Enc 1101: Introduction to College Writing

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ENC 1101: Introduction to College Writing

Instructor: Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay

Co-instructors: Richard Paez, Sara Williams and Hayden Draper

E-mail: animukho@english.ufl.edu

Class meetings: Tues – Period 10 & Thurs – Period 10-11, 2303 Turlington Hall

Office: 424 Yon Hall

Office hours: Tues – Period 7

Class Description

In this course, we’ll cover the essential elements of writing clearly and effectively at the level of sentences, paragraphs, and entire arguments while focusing on coherence, cohesion, clarity, and concision. We’ll concentrate on writing rhetorical arguments in different modes, using various types of claims, evidence, and logic. We will build research skills, including documentation and avoidance of plagiarism, and develop critical thinking through reading, writing, and discussion. You will learn how to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your own as well as your peers’ writing and will explore how differing conventions, styles, purposes, and audiences affect writing practices.

Required Texts

        Lunsford, Andrea A., Ruszkiewicz, John J. and Keith Walters. Everything’s an Argument: with Readings. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004.

        Lester Faigley, The Brief Penguin Handbook. New York: Pearson Education, 2003.


WebCT access: Free service available through UF. Go to http://lss.at.ufl.edu, select VISTA, then University of Florida and log in using your Gatorlink username and password.

Course Expectations

It will take diligence, attention, and the willingness to work through some growing pains to get what you need out of this course. It will take even more of the same to get a top grade. Working hard will give you a shot at a top grade, not a guarantee of one. In any case, A’s will be very difficult to come by.

General Education Learning Outcomes

You must pass this course with a grade of C or better to receive 6,000-word Gordon Rule credit (E6). You must turn in all papers to receive credit for writing 6,000 words. A grade of D or better satisfies the University's General Education Composition (C) requirement. You must pass with a grade of C or better if this course is to satisfy the CLAS requirement of a second course in Composition (C). If you are not in CLAS, check the catalog or with your advisor to see if your college has other writing requirements.


Available Resources

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at the University of Florida offers one-on-one assistance in writing college-level compositions. Because it is an internet resource, students can access the lab from anywhere. Tutors respond in 24 hours with an internet post. It’s that simple. Visit the OWL at http://web.cwoc.ufl.edu/owl/ The password you will need to use the OWL is ufowl.

Writing help is available in person at the Reading & Writing Center (RWC). To find out more or make an appointment for individual help, visit the RWC on the web at http://www.at.ufl.edu/r&w/about.html


*Note: The syllabus is liable to revision at the instructor’s discretion as may be suitable to meet the changing needs of the class.


ENC 1101 is a participation-oriented, skills-based writing course, which means that you will build your skills incrementally and systematically in each class throughout the semester. Consequently, the University Writing Program policy is that if you miss more than six periods, you will fail the entire course. Only absences involving university-sponsored events, such as athletics and or band, and religious holidays will be excused. If you are absent, it is still your responsibility to make yourself aware of all due dates. You are still responsible for turning assignments in on time.
Please do not come late to class; arriving late disrupts the entire class. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will be marked absent. Tardiness will also lower your participation grade.


You are expected to be prepared for every class, including completing all reading and writing assignments on time. If we have a reading assignment due, bring the textbook to class for reference during class discussion. Failure to be prepared for or to contribute to discussion will lower your participation grade.

Papers and drafts are due at the beginning of class. Late papers, including all drafts, will be penalized ½ of a letter grade for every calendar day the paper is late.

Assignments/Grading Plan

Diagnostic essay – 1-2 pages

Summary (100 points) – 1 page

Library (100 points)

Evaluative Argument (100 points) – 2-3 pages

Rhetorical Analysis (100 points) – 2-3 pages

Opposing Viewpoints (100 points) – 2-3 pages

Revision exercise (100 points) – 3-4 pages

In-class Writing exercise (100 points) – 1-2 pages

Peer Review (100 points)

Quiz (100 points)

Participation (100 points + 25 bonus points)
Total: 1000 points

Grading Scale for End of Term

920-1000 points = A

870-919 = B+

820-869 = B

770-819 = C+

720-769 = C

670-719 = D+

620-669 = D

Submission Policies

All papers must be in 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced and stapled. Your name should not be written anywhere on the actual paper. Add a title page to each paper with your name, the name of the assignment, class, the instructor, on it and remember to mention the date of submission.

We’ll talk more about how to submit each assignment. Some assignments will require you to bring additional copies for peer reviewing.
For all papers you must submit a hardcopy and send me a soft copy by mail either to my English account or through WebCT. 
All writing assignments must be turned in to meet the Gordon Rule requirement.


Plagiarism is a serious violation of the student academic honor code. You commit plagiarism when you present the ideas or words of someone else as your own.  You commit plagiarism if you use without crediting the source:

Any part of another person’s essay, speech, or ideas

            Any part of an article in a magazine, journal, newspaper; any part of a book,

                  encyclopedia, CD-ROM, online WWW page, etc.

            Any idea from another person or writer, even if you express that idea in your

                  own words.

Important tip: There should never be a time when you copy and paste something from the Internet and don't provide the exact location from which it came.
All acts of plagiarism will result in failure of the assignment and may result in failure of the entire course. N.B. Plagiarism can occur even without any intention to deceive if the student fails to know and employ proper documentation techniques.

Unless otherwise indicated by the instructor for class group work, all work must be your own. Nothing written for another course will be accepted.

Academic Honesty

As a University of Florida student, your performance is governed by the UF Honor Code, available in its full form at http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/catalog/policies/students.html . The Honor Code requires Florida students to neither give nor receive unauthorized aid in completing all assignments. Violations include cheating, plagiarism, bribery, and misrepresentation. Visit http://www.dso.ufl.edu/judicial/procedures/academicguide.php for more detail.

Graded Materials

Students are responsible for maintaining duplicate copies of all work submitted in this course and retaining all returned, graded work until the semester is over. Should the need arise for a re-submission of papers or a review of graded papers, it is the student's responsibility to make this material available.

Classroom Behavior

Please keep in mind that students come from diverse cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. Some of the texts we will discuss and write about engage controversial topics and opinions. Diversified student backgrounds combined with provocative texts require that you demonstrate respect for ideas that may differ from your own.

Students with Disabilities

The University of Florida complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students requesting accommodation should contact the Students with Disabilities Office, Peabody 202. That office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation

Class Schedule



24th – Introduction – syllabus and expectations; goals of the class; brief introduction to texts;

discussion of the rhetorical triangle; assignment of Diagonistic essay
29th Submission of Diagonistic essay; what is college writing? Class on Writing in

College and Beyond; selected reading for next class

31st – Discussion of selected reading

5th – Class on common grammar issues; selected reading for next class

7th Discussion of selected reading; Introduction of Summary assignment
12th – What is an argument? Class on Evaluative arguments
14th Submission of Summary assignment; Introduction of Evaluative

Argument assignment
19th – Class on Effective Style and language
21st – Screening of documentary followed by class discussion
26th – Submission of Evaluative Argument assignment; Peer review
28th – Introduction of Rhetorical Analysis assignment; Grammar Quiz; selected

reading for next class


3rd – Discussion of selected reading

5th – Review; Introduction to Library resources
10th – Library Orientation and Library assignment
12th – Submission of Rhetorical Analysis assignment; Discussion of different types of

arguments; Introduction of Opposing Viewpoints assignment

17th – Conference
19th – Conference
24th – Class on Using Quotations and Plagiarism
26th – Class on Planning, Drafting and Revising; Introduction of Revision exercise;

selected reading for next class

31st – Discussion of selected reading

2nd – Submission of Opposing Viewpoints assignment; Peer Review

7th – Class on Visual Arguments
9th – Screening followed by discussion
14th In-class writing exercise
16th – Class on Punctuation and Mechanics; Submission of Revision assignment
21st – Quiz prep
23rd – HOLIDAY
28th – Review
30th Quiz

5th – Last day of class – attendance compulsory

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