Ccbc essex Fall 2013 School of Liberal Arts, English Department english 101, College Composition



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CCBC Essex Fall 2013 School of Liberal Arts, English Department

ENGLISH 101, College Composition Section WE2/WEY

I. Basic Information

a. INSTRUCTOR: Professor Fawcett Dunstan

b. Office: AHUM-329; Telephone: 443-840-2850; E-mail: fdunstan@ccbcmd.edu (Fall & Spring only); fdunstan@comcast.net (Summer only)

c. Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 11:15 AM-1:15 PM, room 329, in the Arts and Humanities Building (AHUM), formerly the E-building, on the Essex campus; online, 10:00 PM-11:00 PM and by appointment.

d. English Department Phone: 443-840-1723

e. Class meeting: Online via Blackboard

f. OUT-OF-CLASS SCHOOL WORK EXPECTATION POLICY: This is a 3-credit course. You are expected to complete at least nine (9) hours of work per week outside of class, including reading, class and lab preparation, homework, studying, and so on.

g. Emergency Closings: For school cancellations, call 443-840-4567 or listen to local radio and television stations like WBAL

h. Required Materials



1. Latterell, Catherine G. Remix: Reading + Composing Culture. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2010.

2. Kennedy, X.J., Dorothy M. Kennedy, and Marcia Muth. Writing and Revising: A Portable Guide. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2007.



i. Course Description

1. Course Description: English 101 provides instruction in a writing process that will enable you to develop a topic, organize your ideas, write a draft, revise, edit, and proofread. You will also be able to access, evaluate, incorporate, and document outside material as a means to develop a topic. Finally, you will continue to improve your use of grammar and language.

2. Course Prerequisites/Co-requisites: Placement is based on assessment and/or successful completion of English 052 or level 2, Reading 052 or level 2), or ESOL 052. This on-line course has the added requirement that you be self-motivated and able to manage your time wisely because there are no face-to-face meetings, except for your final exam at one of the Testing Centers on the CCBC campus. You must also have Internet Access, Microsoft 98 or higher, PDF file capability and a sound card on your computer to listen to audio quizzes. Additionally, you must type all of your documents in Microsoft WORD and save your essays in RICH TEXT FORMAT. (Some of the other word processing functions such as Microsoft Works will not work for this course.)

II. Course Goals


  1. The overall course objectives are:

1. employ a recursive writing process that includes invention, planning, drafting, revising, proofreading and editing;

2. work collaboratively with peers to plan, develop, and carry out writing projects and provide constructive feedback;

3. write well-organized, unified, coherent essays with clear and complete thesis statements that express a purpose;

4. think critically and support the thesis with details, examples, reasons, and other evidence;

5. employ a variety of rhetorical strategies and modes to express complex ideas;

6. vary sentence structure and length;

7. use language in a manner appropriate to a given audience;

8. conduct research; access and choose appropriate sources from standard library resources

which may be in a variety of formats, both print and electronic;

9. evaluate sources (which may be print or electronic) by examining authenticity, currency, validity, and reliability;

10. incorporate outside material into essays by summarizing, quoting, and paraphrasing correctly;

11. provide documentation for sources with a Works Cited page and parenthetical citations, using the MLA format; and

12. conform to the grammar, punctuation, and spelling rules of standard written English with a minimum of errors.

B. Major Topics

I. Audience awareness

II. Writing as a recursive process

III. Essay organization and development

IV. Unity, coherence and clarity in written language

V. Rhetorical strategies

VI. Sentence variety

VII. Grammar, punctuation and usage review

VIII. Summarizing, paraphrasing and quoting

IX. Documenting and citing both print and electronic sources in MLA format

X. Writing the research paper that employs a variety of print and electronic sources

XI. Revising

XII. Editing and proofreading

XIII. The impact of technology on writing


  1. Rationale for the course

The successful student in this course will learn how to formulate a logical and well-developed essay (often with research) that has a clear thesis and that is unencumbered by grammatical errors. These skills will prepare you to be successful in college-level courses that require writing. They are also transferable to real-life work situations in which you will be required to communicate your ideas clearly and effectively.

III. EVALUATION:



  1. Assignments and Tests

  1. Four Essays (Three in summer) = 50

  2. Portfolio (w/ final exam) = 30

  3. Postings = 10

  4. Group Work/Peer Reviews = 5

  5. Quiz = 5

  6. Total Points = 100

  1. Final Letter Grade

  1. A = 90-100 points

  2. B = 80-89 points

  3. C = 70-79 points

  4. D = 60-69 points

  5. F = Below 60 points

  1. Portfolio

    1. Your final assignment will be submitted to me in the form of a portfolio. You will submit this portfolio via the Assignments in Blackboard after taking the final essay exam at one of the Testing Centers on the CCBC campus (fall & spring only.) (I will provide more information about this near the end of the semester.)

  2. Grading Policy

    1. In order to pass English 101 online:

      1. You MUST turn in all of the essays and do the final exam for the portfolio.

      2. You must turn all assignments in on time.

      3. You must do the daily assignments and group work.

  3. Revision policy (Applicable only to assignments that are submitted on time*)

    1. *You will have the opportunity to revise your work at least once if your grade is below 70%, but no more than two times total.

  4. Late work policy

    1. Assignment due dates are fixed. A full letter grade will be taken off work that is late. I will not accept any work that is later than one week later than the due date (without a valid excuse).

    2. Emergencies

      1. If a valid emergency occurs (hospitalization, death in the family, and so on), I may extend the deadline of an assignment if you present a valid medical note or funeral flyer (or e-mail or speak to me forty-eight (48) hours before the deadline). This extension is only used in real emergencies, so please plan your schedule accordingly.

  5. Attendance Policy

    1. There are NO regularly scheduled chat times for this on-line course. Instead, students are to read through assigned materials and lecture notes, complete quizzes and essay assignments, and participate in discussion board postings and group work. In order to be successful in this course, I recommend that students:

      1. Attend orientation given by the college

      2. Check into the course a minimum of four times per week

      3. Keep a record of deadlines for each assignment on the Blackboard Calendar

      4. Take exams at the campus test center (if necessary)

      5. Turn in work by 11:59 pm EST on the assigned day

      6. Spend an average of nine (9) hours a week on assignments for this course

IV. COURSE PROCEDURES

A. Course Materials

1. Access to a computer with Microsoft Word, Internet access, Adobe Acrobat Reader capability, and a sound card for audio. Required.

2. Flash or Thumb Drive. Required.

3. Kennedy, X. J., Dorothy M. Kennedy, and Marcia F. Muth. Writing and Revising: A Portable

Guide. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2007. Required.

4. Latterell, Catherine G. Remix: Reading + Composing Culture, 2nd ed. Boston: Bedford/St.

Martin’s, 2010. Required.

B. Course/Calendar Schedule

1. Tentative list of dated assignments:

a. Please see the Calendar and the Content Module on the Blackboard Homepage for assignment dates.

2. For college-wide syllabus policies such as the Code of Conduct related to Academic Integrity and Classroom Behavior or the Audit/Withdrawal policy, please go to the Syllabus Tab on the MyCCBC page.

C. Course-Related Concerns

1. 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 Brooke Bognanni at 443-840-1531.

2. The CCBC Student Concerns Policy can be found in the 2011-2012 CCBC College Catalog at http://www.ccbcmd.edu/catalog12/senatepolicies/Student_Concerns_Policy.html

D. Hints for Success

1. Here are some tips you should follow which will help you to succeed in this course:

a. Set aside a specific time each week to work on this course. The estimated amount of time you should spend is nine (9) hours/week

b. Keep in touch with me and your classmates by frequently checking your course e-mail, discussion board, and calendar. This will help build a sense of community among us. Using the various communications tools provided in this course effectively is the same as "raising your hand" and participating in class discussions.

c. Be aware of the time lag that is inherent in most on-line courses. Although the communications tools make it appear that the transfer of information such as assignments is "instantaneous", it does not mean that the reply will be instantaneous. One of the hardest things about an on-line course is becoming comfortable with its asynchronous nature. In general, expect assignments to be returned within one week.

d. Familiarize yourself with published deadlines.

e. Ask for help when you need it.

f. Remember that there are traditional ways for keeping in touch. Use the telephone, email, or make an appointment to meet with me on campus.

g. Work off-line and save your assignments on your computer before submitting them electronically. You can use the saved version of your work to copy and paste to an on-line assignment or you can attach the saved file to an e-mail or bulletin board message. This will prevent a lot of frustration should your Internet connection or your system "fail".

h. Be sure you check the course syllabus and other course material for instructions on how to submit assignments. In many cases your instructor will specify that you submit your assignments using a specific file format. If your instructor does not specify a particular format for text documents, it is suggested that you save your files in Rich Text Format (.rtf format). This will minimize the potential for inadvertently transmitting computer viruses. Be sure to install anti-virus software on your local system and check all downloaded files before opening them.

E. Statement about Plagiarism

1. Code of Academic Integrity



a. For the College to make its maximum contribution as an institution of higher learning, the entire college community must uphold high standards of integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior. In seeking the truth, learning to think critically, and in preparing for a life of constructive service, honesty is imperative. Each student has a responsibility to submit work that is uniquely his or her own or to provide clear and complete acknowledgement of the use of work attributable to others. To these ends, the following actions are expected of students:

  1. complete all work without unauthorized assistance;

  2. follow the professor’s instructions when completing all class assignments;

  3. ask for clarification when instructions are not clear;

  4. provide proper credit when quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing;

  5. and submit only one’s own work.

2. Students who do not accept responsibility for the integrity of their own work will experience sanctions, including a written reprimand, failure of the assignment, failure of the course, and/or dismissal from the program. For repeat and extreme offenses, the college reserves the right to suspend or expel students. Suspension and expulsion are actions taken only by the chief student development officer on campus or a designee.

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