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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus


Revision Date: 26-Mar-24
 

Fall 2024 | ENG-1061-VO03 - English Composition


Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
This section is waitlisted (0). Please contact your nearest center for availability.

Faculty

Trish Hopkins
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cindy Swanson

General Education Requirements


This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Introductory Written Expression
    Note
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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. Discuss writing by authors from diverse (such as racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and gender) backgrounds to explore how perspectives and experiences may shape voice in composition.
5. 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.
6. Compose written work that demonstrates effective use of sentence structure, paragraphing, grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling.
7. 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.


Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.


Required Textbooks and Resources


*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class. ***

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Prohibited: The use of generative AI is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on AI-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.


Methods

Essays, Exam, and Final Research Essay

Weekly Discussion Board

Weekly Quizzes

Creative Writing Notebooks


Evaluation Criteria

Discussion Questions 40% of grade

Weekly Quizzes 10% of grade

Creative Writing Notebooks 10% of grade

Essays, Exam, and Final Research Essay 40% of grade


Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

 HighLow
A+10098
A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
P10060
NPLess than 600


Weekly Schedule


Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments
 

1

Week 1 Literary Unit 1

Tuesday 9/3 to Monday 9/9

  

Tripping the Bells—Izzy Bean

Enchanted Wood—Izzy Bean

Chasing Peepers—E.E. Shandoor

A Pair of Silk Stockings—Kate Chopin

  

Initial DB prompt post due Wednesday 9/4 by 11:59 pm EST

Three reply posts to classmates due by Monday 9/9 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 1 Quiz due by Monday 9/9 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 1 Notebook due by Monday 9/9 by 11:59 pm EST

 

2

Week 2 Literary Unit 2

Tuesday 9/10 to Monday 9/16

  

October Sea—Izzy Bean

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow—Washington Irving

The Myst—E.E. Shandoor

The Tell-Tale Heart—Edgar Allan Poe

  

Initial DB prompt post due by Wednesday 9/11 by 11:59 pm EST

Three reply posts to classmates due by Monday 9/16 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 2 Quiz due by Monday 9/16 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 2 Notebook due by Monday 9/16 by 11:59 pm EST

 

3

Week 3 Literary Unit 3

Tuesday 9/17 to Monday 9/23

  

Soul Garden Cafe—Izzy Bean

Turn Back Now—Izzy Bean

Boardwalk Boudoir—E.E. Shandoor

If I Were a Man—Charlotte Perkins Gilman

  

Initial DB prompt post due by Wednesday 9/18 by 11:59 pm EST

Three reply posts to classmates due by Monday 9/23 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 3 Quiz due by Monday 9/23 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 3 Notebook due by Monday 9/23 by 11:59 pm EST

 

4

Week 4 Literary Unit 4

Tuesday 9/24 to Monday 9/30

  

Unfinished—Izzy Bean

Turquoise Twilight—Izzy Bean

Lamb to the Slaughter—Roald Dahl

October in the Chair—Neil Gaiman

  

Initial DB prompt post due by Wednesday 9/25 by 11:59 pm EST

Three reply posts to classmates due by Monday 9/30 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 4 Quiz due by Monday 9/30 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 4 Notebook due by Monday 9/30 by 11:59 pm EST

 

5

Week 5 Literary Essay

Tuesday 10/1 to Monday 10/7

  

The class will read and peer review literary essays in a smaller group. You select three peer essays to read, analyze, and give peer review feedback on. Make sure that everyone in the group gets the same number of reviews (three).

  

Week 5 Literary DB essay post due by Wednesday 10/2 by 11:59 EST

Three peer reviews on essays in the group due by Monday 10/7 by 11:59 EST

Essay Exam due by Monday 10/7 by 11:59 EST

Week 5 Quiz due by Monday 10/7 by 11:59 EST

Week 5 Notebook by Monday 10/7 by 11:59 EST

 

6

Week 6 Argument Unit 1

Tuesday 10/8 to Monday 10/14

  

This week we begin looking at debatable and interesting topics. You will read my argument lecture—titled Aftermath, Surviving the Pandemic—in which I do some secondary research on this debatable topic. Since we all lived through this unbelievable moment in history, all of our perspectives on my lecture will be relevant and appreciated.

  

Initial DB prompt post due by Wednesday 10/9 by 11:59 pm EST

Three reply posts to classmates due by Monday 10/14 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 6 Quiz due by Monday 10/14 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 6 Notebook due by Monday 10/14 by 11:59 pm EST

Final Paper Proposal due by Monday 10/14 by 11:59 pm EST

 

7

Week 7 Argument Unit 2

Tuesday 10/15 to Monday 10/21

  

This week we continue looking at another debatable and fascinating topic. You will read my argument lecture—Adoring or Stalking Celebrities and Influencers—in which I do some secondary research (like you will be doing this semester) on a very relevant issue. Unless purposefully living unplugged in the social media age, we all have some type of exposure to celebrities and influencers. We look at the progression of when followers and fans take adoration too far.

  

Initial DB prompt post due by Wednesday 10/16 by 11:59 pm EST

Three reply posts to classmates due by Monday 10/21 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 7 Quiz due by Monday 10/21 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 7 Notebook due by Monday 10/21 by 11:59 pm EST

 

8

Week 8 Argument Unit 3

Tuesday 10/22 to Monday 10/28

  

This week we continue on with a debatable and relevant topic. You will read my argument lecture—titled Catfishing on Social Media—in which I do more secondary research on this fascinating topic. This issue impacts many users of social media, especially those who have impressionable personalities. We look at the ways people modify their social media content and why.

  

Initial DB prompt post due by Wednesday 10/23 by 11:59 pm EST

Three reply posts to classmates due by Monday 10/28 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 8 Quiz due by Monday 10/28 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 8 Notebook due by Monday 10/28 by 11:59 pm EST

 

9

Week 9 Argument Essay

Tuesday 10/29 to Monday 11/4

  

The class will read and peer review argument essays in a smaller group. You select three peer essays to read, analyze, and give peer review feedback on. Make sure that everyone in the group gets the same number of reviews (three).

  

Week 9 Argument DB essay post due by Wednesday 10/30 by 11:59 EST

Three peer reviews on essays in the group due by Monday 11/4 by 11:59 EST

Final Paper Outline due by Monday 11/4 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 9 Quiz due by Monday 11/4 by 11:59 EST

Week 9 Notebook by Monday 11/4 by 11:59 EST

 

10

Week 10 Research Argument Unit 1

Tuesday 11/5 to Monday 11/11

  

This week we begin our research argument unit in which we read my lecture—titled Social Media Influencers—in which I do some secondary research on a controversial and relatable topic. Like them or not, social media creators and influencers pop up on our devices on about every subject we can think about. We might even subscribe to a few who offer content relevant to our lives, hobbies, or interests.

  

Initial DB prompt post due by Wednesday 11/6 by 11:59 pm EST

Three reply posts to classmates due by Monday 11/11 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 10 Quiz due by Monday 11/11 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 10 Notebook due by Monday 11/11 by 11:59 pm EST

 

11

Week 11 Research Argument Unit 2

Tuesday 11/12 to Monday 11/18

  

This week we continue with our research argument unit in which we read my lecture— titled Online Friendships and Relationships— in which I do some secondary research on a growing trend of living online. Even before the 2020 shutdown, people made friends, schooled, shopped, and banked online. The pandemic created the requirement to live online. In this post-pandemic culture, making meaningful friendships and relationships through cyberspace has become a reality.

  

Initial DB prompt post due by Wednesday 11/13 by 11:59 pm EST

Three reply posts to classmates due by Monday 11/18 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 11 Quiz due by Monday 11/18 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 11 Notebook due by Monday 11/18 by 11:59 pm EST

 

12

Week 12 Research Argument Unit 3

Tuesday 11/19 to Monday 11/25

  

This week we continue with our research argument unit by reading my lecture—titled Upcycling and Repurposing—in which I do some secondary research on the growing trend of moving away from recycling to living sustainably through upcycling and repurposing. Many of us have already experimented with sustainable living this way. Others might be curious about how to start. While still others feel as if they do not have the time or talent to upcycle or repurpose.

  

Initial DB prompt post due by Wednesday 11/20 by 11:59 pm EST

Three reply posts to classmates due by Monday 11/25 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 12 Quiz due by Monday 11/25 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 12 Notebook due by Monday 11/25 by 11:59 pm EST

 

13

Week 13 Research Argument Unit 4

Tuesday 11/26 to Monday 12/2

  

This week we continue on with our research argument unit by reading my lecture—titled Gender Marketing—in which I do some secondary research on the topic of outdated gender-based marketing in a time of moving away from standardized beliefs on identity. In years past, marketers geared products such as clothing, food, and exercise equipment/supplements toward women or men. We no longer live in this defined society. Instead, we celebrate more authentic lifestyles to our own chosen identity.

  

Initial DB prompt post due by Wednesday 11/27 by 11:59 pm EST

Three reply posts to classmates due by Monday 12/2 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 13 Quiz due by Monday 12/2 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 13 Notebook due by Monday 12/2 by 11:59 pm EST

 

14

Week 14 Research Argument Unit 5

Tuesday 12/3 to Monday 12/9

  

This week we wrap up our research argument unit as we read my lecture—titled Student Loan Forgiveness—that I do some secondary research on a topic most, if not all, of us feel the impact of. We contemplate the relief that student loan forgiveness and affordable education will have on our daily lives.

  

Final Paper due on Tuesday 12/3 by 11:59 pm EST

Initial DB prompt post due by Wednesday 12/4 by 11:59 pm EST

Three reply posts to classmates due by Monday 12/9 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 14 Quiz due by Monday 12/9 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 14 Notebook due by Monday 12/9 by 11:59 pm EST

 

15

Week 15 Souvenirs

Tuesday 12/10 to Monday 12/16

  

This week we wrap up the semester with my published short stories and poetry readings. Whew! We made it safely to the other side of the sea. Enjoy looking characters, settings, symbolism, and themes in my short stories and poetry. As you know by now, everyone of us has a correct answer because we learn more through different angles of analysis.

  

Initial DB prompt post due by Wednesday 12/11 by 11:59 pm EST

Three reply posts to classmates due by Monday 12/16 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 15 Quiz due by Monday 12/16 by 11:59 pm EST

Week 15 Notebook due by Monday 12/16 by 11:59 pm EST

The last day of the course is 12/16 at 11:59 pm EST. I cannot accept any work past that date.

 

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.


Participation Expectations

The heart of our learning this semester unfolds in our weekly discussions. Students do well by participating per the guidelines listed in our Canvas classroom each week. Since this aspect of the course is group work, students are expected to participate before the end of the week. Discussion boards (DBs) close at the end of the week and cannot be made up for credit.



Missing & Late Work Policy

While students are expected to keep up with the weekly assignments, certain issues arise out of our control. As long as you contact me ahead of time, we can work out late assignments.

The discussions are group work, meaning they cannot be made up after the week ends.

However, the quizzes and notebooks can be made up without a late penalty if you contact me.


Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:


CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.


Academic Integrity


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.