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English 102, Week 1

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English 102, Week 1 ENG102

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This is the leading syllabus for English 102, with a general outline and course requirements.
Critical Reading, Writing, and Research
Professor Constance Farley
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Montgomery College ENGL 102: Critical Reading, Writing, and Research, CRN 20676 Fall 2016 Tuesday, 6:30-9:25 pm, HU113 I. Instructor information  Professor Constance Farley - Office: SB 115F  Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:45-3:45 pm, Wednesdays 8:15-9:15 pm, Thursdays online 8:30-10:30 am, and other times by appointment  Tutoring Schedule: Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 pm and Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 pm  II. General Course Information Course Description: Studies in argumentation and research. Students learn to identify, critically read, analyze and evaluate, and write arguments using logic and appropriate rhetorical techniques. Students construct thesis-driven academic essays, synthesizing and incorporating the words and ideas of others and using formal documentation. Students learn to identify audience as well as employ effective tone, word choice, and sentence patterns. (ENGF) PREREQUISITE: A grade of C or better in EN 101, ENGL 101, EN 101A, or ENGL 101A or consent of department. Three hours each week. HONORS MODULE PREREQUISITE: GPA of 3.2 or above with an A or B in EN 101/A or ENGL 101/A. Include your course CRN. General Education Statement: ENGL 102 satisfies a General Education English Composition Foundation requirement (ENGF). Montgomery College’s General Education Program is designed to ensure that students have the skills, knowledge and attitudes to carry them successfully through their work and their personal lives. This course provides multiple opportunities to develop written and oral communication, critical analysis and reasoning, information literacy, and technological competency. For more information on the General Education Program, go to This course will be supplemented with Blackboard; using Blackboard is required. If you need help accessing and/or using Blackboard, please use the following link to the current Technical Requirements page at ENGL102 Research Help This course is supplemented with ENGL102 Research Help, a site to assist you in finding and narrowing research topics, researching effectively, and using and citing sources appropriately. It also has a live, interactive research Q&A. Your instructor may require you to visit the site, but it is open to all at III. Course Outcomes 1. Written and Oral Communication - Effective Writing English 102 Syllabus Page 2 a. Write multiple-page essays including one 8-10 page research paper that meets college-level standards for content, organization, style, grammar, mechanics, and format. b. Write effective, sound, well-supported arguments using a variety of rhetorical techniques. c. Manage the research and writing process effectively and show evidence of planning for research project methods and resource use. d. Identify and respond effectively to a range of audiences in written and oral assignments. e. Formulate a thesis to anchor development of an argument appropriate to audience and purpose. 2. Information Literacy a. Identify valid issues for research. b. Formulate research questions that aid in exploration and analysis. c. Use traditional library and online research skills to locate and evaluate college-level research materials as well as types of sources appropriate to research and writing. d. Integrate outside information into essays. e. Use appropriate standard documentation procedures in essays. f. Recognize and avoid plagiarism. 3. Critical Analysis and Reasoning a. Analyze readings for implied and direct meaning and for tone, audience, and purpose. b. Synthesize a variety of viewpoints to develop an individual argument position. c. Develop and analyze arguments using logic and other appeals. d. Identify and avoid flawed logic or logical fallacies. e. Participate constructively in discourse that may be controversial in nature. IV. To acquire and demonstrate these skills, students will fulfill the following requirements: EN 102 Requirements Meets outcomes… A minimum of 25 pages of formal, polished writing, to include: At least one annotated bibliography of five or more sources 1: c, d, e using a standard citation style, each annotation an entry of at 2: a, b, c, d, least 100 words to include a summary and explanation of how e, f the text will contribute to the research paper, for a minimum of three pages. English 102 Syllabus Page 3 A three-page assignment to be determined by the instructor – 1: a (others for example an additional annotated bibliography, exploratory vary) essay, analytical essay, self-assessment, revision plan, or other document relevant to course outcomes. Four formal essays to include 1-4 below, all of which: 1: a, b, c, d, e  Maintain focus on a clearly-stated thesis 2: a, b c, d, e,  Demonstrate critical thinking and logical reasoning f 3: a, b, c, d, e  Use appropriate rhetorical strategies  Integrate relevant source material to support claims  Incorporate feedback through content revision  Use standard documentation style 1. One essay of at least three pages that analyzes rhetorical, 1: a, d, e argumentative, or literary techniques. 2: e, f 3: a, c, d, e 2. One essay of at least three pages that makes a unique 1: a, b, d, e argument based on synthesis of assigned texts. 2: e, f 3: a, b, c, e, f 3. One paper of 5-7 pages that develops an argument based 1: a, b, c, d, e on at least five sources located using the research 2: a, b, c, d, process, at least one of which must address a e, f counterargument. 3: a, b, c, d, e 4. A researched argument paper of 8-10 pages using at least 1: a, b, c, d, e 10 sources, and which requires students to implement a 2: a, b, c, d, research plan; use a rhetorically effective method of e, f organization; formulate, develop, and support a thesis 3: a, b, c, d, e using sound evidence, reasoning, and appropriate appeals; and incorporate alternate positions into a sustained argument. Practice in written communication, critical analysis and reasoning, and information literacy Analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and response to at least 150 3: a, b, c, d, e pages, to include both instructor-assigned readings and credible texts students find through research. Assignments that give students the opportunity to demonstrate 1: c, d, e skills needed for formal writing, including but not limited to 2: a, b, c, d, analyzing sources; recognizing and using various types of e, f appeals; responding to and incorporating alternate positions; 3: a, b, c, d, e recognizing and avoiding logical fallacies; summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting, and integrating sources; and documenting sources using standard documentation English 102 Syllabus Page 4 procedures. Assignments focused on information literacy and research skills, 2: a, b, c, e including formulating appropriate research questions, using library databases and search techniques, evaluating the credibility of sources, and implementing a research process. V. Textbooks and Required Materials  Alfano, Christine L. and Alysssa J. O’Brien. Envision: Writing and Researching Arguments, 4 ed. Boston: Pearson, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-321-89995-8 REQUIRED th  Aaron, Jane E. Little, Brown Essential Handbook, 8 ed. Pearson, ISBN: 9781269890823 RECOMMENDED  Paper or electronic dictionary - Recommended  MLA style reference/source  Graded Work Folder  3X5” index cards, pens, pencils, highlighters, paper, stapler, hole puncher and other supplies VI. Course Expectations A. Required Assignments: To pass this course, students must satisfactorily do the following:  Complete the assignments listed under “Formal, polished writing, to include” section in the course requirements, including an 8-10 page researched argument using 10 sources  Revise and edit written work as directed by the instructor.  Maintain a folder of graded course work to include all formal essays. Folders will be kept by the instructor or the department until the deadline for grade appeal, which is four weeks after the beginning of the Fall or Spring semester immediately following the semester in which the course is taken. Policies governing return of folders may vary among the campuses. B. Calculation of Grades: Attendance, Participation, Preparatory Assignments, Homework 15% Exploratory Paper, 3-5 pages 10% Visual A10%ysis & Evaluation Paper, 4-6 pages Synthesis Paper, 5-7 pages 15% English 102 Syllabus Page 5 Annotated Bibliography, 5-7 pages 15% Research Paper, 8-10 pages/minimum 10 sources 25% Graded Wo10%Folder & Exit Conference Total:100% C. Late and/or Make-up Policy for Coursework  Preparatory assignments, homework, outlines, and rough drafts are not eligible for late submission and are scored as no credit if not submitted at the designated time/date due.  The late submission of the final draft of a paper may be arranged if the student meets with the instructor before the assigned due date for the final draft. Otherwise grade is reduced by 50% for late submission.  Students entering class ten or more minutes after the beginning of the class meeting during which an assignment is due may not be able to submit their work. Please meet with the instructor. D. Standards Students are expected to do college-level writing. The English Department assumes that EN102 students have at least minimal "C" level EN101 writing competence. If students are weak in the writing skills prerequisite for this course, it is their responsibility to seek help. The instructor will offer comments to help students improve papers. Papers inappropriate for a mature, reasonably intelligent audience, as well as those weak in grammar or presented in an inappropriate format, may be failed or returned for total revision. Although the grading of individual assignments may vary--and some assignments may, in fact, be ungraded--the following standards will, in general, be applied to written work: An "A" paper is substantial, well developed, and effectively organized and presented. It demonstrates original or thoughtful engagement with content and sensitivity to diction, tone, and style. Its sentences are clear, precise, and well- structured. The paper is appropriately documented and formatted and virtually error-free. A "B" paper contains a number of the strengths of an A paper, but it typically lacks the thoughtfulness, originality, and sensitivity of the superior paper. It is also virtually error-free. A "C" paper fulfills the assignment and is adequately organized. The writer communicates ideas and develops a thesis, although supporting evidence may be minimal and organization rather mechanical. The writing is not marred by habitual or serious grammatical errors. Thought and expression are competent. (A detailed description of a "C" paper is available in "Standards for a 'C' Grade in English English 102 Syllabus Page 6 Composition.") A "D" paper typically is marked by failure to focus on a thesis, poor organization, lack of development, or recurrent mechanical errors. An "F" paper may ignore the terms of the assignment, or it may be devoid of thesis, support, or organizing principle. Typically it contains numerous mechanical errors that seriously interfere with comprehension; it may also be marred by serious errors in documentation. Standards for a "C" Grade in English Composition Statewide English Composition Committee (March 1998) A. Content The "C" paper fulfills the assignment, meeting all specified requirements, such as subject, organization, and length, and reflects the author's awareness of audience and purpose. The paper presents a central idea supported by relevant material (facts, figures, examples, quotations, or other details). The reasoning is sound; arguments are supported with adequate evidence; and the paper makes appropriate use of specific, concrete, and relevant information. Other points of view are acknowledged and responded to as appropriate. Sources of information are accurately presented and fully attributed. B. Organization The "C" paper has a discernible and logical plan. It has a focus, and the writer maintains the focus throughout the essay. The writer has unified the entire essay in support of the central idea, or thesis, and individual paragraphs in support of subordinate points. Some individual paragraphs, however, may be weak. The writer promotes coherence through the logical order of paragraphs and the use of some or all of the following devices: thesis statement, topic sentences, opening and closing paragraphs, and transitions. The use of these devices may lack smoothness, but the writer has achieved an acceptable level of organization. C. Style/Expression The "C" paper uses reasonable stylistic options (tone, word choice, sentence patterns) for its audience and purpose. The writing is clear. As a rule, the paper has smooth transitions between paragraphs, although some transitions may be missing or ineffective. The meaning of sentences is clear, although some sentences may be awkward or there may be a lack of variety in sentence patterns. Nonetheless, sentence structure is generally correct, although it may show limited mastery of such elements as subordination, emphasis, sentence variety and length, and modifiers. The paper reflects current academic practices of language use established by professional associations such as the Modern Language Association and the American Psychological Association. D. Grammar/Mechanics The "C" paper follows the conventions of standard written U.S. English; thus, it is substantially free of errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics. What errors are present must not impede meaning nor overly distract the reader. English 102 Syllabus Page 7 VII. Course Policies and Procedures  Students are expected to purchase and bring to class all materials assigned by the instructor. They should possess a good dictionary, a standard grammar handbook, and a Montgomery College Composition folder.  According to MC academic regulations, students are required to attend and be prepared for all classes. The instructor has the option of dropping students for excessive absence (as defined in the MC Catalogue under "Academic Standards"). Absence from class on a given day does not excuse students from the responsibility of making up lessons and submitting assignments.  Students are expected to submit all assignments on the due dates announced by the instructor. Because effective writing usually comes through thoughtful revision, students should revise and edit all work before submission. They will be given the opportunity to rework some assignments. The instructor will determine at what point a piece of writing receives a definitive grade.  Cellphones should be turned off or muted during class meetings. A. Standards of College Behavior Regarding classroom behavior, the Montgomery College Student Handbook states the following information: If a student behaves disruptively in the classroom after the instructor has explained the unacceptability of such conduct and the consequences that will result, the student may be asked to leave the room for the remainder of the class time. If the student does not leave, the faculty member [will] request the assistance of Security. The faculty member and the student are expected to meet to resolve the issue before the next class session. If, after a review of the situation and a restatement of the expected behaviors, the student refuses to comply with the stated standards of conduct required, then the faculty member should refer the issue in writing to the dean of student development (240-567-1993) for action under the Student Code of Conduct. B. Academic Honesty This section should define academic dishonesty and plagiarism for students. It also needs to include the penalty for plagiarism in your course. In addition, include the following text from the Student Code of Conduct: Regarding academic honesty, the Montgomery College Student Handbook states the following information: Students who engage in any act [judged] by the classroom instructor to constitute academic dishonesty or misconduct are subject to any English 102 Syllabus Page 8 and all sanctions deemed appropriate by the classroom instructor, [including] grade sanctions for violations of academic ethics. Plagiarism is a very serious academic and ethical offense whether intentional or unintentional. It is a form of cheating and is grounds for failure on an assignment, in the course, or referral to the appropriate dean for additional sanctions. In your assignments, give proper credit to borrowed material, whenever you:  Directly quote another person’s actual words, whether oral or written;  Paraphrase the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others;  Use another person’s ideas, opinions, or theories;  Borrow facts, statistics, or illustrative material;  Offer materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment. (Adapted from Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct.) Find the Student Conduct Code at VIII. Collegewide Policies and Procedures For more additional resources and the most current information, see A. Attendance Policy Students are expected to attend all class sessions. In cases involving excessive absences from class, the instructor may drop the student from the class. An excessive absence is defined as one more absence than the number of classes per week during a fall or spring semester; the number of absences is prorated for accelerated sessions. Late arrivals and early departures count toward total time absent. Number of minutes for late arrival or early departure count against total attendance. B. Withdrawal and Refund Dates It is the student’s responsibility to drop a course. Non-attendance of classes or failure to pay does not constitute official withdrawal. The last day to withdraw with a refund is September 11; the last day to withdraw without a grade or change between audit and credit is September 25; the last date to withdraw with a W is November 20. (These dates are listed in your MyMC course schedule under “Schedule with Drop Dates.” If you have questions about the withdrawal dates for your courses, please ask!) Students unable to drop via MyMC because of account holds should fill out a drop form at Admissions and Records prior to the last business day before the withdrawal deadline. English 102 Syllabus Page 9 C. Audit Policy All students registered for audit are required to consult with the instructor before or during the first class session in which they are in audit status, and students are required to participate in all course activities unless otherwise agreed upon by the student and instructor at the time of consultation. Failure to consult with the instructor or to so participate may result in the grade of “W” being awarded. This action may be taken by the instructor by changing the “AU” to “W” before the drop with “W” date. D. Disability Support Services Any student who needs an accommodation due to a disability should make an appointment to see me during my office hours. In order to receive accom- modations, a letter from Disability Support Services (G-SA 189; R-CB 122; or TP/SS-ST 122) will be needed. Any student who may need assistance in the event of an emergency evacuation must identify to the Disability Support Services Office; guidelines for emergency evacuations for individuals with disabilities are found at: E. Veteran’s Services If you are a veteran or on active or reserve status and you are interested in information regarding opportunities, programs and/or services, please visit the Combat2College website at F. Writing Center Writing Centers on all three campuses provide one-on-one tutoring for Montgomery College students on a walk-in and appointment basis to support reading, writing, and language learning. For contact information for all campus learning centers, see At the Rockville Campus, the writing center is located in HU 002. Phone: 240- 567-7402 G. Printing at MC Your printing login and password are sent directly to your MC email address from WEPA. If you delete this email by mistake, visit, type your WEPA “Username” (Your WEPA “Username” is your MC email address.), and click “Forgot your password?” To your MC email address, WEPA will email a link to change your password. This process will take a few minutes. For more information about printing at MC, visit English 102 Syllabus Page 10 H. Delayed Opening or Closing of the College Montgomery College will always operate on its regular schedule unless otherwise announced. Regarding emergency closing of the College, the Montgomery College Catalog states the following information: If inclement weather forces the College or any campus or College facility to suspend classes or close, public service announcements will be provided to local radio and television stations as early as possible. Students can also find out the opening status by calling the College’s main information line at 240- 567-5000 or by visiting our web site at Students may also wish to sign up for Montgomery College ALERT to be notified by text message of closures and delays. To register, see I. Communication Montgomery College e-mail account and Blackboard is the official means of communication between faculty members and students. It is recommended that you check my account routinely for official communication. Some items you may find there are course announcements, invoices, important admis- sion/registration information, waitlist status. To check your e-mail, log into your MyMC online account and locate the e-mail icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. Please do not rely on phone messages as an official means of contact.


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