MWF 8-8:50 PY 201
Write thesis-based essays that provide strong support and specific details
Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
Assignment % of Grade
Minimum of 2 In-Class Essays (350-word min. each)
Minimum of 3 Formal, Revised Essays (750-word min. each)
1 Annotated Bibliography (including both print and web sources)
1 Final Research Paper (1500-word min.)
Writing assignments should require students to produce approximately 5000 words of graded writing and count for at least 80% of the final grade.
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%.
Graded work in this class will receive the following weight. Missing assignments will receive 0 credit.
Final Exam 15%
Rhetorical Analysis 10%
Commentary Essay 10%
Proposal Essay 10%
Annotated Bibliography 10%
Research Essay 15%
Group Project 5%
Note: For Freshmen and transfer students entering MSU 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 1123 is required for graduation.
All essays will be submitted at the beginning of class typed in MLA format with stamped prewriting, peer editing, and all required drafts in a folder containing all previous formal essay assignments as described on each assignment sheet. Failure to submit any of the required materials will result in a 3 point deduction from the assignment’s grade per missing item.
Note: if a peer editing is missed for an excused absence, the student has the option of visiting the writing center or completing the exercise outside of class with two classmates.
Revisions—Students may submit a single revision of each formal essay (no including the final research project) for an improved score. The grade earned on the revision will be averaged with the original earned grade.
By enrolling in this class, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in 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.
No late work will be accepted unless arrangements have been made with the instructor in advance. Any assignment submitted in class but after the instructor has called for it will lose 10 points, and an additional 10 points will be deducted for each additional calendar day. Missing assignments will receive 0 credit.
In the event that an “authorized absence” occurs on the day an essay is due, the essay must be submitted to the instructor no later than 5pm of the due date. Final drafts may be submitted by email with the folder and other requirements being submitted as soon as possible.
My policy is very simple and straightforward: if you have more than 9 absences (the equivalent of 3 weeks of class), excused or not, you fail the class. Please note, however, that this is not an invitation to miss 3 weeks of class—class time will provide the instruction you need to meet the objectives of this course and to learn how to develop as a rhetor and a writer. When you miss class meetings, you miss out on the instruction for which you pay tuition. In the unfortunate event that you accrue 10 or more absences before the last day to withdraw, you have the responsibility of withdrawing from the class.
In addition, every THIRD late arrival will count as ONE absence. For this class, a late arrival is defined as a student entering the class room after the instructor has begun lecturing.
This University is part of the academic community in which certain standards of behavior are upheld. In addition, a university education is expensive, and part of the responsibility of the instructor is to ensure that each student has an equal opportunity to receive that education. Thus, certain guidelines will be observed during class:
Any student behaving in any disruptive manner will be asked once to stop. If the disruption continues, the student will be asked to leave and marked absent for the class. If a student is consistently disruptive in class, he or she will be reported to the Dean of Students and potentially dropped from the course.