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Lackawanna College

English 105: College Writing

Online: 3 credits

Fall 2017: October 18th- December 8th

 

Instructor:

Maura Irving

Phone:

570- 335-8852

Office:

Online

E-mail:

maura.irving@falcons.lackawanna.edu

Office Hours:

Online through Chat by appointment or at a mutually convenient time

 

*Email is checked several times daily.

 

 

Text:

Kennedy, X.J., Kennedy, D., & Muth, M. (2014). The Bedford Guide for College Writers, 10th ed.

 

            MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press. 

 

Hacker, D. & Summers, N.A. Writer’s Reference, 8th ed. (2015).  MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s

 

Press. 

 

 

Description:

ENG 105 - College Writing
ENG 105 (Formerly EN 105) - College Writing English 105 strives to familiarize students with the writing process, empowering them to effectively produce polished, coherent academic essays, which employ critical, analytical and research skills. This course applies a holistic approach to academic writing while helping students to develop clear, thoughtful essays in standard academic forms. Specifically, students' writing experience will culminate in the production of a properly organized, fully documented research paper (3 Credits)

 

Goals and Objectives: By the time you have successfully completed this class; you will have learned and completed the following:

  1. To write essays which demonstrate critical thinking, definition, detailed description, analysis, and synthesis.
  2. To compose a précis of a work in connection to the research assignment, demonstrating ability to present a concise, yet critical/analytical summary of a scholarly work.
  3. To examine an issue and present well planned, carefully supported arguments in a research essay on an approved topic: 5-7 page original, fully documented academic essay in MLA style utilizing at least 5-6 sources.
  4. To enable students to critically analyze their own writing and thought processes for bias and flawed logic, striving to correct these.
  5. To utilize various forms of print and electronic references, evaluating each of these for logic, validity, and reliability.
  6. To base style and language choice upon sound analyses of audience and purpose.
  7. To subject a hypothesis to critical analysis utilizing data, facts, and authoritative expertise either to confirm or refute individual points of view.
  8. To evaluate critically the underlying assumptions behind generally accepted viewpoints and “conventional wisdom.”
  9. To recognize that effective writing involves processes of: thinking, discovering, planning, revising, editing, and proofreading.
  10. To improve mechanical and stylistic aspects of writing while utilizing various means of discovery and research.
  11. To understand the protocol of writing in standard, formal English for academic and professional purposes.
  12. To demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing through careful reading and listening.
  13. To approach the issues presented in class with professionalism and an open mind, using sound logic in thinking and expression of views. While students are encouraged to present their ideas, they should do so with an awareness of the way sexism, racism, homophobia, etc., negatively affect classmates and instructor.
  14. To make informed decisions on moral questions, particularly those involving plagiarism, cheating, or lying.
  15. To complete the writing process independently, when needed, and cooperatively, when applicable.
  16. To participate in peer-editing as a tool for polishing writing.
  17. To demonstrate effective research and information management skills.
  18. To demonstrate perseverance and learn from mistakes as students self-direct life-long learning.
  19. To appreciate writing as a creative outlet while recognizing the power and authority of the written word as it has both political and personal implications.
  20. To utilize various forms of print and electronic references, evaluating each of these for logic, validity, and reliability.
  21. To compose in an electronic environment and using the resources of word processing software to improve writing.

Requirements:

It is important that you read all required texts and complete all assignments.  It is imperative that you sign into the course daily and participate in all class discussions at a minimum of two times a day over four separate days. (Eight posts per week total)

The following is a breakdown of your assignments:

  1. Journal entries (at least 300-500 words in length in length) where you will respond to a prompt that supports the writing element we are discussing that week.
  2. Two essays (2-3 pages in length) where we will explore different types of writing styles and the essentials of them. 
  3. Completion of online discussions with classmates.  This is one of the most important components of this course.  
  4. A 5-6-page MLA style research paper which utilizes at least 6 academic sources.  
  5. A Syllabus Quiz and Course Navigation Quiz will test your ability to navigate the course and understand the content of the course.
  6. A quiz on the MLA style research paper
  7. An important Case Study focusing on literacy and writing.
  8. Homework assignments which complement the chosen writing topics of that particular week.
  9. Important resources and videos to guide us through the best writing practices.

 

Evaluation:

Participation: (40 Points a week)                                               320                 

 (6) Journal Entries: (25 Points each)                                         150

Quizzes: (Syllabus, Navigation, MLA)                                       100

Essay One:       (Descriptive)                                                    150     

Essay Two:      (Narrative)                                                       150                 

Research Paper: (MLA)                                                            300

Case Study                                                                                 75

Additional Writing Activities                                                      60

Interview Assignment                                                                 50

Research Topic/Research Thesis                                                  20

Biography (In Discussions)                                                         10                 

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            Total Points:                                                                               1385

 

Online Course Attendance Policy

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.

 

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Postings not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.

 

Required Discussion Replies in an Online Course

Maximum # of  Weeks Allowed without Discussion 

 

Two times per day over four separate days (8 total per week)

 

0

 

  • You are required to engage in discussion at least TWO times per DAY over FOUR separate days throughout the week for a total of 8 weekly posts in all, minimum.
  • An online course week runs seven days per week, from Monday through Sunday.
  • You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your daily score.
  • Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course. 

 

 

You MUST post no less than 8 times per week – twice on any four days.

Good Discussions in Handouts and Links will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric

40 points per week for a total of 320 points

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?

Where?

Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 posts)

5

 

 

 

Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 posts)

5

 

 

 

Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 posts)

5

 

 

 

Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 posts)

5

 

 

 

Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.

5

 

 

 

Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both

5

 

 

 

Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation

5

 

 

 

Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette

5

 

 

 

TOTAL POINTS for EACH WEEKLY DISCUSSION:

40

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journal Entries: There will be required journal entries throughout the course.  Each journal entry will be a specific short writing prompt.  Be sure to closely follow the prompts for each journal requirement. 

Rubric Title

Total Points Value

Requirement

Did I do This?

Where? (i.e. slide number, page number, paragraph, etc.)

Points Available

Points Earned

Student exceeds expectations by completely answering journal question in a thoughtful, complex way.  Grammatical errors are minimal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

 

Student fully responds to journal question, the response is well thought out.  There are few grammatical errors.

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

Student demonstrates average writing skills.  There are several errors in the journal entry

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

Student does not fully answer the journal question and writing fails to meet expectations

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

Major Writing Assignments: There will be three major writing assignments throughout the course.  A specific rubric will be posted for these assignments.   

 

Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.

 

Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.

 

Instructor Policies:

 

In an online course it is imperative to give 100% attention to each and every assignment and discussion in order to get the most out of the course.  Therefore any questions or concerns must be addressed to me immediately in order to manage any problem before it becomes disruptive to your learning.  I will check my email many times throughout the day. Technical issues need to be dealt with in a timely manner as well.

 

Grading:

The assignments in this course are tracked by points. Use the Points Value column to check your grade based on how many points you have earned. You might also estimate how many more points you need in order to earn the final grade that you want.

 

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Points Value

Quality Points

A

96 – 100

1385-1330

4.0

A-

90 – 95

1329-1240

3.67

B+

87 – 89

1239-1205

3.33

B

83 – 86

1204-1145

3.0

B-

80 – 82

  1144-1105

2.67

C+

77 – 79

1104-1060

2.33

C

73 – 76

1059-1005

2.0

C-

70 – 72

1004-963

1.67

D+

67 – 69

962-922

1.33

D

60 – 66

921-825

1.0

F

0 – 59

Under 824

0

 

Academic Integrity:

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.

 

The following are among the forms of dishonesty for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.

 

Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.

Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 

 

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 

 

Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589, piggam@lackawanna.edu.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, EganG@lackawanna.edu or Tony Ferrese, Affirmative Action Officer/Seeley Hall Residence Director, Seeley Hall, First Floor, North Washington Avenue, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1760, FerreseT@lackawanna.edu.

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   

 

Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.

 

 

Course Schedule:

Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Introduction to Course/Week One    

October 18th-October 22nd

Introduction to Course

Introduce yourself

Syllabus/Navigation Quizzes

Self-Reflection

 

Writing Processes

(Pages 6-16)

The Bedford Guide

  • To evaluate critically the underlying assumptions behind generally accepted viewpoints and “conventional wisdom.”

·         To understand the protocol of writing in standard, formal English for academic and professional purposes

  • To approach the issues presented in class with professionalism and an open mind, using sound logic in thinking and expression of views. While students are encouraged to present their ideas, they should do so with an awareness of the way sexism, racism, homophobia, etc., negatively affect classmates and instructor.

 

  • Syllabus Quiz
  • Scavenger Hunt Quiz
  • Discussion Questions
  • Journal Entry
  • All About You Discussion Question

Week Two

October 23rd-October 29th   

 

Reading Processes

Exploration of how critical reading and writing go hand-in-hand.

(Pages 17-36)

The Bedford Guide

Critical Thinking

Focusing on effective thinking skills for schooling and everyday life.

(Pages 37-55)

  • To subject a hypothesis to critical analysis utilizing data, facts, and authoritative expertise either to confirm or refute individual points of view
  • To demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing through careful reading and listening.
  • To improve mechanical and stylistic aspects of writing while utilizing various means of discovery and research.

 

 

  • Discussion Questions

·         Additional Writing Assignment

·         Journal Entry

·         Research Topic

·         Case Study

 

Week Three:

October 30th-November 5th  

Recalling an Experience

(Pages 58-77)

A deep look into how our personal experiences shape us as writers. 

 

·         To appreciate writing as a creative outlet while recognizing the power and authority of the written word as it has both political and personal implications

·         To write essays which demonstrate critical thinking, definition, detailed description, analysis, and synthesis.

 

  • Discussion Questions
  • Descriptive Paper Due
  •  Journal Entry

 

 

 

Week Four:

November 6th –November 12th   

 

Observing a Scene

(Pages 78-96)

Here we take a close look at how closely we, as writers, observe the world

 

·         To complete the writing process independently, when needed, and cooperatively, when applicable

  • To utilize various forms of print and electronic references, evaluating each of these for logic, validity, and reliability.

 

 

  • Discussion Questions
  • Journal Entry

·         Homework: Questions to Start You Thinking

·         MLA Quiz Due

 

 Week Five:

November 13th –November 19th   


Interviewing a Subject

(Page 97-115)

An exploration into how the interview process is also an essential part of the writing process

 

  • To base style and language choice upon sound analyses of audience and purpose.
  • To complete the writing process independently, when needed, and cooperatively, when applicable.

·         To compose a précis of a work in connection to the research assignment, demonstrating ability to present a concise, yet critical/analytical summary of a scholarly work.

  • To demonstrate effective research and information management skills.
  • To recognize that effective writing involves processes of: thinking, discovering, planning, revising, editing, and proofreading.

 

 

  • Discussion Questions
  • Partner/Interview Prompt
  • Thesis Statement Due

·         MLA Video

 

Week Six:  

November 20th-November 26th 

Comparing and Contrasting

Cause and Effect

(Pages 116-135)

Pages 135-155)

This week explores some of the most common writing found in academic areas.

·         To write essays which demonstrate critical thinking, definition, detailed description, analysis, and synthesis.

  • To appreciate writing as a creative outlet while recognizing the power and authority of the written word as it has both political and personal implications.
  • To demonstrate perseverance and learn from mistakes as students self-direct life-long learning
  • Discussion Questions
  • Narrative Paper Due
  • Journal Entry

Week Seven:

November 27th-December 3rd 

 

Taking a Stand

(Pages 156-184)

Understanding the essential steps needed in taking or stand or making a claim.  This can help in the development of you MLA Research Paper.

  • To utilize various forms of print and electronic references, evaluating each of these for logic, validity, and reliability

 

  • To enable students to critically analyze their own writing and thought processes for bias and flawed logic, striving to correct these.
  • To evaluate critically the underlying assumptions behind generally accepted viewpoints and “conventional wisdom.”

 

 

 

  • Discussion Questions

·         Journal Entry

·         Visual Assignment

Week Eight:

SHORT WEEK!

December 4th- December 8th  

 Proposing a Solution

(Page 185-203)

In this final week we will focus on how to effectively propose a solution and also the final touches of our MLA research paper. 

 

·         To examine an issue and present well planned, carefully supported arguments in a research essay on an approved topic: 5-7 page original, fully documented academic essay in MLA style utilizing at least 5-6 sources.

·         To demonstrate effective research and information management skills

  • To make informed decisions on moral questions, particularly those involving plagiarism, cheating, or lying.

 

 

·         Discussion Questions

  • MLA Paper Due