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


09 / 35 - Early Summer Session
June - July 2010

Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus
09 / 35 - Early Summer Session
June - July 2010
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 112 A
Course Title: English Composition II
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Mon Wed 
Additional Notes:

Class meets in St. Clair 310B. 

Class will not meet Monday, 5/31, in honor of Memorial Day.  The make-up class will be Friday, 6/4.  Class will also not meet Monday, 7/5, in honor of July 4th.  The make-up class will be Friday, 7/9.

The general format and some of the content of this syllabus was not created by the instructor of this individual section of ENGL 112.


Catalog Description

Continued practice of argumentative academic writing, applied to literary texts and culminating in a research paper. Students who do not earn a grade of C or higher must reenroll in ENGL 112 the succeeding term. G.E. Prerequisite: grade of C or higher in ENGL 111, or placement by ACT English Score or by SAT Writing Score: students whose ACT English Score is from 30 to 36 or whose SAT Writing and Language Score is from 35 to 40 (650 to 800 for Writing Section prior to spring 2016) will be placed in ENGL 112.


Prerequisite: grade of C or higher in ENGL 111, or placement by ACT English Score or by SAT Writing Score: students whose ACT English Score is from 30 to 36 or whose SAT Writing and Language Score is from 35 to 40 (650 to 800 for Writing Section prior to spring 2016) will be placed in ENGL 112.


College-Level Dictionary
The Little, Brown Handbook 11th edition
Author: H. Ramsey Fowler and Jane E. Aaron (Longman)
ISBN: 978-0-205-65171-9
The Norton Introduction to Literature Portable edition
Author: Allison Booth, J, Paul Hunter, and Kelly J. Mays (Norton)
ISBN: 978-0-393-92856-3

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the process of argumentative academic writing, including organizational clarity, use of evidence, and revision.
  2. Utilize research in argumentative writing about literature.
  3. Analyze complex texts using literary concepts and terminology.
  4. Discuss the meanings of literary texts.

Additional Instructor Objectives

This course will focus on instruction and practice in the knowledge and skills necessary to produce good quality college research writing assignments, including but not limited to the form and structure of college writing assignments, research skills, using sources, and documentation skills.

Instructional Methods

Instructional methods include lecture, class discussion, group exercises, and reading and writing assignments.

Grading Scale

90-100% A
80-89% B
70-79% C
60-69% D

Additional Information / Instructions

Students will be reading several stories, poems, and plays, and all reading assignments should be read in preparation for the scheduled class period. The reading assignments will provide the context material for most of the writing assignments: three one-hour, in-class thesis-defense essays; three two or three-page papers (two thesis-defense essays and one analysis-report paper); and a research paper project, including a two-page proposal memo, a five-page draft, and a final five-page thesis-defense essay. There will be a cumulative short-answer and thesis-defense essay exam at the end to the session. Students will receive more information about all assignments through handouts and class discussions. Student participation will also be assessed. Students must complete all projects and earn a passing grade on the research paper in order to pass the course.

In-Class Essays: Each of three in-class essay will be approximately 500-600 words. Students will have one hour to write the essay. The essay will be based on class reading assignments and discussion, and students will use the poems, stories, or plays as sources for quotations and paraphrases. The in-class essays will be open-book, open-notebook. The purpose of the in-class essays is to improve essay exam skills and quick drafting skills.

Papers: Each of three papers will be approximately 600-700 words. Each paper will be based on class reading assignments and discussion. Each paper will require the use of two secondary sources and at least one primary literary source. One of the outside sources will be chosen by the instructor. The other outside source, chosen by the student, can be history, healthcare, psychology, education, etc. All outside sources must be academically sound. All primary and secondary sources will be cited and documented in either MLA or APA format, as assigned.

Research Project: The research project is a five-page thesis-defense essay focused on a work of literature chosen by the student. The paper will use and document at least five secondary sources, in addition to the primary source. All sources will be cited and documented using either MLA or APA format, as chosen by the student. The outside sources need not be literary criticism, but they must be academically sound. The project includes a proposal, a rough-draft, and a final draft, all of which will be assessed. The draft and the final will each be approximately 1250-1500 words.

Short Answer Exam: The short answer exam will be a closed-book, closed-notebook exam. The students will identify and briefly discuss five of ten passages from the reading list. A list of titles of works discussed in class will be provided.

Essay Exam: The essay exam is an open-book/notebook essay of approximately 700-900 words. The essay will be focused on literary works read and discussed in class.

Participation: Participation is worth 50 points. Students who attend fifteen of the sixteen classes will receive 10 points, and students who attend all sixteen classes will receive 10 points. The other 30 points will be based on participation in class activities. Mere attendance does not count as participation. Students are expected to be on time and well-prepared for class. Late assignments, tardiness, lack of input into group activities or class discussion, and disruptions of class because of phones, pagers, private conversations, or packing belongings before class is dismissed will negatively affect the participation grade.

Late Assignments:  All  late assignments will be penalized 10% per class period t they are late.

Point distribution and due dates:

Project                         Due date     Points
In-class Essay One       6/14          50
Paper One                     6/16          100
Research Proposal       6/21          50
In-class Essay Two       6/23          50
Paper Two                     6/28          100
In-class Essay Three    7/7             50
Research Project Draft 7/9             100
Paper Three                   7/14          100
Research Paper             7/19          200
Short Answer Exam       7/19          50
Essay Exam                    7/21          100
Participataion                  Daily         50

Weighting Scale: There are 1000 available points in this course; each letter grade is equal to 10% of the total points, either on individual projects or for the whole course.

900 -1000 = A
800 - 899 = B
700 - 799 = C
600 - 699 = D
600 and below = F

A more detailed schedule will be devleoped and made available after ordered desk copies of new text editions arrive.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1 - 6/2 & 6/4

6/2  Introduction to course.  Introduction to essay structure and quotation use.
        N:  "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister" (434),  "Dulce et Decorum Est" (604)

6/4   Syllabus - Read the syllabus and bring any questions to class.
HB: 459-67 (Quotation marks); 436-37, 620-25 (Integrating
                 source quotations into  your text)
          N: “Speaker” (431-38-all poems and discussion); “My Pappa’s Waltz” (470); 
               “In  Westminster Abbey” (461); “My Last Duchess” (574); “Death of
                the Ball Turret Gunner” (489)

Additional Notes:

Class will not meet Monday, 5/31, in honor of Memorial Day.  The make-up class will be Friday, 6/4.

Week 2 - 6/7 & 6/9

06/7 Research resources presentation--class meets at Stafford Library
            HB: 644-688; 720-725 (MLA documentation and sample research paper)

 06/9    N: “Metaphor and Simile” (481-86; 491-95); “We Wear the Mask” (582); “The Road Not Taken” (584); “Anecdote of the Jar” (614); [My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun] (552)
            MLA Works Cited exercise

Week 3 - 6/14 & 6/16

6/14  In-class Essay One

6/16 Paper One due

Week 4 - 6/21 & 6/23

6/21  Proposal due

6/23  In-class Essay Two

Week 5 - 6/28 & 6/30

6/28  Paper two due

Week 6 - 7/7 & 7/9

7/7  In-class Essay Three

7/9  Research Draft due

Additional Notes:

Class will not meet Monday, 7/5, in honor of July 4th.  The make-up class will be Friday, 7/9.

Week 7 - 7/12 & 7/14

7/14  Paper Three due

Week 8 - 7/19 & 7/21

7/19  Research Paper due
          Short Answer Exam

 7/21  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.

Instructor Policy - Students are allowed two absences. A third absence will result in a ten percent reduction in the final grade, and a fourth absence will result in dismissal from the course with a "W" or an "F." Any student who stops attending class without contacting the instructor will receive an "F" at the end of the session.

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.

Instructor Policy - Cheating on exams or plagiarism on any writing assignment will be penalized by the assignment of 0 points for the assignment. A second instance of cheating or plagiarism will result in immediate dismissal from the course with a grade of "F."

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.

Instructor Policy - Students who need to take a Saturday make-up exam are required to make arrangements with the instructor prior to the scheduled classroom exam. Students who are ill on the night of the exam must phone or email the instructor a make-up exam request prior to the beginning of the class period.

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.

Instructor Policy - Incompletes wil be granted only in cases of documented emergency situations. Incompletes will not be granted in cases where assignments are more than one week late. Incompletes will not be granted due to conflicts with routine family or work obligations.

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.

Instructor Policy - Unless a student is expecting an emergency call or is on call as an emergency services worker, all cell phones and pages will be turned completely off at the beginning of each class session.

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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