Faulkner University

EH 1301 SYLLABUS

EH 1302 English Composition II
English and Fine Arts
Andrew R. Jacobs
SYLLABUS

  1. PURPOSE:

    EH 1301 involves the study of skills and methods used in writing university-level essays, with an emphasis on personal and expository essays. It is the first half of a two-semester sequence that constitutes freshman composition at Faulkner University.

  2. COURSE OBJECTIVES:
    1. An understanding of English grammar, syntax and conventional usage in the composition process.
    2. The ability to learn strategies for improving writing skills.
    3. The ability to respond critically to written texts, identifying facts, implications, assumptions, inferences, and judgments in written discourse.
    4. Experience in critical and logical thinking, questioning, and problem solving.
    5. Practice in fruitful individual, small group, and large group learning experiences.
    6. An understanding of the writing process including the stages of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.
    7. An understanding of the impact of purpose, occasion, and audience in writing
    8. The ability to structure and expand ideas into coherent essays.
    9. An understanding of the role of writing across the curriculum.

  3. COURSE PREMISE, PHILOSOPHY, and METHODOLOGY:

    This course is viewed as a didactive and cooperative learning partnership between the faculty member and the student. The success of this partnership depends on everyone involved being fully prepared for each class experience, keeping up with readings and other assignments, and conducting themselves in a professional and virtuous manner. The faculty member's role is to provide guidance, resources, and information as needed, modeling feedback, instructional activities, and assistance in integrating information. The course is grounded in constructivist learning theory. The course is designed as a learner-centered experience with the students being intimately involved in the course materials and activities. This course is an upper-level course and students will be expected to demonstrate ingenuity and expertise in completing the course assignments.

  4. CONTENT OUTLINE:
    1. Students will write essays that will primarily focus on achieving a purpose for both writer and reader.
    2. Students in English 1301 will learn to incorporate effective sentences and paragraphs into the whole composition. Specifically, they will be able to accomplish the following:
      1. Choose sentence patterns that represent the most widely used combinations: noun, adjective, and adverb clauses; coordinating conjunctions and conjunctive adverbs; participles as adjective and noun phrases; infinitives.
      2. Write complex sentences and avoid unnecessary fragments.
      3. Use effectively the following standard marks of punctuation:
        1. End punctuation
        2. Comma before coordinating conjunction between two clauses.
        3. Comma between items in series with no coordinating conjunction.
        4. Semicolon between clauses joined by conjunctive adverb.
        5. Commas with nonrestrictive phrases and clauses
        6. Quotation marks for quotations and dialogue
        7. Quotation marks and underlining for traditional titles
        8. Periods with abbreviations
    3. Through a sequence of writing, reading, and workshop assignments, students will:
      1. strengthen his/her composing process,
      2. strengthen his/her personal essay and expository writing skills,
      3. strengthen his/her analytical reading and critical thinking skills,
      4. use collaborative learning in various contexts.

  5. RESOURCES:
    1. REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:
      1. The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching. 3rd edition.
    2. SUPPLEMENTARY/SUGGESTED TEXTS/RESOURCES
      1. Dictionary, thesaurus, and basic grammar book. All three are helpful.
      2. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 7th Edition
      3. 3 1/2 floppy disk, USB stick, etc.
      4. Tutoring and software are available in the Instructional Support Lab.

      M/T/TH 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, W 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
      Phone: 386-7294

  6. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION:

    Essays will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

    1. Clarity and development of a purpose
    2. Evidence of implementing the writing process by pre-writing, drafting and revising.
    3. Appropriate language and style for the occasion and audience.
    4. Paragraph development.
    5. Sentence structure and mechanics
    6. Specific details and supporting evidence for main ideas.
    7. Topics dealing with various disciplines across the curriculum.

  7. COURSE GRADING:

    The final grade in the course will be determined as follows:

    • Essays 60 %
    • Daily 15 %
    • Workshop 15 %
    • Final Exam 10 %

  8. ACADEMIC POLICIES:

    Essay writing is the main thrust of this course. You will write many essays this semester, some in class and some out of class. All out of class papers must be typed (typewriter or computer) and double spaced. If your paper is excessively sloppy, it may be returned to you to be retyped and will be subject to late paper penalties. Out of class essays are due on the date announced at the beginning of class, despite your absence from the classroom that day. Any paper turned in after the class is well under way or later that day after the class period, is considered late and will be penalized 10 points. Any make up essays (only if absence is excused) must be done under comparable exam conditions (writing the paper in the instructor's presence). Late out of class papers are subject to a penalty of one letter grade per day (Friday is a day; the weekend is a day). You will be required to revise all essays and return them to the instructor at a designated time. All papers will be kept in your folder in the instructor's possession for reference and conference use. You should retain a photocopy of any essays you may want to keep for future reference. The final exam will be given only at the time and place determined by the University; thus, travel arrangements for the end of the semester should be made well in advance to avoid a conflict. The instructor reserves the right to base the semester grade on in-class work if there is a marked difference between a student's in class and out of class work.

    The Instructional Support Lab (located in Montgomery) has extensive resources to help you improve your writing. Computer programs in the lab tailor learning exercises to your individual strengths and weaknesses. If you are a traditional Montgomery student you will be spending some in class time in the computer lab.

    NOTICE: Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism is the deliberate submission of someone else's work as your own. It and other forms of academic dishonesty (such as cheating on exams) will not be tolerated and will be dealt with in accordance with the procedure given in the university catalog and student handbook.

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