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English Department

CCBC, Essex Campus School of Liberal Arts

ENGL 052, Basic Writing II (ALP) Section EXY (90083)

Basic Course Information

  1. Semester: Fall 2013

  1. Class Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:45 – 2:05 p.m.

  1. Instructor: J. Watts

  1. E-mail:

  1. Office: AHUM 301

  1. Office Hours: Thursdays, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. and by appointment

  1. Prerequisites: English placement of LVE I or successful completion of ENGL 051 and (Reading placement of LVR I or completion of RDNG 052). Students may take ENGL 052 and RDNG 052 concurrently.

  1. Emergency Closings: For information about school cancellations, call 443-840-4567, check, or listen to local radio and television stations. To sign up for the campus emergency alert system, visit

  1. Course-related Concerns: Students should first attempt to take concerns to the instructor. If students are unable to resolve course-related concerns with the instructor, they should contact Associate Professor Brooke Bognanni, Coordinator of English for CCBC-Essex, at . The CCBC Student Concerns Policy can be found in the online college catalog.

Course Goals

  1. Course Description

ENGL 052 provides intensive instruction and practice in writing coherent paragraphs and essays for specific audiences. The course includes the process of drafting, revising, and editing as well as instruction in grammar, mechanics, and usage.

This section of ENGL 052 is part of the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), which enables you to complete ENGL 052 and ENGL 101 in the same semester rather than requiring that you complete ENGL 052 before taking ENGL 101. This program enables you to develop your writing skills quickly and to complete your college writing requirements faster than with the typical sequential approach to these classes.

You have already received the syllabus for the ENGL 101 course. In that class, you will be expected to complete the same writing and reading assignments required of all ENGL 101 students. In this ENGL 052 class, I will work with you to develop the skills needed to succeed in both classes. During class, I will do the following:

  • Answer questions about material you did not understand in ENGL 101 class;

  • Provide opportunities for you to work individually, with peers, and as a class on assignments from the ENGL 101 class;

  • Give supplemental assignments and quizzes to help you develop critical thinking and writing skills;

  • Meet with you individually to provide feedback on your writing and make suggestions for revisions;

  • Focus on grammar, mechanics and language usage; and

  • Discuss strategies on how to be a successful student.

  1. Overall Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:

    1. Write for academic audiences;

    2. Employ a writing process that includes inventing, planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading;

    3. Write a clear thesis statement for each essay;

    4. Develop and organize appropriate evidence;

    5. Write topic sentences for individual paragraphs;

    6. Write introductory and concluding paragraphs;

    7. Write unified, coherent, well-developed paragraphs;

    8. Write unified, coherent, well-developed essays that use appropriately referenced, credible sources to support arguments;

    9. Work collaboratively with peers in the development and revision of essays;

    10. Use a variety of sentence structures; and

    11. Identify and correct sentence errors (especially sentence fragments, comma splices, fused sentences, subject and verb disagreement, incorrect verb tense, pronoun errors, and faulty punctuation) in their own writing.

  1. Major Topics

    1. Writing as a process: inventing, planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading

    2. Grammar, punctuation, and usage

    3. Audience

    4. Sentence variety

    5. Paragraph development

    6. Essay development and organization

    7. Documentation and citation of sources

    8. Impact of technology on writing

  1. Rationale

Students who are successful in this class will learn how to create a logical, well-developed essay with a clear thesis statement. The skills and attitudes you develop in this class will increase your confidence in writing, help you reduce grammatical errors, and prepare you to be successful when writing for college-level courses. The material learned also will be transferrable to many real-life work situations.


  1. Course Requirements

  1. Attend class regularly (see Attendance Policy) and bring your books, required materials, “work in progress,” and completed assignments to class.

  2. Participate in class discussions and activities.

  3. Complete all reading and writing assignments required for the companion ENGL 101 class, including one in-class essay and one research-based paper.

  4. Revise selected essays returned to you in the companion English 101 course.

  5. Complete brief, supplemental reading and writing assignments, some of which will be worked on in class.

  6. Complete assigned grammar exercises.

  7. Take the required quizzes for this class.

  8. Maintain a portfolio of all your drafts and assignments.

  1. Grading Policy

All assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the due date. Any assignment handed in late will receive a point deduction equivalent to ½ letter grade for each day the assignment is late. Please DO NOT place a late assignment in my mailbox. Instead, e-mail it to me so I will receive it more quickly and you will have a record of your submission date. Missed quizzes must be made up on your own time in the Testing Center.

IMPORTANT: To pass this course, you must complete ALL essays assigned in the companion English 101 class since much of the classwork and many of the assignments in this ENGL 052 class will be related to those essays.
Assignments, activities, and quizzes have the following point values:
Assignment/Activity Point Value
Writing Assignments 150

(in-class and homework)

Revisions of ENGL 101 papers 100

Grammar Exercises 120

Quizzes (grammar, reading) 100

Class attendance and participation 30

Total Points 500
This course is a Pass or Fail course in which you earn either “S” for satisfactory or “U” for unsatisfactory performance. To pass the course, you must earn at least 70% (or 350 points) of the total 500 possible points.

Final Points Earned Letter Grade Received
350 – 500 points S= Pass

0 – 349 points U= Fail

  1. Attendance Policy

    1. Absences – Attendance and participation are necessary to successfully complete this course. Since it is difficult to make up peer editing and some other in-class activities, it is important that you be in class to get credit for those activities. If you miss more than four classes, you will be subject to failing the course. The English Department makes no distinction between excused and unexcused absences. The concern is the number of absences, not the reasons for absences. A student who is absent from a class is responsible for obtaining material covered in class and for completing in-class and out-of-class assignments and turning them in on time. You may want to exchange e-mail addresses or phone numbers with a classmate to help each other in the event of an absence. You also should check Blackboard for updates if you are absent.

    1. Tardiness – Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. Three episodes of lateness will equal one absence. If you are more than 20 minutes late, you will be marked absent, but it is still better to come to class late than to miss it entirely. If you must leave early, please let me know before class begins. Leaving class early will have the same penalty as arriving late. In other words, it will count as 1/3 of an absence.

    1. Late Openings – If the college opens late, report to the class you would normally be in at that time. For example, if the college opens at 10:00 a.m. and your class typically begins at 9:35 a.m., you would report to that class at 10:00 a.m.

    1. Class Cancellation – If I must cancel a class due to illness or an emergency, I will announce the cancellation on Blackboard. I will also request that a notice be placed on the classroom door. If for some reason there is no notice on the door but I am not in the classroom within 20 minutes of the typical starting time for the class, you may assume that the class is cancelled and leave. Check Blackboard for assignments.

  1. Religious Holidays Policy

Students not attending class because they are observing major religious holidays will be given the opportunity, whenever possible, to make up, within a reasonable amount of time, any academic work or tests they miss. Students must make arrangements with me in advance of the religious holiday.

  1. Out-of-Class School Work Expectations

The U.S. Department of Education mandates that students be made aware of expectations regarding school work to be completed outside the classroom. For each credit hour of class, a student is expected to complete at least two hours of work (reading, studying, completing assignments, etc.) per week outside of the classroom. For example, since this is a three-credit course, students are expected to spend at least six hours per week outside the classroom on class-related reading, homework, and studying.

  1. Academic Integrity

Part of each student’s education requires learning how to use information correctly. Using another person’s words or ideas without giving proper credit to the source is plagiarism and is a serious offense. Students who plagiarize unknowingly will be shown their error and instructed in the proper use of information and citing of sources. Students who continue to plagiarize, however, may fail an assignment, fail a course, be dismissed from a program, or ultimately be expelled from the college.

Examples of plagiarism include the following:

  • Submitting written work taken from another source as one's own. Examples of other sources are materials from a published author or from the Internet;

  • Using undocumented quotations or passages from another writer;

  • Using someone else's original ideas, opinions, or research without giving him or her credit; and

  • Paraphrasing without attribution.

  1. Services for Students with Disabilities

CCBC is committed to providing equally-accessed educational opportunities for students with disabilities. A student with a disability may contact the appropriate campus office for an appointment to discuss reasonable accommodations. An appointment must be scheduled within a time period that allows staff adequate time to respond to the special needs of the student. The student must provide the appropriate office with the proper documentation supporting the need for reasonable accommodations. Students are responsible for giving the documentation to the professor during the first week of class.

  1. Writing Center

Students may get assistance with their writing skills at the campus Writing Center or through the OWL (On-line Writing Lab). Staffed by CCBC professors, the Writing Center and OWL help students with many facets of composition, including planning, organizing ideas, editing, documenting sources, and understanding professors’ comments. The Writing Consultants will NOT proofread papers, write any part of the students’ papers, or comment on grades.

Writing Center - Call 443-840-1799 or visit AHUM 338 to make an appointment
OWL - (allow 48 hours for response)

  1. Computer Labs

There are several open computer labs for your use on campus. The Writing Center, the Student Success Center, and the library are three locations that offer computer access.

Course Materials and Procedures

  1. Required Texts (same texts used for the companion ENGL 101 class)

  1. Bullock, Richard, and Francine Weinberg. The Little Seagull Handbook, New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2011.

  1. Shipler, David. The Working Poor: Invisible in America, New York: Vintage Books, 2005.

  1. Supplemental reading material provided by me as handouts or web connections.

  1. Other Required Materials

    1. Spiral notebook or section of binder dedicated to this class

    1. A flash drive on which you can save written assignments completed in class

    1. Two pocket folders of different colors (One is for work in progress; the other is for handouts, completed exercises, and graded papers.)

    1. Two pens, one black or blue, and the other a contrasting color

    1. Access to a computer outside of class for typing assignments

  1. Written Assignments

All assignments must be typed and double-spaced on 8 ½ x 11 inch white paper. Essays that are not typed will not be accepted. Staple or clip multiple pages together. Essays should follow MLA Guidelines for overall format, in-text citation of sources, and the Works Cited page.

  1. E-Mail

When sending e-mail to me, you must use your CCBC e-mail account. This is the best way to ensure that I will receive your message. The college uses a spam filtering system which often traps messages from other sources. If I need to send a message to you, I will send it to your CCBC e-mail address. It is your responsibility to check your CCBC e-mail periodically for communications. If you have a problem with your account, call the Helpdesk at 443-840-HELP.

  1. Classroom Code of Conduct

Students are expected to exhibit appropriate classroom behavior at all times. Disruptive behavior such as making distracting noises, talking during class about topics not related to class, using electronic devices without permission, exhibiting angry behavior, or repeatedly entering and leaving the room will not be tolerated. The following rules will be strictly enforced:

  1. Cell phones must be turned off (or put on silent mode) and placed in bags or pockets during class. Texting, receiving or making calls, playing games, or using the Internet without permission during class time is prohibited.

  1. While class is in session, students may not use tablets or computers without permission or for activities that are not related to a class assignment.

  1. Unauthorized visitors (including a student’s child) may not attend class.

  1. Students are expected to exhibit behavior that is respectful of others at all times.

I reserve the right to ask students who disrupt the class to leave the classroom, and they will not be permitted to return to class until they meet with me.

  1. Withdrawal and Incomplete Grades

An ALP student may not drop ENGL 052 and remain in the companion ENGL 101 course. If you decide to drop both courses, please make sure to officially withdraw through the Office of Records and Registration. The last day to withdraw is Friday, November 1.

An “Incomplete” grade will be given only in extraordinary circumstances and must be mutually agreed upon by the student and me. All assignments up to that point must have been completed. The student must complete all additional work for the course by February 21, 2014. If work is not completed by that date, the final grade will be changed to “U.”

  1. Advancement to Next Level of English

There are three possible outcomes for students enrolled in ALP:

  1. Students who pass both ENGL 052 and ENGL 101

  • Receive “S” (satisfactory completion) for ENGL 052

  • Receive a letter grade of “A, B, or C” for ENGL 101

  • Are eligible to enroll in ENGL 102

  1. Students who pass ENGL 052 but fail ENGL 101

  • Receive “S” (satisfactory completion) for ENGL 052

  • Receive a letter grade of “D or F” for ENGL 101

  • Will be required to retake ENGL 101

  1. Students who fail both courses

  • Receive “U” (unsatisfactory completion) for ENGL 052

  • Receive a letter grade of “D or F” for ENGL 101

  • Will be required to retake and pass ENGL 052 before they can register for ENGL 101 again. They will be allowed to register for ALP again, if they choose.

  1. Key Dates and Assignments

  1. Please refer to the calendar in your English 101 syllabus for due dates of reading and writing assignments, which are also required for this class.

  1. Additional assignments and quizzes specific to this class will be announced both in class and on Blackboard. Please take notes in class and check Blackboard regularly so you will be prepared.

  1. Students are expected to come to each class prepared to discuss the assigned reading and to hand in any written work that is due.

  1. If a class is cancelled for any reason, assignments due that day will be due the next class meeting.

  1. If a student is absent from class on the date a written assignment is due, he or she must e-mail the assignment to me by the beginning of the scheduled class to avoid a late penalty as outlined in the Grading Policy section of this syllabus.

  1. The scheduled exam time for this class is Thursday, December 12, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. During that time, you will have a quiz or short in-class writing assignment in lieu of an exam.

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