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Unformatted text preview: English 100 Syllabus Orange Coast College 2/11 Instructor: Louella Nelson, M.A. Location: As assigned. Email: Use only the class Blackboard email. Office hours: By arrangement via email. Mailbox: Administration Building, NE corner. Blackboard Login: http://orangecoastcollege.edu/bbvista (same user name and password as MyOCC) Instructor’s OCC Web address: http://occonline.occ.cccd.edu/online/lnelson Phone: to be announced Follow this link to change your password: https://mycoast.cccd.edu/cp/myqa/answer/start If you need technical assistance call 1­714­432­5072. Student I.D. required. OCC Tech Support FAQs: http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/myocc/Frequently+Asked+Questions.htm#faq18 What textbooks and materials will I need for the course? Adios, Strunk and White, 4th Edition. Gary & Glynis Hoff man. ISBN 10­937363­40­5 The Writer’s Presence, 6th Edition. McQuade & Atwan, eds. ISBN 10: 0­312­48686­3 Principles of Writing Research Papers, 3rd Edition. James D. Lester. ISBN 10­0205791824 Flash drive to courier files (bring to every class) or be sure you can access personal email. Must have access to a computer, the W eb, and BB Vista daily, including weekends Two two­pocket folders for essay submissions (no inside brads or clips please; no black) Two highlighters of different colors. Does this course use computers? This English 100 course is computer­enhanced: The computer often will be used in class to complete quizzes and other assignments, and most assignments will be posted online via classroom software called Blackboard. To be successful in the course, complete the Blackboard Vista Student Tutorial immediately. The link appears at: http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/academics/online_classes/Preparing+for+Your+Onli ne+Class.htm Nelson/Syllabus/2 What will I learn? Students learn to write essays that contain sophisticated, original ideas and are organized, articulate, and logical as well as creatively written. Emphasis is on analytical reading and thinking, clear writing, and the reasoned support of ideas. You will read and analyze published essays, practice research strategies, and evaluate both the viability of sources and their relevance to your project. You will also gain proficiency in MLA formatting and gain experience writing argument, opinion, and narrative essays. The “argument essay” contains formal language and outside research that is incorporated into the essay, while other essays you will write use an informal tone and are written from a more personal perspective, incorporating memory, emotion, and opinion as well as outside research. Through the reading of essays written by some of the world’s leading essayists, you learn to recognize and use themes, symbolism, thesis statements, supporting ideas, transitions, topic sentences, and a host of creative stylistic elements and tones in your own writing. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR ENGLISH 100: · · · · W riting Outcomes: Students will be able to articulate logical and sophisticated ideas in essays that are organized, coherent, logical and well developed while using proper grammar. Reading Outcomes: Students will be able to identify major and minor supporting details, identify structural elements, such as transitions, thesis statements and topic sentences, and be able to discuss and summarize the main ideas in a text. Students will be able to evaluate argument structures and scrutinize argument conclusions based on the facts, assumptions, inference, and overall logic. Research Outcomes: Students will be able to effectively use the library, conducting research via online and textual databases, periodicals, books, and reference materials. Students will be able to evaluate research in order to assess its relevance and use that research effectively in their papers. What are the prerequisites and do they matter? This is crucial. Prerequisites are English 99 or ESL 199AC with a grade of “C” or better, or appropriate English or ESL placement score. Need help with English basics? Read on! Where can I get free tutoring help? The ability to use English grammar, punctuation, and spelling correctly is essential and does affect your grade. If a student knows these skills need improvement, or if the instructor recommends outside help, immediate tutoring is strongly recommended. OCC provides free tutoring paid by tax dollars. If you struggle with English, you will be referred to the Tutorial Center at 714­432­5559. Ask to be transferred to the W riting & Reading Center (W RC) located Nelson/Syllabus/3 in Bldg. C&L room 109,. They are friendly! Extra credit is available for a minimum of two hours of documented visits.* How can I successfully complete the course? Be aggressive about homework and be prepared for class. Buy your text books immediately, do the reading, and finish and post the first assignments on time. *If you show me proof that you are, in fact, engaged in a professional English skills tutoring situation, this will be a deciding factor if you are on the edge between one grade and another. I will be available for conferences by appointment before or after class. Take advantage of this opportunity to get feedback and tips on your writing. This class is highly interactive. Be positive about what you can accomplish and enjoy the opportunity to be heard, and the laughter, while learning. How does a “hybrid” English 100 course compare to a “traditional” web­ enhanced course? Good question. Taking a hybrid course is actually more work because some new material is taught only via text and in online lecture without the benefit of the instructor present to immediately answer questions. Hybrid courses are geared for self­starters who work well independently. However, both the on­campus and the hybrid courses taught by this instructor ask the student to post homework assignments and peer reviews online, and both courses ask the student to take quizzes and to post writings online while in the campus classroom. So all students will learn to log in to the Blackboard learning system which hosts our online class. All students will navigate this online classroom, read and answer emails, click on web links, post homework in Discussions and Assignments, and so forth. English 100 is a four­hour transfer course. For the traditional on­campus class, you will spend about four hours in the classroom, then be expected to do homework on your own. In contrast, the hybrid English 100 course requires two hours in a campus meeting and another two hours in online reading and study, which is considered the “online meeting,” plus time spent on homework. The time spent inside the online classroom is tracked by Blackboard, so your commitment has to be sincere. However, simply being online isn’t a guarantee that you’ll pass the class—you must satisfactorily complete the work outlined in the Schedule. Neither the traditional nor the hybrid course is a “work­at­you­own­pace” course, so students must be disciplined and have dedicated study habits to do well. There are specific deadlines and due dates that must be met, and many assignment notes are delivered via the course email, so it is imperative to log into the course a minimum of twice per week (when assignments are due, and again about four hours before on­campus meetings, to check email one last time at a minimum). How much time should I spend on this class? Homework and essay­writing are in addition to class hours. Generally, plan to spend two to four hours per class hour on homework. For example, a summer hybrid course meets weekly Nelson/Syllabus/4 on campus for 4.5 hours plus 4 hours online. Students would spend an additional 16 to 30 hours per week on assigned work, depending on the grade goal. It is recommended to “work ahead” of deadlines and post early to avoid being locked out of certain assignments/quizzes. What are the course requirements, points scale? The course is based on earned points for assignments, free­writings, reading responses, essays, presentations, attendance, and participation. Estimated possible points range from about 450 to 850. Here is an example (which could change semester to semester): Essay #1 Essay #2 Essay #3 Freewrites 30 points Quizzes (6 at 10 points each) 60 points 100 points Postings, Peer Reviews, Participation 190 points 50 points PowerPoint Presentations 100 points 50 points Please note: Students are given an opportunity, on a volunteer basis, to earn extra credit for reading their essay draft aloud and allowing the class to discuss the pros and cons of the essay, which helps everyone write a better essay. This is the ONLY opportunity for extra credit. “Penalty points” can be assessed for not having the assigned reading m aterial in class, for not doing the reading, and for having more than three absences. What is the grading scale? A = 90% – 100% B = 80% – 89% C = 70% – 79% D = 60% – 69% F = 59% or less What are the rules for in­class submissions? All in­class submissions (homework, freewrites, and essays) must be in MLA format. Use double­spaced Courier 12 point font, “First line” indents for paragraphs, and one­inch margins. (All online submissions must be single­spaced with a double space between paragraphs.) Final­draft essays must be double­spaced in Courier 12 and presented in a two­pocket folder with all supporting and prior work on the essay including peer reviews. Points will be deducted if required items are missing. Email submissions of final­draft essays are not accepted. Essays must be “coded” before submission in class and before posting. W e’ll go over this. I reserve the right to ask students to clear their essays through an electronic plagiarism software program. Plagiarism is a serious issue and will not be tolerated. Your creative rights will be preserved. For quoting outside sources in your essay, the source­author’s name must appear in the body of the essay, which would correlate to the alphabetical authors listed in your W orks Cited. If you don't do this, you are plagiarizing, which could earn you a fail or expel. Colleges are super nit­picky on this point. Deadlines Short version: be on time. W ork ahead. In case of emergency, email me before the deadline. Nelson/Syllabus/5 Midnight of the date due is the deadline for online­posted assignments. The computer will not accept them after that time. This is enforced after week 1. Essay deadlines: You may be late on ONE ESSAY in the semester without penalty; other lates will be docked one grade per day and not accepted after the due date plus one week. Essays will not be accepted after two weeks past the date due. There are no exceptions to the deadline for the final essay. If you have to miss class on a day an essay is due, it is strongly recommended you find a family member, roommate, friend, or classmate who can deliver your essay on time to me. Just have them walk into class and hand me the essay. Reading and discussion: Do all reading. Students must be active in discussions and prepared with questions/comments about the reading every day. Points can be deducted from your final grade for not having the reading in class and not being prepared on every page of the reading. Don’t get tangled up in outside problems. Set a goal to focus on course responsibilities. Tell your loved ones, boss, and f riends about your goal and ask f or their cooperation. You can request f ree counseling in the Health Office. Come to class. Do the reading. Participate. Do your best. ALERT #1: Class assignments, group work, free­writes, quizzes, and reading preparedness may not be made up. Simba ALERT #2: Coming to class without all of the textbooks will result in a deduction of 5 points each time after week 1. All class texts are on reserve in the Library; simply ask to read them, copy the readings, and bring the readings to class for discussion. You won’t lose points! What are the course policies concerning attendance, tardies? Attendance at EVERY class is crucial! Do not miss class the first two weeks; you will be dropped. After that, you can miss two classes without penalty. The third absence for any reason will cost you 20 points. At the fourth absence you will be dropped from the course and/or failed. Do not miss the last two classes of the semester for any reason. Do not miss the Students Teach the Class meeting. You are responsible for seeing me after class to get an absence changed to a tardy. Tardies are considered rude and disruptive and will be considered an absence after the third tardy. If you sleep in class you’ll be marked absent. Summer courses: One class meeting may be missed without penalty. If a second class is missed, the student will be dropped/failed. ALERT # 3: Withdrawing/dropping to avoid an F is a student’s responsibility. ALERT # 4: If you slip out at the break you will be counted absent. Nelson/Syllabus/6 ALERT # 5: If a major life issue occurs, contact me immediately and let me know about it. This could mean the difference between a pass, fail, or drop. Provide proof of any emergency or excused absence. ALERT # 6: Work is not an excuse to be absent or leave early. Do not ask; the answer is no. Likewise, please schedule routine medical appointments for away from class time! How do I find out what I missed when absent? You are responsible for all content presented during class hours and sent via email. Read between the lines: don’t miss class! You will be asked to pick three fellow students—your Class Buddies—to call and email if you miss a class meeting. If you miss a meeting, you will use Blackboard email to contact your Buddies to request notes and any pertinent information you missed. Allow a day for them to respond. Always respond!! Make query emails or texts brief. Courtesy must be extended during every contact. No insults, bullying, rudeness, come­ons, or gossip about fellow buddies. Please report abuse of this courtesy policy to me. Discourteous buddies will be referred to the Dean of Students for an attitude adjustment or discipline. What is the class seating arrangement? I don’t like empty seats in the front of the classroom. So every class, fill up forward rows. Do not migrate to a “safe” or “favorite” seat in the back. You will be asked to move forward. Please volunteer to do this! You may save a seat for a buddy for a couple of minutes, but then, let it fill. What if I disrupt the class? Do not misconstrue my happy demeanor as meaning I don’t believe in rules. The rules and policies of this course provide parity and foster learning and will be enforced. DO NOT TALK W HILE ANOTHER PERSON HAS THE FLOOR. It is disruptive! Do not whisper or make snide remarks; it is rude and disruptive. If you come late to class, ask only me what’s going on. This is a college level class and college level conduct is expected. Please be respectful to your classmates and to me. Practice focus, awareness, and courtesy. Do not talk over others; it’s disruptive. If you disrupt the class you will receive a warning; if you continue to disrupt class, you will be asked to leave class indefinitely and I will f ile a complaint with the Dean of Students. The class is upbeat. If you have a chronic bad attitude or an inability to curb your talking, there are other courses perhaps better suited to your educational expectations. You will immediately be referred to school officials for discussion, counseling, or disciplinary behavior. Final Thoughts This course is geared to students who want to meet their educational goals, such as fulfilling a degree requirement or mastering writing skills for the job or higher education. I will do my part to get everyone motivated and enjoying the learning experience. Things are pretty upbeat in my classes. The old “positive attitude” is alive and well. Academic curiosity is rewarded. Positive participation is rewarded. Dedication to academic striving is rewarded. If any student has worries about assignments, grades, behaviors of students, or any legitimate concern, email or speak to me. You will find me understanding and fair­minded. ...
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