Dr. Mark Jordan ~ ENGL 1302: Composition & Literature (Composition Two)
NOTE: This syllabus is subject to change during the semester . Please check the online version of this syllabus on a regular basis for any updates.
Name, Office: Dr. Mark W. Jordan, Wilkerson Hall #220
OC Email :firstname.lastname@example.org
OC Phone # : 432-335-6549
ENGL 1302 focuses on continuing to develop and apply the essential principles and techniques needed to produce college-level writing. The course emphasizes applying critical thinking in the reading and analysis of selected works from the principle genres of literature (fiction, poetry, and drama) and articulating those responses to literature in clear, organized, and grammatically correct prose. In ENGL 1302, students will use research and documentation skills in their writing. Requirements include analytical papers on literature, a research paper, assigned readings, a final exam, and other assignments as determined by the instructor. (ICOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Prerequisite: ENGL 1301.
Course Objectives (Learning Outcomes):
Upon successful completion of this course, students will
Expectations for Engagement Ė Online Learning:
To help make the web-based learning experience fulfilling and rewarding, the following Expectations for Engagement provide the parameters for reasonable engagement between students and instructors for the online learning environment. Students and instructors are welcome to exceed these requirements.
Reasonable Expectations of Engagement for Instructors
Reasonable Expectations of Engagement for Students
Instructorís Course Policies:
1.0 This course is not self-paced. Although as with any web course, students have the freedom to work the course when their own schedule best allows, the boundaries to this freedom are the due dates for various minor assignments, tests, and essays.
2.0 Work submitted more than one day late for any reason may be penalized ten points. Any exceptions are entirely at my discretion. Normally, no extension will be granted if the request is made after the assignment deadline has already passed, but must be requested no later than the day the assignment is due.
3.0 Major work (excluding the final exam) submitted over one week past the due date will normally receive no higher than an F (or lower, if incomplete). Daily work normally earns a zero after one week past the due date. No work is taken after semesterís end. Any exceptions in any case are at my sole discretion.
4.0 All assignments must be submitted in the required file format (normally Rich Text) via Blackboard. Any exceptions are at my sole discretion.
5.0 Any student missing the final exam normally receives a zero for the final exam grade. Depending on the studentís grade average, this will often result in failure of the entire course.
6.0 Plagiarism in any form is not allowed. Please see thePlagiarism link, which is from my 1302 website. The penalty for flagrant, intentional plagiarism is an F for the course. If I suspect a student of plagiarizing, if necessary I will insist that the student meet with me personally and defend his or her claim of authorship of the paper in question. In the case of a student taking the course at a significant distance from Odessa College, I will require that student to arrange a telephone meeting, proctored by some authority who can ensure the student is actually the individual enrolled in the course.
1.0 You must purchase the following required readings/materials: Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing (Compact Edition). 7th edition. Ed. Kennedy & Gioia. 2013.
3.0 Every student must have daily extended access to a computer with Internet connection, web browser, email capability, file attaching capability, and word processing capability.
Course Requirements (Lectures, Assignments and Assessments):
1.0 Careful reading of the selected literature, with the understanding that while this receives no direct credit, it is the foundation for all graded assignments;
2.0 Class participation (Discussion Boards) will count 5% of your course grade. This will be judged on several factors chosen to reflect not only quantity of participation but quality as well. Criteria may include such factors as number of days participating, number of messages sent, amount of pertinent questions asked, amount of topics or persuasive points introduced in discussion, and general imaginativeness and focus demonstrated. Note: this element may not apply during summer term classes.
3.0 Various short daily worksheets on the readings and other daily assignments (20 % of the course grade; or 25% in short terms where Discussion Boards are not used). Most daily grades will be worksheets on the readings. These, together with the Discussion Boards (a vehicle for class participation), substitute for the crucial element of class discussion of the readings;
4.0 Two tests, one over fiction, one over drama (15 % each). The Fiction Test consists of two sections, a short-answer section covering concepts and terminology and an essay section which asks students to apply the concepts to the particular works covered in the worksheets. The Drama Test consists of an essay section similar to the first test, with the other section asking for identification of quotations from the dramas read. Tests are "open book" and may be taken from home; consequently, more elaboration, well proof-read, is expected than on similar tests taken by campus students;
6.0 A formal research paper utilizing secondary sources (15%). During short terms, this element may be offered as a research project built on the interpretive essay element. The student will interpret the meaning of a short fiction work from the textbook, but not one having been already covered in the course. The student's own interpretation is supported by secondary sources found in the research process. All sources used, including the short story being interpreted, are formally cited according to MLA research citation format, which is taught in this course;
7.0 A comprehensive final exam (20 % of the course grade). The first section of the final (20% of the test grade) tests the selection of poems covered in the worksheets, usually with either several essay questions or a greater number of short answer questions. (Poetry is not tested separately as are Fiction and Drama.) The second and main section of the final exam (80% of the test grade ) consists of an interpretive essay spanning works from all three genres, to be 1000 words or more in length. More specific instructions for this and all other assignments are given within Blackboard.
In the Odessa College grading system pertaining to overall course grades for this and most courses, the standard range is A ~ B ~ C ~ D ~ F, as shown below.
90-100 = A = 4.0 gradepoints; 80- 89 = B = 3.0 gradepoints; 70- 79 = C = 2.0 gradepoints (the lowest transferable course grade); 60- 69 = D = 1.0 gradepoints (a passing course grade, but not accepted by most colleges and universities to which you might wish to transfer) Below 60 = F = zero gradepoints
In my evaluation of individual assignments, I use a similar range as shown above from "A" to "F," where "A" = 95, "F" = 55, and so forth. Additionally, a grade of A, B, C, or D may be shown with a minus (-) or a plus (+) with the minus equaling a "2" and the plus an "8". For example, a "B+" on an assignment equals 88 points; a "B" equals 85 points; a "B-" equals 82 points. The A, C, and D ranges work the same way. I also on some occasions may give the following grades:
Below 55 = F- (may be given when an assignment is turned in but in such a condition that even the most generous evaluation cannot justify giving even 50 out of 100 possible points; used rarely. The actual point value may range anywhere from 10 to 50 points, at my discretion.)
Zero = No points (when an assignment is not turned in at all).
Summary of Assignments & Activities
Student Evaluation of Instruction:
The SEI process for face-to-face and online courses is scheduled for the week of April 28th.
Odessa College complies with Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you have any special needs or issues pertaining to your access to and participation in this or any other class at Odessa College, please feel free to contact me to discuss your concerns. You may also call the Office of Disability services at 432-335-6861 to request assistance and accommodations.
Learning Resource Center (Library):
The Library, known as the Learning Resources Center, provides research assistance via the LRC's catalog (print books, videos, e-books) and databases (journal and magazine articles). Research guides covering specific subject areas, tutorials, and the "Ask a Librarian " service provide additional help.
Please access your Odessa College Student E-mail by following the link to either set up or update your account: http://www.odessa.edu/gmail/. All online assignments or correspondence will be submitted using your Odessa College email.
For Blackboard username and password help and for help accessing your online course availability and student email account contact the Student Success Center at 432-335-6878 or online athttps://www.odessa.edu/dept/ssc/helpdesk_form.htm.
Important School Policies:
Information regarding student support services, academic dishonesty, disciplinary actions, special accommodations, or studentsí and instructors' rights to academic freedom can be found in the Odessa College Student Handbook.
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