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JC ENG 132 - ENG132 Syllabus

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ENG 132.I2: THE WRITING EXPERIENCE IIInstructor: Dr. Bob BarringerE-mail: [email protected]: All communication among students and between students and instructor will take place on the course website and via JCC email. You must use your JCC email account for this course. You must check this account daily. If you are planning a period of time when you will be away from computer access, this may not bethe course for you at this time. Discussion assignments and group work cannot be made up and must be completed within the time frame shown in the assignment instructions. Plan to spend 15 hours per week on this course.This course is a continuation of the writing instruction and practice begun in ENG 131, with an emphasis on critical thinking, information gathering, and those forms of writing useful to academic and professional life. Research writing is emphasized. An end of the semester portfolio of informative and research writings and an additional 16 hours of writing activities and workshops (GPAW) are required.In this course, you will practice the essential details that contribute to the development of an interesting, unified, organized essay of substance. For every assignment you will need to be awareof purpose, voice, and audience (all of which we will discuss). Because the correct use of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics are essential to effective written English, you will need to pay careful attention to these matters.ENG 132 course goals and objectives incorporate specific Associate Degree Outcomes (ADOs) established by the JCC Board of Trustees, administration, and faculty. These goals are in concert with four-year colleges and universities and reflect input from the professional communities we serve. ADOs guarantee students achieve goals necessary for graduation credit, transferability, professions skills needed in many certification programs. The ADOs addressed in this course are:o ADO 1: Writing clearly, concisely and intelligibly (Proficient Level).o ADO 9: Working in Small Groups (Proficient Level).This syllabus will contain many words and phrases that will be new to you. In some cases, the words and phrases will be defined in this syllabus. In other cases, they will be defined when we need to use them later on. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. In an online course, the instructor’s main function is answering (or trying to answer) questions.REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS and SOFTWARE:Textbooks: Faigley, Writing: A Guide for College and Beyond, Longmans, 2007.Faigley, The Brief Penguin Handbook, 3rd Edition, Pearson/Longmans, 2008.Software (unless you have MS Word 2003):The Writing ExperienceFall 2008 SyllabusPage 2Word Viewer (it’s free but takes about 2 ½ hours over a dial-up connection, so allow time) at:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=95E24C87-8732-48D5-8689-AB826E7B8FDF&displaylang=enThe above items are required. I will assume you have the books from the first day of class and thedownloaded viewer by the end of the first week. No substitutions accepted for the textbooks, in either title or edition. The cost of the textbooks is part of the cost of the course. You are responsible for having access to the textbooks from the first day of class until the last day of class.A note on word processors and file types: MS Word is available on all JCC computers. Using MS Word will make your life easier. We will use the generic document type, Rich Text Format, for all documents. Regardless of which word processing software you use, you must submit all documents in Rich Text Format, designated by the tag “.rtf” at the end of the file name. Assignments have not been submitted until they are in the proper file type, Rich Text Format. Making sure your documents are in the correct file type is your responsibility. You must use the “Save As” function in your word processor to make sure your documents are in Rich Text Format. Simply renaming the document and changing the tag from .doc or .wpd to .rtf will make your documents unreadable. Please make backup copies of all assignments to avoid problems with misplaced assignments. It is the student's responsibility to have a backup copy of each assignment. If you have questions about file type conversion or any other technical issue, contact tech support.Communication: In an attempt to assure equal access to materials and services, including those provided by the instructor, all communication among students and between students and instructor will take place on the course website and via JCC email. Because we may be spread out geographically (the very definition of distance education), there can be no face to face meetings. Except in the event of a dire emergency, there can be no phone calls. A late paper or anabsence from class, even a very late paper or an extended absence, does not constitute an emergency. Class policies for both of these events appear in this document. There are no exceptions to the policy, so there is no emergency. I do not give out my home phone number, andI do not regularly travel to any JCC campus. For the same reason of equal access assurance, you must use your JCC email account for this course. You must check this account daily. Within these limitations, I encourage frequent and regular communication via the approved media. The fringe benefit is that any writing, even in email or discussion forums, is good practice. Problems of a technical nature must be reported to the JCC Solution Center. I will rarely be of any help with technical problems.The Writing ExperienceFall 2008 SyllabusPage 3COURSE REQUIREMENTS:Product: Portfolio (12-15 pages) of three papers (4-5 pages each) 30%Process: Peer Editing and Paper Drafting 30% (participation, draft acceptability, deadline adherence, etc.)Source Summaries and Annotations 15%Other 15%(discussions, other assignments, homework, quizzes, participation, attendance, etc.)Guided Practice and Workshops 10%Grades:You will notice that your paper grades are split into Product and Process. The product is the finished product in the portfolio. The grade will reflect the quality of the words on thepage. The process grade reflects the quality of the effort put forth to produce the final product. Because none of the Product grade, which accounts for 30% of your overall grade, comes in until the very end, a 10% “product potential” grade will be part of the grade on the


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