Rhetoric and Composition I

Course Details

Course Number: 1113  Section Number: 117 and 119

Fall 2103

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 317

Days & Times:

Section 117: TTh at 9:30

Section 119: TTh at 11:00

Course Attachments

Syllabus  Syllabus (Fall 2013)-20130830-155234.doc


LB Brief  ISBN: 0321872568

40 Model Essays  ISBN: 9781457632679

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Greg Giddings   
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Course Objectives

General Course Objectives:  English 1113 emphasizes the process through which successful writers create and polish expository prose.  The goal of exposition is to expose, to place information so that it might be understood clearly by strangers: in short, to communicate.  Expect to write steadily, to revise heavily.  Doing well in the class will require a serious effort.


Departmental Statement of Purpose:  English 1113 is the first half of the Rhetoric and Composition sequence and, as specified by the 2012-14 MSU catalogue, offers “[t]raining in skills involved in the writing process through the composition of short essays and the reading of prose selections” (280).  Supporting the goals of the university’s English department, ENGL 1113 prepares students with the opportunity to improve their composition skills, as well as acquire competences valuable in their respective major fields of study.  Central among these qualities are critical curiosity, knowledge and structure of language, skill in writing, and intellectual precision.

Grading Standards

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%.


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 1123 is required for graduation from Midwestern.

Final Exam12/9/2013  

Submission Format Policy

MLA form is required, as is a hard copy of each essay.  Each writing assignment will be preceded by a lengthy prompt, and each student must, at a minimum, meet the stated requirements.

Furthermore, 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.

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

Quizzes and Late Work:  Daily quizzes cannot be made up—these are in large part an incentive to attend class and a testament to your preparedness.  In addition, essays turned in late will be penalized a letter grade for each day that they are tardy.  Your opportunity to turn in late work is also limited.  When the essays are graded and returned, I will not accept essays from those who have not completed the assignment. Students will have adequate time for the preparation of essays; consequently, these essays should be completed punctually.

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

Attendance Policy:  Critical reading and writing are learned skills.  Consequently, in order to improve these skills, regular attendance is imperative.  Roll will be taken, and excessive absences will likely affect the student’s grade.  I also reserve the right to drop the chronically truant.  University related absences will be excused only if the student provides proper documentation for the instructor.

Other Policies




Under the heading of “Academic Dishonesty” in Midwestern State University’s 2012-13 Student Handbook and Activities Calander is a definition of plagiarism:  “The term ‘plagiarism’ includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials” (83-84).


Unfortunately, plagiarism is rampant is today’s English classes, with much of the problem stemming from the Internet.  In English 1113, you will discuss your thoughts and opinions.  This class requires NO research. So utilizing the Internet for information is not only unnecessary; it is verboten (forbidden).  In other words, every single word, phrase, and thought on your essays should be yours, not something “borrowed” from another source.


If the instructor catches a student plagiarizing (and I have caught someone each semester for at least the last four or five years), the following is the minimum penalty:  the student will receive a zero for the assignment, and the instructor will report the incident to the Dean of Students.  If the instructor feels the infraction to be particularly egregious, the student will be dropped from the class with a “F.”


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.