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Writing and Rhetoric I

  • Fall 2019
  • Section 750
  • 3 Credits
  • 09/03/2019 to 01/24/2020
  • Modified 08/14/2019

Contact Information

Instructor: Andrea Ware

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:

Virtual Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

I usually check email throughout the day Monday through Friday, but during my posted office hours I monitor my inbox so that I can respond quickly.


This course prepares students for the demands of writing for a range of audiences, purposes, and contexts. Students will learn processes and strategies for writing and revising clear, precise, and accurate prose and will demonstrate their abilities in a series of academic essays, mainly expository. Students will also learn to read, analyze, synthesize, and respond to a wide range of written works.


This course utilizes open educational resources and content created by the instructor. There is no textbook to purchase for this class.


Written Communication:  State of Idaho Competencies

  • Use flexible writing process strategies to generate, develop, revise, edit, and proofread texts.
  • Adopt strategies and genre appropriate to the rhetorical situation.
  • Use inquiry-based strategies to conduct research that explores multiple and diverse ideas and perspectives, appropriate to the rhetorical context.
  • Use rhetorically appropriate strategies to evaluate, represent, and respond to the ideas and research of others.
  • Address readers' biases and assumptions with well-developed evidence-based reasoning.
  • Use appropriate conventions for integrating, citing, and documenting source material as well as for surface-level language and style.

North Idaho College English 101 Course Outcomes

By the end of the semester, a student should develop

  • Rhetorical knowledge – the ability to analyze and act on understandings of audiences, purposes, and contexts in creating and comprehending texts;
  • Critical thinking – the ability to analyze a situation or text and make thoughtful decisions based on that analysis, through writing, reading, and integration of texts;
  • Knowledge of conventions – the ability to apply formal and informal guidelines that define what is considered to be correct and appropriate in a piece of writing.
  • Writing processes – the ability to use multiple strategies for writing, including invention, drafting, revision, and editing.




Final grades are calculated by dividing total points earned by total points possible. You are encouraged to check your grades regularly in grade center and contact me via email if you have questions.

Grade Range Notes
A 90-100  
B 80-89  
C 70-79

A C or above is required in order to successfully pass ENG 101.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
FInal Portfolio 50%

A collection of 5 revised and polished drafts of essays written for this class.

Weekly Assignments 50%

Includes all weekly assignments.

Course Policies

Late Work Policy

Late work is not accepted, so please plan ahead and stay organized. A weekly checklist has been provided in each week’s module, so there is no excuse for missing assignments. All assignments for the entire term are posted in Canvas. You can always work ahead if you like, but the due dates are firm. No work can be turned in late. Please do not email me and ask for an exception. It is unethical for me to bend the rules for one student and unfair to your classmates who submitted their work on time. 

****If you experience technical issues that prevent you from submitting your work in Canvas, you may email your work to me as long as it is within one hour of the assignment's deadline. Please include a brief explanation along with your attached file. As a precaution against viruses and spam, I will not open files submitted without a note from you.

The Mulligan Dropbox: The one exception to the policy listed above is the Mulligan Dropbox. This box is for late work or "do-overs” and can only be used once. If you miss an assignment's due date, or want to try for a higher score on a previous assignment, you may submit any one late assignment or redone assignment to the Mulligan drop box found at the top of the Modules page. These will be scored at my convenience, and it is likely that no feedback will be given. The drop box closes at 11:55pm on the deadline. No late work or do-overs may be submitted after that time.

Netiquette (Online Etiquette)

It is the expectation of the instructor that the participants of ENG 101 will interact with one another in a respectful and scholarly manner. Be open-minded and helpful. Remember, this is a safe learning environment and we are all here to learn.  Always consider how your message may be received versus what you intended.

Technology Requirements

  • Students must have access to a computer, either at home or on campus in the library or computer lab. By electing to register for this online class you are accepting the responsibility to your internet and computer access.
  • All students taking this class are expected to check Canvas messages and announcements regularly and be proficient in navigating the Internet with a browser (including utilizing all features of Canvas), and possess the ability to download programs required for the successful completion of the course.
  • All students must have access to and proficiency in a word processing program for the completion of assignments.
  • A contingency plan for accessing the internet and computer in the event of an emergency. Computers are not fail safe--they can and will fail when you are trying to meet a deadline. I highly recommend using a cloud-based drive to back up your work. Both Onedrive and Dropbox are popular options.

What You Can Expect From Me

  • Clear criteria for how assignments are scored and fair grading. I stick to the rubrics I provide, so be sure to double-check your work against them before submitting.
  • Response time: I will respond to all emails within 24 hours, usually much faster. If you do not receive a response, that means that I didn't get it, so please try again.
  • Grading Turnaround Time: You can expect submitted non-essay assignments to be graded and returned within one week of the due date unless otherwise specified. Essays may require up to two weeks to allow for thoughtful consideration of your efforts and coaching to help you develop your craft. Assignments are graded in the order they are received.

Course Content Disclaimer

In this course, students will be required to read texts or view materials that they may consider offensive. The ideas expressed in any given text do not necessarily reflect the views of the instructor, the Division of English & Humanities, or North Idaho College. Course materials are selected for their historical and/or cultural relevance, or as an example of stylistic and/or rhetorical strategies and techniques. They are meant to be examined in the context of intellectual inquiry of the sort encountered at the college level.

Course Content & Expectations Agreement

We will be reading, studying, discussing, and exploring controversial ideas and themes this semester. If you are uncomfortable with engaging in curriculum or class discussions relating to controversial ideas and themes, then you need to find an alternate course and withdraw from this one. 

Originality Expectations

In addition to the division policy stated below, it is the expectation that students of this course will submit original work created for this course. Assignments written for a previous course will not be accepted. Writers learn to write by writing. Reusing past assignments undermines the process of learning to write in an academic manner.

Division Policies

NIC English and Humanities Division


The English and Humanities 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: NIC subscribes to a plagiarism-prevention service, called Turnitin, which is integrated with our Canvas 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 following link for additional information - 

The Writing Center: The Writing Center is located in Lee Hall Annex (behind Lee/Kildow Hall). It is open to all students across campus for help with their writing. They are open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Fridays. 

Institutional Policies

Academic Dishonesty 
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

  • Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
  • Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
  • Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in an academic exercise.
  • Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources, materials, or official documents of the college.
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.”

Violations of academic integrity may result in failure of an assignment, failure of the course, or more serious sanctions.

“For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please refer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Student Code of Conduct
The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

NIC shall maintain a Student Code of Conduct that specifically addresses prohibited behavior and assures due process for alleged violations. The Code of Conduct shall make clear possible sanctions for such actions. Policy Manual (See 5.06)

Disability Support Services and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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 Disability Support Services (DSS).

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact DSS so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor. Students requesting accommodations should contact DSS as early in the semester as possible to avoid delay of accommodation due to student load.  Accommodations are not retroactive. DSS provides academic accommodations, access, assistance and services at NIC and at the North Idaho Consortium of Higher Education campus.

Disability Support Services Website
(208) 769-5947

Please check the NIC Calendar for the last day students can withdraw from full-length courses.

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: An instructor has the right to withdraw a student for academic reasons. For more information, see the Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal Procedure.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress (SAP):Federal Regulations require North Idaho College to establish Satisfactory Academic Progress standards (SAP) for all financial aid recipients. The purpose of SAP standards are meant to ensure that students and academic institutions are held accountable to the taxpayer-funded federal student aid programs while students complete their academic goals in a timely manner. This process monitors student performance in all terms of enrollment, including terms in which the student did not receive financial aid. For more information, see the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress website.

For more information on withdrawals, see the NIC Student Accounts website.

Title IX

North Idaho College seeks to provide an environment that is free of bias, discrimination, and harassment.  If you have been the victim of sexual harassment/misconduct/assault we encourage you to report this.   If you report this to any college employee, (except for a licensed counselor or health care professional) she or he must notify our college's Title IX coordinator about the basic facts of the incident (you may choose whether you or anyone involved is identified by name).  For more information about your options at NIC, please go to: or call (208) 676-7156


Removal From Class For Non-Attendance:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend will result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.