ENGL0098 - Fundamentals of English Composition

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Course Objectives:

In this class, you will learn to write well organized, logically sound, and grammatically correct expository prose. You will focus on the stages of the writing process as you gradually learn to write longer prose, which will culminate in a three page essay. You will learn to revise your writing to achieve unity and coherence. Also, you will learn how to edit and proofread your writing for clarity and correctness. You will also workshop and edit the work of fellow students. You will become a more practiced critical reader.

Course Requirements:

Essays: You must complete many short writing assignments and several longer essays, some of which must be revised. You must also complete an in-class final essay.

Essay format: Every take home essay you write must be submitted in three formats-one paper copy given to me, one sent to me by email and one electronic copy to I will give you written instructions on how to submit your papers electronically. Each paper must include both your name and mine. It must also be dated, titled, typed in 12 point font, double spaced and proofread. Each paper submission must be stapled.

Portfolio submission:  At the end of the semester, you will gather together essays written for this course, including your final exam, to create a portfolio. The contents of the portfolio will be presented anonymously for review to a faculty member other than me.

Portfolio review: Instructors: See Writing Program Director for current Portfolio information each semester.

The Workshop Approach:

An integral part of the writing process in this class involves reading and discussing your essays with individual classmates or in small groups to receive constructive feedback and experience writing for an audience. At the same time you will develop your skills as a listener and peer evaluator. Keep in mind that everything you write in this class will be read by your classmates, portfolio evaluators, as well as by me. On occasion, I will ask you to bring additional copies of your essay drafts to class for peer review.

Grading of Papers, Class Participation, and Final Grade

At the end of the semester, you will either receive a “P” (pass) if you successfully complete the course, or an “NC” (no credit) if you fail. Class participation factors into your final grade. It will be based on attendance, including lateness, preparedness for class, useful contributions to class discussions, and willingness to participate. In order to pass you must successfully complete the course work, final exam, portfolio review, and the lab. It is important to remember that the final exam does not get averaged with the other grades you receive for this course. Failing the final will result in an “NC” for the course.

I will be giving you letter grades for your assignments, but these are completely unofficial. They are intended only as a guide to your progress. If you get a C on an assignment, please be aware that this is my opinion only and another professor may feel that your work is not passing. The final essay is not graded by me and you cannot pass the course without passing the final.

Policy on late and missing assignments

All of the essays assigned to you must be completed in order to pass the course. Late papers will receive a lower grade. If you are absent the day an assignment is due, you can email it to me not later than the day of class and it will considered as being done on time. Any essay that is turned in after the due date is considered late, even if you were absent from class. No paper will be accepted two weeks after the due date.

Attendance Policy

Upon your fourth absence, you are in danger of failing the class. On your sixth absence, you will definitely fail. Use absences wisely, not as vacation days. Two late arrivals of ten or more minutes will be counted as one absence. You are responsible for making up all missed class assignments as well as homework.

Academic Integrity/Plagiarism

Just as stealing someone else’s property is wrong, so is taking the intellectual property of researchers, scholars, critics, or fellow students without giving the author or creator proper credit. Plagiarism is the presentation of the language, ideas, or thoughts of others as if they were your own. Whether the plagiarism is done intentionally or carelessly, the offense is serious. There are severe academic penalties, which can include failing the course or worse. You must read the “Fairleigh Dickinson University Academic Integrity Policy” that I will provide to you, sign the last page, and return the signature page to me. Keep the policy or consult the FDU website for future reference:

Required Materials and Texts

Steps to Writing Well with Additional Readings by Jean Wyrick, Seventh Edition, 2005

Rules for Writers by Diana Hacker, Fifth Edition, 2004

You will also need internet access, a campus email address, a three ring binder and paper, a folder for handouts, pens, a stapler and either a flashdrive or a CD to save your work.

The most important component of success is a POSITIVE ATTITUDE.