301 five essays are in class--each in-class handwritten essays is worth 10 percent of the overall semester grade (50 percent total).
  • In English 1113-301 students will revise four of the in-class handwritten essays. These essays represent significant addition, rearrangement, and correction of syntax/punctuation--10 percent each (40 percent total).
  • The Grammar Quiz/Exam grade represents 10 percent of the overall semester grade. The lowest quiz is dropped. The grammar semester grade is either the Quiz average OR the Final Grammar Test (June 28)--whichever is higher.

Final Exam6/28/2012  Position Essays returned. Grammar Final.

Submission Format Policy

Students will submit handwritten and typed essays. The handwritten essay should be legible. The typed essays (usually a revision of the handwritten essay) must double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font, one inch margins all around. Papers should have the student’s name, instructor’s name, course designation, and date in the left hand corner. Each typed page should have right hand corner header (student’s last name and page number). Multiple pages should be stapled. WE USE MLA FORMAT INCLUDING IN-BODY CITATION AND WORKS CITED.

The POSITION PAPER will utilize a SCHOLARLY SOURCE from one of the Moffett-supported databases (e.g., Academic Search Complete). Students will spend one paragraph sustaining a discussion in their own words of a point in this source which they print out and highlight for the key passage. They should also quote at least ONCE from the highlighted passage. 

A complete printout of the source (with the key passage highlighted) must be attached to the typed revised version of the essay. Students will also attach it to the handwritten version & the revised version.

 



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

An assignment is late if submitted after the class period it is due. If late by one period, the assignment will be penalized 10 points. If late by two class periods, the essay is penalized 20 points (the penalty is capped at 20 points). No late work may be submitted after the last official class period, Wednesday, June 27. A class period is officially over when the instructor dismisses it. All late work must be submitted IN PERSON. If students are too ill to submit their work personally, they should submit it when they return to class. They may avoid penalty for late submission by obtaining documentation from a relevant professional in a timely fashion (e.g., a doctor or the Dean of Students’ office). Absence for the sake of others requires similar documentation


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

 Students may have TWO unexcused absences without penalty. THREE unexcused absences will result in notification of the Dean of Students. As of FOUR unexcused absences, the student must withdraw from the course. If the student is still on the roster as of the day of the FINAL, that student will receive an F. Students who try to attend the course after FOUR unexcused absences will be withdrawn with an “F” by the instructor

 

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Other Policies

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

Language too close to the student’s own documented sources: In our course, restating language word for word (or close to word for word) from the required textbooks or the student’s own documented sources (without using quotation marks or setting it off as a Block Quote) puts an essay at risk of penalty in regard to the grade, even if the student provides a parenthetical page at the end of a sentence and includes the source in the Works Cited. 

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY & Non-Documented Sources: Students who use information and/or phrasing from sources other than our textbook and which are not properly documented in the body of the essay and in the Works Cited bibliography are guilty of academic dishonesty and will receive a failing grade of 0 (no points) for the assignment even if the rest of the essay is original and the other sources are properly documented. 

Students guilty of academic dishonesty must withdraw from the course, or they will be removed by the instructor with an “F.” Use of undocumented sources is an infraction of the university’s policy on academic dishonesty and must be reported to the Dean of Students.

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.

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.

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.

 

 


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.

Calendar AttachmentENGL 1113 Summer Schedule 2012-20120618-144157.doc