Rhetoric and Composition I

Course Details

Course Number: 1113  Section Number: 301

Summer I 2014

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 205

Days & Times:

Monday-Thursday, 10:10 AM to 12:10 PM


Grammar Final--Wednesday, 2 July 2014, 10:10 AM to 12:10 PM

Writing Final--Thursday, 3 July 2014, 10:10 AM to 12:10 PM

Course Attachments

Course Description and Syllabus  English 1113-301 Syllabus and course description Summer I 2014-20140626-134230.pdf


40 Model Essays, 2nd ed.  ISBN: 978-1-4576-1024-0

LB Brief, 5th ed.  ISBN: 978-0-321-87256-2

MSU Faculty Member
Becky Green   
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Course Objectives

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

Course Expectations

Assignment                                                                                             % of Grade

3 In-class writing assignments (150-300 word minimum each)     30%

4 Formal, revised Essays (500-600 word minimum each)               40%

9 Reading responses (150 word minimun each)                               10 %

3 Grammar Quizzes                                                                                   10%

1 Grammar Final                                                                                           5%

1 Writing Final                                                                                                5%


Course supplies: textbooks, college dictionary, notebook paper, pencils or blue/black ink pens, highlighter, USB drive (optional), green scatron for Grammar Final, bluebook for Writing Final, folder with brads and pockets labeled appropriately

Grading Standards

For freshmen or transfer students entering MSU in the fall of 2011 or later, a grade of C or higher in ENGL 1113 is a prerequisite for enrolling in ENGL 1123.

This class 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%.

Final Exam7/3/2014  10:10 am - 12:10 pm

Submission Format Policy

Use MLA format when submitting writing assignments.  Type all writing assignments completed outside class.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or willl be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

(Legal note:  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 not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and to use 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.

Late Paper Policy

Essays are due in class, not by e-mail, on the assigned date.  If dire circumstances will prevent you from completing a writing assignment on time, request an extension by e-mailing me prior to the due date and then printing my response and including it with your essay.  A quiz may be made up without an extension during my office hours before the next class meeting.

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

I allow three absences in this class; however, if you are absent from class twice during the first two weeks of the semester or if your absences are negatively affecting your grade, I will contact MSU's Academic Success Center, and an advisor will contact you.  Your third absence requires you to meet with me.  Your fourth absence means that I will drop you from the course with an F.

Other Policies

Be on time.  If you are repeatedly late to class, I will begin marking you absent.  If extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time, please let me know.  If you are late to class, stand in the hallway until I invite you into the room.

Practice courtesy.  When I am speaking to the class, do not walk in front of me.  When another student is speaking, listen.  All cell phones and other electronic devices must be silenced and put away during class.  However, if you choose to take notes electronically, sit in the back row to prevent distraction.  If you use your cell phone, you're choosing to be marked absent.

If you need to leave the room, you do not need my permission; simply leave when I or a classmate is not speaking.  Eating is not allowed in the classroom; however you may bring a spill-proof drink.  Disruptive behavior, which prevents me from teaching and your peers from learning, is grounds for being asked to leave the room and being counted absent.

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.