Syllabus, English 03, Summer 2010

Rick Dollieslager, Asst. Professor of English

Office: Templin Hall 874 Phone: 825-3543



Office Hours:


Contacting me: Use email or stop past my office. If you leave voice mail I will call you back if you leave your cell phone number. The best bet, if you need to talk to me and I'm not in when you call, is to call back during my office hours.

Required Materials:

TNCC Catalog Description: Prerequisite: ENG 01 "Preparing for College Writing I"  ENG 03 "Preparing for College Writing II" emphasizes strategies within the writing process to help students with specific writing situations. Develops techniques to improve clarity of writing and raise proficiency to the level necessary for entrance into particular curricula.

Over-arching goals of English 3:

·         Refinement of essay development skills: Drafting, organizing, concrete support, thesis statements, paragraphing, topic sentences, introductions, conclusions.

·         Improvement of editing skills:  Applying basic sentence structures and punctuation patterns, and using conventional academic/professional grammar

·         Learning and study skills acquisition:  NHLP/Brain Development during learning, note-taking,

·         Cooperative Learning and Professionalism: Developing leadership and success skills.


Instructional Methods: The course is conducted as a workshop. It will include full-class discussion of the assigned material, small-group discussion and exercises, peer evaluation, use of computer-assisted instruction, and individual student/instructor conferences. Because this course is a workshop, expect to and be prepared to work in class at every scheduled meeting.

Assignments: First, save this syllabus and all other electronic handouts to your disks or jump drives and keep in your class folder or notebook all paper handouts and assignments that you receive or do this semester. You will find them useful, in that, throughout the semester, I will refer you to the handouts I have given you and to the assignments you have completed; and your papers will be revised for inclusion in your exit portfolio. Typically, I assign four or five essays, as time and our progress towards meeting the course objectives permit. In addition to the writing assignments, you will work editing lessons on the computer, consult on-line writing resources on the Internet, study interactive computer programs on the conventions of punctuation and grammar, read handouts and Internet assignments, take readings quizzes, and work exercises from the various electronic sources. Due dates: The deadlines for papers will be posted on the class web site. I will not collect papers at their due dates; rather, I will arrange to have a conference with you on the first draft of each paper or paragraph. We will conference either during class or during my office hours or at another time, by arrangement. I will probably not collect your papers and take them with me at any point in this semester up until the final portfolios are to be turned in.

Evaluation:  On the last regular class day, July 8th, you will write an in-class essay and submit a portfolio of your writings to be evaluated by a panel of readers from the English Department. The portfolio will comprise the final drafts of all of your papers, including the in-class essay. The panel of readers will recommend your placement for the next semester. The recommendation will be to re-enroll in ENG 03 or to take English 111. Your portfolio won't be considered for evaluation at the end of the semester unless you have also successfully completed at least 80% of the assigned work on time (both in-class and outside-of-class work) including software lessons and the readings quizzes.

Expectations of students (compiled by Eng 03 classes and Mr. D.):

·         Absences: English Department policy stipulates that I should fill out a drop form for any student who has missed over 20% of the scheduled classes. I can't help you to achieve your goals if you aren't in class to work toward them. Anyone who misses nine M-W-F classes will be dropped. I have found that anyone can succeed who tries hard enough.

·         Cell Phones (Your professors hate cell phones.) There is ONE authorized use of a cell phone in class. In the first few minutes of class, I will take roll by asking who is not present.  If a member of your base group is not present and you do not already know that person’s circumstances, I will ask you to call him or her.  After that, turn off your cell phone during class! If a cell phone rings during class, the offending owner will apologize to the class for disrupting their education and will further beg forgiveness of his or her colleagues by providing a dozen doughnuts or a pizza on a day agreed upon by the majority of the members of the class. Do not take or make a text message during class. There is nothing more important between 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays than your Eng 3 class; otherwise you would not have scheduled this class at this time.


Expectations of instructor (compiled by Eng 03 classes and Mr. D.):





Plagiarism: In accordance with provisions published in the TNCC Student Handbook, disciplinary action will result if plagiarized work is turned in. The TNCC Student Handbook describes plagiarism thus: "To steal and pass off as one's own the ideas or words of another; to use without crediting the source; to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source; to commit literary theft." Whether intentional or inadvertent, plagiarism is a serious academic offense, and the consequences for intentional plagiarism are severe, as stipulated in the TNCC Student Handbook: "Plagiarism at Thomas Nelson Community College will constitute a dismissible offense..."

Last date to withdraw with a refund: 25 may 2010

Final date to withdraw from the course: 21 June 2010

TNCC Retake policy: Enrollment in a course is limited to two times. If a student needs to enroll for a third and final time, he or she must submit a written petition to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (or her designee) for approval.

ADA Compliance: If you have any diagnosed physical or learning disabilities please go to meet with Professor Richard Hurst in the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (Hastings Hall, room 323) to register for support services or accommodations covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


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