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JC ENG 085 - ENG085 Syllabus

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Course Goals and objectives: In this course you will. . .College Reading: ENG 085.06 Course Syllabus Fall 2008Instructor: Susan Berendes [email protected]: BW 239Office phone: 517.796.8435 Office hours: TR 11:00-12:30; F 9:00-10:00 (and by appointment)4 credit hoursTR (Tues. & Thurs.) 3:30 -5:26 pmBW 104Course description: This course is intended for students who have developed their reading skills nearly to the college level. Further skill and knowledge development focuses on the common patterns of text found in both narrative and expository writing, on strategies for self-monitoring and memory enhancement, and on the development of vocabulary typically found in college level textbooks. Student writing is a significant component.Pre-requisite: ENG 080 or JCC course placement test.Course Goals and objectives: In this course you will. . . - Improve your reading comprehension. - Make connections between what you read and your own experiences. - Write clear summaries of what you read. - Develop several study skills and strategies.- Combine information from several reading sources. - Read for pleasure and for information. Performance Objectives: JCC Board of Trustees has developed a list of essential skills that all graduates should develop. The Board has said:JCC’s goal is to prepare students to live productive and meaningful lives. Implicit in this goal are efforts to prepare students to: (a) live and work in the 21st century, (b) be employed in situations which will require retraining several times during a productive life, and (c) function ina rapidly changing international society.The course goals and objectives incorporate specific Associate Degree Outcomes (ADOs) established bythe JCC Board of Trustees, administration, and faculty. These goals are in concert with four-year colleges, universities, and reflect input from the professional communities we serve. ADOs guarantee students achieve goals necessary for graduation credit, transferability, and professional skills needed in many certification programs. The ADOs and course objectives addressed in this class include the following: ADO 7: DEVELOP SKILLS FOR CRITICAL THINKINGIn support of these guidelines, ENG 085 students will- Generate questions about a text before and while reading.- Identify the impact of emotion on thought.- Distinguish between fact, opinion and inference.- Recognize bias in a piece of writing.- Incorporate new knowledge with old.Textbooks and required materials:1. Introduction to Critical Reading, 6th edition by Barnwell and McCraney.2. 3-Ring binder, for size 8” x 10½” (that’s important)3. Loose-leaf filler paper, wide ruled, size 8” x 10½” (that’s important)4. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, publisher Hyperion.5. A small portable dictionary (to be brought to every class).Note: You must KEEP ALL papers from this class in your binder, no loose papers or folders. Course Components Related to Achievement of Objectives: 1. Nelson-Denny Reading Test given at the beginning and the end of the term.2. Critical Reading activities, assignments, tests and quizzes that require higher-order thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and application.3. Vocabulary lists and quizzes, defining and using words found in college-level reading.4. Thematic reading project that requires synthesizing information from several sources about a single topic. This project will call for you to summarize, analyze and evaluate material related to your chosen topic and give an oral presentation. Grading Procedure and Grading Scale: Final grades are based on a 4-point scale.4.0 = 93-100% 3.5 = 88-92% 3.0 = 83-87%2.5 = 78-82%2.0 = 71-77%***1.5 = 64-70%1.0 = 56-63%0.5 = 48-55%0.0 = 0-47%***Reminder: A grade of 2.0 and above is accepted as successful completion of the course. Since this course is a prerequisite to other academic courses, a 2.0 is the minimal grade to exit. A grade of 2.0 or better will count toward graduation. A grade of 2.0 or better is generally the minimal grade accepted by other colleges for transfer. Graded Projects:Critical Reading Journal [worth 30%, 300 points total]. The guidelines are on a separate page.Reading Project with an oral Presentation [worth 30%, 300 points total]. The guidelines are on a separate page.Vocabulary Growth [10%, 100 points total] The guidelines are on a separate page.Reading and vocabulary quizzes, announced and unannounced [10%, 100 points total] Participation [10%, 100 points total] Attendance [10%, 100 points total] 30 days x 3 points per day = 90; Project Success Day is worth 10. Academic Honesty Policy: The JCC Catalog states, “Academic honesty . . . is the ethical behavior that includes producing one’s own work and not representing others’ work as one’s own, either by plagiarism, or by cheating, or by helping others to do so. . . . Faculty members who suspect a student of academic dishonesty may penalize the student by assigning a failing grade for the [assignment] or the course itself. Instructors should document instances of academic dishonesty in writing to the Academic Dean.”Course management, withdrawal and incomplete: If you stop attending this course, it is your responsibility to complete the paper work for a “Withdrawal.” If you wish to request an “Incomplete,” the request must be written. If you stop attending this course and do nothing, you may receive a grade of 0.0. A grade of “W” is the same as a 0.0 and may affect your financial aid and / or your scholarship(s). Makeup Policy: Late work is not accepted. All assignments have due dates. Reading journals are due at the beginning of the class period. Only negotiated late work may receive a reduced grade.If you know that you will miss a class for some reason, notify me BEFORE the absence so that you can make arrangements to stay current. If there is personal illness or an emergency, I will accept an e-mail or a phone call to that effect. If an assignment is due on the day of the emergency, a reduced grade may result. Your best action is to telephone or e-mail me before class so that you can make arrangements about the missed class and the missed work. If you miss a class without notification, it is your responsibility to talk with classmates to discover what work is due for the next class. Help: Additional support in the form of free tutoring is available in the Center for Student Success. TheCenter is located

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