Course Title: Composition and Rhetoric 1
Expository writing, development of paragraphs and the whole composition, study of model essays, extensive theme writing, and individual conferences. Assessment required prior to enrollment. Lab required.
Course Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 1
Placement in ENGL 1301. Consult the Testing Center Director if you have questions about an assessment level.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:
See the current Collin Registration Guide for the last day to withdraw.
Collin College Academic Policies:
See the current Collin Student Handbook.
Americans with Disabilities Act:
Collin College will adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal opportunity. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the ACCESS office, SCC-G200 or 972.881.5898 (V/TTD: 972.881.5950) to arrange for appropriate accommodations. See the current Collin Student Handbook for additional information.
Instructor’s Name: Dr. Lisa Roy-Davis, PhD
Office Number: SCC H235
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursdays, 8:30-10AM and 1:00-2:30PM. Monday and Wednesday by appointment only.
Phone Number: 972-578-5511
Email: LRDavis@collin.edu -- note the “R” before Davis.
Section Number: Section 08
Meeting Times: Monday and Wednesday, 1:00-2:15PM
Meeting Location: BB231
Minimum Technology Requirement: Access to the internet required, typing skills preferred.
Minimum Student Skills: Ability to read and write fluently.
Netiquette Expectations: All communication via email with the instructor should be formally worded and formatted properly. Include your full name, course number and section on any emails you send me. Emails without that information will not be answered promptly.
Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Writers, 9th ed. Edited by David Bartholomae and Anthony Petrosky. ISBN: 978-0-312-57091-0
They Say, I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing, 2nd Edition. Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein ISBN: 978-0826341266
Recommended but NOT required: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition. ISBN: 978-1603290241
A spiral bound notebook exclusively devoted to writing for this course.
Access to Turnitin.com as provided by the instructor.
You are expected to attend all classes and to arrive on time. There is no way to “make up” what goes on in class. At 5 absences, excused OR unexcused, you will fail the course (I reserve complete discretion in applying this standard). I take attendance in every class using my IPhone and track your absences as a method of determining your grade. There are no “excused” absences, there is only the total number of 5 for the semester. If you arrive late, make sure that you notify me at the end of the class period that you came late so I can mark you present. If you don’t let me know at the end of the class period, I will probably forget and leave your notation as “absent.”
If you fall behind in your work and writing, you should get in touch with me by email or come by during my office hours to chat. I’m always willing to work through issues you have in order to help you in the course. Do NOT wait until the end of the course to tell me that you’ve been having problems all semester and expect me to be sympathetic. I will not be.
Please also note that if you send me an email asking me what you missed in class, I will refer you to our course schedule and tell you to speak with one of your classmates to get an idea of how the discussion went. I will not discuss class happenings in emails.
Method of Evaluation:
We will be using the B Contract for course grading and evaluation. A complete explanation of the contract guidelines and policies is available on the website for this course: http://iws2.collin.edu/lrdavis
Late Work Policy:
I will accept late work, with prior notice. Any work turned in late without advance warning to me will not be commented on. You must turn in all work to pass the course. Turning work in late severely limits your ability to pass the course. If you are attending class regularly and doing the writing, there should be no reason why your work is late. With that being said, I know that life intervenes sometimes, and I’m sympathetic to that. Contact me if you’re having trouble and need an extension. I usually ask when you know you can have something turned in, and give you the extension. You’ll find me very easy to work with before a deadline, and very difficult to work with after a deadline has passed. Late work without prior notice breaks the B contract.
Plagiarism is a very serious breach of intellectual integrity. If you plagiarize in writing your essays, I will follow the policies outlined in the Collin Student Handbook.
Course Assignments and Calendar:
There are 3 essays of 1200 words each due during the semester. Each essay will develop from your reading both in and outside of class, journal entries you will write, draft workshops where you work collaboratively with your peers, and peer review workshops where you will give careful feedback to other writers. You will also continue to revise these essays throughout the semester after I have commented on them. Refer to your assignment schedule for due dates and prompts. Essays will be peer reviewed and then turned in after revision on Turnitin.com.
At the end of the semester, you will turn in a formal writing portfolio that you will submit for a final grade. The portfolio will include drafts, revisions, and self-reflective author’s notes for each of the three essays you will have written this semester. You will also include a copy of the end of semester review form. Your final grade for the course will depend on the thoughtfulness and thoroughness of your editing, revising and polishing. Since my feedback on your papers will be focused on writing improvements and further development in your writing and not on grades, your portfolio is a chance to re-think your work further and then submit it for a final grade. We will discuss this idea as the semester continues. Again, refer to the course description for a full explanation of this expectation.
Journal Writing and Reading Log:
You will keep a writing journal for this course, adding entries both in and outside of class according to my directions. You will also track the amount of time that you spend reading and writing by filling out a regular log sheet that tracks your time spent. These sheets will be due in class every Monday. I will make notes of how much time you have spent and your totals will factor into your final grade. Refer to your course calendar for dates and assignments. A copy of the calendar is posted on the website for this course: http://iws2.collin.edu/lrdavis.