Syllabus for ENC-101

English Composition I


COURSE DESCRIPTION

English Composition I is an introductory course in expository writing that emphasizes the importance of purpose and audience awareness in writing. While completing the work of the course, students will practice the processes that build proficiency in academic and business writing and gain confidence and competence in writing situations.

COURSE TOPICS

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, students should be able to:

CO1        Describe the role of the writing process in producing well-organized, clear, and coherent writing, including the role of editing and revision.

CO2        Recognize the importance of organization in essay writing.

CO3        Adapt writing to purpose and audience.

CO4        Articulate a clear and concise thesis statement supported by sufficient details and examples that reinforce focus.  

CO5        Employ the conventions of Standard Written English including proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

CO6        Appropriately apply modes of expression (i.e. description, exposition, narrative, argument) in written communication.

CO7        Effectively compose different types of essays, including analytical, problem-solving, and persuasive essays

CO8        Employ proper use of quotations, paraphrasing, and accurate documentation through responsible use of resources.  

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. You will find links to the assigned readings and videos in the individual modules.  

Readings

Open Resources that will be linked in the course include the following:

 

Videos

Students are encouraged to utilize the free Smarthinking tutoring option (found on the course home page under Research Resources/General Resources).

COURSE STRUCTURE

English Composition I  is a three-credit course consisting of seven modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, write a short research paper, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Promoting Originality

One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in this document.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in eight discussion forums, each focusing on a different topic. Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a discussion question and at least two subsequent comments on classmates’ responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as “I agree” and “ditto” are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, you should state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Note: The discussion forums in Modules 4 and 5 (Discussion Forums 2 through 7) are coordinated with the written assignments that follow them. In each, you are asked to read over the related assignment and post a thesis statement for your classmates to view and provide feedback on. It is very important that you post and reply to these assignments by the due dates so that you and your classmates have the feedback you need to compose your written assignments.  

Written Assignments

You are required to complete nine written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. Some assignments involve only a few paragraphs of writing and others require short essays.

All assignments should be well organized and clearly written. Before submitting your work, please proofread it for correct spelling, grammar, complete sentences and paragraphs, and clarity of expression.

Short Research Paper

In Module 6, you will write a short research paper of 750 to 1100 words in length (3 to 4 pages).

This paper must use at least three sources of information and cite them properly. Module 6 describes the paper in details.

Final Project

For the final project, you are required to submit a portfolio of your written work. This portfolio will contain four items.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at www.tesu.edu.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Plagiarism

Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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