Syllabus, ENG 111, Fall 2012

Computer-Mediated College Composition I

Rick Dollieslager, Asst. Professor of English

Office: Templin Hall 874 Phone: 825-3543


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We will use the Internet and various free publications for our readings and models. You need not buy a book unless you want hard copy of the handbook.
Optional paper handbook: Norton Field Guide to Writing

*Note: We will use Microsoft Word as our word processing system, and we will use other components of the Microsoft Office Suite as needed. You need not purchase these since they will be available on campus, but you MUST know how to use the system.

Catalog Description

Introduces students to critical thinking and the fundamentals of academic writing. Through the writing process, students refine topics; develop and support ideas; investigate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate resources; edit for effective style and usage; and determine appropriate approaches for a variety of contexts, audiences, and purposes. Writing activities will include exposition and argumentation with at least one researched essay.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory scores on the placement exam or satisfactory completion of prerequisite writing course.


Upon successful completion of the course, you should have a better understanding of your own writing process and should be able to apply the strategies of exposition and persuasion/argumentation appropriately in writing situations. You should be familiar with the basic form of the academic essay and other forms of written electronic and print communication, you should have an increased awareness of tailoring writing to the needs of the audience, you should have an understanding of how to use various print and electronic resources both for research and for publication of your own work, you should be able to analyze academic and professional readings to determine the main points and methods of development, and you should be able to edit your own writing to satisfactorily conform to the accepted practices of standard (American) English prose.

Instructional Methods

The course will be conducted in workshop fashion, requiring individual work at the computers, small group discussion and exercises, peer evaluation, and group or student/instructor conferences. There will be a few sessions which are predominantly lecture and discussion, but there will be a good deal of in-class writing and a number of Internet-based projects, so you should expect to and be prepared to work in class at every scheduled meeting.

For each college course that you enroll in, you should expect to spend two to three hours outside of class for every hour of seat time, in order to study and to complete your assignments. English 111 is no different. We will meet for approximately six hours per week, which means that you should plan to devote twelve to eighteen hours per week outside of class to complete the work. This class will require you to do on-line research of sample essays and reviews, and of resources for ascertaining entertainment events and venues in this area of Virginia.

Grading and Assignments

First, keep electronic and paper copy of all handouts and assignments that you receive or do this semester. That way, if there is any question of policy or of accuracy in recording a grade, you have copies of everything of importance. In order to receive full credit, all work will be submitted on time (by the posted or stated deadline). The grade for any late work, if accepted at all, will be substantially reduced.

We will use the Internet for some of our readings and research/analysis projects. All of the graded assignments will be worked on the computer and the papers will be submitted first as hard copy, then revised and edited to include in your web folio. You will publish your class papers on the Internet by developing an electronic portfolio as one of the major projects for the semester. We will use a Google webpage builder application that is new to me, so we will all learn to use it together. Likewise, off-campus access to the Internet will be convenient but not mandatory, as you will have access through the Academic Computing Lab in Wythe Hall.

Classroom Deportment section--agreed to by acclimation on -----

Expectations of students in order to foster success

Expectations of Instructor in order to foster individual success

Absences: Communications Division policy stipulates that I must 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 more than six classes will be dropped. I have found that anyone can succeed who tries hard enough.

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: "The action may involve a grade reduction for the work in question, the assignment of a failing grade for the course, and /or a recommendation for possible dismissal from the College." (p. 68)

Repeat 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 see 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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