Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
Assignment % of Grade
Minimum of 2 In-Class Essays (350-word min. each) 10%
Minimum of 3 Formal, Revised Essays (750-word min. each) 30%
1 Annotated Bibliography (including both print and web sources) 10%
1 Final Research Paper (1500-word min.) 30%
Presentations and participation 10%
Writing assignments should require students to produce approximately 5000 words of graded writing and count for at least 80% of the final grade.
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%.
All in-class work must be written on standard white lined paper in pen. All outside class work must be typed, printed, and submitted according to current MLA requirements.
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.
All assigned work will be due on dates assigned at the beginning of class. I do not accept late work.
Regular class attendance will be expected. Roll will be taken at every class. After the first cut, each additional two will lower your final grade one letter mark. Two late arrivals equal one cut. “Authorized Absences” (see 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 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 an individual student from completing required work.
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 quotation, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not. Plagiarism is a serious break in trust and good faith. So please save all drafts. All written work will be turned in accompanied by drafts. In any case that I suspect undue influence, I immediately will ask you to demonstrate at an office conference, through your drafts and understanding of the essay at hand, how you wrote it, why you wrote it, and that you wrote it. Any work about which I have doubts will be assigned an F. Thanks for your understanding.
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.
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.
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.
Cell phones must be turned off. Vibrating cell phones are a disturbance and will not be tolerated. If a student is caught using an electronic device during a test, that student will receive a 0 on that test. Any behavior that disturbs the learning environment will not be tolerated. A warning from me that I consider the particular behavior disrupts the class will be given once. If that conduct continues, an instructor drop will be initiated (See Bulletin and student handbook).