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English Composition II focuses on the interpretative and critical reading of fiction, drama, and poetry. Students practice the writing of analytic discourse and the research paper. This is a Gordon Rule writing course and is part of the college’s Writing-Across-the-Curriculum program. If used to meet AA Gordon Rule requirements for general education, a minimum grade of “C” is required. Prerequisites for this course are completion of ENC 1101 or an equivalent course with a grade of “C” or better.
ENC 1101 with a grade of “C” or better.
Please purchase or rent the following book:
The Norton Introduction to Literature, 12 edition. Kelly J. Mays, editor. ISBN: 978-0-393-6236-7.
We use this book for every lesson, so be careful to purchase the correct text. The 12th edition is brand new and has different readings and page numbers than earlier editions. Likewise, be careful not to purchase the shorter version of this text. The readings and page number are not the same as in the required text. The wrong book can make it difficult, even impossible, to complete class assignments.
An activated student id card to remotely access library resources such as databases and e-books for the research portion of the course. To activate your card by phone, call 850-729-5318.
Paper and pen/pencil
Internet access (broadband is recommended)
Word processing software (Microsoft Word is recommended)
Activated NWFSC e-mail account
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will compose formal assignments using the conventions of Standard American English in written and/or oral communication.
The student will demonstrate basic principles of logic and critical thinking as evidenced through written and/or oral communication.
The student will effectively integrate and appropriately document selected ideas, themes, and concepts from a variety of print and/or electronic sources.
COURSEWORK & GRADING PROCEDURES
All papers submitted for a grade must be written for this course.
The letter grade breakdown is as follows: 90-100=A, 89-80=B, 79-70=C, 69-60=D and 59-0=F.
200 points = Discussion Board (20 points each)
100 points = Essay 1
100 points = Essay 2
200 points = Essay 3
200 points = Essay 4
200 points = Final Exam
1,000 points = Total possible
At the discretion of the instructor, an incomplete grade (“I”) may be awarded when the student is unable to finish the required work because of unforeseen extenuating circumstances such as illness or TDY assignment. To receive an “I” grade, the student must have successfully completed a significant portion of the required coursework and be able to finish the remaining work without attending class. An “I” grade will automatically convert to a grade of “F” if the student does not complete the remainder of the coursework by the established deadline.
MAKE-UP POLICIES FOR INCOMPLETE and/or LATE WORK
Due dates for major papers are inflexible. If a student seeks an extension, s/he must do so during my office hours. Deadline extensions will only be considered in cases of serious life circumstances such as hospitalization, death in the family, etc. Documentation must be provided. In addition, a point penalty of 5 points per day (week day, not class day) late may be applied to the late paper.
Discussion Board assignments should be submitted by the assigned deadline. If you miss a deadline, that assignment will earn a zero. I will not grade late Discussion Board assignments because I drop the two lowest grades.
Because the learning goals and objectives for this course require students to demonstrate competence in writing a documented essay and to show proficiency in research skills, documented essays that are submitted without the required, appropriate sources and/or the correct documentation will earn failing grades.
Please be aware that I monitor attendance throughout the term, as attendance is one of the strongest predictors of success. Students with six or more absences put themselves at risk of having their final grade lowered one or more letter grades. Because I expect students to arrive to class on time and to stay until dismissed, tardies and early departures count toward absences. Specifically, every tardy and/or early departure after the second will count as a ½ absence.
Students who stop attending class or are not able to pass the course due to attendance expectations stated in the syllabus may receive a failing grade of “FA.” An “FA” grade is a failing grade in GPA calculations and may impact the receipt of federal aid in subsequent courses. Students traveling for college approved activities will not be penalized academically but will be responsible for missed work.
Both the F and FA are failing grades, are calculated as such in the student’s GPA, and show up on the student’s transcript. A student’s GPA and his or her time-to-degree are both factors in qualifying for future aid as outlined in the College’s Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress: (http://catalog.NWF State College.edu/content.php?catoid=15&navoid=3141).
Four essays, twelve discussion board posts with the two lowest dropped, and a final exam.
Email is the official communication medium of the college. Please check your email regularly for any class and college notifications. Please use your NWFSC student email account to email me if you have questions. When you e-mail me, please provide your name, the course name, and the reason you are e-mailing me.
Normally, I will reply to email within 24 hrs.
Occasionally I will be unable to respond within that time frame but will inform the class in advance.
To ensure quick response over the weekends, please submit your questions no later than Friday mornings.
I do not discuss students’ grades via e-mail. If you need to discuss grades, please contact me during my office hours or schedule an appointment.
If you email me, I will email you back. If you don't hear from me, I didn't get your email, so please try again. I will always email you via your NWFSC student account rather than your personal account, so please be sure to use that account and to check it routinely so that you don't miss messages from me.
You are responsible for properly posting your assignments in D2L. If you need technical assistance with D2L, please see me in conference or use the HELP functions in D2L. For additional help, go to the college’s Online Campus at http://onlinecampus.nwfsc.edu/. From there you will find resources and contact numbers.
Students’ difficulties with their own computers or Internet service providers do not constitute an emergency for the class, only for the students, and do not result in extension of deadlines. Students experiencing these problems can use any computers at any NWFSC campus or center to access the college website and turn in work.
DESIRE 2 LEARN
Like all NWF State College classes, this class uses Desire 2 Learn (D2L), a platform for online learning. You can access this class’s D2L site at Desire 2 Learn, or through RaiderNet. You will find the class syllabus and other resources.
All essays and Discussion Board assignments should be submitted to the course D2L drop box by the assigned deadline. Marked up and scored papers will be returned there as well. So use the drop box to hand in papers and to get graded papers back from me. Assignments will be graded and returned via the Dropbox. I grade and return assignments in a timely manner, usually no later than 10 days after the due date.
Northwest Florida State College subscribes to Turnitin, an online plagiarism detection and prevention service. By enrolling in this class, you are consenting to upload your papers to Turnitin, where they will be checked for plagiarism. Papers submitted to Turnitin are saved as source documents within the Turnitin database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in other papers.
This course employs lecture capture software to provide you with videos of your instructor’s lectures/PowerPoints/notes/demonstrations, etc., and you are required to watch these. These videos can be viewed with a standard Internet connection. If your home Internet connection is not adequate, please remember that any NWF State College open lab is available to you. You need only take your own headphones with you.
CELL PHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Cell phones, pagers, and other such electronic devices must not distract from learning. Courtesy to the professor and other students requires that phones be on vibrate or silent mode during class. No student should initiate conversations, including texts, during class activities. Use of electronic communication devices during examinations or other graded activities may constitute grounds for disciplinary action; such devices must be completely out of sight during exams or other assessments. Where emergency or employment situations require access to electronic communication services, arrangements may be made in advance with the instructor.
In the event of unusual or extraordinary circumstances, the schedule, requirements, and procedures in this course are subject to change. If the college closes for inclement weather or other emergency, any exams, presentations, or assignments previously scheduled during the closure period will automatically be rescheduled for the first regular class meeting held once the college re-opens. If changes to graded activities are required, students will not be penalized as a result of the adjustments, but will be responsible for meeting revised deadlines and course requirements.
CHILDREN IN CLASSES
As a courtesy to other students and the learning process, students may not bring children with them to class sessions. Health and safety concerns prohibit children from accompanying adult students in any lab, shop, office, or classroom or other college facility where potential hazards exist. If a child-related emergency means you must miss class, contact the instructor as soon as possible to determine your options. (The full “Children on Campus” policy statement appears in the College Catalog.)
Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Academic Integrity
Students are responsible for adherence to all college policies and procedures, including those related to academic freedom, cheating, classroom conduct, computer/network/e-mail use and other items included in the Northwest Florida State College Catalog and Student Handbook. Students should be familiar with the rights and responsibilities detailed in the current Northwest Florida State College Catalog and Student Handbook. Plagiarism, cheating, or any other form of academic dishonesty is a serious breach of student responsibilities and may trigger consequences which range from a failing grade to formal disciplinary action.
Disruptive classroom behavior and off-task behaviors such as sleeping, studying for other subjects, talking out of turn, etc., will be addressed in the following way: the disruptive student may be dismissed from class and/or counted absent for the day.
Plagiarism means submitting previously published work, work written by another person or persons, rearranging material previously published, changing some words from previously published or written work (inadequate paraphrase), or "borrowing" someone else's work in any way and submitting it as your own. Assignments that have been plagiarized will receive a zero, and students guilty of plagiarism may fail the course. Please refer to the attached handout on plagiarism if you have further questions about this “academic felony” or see me in conference. Please note that there is no such thing as unintentional plagiarism; plagiarized work will receive a zero and could result in a student’s failure in the course. When in doubt, please ask me! Reference Letters & Recommendations I love to help students succeed and meet their goals, but I will write recommendation letters or serve as a reference only for students who have taken two or more classes from me or who are taking their second class with me. In addition, all requests for my help must take place in person in my office during my office hours.
The Academic Success Center (ASC) is located in the Activities Center (Building 410) on the Niceville Campus. The ASC provides free learning support services such as tutoring, ESOL, and writing assistance for all NWF State College students. Individual and group tutoring is available in a wide range of subjects on a walk-in-basis and by appointment. For more information, call the Academic Success Center at (850) 729-5389 or visit our website at Free Tutoring.
Math Labs are located in the Math Building (300), Room 131, on the Niceville Campus and in Building FW-47, Room 702 on the Fort Walton Beach Campus and Room 131 at the Robert L. F. Sikes Education Center at the Crestview Center. The math labs are open to all students and provide free walk-in tutoring for all mathematics courses. For lab hours, students may call the Math Department at (850) 729-5377 or visit our website at Math Lab.
Smarthinking is an online, real-time tutoring offered free to students, who may access this service via Desire 2 Learn.
Open Computer Labs
There are numerous open computer labs throughout the NWF State College campuses. Students may access our website for lab locations and hours: Computer lab location and hours
Testing Centers administer college admissions tests, placement tests, proctored exams, ACT/SAT, GED, CLEP, and DSST (formerly known as DANTES). Make-up exams may be taken in the Testing Center, depending upon instructor policies on late work. General test information concerning tests, testing center locations, and hours may be accessed on the Testing Center website at Testing Center.
Library, Online Reference Materials, and Resources
The library is a comprehensive, learning resource center providing information in print, digital, and multimedia formats to support the educational objectives of the College. In addition to in-house materials, online services and resources can be accessed through the Learning Resource Center website. Library hours are posted each semester at the building entrance and on the LRC website at Learning Resource Center
Assistance for Military and Veterans
Northwest Florida State College supports our military and veterans students. You may contact NWF State College Hurlburt Center Educational Services Building at 850-200-4190 or visit our website at Support Our Military
Students with Disabilities
Northwest Florida State College supports an inclusive learning environment for all students. If you have disabilities for which accommodations may be appropriate to assist you in this class, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services on the Niceville Campus, or call 850-729-6079 (TDD 1-800-955-8771 or Voice 1-800-955-8770.
PLAGIARISM: Academic Dishonesty in Writing
What is plagiarism?
“Derived from the Latin word plagiarius (‘kidnapper’), plagiarism refers to a form of cheating that has been defined as ‘the false assumption of authorship: the wrongful act of taking the product of another person’s mind, and presenting it as one’s own’ (Alexander Lindey, Plagiarism and Originality 2).”
--Modern Language Association (2003)
Is it plagiarism if I put another’s thoughts into my own words?
Yes. Paraphrasing can be plagiarism if an author doesn’t cite the source. The MLA Handbook states that “[p]lagiarism involves two kinds of wrongs. Using another person’s ideas, information, or expressions without acknowledging that person’s work constitutes intellectual theft” (66).
What counts as “another’s thoughts”?
Quoted words from outside sources
Paraphrased ideas from outside sources
Borrowed information from outside sources, such as diagrams and statistics
Materials from the Internet
How do I cite my source?
Students must cite sources in two places: in parenthetical documentation in the paper itself and on a works cited page. The parenthetical documentation immediately acknowledges the quotation or paraphrase as an outside source, and the works cited provides further information about where readers can access the source.
How do I use parenthetical documentation?
At the end of a sentence using quoted or paraphrased material, provide parenthetical documentation.
In Everyday Theory, Bob Coleman and Becky McLaughlin define theory as “a position or stance” (2).
Everyday Theory includes the definition of theory as “a position or stance” (Coleman and McLaughlin 2).
When the author’s name appears in the sentence, write only the page number in the parentheses.
When the author’s name doesn’t appear in the sentence, it—along with the page number—must be included in the parenthetical documentation.
Internet sources do not require a page number in the documentation.
How do I create a works cited page?
A works cited is the final page of an essay using outside sources.
Sample Works Cited Entries
McLaughlin, Becky, and Bob Coleman. Everyday Theory: A Contemporary Reader. New York:
Pearson Longman, 2005. Print.
Whitmer, T. Carl. “A Post-Impressionistic View of Beethoven.” The Musical Quarterly 2 (Jan.
For more documentation samples, see “MLA and APA Documentation” on the drop down menu at http://lrc.nwfsc.edu. Click on “How to Write MLA Documentation of Electronic Sources.” See the Adobe files halfway down the screen for examples of various online databases.
The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University also has additional help at http://owl. english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/.
How do I avoid plagiarism?
“To guard against the possibility of unintentional plagiarism during research and writing, keep careful notes that always distinguish among three types of material: your ideas, your summaries and paraphrases of others’ ideas and facts, and exact wording you copy from sources.”
--Modern Language Association (2003)
How can plagiarism be prevented and detected?
Many professors use Turnitin.com, a plagiarism detection site which allows submitted essays to be compared to archived material in Turnitin’s database. The site contains essays from cheat sites, sites appearing on the Internet, as well as previously submitted essays from universities and colleges across the nation.
What are the penalties for plagiarism?
“Cheating in any form, including plagiarism . . . may result in academic penalty and/or course failure at the discretion of the instructor, [decisions] which may be appealed by the student....”
--NWF College Catalog (2009-2010)
Why is plagiarism awareness important?
Properly documenting outside sources protects the honest student. While part of the research process benefits students by exposing them to others’ scholarship, students are responsible for noting others’ material so that an individual’s own work is easily distinguished and may be evaluated. Furthermore, plagiarism, in addition to being a legal issue, is a moral and ethical issue in which the offense of the plagiarizing student prevents honest students from being graded fairly in a course.