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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • English & Humanities • English


Fundamentals for Writing ENGL-099

  • Spring 2012

  • Sections 02, 04, 07, 08

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 01/09/2012 to 05/11/2012

  • Modified 08/15/2012



Contact Information


Instructor: Lucas Brown

Email: ljbrown@nic.edu
Office: FSO 212
Phone: 769-5985

Please use the above email address to get ahold of me.  The Angel messaging service is unreliable...I often get blank messages from students or students who thought they sent me a message, but didn't.  Email works better.

Office Hours:

Monday, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, FSO 212
Monday, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, FSO 212
Wednesday, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, FSO 212
Thursday, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, FSO 212
Friday, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM, FSO 212

Meeting Times


Lecture (Section 2)

Tuesday, Thursday, 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM, LKH 214

Lecture (Section 4)

Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM, LKH 202

Lecture (Section 7)

Friday, 9:00 AM to 11:50 AM, LKH 210

Lecture (Section 8)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM, LKH 202

Description


English 099 provides writing instruction that focuses on fluency, development, organization, revision, and editing/proofreading. As a part of this course, students will practice reading actively and critically, engaging in dialogues with texts, drafting essays in a format appropriate to purpose and audience, and utilizing a process approach to writing. A grade of C- or above allows the student to enroll in ENGL-101. Lecture: 3 hours per week

Materials


Rhetorical Grammar

Author: Kolln and Gray
Publisher: Longman
Edition: 6
ISBN: 0205706754

Writing Matters

Author: Rebecca Moore Howard
Publisher: McGraw Hill
ISBN: 978-0-07-319139-3
Optional

Nickel and Dimed

Author: Ehrenreich, Barbara
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Edition: First Edition Owl Books 2002
ISBN: 0-8050-6389-7

Materials for In-Class Writing

Bring a notebook, pen, etc for doing writing in-class. 

Outcomes


Outcomes for English 099

By the end of the semester, a student should be able to

?         Read actively and critically, engaging in dialogues with texts.

?         Draft essays in a format appropriate to their purpose and audience.

?         Develop paragraphs containing relevant details and examples.

?         Revise for clarity and effectiveness.

?         Edit for reasonable - while not perfect - conformity to the conventions of standard written English.


Course Goals and Assessments

In order for you to enroll in English 101, you have to achieve a grade of C- or better in ESL 101 and English 099.

Goal: After completing English 099, students should be able to use the writing process to achieve a greater sense of confidence in their writing and editing skills by developing focused and organized paragraphs and essays which demonstrate correctness in grammar and mechanics.

Assessment of Outcomes: Students will demonstrate these skills by composing paragraphs and essays that communicate a central idea and that are organized and developed.

 

Outcomes for English 099

By the end of the semester, a student should be able to

?         Read actively and critically, engaging in dialogues with texts.

?         Draft essays in a format appropriate to their purpose and audience.

?         Develop paragraphs containing relevant details and examples.

?         Revise for clarity and effectiveness.

?         Edit for reasonable - while not perfect - conformity to the conventions of standard written English.


Course Goals and Assessments

In order for you to enroll in English 101, you have to achieve a grade of C- or better in ESL 101 and English 099.

Goal: After completing English 099, students should be able to use the writing process to achieve a greater sense of confidence in their writing and editing skills by developing focused and organized paragraphs and essays which demonstrate correctness in grammar and mechanics.

Assessment of Outcomes: Students will demonstrate these skills by composing paragraphs and essays that communicate a central idea and that are organized and developed.

 

Assessment


This class consists of two types of activities:

Reading/response/participation: 20-25%

Essays: 75-80%

Course Policies


Attendance

There is a direct correlation between non-attendance and failing grades.  The vast majority of students who fail college courses do so because they do not attend enough class.  The English/Modern Languages Division has agreed upon a recommendation that students not miss more than the equivalent of two weeks in a single course, which means six absences in a three-day-per-week class; however, I feel that missing even that many classes is likely to have a negative effect on your grade.

Technology

We often find our attention divided between more than one item (for example, texting a friend while an instructor is lecturing).  Despite a feeling that we are very good at this sort of "multi-tasking," several studies show that this is detrimental to both activities.  (cf. http://www.scribd.com/doc/6910385/Abuse-of-technology-can-reduce-UK-workers-intelligence)

One of the challenges of the current generation is to learn to "tune out" the constant distraction of "always-on" technology and focus on one task at a time.  With that in mind, I have no rules about texting during class; however, the student should consider the detrimental effects of such activities.

Late Work

Most jobs have deadlines.  If you miss too many deadlines, you can be reprimanded or fired.  To that end, I feel that it is important for students to turn their work on time.  I won't accept late work.

Additional Items


Writing Center

In addition to helping students with their current individual writing needs, the Writing Center upholds a student-centered
environment that stresses the relationship between strong written and oral communication skills and
success both in and beyond college. This environment not only helps students become more critical readers and
more competent writers, but also promotes their success across the curriculum and encourages life-long learning.
Click on the link below for additional information.

http://www.nic.edu/websites/index.asp?dpt=105

My writing center hours are as follows:

Monday 8-10 and 3-4.

Tuesday 11-12.

Wednesday 8-11.

Division Policies


NIC English/Modern Languages Division

 

Absences

The English/Modern Languages Division has agreed upon a recommendation that students not miss more than the equivalent of two weeks in a single course, which means six absences in a three-day-per-week class, four absences in two-day-per-week class, two absences in a one-evening-per-week class, or two weeks of online participation.

Plagiarism Policy

NIC's English Department believes strongly in the ability of its students to:

1. write works in which they use their own ideas and words

2. correctly borrow the words and ideas of others

The department's definition of plagiarism comes from the Council of Writing Programs Administrators':  In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else's language, ideas, or other original (no common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source.

Behaviors considered plagiarism would include:

1. Using someone else's exact words without using direct quotes.

2. Paraphrasing or summarizing someone's words or ideas without giving credit to the source's author.

3. Submitting another's work as the student's own. This includes a purchased paper, a borrowed paper, or portions of another person's work.

 

Turnitin.com: NIC now subscribes to a plagiarism-prevention service, called Turnitin.com, which is integrated with our Angel course software. When you turn in your assignments to this site, whether during the drafting process or on a final due date, the software compares your work to many resources on the world wide web, coming up with an "authenticity" report. You will receive more information on this process in class. To avoid plagiarism, cite sources carefully.

Behavior not considered plagiarism but of concern is sloppy documentation of words and ideas borrowed from another source and/or submitting an old paper as new work without the instructor's permission.

In addition to helping students with their current individual writing needs, the Writing Center upholds a student-centered environment that stresses the relationship between strong written and oral communication skills and success both in and beyond college. This environment not only helps students become more critical readers and more competent writers, but also promotes their success across the curriculum and encourages life-long learning.

Click on the link below for additional information.

http://www.nic.edu/websites/index.asp?dpt=105


 

 

Institutional Policies


Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.

Non-Payment

By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.

Withdrawal

Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes for the fall term: November 7, 2011. 

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure: http://www.nic.edu/modules/images/websites/121/file/section5/5.04.02procedure.pdf.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: http://www.nic.edu/Websites/index.asp?dpt=29&pageID=1336

Additional withdrawal information:  http://www.nic.edu/catalog

Incompletes

An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement


DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.