Syllabus, English Fundamentals 2, Spring 2014
Rick Dollieslager, Asst. Professor of English

Office: Templin Hall 874 Phone: 825-3543 Email:
Office Hours: Mon-Weds 9:30-11:45 room 874, 11:45-12:30 room 916 / Tues-Thurs 9:45-11:00 and 1:30-2:00 room 916
Online office hours: Tues-Weds 6:00-7:15 pm


e-Book & Software

On line hand book: Norton Field Guide to Writing (Free online--no purchase necessary)
Basic Writing 1 software. Log-in to: Cengage Aplia to access or purchase. Course Key: YKKG-8MEM-JWSZ
e-book: College Reading: The Science and Strategies of Expert Readers by Smilkstein, Zadina, Daiek and Anter. Log in to CengageBrain to access and purchase.

*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. If you do not have MS Word off campus, the VCCS provides you with access to the Google Docs word processor through your MyTNCC login.

VCCS Student Learning Outcomes for English Fundamentals

Read the objectives and learning outcomes of English Fundamentals 2 at the link above. The intent of ENF 2 is to help students develop an improve improve their reading, writing, study and critical thinking abilities for success in college-level courses.

Instructional Methods

The course will be conducted in workshop fashion, requiring individual work at the computers (including in-class reading, writing and software lessons), 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, reading and discussion, 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 8 hours per week, which means that you should plan to devote 16 to 20 hours per week outside of class to complete the software lessons, read and mark the e-book, write your papers, and otherwise study the handbook sources and the assigned on-line readings and models and lessons for writing. This class will require you to do on-line research, which I will teach you how to do.

Grading and Assignments

Keep electronic and/or paper copy of all handouts and assignments that you receive or do this semester. That way, you have copies of everything of importance. All final drafts of paragraph and essay assignments will be typed. In order to receive timely feedback for revision, all work will be submitted on time. If papers miss deadline for final drafts, they will not be included in the semester portfolio, which means the student cannot pass the class

You are required to have ALL of your work with you at all times that the class meets. This is easily accomplished by using your two paper folders for handouts and printouts, and by storing all of your drafts and projects on your portable storage media and "in the cloud" through use of Google apps, DropBox, or another universally accessible mode of storage which you may prefer. "I finished it, but I forgot to bring it" is a completely unacceptable excuse. Store your drafts so that you always have access to them electronically. I will show you how.

Expectations of Students (This section was submitted by my previous ENF/Eng. students. Let's discuss it, teak it, and agree to the revisions.)

In order to be successful in ENG 111, we agree to do the following:

Expectations of Mr. Dollieslager (This section was also submitted by my previous ENF/Eng. students, so le's, again, revise it and agree to the revisions.)
In order to facilitate your success and support your achievements I agree to the following:

Classroom Deportment (Again, let's review this section, revise it, and adopt the revised "Deportment" section by the second class.)

In order to foster success, it is my responsibility to maintain a safe, learning centered environment in which every student can participate and develop the skills necessary to be successful in ENF 2.  I take this responsibility very seriously and we will all agree to the following classroom behaviors in order to respect everyone’s right to learn the course objectives and to support each other in achieving them.

NOTE: Excessive off-topic chatting and excessive socializing will not be permitted. We will meet and greet at the start of class, and then we will focus on class topics. The Student Code of Conduct prohibits disruption of classes due to talking or excessive noise.

Important Dates and Announcements

Last date to withdraw with a refund: 1/29/2014

Final date to withdraw from the course: 3/24/2014

Finals Week: 5/6/2014-5/12/2014

Grades Posted by 5/14/2014

Plagiarism: In accordance with provisions published in the TNCC Student Handbook (pages 58-60), 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..."

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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