Composition Skills

Course Details

Course Number: 2113   Section Number: X12

Fall 2013

Location: Online

Days & Times:
Office Hours 
Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 
I will be available to meet live (face-to face) with any interested students on 
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 from 1-3:00 p.m. (CT) in BW 226. 
Other times by appointment 

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Anna Lerew-Phillips   
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Course Objectives
The primary objective of the course is to develop students’ skills in clear and effective composition and standard 
usage of the English language. In English 2113, students compose, convincingly support, and polish persuasive, 
thesis-driven essays. The course is required of those who have failed the Writing Proficiency Exam and may not 
be counted toward an English major or minor or toward English as a first or second teaching field or teaching 
Until the Writing Proficiency Requirement is met, a student may be required to enroll in and stay enrolled in ENGL 
2113 in order to continue taking classes at MSU. Any student with credit for more than 90 semester hours who 
enrolls in and subsequently withdraws from or is withdrawn from ENGL 2113 will be dropped from all courses. 
The student will not be allowed to enroll in any course except ENGL 2113 until the Writing Proficiency Requirement 
is met. 
Course Goals 
. 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 
Departmental Goals, 
Objectives, and 
Knowledge of Language and Literature (Objective 2.1): Student understands the 
usage and structure of the English language. Measurement: completion of a 
series of quizzes, discussion board postings, and writing assignments. 
Writing as Process (Objective 3.1): Student reflects on his or her arguments over 
multiple stages of development. (Objective 3.2): Using traditional resources and 
emerging technologies, the student references and formats primary and 
secondary sources in MLA style. Measurement: successful completion of writing 
Engagement (Objective 4.1): Student is aware of a cultural context for his or her 
own values and those of his or her sources. Measurement: synchronous and 
asynchronous correspondence with instructor, discussion board postings, and 
successful completion of writing assignments. 


Grading Standards
Grading Policy 
Quizzes (25%): Twelve grammar quizzes. Students are encouraged to meet with 
the instructor (by phone or online) following each quiz to review the quiz content 
and their performance. 
Bonus points: Students can earn up to 10 bonus points each semester. These 
points will be added to a quiz score at the end of the semester. Complete 
instructions on how to earn bonus points are posted to the D2L web site. 
Writing assignments (40%): Four writing assignments and two graded discussion 
board postings. Writing assignments will be marked with instructor's 
commentary, and the grade assigned will reflect overall demonstration of the 
skills outlined above. (See Essay Grading Guidelines in course D2L web site.) 
Final exam (35%): The final exam will consist of two parts: 1) a grammar exam 
(15%), and 2) a thesis-driven essay (20%). 
All assignments will be due on dates assigned. No late work will be accepted 
unless specific arrangements have been made prior to the due date. Students 
falling two assignments behind are subject to administrative withdrawal from the 
course by the instructor. 
100 - 90% — A 
 89 - 80% — B 
 79 - 70% — C 
 69 - 60% — D 
 < 60% — F 

Final Exam11/23/2013  1-4:00 p.m.

Submission Format Policy
Submitting Assignments 
Major assignments are to be submitted to the course D2L web site. 
E-mail Format 
When sending emails to the instructor, a student should include in the subject 
line his or her last name, course and section number, and the subject of the email 
(e.g., Jones 2113-X30 or 31, quiz question). 

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
All assignments will be due on dates assigned. No late work will be accepted 
unless specific arrangements have been made prior to the due date. Students 
falling two assignments behind are subject to administrative withdrawal from the 
course by the instructor. 

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
Required Contact 
Students are required to interact with the instructor within the D2L course 
management system at regular intervals during the semester or term. By 
completing your weekly quiz on time, you will meet this requirement. Any 
student who fails to interact with an instructor via D2L, telephone, email, or in 
person during any two-week period of the term may be subject to administrative 
withdrawal from the course by the instructor. 

Other Policies
Academic Dishonesty 
All students are expected to adhere to the Midwestern State University Student 
Honor Creed when completing any work for this course. A student's name on any 
assignment scheduled to be turned in is his/her pledge that all work contained 
therein is his/hers alone. When using the ideas of other unpublished and 
published sources, students must use accepted documentation conventions (i.e., 
MLA). See the MSU Student Handbook (attached to D2L course web site) to read 
the Student Honor Creed (4) and the university's policy on academic dishonesty 
Members of this class are expected to treat one another with courtesy, 
professionalism, and respect. Repeated unprofessional, rude, or inappropriate 
behavior can result in 50-100 points being deducted from a student’s final grade 
for the course per instance of such behavior. 

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, or call 397-4131.