1102: (English Composition 02) Spring
2013 Syllabus Instructor: Valerie
Thursday 4:45-5:30 and
after 8:15 by appointment
English 1102: (English Composition 02)
Spring 2013 Syllabus
Instructor: Valerie Thomas
Office: Pafford #304
Office Hours: Tuesday/ Thursday 4:45-5:30 and after 8:15 by appointment
write in order to change the world ... if you alter, even by a millimeter,
the way people look at reality, then you can change it.”
English 1102 --Sections 128 & 129
English 1102 is a composition course focusing on skills required for both effective writing for various rhetorical situations and critical reading of texts. In writing, students must demonstrate competency in argumentation, and writing that is strengthened by the use of multiple textual sources.
1. To read, understand, and interpret a broad range of written and visual texts from a variety
of genres (including but not limited to nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama, and film).
2. To understand literary principles and use basic terms important to critical writing and
3. To develop skills in all the tools necessary for effective argumentation.
4. To develop facility with the whole writing process from invention through revision.
5. To understand and employ a variety of rhetorical modes and techniques of persuasion.
6. To acquire reasonable mastery of conventions of college-level prose writing.
7. To incorporate and document additional textual materials to strengthen and support
(Please see the complete unabridged list of outcomes at
Required Texts & Materials
• Short Fiction, Critical Essays, Poetry, Drama, Film , A Writer’s Resource, 4th
• Jump Drive /USB Drive
(Non- Negotiable! Please have the USB Drive within 2 class periods. This is an
essential part of the course. It is mandatory and all course documents should be
downloaded onto your device for easy access. )
•Analytical essays will contribute to 65 % of your grade. These three essays will vary in length from 2.5 minimum to 5 pages maximum and will analyze individual and combined readings. The essays must address the paper topics presented in order to receive a complete grade.
•In-Class essays will contribute to 15 % of your grade. The In-class essay component contributes to your ability to synthesize information within an allotted time period. (60 minutes)
•Final presentation/ Class Project contributes to 10 % of your final grade. The final presentation or class project relies on your ability to orally address an argument.
•Reading Responses and Quizzes will contribute to 10% of your final grade. There are 5 quizzes, each worth 20 points. At the semester’s end, you should have a total of 100 points. If the reading responses or quizzes are missed, they cannot be made up.
All assignments must be completed in order to pass this course. NOTE: Please refer to the FYW program’s website for a detailed analysis of the grading rubric. http://www.westga.edu/~engdept/FirstYearWriting/ENGL1101and1102/OutOfClassWritingAssessment.htm
Plagiarism & Academic Dishonesty
The Department of English and Philosophy defines plagiarism as taking personal credit for the words and ideas of others as they are presented in electronic, print, and verbal sources. The Department expects that students will accurately credit sources in all assignments. An equally dishonest practice is fabricating sources or facts; it is another form of misrepresenting the truth. Plagiarism is grounds for failing the course. Students will not receive ANY credit for plagiarized work.
See also, excessive collaboration.
The University policies for handling Academic Dishonesty are found in the following documents:
sections 207 and 208.0401
"Rights and Responsibilities"; Appendix J.
By the end of the term in both ENGL 1101 and 1102, students should demonstrate the ability to produce independent writing (writing without collaborative assistance of peers, writing tutors, or professionals in the field) that shows an acceptable level of competence. Although classroom activities and out-of-class assignments may highlight collaborative learning and collaborative research, excessive collaboration (collaboration that results in the loss of a student's voice/style and original claims to course-related work) is considered another form of academic dishonesty and therefore will not be permitted.
If work is late, it will be accepted with a penalty (-5 points) for each class period that the work is late. After the first week (Tuesday/Thursday) cycle, the work will not be accepted. For example, if your work is due on a Tuesday and you do not turn it in until the following Tuesday, you should expect that -10 points will be deducted from the paper.
Extra Credit/ Revisions
The revision process is an important one, and essential to the writing process. Each paper cycle, there will be opportunities for revisions.
Extra Credit exists in the form of book talks and guest lecturers. These events will happen during the semester and you are allowed to attend up to 2 for extra credit points. Any additional will not be recognized. No exceptions. Once you attend the event, you are responsible for submitting a one page, double spaced write up about the event. This must be submitted within one week of the event for credit. You may add up to +5 points to any paper with this submission.
Format for All Papers
All papers and documentation should be in MLA format, double spaced with 12 point font and should always have a works cited page included on a separate sheet.
Students will be administratively withdrawn from class based on the following attendance policy. For classes that meet twice a week, a student is allowed three absences. Upon the fourth absence, the student will be withdrawn with a W/WF. Be aware that no distinction exists between excused and unexcused absences. If a student withdraws before January , it will be counted as a W.
Students may be dismissed from any class meeting at which they exhibit behavior that disrupts the learning environment of others. Such behavior includes – but is not limited to – arriving late for class, allowing cell phones to ring, speaking disrespectfully to the instructor and/or to other students, checking email or surfing the web, and using personal audio or visual devices. Each dismissal of this kind will count as an absence and will be applied toward the attendance policy above. (Department Policy)
Department Paperless Policy
As of Fall 2006, the English Department implemented a “paperless” policy in its classrooms. Therefore, all materials (handouts, assignment sheets, notes, etc.) will be made available online. Students may print these necessary course documents, including the syllabus, on their home computers.
I will communicate with you through your UWG email account. Please make sure that you check your email account daily. It is your responsibility to receive information that is disseminated through email. Make sure that you check your Course Den page often as well. You are responsible for all correspondence sent.
Students are expected to read the material and be prepared to participate in the class discussion. This participation may be in the form of either quiz/reading response and class participation.
Role of the Writing Center
The role of the Writing Center is to offer consultation in which tutors question, respond to, offer choices, and encourage revision in student essays. Tutors do not evaluate or prescribe solutions to problematic areas in student essays, and tutors are specifically trained to avoid appropriating the student's work. For more information, visit the Writing Center online at http://www.westga.edu/writing.
Writing Center Statement)
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The University Writing Center works with students and other members of the UWG community to improve writing skills.
What We Do:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00am-7:00pm
I pledge to do my best to work with the University to provide all students with equal access to my classes and materials, regardless of special needs, temporary or permanent disability, special needs related to pregnancy, etc.
If you have any special learning needs, particularly (but not limited to) needs defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and require specific accommodations, please do not hesitate to make these known to me, either yourself or through Disability Services in 272 Parker Hall.
Students with documented special needs may expect accommodation in relation to classroom accessibility, modification of testing, special test administration, etc. This is not only my personal commitment: it is your right, and it is the law!
For more information, please contact Disability Services at the State University of West Georgia.
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