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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EN 105-3"
COURSE NAME: "English Composition"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2018
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: James Teasdale
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 8:30-9:45 AM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement via JCU English Composition Placement Exam
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course concentrates on the development of effective paragraph writing in essays while introducing students to the various rhetorical modes. Elements covered include outlining, the introduction-body-conclusion structure, thesis statements, topic sentences, supporting arguments, and transition signals. Students will also become familiar with the fundamentals of MLA style, research and sourcing, as well as information literacy. To develop these skills, students will write in- and out-of-class essays. Critical reading is also integral to the course, and students will analyze peer writing as well as good expository models. Students must receive a grade of C or above in this course to be eligible to take EN 110. Individual students in EN 105 may be required to complete additional hours in the English Writing Center as part of their course requirements.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
This course focuses heavily on developing a keen understanding of academic essasy construction, which can be effectively deployed by the student. Therefore, the course is constructed around lessons and workshops which explore various rhetorical modes, alongside in-class and at-home essay writing which puts the new skills to use. Elements touched upon include various essay styles and functions, writing from the sentence through the paragraph to the complete essay as well as the analysis of expository essays. However, apart from writing, an emphasis is also placed on critical thinking and the careful planning of arguments and positions whill will ultimately be converted into essay content. Practical skills covered include the proper use of MLA citation, effective sourcing and the foundations for research papers.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
By the end of the course students will have a strong understanding of different rhetorical modes, their purpose and uses and the varying content and structural requirements of each. Students will be able to produce refined academic essays, with strong structural coherence and unity in which can be found logical and critical arguments suitable for different purposes and contexts. Students will also have a more nuanced approach to critical reading, in particular in appreciating how far this can inform their own writing style.

To successfully pass EN-105 students should demonstrate the ability to

RHETORIC

- Write effective sentences, paragraphs and essays and have these operate successfully as a whole
- Understand each of the rhetorical modes covered, including their fundamental characteristics and when each should be utilised
- Prepare useful and effective outlines in the planning stage
- Proofread and edit drafts
- Deploy thesis statements, topic sentences and supporting arguments within essays
- Construct introductions, body paragraphs and conclusions
- Produce loigcally robust essay content
- Think critically throughout the writing process

READING

- Read complex and demanding material from various academic and literary contexts
- Engagae with aforementioned materials in a critical manner

VOCABULARY

- Develop a strong range of vocabulary which can be used appropriately depending on specific tasks and audiences
- Constantly expand vocabulary for the benefit of written pieces

GRAMMAR

- Use correct gramar appropriate for English prose
- Use different grammatical functions in a sophisticated way

RESEARCH

- Develop research skills necessary for the researching and evaluation of different sources
- Use MLA citation formatting correctly
- Avoid plagiarism
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Longman Academic Writing Series 5Alan MeyersPEARSONISBN-13: 978-0-13-291274-7  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
At Home Essays 45
In Class Essays 35
Final Exam 20

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
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 course.
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.

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

You are allowed 3 absences during the semester. Any subsequent absences will have a detrimental effect on the final grade. More than 3 absences by mid-term will constitute a mid-term warning. After 5 absences another warning informs you that your chances of passing the course are at risk. Seven absences, in total, will result in a failure to pass the course.

Any absences will not act as an excuse for for a failure to catch up on missed assignments or to not submit homework on the agreed date.

Cheating, plagiarism and any other form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.

Class participation is part of the final grade for this course. All students must come to class having prepared the necessary materials for the day on time. Students are required to arrive on time and to remain for the full class period.

Laptops and cellphones, under all circumstances, are prohibitted in class.

Disruptive behaviour will result in dismissal, which in turn will be considered as one full absence. Disruptive behaviour includes repeated leaving and entering the class, completing work for other classes, eating, use of computers or cell phones, talking to others while someone else is talking as part of the class, arriving late to class, profanity, personal or physical threats and the damaging of property.




ACADEMIC HONESTY
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.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
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.

SCHEDULE

WEEK 1

1. Course introduction / Syllabus outline / Academic etiquette and disciplinary rules / Paragraphs (Introduction)

2.  Rhetorical modes (expository essay) / In depth workshop on introduction paragraphs (context, topic, thesis statements and body preview) / Introduction to body paragraphs

WEEK 2

3. Rhetorical modes (clarification essays) / In depth workshop on body paragraphs (leading idea, claims, support, unity and coherence)

4. The writing process (purpose, prewriting, organising, drafting, revising, editing and proofreading) / Workshop on prewriting and planning / HOMEWORK ESSAY 1

WEEK 3

5. Conclusion workshop / Essay structure review

6. Discussion and annotation (Essay) / ESSAY 1 DUE

WEEK 4

7. Rhetorical modes (extended definition essays) / Sentence structure / Workshop on extended definition essay

8. IN-CLASS ESSAY 1 (extended definition)

WEEK 5

9.Library session

10. Rhetorical modes (cause and effect essays) / Chain, block, distinguishing cause and effect / Workshop on cause and effect essay / HOMEWORK ESSAY 2

WEEK 6

11. Ethos, Pathos, Logos / Rhetorical modes (argumentative essays)

12. Argumentative essay in depth (block, point by point, counter argument and rebuttal, pre-planning) / HOMEWORK ESSAY 2 DUE

WEEK 7

13. IN-CLASS ESSAY 2 (argumentative)

14. Library session

WEEK 8

15. Rhetorical modes (summary response essays) / Essay (Calvino)

16. Workshop on summary response essay / Discuss and annotate Calvino essay / HOMEWORK ESSAY 3

WEEK 9

17. Rhetorical modes (problem solution essays) / Paragraphs (point by point, block and transition) / Article (plastic)

18. Discuss and annotate article / Workshop on problem solution essay / HOMEWORK ESSAY 3 DUE

WEEK 10

19. IN-CLASS ESSAY 3 (problem solution)

20. Grammar elements (academic writing)

WEEK 11

21. Rhetorical modes (process essays)

22. IN-CLASS ESSAY 4

WEEK 12

23. Rhetorical modes (cause and effect essays)

24. Research papers

WEEK 13

25. MLA citation

26. Course review

WEEK 14

27. Preparation for finals exam

28. Preperation for finals exam

N.B ALTERATIONS TO SCHEDULE MAY BE CARRIED OUT DURING THE SEMESTER