English Composition 1002-11 (Spring 2015) Instructor: Nora Villarreal, M. A. Contact

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English Composition 1002-11 (Spring 2015)

Instructor: Nora Villarreal, M.A.

Contact: nora_villarreal@ivcc.edu; 815-224-0331; office A-312

Office Hours: TBA

Website: http://www.ivcc.edu/villarreal (can be found under faculty web pages on IVCC’s site)

Class time and location: Tuesday/Thursday 11:00-12:15 in B-213

This course syllabus is tentative and may be modified at the discretion of the instructor. This course adheres to all information, policies, and guidelines given in the IVCC Student Handbook.

Required Texts and Materials:

McMahan, Elizabeth, Susan X. Day, and Robert Funk. Literature and the Writing Process. 9th

ed. Upper Saddle River: Pearson, 2007. Print.

Knowledge of and access to MLA resources (library, IVCC Style Guide, Writing Center, online, etc.)

Access to films and online readings

Class notebook or section of notebook

Writing utensils

IVCC ID card

IVCC student email account

It also strongly recommended that you bring a flash drive to class.

Course Description:

English Composition II continues the study and application of rhetorical principles

of expository writing in developing effective sentences, paragraphs, and

essays—with particular emphasis on analyzing and writing expository prose.

Students’ essays will be based upon their readings of poetry, drama, and fiction.

The library research writing will be developed from the literature. The course

includes the use of various computer applications, including word-processing and

the Internet.

Disability Statement:

This course is designed to support diversity of learners. My hope is to create a safe environment for all students. If you know you have, or suspect you have a disability (learning disability, physical disability, or psychiatric disability such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, AD/HD, post-traumatic stress, or others) for which you may need accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office in C-211. Tina Hardy (tina_hardy@ivcc.edu, 224-0284) or Judy Mika (Judy_Mika@ivcc.edu or 224-0350) work in that office and can help determine if you are eligible for support.

Electronic Communication:

Every IVCC student has a college email account. You should check this email at least every other day. You should also use this account to communicate with instructors to avoid problems with compatibility.

We will use a class website for this class. It can be found on my faculty webpage. For extra assistance with technology, visit the Computer Resource Center in the Learning Commons (D201).

You may not turn in work via email for this course.

Expected Learning Outcomes:

Outcome 1: Read works of fiction, poetry, and drama with understanding and


Outcome 2: Understand invention as a part of the writing process.

Outcome 3: Organize and develop ideas effectively and logically in essays

Outcome 4: Develop effective, logical, and well-supported arguments

Outcome 5: Understand and use a variety of rhetorical methods for developing


Outcome 6: Maintain a consistent and appropriate viewpoint, tone, and voice

Outcome 7: Strengthen essays through the revision process

Outcome 8: Write essays free of common stylistic weaknesses

Outcome 9: Write essays free of excessive errors

Outcome 10: Use word-processing software and the Internet to assist in the writing


Outcome 11: Understand the principles of research

Outcome 12: Understand the use, citation, and documentation of sources

Outcome 13: Understand strategies for developing and writing research papers

For outcomes shared by English Composition I (ENG 1001) and English

Composition II (ENG 1002), students are expected to demonstrate a more

sophisticated level of understanding and ability in English Composition II than in

English Composition I.

Attendance Policy:

To achieve success in this course you need to attend class on a regular basis. Exceeding 5 absences may result in automatic withdrawal or failure for the course. Poor or irregular attendance will negatively affect your course work, and therefore your grade in the class. Tardiness interrupts the class and is unacceptable; we are all late once in a while, but habitual tardiness could negatively affect your grade. Coming into class late at all will be considered as tardy, and two tardies will equal one unexcused absence. With few exceptions, there is no such thing as an “excused” absence in college, so be mindful of how often you miss class.

Withdrawal Policy and Financial Aid Statement:

The last day to withdraw from this course is Thursday, April 9. If you withdraw by this date, you will earn a “W” as a grade. This will not affect your grade point average. You may request a withdrawal or complete one yourself, but I also reserve the right to withdraw/fail any student who has poor attendance, fails to complete assignments, is not passing the course, shows disrespect to the instructor or peers, or disrupts our learning environment. See the IVCC catalogue for a full description of the withdrawal policy.

Please be aware that withdrawal from the course can affect financial aid. Students who receive financial aid should see an advisor in the Financial Aid office before withdrawing from a course

Late/Missed Work:

Late work is not accepted. In cases of emergency or extenuating circumstances, arrangements must be made with the instructor as soon as possible to turn in work late. You WILL be asked to provide proof of an emergency for handing in late work. Granting an extension is solely at the discretion of the instructor.

If you miss class, it is your responsibility to get notes, find out what work you may have missed, and contact the instructor. You may not make up in-class activities or quizzes. Generally, work is not accepted through email.

Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty:

Plagiarism, or appropriating someone else’s work without citing the source, is unethical and unacceptable. Even unintended plagiarism will have severe consequences. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously. Engaging in any form of plagiarism or academic dishonesty (cheating) will have severe consequences and could result in withdrawal/failing the course. We will discuss plagiarism in depth this semester. For more information, consult your IVCC handbook. This course adheres to IVCC’s plagiarism policy.

Point Distribution:

Essay 1


Essay 2 


Research Paper Final Draft


Research Paper Process Work


Essay 1,2, and 3 Process Work/Other Miscellaneous Work/Participation/Quizzes


Important notes: Due to our IAI transfer agreement, a student cannot earn transfer credit for this class without earning at least a C on the research paper. In other words, a failing grade on the research paper will result in a D or F for the course, even if the exact percentage grade works out to be higher.

Behavior that disrupts the learning environment is grounds for lowering of final grade or failure of the course (with or without warning).

Assignments will be graded according to the following scale: 100-90%=A, 89-80%=B, 79-70%=C, 69-60=D, 59 and below=F.

In general terms, work that earns an A is considered outstanding, B work is considered good, C work is considered average, D work is considered below average, and F work is considered unacceptable.

Classroom Rules/Computer Usage:

In a college classroom, appropriate and respectful behavior is expected at all times. Students are expected to help each other, listen to speakers, and participate meaningfully. Foul language or teasing is not permitted. Students who show disrespect to the instructor or their peers may be asked to leave class. Subsequent offenses may lead to withdrawal from the course.

Cell phones should be off or set on “silent,” and must be out of sight during class time.

This course is held in a computer lab. Computers are to be used for classroom work only. Do not use your computer until specifically instructed to do so. Visiting any non-class websites, playing games, checking email, or other misuse of your computer is unacceptable. Any student engaging in inappropriate computer usage will be asked to leave class. Subsequent offenses may lead to withdrawal or failure of the course. Keep in mind that you should continue to use the conventions of Standard English and proper manners (netiquette) in all course work, even that which is conducted online.

Assessment of Student Learning:

This course will use a variety of activities and assignments to measure the progress of students. Lecture, discussion, in-class activities, group and individual work, quizzes, peer reviews, self-assessment, workshops, and writing portfolios will be used to gauge student success.

All essays must be completed in order to pass the course. Students must hand in every essay, even if submitted late for no credit. Any student who fails to turn in a required essay will not pass this class.

Essentials for Success in the Course:

  • Be prepared for class. You are expected to complete every reading and assignment in a timely manner. Come prepared to discuss readings. You should do more than simply complete the reading; you should re-read, comprehend, question, challenge, and evaluate each reading assignment. Have a dictionary close at hand for reference. Take notes, highlight, and/or annotate your text to help enhance your critical interpretation of it. Bring your textbook, notebook, binder, writing utensils, and an open mind to each class meeting.

  • Participate meaningfully. Since this course uses discussion frequently, you will be expected to contribute significantly during each class. Successful students (in any class) are willing and able to talk about the matters at hand in a meaningful way. An unwillingness to talk can be equated with an unwillingness to succeed. Come to class prepared with ideas and questions about the readings and assignments.

  • Make a commitment to succeed through hard work. This class will challenge you. Successful students will dedicate much time and thought to each reading and assignment. You will not be able to skate by in this course; diligence is essential.

  • Stay focused in class. Successful students dedicate their time in class to coursework. It is never acceptable to work on anything else while you are in class. Working on another subject, playing computer games, visiting social networking sites, using your cell phone, or sleeping communicates to your instructor that the class is not important to you. You will be asked to leave class (either for a short time or permanently) if you choose to engage in these activities.

  • Respect yourself, your classmates, your instructor, and your classroom. Treat each other with respect. Never interrupt, insult, disregard, or in any way prohibit your peers from communicating in class. Use appropriate language and avoid verbal attacks on classmates. Turn off all electronic devices. Students who disrupt the educational process in any way may be asked to leave class, either for a short time or permanently.

  • Keep in touch with your instructor. Contact me about any problems, concerns, worries, interests, ideas, or questions you may have. If you disappear from class, you will be withdrawn or fail the course.

  • Most importantly: respect yourself. Do not be afraid to express an idea or viewpoint. Your ideas are valuable and welcome in this space.

Readings and Assignments:

All readings and viewings are to be completed before the class for which they are assigned. In other words, come to class each day with all the readings completed. Quizzes will be used to ensure readings are completed.

All assignments must follow the “Essay Guidelines”, which will be provided in a separate document. In-class assignments and quizzes may not be made up. Again, work is not accepted via email.

Class Work:

You must keep every assignment we complete for this class, especially prewriting, peer reviews, drafts of essays, final drafts, rubrics, etc. Get a folder and do not throw anything away! Keeping work can also help if there is any discrepancy with your grade in the class.

IVCC’s Core Values*:

IVCC adheres to five core values which are very important to this course. Successful students will display the following characteristics: responsibility, caring, honesty, fairness, and respect.

We will follow through on our commitments, welcome constructive assessment and suggestions for improvement.  We will meet performance expectations for personal and professional conduct.  We will be accountable for appropriate, efficient, and effective use of resources.

We will nurture a culture of mutual appreciation, cultivate empathy and a compassionate response to others.

We speak and act truthfully, without hidden agenda – saying when we make mistakes or do not know, avoiding silence when it may be misleading, identifying and working with each other to communicate and solve problems.

We treat students and colleagues equitably, without favoritism or prejudice, giving all the benefit of the doubt, and providing opportunities for individual success.

We will consider the talents, feelings and contributions of all in our interactions and behaviors; practice active listening and collaborating in our daily work; base our relationships on the essential dignity of each individual, value diverse cultures, backgrounds, lifestyle and abilities; understand that inclusion makes us stronger and able to perform at higher levels.

 By enrolling in this class, you agree to adhere to the core values of IVCC.

*Source: "Vision, Mission, and Core Values." Illinois Valley Community College, n.d. Web. 21 Jun 2011.


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