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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EN 110-5"
COURSE NAME: "Advanced Composition"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Nefeli Misuraca
EMAIL: nmisuraca@johncabot.edu
HOURS: MW 1:30-2:50 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
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
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
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.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
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.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Students will learn to write well-organized and error-free essays and longer MLA research papers.  By the end of the course students will have a greater appreciation for writing, and will learn to perceive themselves as writers. Students will also learn to read literature in a way that will develop the critical skills necessary for academic writing across the disciplines and will understand that to read and think well is to write well.
TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
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

-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:
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATION POLICY
You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed. The final exam period runs until ____________
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

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 - Due Mon (Week 3)
In Class Essay 1 - Due Mon (Week 6)
In Class Summary 2 -  Due Wed (Week 7)
In Class Essay 2 -  Due Wed (Week 10)

Submit Research Proposal - Mon Week 9)
Workshop Rough Draft of Research Project Wed (Week 12)
Submit Annotated Bibliography Wed  (Week 13)
SUBMIT FINAL RESEARCH PROJECT Wed (Week 14)

LIBRARY SESSIONS - TBA


Week 1
Course introduction


Week 2
Critical Reading - Critical Thinking
Annotations
In Class Summary 1  and Workshop 

Week 3
Library Session
Submit In Class Summary 1 

 
Week 4
Bad Writing
 In Class Essay 1 

Workshop In Class Essay 1 

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)
Submit In Class Essay 1 
In class summary 2 
Workshop In class summary 2

Week 7
Presentations for Research Proposal (5 to 10 mins)


Week 8
In Class Essay 2 
Workshop In essay 2 
Quiz on MLA

Week 9
Submit Research Proposal (1-2 page max)

Week 10

Submit In class essay 2

Week 11
Drafting the Research Paper -
Synthesis -

Week 12
Rough Draft - Final Paper (Workshop)

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

Week 14
Review of EN 110
Final Research Project 

Final Exam - presentations TBA