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Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
Introduction to College Writing I*

ENG 024
Prerequisites: Demonstrated competency through appropriate assessment.
Program: Academic Skills Advancement

Division: General Education Support Services

Credit Hours: 3

Contact Hours: 48

Date of Last Revision: Spring 2006

Date of this Revision: Fall 2006
Course Description: Enables the beginning college writer to develop control of the writing process by focusing on paragraph development. Requires students to demonstrate proficiency in basic standard writing conventions including grammar and mechanics. Prepares students for entry into ENG 025 Introduction to College Writing II
Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be expected to

1. Demonstrate control of the writing process as evidenced by writing that is focused, organized, and well developed.

2. Demonstrate competence in sentence structure and paragraph development.

3. Apply the revision process.

4. Demonstrate proficiency in the application of grammar and mechanics in the writing process.
Course Content: Topical areas of study include:
Prewriting Revision

Editing Organization

Audience Plagiarism

Purpose Standard written English

Voice Topic selection


Methods of Delivery: Course material will be conveyed via lecture, writing lab, in-class writings, small group work, class discussion.
Textbooks: Arlov, Pamela, Wordsmith, third edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 2007.

Harris, Muriel. Prentice Hall Reference Guide, sixth edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 2006.

Prentice Hall Reference Guide is shrink-wrapped in the bookstore with The New American Webster’s Dictionary and Roget’s Thesaurus

Materials and Supplies: Two 3 ½ disks or flash drive. Must have by second class meeting.
Methods of Evaluation: Essays, in-class writings, journals, quizzes
Make-up Policy: You will not be allowed to make up any in-class assignments. All work must be submitted by the Friday before the last week of classes.
Grading: You must pass portfolio to pass this course. Letter grades will then be determined based on the following formula:
Essays 80%

Journals 15%

In-class writings, 5%
Grading Scale: 93% - 100% A

85% - 92% B

77% - 84% C

70% - 76% D

69% and below F
Total Possible Points for course: 500

    1. A

    1. B

424-385 C

384-350 D

349 or less F
The emphasis in this class is on revising, but it is expected that as the semester progresses students will be able to do more of their own revisions. With that in mind, grades are assigned to written compositions in the following way:
Essay one—grade assigned no later than the fifth draft,

Essay two—grade assigned no later than the fourth draft,

Essay three—grade assigned no later than the third draft,

Essay four—grade assigned no later than the second draft.

The revision schedule only applies if a student submits his/her drafts on the date they are due. Drafts that are submitted late may not be allowed the maximum number of revisions. Some papers may not be allowed any revisions if they are submitted too late in the semester. If you wish to complete additional revisions to prepare your work for portfolio, I would encourage you to do so, however, this will not result in a change of letter grade. No essays or journals will be accepted after the Friday before the last week of classes.
Attendance Policy: Attendance is crucial to your success. If you are not in class, you cannot ask questions of your classmates or me. In-class writings cannot be made up.
Additional Information about Course Requirements:

Journals: You must submit journals. Journals must be turned in on the day they are due unless arrangements have been made with the instructor. Journals should be at least 2/3 of an 8 1/2” x 11” standard notebook page. Journal entries are usually handwritten (but can be word processed). There may be a few required journal topics throughout the semester. Other journals can be on any topic.
Revised Compositions: You must complete four revised essays. Essays should be at least one and a half, typed, double-spaced pages in length and can be longer if your topic needs additional development. I have provided due dates for first drafts of essays on the course calendar. Essays usually need to be revised before they meet course and portfolio exit competencies and receive a letter grade. Letter grades will be assigned to essays on the schedule outlined above. Students wishing to take advantage of the revision schedule must submit essays on the days indicated on the course calendar. Early revisions should focus primarily on the content of the essay--making sure that your focus is clear and that you have provided enough supporting detail so that your audience clearly understands your writing. Later drafts should focus on editing skills such as sentence structure. All work should be spell checked and proofread for usage errors. It is important that patterns of error be corrected and that errors are not distracting to your readers.
Portfolio: Students in all writing classes must submit and pass portfolio to pass their course. Your

portfolio will consist of two of your revised essays, the best that you produce this semester, and a memo explaining your choices. Portfolios must be word processed. Portfolios are evaluated by a committee of English faculty. Portfolios are usually due on or around the date of the voluntary withdrawal deadline (after 75 % of the semester has been completed.) Portfolios during fall and spring semesters are due by 4:00 p.m. on the assigned date; portfolios during summer semester are due by 9:00 p. m. on the assigned date.

Academic Honesty Statement: The College is committed to academic integrity in all its practices. The faculty value intellectual integrity and a high standard of academic conduct. Activities that violate academic integrity undermine the quality and diminish the value of educational achievement. Cheating on papers, tests or other academic works is a violation of College rules. No student shall engage in behavior that, in the judgment of the instructor of the class, may be construed as cheating. This may include, but is not limited to, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty such as the acquisition without permission of tests or other academic materials and/or distribution of these materials and other academic work. This includes students who aid and abet as well as those who attempt such behavior
ADA Statement: If you need an accommodation because of a documented disability, you are required to register with Disability Support Services at the beginning of each semester.  If you will require assistance during an emergency evacuation, notify your instructor immediately.  Look for evacuation procedures posted in your classrooms. In South Bend, call Cathy Cassady, 574-289-7001, ext 5340, Her office is in 1213 (in the Learning Lab) on the South Bend campus.
Learning Environment: The primary purpose of the college classroom is to provide an environment in which students can learn efficiently and effectively. Be respectful of your classmates and professor by avoiding side conversations, turning off cellular phones and beepers, and refraining from other behaviors that would likely cause disruption to the class. If you need to leave the room for any reason, you do not need instructor permission, just do so as quietly as possible and return as soon as and quietly as possible.
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Virtual Library offers full-text journals, books, and other resources essential for completing course assignments. Access through Campus Connect Click on the library tab then chose the Virtual Library link for your campus.

Syllabus, lecture notes and grades will be posted on Blackboard (

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Calendar of Activities

Introduction to College Writing I

ENG 024

Room 2117/2204
Instructor: Professor Waltz-Freel

Office: Rm 2214, General Education Offices

Telephone: 289-7001, ext. 5417


Office hours: Monday 9-12, Wednesday 4-6, Thursday 1-4, or by appointment

There are no classes on College Holidays that fall during the time that a semester is in session. These include Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day (and the Friday following), Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July.

Sample Course Calendar

Date Topic, activities

xx Course Introduction and Overview.

Journal and Essay requirements/Informal and Formal Writing

Prentice Hall Reference Guide, pp. 253-265

Writing Process, Wordsmith Chapter 1

xx Lab Day, lab orientation, introduction to MyWritingLab, on-line resources for

Prentice Hall Reference Guide, Purdue On-line Writing Lab (OWL)

3 Journals due (including experience with writing)

xx Writing Process (cont.), Wordsmith, Chapters 2, 3

Purpose and Audience Prentice Hall Reference Guide, pp. 1-12

Personal experience essay Wordsmith, Chapter 8

Read “Growing Up Bilingual” Wordsmith, pp. 536-537 and ”The Game of My Life,” Wordsmith, pp. 542-543

xx Lab Day

First Draft of Essay 1 Personal Experience due

xx Writing Introductions, Wordsmith, Chapter 4

Prentice Hall Reference Guide, 21

xx Lab Day

3 Journals Due

xx Developing Body Paragraphs, Wordsmith, Chapter 5

Prentice Hall Reference Guide, pp. 20-27

Introduction to Profile Essay
xx Lab Day

First Draft of Essay 2, Profile Due

xx Writing Introductions, Wordsmith, Chapter 6

Prentice Hall Reference Guide pp. 21, 89

xx Lab Day

3 Journals due

xx Process/Analysis Essays, Wordsmith, Chapter 9

Read “Coping with Procrastination,” Wordsmith, pp. 569-570
xx Lab Day

3 Journals Due

xx Logical Connections, Wordsmith, Chapter 10

Visual Arguments, Prentice Hall Reference Guide, pp. 39-48

Plagiarism, Prentice Hall Reference Guide, pp. 292-294, 346-357
xx First Draft of Essay 3 Due, Process/Analysis

Lab Day
xx Revising and Editing, Precise Word Choice

Prentice Hall Reference Guide, pp. 16-20, 247-265
xx Lab Day

3 Journals Due

In-class Mid-term Writing
xx Peer Editing, Prentice Hall Reference Guide pp. 12-16
xx 3 Journals Due

Lab Day
xx Sentence Structure, Prentice Hall Reference Guide, pp.49-97

Wordsmith, Chapters 15, 16
xx Lab Day

3 Journals Due

xx Portfolio Requirements

Memo from Portfolio Committee

xx Memo to the Committee Due

Lab Day
xx Peer editing, bring drafts of all essays to class

Portfolio Preparation
xx Lab Day
*Portfolios Due the same week as the voluntary withdrawal deadline, end of Week 12.
xx Reflective Essay, Read “Complaining” Wordsmith, pp. 523-524 and

“Rebel with a Dye Job,” Wordsmith, pp. 550-551

xx Lab Day

First Draft of Essay 4 Due, Reflective Essay

xx Writing a Summary, Wordsmith, Chapter 11

xx Lab Day

3 Journals Due

xx Revised Draft of Essay 4, Reflective EssayDUE

Lab Day
Xx 3 Journals Due (including what I learned in this class)

Expectations for future writing classes--writing with sources

xx ALL Work Due--All Final Drafts and Journals must be submitted by end of class.

Final in-class writing
xx Papers and Portfolio results returned

* The instructor reserves the right to alter the type and sequence of activities scheduled for this course.
Your Student Handbook contains information regarding Ivy Tech State College policies and procedures--Read it!

The last day to withdraw from classes is xxxx xx, 20xx. To withdraw from a class you must complete a change of enrollment form, sign it, and submit it to Student Affairs for processing.

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