Composition Skills

Course Details

Course Number: 2113  Section Number: 103

Fall 2013

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 205

Days & Times:

MW 12:30-1:50 PM



Course Attachments

ENGL 2113-103 Composition SkillsSyllabus with Tentative Daily Schedule   ENGL 2113 103 Syllabus & Schedule MW Fall 2013-20130828-144759.doc

Textbooks

The Little, Brown Workbook
2nd edition
  ISBN: 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


Course Expectations

Successful completion of EIGHT quizzes (indicated in the daily schedule) and Grammar Final (Multiple Choice); successful completion of FOUR in-class Blue Books and the final BLUE B0OK.

 

 

 


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 Exam12/11/2013  3:30-5:30

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

A missed quiz or in-class writing assignment may be made up NO QUESTIONS ASKED as long as the make-up occurs before the quiz or essay is returned in class which is usually the next class period: i.e., Monday’s quiz or Blue Book is returned Wednesday and Wednesday’s quiz or Blue Book is returned on Monday. Work not completed in this time frame receives a grade of zero. You may make up these assignments in the instructor’s office ONLY during the instructor’s posted office hours. The best way to make sure the instructor is there at the time you want to make up the assignment is to notify him (by e-mail ideally) and make sure he has confirmed. You take your chances when you simply show up. The opportunity is gone as of the next class period (i.e., when the instructor goes over the quiz or returns the Blue Book). REMEMBER: A make-up of a missed quiz or Blue Book or anything else is NOT a right—it is a privilege. The instructor may be ill or unavailable for some reason. The opportunity to make up the quiz or Blue Book is then FORFEIT. In addition, the make-up opportunity does NOT pertain to the Grammar Final and Blue Book Final. A student who misses them will not be given a make-up opportunity under any circumstances.


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 (the equivalent of 3 weeks of class during a regular semester), excused or not, you fail the class.  The very next missed class period after six absences will mean automatic failure of the course irrespective of course grade at the time. Students cannot withdraw from this course if they have 90 or more earned credit hours. Attendance is taken at the beginning of class. If students are not present during roll, the mark is ABSENT even if the student should show up later. The instructor is not at liberty to sign a withdrawal slip unless directed to do so by the WP Director or Assistant.

 


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. 

 

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

 

 

In ENGL 2113-103, academic dishonesty is of special concern in regard to the required in-class quizzes, grammar exam, and BLUE BOOKS. Students must respond to quiz and exam questions and the BLUE BOOK prompt on their own without consulting with others in any way. For the BLUE BOOK, students must write from scratch in a blank blue book without help from anyone and relying solely on their own thoughts and phrasing. During a quiz, exam, or BLUE BOOK, students cannot consult with anyone (except the instructor). ALL ELECTRONICS MUST BE OFF THE STUDENTS’ DESKS. NO HEAD SETS—NOTHING! Do not leave the classroom during a test unless the instructor gives you permission. If you do have permission, don’t take the exam with you. The instructor will not confront students in the event of a concern about a test’s integrity. Instead, the instructor will mark a “0” (no points) on the quiz, exam, or Blue Book. NOTE: The instructor is not failing an assignment because the student cheated. The instructor is giving the assignment a “0” for NOT FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS (i.e., for violating the rules of this policy by consulting with others, failing to write from scratch, using electronics during the test, or engaging in some other behavior which compromises the student’s integrity and/or violates the student honor code). The instructor does NOT have to prove the student was cheating. The “0” is for violating policy.

 

 FINDING ME: While I do check my email and voicemail through the day Monday-Thursday, I do not necessarily check them on Fridays or over the weekend. I am available on a walk-in basis during the posted office hours unless I am called away or using the restroom or having a meeting (usually a note is posted on the door if I have to be gone for more than a few minutes). Feel free to leave a note of your own letting me know your concern and when you will return. The best way to insure I am present is by contacting me by e-mail. If I confirm, I will definitely (at least try) to be there.

 

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).

 

Practice courtesy:  When I am speaking to the class, do not walk in front of me or talk at the same time.  When another student is speaking, listen. All cell phones and other electronic devices must be silenced and put away during class. If you need to use the restroom or take an emergency call (and we are not taking a test), you do not need my permission; simply leave when I or a classmate is not speaking. BUT you must have the instructor’s permission to leave the class period for good. Eating is not allowed in the classroom.  Your drink must have a spill-proof lid.  The instructor reports disruptive behavior to the Dean of Students.   

 

 


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.