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COURSE CODE: "EN 110-15"
COURSE NAME: "Advanced Composition"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2017

INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Jones
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 11:30-12:45PM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement via JCU English Composition Placement Exam or completion of either EN 103 or EN 105 with a grade of C or above

This course reinforces the skills needed to write well-organized essays, focusing specifically on argumentative essays. Elements covered include thesis development, critical reading, organizing and outlining, paraphrasing and summarizing, and citation and documentation standards. Techniques of academic research and the use of the library and other research facilities are discussed. In addition to regular in- and out-of-class reading and writing assignments, students are required to write a fully documented research paper. Students must receive a grade of C or above in this course to fulfill the University’s English Composition requirement and to be eligible to take courses in English literature. Individual students in EN 110 may be required to complete additional hours in the English Writing Center as part of their course requirements.

The course examines a range of fundamental writing strategies, starting with grammar, critical reading of sources, summarizing, paraphrasing and proper quoting; it continues with the writing of a topic proposal, selection and citation of sources, literature review, and thesis development. Research and use of library resources will also be covered. The course seeks ways to make writing more livelier and more sophisticated and emphasizes the linguistic, social and rhetorical aspects of writing from both theoretical and practical perspectives. This course is writing intensive.

Please note that you will be asked to submit your papers to Turnitin.

Students will learn to write a well-organized and error-free argumentative research paper. By the end of the course students will be able to:

            Write sophisticated as well as grammatically and idiomatically correct English prose

             Read to comprehend increasingly complex material
             Read and think critically

              Expand vocabulary through reading and writing
              Develop subject specific terminology through reading and writing

             Write well-organized essays, focusing specifically on argumentative essays
             Write a strong and developed thesis statement with supporting arguments
             Think, read, write critically for an academic audience
              Write a developed outline
              Paraphrase and summarize
             Cite and write using documentation
             Write a fully documented research paper

Research and sourcing (can be covered by a librarian in one or more workshops in the library)
                Be familiar with research and information literacy skills including                      
                        - A reinforcement of searching skills: catalog, database, and web sourcing
                         - Source evaluation
                         - Subject searching
                         - Utilize MLA style for all aspects of a research paper
                         - Understand how to avoid plagiarism

Two In class essays 20
Two In Class summaries 15
Quizzes 10
Research Proposal 10
Annotated bibiliography 15
Rough Draft Required
Final Research Paper 25
Final Presentation 5

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

If you are unable to attend a class session, you should make arrangements with one or more of your classmates to catch up on anything you missed. While illness and emergencies are often unavoidable and understandable, this does not affect how the absence policy will be applied.

Students are required to attend all scheduled class meetings including the two library sessions. Students are allowed 3 absences during the semester.  Students arriving to class after attendance has been taken will be counted as late. Two late arrivals will count as an absence. Any student with more than 3 absences at mid-term will receive a mid-term warning. After 5 absences you will receive another warning informing you that your chances of passing the course are now at risk. Seven absences including the 3 absences you are allowed and you fail the course.

Keep in mind that it will be difficult for you to make up missed peer reviews, small group discussions, and spoken lectures and instructions. Even if you are not able to attend, you are still responsible for making sure any assignments due that day are in my hands by the start of class.

You are expected to do your own work. Cheating, plagiarism and any other form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.

Class participation is part of your grade in this course. This includes both library sessions. To participate  you must attend class having prepared the materials for the day. All students are expected to come to class prepared and on time, and remain for the full class period.

Laptops and cellphones are not permitted in class.

Disruptive behavior will result in dismissal from the class and will be counted as one absence. This includes repeatedly entering and leaving the class once the lesson has begun, doing work for other classes during class, eating during class, use of computers/smartphones (checking on your e-mail while in class, surfing the net) talking to others while someone else is talking, repeatedly arriving late to class, sleeping, using profanity, personal or physical threats or insults, damaging property.

Please refer to the JCU catalog for the attendance and absence policies. Please note that there is homework in nearly every class so if you are absent it is your responsibility to call a classmate for the assignment.
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.










Note: This schedule is subject to change based on the progress of the class. Students will be informed in class regarding changes. Each student who is absent must contact classmates regarding assignments due and scheduling.

In Class Summary 1 - Tue 5th Sept - Workshop Thurs 7th Sept -Due 12th Sept
In Class Essay 1 - Thur 14th Sept - Workshop Tue 19th Sept - Due 21st Sept
In Class Summary 2 - Tue 10th Oct - Workshop Tue 17th Oct - Due 24th Oct
In Class Essay 2 - 26th Oct - Workshop 31st Oct - Due 2nd Nov

Submit Research Proposal - 19th Oct
Workshop Rough Draft of Research Project 21st Nov
Submit Annotated Bibliography 16th Nov

LIBRARY SESSIONS - 12th Sept and 5th Oct

Week 1
Course introduction
Why do Research?
Finding and Evaluating Sources
Paraphrasing and Summary

Week 2
Critical Reading - Critical Thinking
In Class Summary 1 5th Sept and Workshop 7th Sept

Week 3
Library Session
Submit In Class Summary 1 - 14th Sept
 In Class Essay 1 14th Sept

Week 4
PPT Bad Writing
Workshop In Class Essay 1 - 19th Sept
Submit In Class Essay 1 - 21st Sept

Week 5
Proofreading and Editing
Feedback on In Class Summary 1 and In Class Essay 1
How to fix errors and identify weak points in writing

Week 6
Library Session 2
Make appointment with librarian - library worksheet
Presentations for Research Proposal (5 to 10 mins)

Week 7
Presentations for Research Proposal (5 to 10 mins)
In class summary 2 - 10th Oct

 Week 8
Workshop In class summary 2 - 17th Oct

Quiz on MLA
Submit Research Proposal (1-2 page max) - 19th Oct

Week 9
Submit In class summary 2 - 24th Oct

In Class Essay 2 - 26th Oct

Week 10
Workshop In essay 2 - 31st Oct
Submit In class essay 2 - 2nd Nov

Week 11
Drafting the Research Paper - PPT
Synthesis - PPT

Week 12
Rough Draft - Final Paper (Workshop)
Submit Annotated bibliography - 16th Nov

Week 13
Prep for Final Presentations
Rough Draft - Final Paper (Workshop)

Week 14
Review of EN 110
Final Research Project - 30th Nov

Final Exam - presentations TBA