House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

ENGL-1301-05 (Composition)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorJudice, Michelle Whitney
Phone(409) 984-6352
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Telephone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:MWF 10-12, 1:30-3 TR 1-3
Building:Faculty Offices Pavilion (FOP)
Room #:#104
Course Information
Course ID #10005
Course Subject-Number-SectionENGL-1301-05
Course TitleComposition
Course Description Intensive study and practice in the basic forms of expository writing. Frequentthemes. Collateral reading in articles and essays of a factual and informative type.
Course Prerequisites Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.
Required Textbooks Real Writing with Readings by Susan Anker

5th edition, Bedford-St. Martin's. Must also have USB.

Learning Objectives To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities, particularly poetry, drama, fiction, visual media, and the fine arts.

To understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.

To respond critically, in writing and orally, to works in the arts and humanities.

To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities, both orally and in writing.

To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the humanities and arts.

To demonstrate knowledge of the influence of literature, philosophy, and/or the arts on intercultural experiences.

To understand and demonstrate writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation.

To understand the importance of specifying audience and purpose and to select appropriate communication choices.

To understand and appropriately apply modes of expression, i.e., descriptive, expositive, narrative, scientific, and self-expressive, in written, visual, and oral communication.        

To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.

To understand and apply basic principles of critical thinking, problem solving, and technical proficiency in the development of exposition and argument.

To develop the ability to research and write a documented paper and/or to give an oral presentation.

Major Assignments Essays: Narrative, Process Analysis, Comparison-Contrast, Library Project with oral component, Argumentation-Persuation, This I Believe, reading quizzes over each reading assignment and several practice impromptu writing pieces.
Discussion Topics Part I: How to Write Paragraphs and Essays, Part 2: Writing Different Kinds of Paragraphs and Essays, Part 3: Special College Writing Projects, Part 4: the Four Most Serious Errors, part 5: Other Grammar Concerns, Part 6: Word use, Part 7: Punctuation and Capitalization
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. A student with four absences will suffer a grade reduction. Missing more than what is allowed during the semester will result in a failure to meet class objectives. Excessive tardiness will, likewise, have an effect on the grade.
Determination of Final Grade Five two-page essays, 12-question Library Project, several written responses and reading quizzes.
Final Exam Date May 12, 2011 - 8:00 AM
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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