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ENG-1061-VS01 - English Composition

Synonym: 161623
Location: Springfield
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Tuesday, 12:00P - 02:45P
Semester Dates: 09-05-2017 to 12-12-2017
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-25-2017 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-06-2017 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Greg Blair | View Faculty Credentials

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Course Description:

In this course, students develop effective composition skills and research techniques. Students learn strategies for organizing, evaluating, and revising their work through extensive reading of a variety of essay styles and literary texts; apply writing and research techniques to their papers; and demonstrate proficiency in first-year college-level writing and information literacy.

Essential Objectives:

1. Consistently apply an appropriate writing process that includes planning, drafting, revising and editing.
2. Demonstrate in written work an awareness of the relationship among writer, subject, audience, and purpose.
3. Demonstrate writing proficiency with a range of rhetorical approaches to include narration, exposition, argument, and critical analysis and recognize the stylistic and structural strategies in the writing of others.
4. Focus written work around an explicit central thesis, a position statement or proposition advanced by the writer that is arguable and supportable and develop the thesis systematically, using specific details and supporting evidence.
5. Compose written work that demonstrates effective use of sentence structure, paragraphing, grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling.
6. Demonstrate proficiency in research writing skills by completing one or more papers that:
a) Develop and support an arguable thesis;
b) Locate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate scholarly and professional sources, including primary and secondary evidence as needed, to address an academic research question;
c) Appropriately acknowledge and document sources, using standard MLA or APA styles.


 Small-group and whole-class discussion


In-class exercises 

Computer/Internet exercises

Evaluation Criteria:

 Evaluation is based on regular attendance, class participation in discussions and exercises, and completion of homework.


Grading Criteria:

 This is a graded class. If you wish to take the class pass/no pass, consult with your advisor as soon as possible.

9 – 10 = A: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work in that the writing is clear, concise, with no sentence fragments or run-on sentences.  It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but, within appropriate assignments,  also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

8 – 9 = B: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. It must have no more than two sentence fragments or run-on sentences, or a combination of each. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

7 – 8 = C: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. It must have no more than four sentence fragments or run-on sentences, or a combination of each. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

6 – 8 = D: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning. Students are urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

5.5 and below = F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.


Fall 2017 textbook data will be available on May 22. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

ENG-1061-VS01 Textbooks.

Attendance Policy:

 Attendance Policy: Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. Please be aware that missing more than three (3) classes will result in a nonsatisfactory grade. A pattern of late arrival or early departure will constitute absence at the instructor's discretion.


Contact Faculty:

Email: Greg Blair
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Marianne Shaughnessy


Syllabus, English Composition, Fall 2017

 Course Syllabus – English 1061: English Composition

Community College of Vermont, Springfield

Fall 2017 Semester; Tuesdays 12:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

September 5 to December 12

Greg Blair – E-mail:

Textbook for the course: Patterns of College Writing, 13th Edition


Week #1     (9/5)          Introduction to course, general CCV information, syllabus

Week #2     (9/12)        Patterns, Part One, Chapter 6, Narration, essay due next week

Week #3     (9/19)        Patterns, Chapter 7, Description, essay due next week

Week #4     (9/26)        Patterns, Chapter 8, Exemplification, essay due next week

Week #5     (10/3)        Patterns, Chapter 9, Process, essay due next week

Week #6     (10/10)      Patterns, Chapter 10, Cause and Effect, essay due next week

Week #7     (10/17)      Midterm conferences, review

Week #8     (10/24)      Patterns, Chapter 11, Comparison and Contrast, essay due

                                     next week

Week #9     (10/31)      Patterns, Chapter 12, Classification and Division, essay due

                                     next week

Week #10   (11/7)        Patterns, Chapter 13, Definition, essay due next week

Week #11   (11/14)      Patterns, Chapter 14, Argumentation, draft #1 essay due

                                     next week

Week #12   (11/21)      Patterns, Chapter 14, Argumentation continued, peer review,

                                       final draft due next week

Week #13   (11/28)      Argumentation debate, MLA citation exercises, essay due next


Week #14   (12/5)        Patterns, Chapter 15, Combining the Patterns, final writing

                                     checklist due next week

Week #15  (12/12)       Checklist Idol, spelling test, wrap-up 

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1.       All papers will be typewritten. Handwritten papers will not be accepted.

2.       All papers must be legible. For example, papers printed with a faulty ink cartridge will not be accepted.

3.       Font will be a “serif” type font. A serif is a small line used to finish off a main stroke of a letter, as at the top and bottom of this “M.” Examples of serif fonts are: Times and Times New Roman (this is the font your syllabus is typed in). Do not use “nonrelational” fonts (e.g. courier), or  “nonserif” fonts, such as Geneva, Helvetica, or Arial. If using Times or Times New Roman, use font size twelve points.

4.       Papers will be typed on white paper with one-inch margins on all sides.

5.       Papers will be double-spaced. This includes the MLA style heading.

6.       Some assignments will consist of two or more pages. These pages must be stapled together in the top left-hand corner.

7.       All writing assignments will have a title heading in MLA style (you’ll receive a handout giving you an example of an MLA heading).

8.       The title of your assignment will always include the week that the assignment is due. For example, if I give you a homework assignment during our Week #5 meeting, the title of your paper will be: “Week #6:” followed by the title specific to your paper’s content. This is necessary because from time to time, papers will be handed back for revision.

9.       Please understand that papers that do not follow the above criteria will not be accepted and you will be asked to revise the paper.

10.    Late assignments will not be accepted. You will receive a zero for that assignment unless you have an excused absence.

11.    Be aware that federal financial aid regulations require regular attendance. I expect students to regularly attend the class. If you miss a class, you are responsible for making up the assignments by the week following your return. You can contact me or another student for the homework if you wish to do the homework before you return. If assignments are not turned in by the week after your return, you will receive a zero. I do understand that students can be sick for a length of time past which they will be able to turn in the assignment if they attend the following class. If you are sick for a length of time and unable to complete the homework, just let me know. The important thing is for you to attend class. We’ll work something out.

12.    I tend to give out a number of handouts during the semester. Please note that you are responsible for getting handouts as well as homework assignments that were given out on the day you missed class.

13.    Please note that I use Moodle Gradebook to put all graded assignments online for you to view at any time during the semester. If you are absent from a class, I will automatically insert “0.0” for any assignment you missed. Then, when you turn in the assignment (as in #11 above), I will input the appropriate grade into Gradebook.

a.     I highly recommend that you check Gradebook from time to time. This is something you should do in all classes whose instructors use Gradebook. You want to make sure that all entries are accurate.

14.    Computer compatibility issues: (a) If, for any reason, you send me a document via email, please be sure to send the document in Microsoft Word “.doc” or “.docx” format. For example, my computer does not read “.wps.” or “.odt” formatted papers. Use your “save as” function to change the format. (b) Many students have problems printing out their essays, etc. on the computers in the computer lab. Do not assume you’ll be able to print out your essays at the last minute before class.

15.    If you email me, please put in the subject line: “English Comp” so that I’ll know it is from a student in the English Comp class, and I don’t mistake it for phshing. I do make a solid attempt at checking email at least once a day during the week, but not on weekends. Thus, if you have a question, please don’t wait to the last minute to ask. That means not waiting to the last minute to do your assignments.

16.    Note: If I have any need to communicate with an individual student or the class as a whole, I use email to do so. The email address I use is the one you gave CCV to input into the Moodle system. Do two things: (1) make sure your email address is correct. Sometimes, it isn’t, and then you won’t receive emails from me. (2) Be sure to regularly  check your email account for emails from me. Or, better yet: (3) If you haven’t already, connect your CCV email to your personal email. That way, you’ll automaticaly receive my emails. Moodle Medic can help you do that if you need assistance. I shouldn’t be emailing you often, probably very rarely, maybe not at all, but if you don’t check email, you will miss my communications, and you are responsible for the information in all emails I send.

17.    Do consider taking advantage of where students can submit their papers and receive comments on their papers within a 24-48 hour turnaround time. You’ll need your username and password to log in.

  1.  Please turn off cell phones before entering class. Let me know before class starts if you have a  

             valid reason for keeping your phone on.

19.   Please Note:  The schedule and course assignments may change if necessary to accommodate the needs of the class.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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