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

English Composition ENGL-101

  • Fall 2012
  • Sections 03, 07
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 08/26/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Molly Michaud

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, FSQ 201
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM, FSQ 201
  • Friday, 8:00 AM to 8:50 AM, FSQ 201

Meeting Times

Lecture 101-03

  • Monday, Wednesday, 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM, LKH 209

Lecture 101-07

  • Monday, Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM, LKH 207


English 101 prepares students for the demands of academic and professional writing. Students will learn processes and strategies for writing clear, precise, and accurate prose and will demonstrate their abilities in a series of expository essays. Students will also learn to read, analyze, synthesize, and respond to a collection of written texts. This course is required for all degree programs. A grade of C- or above allows the student to enroll in ENGL 102. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing

  • Author: Ramage, Bean, and Johnson
  • Publisher: Pearson Longman
  • Edition: 6th
  • ISBN: 0205721486
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore
  • Price: $110

Exploring the Purpose of Education

  • Author: NIC English Faculty (eds)
  • Publisher: Fountainhead Press
  • ISBN: 9787598716085
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore
  • Price: $30ish


After completing English 101, students should be able to:


  Use the writing process to create essays (primarily expository) that communicate ideas to a variety of audiences


   Write strong, clear prose
  a. Use words accurately
  b. Write clear and direct sentences that follow conventional structure, grammar and punctuation


  Develop essays that focus on a central idea, develop the idea adequately, and show organization and unity
4.   Read and respond thoughtfully to peers' and published authors' essays, using them as models for good writing
5.   Recognize and avoid plagiarism



My real interest is in your progress this semester as a writer, reader, and critical thinker. My 101 class includes 4 major essays and a final project. Each is worth 100 points. You will be responsible for attending and participating in peer review workshops which total another 100 points. Each major essay includes a writing log worth 20 points each (80 points total). Additional assignments total around 150-200 points. Reading quizzes total around 200 points, and our Poetry assignments throughout the semester add about another 200 points, so your grade will be comprised of the following points:
Essays & Final Project: 500
Writing Logs: 80
Assignments: 200
Quizzes: 200
Poetry: 200
TOTAL: 1180* (this may change, but it's a general average)

Grade Structure: 


94-100% = A

83-86% = B

73-76% = C

 63-66% = D

 90-93% = A-

80-82% = B-

70-72% = C-

60-62% = D-

87-89% = B+

77-79% = C+

67-69% = D+

0-59% = F

Course Policies

Due Dates

I collect all major papers at the beginning of class, in class, on the assigned due dates. You will submit a hard copy (a printed out version of your paper) when I collect them during class. Additionally, each paper must be posted to the Turn-it-In folder on our Blackboard website by or before our class meeting time on the due date. If your paper is not posted on Turn-it-In, I will not record your grade for that paper.

Please note: I DO NOT accept late papers for any reason. I DO NOT ACCEPT LATE PAPERS. DO NOT TRY TO TURN IN A LATE PAPER. NO LATE PAPERS.

For instance, if you know you are going to be gone ahead of time for a wedding in Salt Lake or a volleyball tournament in Las Vegas, you are welcome to turn in papers early. If you are ill, have car problems, or otherwise do not turn in your paper during class, I will not accept it for any reason.


Of course, if you do not submit a paper on time, you may not revise.


All assignments must be typed (I will not accept handwritten work).

All essays must be posted to the Turn-it-In drop box on Blackboard in addition to the printed copy provided at the beginning of class on the due date.

All assignments and essays will use MLA formatting conventions (including proper header, heading, margins, font type and size).

Revision Policy

You may revise your first three papers for a better grade. Revisions must contain: 1. the revision; 2. the originally graded draft; and 3. the graded rubric.
As much as you revise your paper, I will revise your grade (be aware that your revision must address both global and local issues above and beyond my editing marks to receive points).
Sadly, by paper four, we will not have time for another revision. However, by that time, you will be an editing, proofing, revising genius, so don't lose any sleep over this.

Absence Policy

You are hereby provided with four (4) free absences (that's two whole weeks!). After four absences, I will deduct 10% of your grade for each additional absence. For example, you've missed four classes, but the mountain just had an epic snowfall. If you have an 80% average, your epic ski day will result in a 70%. Plan accordingly!

What do I do if I miss class?

You are responsible for anything you miss in this class as a result of absence (whether you're a volleyball superstar on a whirlwind volleyball tour or you're skipping a day to go skiing, you are in charge of yourself and the content you missed). Find a classmate to exchange email addresses/phone numbers with during the beginning of the semester, so that you have someone to contact to get lecture notes and assignments. I am the LAST person to contact because I teach 6 classes, I do not record lectures, much of what happens in my classroom is spontaneous and student-directed, and I don't take notes. I will not remember what you missed. DO NOT ASK ME. If you accidentally do, I will offend you mightily and let you know in no uncertain terms that I am not your personal secretary. (I think it's much like missing an important meeting at work and then asking the CEO what you missed later—it's a really bad idea).

Course Content Disclaimer

In this course, students will be required to read text 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 & Modern Languages, 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. If you choose to continue in this course, sign and return this portion of your syllabus to me indicating that you have read, understand, and accept the content, expectations, and responsibilities outlined in my syllabus.



Student Signature                                            Date


Student Name                                             Class/Section


The course schedule will be available on Blackboard in each unit's assignment sheet, and even that is subject to change.

Additional Items

Division Policies

NIC English/Modern Languages Division


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. NIC now subscribes to a plagiarism-prevention service, called, 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.

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

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.

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.


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.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

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:

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:

Additional withdrawal information:


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, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 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.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may 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.