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COURSE SYLLABUS

10 / 13 - Early Spring Session
January - March 2011

Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus
10 / 13 - Early Spring Session
January - March 2011
Lemoore Campus
PO Box 1116
Building 826 Hancock Circle
NAS Lemoore, CA 93246-0001

 
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 112
 
Course Title: English Composition II
 
Semester Credit Hours: 3
 
Class Day and Time: Wed 
5:30 PM-10:30 PM
 

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.

Prerequisites/Corequisites

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.

Text

College-Level Dictionary
Little Brown Compact Handbook 7th edition
Author: Aaron (Pearson)
ISBN: 0-205-65163-1
The Norton Introduction to Literature 10th edition
Author: Booth (Norton)
ISBN: 0-393-92856-X

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

 Discovering the writer within is the main objective of this course. Richard Fulkerson writes that “good writing is good thinking.” This course is designed to cultivate critical thinking skills through reading, writing, and analyzing rhetorical compositions at the college level. Emphasis will be placed on exposition: studying writing as a process, exploring different composing structures and strategies, editing and revising, conducting research, and learning to critique peer writing.

Writing is not just a demonstration of one’s ability to write. Writing is a tool, a strategy for generating ideas, for analyzing information, for inventing responses, critiquing your own thoughts, or creating a record of your thinking. In this class writing will serve many purposes. Consequently, you will be asked to write for many different reasons; thus, your writing will not simply be a reflection of your competence, it will be a representation of your engagement in the class. Using research strategies, you will also be expected to incorporate material from outside sources to support your own position in a persuasive argument essay.

Special Course Requirements

 Writing and reading are very similar meaning making performances. Class discussions about the reading will enhance your ability to write responses to what you read. From the reading assignments you will learn to model your approach to writing and develop a better understanding about form, rhetorical framework, and the use of evidence in writing. I will expect that when you read an assignment, you will have read the text actively, making notes in the margins and/or highlighting the main points. You will be expected to use outside sources to support an argumentative research paper. 

You will be required to keep a weekly triple-entry journal for every reading assignment. These will  be turned in at the end of the course. You will be asked to write one researched persuasive argument paper that is a minimum of eight pages. This will be due on the last day of class. You will be expected to give an oral presentation corresponding to your paper. Your presentation and paper will cover some aspect of the readings from this course. You will be expected to read several short stories from the text every week.

Instructional Methods

 Reading Responses: Responses to published texts help you prepare for class participation. Your reading response is meant to get you to think critically about the text and it is to help you to think about how the writing functions in a text. All reading responses need to be kept in your journal for this class. At the end of the semester you will receive a grade for journal work which will be part of your class participation grade. Your journal will consist of any in-class writing assignments and all triple-entry journals from the texts we read. You will be expected to do a summary, analysis, and DEJ (Dialectic Journal) for every reading assigned. In these responses I will be looking for your ability to make connections between the writing and your experiences, and I will be looking for an analysis of the reading: what is important about this topic? What message does the author attempt to convey? What does this mean for you and your experiences? What other ways are there of understanding this issue?

 You will be expected to write every class period and participate in the discussions about the readings. Your triple-entry journals will be completed after the class has discussed the reading. You will be asked to write about the topic of the day at the beginning of the class. This exercise is to get your thoughts down on paper. You will not be graded on form or sentence structure. We will have discussions every week about the readings so you will need to come prepared to participate.  We will be researching topics for essays and to develop rhetorical strategies for writing essays. 

Out of Class Activities

Several short readings will be assigned for the upcoming class. You will need to read the assignments and then type a one page response to each reading. These responses will be used in small group informal discussions and peer review work shops. You will also receive points for the work which will go toward your class participation grade. You will need to write the bulk of your two essay assignments outside of class. You will, however, be given time in class to research and begin parts of your essays.

Graded Activities

Short Response Essay200 Points20% of grade
Description -

 This will be a short essay of 4-6 pages. You will be asked to expand on one or two of your responses to the readings for this class. You can choose a topic or suggested writing assignment from the text.

Method of Evaluation -

 A grading rubric will be handed out.

 
A Research Persuasive Paper300 Points30% of grade
Description -

 This paper will be the culmination of your learning experience from this class. You will need to choose several readings from the course and make a claim about some aspect of the literary features of the readings. You can choose a book from a past course. You will need to check with me for approval of any outside literature. You can choose to expand on the short essay assignment. A writing prompt will give further instructions on the requirements of this assignment.

Method of Evaluation -

 A Grading Rubric Will Be Handed Out.

 
Journals, Responses to Readings, and Triple Entry Journals200 Points20% of grade
Description -

 Journals will consist of all in class writing assignments and your responses to the readings. Triple-entry Journals will be written for every in class reading assigned. Reading responses will be a typed one page response to the readings and class discussions.

Method of Evaluation -

 You will be given points for the work completed.

 
Fianl Exam300 Points30% of grade
Description -

 The final exam will consist of 20 short answer questions worth 5 points each. The second part of the final exam will be an impromptu essay. You will be given four or five choices of topics for this essay. You may use your triple-entry journals and the book for this essay assignment.

Method of Evaluation -

 A grading rubric will be handed out for this exam.

 

Grading Scale

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

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1 - January 12th
Introduction to Literature
Activities:

 Introductions will be made. The rhetorical framework for reading and writing will be discussed. Readings will be: Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” and Bharati Mukherjee’s “The Management of Grief.” Triple - entry journals will be written. A journal topic will be assigned. A discussion of what literature is and how to make meaning from reading will take place. The writing prompt for essay #1 will be handed out and discussed.

Reading:

 Reading assignments for the next class period will be assigned in class.

Assignments:

 A typed one page response to the readings and class discussion should be turned in at the next class meeting.

Examinations:

 A typed one page response to the readings and class discussion should be turned in at the next class meeting.

 
Week 2 - Jan. 19th
Themes and Structures of Literary Texts
Activities:

 A quiz will be given on the readings from our last course meeting. A journal topic will be assigned. The readings for our class period might be: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “ Young Goodman Brown,” Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find,” and William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily.” You will need to write a TEJ for these stories.

 Research will begin for essay #1.

Reading:

  Readings for next class will be assigned in class.

Assignments:

  A one page typed response to the readings and class discussion is due next class period. You should begin essay #2. A rough draft of essay #2 is due in class for work shop next class period. You will need to bring 3 copies to class for the work shop. You will need to turn in one copy for instructor comments.

Examinations:

 A quiz for the readings from this class period will be given at our next class meeting.
A

 
Week 3 - January 26
Introduction to Poetry
Activities:

The quiz on the readings from last week will be given. A journal topic will be assigned. We will work shop essay #1. You should have 3 copies of your rough draft for the work shop. We will read selected poems and discuss themes, connotation, denotation and structure.

Time for research and development for essay #1 will be given in class.

Reading:

 Readings for next week will be assigned in class.

Assignments:

  

You will need to type a one page response to the readings and group discussions. You should also finish up your final draft of essay #1. It is due in class on Feb.  2nd.

Examinations:

 A quiz on the readings from this week will be given at our next class meeting.

 
Week 4 - Feb. 2nd
Settings, Symbols, and Plots
Activities:

 A quiz will be given. A journal topic assigned. We will read: John Cheever’s “The Country Husband,”  Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants,” and Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener.” A TEJ will be written for each story. We will focus on the themes running through the stories and how each author uses symbols to advance the story line.

The second writing prompt will be handed out and discussed. You will have time in class for researching and brainstorming for essay #2. 

Reading:

 Reading assignments will be discussed in class.

Assignments:

 You will need to write a one page, typed response to the readings and class discussion. You should also begin working on essay #2.

Examinations:

 A quiz will be given on the readings.

 
Week 5 - Feb. 9th
Responding to Fiction Writing
Activities:

 A quiz will be given on the readings from last week. A journal topic will be assigned. We will read: “The Elephant in the Village of the Blind” by an anonymous author, Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral,” Grace Paley’s  “A Conversation With My Father,”  Stephen Crane’s “ The Open Boat.” A TEJ will be written for each story. We will focus on rhetorical analysis of the stories.

Time will be given for research and development of ideas for your research argumentative paper.

Reading:

 Reading assignments will be discussed in class.

Assignments:

 You will need to type a one page response to the readings and class discussion. You should begin writing your rough draft for essay #2. We will work shop the rough draft on Feb. 16th. You will nee to bring 3 copies to class for the work shop.

Examinations:

 Next week, a quiz will be given on the readings from this week.

 
Week 6 - Feb. 16th
Language and the Meaning of Words
Activities:

  

A quiz will be given on the readings from last week. A journal topic will be assigned. We will be reading: Anton Chekhov’s “ The Lady with the Dog,” Eudora Welty’s “Why I Live at the P.O.” Angela Carter’s “A souvenir of Japan,” and Joseph Conrad’s “The Secret Sharer.” A TEJ will be written for each story. We will go over the structure, language and themes.

We will work shop essay #2. You should have 3 copies of your rough draft.

Time for research and development of essay #2 will be given. 

Reading:

 Reading assignments will be discussed in class.

Assignments:

 You should type a one page response to the readings and class discussion. You should be preparing your final draft of essay #2. It is due at our next class meeting.

Examinations:

 A quiz will be next week on the readings from this class meeting.

 
Week 7 - February 23
Poetry Revisited
Activities:

  

A quiz will be given on the readings from last week. A journal topic will be assigned. We will look at various poetry readings. Our focus will be on symbolism and structure of poetry. You will be asked to explicate a poem of your choice.

Essay #2 is due in class. 

A study guide for the final will be handed out and discussed.

Reading:

 You should look over all the reading for the course in preparation of the final that will be given next week.

Assignments:

 Study for the final. Prepare for oral presentation of your essay.

Examinations:

 The final will be given next week and you will need to present your research for essay #2.

 
Week 8 - March 2nd
Final Exam
Activities:

 A quiz will be given on the readings from last week. A journal topic will be assigned. You will need to turn in your journals, TEJs and responses. Oral presentations will be given. The finals exam will be administered.

 

Additional Notes:

 Grades will be posted as soon as possible.

 

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.

Campus Resources - Kings County Library Hanford
401 N. Douty Street
Hanford, CA 93230

California State University, Fresno
Henry Madden Library
5200 N. Barton Ave. M/S ML34,
Fresno, CA 93740-8014

Course Policies and Procedures

Attendance

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.

Campus Policy - In the event the base is shut down for security reasons, the staff will post a message on the Columbia College--Lemoore webpage.

If an instructor must cancel a class, every endeavor will be made to contact the class prior to the class meeting.

All cancelled classes will require rescheduling.

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.

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.

Incomplete

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.

Prerequisites

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.

CougarTrack

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.

CougarMail

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.

Campus Policy - All cell phones and pages will be placed in silent or vibrate mode prior to class. If you must be available to receive calls, please discuss the issue with your instructor prior to class.

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.

Note: 
Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

FERPA

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.

Non-Discrimination

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:  CCHelpDesk@ccis.edu, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:  helpdesk@d2l.com, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:  support@vitalsource.com, 1-855-200-4146

ADDITIONAL CAMPUS POLICIES

Food and Beverage Policy - The Navy College office prohibits food and beverages other than water in all classrooms. You may leave your beverage outside the classroom on the table provided, but please do not enter the classroom with either food or beverages.

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