Composition Skills

Course Details

Course Number: 2113  Section Number: 301& 303

Summer I 2013

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 201

Days & Times:

ENGL 2113 301 MTWR 8:00-9:20 AM; ENGL 2113 303 MTWR 10:10 AM-12:10 PM



Course Attachments

ENGL 2113 301 & 303 SyllabusPolicies for ENGL 2113 301 & 303   ENGL 2113 301 & 303 SYLLABUS Sum I 2013-20130531-165453.doc

Tentative Schedule for ENGL 2113 301 & 303Calendar of readings, excercises, tests, and Blue Books   ENGL 2113 301 & 303 Schedule SUM I 2013-20130531-165124.doc

Textbooks

LB Workbook: Custom Ed. for MSU
by Donna Gorrell; 1st or 2nd ed.
  ISBN: 978-0-558-79024-0; 978-1-256-95796-6

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 critical and creative thinking about a timely issue or debatable topic
  • Demonstrate proficient use of Standard Written English

Assignment                                                           % of Grade

8 quizzes                                                                     20

4 writing assignments                                                 40

Final Grammar Test                                                   20

Final Essay Exam                                                       20

A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%. 

 Grammar Final: Wed. July 3, 2013; Blue Book Final: Friday, July 5, 2013


Grading Standards

 

Assignment                                                           % of Grade

8 quizzes                                                                     20

4 writing assignments                                                 40

Final Grammar Test                                                   20

Final Essay Exam                                                       20

A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%. 

 


Final Exam7/5/2013  301: 8:00-10:00 AM; 303 10:10 AM-12:10 PM

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

During Summer One, 2013, a missed quiz or Blue Book may be made up later in the day (no questions asked) under these specific conditions: 

 

  • The make-up MUST occur the same day the student missed the quiz or Blue Book.
  • The instructor must hear from the student in time for the student to take the make-up. No make-up opportunities are available after 5:00 PM the day of the missed quiz or Blue Book.
  • The student must take the initiative. The student is well-advised to contact the instructor (the same day as the missed quiz/Blue Book) and arrange for the make-up at the instructor’s office or in a room the instructor designates (again, the same day as the missed work).
  • Of course, the student is at liberty simply to show up at the instructor’s office the afternoon of a missed quiz or Blue Book and ask for a make-up. No appointment is required. But no make-up is guaranteed if the student did not arrange a time agreed upon by the instructor.
  • Students cannot make up quizzes or Blue Books after the scheduled day for that quiz or Blue Book.
  • Students who miss the Grammar Final or Final Blue Book are NOT guaranteed any make-up opportunity.
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IMPORTANT: If you know ahead of time that you are going to miss certain days (and certain quizzes or Blue Books) for whatever reason, please make sure to meet with the instructor RIGHT AWAY and make a plan to take care of those quizzes and/or Blue Books BEFORE YOU DISAPPEAR. Students may have to take certain quizzes AHEAD OF TIME (i.e., before the agreed-upon absence).

WARNING: Even if the instructor has approved certain of your absences ahead of time and arranged for make-up opportunities for missed quizzes and/or Blue Books for those missed dates, the attendance policy (indicated below) remains applicable.


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

If you have more than 6 absences (excused or not), you AUTOMATICALLY fail the class.  Even if you have a documented illness, official permission from a coach, or court-mandated obligations out of town, you cannot have more than SIX absences and still pass the course. No excuses of any sort are accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS ARE ALLOWED. 

Once you miss the seventh class period, you are no longer eligible for a passing grade—no matter the reason. If the semester has significant time remaining, the instructor is at liberty to withdraw you from the course with a WF. 

IMPORTANT: Even if you have the instructor’s approval to miss a class period or set of class periods, the total amount of ABSENCES must NOT exceed SIX missed class periods—otherwise the course is an automatic “F.” Do not misconstrue the instructor’s willingness to work with you to arrange make-up quizzes or Blue Books to mean you are not subject to the “six absence” rule—every student is subject to this policy without exception

If you have more than 6 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 writer.  When you miss class meetings, you miss out on the instruction for which you pay tuition.  In the unfortunate event that you accrue 7 or more absences before the last day to withdraw, you have the responsibility of withdrawing from the class.  Please don’t feel you have to explain or justify any absences to me; I respect your privacy, but you must accept the consequences.  If you miss class, you miss any writing assignment or group work done during that period, and you miss any announcements regarding future assignments.  Notify me in advance if you will not be able to make class; you may leave an email message.  If you must miss class on a due date for an assignment, email it as an attachment or it will lose points.  Consider it your responsibility to be here, prepared for class, or you will not do as well as you wish, nor gain as much as you could.

 


Other Policies

 

According to WPR policy, students cannot withdraw from ENGL 2113 if they have 90 or more earned credit hours. Even if the instructor signs the withdrawal, that withdrawal is invalid if the student has 90 or more earned credit hours.

The English Department’s home page is http://www.mwsu.edu/english.  Resources for many of our courses can be found at our home page under Course Descriptions. 

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. 

NOTE FOR ENGL 2113: For Blue Books, students are required to outline their paragraphs and follow their own outlines. We do NOT use a Works Cited for the student’s own thoughts based on their own knowledge, expertise, and personal experience. Students may approximate statistics and authorities to the best of their recollection (without need for Works Cited). Student may quote an authority to the best of their ability (without need for Works Cited). But students must confine all their ideas to their own knowledge and imagination. No access to sources is allowed during Blue Books.

 Cheating: Dishonesty of any sort earns a ZERO for the assignment. The instructor will report cheating to the Dean of Students. Cheating on a quiz, Blue Book, or exam results in an automatic withdrawal with an F for the semester grade.

During Summer One, 2013, a missed quiz or Blue Book may be made up later in the day (no questions asked) under these specific conditions: 

  • The make-up MUST occur the same day the student missed the quiz or Blue Book.
  • The instructor must hear from the student in time for the student to take the make-up. No make-up opportunities are available after 5:00 PM the day of the missed quiz or Blue Book.
  • The student must take the initiative. The student is well-advised to contact the instructor (the same day as the missed quiz/Blue Book) and arrange for the make-up at the instructor’s office or in a room the instructor designates (again, the same day as the missed work).
  • Of course, the student is at liberty simply to show up at the instructor’s office the afternoon of a missed quiz or Blue Book and ask for a make-up. No appointment is required. But no make-up is guaranteed if the student did not arrange a time agreed upon by the instructor.
  • Students cannot make up quizzes or Blue Books after the scheduled day for that quiz or Blue Book.
  • Students who miss the Grammar Final or Final Blue Book are NOT guaranteed any make-up opportunity.

 IMPORTANT: If you know ahead of time that you are going to miss certain days (and certain quizzes or Blue Books) for whatever reason, please make sure to meet with the instructor RIGHT AWAY and make a plan to take care of those quizzes and/or Blue Books BEFORE YOU DISAPPEAR. Students may have to take certain quizzes AHEAD OF TIME (i.e., before the agreed-upon absence).

WARNING: Even if the instructor has approved certain of your absences ahead of time and arranged for make-up opportunities for missed quizzes and/or Blue Books for those missed dates, the attendance policy (indicated below) remains applicable.  

 You might indicate by telephone you will be stopping by at a certain time. That’s fine. But remember I may have a prior commitment unless we have verified the time is workable. NOTE: I am not able to provide instruction by e-mail. I can answer specific questions by e-mail, but not at length or in depth. I am able to review (to a limited degree) during an office appointment, but I do not guarantee an office appointment will cover all the relevant points of what a student may miss or not understand in class. The instructor is not available on Fridays or the weekends—except for the Final Blue Book on Friday, July 5, 2013.

 

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.

Email contact is preferred: peter.fields@mwsu.edu. My office phone is 397-4246. Remember: you and I do not have an appointment unless I have verified it. If you call and I’m not there (and you want verification), please ask me to verify by e-mail (and make sure you tell me the e-mail).

 Be on time: The instructor takes attendance at the beginning of the class period—and that’s it. A lateness counts as ABSENCE after the first TEN MINUTES (as judged by instructor, not the student). No exceptions.

Disruptive behavior: The instructor will file a behavior/conduct report with the Dean of Students (the same day as the problem) if a given student is interfering with class in any way. The student automatically receives a WF for the class if the Dean of Students does not authorize the return of the student. The instructor is not obliged to warn the student beforehand.

Electronic devices: Do not use personal electronics while in class. ANY USE OF ELECTRONICS DURING A QUIZ OR BLUE BOOK IS ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN. The instructor will not confront the student—but the student will receive a zero for the quiz or Blue Book.

Personal Concerns: If you need to take a call in the hallway or use the bathroom, you may do so without asking permission AS LONG AS WE ARE NOT TAKING A QUIZ OR WRITING A BLUE BOOK. 

Missing Part of the Period: If you leave before a quiz or Blue Book, you are not allowed to make it up. The grade is a zero.

 

 


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.