EH 1302 SYLLABUS
EH 1302 English Composition II
English and Fine Arts
Andrew R. Jacobs
EH 1302 is designed as the second course in a sequence of freshman writing courses. Its purpose is to prepare students to become critical readers and writers who can function successfully in a variety of writing, as well as personal situations. The course is designed to help students develop the ability to read and critique, both orally and in written form, a variety of arguments, including those found in advertisements, classical arguments, and current events. The course is also responsible for teaching students the proper way to use a variety of research tools and the MLA style manual.
- COURSE OBJECTIVES:
- The student will demonstrate the ability to write essays which employ at least one of the following: Aristotelian argument, Toulmin argument, or another type of argument development.
- The student will demonstrate the ability to read an essay, view an advertisement, or look at other forms of arguments and analyze the arguments used, making judgments about the effectiveness of the argument as well as the ethicalness of the argument.
- The student will demonstrate the ability to read a passage or essay and determine main and supporting arguments.
- The student will demonstrate the ability to write an essay with fewer than 5 grammatical mistakes.
- The student will be able to successfully write an essay in a timed-writing situation.
- The student will demonstrate the ability to write a well developed, extended argument, using outside sources.
- 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.
- CONTENT OUTLINE:
- Reading and Responding to arguments
- Writing extended arguments
- Locating main arguments
- Locating supporting arguments
- Locating and correcting grammatical mistakes
- Writing essays for tests
- Writing under timed situations
- Participating in extended research
- Using MLA style manual
- REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:
- Everything's an Argument with Readings, 4th ed.
- SUPPLEMENTARY/SUGGESTED TEXTS/RESOURCES
- Dictionary, thesaurus, and basic grammar book. All three are helpful.
- 3 1/2 floppy disk, USB stick, etc.
- Tutoring and software are available in the Instructional Support Lab.
M/T/TH 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Phone: 386-7294
W 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
- COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION
Students must receive a passing grade on the final exam in order to pass the class. Students passing the final exam but failing the class will still receive the appropriate grade. Students may pass the course with a D, but will not be allowed to take any upper level writing intensive courses in any subject area.
- COURSE GRADING
- Portfolio 50%
- Research Paper 20%
- In-class Essays/Daily 10%
- Workshops 10%
- Final Exam 10%
- ACADEMIC POLICIES
Research writing is the main thrust of this course. You will write many essays this semester, some in class and some out of class. Toward the end of the semester, you will write a full length research paper (ten pages or more). 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 essay 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.