Rhetoric and Composition

Course Details

Course Number: 1123  Section Number: 206

Spring 2014

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 177

Days & Times:

Instructor Ashley Campana               Office  Bea Wood 234            Email ashley.campana@mwsu.edu

Office Hours MWF-10-10:50; 2-2:50 TR 11-12; 2-3            Office Phone  940-397-6263

 

Texts

 

 


Other Materials

 

 

Important Website

Aaron, Jane. LB Brief. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2011. Print. (LB)

Johnson-Sheehan, Richard and Charles Paine. Writing Today. 2nded. Boston: Pearson, 2013. Print. (WT)

 

Loose-leaf paper                   Folder with pockets and brads

Note-taking materials           At least 2 blank Blue Books

USB Stick (optional)            Something to keep it all together

MSU’s D2L

 



Course Attachments

1123_Spring2014 Syllabus and Schedule  1123_syllabus-20140121-143438.docx

Textbooks

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Ashley Campana   
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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

Contacting me: All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. You can expect me to be available for writing advice, especially on drafts (see policy below).  The best way to get help is to come by my office (BW 234) during office hours.  Also, I am responsive to e-mail questions as long as you clearly identify yourself (in an academically professional manner with appropriate e-mail etiquette) and provide enough information for me to give you a complete answer.  If you leave a voicemail message, please give your name, message and a return number.  What you cannot expect is for me to be available 24/7.  While I do check e-mail and voicemail regularly, including weekends, I do not necessarily check them more than a few times per day or late in the evenings. 

Preparedness: Students are expected to come to class prepared with materials and information. Students must ensure that they have read the assigned reading, as per the schedule. Each assignment should be read by the date it appears on the syllabus.

General Courtesy:  Please silence cell phones in class. 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.

     Any student behaving in a disruptive manner will be asked once to stop the behavior. If the disruption continues, the student will be asked to leave and marked absent for the class. If a student is consistently disruptive in class, he or she will be reported to the Dean of Students and potentially dropped from the course.

 

 


Grading Standards

 

Course Requirements

Assignments                                                                              % of Grade

2 In-Class Essays (350-word min. each):                      

ICE 1: Position (10%) + Final (15%)                                       

2 Formal, Revised Essays (750-word min. each):

FE 1: Rhet. Analysis (10%) + FE 2: Proposal (15%)                                          

Annotated Bib. (10%)                                                                     

Final Research Paper (1500-word min.)(20%)                               

Group Presentation (10%)                                                                

Participation (10%)

                                                                         

Grading Policies

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%.  
Individual assignments will use the following pattern: A+ = 99%; A = 96%; A- =93%; etc.
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.” 
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  1-3 pm

Submission Format Policy

 

Submission Format and Policy

All Formal Essays must be submitted typed in MLA format with approved topics, pre-writing, rehearsal drills (if applicable), and drafts in a folder containing all previous Formal Essay assignments.
By enrolling in this class, you expressly grant MSU a “limited right” to all intellectual property created by you for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce your 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

 

Late Paper/Assignment Policy

Work is due when called for in class. Late work can be submitted one day late (actual days, not class days) for a penalty of -10. Work can be submitted two days late for -20, but no work submitted after the two-day period will be accepted unless arrangements have been made with the instructor. For example, if an assignment is due Monday, one day late would be Tuesday. In the event of “Authorized Absences,” arrangements should be made to turn in work early. If a student misses class on a due date, he or she must submit either a hard copy or electronic copy of the assignment via email BEFORE class begins. Otherwise, the same late policies apply. Additionally, if a student needs an extension, he or she must make the arrangements before the assignment is due.  If work is missed, students should meet with the instructor to determine what can be made up. Additionally, no late work will be accepted more than 48 hours after the original deadline.

 


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

 

Attendance Policy

My policy is very simple and straightforward: if you have more than 6 absences unexcused absences you will be dropped from the class. Please note that this is not an invitation to miss two weeks of class; class time will provide the instruction you need to meet the objectives of this course and to develop as a writer. In the unfortunate event that you accrue 7 or more absences before the last day to withdraw, you have the responsibility of withdrawing from the class. Please don’t feel you have to explain or justify any absences to me; I respect your privacy, but you must accept the consequences. 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. Remember, if you must miss class on a due date for an assignment, email it as an attachment before class or it will lose points. Consider it your responsibility to be here, prepared for class, or you will not do as well as you wish, or gain as much as you could.

 


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 of the borrowed text and a listing in "Works Cited")–whether students use that material in a quotation, paraphrase, or summary. Theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated. 
Plagiarism is a serious offense and a betrayal of trust.  Drafts will accompany all Formal Essays, so you should save all drafts.  If after a conference and informal investigation, students are found to have committed plagiarism, they will be referred to the Dean of Students, as outlined by the “Academic Misconduct” policy in the Student Handbook and receive a zero for the assignment. For more serious, intentional instances, students could be dropped from class or expelled from the university.

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

I consider this classroom to be a place where all will be treated with respect as human beings – 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 my 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. You can expect me to be available for writing advice, especially on drafts (see policy below).  The best way to get help is to come by my office (BW 234) during office hours.  Also, I am responsive to e-mail questions as long as you clearly identify yourself (in an academically professional manner with appropriate e-mail etiquette) and provide enough information for me to give you a complete answer.  If you leave a voicemail message, please give your name, message and a return number.  What you cannot expect is for me to be available 24/7.  While I do check e-mail and voicemail regularly, including weekends, I do not necessarily check them more than a few times per day or late in the evenings. Thus, it is your responsibility to contact me in enough advance.  

 

 

Other Policies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft Policy

 

 

 

This University is part of the academic community in which certain standards of behavior are upheld. Thus, certain guidelines will be observed during class:
Lateness: I expect you to be on time. If you are repeatedly late to class, I will simply begin marking you absent.  
Preparedness: Students are expected to come to class prepared with materials. Students must ensure that they have read the assigned reading, as per the schedule. Each assignment should be read by the date it appears on the syllabus.             General Courtesy:  Please silence cell phones in class. Resist the temptation to text during class; texting not only interferes with your ability to learn but also distracts your peers.  Additionally, show respect to your classmates by listening to them when they speak.

Any student behaving in a disruptive manner will be asked once to stop the behavior. If the disruption continues, the student will be asked to leave and marked absent for the class. If a student is consistently disruptive in class, he or she will be reported to the Dean of Students and potentially dropped from the course.
 

The best and easiest way for you to improve in this course is to write drafts.  Drafts are not required; they are your responsibility. On each draft, I will identify 2-4 “targets” for improvement and will make suggestions about how you should proceed. Usually (not on weekends) I will get drafts back to you the next day, sometimes the same day. If you want an even faster response, bring a draft to my office during office hours. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking Bachelor’s degrees from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they have 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 have 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.

Important notes—

  • I value the writing process, so please hang on to all drafts.
  • Feel free to send drafts to me via email or hard copy in my box at least 24 hours before the final essay is due (I will not read essays for suggestions after this time).
  • All FEs will be submitted in a folder WITH BRADS. Please have one purchased by the time your first FE is due. If you cannot afford one, I have some in my office for you to borrow.
  • All FEs are due at the beginning of class, unless otherwise noted.
  • Essays under the page or word-count limit will not be marked. The essay will be returned and must be re-submitted as late work in order to receive credit.
  • All grades and attendance will be maintained through D2L. Please check it daily, as I send messages, post discussion boards, and allow you the opportunity to keep up with assignments and attendance.
  • We will use the LBB throughout the course, even though all of the reading assignments aren’t posted.  Please have both books handy daily.

 


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.