COL101: English Composition I
Instructor: Virginia Crane
Room 203, Iola High School
Course Description: Composition I is designed to prepare students for the tasks facing them as college writers. The course provides study and practice in the essentials of the writing process, emphasizing the prewriting, planning, drafting, and revision techniques that are vital elements in the process approach. Writing issues covered in Composition I include organization, clarity, and, as needed, grammatical usage.
Course Prerequisites: All students enrolled in Composition I must meet at least one of the following prerequisites:
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Course Outcomes and Competencies
Outcome 1: The student shall be able to plan a written assignment.
1. Demonstrate use of informal pre-writing techniques.
2. Use pre-writing techniques appropriate to individual assignments.
Outcome 2: The students will produce drafts in response to writing assignments.
1. Utilize a central focus.
Outcome 3: The student will revise drafts to produce academic essays.
Outcome 4: Participate constructively as a member of the writing community.
1. Demonstrate the ability to read, evaluate, and critique others’ writing in class discussions and written evaluations.
Texts and Supplies: Please have texts and all course supplies with you for each class meeting.
Hairston, Maxine, John Ruszkiewicz, and Christy Friend. The Scott Foresman Handbook for Writers.
7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004.
Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell, eds. Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and
Guide. 10th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin, 2007.
Please bring lined notebook paper, handouts distributed by the instructor, writing utensils, and a folder for writing assignments.
Instruction Methods: Methods of instruction will include group discussions of readings and composition principles introduced in the text and in class, in-class critiques of sample writings, and peer writing workshops. Class attendance and participation are all very important parts of success in this class.
Evaluation: Points will be assigned to course work as follows:
Essay 1: 100 points
Essay 2: 100 points
Essay 3: 100 points
Essay 4: 100 points
Essay 5 100 points
Final Essay 100 points
TOTAL: 600 points
NOTE: Additional assignments of lesser point value may be assigned throughout the semester.
Instructor Expectations: It is the expectation of the instructo that students will attend class regularly, turn assignments in on time, and come otherwise prepared to class meetings. Students will be expected to focus on the particular topic under examination for the duration of each class period and to involve themselves constructively in class discussions and activities.
Classroom Decorum: Any sort of discourteous behavior, toward the instructor or other students, is inappropriate and will not be tolerated. Examples of such behavior include but are not limited to: sleeping in class; talking persistently about matters unrelated to the class; interrupting or attempting to dominate class discussion with loud or otherwise inappropriate remarks; and behaving in an insulting fashion toward the instructor or other students. Also discourteous is the wearing of headphones in class and the use of lasers, cell phones, handheld video games, or similar gadgets. Students who behave discourteously may be asked to leave the classroom, or, if the behavior is extreme or frequent, dropped from the class without further notice. Determining what constitutes discourteous behavior is at the sole discretion of the instructor.
Attendance, Drop, and Late Work Policies:
Plagiarism and Cheating: Any student who: uses another's work as his or her own, allows another student to use his or her work deceptively, submits work that is not his or her own, dishonestly uses or supplies aid during exams, or engages in behavior that violates the standards of academic integrity will forfeit the grade for the assignment and face expulsion from the class. If, at any time during the semester, a student is unsure of what constitutes plagiarism, those concerns should be discussed with the instructor. Ignorance is not an adequate defense for academic dishonesty.
Writing Center: The Allen Community College Writing Center exists to serve all students with any assignment that involves writing. It is located in the southeast corner of the Student Success Center on the Iola campus, and weekly visits are made to the Burlingame campus to help students there. The Allen Writing Center’s Online Writing Lab is also available for online and outreach students who are unable to visit the Iola or Burlingame campuses, and for anyone preferring to obtain assistance with their writing via the Internet. To get office hours or make an appointment, call the Writing Center director, Bruce Symes, at 620-365-5116, ext. 303, or e-mail him at email@example.com