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

English Composition ENGL-102

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 47
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 09/01/2012 to 12/15/2012
  • Modified 08/29/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Jeff Gerhardstein

Office Hours

  • Saturday, 11:50 AM to 12:20 PM, LKH 204D

Meeting Times


  • Saturday, 9:00 AM to 11:50 AM, LKH 209


English 102 provides instruction in the research process, which includes the gathering, the critical evaluation, and the presentation of evidence. Critical thinking is emphasized as vital to drawing conclusions from evidence. This class helps provide techniques for conducting research in all areas of study. It is required for all transfer degree programs. Lecture: 3 hours per week


  • “They Say/I Say”:  The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, With Readings, 1st ed.  Ed. by Graff, Birkenstein, and Durst.
  • A Pocket Style Manual, 5th ed. Hacker.  
  • Reliable access to Blackboard and student email account.


After completing English 102 students should be able to:

use the research and writing process to gather and evaluate information from a variety of sources
  • distinguish among summary, paraphrase, and plagiarism
  • cite sources accurately according to MLA or APA documentation standards
write an argumentative research essay
  • compose fair, logical, well-supported arguments
  • distinguish among fact, opinion, and belief
  • recognize and avoid fallacious reasoning
  • use appropriate persuasive techniques in writing.


To write well means to adopt a writing process which results in good work. Therefore, grades for writing are evaluated holistically based on clarity, style, organization, mechanics, and proper use of research and MLA citation methods; additionally, students are held accountable for participating actively in in-class writing and workshopping, and for providing evidence that shows the work put into each assignment.

English 102 Grade Distribution:   

In-Class Writing/Quizzes/Workshop/Discussion:   10%

Short Papers/Homework:                                               20%

Paper 1:                                                                                10%

Paper 2:                                                                                15%

Paper 3:                                                                                20%

Paper 4:                                                                                25%

TOTAL:                                                              100%



Grade Structure:

A       93-100       A-      90-92       B+       87-89       B       83-86

B-      80-82        C+      77-79       C        73-76       C-      70-72

D+     67-69        D        63-66       D-       60-62       F         0-59





Course Policies

Absence Policy

Do not miss more than 2 class meetings for any reason.  Arrive on time or risk being marked absent.

If an absence is due to a college-sponsored event, notify the instructor beforehand and make arrangements to turn in any work due on the date to be missed.


Attendance Policy:

2 absences: no penalty

3 absences: overall grade reduced by 10%

4 absences: failure of the course


Please Note:

It is your responsibility to turn in all work on time and to keep up with whatever we do in class each week (i.e. deadlines must be met regardless of absences). Check the course Blackboard site and contact instructor or classmate to keep abreast of what you missed due to an absence. If your absence results in a missed quiz or in-class write, it cannot be made up.

Policies on Classroom Behavior: 

  • Arriving late or leaving early without permission may result in being marked absent for the day or a loss of points.
  • Disruptive behavior (talking, texting, phoning, hostile outbursts, negative or hostile body language, sleeping) may result in a loss of points, being asked to leave for the day (and therefore, being marked absent), or, if persistent, in disenrollment from the class.
  • Unpreparedness for in-class discussion, writing, workshop, etc. may, at the discretion of the instructor, result in loss of points on an assignment or overall grade. 
  • Failure to bring/use standard office supplies like pencils, pens, clean unmarked paper for paper assignments, paper clips, staples, or other appropriate, basic supplies, may result, at the discretion of the instructor, in a loss of points on an assignment or overall grade. Your instructor and classmates are not obliged to supply these items.
  • If a student is consistently disruptive the instructor will take the proper steps to remove the student from the class, including disenrollment.
  • If you find a classmate's behavior disruptive, please discuss the matter with the instructor.

Policy on Revising Writing:

This course stresses the importance of the writing process, including in-class writing and workshops, which may count toward the overall grade of an assignment. All graded work is expected to have been thoroughly revised (not simply edited, but revised). Students are expected to revise thoroughly prior to submitting a paper for a grade. However, each student will be invited to resubmit one revision of a major assignment (Paper 1, 2, or 3) for the chance to earn a higher grade.  


Course documents and assignments are posted on Blackboard. Blackboard may be used as a venue for a homework assignment (online discussion board, for example), so pay attention in class to any such announcements. If there is a required online discussion board, keep in mind that thorough, informed, intelligent, complete answers warrant higher grades than sloppy, incoherent and/or incomplete answers do, and that online etiquette is expected and enforced in such discussion forums (i.e. hostile or offensive answers will result in a grade of zero and possible sanctions, including a loss of points on an assignment or possible disenrollment from the course).

In-Class Writing Workshops:

Much of the work we do in this class involves exchanging written work with peers in frequent workshops at various stages of the writing process. This is a vital part of the course, so arriving unprepared, if a draft is required that day, will result in a lowered grade on an assignment and possibly in being marked absent for the day. 

  • Arrive punctually and prepared. 
  • Be prepared to read your work aloud to your peers in small groups. 
  • Bring extra copies for your peer group (we will work in groups of 3 or 4, typically, so 2 to 3 copies ought to suffice).
  • The person whose work is being discussed should sit quietly and take notes on a copy of the draft, and periodically ask questions of the peer group.
  • Each member's draft should receive ca. 30 minutes of attention from the peer group. This may seem difficult at first, but practice will increase each member's ease in discussing classmates' writing.

Late Work Policy:

Assignments are to be turned in on the due date in person. Many assignments will be required to be turned in in a folder, with prewriting, workshop notes, previous drafts, and so on. Therefore, work is not accepted via email or Blackboard drop box without prior notification and approval. If you simply cannot make it to class on a due date, turn in your folder in my mailbox in the NIC English Department office in LKH. If you MUST turn in an assignment late do the following: 1) email a copy to me AND 2) submit all necessary drafts, prewriting, etc. in a folder to my mailbox in the English Department, AND 3) Have the English Department Administrative Assistant write or stamp the time and date your work was submitted on the cover of your folder or on the front page of your paper.  


  • All papers are due on Saturday, the day of class
  • If turned in anytime after class up to the following Tuesday:  -10 points.
  • Thereafter, up to one week late:  -20 points. 
  • Any later than one week= 0 for the assignment




The weekly reading and homework schedule will be announced weekly in class and will be posted on Blackboard.

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 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.