ENGL 101 – 3 Credits - College Composition I provides instruction in a writing process that will enable students to develop a topic, organize their ideas, write a draft, revise, edit, and proofread; to access, evaluate, incorporate, and document outside material as a means to develop a topic; and to continue to improve use of grammar, and language. Placement is based on assessment and/or successful completion of (ENGL 052 or LVE 2) and (RDNG 052 or LVR 2) or ESOL 052.
I. Basic Course Information
A. Instructor’s name: Elaine MacDougall
B. Instructor’s office room number: COMM 235, Dundalk Campus
You will be required to produce three essays, a reflection paper, and a resume during the semester. As drafting is a key element to writing, and first drafts are rarely the best, you may do revisions on all essays, which will be considered for a new grade to replace the old one. This is your choice, it is not mandatory, but your grade will be based on the best of the drafts. You will also receive a grade for participation in the peer review sessions for each essay. Failure to bring a rough draft to class will result in a loss of those points.
This includes various group and independent activities during the semester.
Each of you is required to do five hours of service learning over the course of the semester. I will help you facilitate this experience, which you will write about in a reflection paper.
At the end of the semester, you will submit all of your work, including all drafts (all drafts), in your portfolio. While you will receive a grade on each individual essay throughout the semester, you will also receive a grade for the portfolio as a whole at the end of the semester.
I expect each of you to participate fully in all aspects of the class, whether it is in Discussion Board posts in Blackboard, discussions, editing sessions or in any in-class activities. Each paper will have a peer editing session. Please do not miss these classes so that you may reach the highest scores on your work and also help your partner to achieve his or hers.
Grading: 1000 points total
Essay #1: Social Issues in Baltimore (Exploratory Essay)
Rough draft: 50 points
Final draft: 100 points
In-class writing: The Art of Being Still: 100 points
Essay #2: The Dhamma Brothers (Argument analysis): 100 points
Research Essay: Happy
Rough draft: 50 points
Final draft: 100 points
Final Portfolio: 50 points
Reflection Essay (Moveable Feast): 100 points
Resume assignment: 100 points
First week in-class writing: 50 points
Chapter Summaries: 100 points
Service Learning Project: 100 points
Students are expected to attend all classes. More than four absences will result in an F for the course, and there is no distinction between “excused” and “unexcused” absences. If absent, the student is responsible to find out what was covered and assigned in class. Two latenesses equal an absence. Lateness is defined as arriving any time after the start time, because it’s important to be present at the start of class.
In cases of emergency or other unavoidable extended absence, the student should contact the instructor immediately and be prepared to share supporting documentation regarding the absence, so that a request for an exception to the attendance policy can be considered. The instructor will determine the type of documentation that will be appropriate. Providing documentation is not a guarantee that an exception will be made, only that it will be considered.
D. AUDIT POLICY
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.
If a student elects to audit (AU) the class, the student MUST complete and submit to the Records Office the “Drop/Add/Withdrawal Form”. Failure to do so will result in the earning of the letter grade based on the amount of work completed by the end of the semester. In addition, the student MUST continue to attend all regularly scheduled classes. The student is to arrive on time and leave at the conclusion of class. The student WOULD NOT be responsible for completing ANY graded assignments. Completing assigned homework is optional. Should the student fail to attend the requisite classes, the AU would be converted to Withdrawal (W). Please note that the deadline for converting to AU or W is November 4, 2011.
To earn credit for the participation/preparation portion of the grade, students must arrive in class prepared and up to date on reading and other assignments, and make regular, thoughtful contributions to class discussion, but must also observe other requirements: attentive listening, bringing the assigned books and course materials to class, no use of phones or other unapproved devices, no off-task behavior, no work for other classes, no sleeping, no leaving class except in rare, necessary instances.
DUE DATES Assignments are due at the BEGINNING of class on the scheduled due date. Late assignments WILL NOT be accepted WITHOUTPRIOR APPROVAL of the instructor (contact me in advance) and are subject to a reduction of points in relation to the degree of lateness.
CELL PHONESPlease turn them off and put them away. It is not acceptable to leave class to take or to make a call. It is also not acceptable to text during class time. (Please inform me before class begins if you have an emergency situation.)
ADHERENCE TO THE SIX BASIC RULES OF CLASS DISCUSSION
Take an active speaking role; Listen attentively; Examine all sides of an issue; Suspend judgment; Avoid abusive or insulting language; Be prepared.
WRITING CENTER The Writing Center is located in the Student Success Center (next to the Bookstore) on the Dundalk Campus. I HIGHLY recommend all students utilize this resource. Most students raise their grades significantly when visiting a tutor in the Writing Center before handing in a final paper. Appointments are in half-hour increments, so you will be in and out fairly quickly. HOURS: Monday-Thursday 10:00a.m.-7:00p.m.; Friday & Saturday 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. LOCATION: L137 (inside Student Success Center) CONTACT: 443-840-3666
College wide syllabus policies:
“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. Contact information for course-related concerns: **Students should first attempt to take concerns to the faculty member. If students are unable to resolve course-related concerns with the instructor they should contact David Truscello at 443-840-3901 and/or email@example.com.
V. Course calendar