English 111 (023M): College Composition I (hybrid) Spring 2013

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English 111 (023M): College Composition I (HYBRID)

Spring 2013, Manassas Campus, NVCC, T 7:00-9:40 pm, MP 140
Instructor: Mrs. Jennifer Hitchcock email: jhitchcock@nvcc.edu phone: (703)530-8291

Office: MC 231 Office hours: W 5:00-7:00 pm and by appointment

Course Description

English 111 is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of college writing as well as writing for the workplace. Through an understanding of the writing process, students will learn to refine topics; develop and support ideas; investigate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate resources; edit for effective style and usage; and determine appropriate rhetorical choices for a variety of contexts, audiences, and purposes. Formal essays will focus on exposition, argument, and research. **This is a hybrid course, which means that 50% of the course activities will take place online.

Course Prerequisites

Students must achieve satisfactory scores on placement tests or SATs or have satisfactorily completed ENF 1 or ENF 2.

Course Goals and Objectives

In ENG 111, students will

  • understand that writing is a process that develops through experience and varies among individuals

  • engage in all phases of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and reflecting

  • incorporate reading and experience into their writing processes

  • analyze and investigate ideas and present them in well-structured prose appropriate to the purpose and audience

  • read, summarize, and respond to college-level texts—their own and others’—of varying lengths

  • create unified, coherent, well-developed texts that demonstrate a self-critical awareness of rhetorical elements such as purpose, audience, and organization

  • appropriately employ grammatical and mechanical conventions in the preparation of readable manuscripts

  • learn how to use and evaluate outside sources of information, incorporate and document source material appropriately, and avoid plagiarism

  • produce 15-20 pages of finished, graded text, including at least one documented essay

Major Topics to be Included

  • Critical thinking

  • Writing process

  • Developing, organizing, and supporting ideas

  • Investigating and evaluating resources

  • Incorporating appropriate resources into text

  • Considering context, audience, and purpose

Required Texts, Materials, Technologies, and Computer Skills

  • Back to the Lake: A Reader for Writers, 2nd edition, by Thomas Cooley

  • A Writer’s Reference, 7th edition, by Diana Hacker

  • USB/Flash drive or cloud storage method to store and backup work

  • Internet access (preferably high-speed DSL or cable)

  • Word processing program (Microsoft Word or Open Office preferred)

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download)

  • Basic computer skills, including the ability to check and send emails; create, format, save, and upload documents using a word processing program (preferably Word or Open Office); navigate Blackboard site; perform basic internet research; etc.

Blogs and Discussion Forums

In order to foster reflection and critical thinking, practice aspects of the writing process as you work toward writing formal essays, and help promote community in the class, you will post to class blogs and discussion forums. I will assign responses to questions that relate to course readings and topics we discuss in class. These blog posts (6 points each) and discussion forums (10 points each) will be worth 15% of the total course grade and will be completed in Blackboard. You are encouraged to read and comment on other students’ posts, and in many cases responses will be required.


I will give six quizzes during the semester that cover course content. Quiz dates are announced on the course schedule. Quiz averages will be based on the best five out of six quizzes, and you may use your textbooks, notes, and Blackboard materials for the quizzes. You will have an hour to complete each one on Blackboard.

Participation and Class Success

Part of the course grade will come from class participation in discussions (both online and face-to-face), group work, and class assignments, as well as attendance and coming to class on time when we meet on campus. Taking notes, staying awake, asking questions, actively listening, and having an open mind are necessary for your success in this class. Those who attend class regularly, work hard, and complete all assignments on time will usually succeed in the class. I am here to help succeed in the class, so please contact me early with any concerns you may have about your work.
Note about Grades

Typically, I will have grades for assignments posted within one week of the assignment due date. Under certain circumstances, it may take me a couple of extra days, but if this is the case, I will let the class now via Blackboard and email.


The online component of the course is available through Blackboard. All students log into Blackboard at least once a week to access assignments, check for announcements, etc.

Class Communication

While I hold regular weekly office hours on campus and am always happy to meet with students, the best way to usually reach me is via email. I will typically respond to questions via email within 24 hours Monday through Friday. I am also happy to arrange a time to meet with students online via Blackboard Chat.

Laptops and Cell Phones

In order to avoid disruptions, cell phones should be turned off and not used during class (including texting). Laptops are permitted for taking notes and completing some in-class work as long as the user does not disrupt the class or distract other students.


Attendance and punctuality affect your grades for class participation, and they are very important to your overall grade in this course. Any student who misses more than two classes will be ineligible for an A, and absence for more than four classes will result in an automatic F. If you need to miss class due to serious illness or another official reason, contact me as soon as possible either before or immediately after you miss class, and you are responsible for checking on Blackboard and with a classmate about what you missed. I will only accept and let you make up missed work without penalty if you provide me with official documentation, such as a doctor’s note.
Evaluation and Grades

Essay #1—3-5 pages; Rhetorical Analysis—due 2/10


Annotated Bibliography—due 2/24


Essay #2—5-7 pages; Argumentative Research Paper—due 3/31


Essay #3—3-5 pages; Compare and Contrast—due 4/28


Résumé and Cover Letter—due 4/28


Essay #4—2-3 pages; Final Reflection Essay—due 5/5




Drafts and Peer Reviews


Blogs (6 pts. each) & Discussion Forums (10 pts. each)


Class participation (attendance, punctuality, group work, discussions, etc.)


Grading Scale

A = 90-100%

B = 80-89%

C = 70-79%

D = 60-69%

F = 59% and below

Paper Requirements

All papers must be computer processed in Times or Times New Roman, with 12-point font, one-inch margins on all edges, and properly formatted using MLA documentation. They should also be double-spaced and contain your name, the course, and date in the upper left hand corner. Final copies of papers will be submitted to the appropriate link in Blackboard on the due date. Any students that ignore the proper format or length for papers can expect to receive a reduction in their grade for the assignment.
Late Papers

The due dates for papers are listed on the schedule. For every day that a major paper is late, five points (about 1/2 letter grade) will be deducted from its final grade (out of 100%). *If you are having any trouble completing an essay on time, contact me before the due date with your concerns.

Revision Policy

Students have the option of revising and rewriting the first two formal essay assignments for a new grade. I only accept rewrites that include major, global revisions. In order to revise an essay, you must meet with me to discuss your planned revisions and provide me with a revision proposal of no more than one page that describes what you will change, how you will change it, and why. All essay rewrites are due by the end of the semester.
Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Plagiarism means using the exact words, opinions, or factual information from another source without giving that source credit. Writers give credit through the use of accepted documentation styles—parenthetical citation and a Works Cited page in MLA format. Plagiarism is the equivalent of intellectual robbery and is not tolerated in an academic setting. At NVCC we use computer software to check essays for plagiarism. Failure to abide by these guidelines and to cite all sources used will result in a “0” for a particular assignment, a report to the Dean of Students, and any further infractions will result in an automatic “F” for the course. Repeated occurrences can ultimately result in your expulsion. You can find more information about plagiarism and NVCC policy in the Student Handbook. If you have any questions about appropriate use and citation of sources, see me.

IT Help Desk

If you have any technological problems that you cannot solve on your own, then you should contact NOVA’s IT Help Desk. Phone: (703) 426-4141; Email: ithelpdesk@nvcc.edu

Reading and Writing Center

I strongly recommend that students take advantage of the free resource of the Reading and Writing Center for help with any aspect of the writing process in this course (and for any other courses). Students can make 30-minute or one hour individual appointments to work one-on-one with a writing consultant by calling 703-257-6699 or stopping by the Tutoring Center at Howsmon Hall, Room 112. Appointments should be made at least two to three days in advance. http://www.nvcc.edu/manassas/reading-writing/

Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities are legally entitled to certain accommodations in the classroom. If you are a student with a disability and you need academic accommodations, contact a Counselor for Disability Services in room MH 110, telephone 703-257-6610 to discuss possible accommodations that may increase your chances of success in the academic setting. All information is kept confidential. http://www.nvcc.edu/current-students/disability-services/index.html

Conferences and Office Hours

If you are having any problems regarding this class, or if you need some advice about your assignments, papers, or life in general, please send me an email, stop by my office hours or arrange a time with me to meet. I can also arrange for meetings via Blackboard Chat. Individual conferences are encouraged before papers are due.
Emergency Preparedness

To receive notices from NOVA about campus closures or other emergencies, you should sign up for NOVA Alert: https://alert.nvcc.edu/index.php?CCheck=1 In the case of an emergency or campus closure, be sure to check your college email or blackboard for announcements from me about the class. If you have lost power, many of you can check on your phone.

Important Dates

Last day to drop (with tuition refund): May 23

Last day to withdraw (without grade penalty): June 10

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