Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:50
English 2113, Composition Skills, is designed to build skill in clear and forceful composition and in standard usage. Successful completion of this course, which fulfills MSU's Writing Proficiency requirement, requires that students demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking and effective writing by passing a final test in usage and writing a satisfactory final essay graded by the same standards as the Examination.
8 quizzes 20% of Grade
4 writing assignments 40% of Grade
Final Grammar Test 20% of Grade
Final Essay Exam 20% of Grade
This class will use the following grading system for essays: A, 90-100; B, 80-89; C, 70-79; D, 60-69; and F, 0-59. The grade requirement for passing this course is a minimum of 60 on the Final Grammar Exam and a minimum of 70 on the Final Essay Exam. Two points are added to your final grade average for effective participation and completion of homework.
You will need access to a good dictionary, standard white paper (8.5 x 11), and a computer, as well as a “USB stick.” Given that society as steered away from hand-written correspondence, final drafts of written work must be typed.
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.
In the event that you must miss class, for whatever reason, you assume the responsibility for contacting the instructor for missed work and assignments that are due. If you are going to be absent, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor and obtain copies of any handouts. Tentative assignment due dates are listed on the course schedule. Late work will not be accepted unless you make arrangements with the instructor.
Regular class attendance will be expected. Roll will be taken at every class. After the first cut, each additional two can lower your final grade one letter mark. Two late arrivals equal one cut. “Authorized Absences” (see Catalog) will not be counted in this total. Such absences DO NOT excuse you from turning required work on time. In addition, please understand that instructors may drop students from class for lack of appropriate participation (see Catalog).
If you must bring a cell phone with you to class, then please put the offensive device on “silent.” If you are caught “texting,” you will be asked to leave and counted absent for the day.