JCU Logo

JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EN 103-3"
COURSE NAME: "Intensive English Composition "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Jones
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 8:20-11:15 AM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 6
PREREQUISITES: This course carries 6 semester hours of credit. Prerequisite: Placement via JCU English Composition Placement Exam
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This intensive course has two components. One concentrates on developing the ability to write grammatically and idiomatically correct English prose, and includes an in-depth grammar review and examination of academic register. The other focuses on the elements of academic writing, from sentence structure through effective paragraph writing in essays, and introduces 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. Individual students in EN 103 may be required to complete additional hours in the English Writing Center as part of their course requirements. Students must receive a grade of C or above in this course to be eligible to take EN110. Students who receive a grade ranging from C- to D- can take EN105 or repeat EN103. Students who receive an F must repeat EN103.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
The course begins by introducing the students to both the fundamental components of building and developing sentences and paragraphs, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of the writing process and engaging the reader through an awareness of the elements of style which contribute to their writing achieving a high level of readability. This will be reinforced by regular writing activities, which will allow the students to become aware of their own individual voice and ability to apply critical thinking in their academic work. The students will produce three timed in-class essays and three out of class essays in addition to two critical summaries and a final exam. There will be regular, required in-class and at-home assignments such as: Readings Exercises in grammar, revision, and editing.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Midterm Outcomes

By mid-term of EN103 successful (grade of C) students should be able to:

Grammar

·         Write grammatically and idiomatically correct English prose

Punctuation

·         Punctuate sentences correctly

Reading

·         Read to comprehend complex material

·         Read and think critically

Vocabulary

·         Expand vocabulary through reading and writing

·          Develop subject specific terminology through reading and writing

Rhetoric

·         Write academically by constructing effective sentences and paragraphs

·         Summarize

·         Write an outline

·         Understand the introduction-body-conclusion structure

·         Write a strong thesis statement

·         Understand topic sentences and how they shape the paragraph

·         Construct supporting arguments

·         Utilize transition signals to form a paragraph that flows

·         Understand academic register and write for an academic audience

Research and sourcing

Be familiar with research skills including

·         Basic library tools - catalog keyword searches, call numbers, Boolean searches, and reference sources

·         Utilize basic MLA format to submit their work

·         Understand how to avoid plagiarism

End of Course Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete EN103 (with a grade of C or higher) should be able to

Grammar

·         Write grammatically and idiomatically correct English prose with more sophistication

Reading

·         Read to comprehend increasingly complex material

·         Read and think critically

Vocabulary

·         Expand vocabulary through reading and writing

·          Develop subject specific terminology through reading and writing

Rhetoric

·         Write effective paragraphs and essays

·         Summarize

·         Understand how to recognize and utilize rhetorical modes

·         Construct detailed outlines

·         Understand the introduction-body-conclusion structure

·         Write a strong thesis statement

·         Construct topic sentences and supporting arguments

·         Utilize transition signals to form an essay that flows

·         Think, read, and write critically for an academic audience

 

Research and sourcing (can be covered by a librarian in one or more workshops in the library)

·         Be familiar with research skills including

·         Understanding databases, web-based sourcing, and source evaluation

·         Utilize MLA format to cite sources

·         Understand how to avoid plagiarism

To teach students to:

  • Understand and correctly apply the rules of standard English grammar.
  • Develop a clear and effective prose style consistent with contemporary academic writing practices.
  • Write and edit persuasively. To use the rules of grammar and expository style to communicate meaning effectively
  • Read ,think, and write analytically, critically, and creatively
TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

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

-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 co
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:

·       

READINGS FOR THE COURSE ARE AVAILABLE ON MOODLE - STUDENTS NEED TO  READ AND ANNOTATE EACH READING IN PREPARATION FOR EACH CLASS. 
       
If you are unable to attend a class sessionyou should make arrangements with one or more of your classmates to catch up on anything you missedWhile illness and emergencies are often unavoidable and understandablethis does not affect how the absence policy will be applied.

· You are allowed 3 absences during the semester. Any absences after this will have a detrimental effect on your final grade. 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.  A student with seven absences including the 3 absences you are allowed will receive and F.


Even if you are not able to attend either online or in class, you are still responsible for making sure any assignments due that day are submitted via Moodle.

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

Attendance also 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.

Disruptive behavior will result in dismissal from the class and will be counted as one absence. This includes removing masks in class, not adhering to the rules of social distancing, repeatedly entering and leaving the class once the lesson has begun,  doing work for other classes during this class, eating during class, use of the computers/smartphones (checking on your e-mail while in class, surfing the ‘net, etc), talking to others while someone else is talking, repeatedly arriving late to class, sleeping, using profanity, personal or physical threats or insults, damaging 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


Assignments

ASSESSMENT

 2 At Home Essays


1 - SET 5th OCT - WORKSHOP 12th OCT - DUE - 19th OCT
2 - SET 21st OCT - WORKSHOP 4th NOV - DUE - 16th NOV

 Midterm - 28th OCT

2 In Class Timed Essays

1 - SET 19th OCT - WORKSHOP 2nd NOV - DUE 9th NOV
2 - SET 23rd NOV - WORKSHOP 30th NOV - DUE 7th DEC

Final - TBA


Library Sessions

Course Outline (NB: This outline is subject to change)

Week 1 (21st-27th Sept)

 

Date 21st Sept

Topic

Activity

Homework

Session1

Aims and Objectives of ENG 103

Assignments

Expectations

Student Protocol and Behavior in Class

Distribute Syllabus

 

Topic Sentences

 

 

 

 

 

Session 2

Sentence Structure

 

 
In Class Reading and Annotations - A Vindication of the Rights of Women - M Wollstonecraft

 

 

 Wednesday 22nd Sept  - Session 1

 


 

Topic Sentences
Evaluating Conclusions
Articles

 


 

 

 

 

Session 2

 Expository Essays

In Class Writing Reading and Annotations
 "Professions For Women"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 












































 

Week 2 (28th Sept - 4th Oct)


 

Topic

Activity

Homework

 

 

Session 1


Unity and Coherence



 

 

 

 

 

Session 2

Unity and Coherence


 

 


Wednesday 30th Sept

Session 1

Unity and Coherence

Body Paragraphs
Transition Signals

 

 

 

Session 2

 

 

 

MAKE UP DAY - FRIDAY OCT 2nd 

Unity and Coherence

 

 

 

LIBRARY SESSION 1

In Class Reading and Annotations -

 

 

 

 

 

Week 3 (5th - 11th Oct)

Topic

Activity

Homework

 

Session 1




At home essay 1 - Set

 

MLA


 

 

 

 

 

Session 2

Classification Essays



 

Wednesday 7th Oct

Session 1

Developing Ideas and building sentences

Style and Simplicity PPT

 

 

 

 

Session 2

Classification Essays


Read and Annotate

Week 4 (12-18th Oct)


Topic

Activity

Homework

 

Session 1

Cause and Effect Essays






 

Session 2

Cause and Effect Essays

In Class Reading and Annotations "Why we crave Horror Movies"

 

 

 

Wednesday 14th Oct

Session 1

 

Workshop In Class Essay 1

PP – Writing an Effective Thesis -1

 

 

Session 2

  In Class Reading and Annotations

 

Read and Annotate Essay

Week 5 (19th-25th Oct)


Topic

Activity

Homework

 

Session 1

SUBMIT At home Essay 1

 

Identifying the Thesis

 

Film 'Sincerely Scott Fitzgerald'

 

 

 

Session 2

Identifying the Thesis

At home essay 2 - set

Read and Annotate 


Wednesday 21st  Oct Session 1

 

Identifying the Thesis

 

 

 

 

Session 2

 

Identifying the Thesis

 
TBA


 

Week 6 (26th-1st Nov)


Topic

Activity

Homework

 

Session 1

 

Who is the reader?


PPT – Writing the Conclusion

 

 

Session 2

Who is the reader?

PPT – Good Writing

 

TBA

Wednesday 28th Oct

Session 1

 

MIDTERM EXAM


 

Session 2

Who is the reader?

PPT Critical Reading


 

Week 7 (2nd Nov - 8th Nov)


Topic

Activity

Homework

 

Session 1

Workshop In Class Essay 1

Editing and Proofreading


 

 

Session 2

 

Editing and Proofreading

Editing and Proofreading

Proofreading Exercise

 

Wednesday 4th Nov Session 1

Workshop At home essay 2

Editing and Proofreading

Editing and Proofreading

Proofreading Exercise

 

Session 2

Editing and Proofreading

Editing and Proofreading Exercise

TBA

Week 8 (9th Nov - 15th Nov)


Topic

Activity

Homework

 

Session 1

Submit - In Class Essay 1

 

 

Session 2

Logos, Ethos, Pathos

TBA

TBA

Wednesday 11th Nov Session 1

LIBRARY SESSION 2

 

Session 2

 

Logos, Ethos, Pathos

TBA

TBA

Week 9 (16th Nov - 22nd Nov)


Topic

Activity

Homework

 

Session 1

Submit - At home essay 2

TBA

 

Session 2

 

TBA

TBA

Wednesday 18th Nov Session 1

 

TBA

 

Session 2

 

TBA

TBA

Week 10 (23rd Nov - 29th Nov)


Topic

Activity

Homework

 

Session 1

 

In Class Essay 2  



 

Session 2

 

 

 

 Read and Annotate -

 

 

Wednesday 25th Nov Session 1

 

TBA

 

Session 2  

Week 11 (30th Nov - 6th Dec)

 

Topic

Activity

Homework

 

Session 1

Workshop In Class Essay 2             


 

Session 2

Editing and Proofreading

TBA

TBA

Wednesday 2nd Dec Session 1

 

     

TBA

 

Session 2

MLA format

 

TBA


Week 12 (7th Dec - 13th Dec)


Topic

Activity

Homework

 

Session 1

SUBMIT  - In Class Essay 2

Review Different Rhetorical Modes

 

 

Session 2

Review Different Rhetorical Modes

TBA

TBA

Wednesday 9th Dec Session 1

Review Different Rhetorical Modes

TBA

 

Session 2

TBA

TBA

TBA