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

Interdisciplinary Writing ENGL-205

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 01
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 08/24/2012

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


  • Monday, Wednesday, 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM, LKH 214


This course builds on writing skills gained from ENGL 101 and ENGL 102. In addition, the course enables students to make connections among many disciplines and instructs students to write effective papers in the sciences, social sciences, history, business fields, as well as in the humanities. Emphasis is placed on the student's own writing of essays and explications. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Easy Writer

  • Author: Lunsford
  • Publisher: St Martins
  • Edition: 4th
  • ISBN: 0312650310
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore
  • Price: $30

Writing & Reading Across the Curriculum

  • Author: Behrens
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Edition: 11th
  • ISBN: 0205727654
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore
  • Price: $65.50


After completing English 205, students should be able to:

Demonstrate competencies about essay writing gained in English 101 and 102.

Use correct grammatical and mechanical format when writing. (Editing step in writing process.)

Judge the effectiveness of your own writing and the writing of others based on specific criteria.

Demonstrate ability to think critically across disciplines.

Recognize historical, cultural, global and environmental awareness.


My real interest is in your progress this semester as a writer, reader, and critical thinker.While I will always use a grading rubric to assess your formal work, you may note that I will hold you accountable for quality work for every assignment. I am looking for focus, strong organization, thorough development of ideas, critical deliberation of each assignment, and finally mechanics and use of conventions.


An approximate break-down of points and assessment follows. This is a generalized list. I encourage you to track your own points earned as the semester goes along, so you can check your own grade at any time.
You will write a series of papers, letters, journals, and other forms of response and analysis. 40%
You will actively participate in class discussions, presentations, and other activities. 15%
Final Project: 25%
Comma Corrections and other assignments: 20%

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

*You are entitled to four free absences. After the fourth, expect your grade to decrease by 10% for each absence. For example, if you miss six classes and had a 100%, you will have an 80% after I deduct 20% from your grade.*

Course Policies

Due Dates

I collect all major papers at the beginning of class on the assigned due dates.
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. 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.


However, 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.


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

Absence Policy

After four (4) absences, I deduct 10% from the overall grade. See "assessment" for more details.

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 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 schedule of assignments 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.