House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

ENGL-0317-01 (Developmental Writing II)

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; TT 8-9:30, 12:15-1:00
Building:Ruby Fuller Education (RFED)
Room #:130
Course Information
Course ID #10310
Course Subject-Number-SectionENGL-0317-01
Course TitleDevelopmental Writing II
Course Description English 0317 Developmental Writing II is a course designed for the application of language skills. Emphasis is placed on individual instruction in grammar, and writing is dedicated to assisting students in raising writing skills to college level.
Course Prerequisites Students placed in 0317 have either scored high enough on placement exams or have passed English 0310 Developmental Writing I.
Required Textbooks BACKPACK LITERATURE, Third Edition, Pearson Publishing, 2010; RAGTIME, Doctorow, E.L., 1974.
Learning Objectives Students will be expected to write a five paragraph essay in allowed time with no more than two major errors. Readings and discussion will focus on skills of writing and critical analyzing of assigned materials.
Major Assignments Students will have 5-7 assigned essays, of varied length. Some essays will be creative writing assignments, descriptive and narrative, and some will be five paragraph essays with detail study of thesis. There will also be exercises and quizzes which address text readings and novel study.
Discussion Topics Students will be expected to discuss various topics, including rhetorical modes, studies of literature in text, handouts, and novel, and grammar studies.
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. Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Students are allowed six absences to use as needed (illness, personal emergency, doctor's appointment, court, etc.) After the sixth absence, grade will be lowered a letter grade for each subsequent absence. After nine absences, students will be dropped with a grade of "F".

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

Determination of Final Grade Essays-50%, Quizzes and Homework Exercises-25%, Final Exam-25%. No makeup quizzes will be given, and no late essays will be accepted. If a student fails to take and/or pass Final Exam, he or she will not pass the class.

Final Exam Date May 13, 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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