Section 208: TTh at 9:30
Section 209: TTh at 11:00
General Course Objectives: English 1113 emphasizes the process through which successful writers create and polish expository prose. The goal of exposition is to expose, to place information so that it might be understood clearly by strangers: in short, to communicate. Expect to write steadily, to revise heavily. Doing well in the class will require a serious effort.
Departmental Statement of Purpose: English 1113 is the first half of the Rhetoric and Composition sequence and, as specified by the 2012-14 MSU catalogue, offers “[t]raining in skills involved in the writing process through the composition of short essays and the reading of prose selections” (280). Supporting the goals of the university’s English department, ENGL 1113 prepares students with the opportunity to improve their composition skills, as well as acquire competences valuable in their respective major fields of study. Central among these qualities are critical curiosity, knowledge and structure of language, skill in writing, and intellectual precision.
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%.
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 1123 is required for graduation from Midwestern.
MLA form is required, as is a hard copy of each essay. Each writing assignment will be preceded by a lengthy prompt, and each student must, at a minimum, meet the stated requirements.
Furthermore, 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.
Quizzes and Late Work: Daily quizzes cannot be made up—these are in large part an incentive to attend class and a testament to your preparedness. In addition, essays turned in late will be penalized a letter grade for each day that they are tardy.
Your opportunity to turn in late work is also limited. I will except “late papers” for only 24 hours past the due date, and the penalty for the tardiness is one letter grade.
Attendance Policy: Critical reading and writing are learned skills. Consequently, in order to improve these skills, regular attendance is imperative. Roll will be taken, and excessive absences will likely affect the student’s grade. I also reserve the right to drop the chronically truant. University related absences will be excused only if the student provides proper documentation for the instructor.
Academic Dishonesty: On page 120 of the current MSU Student Handbook is an appendix that addresses Academic Misconduct. This section of the handbook includes a definition and clarification of plagiarism, a common type of academic dishonesty in English classes.
You can check the handbook for this definition. In general, according to an earlier version of the handbook, plagiarism “includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.” This last idea most often manifests itself in students’ copying and pasting from the “evil internet.”
Unfortunately, plagiarism is rampant is today’s English classes, but I try to lessen the temptation by controlling the prompts.
In English 1113, you will discuss your thoughts and opinions. This class requires NO research. So utilizing the Internet for information is not only unnecessary; it is verboten (forbidden). In other words, every single word, phrase, and thought in your essays should be yours, not something “borrowed” from another source.
If I, the instructor, catch a student plagiarizing (and I have caught someone each semester for at least the last decade), the following is the minimum penalty: the student will receive a zero for the assignment, and I will follow university policy in reporting the incident to my department head.
The university is committed to thwarting plagiarism, so it has software that “verifies” the authenticity of essays. In enrolling in this course, 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. For this reason, you MUST save all of your essays so that you can supply them to me in a Microsoft Word document, if requested.
Finally, keep a record of everything that I grade, just in case I make a clerical error.