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


16 / 33 - Early Spring Session
January - February 2017

Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus
16 / 33 - Early Spring Session
January - February 2017
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 111
Course Title: English Composition I
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Wed 
5:30 PM-9:30 PM
Additional Notes:

We will take two breaks during the course of each class period. The times will vary depending on the lecture and discussion materials.

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


Catalog Description

Introduction to academic writing with emphasis on the process required for producing polished, argumentative analyses of texts. Grade of C or higher required. Prerequisite: grade of C or higher in ENGL 107 or EAPP 107 or placement by ACT English Score or by SAT Writing Score. Online or nationwide students may take the Columbia College English placement exam. Students whose ACT English Score is from 18 to 29 or whose SAT Writing and Language Score is from 25 to 34 (430 to 650 for Writing Section prior to spring 2016) will be placed in ENGL 111. Online or nationwide students who score 75% or higher on the English placement exam will be placed in ENGL 111.


Grade of C or higher in ENGL 107 or EAPP 107 or placement by ACT English Score or by SAT Writing Score. Online or nationwide students may take the Columbia College English placement exam. Students whose ACT English Score is from 18 to 29 or whose SAT Writing and Language Score is from 25 to 34 (430 to 650 for Writing Section prior to spring 2016) will be placed in ENGL 111. Online or nationwide students who score 75% or higher on the English placement exam will be placed in ENGL 111.


The Little, Brown Handbook 13th edition
Author: Ed. H.R. Fowler, et. al. (Longman)
ISBN: 9780321988270
Category/Comments - Handbook
The Bedford Reader 12th edition
Author: Eds. X.J. Kennedy et al. (Bedford)
ISBN: 9781457636950

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the process of argumentative academic writing, including organizational clarity, use of evidence, and revision.
  2. Analyze texts and provide evidence for analysis.
  3. Write polished academic essays featuring clear, correct paragraphs and sentences.

Special Course Requirements

Students will write four essays; three of which will be written outside of class and must be submitted to Dropbox in D2L. The fourth essay will be written in class as part of the final exam.
Each of the first three essays will be 800-1000 words each and must be in MLA format. This includes 1" margins on all sides of the page, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spacing with no extra space between paragraphs, and a page number header on the top right of each page (with the student's last name listed before the number). In addition, each essay should have the following information at the top left-hand corner of the first page: student's name, professor's name, course number, and the date submitted. Every essay should also have a title that suggests the nature of the thesis.
Final drafts of the essays are due to Dropbox by 11:59 pm on the due date listed on the syllabus. You are allowed to turn in one paper up to five days late, but you will receive a 10% reduction for that assignment. Any subsequent late assignments will be scored a zero.
Technical difficulties are not a valid excuse for late work. "Technical difficulties" include (but are not limited to) your computer crashing, loss or destruction of your USB drive, or failing to complete your submission through Dropbox. These difficulties can often be avoided by having a backup of your school work, saving your work at every page or half page, and turning your work in more than thirty minutes before the due date/time. If you encounter technical difficulties which affect your ability to complete class work, contact me ASAP.
Students will also take midterm and final exams. The midterm consists of a grammar and usage section and a short essay. The final exam includes a grammar and usage section and an in-class essay (600-800 words). Specific instructions will be given at least a week in advance to allow students to be well prepared for writing the essay.
Students are 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, write specified essays, and be prepared for in-class essays and final usage exam.

Graded Activities

Essays300 Points30% of grade
Description -

The directions for each essay will be given through lecture and class discussions. Each essay must be submitted to before the due date and time. Please see "Special Course Requirements" for the late paper policy.

Method of Evaluation -

Essays are graded according to the criteria outlined by the course objectives for English 111. The instructor will discuss her method of evaluation and specific grading rubric based on these objectives and will answer all questions about graded essays after they are returned to students. The 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, 59-0 F.

Exams300 Points30% of grade
Description -

The midterm examination (100 points) is worth 10% of the final grade, and the final examination essay (100 points), combined with a 100-point usage exam, is worth 20% of the final grade. The midterm exam contains a grammar and usage section and one essay question. Instructions for the final in-class essay exam will be given at least one week prior to the exam to allow students preparation time for the in-class writing experience. Students will be allowed at least two hours to complete the exams.

Method of Evaluation -

The grammar and usage section will be graded on the correctness of answers, and the essay will be evaluated with the same criteria as that used to evaluate other essays. The following scale will determine the grade for the midterm exam: 100-90 A, 89-80 B, 79-70 C, 69-60 D, 59-0 F. The following scale will determine the grade for the final exam: 300-270 A, 269-240 B, 239-210 C, 209-180 D, 179-0 F. 

Quizzes100 Points10% of grade
Description -

Five quizzes are given to test understanding and use of correct grammar and punctuation in academic writing. Each quiz will be given after specific grammar and punctuation skills are discussed.

Method of Evaluation -

Each quiz is worth 20 points and will be grading according to the following scale: 20-18 A, 17-16 B, 15-14 C, 13-12 D, 11-0 F.

Rough Drafts150 Points15% of grade
Description -

Each draft will be worth 50 points and must be submitted as a complete draft on the due date to receive full credit. Late rough drafts will not be accepted since the purpose of the rough draft is to allow some type of peer editing for revision.

Method of Evaluation -

Rough drafts will be evaluated according to their completeness: an introduction, body paragraphs, a conclusion, and a required number of words. The grading scale for each rough draft is as follows: 50-45 A, 44-40 B, 39-35 C, 34-30 D, 29-0 F.

Editing150 Points15% of grade
Description -

Students will participate in three different edits of peers' essays. These will be completed primarily through D2L (online course access).

Method of Evaluation -

Criteria for each editing will be explained to students and be worth 50 points each. The grading scale is as follows:  50-45 A, 44-40 B, 39-35 C, 34-30 D, 29-0 F.


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Additional Information / Instructions

I will take role at the beginning of class and after each break. You will be counted either "absent" or "present" in order to avoid class disruption with tardies. Please see the "Campus Policy" for information regarding possible consequences of absences.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
The Writing Process

Introduction to the class.
Diagnostic writing.
Discuss the Writing Process.


The Bedford Reader p. 1-26
The Little, Brown Handbook p. 2-24

Week 2
The Response to Text Essay

Discuss development of the Response to Text essay.
Discuss The Bedford Reader assignment.
Review verb tense and subject/verb agreement.


The Bedford Reader p. 27-70
The Little, Brown Handbook p. 46-70
The Bedford Reader p. 340-367: read and select an essay for your Response essay.

Additional Notes:

All out-of-class essays must be typed according to the directions given in this syllabus.

Week 3
The Cause and Effect Essay

Peer edit and revise Response to Text essay.
Discuss sentence structure.
Discuss The Bedford Reader and review comma usage.
Discuss and work with final draft grading rubric.


The Little, Brown Handbook p. 338-357
The Bedford Reader 233-241


Write first draft of Response to Text essay for peer editing. (Must be submitted to D2L prior to class.)
Peer reviews through D2L are due Sunday of Week Three before 11:59 pm.

Week 4
The Compare and Contrast Essay

Discuss misplaced modifiers.
Review semicolon and colon usage as well as apostrophe usage and other marks of punctuation.
Discuss criteria for Compare and Contrast essay.
Discuss midterm exam and Definition essay.


The Bedford Reader p. 242-279: be prepared to discuss the essays.
The Bedford Reader p. 467-475
The Little, Brown Handbook p. 363-373, 443-450, and 466-477.


Submit final draft of Response to Text essay to Dropbox in D2L.

Week 5
The Definition Essay and Midterm Exam

Peer edit and revise Compare and Contrast essay.
Review pronoun reference and agreement problems.
Take Midterm.


The Little, Brown Handbook p. 310-324


Write first draft of Compare and Contrast essay for peer editing. (Must be submitted to D2L prior to class.)
Peer reviews through D2L are due Sunday of Week Five before 11:59 pm.


Be prepared for the Midterm Exam in class.

Week 6
The Argumentative Essay

Discuss Argumentative Essays.
Discuss research techniques and MLA documentation.
Discuss The Bedford Reader essays.
Review parallel structure.


Review The Little, Brown Handbook ch. 47
Read The Bedford Reader p. 509-528 and be prepared to discuss the essay.
Read The Little, Brown Handbook p. 400-406


Submit final draft of Compare and Contrast essay to Dropbox in D2L.

Week 7
Writing Essays In-Class and Usage Review

Peer edit and revise Argumentative essay.
Review writing mechanics (The Little, Brown Handbook ch. 33-36).
Discuss Final Essay Exam and Usage Exam.
Discuss and practice strategies for in-class writing.


Write first draft of Argumentative essay for peer editing. (Must be submitted to D2L prior to class.)
Peer reviews through D2L due Sunday of Week Seven before 11:59 pm.

Week 8
Final Usage Exam and Final In-Class Essay

Discuss other rhetorical modes for writing: classification, process analysis, description, and narration.
Take Final.


Submit final draft of Argumentative essay to Dropbox in D2L.


Be prepared to take the Final 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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