House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

POFT-1307-50 (Proofreading and Editing)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorDuhon, Brenda Goates
Phone(409) 984-6465
Business and Technology
Chair:Michael Trahan
Telephone:(409) 984-6378
Hours:Upon Request
Room #:None
Course Information
Course ID #10229
Course Subject-Number-SectionPOFT-1307-50
Course TitleProofreading and Editing
Course Description Instruction in proofreading and editing skills necessary to assure accuracy in business documents.
Course Prerequisites None.
Required Textbooks "How 12: Handbook for Office Professionals", by Clark and "Proofreading & Editing Precision", 6th ed., (w/CD), by Pagal, published by South-Western.
Learning Objectives Utilize proofreader's marks and edit documents for content and accuracy.
Major Assignments All Chapter activities, Internet Research Simulation, Projects
Discussion Topics •        Keyboarding Errors

•        Word Division Errors

•        Capitalization Errors

•        Abbreviation Errors and Rough Drafts

•        Number Expression Errors

•        Sentence Construction Errors

•        Subject-Verb Agreement

•        Pronoun Problems

•        Comma Errors

•        Other Punctuation Errors

•        Format Errors, including Addresses

•        Editing of Content, Clarity, and Conciseness

•        Proofreading and Editing on Computer

•        Internet Research, Simulation

Attendance Policy •        Poor attendance is a leading reason for termination from a job in all areas of employment. With this factor in mind, the instructor monitors student attendance daily. In addition, attendance on a regular basis is necessary for proper skill development.

•        Tardiness is not acceptable.

•        The instructor reserves the right to drop any student missing more than two weeks of class (6 MWF classes, 4 TR classes).

•        Class work and quizzes may be given at the beginning of the class period. Students coming in to class late will not be allowed to make up class work or quizzes already turned in. A grade of zero will be recorded for the class work or quiz.

•        You are responsible for completing all assigned homework and for being prepared for each class meeting. This applies even if you were absent for the previous class meeting.

Determination of Final Grade Tests 60%, Daily 20%, Projects 20%
Final Exam Date May 16, 2011 - 5:30 PM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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