Monday and Wednesday (MW), 12:30-1:50
This course provides instruction and practice in analyzing and evaluating textual information and in composing clear and logical texts. A one-hour computer lab is included. The course is required of those students who have not met TSI readiness standards in reading, writing, or both.
Acquire vocabulary skills necessary for college-level coursework
Identify the structural elements of written materials
Practice strategies for note taking and test preparation
Demonstrate ability to think critically
Write paragraphs and 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
In addition to the textbook, you need the following supplies: a college-appropriate dictionary, a folder with brads and 2 pockets, notebook paper (preferably wide ruled), pencils/pens, a highlighter, and a flash drive.
I prefer email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. When writing a message, follow conventions of standard written English. Do not use text-code when you write any professor, and be sure to include a greeting (Mrs. Green) and a signature (Your Name) even when sending a message by phone.
Class Work/Quizzes 20%
Final Exam 20%
You must earn a final grade of C/70 or better to pass this course. This course will not use the plus/minus grading system. The following numerical equivalents for grades are used: A=100-90%, B=89-80%; C=79-70%; D=69-60%; F=59%-0%. According to MSU Catalog 2012-2014, page 77, an A indicates excellent work, a B indicates good work, a C indicates satisfactory work, a D indicates passing work, and an F indicates failing work.
When completing the assigned textbook pages and exercises, write answers in your book.
A writing assignment (journal entries, paragraphs, and essays) must follow MLA format. Type and print all writing assignments. Use the MLA format template that I send to your preferred email account.
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 class, unless you obtain in advance my and the other instructor's permission.
Your homework is due at the beginning of class on its assigned date. I do not accept late work. You may take a missed quiz in my office (BW 233) during my office hours. You have one week to make up this work. A quiz not completed within this time frame earns a zero.
You must attend class regularly and arrive on time. I will take roll each class day and enforce the following: 2nd absence--I will refer you to the Academic Success Center. A counselor will contact you to ask if you need help in getting to class. 3rd absence--You must come to my office to explain your absences. With my permission you may return to class. 4th absence--I will drop you from the class. You have earned an F.
If you are late to class twice, I will count you absent.
"Authorized Absences" (See MSU Student Bulletin) will not be counted in this total. Such absences, though, do not excuse students from turning in required work on time. Please be aware that instructors may drop students from class rolls for lack of appropriate participation (See MSU Student Bulletin and Student Handbook).
If you miss work for whatever reason, it will be your responsibility to find out what you have missed and how or if it can be made up. Missing work will be averaged as a zero. "I wasn't here for this" will not be considered sufficient reason to excuse you from completing required work.
Dropping this course can only be done the week preceding the university's official drop date. You may drop the course with a grade of W if at that time you have not exceeded the number of absences allowed in the course and if reducing your course load does not affect your enrollment at MSU.
If you are enrolled in this course on the basis of required remediation, you will not be permitted to drop the course unless you are enrolled in another developmental course. A student in need of developmental education must be enrolled in developmental education each semester.
The MSU Undergraduate Catalog states, "An instructor may drop a student anytime during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct." MSU's policy for developmental education requires an instructor to drop a student wth an F.
Students who withdraw themselves from the course or who are dropped by the instructor or who do not pass the course with a grade of C/70 or better must repeat the course.
Be on time: Being late is irresponsible. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time, please let me know. You can fail this class for being late. (See the Attendance Policy.)
Practice courtesy: When I am speaking to the class, do not leave your seat or walk in front of me unless you are ill. If you arrive late to class and I have begun teaching, remain outside in the hallway until I invite you into the room. When another student is speaking, listen.
All cell phones and other electronic devices are disruptive, so silence and put them away during class. If you use one of these devices during class, you are absent. Disruptive behavior, which prevents me from teaching or your peers from learning, is grounds for being asked to leave the room and being counted absent.
If you leave the classroom for more than 15 minutes, you are absent. If you begin leaving the classroom daily, you must provide a doctor's note explaining the condition that makes sitting for 1 hour and 15 minutes impossible for you.
Eating is not allowed, but you may drink from a spill-proof container.