College Composition I

This material is not intended to duplicate or replace the textbooks or handbook.
It is a constantly changing supplement to the materials provided or required in class.

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Computer Viruses

I receive email with file attachements from a large number of students in all parts of the world. As a result, I am a perfect vector for computer viruses. If I get an undetected virus, I may spread it to other students. I use the McAfee VirusScan and VShield programs and update them frequently.  I have avoided quite a few viruses. On at least one occassion, however, a very new virus got through. As a result, I urge all students to obtain and run their own virus protection software. Whether you have your own or not, I also strongly suggest use of McAfee's free VirusScan Online. It  will clean your hard drive of even the most recent viruses.

Books and Materials

Attendance

Attendance will be taken at the beginning of class. Students who arrive late must wait until after class to inform me that they were late. If I am not told, the recorded absence will remain.

Assignments

There will be a variety of writing assignments exercises, outlines and 6 essays, one of which will require documentation.

Format

All work done outside of class must be typed. You are strongly encouraged to use the computers in the Writing Center or other computer lab to do your work. The Writing Center is in the center of the Red Area on the first level.

Due Dates

All assignments must be completed and submitted by the assigned due date. Late papers may not be accepted unless an acceptable explanation is offered. If a late paper is accepted, the grade may be lowered.

Grading

Your final grade will reflect all aspects of your work: attendance, tardiness, attentiveness, class participation, written assignments and examinations. The grade of "D" is not given. You must pass the departmental final to receive a passing grade of "A," "B" or "C."

The Mid-Term Examination

The Mid-Term will be an in-class essay. It i designed to assess your progress in writing essays as well as serve as practice for the all important Final Essay described below. You will be given something to read -- an essay an article or possibly an excerpt from a book -- one week before the exam. The exam itself will be an essay in response to a focused question about the material you were asked to read. It will be graded Pass or Fail using standards similar to those used by the Testing Committee for the Final.

The Final Examination in ENG 101 has two parts.

The first is a full period essay examination. You will be given something to read -- an essay an article or possibly an excerpt -- a week before the exam. The exam itself will be an essay in response to a focused question about the material you were asked to read. It will be submitted to the English Department's Testing Committee and graded Pass or Fail. This is the same committee that graded your initial Placement Examination. Students who do not receive a Passing grade on this essay cannot receive a passing grade for the course and must repeat it.

The second part of the exam on a subsequent day will be a short answer test. To prepare, students should review all important definitions and terms used throughout the course.


WEEKLY CALANDAR

Week 1 Diagnostic Essay
Introduction to course

Week 2 The Whole Essay BCW Chap. 1
Outlining

Week 3 Topic to Controlling Idea BCW Chap. 2

Week 4 Structuring Your Essay BCW Chap. 3

Week 5 Common Structuring Patterns BCW Chap. 3

Week 6 Revising Your Essay BCW Chap. 4

Week 7 Introductory Paragraphs BCW Chap. 5

Week 8 Body Paragraphs BCW Chap. 6

Week 9 Concluding Paragraphs BCW Chap. 7

Week 10 Revising Your Paragraphs BCW Chap. 8

Week 11 Research and Documentation

Week 12 Citing sources and MLA Style

Week 13 Incorrect Sentence Patterns BCW Chap. 11

Week 14 Sentence Style BCW Chap. 10

Week 15 FINAL EXAMINATION

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Dr. Lawrence Knapp