MWF 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
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%.
A = “excellent;” B = “good;” C = “satisfactory;” D = “passing;” F= “failing”
(As stated on pg. 77 of MSU Undergraduate Catalog: 2012-2014)
No opportunities to revise final assignments will be given. Final assignments are final. I encourage students to utilize presentations, journal entries, and reading assignments as opportunities to improve writing quality and grades.
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 ENGL 1123 is required for graduation from Midwestern.
All essays are due the day stated on the schedule or announced in class. Written assignments must be typed in MLA format with stamped prewriting, peer editing, and all required drafts as described on each assignment prompt. Failure to submit any of the required materials will result in a 3 point deduction from the assignment’s grade per missing item. Items submitted after the due date will be considered late.
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.
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.
If you know that you will be absent on an assignment’s due date, arrange with me to turn in your work early for full credit. Late assignments, defined in the above submission policy, will lose 10% off the final grade per day that they are late (including weekends). Additionally, no late work will be accepted more than 48 hours after the original deadline. Late work must be handed directly to the instructor or emailed to the instructor. Do not slide any work under the instructor’s office door. Extensions will be given at my discretion if requested for a good reason and at least one day before the due date.
The Ethos, Logos, Pathos Presentation may not be made up and the student will be given a zero. Additionally, if students fail to bring a hardcopy of their drafts (prepared according to the assignment prompt) to a peer-edit class, they will be penalized on the final draft grade as stated in the prompt.
If a student misses an in-class essay or the student knows she/he will miss an in-class essay, the student must provide a note from a doctor, dean, or coach, or for religious holidays, or let me know prior to the absence and we will arrange to complete the in-class essay prior to the authorized absence. If the absence is due to an emergency, contact me ASAP. If the absence is due to sickness, send me an email before class begins.
Note: If peer editing is missed for an excused absence, the student is responsible for contacting the instructor prior to the missed class meeting in order to determine the appropriate course of action for completing and submitting the peer editing no later than the class meeting following the original due date.
Attendance and participation play a crucial part in not only passing this class but also becoming a more effective communicator. Information from lectures/discussions will not always follow textbooks, and graded in-class assignments may not always be announced or appear on the syllabus. Make-up-in-class assignments will not be given unless you provide a note from a doctor, dean, or coach, or for religious holidays, or if you let me know prior to the absence. If you are sick, send me an email before class begins. Exceptions may be made under certain circumstances if you explain your situation to me. It is your responsibility to explain your absence to me; if you do not do so, you will not be given the opportunity to make-up surprise in-class assignments.
You must bring your books and handouts to class on and after the reading assignment due date until the final out-of-class essay’s due date or the day of the in-class essay as designated on the schedule.
Do not use computers, cell phones, or any electronic devices in the classroom. If you need to utilize these devices in class in order to effectively participate or learn the material, arrange to speak with me during my office hours.
Repeated neglect to abide by the course policies can result in grade deductions.