Rhetoric and Composition

Course Details

Course Number: 1113  Section Number: 111

Fall 2013

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 202

Days & Times:

MWF 1-1:50 p.m.



Course Attachments

Textbooks

Writing Today 2nd ed.  ISBN: 978-0-205-21008-4

LBB  ISBN: 978-0-321-87256-2

MSU Faculty Member
Anna Lerew-Phillips   
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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 proficient use of Standard Written English

Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.


Grading Standards

Minimum of 4 In-Class Essays (350-word min. each; can include final exam)

Minimum of 4 Formal, Revised Essays (750-word min. each). 

 

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%.

ICE #1 = 5%, ICE #2 = 10%, ICE #3 = 10%, ICE #4 (final essay) = 15%

FE #1 = 5%, FE #2 = 10%, FE #3 = 10%, FE #4 = 15%

Quizzes = 15%

Participation (Twitter, class discussion, peer reviews, diagnostics) = 5%


Final Exam12/9/2013  1-3:00 p.m.

Submission Format Policy

MLA format

Email submissions: When turning in an assignment, use the following format:

LastName.FirstName_ENGL1113-111_Assignment#Name

For example:  Greene.Joe_ENGL1113-111_FE#1 Memoir

I WILL NOT READ EMAILS WITHOUT SUBJECT LINES. Subject lines need to address the students’ needs.  For example:

Subject Line: Question about MLA documentation

Use standard English when composing emails.

I will send a confirmation email once I have received your assignments.  All assignments must be emailed to my email address (anna.lerew-phillips@mwsu.edu).  Look for tentative schedule for deadlines.

By enrolling in this class, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” to 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

I will not accept late work.  Students will receive a zero for missing assignments.  Quizzes, papers, homework assignments, and anything else receiving a grade will not be accepted after the due date.


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

Students will be dropped from the class after 5 unexcused absences.  I need proof of an excused absence (e.g. funeral program, doctor’s note).


Other Policies

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 quotation, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not. Any work that is plagiarized will receive an automatic “F,” and the student will be reported to Chair of the English Department.  If a student is allowed to stay in the class after the report is issued, the consequence of a second offense is an automatic “F” for the class, and the student is reported to the Chair of the Department and Dean of the College.

 


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.