Rhetoric and Composition

Course Details

Course Number: ENGL 1123  Section Number: 207

Spring 2014

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 317

Days & Times:

MWF 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.



Course Attachments

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Lindsey Applegarth   
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Course Objectives

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 proficient use of standard written English

·         Find, evaluate, and synthesize credible sources in support of a research paper

·         Document sources responsibly and follow a designated style guide

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

 


Course Expectations

Course Requirements

Assignment

Weight (%)

Formal Essay #1: Rhetorical Analysis

10

Formal Essay #2: Research Proposal and Working Bibliography

10

Formal Essay #3: Rogerian Argument

10

In-class Essay #1: Rogerian Response

10

In-class Essay #2: Position Essay

10

Annotated Bibliography (6 sources)

10

Research Paper (min. 4 sources)

20

Ethos, Logos, Pathos Presentation

5

Group Debate

5

Final Exam

10

 

 


Grading Standards

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.

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%.

According to MSU’s Undergraduate Catalogue, “letter grades have the following significance:

·         A indicates excellent work

·         B indicates good work

·         C indicates satisfactory work

·         D indicates passing work

·         F indicates failing work” (73).

Consequently, essays that meet the basic requirements earn a C, not an A or B.  If you wish to earn As and Bs, you will have to work harder to produce better than satisfactory, or average, writing.


Final Exam5/7/2014  1:00 to 3:00

Submission Format Policy

All assignments are to be typed and formatted—and outside sources documented—according to MLA style; additionally, all portfolio assignments must be submitted in your project portfolio. All essays are due the day stated on the schedule or announced in class. Written assignments must be handed in a folder with stamped work, peer reviews, revision reflections and all required drafts as described on each assignment prompt or announced in class. Failure to submit any of the required materials will result in a 3 point deduction from the assignment’s grade per missing item. For students to receive extra credit for participation, students must turn in the participation sheet with the assignment as stated in “Other Policies.”

 

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

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. 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 and the Group Debate may not be made up, and the student will receive 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 a student misses a peer review due to 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.


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

My policy requires self-responsibility: absences may result in missed in-class assignments, which will result in three-point deductions per missing item on assignments. If you are absent, you cannot participate. I will not penalize further for absences. Please note, however, that this is not an invitation to miss 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. If you miss class, you miss any writing assignment or group work done during that period, and you miss any announcements regarding future assignments.  Notify me in advance if you will not be able to make class; you may leave an email message. Consider it your responsibility to be here, prepared for class, or you will not do as well as you wish, nor gain as much as you could.

 

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.


Other Policies

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. Take credit for and pride in your own work; I expect you to produce everything you submit for class.  I do not want to see essays written by your friend, roommate, parent, or pet or downloaded from one of the myriad Internet databases offering hot papers--keep in mind that the Internet is equally available to all, including your teachers. We will spend lots of time in this class discussing responsible and appropriate methods for citing sources of information, and I expect you to adhere meticulously to these methods.

 

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 outlined in section F (Academic Dishonesty) of the Student Handbook.

 

Lateness:   I expect you to attend class on time and will not wait for students to arrive. Any information missed due to lateness is your responsibility to retrieve. I, however, am not responsible for remembering when students arrive to class and what information they miss. If a student arrives during a surprise in-class assignment, the student will not receive credit for the assignment. Please let me know if extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving promptly.

 

Preparation: I also expect you to be prepared and participate in class.  If you do not have the required materials or fail to participate in discussions, group work, or workshops, you will not receive credit for the in-class assignment. I also will add three points to assignments if students turn in a sheet with three times that they participated. Students must provide the date of participation and a specific statement about the participation.

 

General Courtesy:  Please turn off cell phones or put them on vibrate. You are welcome to use your phone for note-taking and other class/learning activities, but resist the temptation to text during class; texting not only interferes with your ability to learn but also distracts your peers.  Show respect to your classmates by listening to them when they speak.  If you need to get a drink of water or blow your nose or use the restroom, simply leave as quietly as possible; you don't need my permission or a hall pass, but please make an effort to avoid disrupting class.

 

A Final Thought: Your grade will reflect your effort.  I will extend office hours and work with you as much as you need, but ultimately, you must take full responsibility for this class.  My hope, and intention, is to have a worthwhile, interesting class in which we meet a few hours a week to talk about writing and help you develop as writers.

 


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.