English 101
College Composition

Course Instructor:

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Text and Resources: The Academic Writer (4th Edition) by Lisa Ede

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Course Overview

Catalog Description

ENGLISH 101 [WRTG] College Composition 3 Course Prerequisite: Appropriate Writing Exam score or completion of ENGLISH 100 with an S grade. Designed to further develop students? academic writing, critical thinking, rhetorical strategies, reading, and library skills. Credit not granted for more than one of ENGLISH 101 and 105.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the conventions of academic writing and research-based writing. The class readings, peer reviews, discussions, and writing exercises are all designed to help you develop the skills necessary to create strong research-based arguments. My hope is that you will understand that writing is a process ? one that can be enhanced collaboratively. As your teacher, I will work alongside you as you draft, participate in peer workshops, revise, and find that writing is a process that doesn?t end with the first draft.

Required Texts and Course Materials

The Academic Writer (4th Edition) by Lisa Ede

Access to VoiceThread and Perusall


Course Learning Goals

By the end of ENGLISH 101 students will

  • Understand that critical thinking and reading are integral parts of composing processes.
  • Understand and demonstrate how rhetorical knowledge and awareness can improve communication.
  • Illustrate knowledge of information literacy in selecting and using resources in their writing.
  • Understand composition is a process that requires multiple drafts, revision, and reflection.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of textual format, structure, and mechanical conventions.  

Course Work

Portfolio:

All ENGLISH 101 courses are portfolio-based.  The portfolio is the primary means for evaluating student work in the composition program at WSU because it honors both the processes and products of writing. Your portfolio will consist of a significantly revised cover letter, the research project, and two of the three other projects.

  • The portfolio must demonstrate the ability to write from sources.
  • Teacher feedback will be given on all drafts. Peer feedback will also be given but peer feedbacked copies are not mandatory for the final portfolio. However, drafts with teacher feedback must be included.
  • All papers in the final portfolio must be brand new papers from this semester and written for this course. Recycling of previous classwork or using writing from current classes is not permitted. 

Every piece of writing is subject to peer or instructor review. Be prepared for other readers to read your work. Save all drafts! Final portfolios will not be accepted if preliminary drafts have not been submitted for teacher feedback.

Portfolio Outcomes

All students in ENGLISH 101 will be assessed on the following outcomes:

  • Rhetorical Awareness (Meets Goals 1, 4, 5, 6)
  • Critical Thinking (Meets Goals 1, 4, 5, 6)
  • Information Literacy (Meets Goals 1, 4, 5, 6)
  • Processes of Composing (Meets Goals 1, 4, 5, 6)
  • Knowledge of Conventions (Meets Goals 1, 4, 5)

Items in parenthesis indicate which of the Seven Learning Goals of the Baccalaureate are met by ENGLISH 101.

Major Portfolio Assignments

Project 1: Rhetorical Analysis

Project 2: Summary/Synthesis

Project 3: Research Project

Project 4: Remediated Multimodal Research Project


Instructor Interaction

I will be in the course space at least three times a week. Please post questions pertinent for the entire class in the Discussion Board under the ?Questions for Instructor? forum. For individual questions, use the e-mail address at the top of the syllabus to communicate with me. Consult the instructor's welcome announcement in the "Class Introductions" Discussion Forum for further details regarding interaction and feedback.

WSU E-mail Policy

Per new WSU policy effective August 24, 2015, I will ONLY be able to respond to emails sent from your WSU e-mail address. I will NOT be able to respond to e-mails sent from your personal e-mail address as of the first day of Fall semester. Effective August 24, 2015, the IT Department will switch the ?preferred? e-mail address in your myWSU to your WSU e-mail address.


Late Work Policy

Projects are to be submitted to Blackboard by the deadlines specified in the class schedule. Because of the nature of online learning and writing courses, late work is not accepted except under extenuating circumstances and when arrangements are made and approved prior to the due date. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact the instructor.


Grading

 

Course Work

Percent of Final Grade

Weekly Assignments

20%

Annotated Bibliography

5%

Peer Reviews

15%

Written Assignment Drafts & Reflective Commentaries*

10%

Portfolio

50%

TOTAL

100%


*Written Assignment Drafts & Reflective Commentaries: Please note that since English 101 is a portfolio-based course, you will simply receive credit for completing your assignment drafts and reflective commentaries on time for each unit.

 

All Grades Are Final.

 

Grade

Points

Percentage of Final Grade

Grade

Points

Percentage of Final Grade

A

940 -1000

94-100%

C

740 -769

74-76.9%

A-

900 -939

90-93.9%

C-

700 -739

70-73.9%

B+

870 -899

87-89.9%

D+

650 -699

65-69.9%

B

840 -869

84-86.9%

D

610-649

61-64.9%

B-

800 -839

80-83.9%

F

609 or fewer

Below 61%

C+

770 -799

77-79.9%

     


WSU Grading Standards

The grading for ENGL 101 follows WSU standards:

A: Outstanding achievement-awarded only for the highest accomplishment
B: Praiseworthy performance-above average in most respects
C: Satisfactory performance-work meets the standards for competency 
D: Minimally passing-effort and achievement less than satisfactory.


Midterm Grades:

Due to the nature of the portfolio system, which emphasizes process over product, students who are making satisfactory progress in the class (i.e., turning in assignments on time, meeting basic assignment requirements, attending class regularly, etc.) will receive a midterm grade of ?X,? which indicates that coursework is in progress. Students who are not making satisfactory progress will receive a grade of C- or below as a warning and are strongly encouraged to meet with their instructor. Students who belong to an organization that requires proof of satisfactory progress (not a grade) in writing may request that their instructor sign a Progress Report Form.


Course Policies

Incomplete Grade Policy:

Incompletes are granted only with permission of the instructor and are subject to the following guidelines:

1. Students must request an incomplete in writing or by e-mail from the instructor before the end of the semester.

2. The request must be signed and dated by the student (or identified by student?s e-mail address), and must explain the reasons behind the request for the incomplete.

3. In order to be considered for an incomplete, there are two main conditions:

  • A student must complete a minimum amount of the assigned course work. Specifically, a student must complete 75% of the course work.
  • A student must have a mathematical possibility of passing the class. A passing grade is 60 percent or above for the entire course.

4. All incomplete requests can only be approved after the instructor has consulted with the English department.

5. If extraordinary circumstances (e.g., family emergency, serious illness) are involved and are documented to the instructor?s satisfaction, the professor/instructor retains the discretion to grant an incomplete even if the minimum conditions outlined in item 3 above are not met.

 

If an incomplete is granted, the standard WSU policy applies (i.e., ALL work must be completed within one full year from the end of the enrollment semester at issue. Otherwise, an automatic grade of ?F,? or failing, will be entered on the student?s transcript).

Academic Integrity

The Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) states that ?In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else?s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source.? The WSU Academic Honesty Policy (based on State of Washington Code) expands the CWPA definition of plagiarism as well as explaining other categories of academic misconduct. As a WSU student, you are bound by these policies and are responsible for being aware of and abiding by them. Students who commit intentional acts of plagiarism will be reported to the Assistant Director of Composition and the Office of the Dean of Students and will fail the class.

Reasonable Accommodation

Reasonable accommodations are available in online classes for students with a documented disability. All accommodations must be approved through your WSU Disability Services office. If you have a disability and need accommodations, we recommend you begin the process as soon as possible.

For more information contact a Disability Specialist on your home campus:

  • Pullman or WSU Online: 509-335-3417, http://accesscenter.wsu.edu, access.center@wsu.edu
  • Spokane: 509-358-7534, https://spokane.wsu.edu/studentaffairs/disability-resources
  • Tri-Cities: 509-372-7352, http://www.tricity.wsu.edu/disability/
  • Vancouver: 360-546-9138, http://studentaffairs.vancouver.wsu.edu/student-resource-center/disability-services

COVID-19 Policy Statement

Students are expected to abide by all current COVID-19 related university policies and public health directives, which could include wearing a cloth face covering, physically distancing, self-attestations, and sanitizing common use spaces. All current COVID-19 related university policies and public health directives are located at https://wsu.edu/covid-19/. Students who do not comply with these directives may be required to leave the classroom; in egregious or repetitive cases, students may be referred to the Center for Community Standards for university disciplinary action.


Additional Resources

Avery Microcomputer Lab (AML)

All ENGL 101 Pullman-based students have access to the services and facilities of the AML (Avery 101, 103, & 105), including free printing.

Writing Center

Students are encouraged to utilize the services of the Writing Center, which provides free peer tutoring service. Students near Pullman, Vancouver, and the Tri-Cities are encouraged to visit their local Writing Centers. Online tutoring is available through eTutoring.org.

ENGL 102

A one-credit writing workshop. Beginning the third week of classes, students and a facilitator meet in small groups once a week to revise projects for ENGL 101 or any other course. Contact Writing Programs for more information. You can sign up for the class on Zzusis.


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