ENG 102.3W5 St. Louis Community College at Wildwood
College Composition II COURSE DESCRIPTION This course builds on knowledge and skills learned in ENG: 101 and primarily focuses on argumentative and persuasive writing techniques. Students will develop effective writing processes, writing styles, research abilities, analytical skills, and argumentative tools.
COURSE OBJECTIVES By the end of the semester, you will be able to:
perform significant research ethically and effectively relevant to the topic of inquiry.
incorporate multiple viewpoints in writing through appropriate summary, paraphrase, and quotations.
evaluate information for credibility and accuracy.
analyze, evaluate, and critique others’ arguments by identifying the writer’s tone, assumptions, evidence, and appeals to ethics, reason, and emotion.
formulate arguments based on logic and evidence using relevant source material.
complete writing assignments that encompass at least 16 pages of finished writing, word-processed or typed, doublespaced.
integrate ideas with sources’ ideas in an ethical and effective manner.
PREREQUISITES ENG 100 or ENG 101 with a grade of “C” or better or department approval and Reading Proficiency .
WHAT, WHERE, WHEN ENG 102.3W5, CRN 21090, 3 hrs. Online, 6/3-7/27 COURSE INSTRUCTOR Ms. Monica Swindle, M.A. Office: WW 211B Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Phone: (636) 422-2210 Text: (314) 403-0004 OFFICE HOURS MW 12:30-2:30 PM or online by appointment REQUIRED TEXTBOOK The St. Martin's Guide to Writing, Tenth Edition, ISBN 1457632500
COURSE REQUIREMENTS In College Composition II, you will develop more complex, sophisticated forms of writing, specifically argumentation and research. By the end of the semester you will be able to compose a persuasive argument, analyze others’ arguments, conduct academic research, support an original argument with research, and compose a multimedia argument. Additionally, we will work on refining style and correcting grammatical errors so that you are able to compose clean and clear compositions. In order to achieve these
goals, we will read/view and discuss how-to’s and examples, practice course concepts individually and in groups in class, and compose and revise papers and projects. The “big picture” for this course is not only to prepare you for the types of writing that you will need to do in your college classes and career, but also to make you a more analytical reader, critical thinker, and effective communicator. Arguments are all around us, and being able to compose, analyze, and evaluate is a valuable skill.
“The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.” ~Robert Cormier GRADING SCALE Total Points = 600 A = 537-600 points B = 478-536 points C = 417-477 points D = 357-416 points F = 356 or fewer points Failure to submit any of the papers is grounds for failure of the course.
Classical Argument 4-5 pages
A classical argument designed to advance a claim for a specific audience supported by reasons and evidence in the form of a letter
Rhetorical Analysis 4 pages
Rhetorical analysis of an advertisement, discussing how it seeks to persuade its intended audience, how well, and what it says more widely about contemporary culture
I-Search Essay 6-8 pages
Overtly reflective research project analyzing what you know before research, narrating the search process, then analyzing what you discovered
Researched Argument Essay 8-10 pages
A formal academic essay that advances an original claim about a scholarly topic, supported by the research completed for the I-Search essay
Brief informal writing and learning activities, peer and instructor review, and process work
Open-book quizzes taken on Blackboard, due by the end of each unit, assessing mastery of course concepts from the reading, presentations, and other coursework. Additionally, there will be a syllabus and plagiarism quiz to be completed before any coursework will be graded.
Taking This Course Online... This course is asynchronous and 100% online, so there are no specific meeting times during which you must log on, and you will never be required to come to campus unless you would like to meet in person during office hours or visit the Writing Center; however, you will be expected to log on and participate in course activities several times each week throughout the semester, and there are set due dates. Each week you will read from your textbook, view brief presentations and media on Blackboard and online, complete informal writing assignments and discussion with your peers and instructor to explore and practice course concepts, work on composing and revising your formal papers, and participate in the peer review process. Your mastery of the course objectives will be assessed on the final drafts of papers and projects and on unit quizzes over the assigned reading and course concepts, which will be open-book and taken on Blackboard. All course materials, coursework, grades, and feedback are posted on our class Blackboard site, and all coursework will be submitted on Blackboard using the link in the folder for that unit. Assignments will generally be graded within 1-2 weeks, and students are expected to view not only the grade but also the comments and rubric in My Grades. Students are expected to know how to access and use our class Blackboard site and to check Blackboard and their student email regularly (at least several times per week, preferably daily). Students are expected to observe online course “netiquette” as described on Blackboard. If this course were being offered on campus, you’d be in class 2.5 hours per week and be expected to complete 5-8 hours of coursework outside of class. In a shortened summer semester, this time commitment doubles. The online version is no different in terms of expectations for your involvement; this is an active online course that requires your time and attention each week, beginning the first day of class.
Though advanced knowledge of technology is not needed to succeed in this course, it is an online course, and so basic proficiency with Blackboard, the internet, and a Word Processor as well as access to the internet almost every day are expected. If you have computing problems, it is your responsibility to address these or come to campus to use the student computing labs. At a minimum, you will need the following software/hardware to participate in this course: 1. Computer with an updated operating system (e.g. Windows, Mac, Linux) and an internet browser 2. Ability to access to access and navigate our course Blackboard site and your student email 3. Word processing program for typing papers, such as Microsoft Word 4. Minimum Processor Speed of 250 mHz, 400 mHz recommended. 5. DSL Internet connection or a connection speed no less than 5 MB/s recommended 6. Adobe Acrobat to open PDF files throughout the course – available as a free download here 7. Media player such as Windows Media Player to open course media. Flash player may be required by some aspects of the course and is available as a free download here
COURSE POLICIES ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Plagiarism is assuming credit for words or ideas not your own whether intentionally or unintentionally. A student guilty of plagiarism receives a zero for the assignment and may be dismissed from the course with a grade of F. ATTENDANCE AND WITHDRAWAL Attendance in an online class is recorded when you log in and submit coursework. At least one assignment must be completed weekly to be counted as attending class, and the last day of attendance is the last day a student has submitted an assignment. Excessive absences may affect financial aid eligibility; please contact the Financial Aid department for more information. Students who wish to withdraw from a course must process the withdrawal with the registrar, or they will receive an F in the course. The last day to withdraw from this course is listed on the academic calendar on the STLCC website. Before deciding to withdraw, please discuss your progress in the course with me, and if you do decide to withdraw, notify me so I do not wonder where you disappeared to. PROFESSIONALISM AND PARTICIPATION As this course is heavily focused on student-centered active learning, regular, active participation is critical for success. Being prepared for this class means having all the needed materials, completing all reading, viewing, and writing assignments on time, engaging fully and to the best of your ability in class discussion and in the writing and peer review process, and seeking help when it is needed. If you have questions, are confused about something, or need help, you are expected to seek assistance by contacting your instructor or the appropriate resource immediately; “I was confused” will not be considered a valid reason for an extension. Professionalism means being courteous and civil to others and upholding the STLCC Student Code of Conduct at all times. Please speak with me before recording any class activity. It is a violation of college policy to distribute such recordings without my authorization and the permission of others who are recorded. Similarly, course materials are the intellectual property of the instructor and may not be distributed to a third party not registered in the course without the written permission of the instructor.
TIPS FOR SUCCEEDING IN ENG 102 COME TO CLASS Even though our class is online, you still need to “come to class” regularly by logging into our course Blackboard site and completing assignments. DO THE PROCESS WORK AND GIVE YOURSELF TIME Do the process work. You could probably put furniture together without reading the directions, but following the steps makes it easier, saves you time, and makes for a better final product. Similarly, give yourself plenty of time to write papers. We are writing longer and more complex papers and doing research, and you can’t do it well last minute. DO YOUR BEST AND GET INVOLVED Tune in, and turn in work you’re proud of! Offer an opinion during class discussion and ask questions (lots). Writing is a chance to share your unique perspective, and you DO have important things to say, so TRY! PLAY Take risks and be creative! If you fail, try again. Be interesting and original; “only the boring get bored,” so find a way to be interested in your topic, and you will be interesting. ASK FOR HELP Ask questions. Also, STLCC has a number of great (free) resources for students, starting with professor office hours. Coming to office hours is not like going to the principal’s office; stop by any time you have a question, need help, or even just to chat about your day.
CAMPUS RESOURCES ACCESS Services (Rm. 105E, 636-4222000): If you receive services through the ACCESS office, contact me the first week of class about your needs. College Writing Center (Room 105, MondayThursday, 9:30 - 2:30): The College Writing Center (CWC) is a free service to help students with writing assignments. Honors: This course is eligible for honors credit with a signed contract agreeing to complete more challenging assignments in place of standard course requirements. Blackboard Login Help: If you have trouble logging into Blackboard or you don’t see your courses when you login, use the Blackboard Help Wizard (https://www.stlcc.edu/ apps/bbwizard/) to troubleshoot the problem. If you have trouble trying to use a function in Blackboard like uploading an assignment, then you can call tech support at 866-8228748. Office Hours: I am here to help you succeed, and I expect you to seek out assistance when needed. If you need help or clarification (or just want to know if you are on the right track), please come by my office during office hours, email, or call me. I will return emails and call within 24-48 hours. Oftentimes, a few minutes discussing your progress on an assignment can save you time later.
COMMUNICATION Email is the best way to contact me; I will write back within 24-48 hours. You may also come see me during office hours or text or chat me if you have a quick question/comment. When contacting instructors, please remember to write professionally, indicate in your subject line the course and topic of your email, and include a salutation and a signature. DEADLINES AND LATE ASSIGNMENTS Because meeting deadlines is a part of life, informal writing, peer review, and quizzes submitted late will receive a 0%, and papers and projects submitted late may earn a maximum of a 60% if submitted within one week of the due date at the instructor’s discretion. That said, I will generally grant one extension during the course of the semester if requested in advance of the due date. WRITING GUIDELINES All assignments must be typed in Times New Roman 12-point font, doublespaced, with 1” margins, and no space between paragraphs. An MLA heading, format, and citation style should be used consistently and correctly as illustrated here. Essays that do not meet the minimum length requirement (properly formatted) will receive a deduction based on the length of the paper. For instance, if three full pages are submitted for a four-page paper, the maximum grade that can be earned is 75% (3/4 of the required pages written). All writing submitted for this course must be originally produced for this class; any work written at another time or for another class will not be accepted. All final drafts of essays will be submitted on Blackboard using the link in the folder for that essay. Your file must be saved and uploaded as a .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, or .pdf. Your filename should be your last name and the name of the assignment: swindle_isearch.doc. Any assignments not submitted in the correct format will need to be resubmitted and may be counted late as a result. All papers will be graded electronically generally within one to two weeks of submission; view the grading rubric and feedback in “My Grades.” Requests to revise and resubmit graded papers for a higher grade must be submitted via email and accompanied by a revision plan within one week of being graded; approval to revise may be given at the instructor’s discretion, and in the interest of fairness requests to revise papers submitted late or incomplete are not approved. Please Note: The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus and schedule as needed.
COURSE SCHEDULE* Unit One: Introduction to Argumentation (6/2-6/15) Week
Week 1 6/2-6/8
Week 2 6/9-6/15
Reading and Viewing
Read: Syllabus View: Course Introduction Presentation
Syllabus Quiz Introduction Assignment
Review of Essay Structure and Avoiding Plagiarism
View: Basic Essay Structure Presentation View: Plagiarism Tutorial and Categories
Intro to Argumentation and Appeals
Read: Classical Argument Essay Assignment Sheet and pg. 242-277 View: Intro to Argumentation Presentation View: Documentary on Blackboard
Unit One Informal Writing #1-3
Claims, Reasons, and Evidence
Read: Chapter 19 and pg. 277-280 View: Claims and Reasons Presentation and Thesis Statement Handout
Unit One Informal Writing #4-5 Due 6/9: Classical Argument Part One
Read: pg. 282-292, 617-620 View: Warrants and Objections Presentation
Unit One Informal Writing #6 Due 6/11: Classical Argument Objections
Revision and Editing
Read: pg. 621-625, Introductions and Conclusions Handout Read: Style Handout #1 and #2
Due 6/13: Unit One Quiz Due 6/15: Classical Argument Final Draft
Unit Two: Analyzing Arguments (6/16-6/25)
Week 3 6/166/22
Week 4 6/236/25
Introduction to Rhetorical Analysis
Read: Rhetorical Analysis Assignment Sheet, Handout, and Advertising Readings View: Rhetorical Analysis Presentation
Unit Two Informal Writing #1-2
Read: Chapter 20 View: Analyzing Images Presentation, OWL Analyzing Visual Documents
Unit Two Informal Writing #3-4
Read: Sample Rhetorical Analyses and Ad Analysis Thesis Handout
Due 6/21: Rhetorical Analysis Rough Draft
View: MLA Formatting Tutorial and Example and Style Handout 3
Due 6/23: Unit Two Quiz Due 6/25: Rhetorical Analysis Final Draft
Unit Three: Introduction to Academic Research (6/26-7/13) Read: I-Search Essay Assignment Sheet and Chapter 23 View: Intro to Research Presentation
Unit Three Informal Writing #1-2
View: I-Search Guide and Examples
Due 6/28: I-Search Proposal
Finding and Evaluating Sources
Read: Chapter 24 and Chapter 25 View: STLCC Library Research Tutorials
Unit Three Informal Writing #3
Using and Citing Sources
Read: Chapter 26 and Chapter 27 View: Got Sources...Now What?
Unit Three Informal Writing #4
Read: OWL @ Purdue MLA Guide or MLA section in your textbook View: MLA Documentation #1 and #2
Due 7/7: I-Search Rough Draft and Research Notebook Due 7/9: I-Search Peer Review
Revision and Editing
View: Grammar Review
Due 7/11: Unit 3 Quiz Due 7/13: I-Search Final Draft
Week 4 con. 6/26-6/29 I-Search Essays
Week 5 6/30-7/6
Week 6 7/7-7/13
Unit Four: Composing Researched Arguments (7/14-7/27)
Week 7 7/147/20
Week 8 7/217/27
The Researched Argument
Read: Researched Argument Essay Assignment Sheet View: Composing Researched Argument Presentation
Unit Four Informal Writing #1
Types of Claims
Read: Chapters 7-9 View: Claim Types Presentation
Unit Four Informal Writing #2-3
View: Overview of rhetorical fallacies
Unit Four Informal Writing #4
View: Sample Researched Argument Essays
Due 7/22: Researched Argument First Draft
View: Style Handout and Grammar Review
Due 7/24: Researched Argument Peer Review
Revision and Editing
Due 7/26: Researched Argument Essay Final Draft Due 7/27: Anonymous End-ofSemester Survey