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Los Alamitos Campus
11206 Lexington Drive Suite 110
Building 244 Joint Forces Training Base
Los Alamitos, CA 90720


09 / 12 - Late Fall Session
October - December 2009

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Course Syllabus
09 / 12 - Late Fall Session
October - December 2009
Los Alamitos Campus
11206 Lexington Drive Suite 110
Building 244 Joint Forces Training Base
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 112
Course Title: English Composition II
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Tue 
4:00 PM-9:00 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.


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 Little, Brown Handbook 7th edition
Author: Fowler, H. R. & others
ISBN: 0-205-65163-1
Category/Comments - handbook
College-Level Dictionary
The Little, Brown Compact Handbook 7th Edition edition
Author: Aaron, Jane E. (Pearson/Longman)
ISBN: 0-205-65163-1
The Norton Introduction to Literature 2006 edition
Author: Booth, Alison (W.W. Norton & Co.)
ISBN: 039392856x

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

Students are required to produce the following assignments, in addition to weekly homework assignments which include writing exercises and reading assignments:

  1. Students will be paired in small teams to facilitate a class discussion. Students will be responsible for reading their assigned story, stories, or poems and producing a list of questions to guide the class through a literary analysis of their selected text.
  2. Students will produce two short papers (literary analysis) on an assigned short story or poem. This paper will be between three and five pages. Students must cite their sources and their bibliography will not be considered part of the original paper length.
  3. Students will produce a research paper, between 5 to 8 pages in length. This paper may be a comparison of two or more literary texts or function as a historical or thematic reading of an author's work, among other options (to be given in class).

Instructional Methods

On a weekly basis, students will come prepared to class, having completed their assigned readings and assigned exercises and/or papers. In general, I use a combination of lectures, in-class activities (such as class discussions), and small projects to help expose students to concepts (such as literary devices) and allow them supervised time to practice and apply these concepts. I also model how to produce a literary analysis outline and paper and provide several examples.

Out of Class Activities

Students in this class will

1)      Read the assignments in the textbooks and demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the material through class participation and writing. Most of the readings will emphasize the introductory study of literature, including poetry, drama, and short fiction.

2)      Select and limit topics for composition as assigned.

3)      Formulate and state the point of each written composition.

4)      Maintain unity and coherence in written assignments through such devices as explicit statement of the point, topic sentences in paragraphs, transitional words and phrases, and a significant organization of the evidence.

5)      Write about assigned readings, using literary terminology as appropriate; demonstrate comprehension of non-literal expression, such as metaphor, in class recitation and writing; and assess and criticize their own writing and the writings of other.

6)      Recognize and practice effective sentence structures, such as subordination, coordination, parallelism, and active voice.

7)      Recognize and avoid incorrect and ineffective usage and construction, such as fragments, fused sentences, comma splices, dangling modifiers, and errors in agreement, reference, point of view, tense, case and spelling.

8)      Punctuate effectively.

9)      Write effective sentences that reflect an awareness of the power of words, by such means as varied sentence structure, precise idiom and appropriate diction, strong verbs and others.

10)    Use the library as assigned and apply the fundamentals of word processing as required.

11)    Revise consciously, effectively and thoroughly, emphasizing correctness and the point, evidence, and organization of the finished composition.

12)    Write and submit for evaluation well-developed meaningful, interpretive, or analytical essays related to text readings, for a total of 1200-2000 words.

Additionally, complete the required research paper - NO STUDENT WILL PASS THE COURSE WITHOUT COMPLETING THIS PAPER ASSIGNMENT.

Graded Activities

In-Class Discussions24 Points24% of grade
Description -

In-class discussions (8 classes x 3 points) are a total of 24% of the course grade. These in-class discussions may, on occasion, involve a short quiz.

Method of Evaluation -

Students are evaluated for their active and quality participation in the discussion. Students should demonstrate their completion of the assignment and their interest in producing thoughtful questions or comments and extending class discussion of the assigned reading.

Team-Led Discussion10 Points10% of grade
Description -

Team-led Discussion is worth a total of 10% of course grade (3% for questions, 3% for close reading of material, and 4% for enthusiasm, creativity, and research).

Method of Evaluation -

Students must read their assigned reading closely and work in collaboration with each other to produce their questions, their close reading outline, and additional information by the beginning of class.

In-Class Activities/Small Projects16 Points16% of grade
Description -

In-Class Activities involve exercises in writing figurative language, understanding diction, working with themes, writing a literary analysis paper and its components, among other activities.

Method of Evaluation -

A rubric will be distributed in class.

2 Papers20 Points20% of grade
Description -

Students will produce two papers in this class, one on an assigned short story and one on an assigned poem. Each paper is worth 10%.

Method of Evaluation -

Please see the rubric, which will be distributed in class.

Preparation and Final Research Paper30 Points30% of grade
Description -

Preparation for the Research Paper includes producing a thesis and outline, compiling adequate research, and proposing topic to the instructor for approval. The preparation will be worth 10% of the course grade.

The final Research Paper must meet the criteria distributed in class. Students will be able to choose from several options (e.g. comparison two short stories or two poems, analyzing literature with additional biographical or historical background, etc.). The final paper will be worth 20% of the course grade.

Method of Evaluation -

Please see the rubric to be distributed in class.


Grading Scale

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

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1 - Week 1
Introduction to Literary Analysis Outline and Thesis (LAOT)

Introduction; discuss course syllabus; view Sample Student Paper (Norton p.53); produce sample literary analysis outline and thesis (LAOT); discuss figurative language; discuss reading assignments; review most important components to an essay (8)


Read p. 57-162 (Norton). Produce a LAOT for at least two of the stories

Week 2 - Week 2
Discuss Literary Devices and Apply to Stories

Review the most important components to an essay (8); discuss reading assignment in conjunction with students’ LAOTs; Discuss Sample Student Paper (Norton p. 162); Preview new stories and literary devices


Read p. 165-236 (Norton). Produce LAOT and literary analysis essay (minimum 2 pages, typed and double-spaced)

Week 3 - Week 3
Begin Literary Analysis Paper

Discuss reading assignment; submit LAOT and literary analysis essay; review paragraph writing; read Sample Research Paper (Norton p.175) and produce research paper outline and thesis (RPOT)


Read 307-386 (Norton). Then, working in teams of two, choose one story and prepare to lead a class discussion of your story (30 minutes).  Each team must produce a list of 20 questions about the story selection; in addition, teams should select one passage for a “close reading” (in-depth examination of the meaning of that passage based on the evidence of the text).

Week 4 - Week 4
Lead Class Discussions

Team-guided discussions; submit Team questions and “close reading” notes; review Grammar (4 types of sentences); discuss conducting research; discuss how to quote and write summaries


Produce a LAOT and a literary analysis essay on one of the stories from p. 307-386 or from “The Whole Text” section (p.237-306). If you choose to work with a whole text, this can be the same text you work with for your Final Paper.

Read p. 416-519

Week 5 - Week 5
Review Grammar and Composition for Literary Analysis Papers

Submit LAOT and literary analysis essay; discuss readings; review grammar (“Grammar packet I”)


Complete Grammar packet I; read p. 667-675 and p. 923-992 (Norton)

Week 6 - Week 6
Review Part II

Submit Grammar packet I; discuss readings; review Grammar packet II; practice RPOT section


Complete Grammar packet II; complete RPOT; complete a draft for at least 2 sections of the Research Paper

Week 7 - Week 7
Complete Peer Review of Research Paper Draft

Submit Grammar packet II; complete peer-review of Research Paper draft


Complete Final Paper

Week 8 - Week 8
Final Class - Submit Paper

Submit Final Research Paper.




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.

Campus Policy - Students who know that they are going to be absent should notify the campus office at (562) 799-9630. This office will contact your instructor and inform him or her of your absence.

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.

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.

Campus Policy - The campus staff will not accept telephonic or email requests to add, drop, or withdraw from the class except under circumstances beyond the students control when the student cannot visit the campus or have access to internet connectivity.  Students who cannot submit their requests in person should do so through the college website.


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.

Campus Policy - A Withdrawal Excused may be considered for unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond a student’s control that prevent continued attendance in all classes.  This includes serious illness, death of an immediate family member, significant change in terms or conditions of work, call to active duty, TDY/TAD, etc. Mere inconvenience, discomfort with academic workload, or minor changes in employment are not considered extraordinary circumstances.  A request for WE may be submitted at any time during a session and must be submitted as soon as possible after the extraordinary circumstances occur.  If circumstances prevent the student from visiting or contacting the campus electronically when unforeseen situations occur the request must be submitted as soon as possible when the student can visit or communicate with the campus.


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


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