House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

ENGL-0310-04 (Developmental Writing I)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorKnight, Peggy G.
Phone(409) 984-6434
Developmental Education
Chair:Sherry Steele
Telephone:(409) 984-6321
Hours:MWF 8-9, MW 12-1:30, F 12-1:00, TT 8-9:30, 12:15-1:00
Building:Ruby Fuller Education (RFED)
Room #:130
Course Information
Course ID #10320
Course Subject-Number-SectionENGL-0310-04
Course TitleDevelopmental Writing I
Course Description A course that stresses the analytical and critical thinking skills associated with successful college writing

Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks BACKPACK LITERATURE, 3rd edition, Pearson Publishing, 2010. THE DANTE CLUB, Matthew Pearl, 2003.
Learning Objectives Students will learn the writing skills necessary to be successful in college. Those skills involve a focus on mastering grammar. In addition, students will be introduced to vocabulary, understanding rhetorical modes, and critically analyzing featured literature. By the end of semester, students should be able to write one paragraph of at least 250-300 words with no more than two major English errors. Students will also be introduced to the five paragraph format necessary for most college writing.
Major Assignments Students will have two drafts of each essay. Students will complete 5-7 essays during the semester. In addition to essays, there will be grammar exercises and assignments in the Learning Center. Students will have reading assignments from text, as well as a novel. Students will be required to login an hour in the Learning Center each week.
Discussion Topics Students will have reading assignments from text which will be linked with rhetorical modes: description, narration, cause and effect, argumentation and persuasion, and process analysis. In addition, students will have discussions centered on novel studied.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Regular and punctual class attendance is required of all students and may be considered in determining the semester grade. Tuesday/Thursday: Students are allowed four absences to use as needed (illness, personal emergency, doctor's appointment, court, etc.) After the fourth absence, grade will be lowered a letter grade for each subsequent absence. After seventh absence, students will be dropped with grade of "F".

Important dates: Spring Break: March 7-10; Easter Break: April 21-22, Last class day, May 11.

Determination of Final Grade Essays-50%, Quizzes,exercises-13%, Learning Center Lab Hours-25%, Final Exam-12%. No makeup quizzes will be given for novel quiz, and no late essays will be accepted.
Final Exam Date May 12, 2011 - 11:00 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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