Composition Skills

Course Details

Course Number: 2113  Section Number: 106

Fall 2013

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 102

Days & Times:

Class meets Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.  PY 102

Office hours:  Monday/Wednesday 8-11 a.m.

Tuesday/Thursday 11-12 and again from 2-3 p.m.

 



Course Attachments

2113 Composition Skills  MSU 2113 Fall 2013 Intro to Comp-20130903-182828.docx

Textbooks

LB Workbook: Custom edition for MSU  ISBN: 978-0-558-79024-0

MSU Faculty Member
Betty Carroll   
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Course Objectives

Course Goals:  * Write thesis-based essays that provide strong support and specfic 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 (SWE)

 

Additional Information:  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 Descriptiobs. 

Reminder:  We have a reading/writing lab in the BW/PY and it is located on the 2nd floor:  Room #  BW 224.  Located in the upper corner.   


Course Expectations

Assignment                                                                             % of Grade

8 quizzes                                                                                     20%

4 Writing Assignments                                                            40%

Final Grammar Test                                                                  20%

Final Essay Test                                                                        20%

Assigned exercises from the workbook may be completed on the book.  The homework that I collect will be marked with YES, meaning your work demonstrated your skill ability or No, meaning your work did not demonstrate the ability.  With either mark, you receive credit for having completed the homework.

All writing assignments must follow MLA format.  You may complete in-class writings in pen or pencil.  You must typse all out-of-class writing assignments.  Submit in-class writing assignments in a homework folder that contains pockets.    

 

Safe Zones Statement:  I consider 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 my expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment. 

 


Grading Standards

Grading Policies:  Your grades in this class are based on this scale:  A = 100-90% ; B = 89-90% ; C= 79-70% ; D = 79 - 70% ; F = 59 - 0%.

If you earn less than a 70 on an in-class writing assignment, you may improve, type, and submit the assignment to earn a 70 by going to the lab or a tutorial with me.  Submit this rewrite and the original assignment in your homework folder.  You have one class day in which to submit this rewrite. 

For example, if i return your original on Tuesday, your rewritten assignment is due in class on Thursday. 

The policy for submitting late work is as follows:  Late homework is not accepted.  A missed quiz or in-class writing may be taken before the quiz or essay is returned in clas, which is usually within a week.  Therefore, if you miss a quiz or writing on Monday, you must take the quiz or complete the writing assignment before class time on the floowing Monday.  Work not completed in this time frame receives a grade of ).  Make up these assignments during my office hours.

I prefer that you call me during my office hours as well.  You have my email, but it may take me several hours before contacting you. 

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 requirews that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accomodation 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). 

 

 

 


Final Exam12/12/2013  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Submission Format Policy

See expectations and remember MLA format only!



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

See grading standards!


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 in this class is profitable.  Students who come to class obtain necessary class work  and homework to prepare for the quizzes and writing assignments.  Those students who miss class  excessively (defined by MSU as more than twice in a MW or TR class) are unprepared, find earning passing grades difficult, and lose the opportunity to gain the 2 point bonus. 

 

If you have more than 4 absences (the equivalent of 2 weeks of class), excused or not, you fail the class.  Please note, however, that this is not an invitation to miss 2 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.  

Please do not feel you have to explain or justify any absences to me; I respect your privacy.  Consider it your responsibility to be here and be prepared for class, or you will not do as well as you wish nor gain as much as you could.   


Other Policies

Be on time:  If you are repeatedly late to class, I will begin marking you absent.  if extenutating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time, please let me know.  2 tardies = 1 absence. 

Practice Courtesy: When I am speaking to the class, do not walk in front of me.  If you arrive late to class, remain outside the classroom until I stop speaking.  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 leave the room, you do not need my permission; simply leave when i or a classmate is not speaking.  Eating and drinking are not allowed in the classroom.  Disruptive behavior, which prevents me from teaching and your peers from learning, is grounds for being asked to leave the room and being counted absent. 

See grading standards as well. 

 

Plagiarism Policy:

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (aparentetical 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.

At the least, plagiarism will result in a 0 on the assignment; at worst, the consequence will be an automatic F for the course.  I will follow the reporting procedures required by 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.