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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EN 105-3"
COURSE NAME: "English Composition"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Jones
EMAIL: jjones@johncabot.edu
HOURS: MW 11:30-12:50
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:
The course is built around planning, creating and revising a number of assignments both in and out of class, which move beyond basic description or subjective opinion and demonstrate an awareness of critical and logical thinking. By reading a variety of different essays to stimulate in class discussion combined with writing practice in a practical workshop-orientated atmosphere, students will hone and challenge their own capabilities and assumptions regarding their abilities as writers.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:

By the end of the course students will have improved and refined their writing through actively engaging in peer review and applying a heightened awareness of critical reading skills both in and out of class. They will have expanded their understanding of different rhetorical techniques employing a broader range of language, varied sentence structure and self reflexive skills to produce essays which have a clear focus as to who their reader is and which reflect the ability to vigorously analyze and assess their own work to a high standard.

 

Students who successfully complete EN105 (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 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

·         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

TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
At Home Essays  
In Class Essays  
Homework /Quizzes/Class Particpation  
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 cours
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 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.

· 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

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

 




Final Exam - TBA

Schedule

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

Week 1 (21st-27th Sept)

Date SEPT

Topic

Activity

Homework

MON 21st
WED 23rd

Introduction to Course

What is a thesis

Discuss Syllabus

 TBA

     

Week 2 (28th Sept - 4th Oct)

Date SEPT

Topic

Activity

Homework

MON 28th 
WED 30th 

FRI 2nd MAKE UP DAY

Lost Decades

Lost Generations

 

Library Session 

 TBA

TBA             
 

 
Writing the Introduction - PPT

Thesis Statements - How to write and identify them.

TBA             

Week 3 (5th-11th Oct)

Date OCT

Topic

Activity

Homework

MON 5th 
WED 7th 

 'The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock'

At Home Essay 1 - Set

TBA

TBA

 

 

 

Week 4 (12th-18th Oct)

Date OCT

Topic

Activity

Homework

MON 12th 


WED 14th 

 

 

Workshop At Home Essay 1

 

 
   

TBA

Week 5 (19th - 25 Oct)

Date Oct

Topic

Activity

Homework

MON 19th

 

 

 WED 21st

Submit At Home Essay 1

IN CLASS ESSAY 1

Fallacies

At home essay 2 - Set

 

           

 

 

 

TBA

Week 6 (26th - 1st Nov)

Date Oct

Topic

Activity

Homework

MON 26th

 

 

WED 28th

 

 

 

Midterm Exam

 

 
 

 

Week 7 (2nd Nov - 8th Nov)

Date NOV

Topic

Activity

Homework

MON 2nd 

 

 

 

Workshop In Class Essay 1


 Workshop At Home Essay 2

 

WED 4th

 

Library Session 2

 

 

Week 8 (9th Nov - 15th Nov)

Date NOV

Topic

Activity

Homework

MON 9th 

 

 

WED 11th

Submit - In Class Essay 1

PPT - Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers

 

Library Session 2

TBA

   

TBA

Week 9 (16th Nov - 22nd Nov)

Date NOV

Topic

Activity

Homework

Mon 16th

 

 

 

Wed 18th

Submit - At home essay 2


Effective Sentences - PPT

 

 

 

Revise MLA Style

Week 10 (25th -29th Nov)

Date Nov

Topic

Activity

Homework

Mon 23rd

 

 

 

 

Wed 25th

 In Class Essay 2

 

 

 

 

Read and Annotate

Week 11 (30th - 6th Dec)

 

Topic

Activity

Homework

Mon 30th

Wed 6th

Workshop In Class Essay 2

 

 

 

TBA

 

Week 12 (7th Dec - 13th Dec)

 

Topic

 

Activity

Homework

Mon 7th 



Submit - In Class Essay 2 

 

TBA

Wed 9th

 

 

 

TBA

Policies on late work :

·        Assignments are due at the time and day they are due, this means the beginning of class. Papers are considered late as soon as I begin lecturing. Please take care to note the deadlines announced in class and in this syllabus.

·        One late assignment per student (Annotations) will be accepted without penalty. This does not apply to major paper assignments. Major papers will be penalized 10 points (a full letter grade) for every day they are late up to 30 points. Major papers turned in more than three days late will receive a grade of zero.