Dr. Mark W. Jordan

ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric


"I have learned to have very modest goals for society and myself, things like clean air, green grass, children with bright eyes, not being pushed around, useful work that suits one's abilities, plain tasty food . . . "

--Paul Goodman

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  . . . to an online, web-based course in composition and rhetoric offered by Odessa College: English 1301.Web - Composition and Rhetoric, a three credit-hour course. Prerequisite: Engl 0370 passed with a "C" or better or a satisfactory placement score.  You must also formally register for the course via the Registrar's Office here at Odessa College.

NOTICE:  As of the Fall 2008 semester, this course will be taught using Blackboard.  In general, that means once you have logged into Blackboard, you will access your assignments, announcements, and so forth there.  This website will still be crucial, however; it will be where the various assignments and resources are housed for the course.  All crucial links will be accessible from within Blackboard, but a student may still enter this website directly and examine it that way, also.

This course uses the resources of the Internet and World Wide Web to present a freshman-level college composition and rhetoric class. For example,

  • There is no classroom, no traditional attendance, and no campus visit required.
  • Surfing the World Wide Web and experiencing its use of multimedia will be part of the course requirements.
  • Students may at times work collaboratively on topics and papers.
  • Papers will be submitted by email attachment.  If you have technical problems, I will temporarily accept assignments via surface mail, fax, or hardcopy brought to my office (for local students).

Note: please realize that in order to complete this course with a passing grade, you will almost certainly need the following items and skills:

  • Daily uninterrupted access to a computer--preferably at home
  • A full-capability word processor such as Microsoft Word or Wordperfect (not Notepad,  etc.)
  • Internet access
  • A web browser and some experience using it
  • A personal email account and experience with email
  • Enough time to check for email and new assignments at least every other weekday, and enough time to write five or six major writing assignments, revise them, and proof them (along with additional lesser assignments)
  • Knowledge of how to attach a file
  • Knowledge of how to save files under certain filenames and in certain required formats
  • Awareness that a web course is not less work than a traditional course
  • Willingness to ask questions!


Further Notes, Advice, and Recommendations

Optional Textbook

My website, consisting of some 30 separate links, is your primary textbook, supplemented by the enormous resources of the Web itself. However, a grammar handbook such as the one below may be helpful for some students. It is not required.

  • The Brief Harcourt Handbook (or any other standard grammar handbook)

This textbook or a similar one may be found at the OC bookstore. If you are enrolled in my course from a distance and do not live in Odessa or nearby, email me and I will tell you how to get these books by surface mail.

The Internet also contains numerous sites relating to grammar and writing; some of these may be found in the "Links" section of this website. I encourage each of you to suggest additions to this section for all of us to use.

Not Self-Paced nor Less Work!

It is absolutely imperative for all my students to realize that taking this course is not a way to complete freshman composition with less work or effort. You will simply be working in different ways, at times of your own choosing.

Furthermore, while you have unusual freedom in this course to the extent that you don't travel to campus and that you can work at times of your own convenience, this is not a self-paced course in the sense of moving faster or slower through the whole list of assignments. There will be weekly deadlines for work to be turned in. You will be involved with various types of assignments, including essays, short paragraphs, and critiques of student writing. Because some of the course is based on student collaboration, it is essential that you keep up with all assignments and meet all deadlines. Keep in mind that habitual late work will be penalized (see Policies page on late work).


Now that you have read these notes, your next move is to click the live, underlined link below or in the navigation bar and

Go to the "Getting Started" page and begin working.


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