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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 112
Course Title: English Composition II
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Thu 
5:30 PM-9:30 PM
Additional Notes:

We will not have class Thursday August 31. The make-up session is Friday September 15, 2017. 

This is a web-enhanced course. Students are expected to submit written assignments via the dropbox and review provided materials. An internet connection and computer will be necessary. 


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.


The Norton Introduction to Literature 12th edition
Author: Alison Booth and Kelly J. Mays (Norton)
ISBN: 9780393623567
Category/Comments - literature anthology with apparatus
The Little, Brown Handbook 13th edition
Author: Ramsey Fowler (Pearson)
ISBN: 9780134586335
Category/Comments - handbook with discussion of research

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.

Special Course Requirements

I do not accept late assignments without a valid excuse for the absence. However, I am willing to talk with you about an extension if you contact me 24 hours before the assignment due date, or ASAP. All assignments, unless noted otherwise, are to be handed in on time via D2L.
Always back-up your work. Computers crash and disks fail at the worst possible times. It is a good idea to save your document as you finish each page, or every half a page. If you are using a campus computer, have two USB Drives for your work--one that is your working copy and the other which is your back-up. Even if you use your own computer, make sure to still have a back-up of your work in case the worst happens. Google Docs is also a good way to insure that you always have access to a copy of your work. If all else fails, make sure to have a hard copy of the assignment. When you do experience any computer difficulties that will affect your ability to turn in an assignment, be sure to contact me ASAP, if possible.

Instructional Methods

We use class time to discuss readings. While I occasionally lecture, I expect everyone to participate in the class discussion. We also use the time to discuss sample papers and do group work.

Graded Activities

Week One Essay25 Points
Description -

You will write a two paragraph essay in response to Egan's "Black Box" which creates an argument about how the character illustrates a theme of the story. For this essay, you will use the body paragraph template (see the Five Paragraph Theme template in the Drop Box for Rough Draft of Paper One) to create each paragraph. You will need a block quote for each paragraph to illustrate the point you want to make in the paragraph and to support your thesis. You will also use a transition question to shift from the first paragraph to the second one.
You will send a copy of the rough draft to the person you are paired up with for this assignment. You will each read each others paper, comment on it, and fill out a Peer Review Guidelines Sheet in response to the essay. The final version is due on Saturday night of week one via D2L. This assignment is the only one that I will not review/grade the rough draft. I will only see the final version.
The assignment will help you get used to discussing the literary elements of stories, and it will give me an idea of your writing level.

Method of Evaluation -

I will evaluate the assignment based on form, structure and content.

Rough Drafts75 Points
Description -

Paper One is a Rhetorical Analysis (3-5 Pages), Paper Two a Poetry Analysis (5-7 pages) and Paper Three a Research Paper (7-10). All rough drafts need to be turned into the main dropbox for the rough draft as well as the drop box for your peer group so that they can review it.

Method of Evaluation -

I will evaluate the assignment based on form, structure and content.

Essay Quizzes150 Points
Description -

There are three essay quizzes during the eight weeks. Quiz One and Quiz Three will be done in class and Quiz Two will be done outside of class. Quiz One consists of definitions and an essay question. Quiz Two consists of poetry couplets and an essay question. Quiz Three will only be an essay question. The quizzes are found in their drop box in D2L.

Method of Evaluation -

I will evaluate the assignment based on form, structure and content.

Peer Reviews150 Points
Description -

You will do a peer review for each person in your group for each rough draft. You will use the Peer Review Guidelines Sheet in D2L. You will answer the questions by explaining what they did well and/or what needs more work, and why. You will turn in the originals to the person who you reviewed and a copy of the Guidelines Sheet to me.

Method of Evaluation -

I will evaluate the peer reviews you do for the members of your group based on the responses to the questions on the Peer Review Guidelines Sheet. Good responses will point out what needs work or what works well, and explain why--just writing "yes" or "no" in response to the questions is not adequate.

Final Draft Paper One: Rhetorical Analysis100 Points
Description -

You will write a three to five page rhetorical analysis of a short story. The work discussed must be a piece of fiction--personal narratives/essays do not qualify for the assignment. The paper will focus on the words and phrases used by the author. It will have three literary main points and an argumentative thesis.

Method of Evaluation -

I will evaluate the final draft based on the form, structure, and content.

Final Draft Paper Two: Poetry Analysis200 Points
Description -

The paper is a five to seven page analysis of a poem or song. It will have three literary main points and an argumentative thesis. You will utilize a secondary source (non-literary) to help support the argument. The paper will also contain a paragraph of structure.

Method of Evaluation -

I will evaluate the form, structure, and content of the essay.

Final Draft Paper Three: Research Paper300 Points
Description -

You will write a seven to ten page essay which compares and contrasts two pieces of literature and brings in three quotes from secondary sources (non-literary sources) to support the arguments. It will have an argumentative thesis and three literary main points.

Method of Evaluation -

I will evaluate the form, structure, and content of the essay.

Final Exam100 Points
Description -

The final exam will be in class. Part one will be definitions. Part two is matching poetry couplets with the right author/poem. Part three is a five paragraph theme essay with an argumentative thesis and three literary main points.

Method of Evaluation -

I will evaluate the form, structure, and content of the final.


Grading Scale

990-1100 A
880-989 B
770-879 C
660-769 D
0-659 F

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1

Out of class work: Atwood’s “Happy Endings” (746) & Egan's "Black Box" (335)--see D2L for instructions


Saturday: Out of Class Work due by Midnight via D2L

Additional Notes:

We will not have class Thursday August 31. The make-up session is Friday September 15, 2017. 

Week 2

Essay Quiz One (in class)


Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” (93), Ellison’s “King of the Bingo Game” (755), Kincaid’s “Girl” (179) 


Saturday: Rough Draft of Paper One Due by Midnight via D2L

Week 3

Thursday: Writer's Workshop


Thursday: Alexie "Flight Patterns" (54), Erdrich’s “Love Medicine” (762), Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” (673) 
Friday Make-Up Session: Hurston "How it Feels to be Colored Me" (1288) & Video "I am not your Negro)
CH. 43 & 48 IN THE LBH


Saturday: Final Draft of Paper One and Peer Reviews Due by Midnight via D2L

Week 4

Donne (916, 999, 1338), Herbert (1101), Marvell (916, 1354), Shakespeare (991, 998, 1106), Wordsworth (894, 1107), & Yeats (1217, 1218, 1222)
CH. 44 & 45 IN THE LBH


Saturday: Essay Test Two Due via D2L by midnight

Week 5

Angelou (939), Brooks (897, 1111), Cullen (1270-1271), Dunbar (956, 1340), Hughes (1272-1274), & McKay (1275-1277)


Saturday: Rough Draft Paper Two Due at Midnight via D2L

Week 6

Writer's Workshop


Browning (1334), Frost (1026, 1344), Ibsen "A Doll House," Whitman (1079, 1367) 


Saturday: Paper Two & Peer Reviews Due at Midnight via D2L

Week 7

Final Review & Essay Test Three in class


Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" (Movie)


Saturday: Rough Draft of Paper Three Due at Midnight via D2L

Week 8

Writer's Workshop


Glaspell's "Trifles" 


Friday: Paper Three & Peer Reviews Due via D2L by midnight


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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