House Bill 2504

Spring 2012 Course Syllabus

ENGL-1301-04 - English Composition

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2012
InstructorSizemore, Mary Lauren
Phone(409) 984-6341
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:Monday 9:00-11:50, Tuesday 12:20-1:30
Building:Ruby Fuller Education (RF)
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Course Information
Course Number10023
Course Description Intensive study and practice in the basic forms of expository writing. Frequent themes. Collateral reading in articles and essays of a factual and informative type.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Required Texts:

Strategies for Successful Writing, James A. Reinking

and Robert con der Osten

Attendance Policy Attendance: Regular class attendance is required. However, six absences are permitted without penalty. For each subsequent absence, one letter grade will be deducted from the student’s final grade. Attendance will be taken at the start of class. Any student who is not in class when I take role will be marked absent or tardy. If you are tardy to class, you cannot take the reading quiz for that class day. Please contact me if you are missing class due to medical or family needs.
Course Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade

Requirements and Grades: The course work includes a quiz on most reading assignments. The course will also include five assigned essays.

Essay One                          10 %

Essay Two                         10 %

Essay Three                                 10 %

Essay Four                                 15 %

Essay Five                                 20 %

Quizzes/Daily/Tests                15 %

Final Exam                  20 %

Final Exam Date May 9, 2012 - 12:00 PM
Major Assignments Writing Process- 5 essays- Grammar
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates N/A
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Reading:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

Writing:Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Speaking:Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.

Critical Thinking 1:Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.

Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.

Computer Literacy 1:Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.

Computer Literacy 2:Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.

Intercultural Competence 1:Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.

Intercultural Competence 2:Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.

Intercultural Competence 3:Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Purpose

English 1301 is an introductory composition course which has as its primary goal the teaching of principles of good writing. The course assumes a basic mastery of standard American English grammar, usage, and mechanics, although these things are reviewed as needed. The focus of the course is on the process of expository writing, emphasizing the major patterns of development, with some attention to argumentative writing.

Course Student Learning Outcomes Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able

•        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, expository, 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.

•        to understand and demonstrate facility with the resources of an academic library.

Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    Late Work: I will take late work one day late! There will be a twenty- point deduction for late work. After one day late, I will NOT take any late work. There are no exceptions for this rule. Please do not ask for special consideration. Work will be taken one day late with twenty-point deduction and not after that. Here is an example: If an assignment is due on Monday and you do not have it, you must have the assignment turned in by Tuesday. If you miss a reading quiz or daily assignment, you MAY NOT make those up.

    Class Participation: I expect students to arrive alert and prepared for class. Students who contribute meaningful comments and questions will be given every consideration in making borderline final grade decisions.

    Plagiarism and Cheating: I adhere to Lamar State College- Port Arthur’s policies on plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. A one-time offense will result in a F on the assignment. A second offense will result in a F in the course. Any single act of plagiarism or cheating will be reported to the English Department Chair and College president. Plagiarism is defined below:

    What is Plagiarism?

    Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense:

    According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means

            to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own

            to use (another's production) without crediting the source

            to commit literary theft

            to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

    In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.

    But can words and ideas really be stolen?

    According to U.S. law, the answer is yes. The expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property, and is protected by copyright laws, just like original inventions. Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way (such as a book or a computer file).

    All of the following are considered plagiarism:

            turning in someone else's work as your own

            copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit

            failing to put a quotation in quotation marks

            giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation

            changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit

            copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not (see our section on "fair use" rules)

    Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by citing sources. Simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed, and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source, is usually enough to prevent plagiarism. See our section on citation for more information on how to cite sources properly.

    (TAKEN FROM 8/19/2011)

    Additional Policies:

    •        Early Exits: Students who leave for any reason before the instructor dismisses class will be counted absent for that class day.         •        Cell Phones: DO NOT USE YOUR CELL PHONE IN CLASS FOR ANY REASON. Cell phones should be turned off before the start of class. Students who do not heed this rule will be counted absent from the class for that day. Students may also be asked to leave the class. If cell phones are used during a test or quiz, the student will receive a zero for the activity and will be asked to leave class.         •        Laptops: Students may not use laptops to take notes.         •        Disruptive Behavior: Anything that diverts the student’s attention away from the class, including, but not limited to: doing work for another class, reading outside materials, sending or reading text messages, or engaging in private conversations. Students that engage in any of these behaviors will be asked to leave class and counted absent.

            •        Sleeping in Class: Any student caught sleeping in class will receive one warning. After the first warning, the students will be told to leave and not return. Students sleeping in class will be counted absent.

            •        Supplies: Always bring your book to class. Any student without his or her textbook will be marked absent for that day.

            •        Email: If you have any questions always feel free to send me an email. I am always eager and more than willing to help students. However, I will not accept any work by email. If you miss class, do not email me your paper and expect that I will take the work. I will NOT take any work be email.         •        Take ear phones out. • Do not be tardy! I understand that things come up. You will be allowed two tardies. After two tardies, you will receive an absent for each subsequent tardy.         •        Eating and Drinking: Drinks are okay. Food is not okay in class.

Additional Information
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans 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.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

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  • 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; and,

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