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Revision Date: 07-Aug-22
 

Fall 2022 | ENG-1061-VO21Y - 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: 11-01-2022 to 12-19-2022
Last day to drop without a grade: 11-10-2022 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-29-2022 - Refund Policy
Open Seats/Section Limit: 15/17 (as of 08-12-22 6:05 AM)

Faculty

Penny Nolte
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cindy Swanson

General Education Requirements


This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
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 course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2022 textbook details will be available on 2022-05-16. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

ENG-1061-VO21Y Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Methods

  • Instructor and Student led whole-class discussions
  • Feedback from the Instructor
  • Activities including journals, discussions, and essays
  • Close reading and genre writing assignments
  • Mid-term exam
  • Research project of the student's choosing

Classes are held for 7 weeks, Tuesday - Monday in Canvas, online. Discussion forums are where we review class readings & exercises. Students share your own work and also feedback (peer review) with classmates. While student journals are reviewed only with the teacher.

The "Questions about Homework" forum is also held every week and questions about the course in general or a specific assignment are always encouraged. Others may be wondering about the same thing and will see responses to your question so everybody learns.

One essay is due approximately every week. Generally 1-2 pages double spaced, although the final research paper is 5-7 double spaced pages.

Office Hours (optional):

While zoom meetings are not required for this class, I am available to meet with you by appointment throughout the semester.

  • Office Hours take place online over Zoom
  • Students who wish to schedule an Office Hours meeting would first email me their availability and we will settle on a day & time: penelope.nolte@ccv.edu

Evaluation Criteria

  • 20% Homework (readings and essay assignments)
  • 35% Attendance and Participation (journals and discussions)
  • 35% 5-7 Page Research Project
  • 10% Mid-term Exam

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

Introductions (Module 1.1)

Narratives (Module 1.2)

Please note, the weekly syllabus is subject to change as needed

  

Readings -- Module 1.1

  • CCV English Comp Reader (ECR) Introduction (p. 1 - 36)
  • ECR Writing Drafts (p. 278-281)
  • The Little Seagull (TLS) Designing What you Write (p. 40-47)
  • TLS Reading Strategies (p. 9-16)
  • please also quickly skim through TLS Kinds of Writing (p. 53-115)

Readings -- Module 1.2

  • ECR Narration (choose from p. 91-138)
  • TLS Writing -- Write (p. 2-39) and Personal Narratives (80-85)
  • also please skim TLS Documentation (p. 150-238)
  

2 Class Discussions

1 Travel Essay (1-2 pages double spaced)

1 Narrative Essay (2 pages double spaced)

1 Journal Reflection

 

2

Rhetorical Analysis (Module 2.1)

Reflective Writing (Module 2.2)

  

Readings -- Module 2.1

  • ECR Introduction to Exposition (choose from p. 205-277)
  • TLS Rhetorical Analysis (p. 63-71)
  • Giving Reasons (GR) Ch 1 (p. 1-9)

Readings -- Module 2.2

  • ECR Sample Student Papers (choose from p. 39-84)
  • TLS Reflections (p. 102-105)
  • GR Ch 2 (p. 10-18) and 3 (p. 19-30)
  

2 Class Discussions

1 Outline (1 or 2 pages double spaced)

 

3

Scholarly Reasoning (Module 3.1)

Research Proposals (Module 3.2)

  

Readings -- Module 3.1

  • TLS 53-62, 72-79, 106-110
  • GR Ch 4 (p. 31-43) and Ch 5 (p. 44-52)

Readings -- Module 3.2

  • ECR Description (p. 139-204)
  • TLS Proposals (p. 66-69)
  • GR and review Ch 5 (p. 44-52)
  

2 Discussions

1 Research Proposal (1-3 pages double spaced)

1 Journal Mid-term Reflection

1 Mid Term Quiz

 

4

Scholarly Arguments (Module 4.1)

Outlining (Module 4.2)

  

Readings -- Module 4.1

  • ECR 361-407
  • TLS skim/review 119-169
  • GR skim/review Ch. 2 (p. 10-18)

Readings -- Module 4.2

  • ECR 18-27
  • TLS 116-149, skim/review 150-238
  • GR Ch 6 (p. 53-64)
  

2 Discussions

1 Outline (1-2 pages double spaced)

1 Journal Reflection

 

5

Note-taking (Module 5.1)

1st Draft Research Paper (Module 5.2)

  

Reading -- Module 5.1

  • ECR revisit Sample Student Papers (p. 39-84)
  • TLS Skim Elements of Writing (p. 347-383) Review Annotated Bibliography (p. 106-110) please ask any questions about the readings in "Questions about the Homework"
  • GR Chapter 7 (p. 65-67)

Reading -- Module 5.2

  • TLS Elements of Language (p. 384-425) & GR (Appendix A), please skim through and ask questions in "Questions about the Homework"
  • Advice about first drafts that can be applied to any genre
  

2 Discussions

1 Annotated Bibliography (1 page double spaced)

1 1st Draft Research Paper (2-3 pages double spaced)

 

6

(Module 6.1) 2nd draft of one essay

(Module 6.2) 2nd draft of research paper

  

Readings -- Module 6.1

  • TLS MLA & APA style formatting (p. 150-238) & GR (Appendix B), please skim through to review and ask questions related to your use of in-text citations and references (APA)/works cited (MLA), or about Morrow's "selected fallacies" in "Questions about the Homework")
  • Review the feedback you have received from classmates, Tutor.com, and from me based on the 1st draft of your research paper

Readings -- Module 6.2

  • TLS Elements of Punctuation/Mechanics (p. 426-460)
  • Review Grading Rubric (in Canvas "Resources" module)
  

2 Discussions

1 2nd Draft Creative Essay double spaced

1 2nd Draft Research Paper (3-5 pages double spaced)

1 Journal Reflection

 

7

(Module 7) Finishing the Research Paper

  

Readings -- Module 7

  • TLS MLA & APA style formatting guides, if needed, please skim through to review and ask questions related to your use of in-text citations and references (APA) or works cited (MLA) in "Questions about the Homework." Please continue to work with Tutor.com from their free link in our Canvas modules on formatting concerns.
  • Review the feedback you have received from classmates, Tutor.com, and from me based on the most recent draft of your paper that was shared with us.
  

1 Discussion

1 Finished Research Paper (5-7 pages, double spaced)

 

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.

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.