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Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391


17 / FALL1 - Early Fall 8-Week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / FALL1 - Early Fall 8-Week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 107
Course Title: Preparatory Composition
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Tue 
5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Additional Notes:

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


Catalog Description

Extensive reading and writing practice with emphasis on paragraph organization and development leading to multiple-paragraph essays and engagement with outside ideas and texts. Systematic review of grammar, mechanics and sentence structure, integrated into the reading and writing process. Based on a grade of C or higher in this course, students may proceed to ENGL 111. Prerequisite: Placement by ACT English Score or by SAT Verbal Score: students whose ACT English Score is from 1 to 17 or whose SAT Writing and Language Score is from 17 to 24 (300 to 420 for Writing Section prior to spring 2016) will be placed in ENGL 107.


Placement by ACT English Score or by SAT Verbal Score: students whose ACT English Score is from 1 to 17 or whose SAT Writing and Language Score is from 17 to 24 (300 to 420 for Writing Section prior to spring 2016) will be placed in ENGL 107.


Real Writing with Readings: Paragraphs and Essays for College 7th edition
Author: Anker, Susan (Bedford)
ISBN: 9781319003197
The Little, Brown Handbook 13th edition
Author: Fowler, Ramsey (Pearson)
ISBN: 9780134586335

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Write clear sentences that are free of errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and word choice.
  2. Write effective paragraphs that contain a focused topic sentence and supporting evidence that is relevant and sufficient.
  3. Write essays that demonstrate the organization, tone, style, content, and revision appropriate to academic writing.

Special Course Requirements

Students will write four out-of-class essays and one in-class essay.  Each essay must be submitted to a D2L dropbox before the class due date. Hard copies of all essays must also be submitted on the correct due date and must follow MLA guidelines:  typed (double-spaced), 1" margins and 12 pitch font. Each essay should contain the following information at the top left-hand corner of the first page: student's name, course name, type of assignment, and the date submitted. Every essay should have a title that catches the reader's attention and suggests the nature of the thesis. Essays are due at the beginning of the class period before or on the indicated due date. Late essays will be accepted with a 10% grade reduction, but they must be submitted at the next class meeting. Students are responsible for submitting all assignments on time whether or not they are present in class. Essays will not be accepted via email unless there are extenuating circumstances and my permission is given.

The final essay will be written in class; however, subject matter and specific instructions will be given at least a week in advance to allow students to be well prepared for writing. A comprehensive usage exam will also be calculated as part of the final exam grade.

Students will be expected to read, to analyze, and to discuss assigned selections from the text.

Instructional Methods

Instructional methods include lecture, class discussion, group work, and peer editing of essays.

Out of Class Activities

Students will be expected to read assignments, complete assigned exercises, write specified essays, and be prepared for quizzes and an in-class essay.
Students need to have the correct editions of the textbooks in order to submit essays for evaluation.
All cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices must be turned off during class.

Graded Activities

Essays300 Points
Description -

Students will write a total of five essays:  four out of class essays and one in-class essay (final exam). The directions for each writing will be given through lecture and class discussions.  Students are required to bring rough drafts (hard copies) of all essays on the assigned date for some form of peer editing. Students who do not participate in peer editing will receive a 10% grade reduction on the final drafts of their essays. Final drafts of essays must be submitted to a D2L dropbox before the due date and must be submitted in hard copies at the beginning of class on the due dates. Late papers will be accepted for a 10% grade reduction; however, they must be submitted at the next class meeting.

Method of Evaluation -

Writing will be graded according to the criteria provided by the measurable learning outcomes for Preparatory English Composition.  The instructor will discuss her method of evaluation based on these outcomes and will answer all questions about graded writing after it is returned to students. The multi-paragraph essays will be evaluated on a 100 point scale with the following grades: 100-90 A, 89-80 B, 79-70 C, 69-60 D, and 59-0 F. The other two paragraph essays will be evaluated on a 50 point scale with the following grades:  50-45 A, 44-40 B, 39-35 C, 34-30 D, and 29-0 F.

Final Exam300 Points
Description -

The final examination essay combined with a 100 point comprehensive exam is worth 300. Instructions for the final essay (200 points) will be given at least one week prior to the exam to allow students to prepare for the in-class writing experience. Students are allowed the full class time to write and to edit the essay. The comprehensive exam (100 points) will test the grammar and usage skills that have been practiced throughout the semester.

Method of Evaluation -

The essay will be evaluated with the same criteria as that used to evaluate out-of-class essays with the grade value as follows: 200-180 A, 179-160 B, 159-140 C, 139-120 D, 119 and below F. The comprehensive exam consists of 50 questions and will be graded as follows: 100-90 A, 89-80 B, 79-70 C, 69-60 D, 59 and below F.

Grammar and Punctuation Quizzes200 Points
Description -

Five quizzes will be given to test understanding and use of correct grammar and punctuation in academic writing. Each quiz is given after specific grammar and punctuation skills are discussed and practiced. If a student is absent on the night a quiz is given, he or she will be expected to take it at the next class meeting.

Method of Evaluation -

Each quiz is worth 40 points and will be graded according to the following scale: 40-36 A, 35-32 B, 31-28 C, 27-24 D, and 23-0 F.

In Class Activities100 Points
Description -

Weekly in class activities will be evaluated according to specific criteria.  The activities will be a combination of presentations, panel discussions, quizzes and journal writing. Students will be allowed to make-up only one weekly activity if they have an excused absence.

Method of Evaluation -

Specific criteria will be given to evaluate each weekly activity.  There will be a total of 100 points for the semester. 


Grading Scale

810-900 A
720-809 B
630-719 C
540-629 D
0-539 F

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
The Writing Process

Grammar discussion: parts of Speech.
Writing discussion: strategies for critical reading, the Writing Process, the topic sentence, and paragraph development. 
Discuss criteria for Paragraph #1:  the Illustration Essay.
Discuss criteria for Paragraph #2:  the Definition Essay.


When assigned reading, only do critical reading. You do not need to complete the exercises, unless there are specific directions to complete this task.


Assignments listed need to be completed before class on each Tuesday of the session.

Week 2
The Illustration Essay

Peer edit Paragraph #1: the Illustration Essay.
Peer edit Paragraph #2:  the Definition Essay.
Grammar discussion:   verbs, consistent verb tense, and subject -verb agreement.
Writing discussion:  Be prepared to discuss the Illustration Essays on pp. 138-144 and the Definition Essays on pp.  226-233 (Anker).
Discuss criteria for a multi-paragraph essay:  thesis statement, introduction, conclusion, and body paragraphs.
Discuss criteria for the Comparison/contrast Essay.


Read Anker pp.3-74 and pp. 129-149.  Read Fowler pp. 282-310 and pp. 310-318.
Read Anker pp. 218-236 and pp. 238-250.


Write rough drafts of Paragraphs #1 and  #2, and bring two hard copies of each paragraph for peer editing on Tuesday.

Week 3
The Comparison/contrast Essay

Final drafts of Paragraph #1 and Paragraph #2 are due in the D2L dropbox, and a hard copy for each paragraph is due in class.
Verb quiz.
Peer edit the Comparison/contrast Essay.
Grammar discussion:  sentence structure and sentence problems.
Writing discussion:  the criteria for and development of the Argumentative Essay.
Discuss MLA citation and documentation.
Bring The Little, Brown Handbook to class.


Read Anker  pp. 250-251, pp. 315-332, and pp. 286-300.  Read Fowler pp. 17-42 and pp. 70-107.


Write rough draft of Comparison/contrast Essay and bring two hard copies to class for peer editing. 
Be prepared for verb quiz.
Write final drafts of Paragraph #1 and Paragraph #2.  Submit both paragraphs to the D2L dropbox and bring a hard copy of each paragraph to submit in class.

Week 4
The Argumentative Essay

Final draft of Comparison/contrast Essay is due in the D2L dropbox and a hard copy is due in class.
Sentence structure and sentence problems quiz. 
Grammar discussion:  correct use of commas,semicolons, and colons.
Writing discussion:  analyze the essays on pp. 303-307 (Anker).
Discuss MLA citation and documentation.
Bring The Little, Brown Handbook to class.


Read Anker pp. 495-507 and pp.303-307. Read Fowler pp. 443-450.


Write final draft of Comparison/contrast Essay.  Be sure to submit it to the D2L dropbox and bring a hard copy to class.
Be prepared for sentence quiz. 
Be prepared to critically discuss the essays on pp. 303-307 (Anker).

Week 5
The Argumentative Essay

Peer edit Argumentative essay.
Commas, semicolons, and colons quiz.
Usage discussion:  the correct use of apostrophes.
Writing discussion:  development of the Argumentative Essay.
Bring Little, Brown Handbook to class.


Read Anker pp. 286-302 and pp.504-507.  Read Fowler 319-324, Chapter 47, p.634.


Write a rough draft of the Argumentative Essay and bring two hard copies to class for peer editing. 
Be prepared for commas, semicolons, and colons quiz.

Week 6
The Final Essay Exam

Final copy of the Argumentative Essay is due in D2L dropbox,and a hard copy is due in class.
Apostrophes quiz.
Usage discussion:  review capitalization rules and and pronoun problems.
Writing discussion: the criteria for the final essay exam


Read Anker pp.303-305 and 305-307.


Write final copy of the Argumentative Essay. Submit it to the D2L dropbox before class, and bring a hard copy to submit in class.
Be prepared for apostrophe quiz.

Week 7
Review for Final Exams

Pronoun problems and capitalization quiz.
Usage discussion:  review grammar and usage skills for Final Comprehensive Exam.
Writing discussion: criteria for Final In-class Essay Exam.


Prepare thesis and outline for the Final In-class Essay Exam.
Review grammar and usage skills.

Week 8
Final Exam

Complete Final Comprehensive Exam.
Write Final In-class Essay Exam.


Be prepared to take Final Usage Exam.
Be prepared to write Final In-class Essay Exam.


Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit for details.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:, 1-855-200-4146


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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