Grading Criteria


Collin College Course Syllabus

ENGL 1302.C71: Composition II

Fall Semester, 2016


Instructor’s Information:

Instructor’s Name: Professor Martha Tolleson

Office Number: B219, Central Park Campus

Office Hours: Mon, 4 - 5 p.m.; T/R, 1 - 2 p.m.

Contact Information: (972) 548-6843 (office) or (214) 491-6270 (Assoc. Dean’s Office, B-122-G at CPC)

Website: http://iws2.collin.edu/mtolleson


E-mail preferences:

Always e-mail me at mtolleson@collin.edu from your CougarMail account. Please include the course and section number (1302.M71) in the subject line. I teach several different courses, and I will not always have my class rolls at hand to look up your information. I will not reply to e-mails that do not have that information in the subject line.

Class Information:

Lecture class; meets Mondays 5:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. at CPC, Rm B116 (Main building)


Course Description: Intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts.  Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions. Lab required.


Course Credit Hours:  3 credit hours

                 Lecture Hours:  3             Lab Hours: 1


Prerequisite: ENGL 1301


Course Delivery Method:  Lecture; some course materials and activities in Canvas; all papers submitted to Turnitin


Required Textbook: 


Lunsford, Andrea and Marcia Muth, The St. Martin’s Pocket Guide to Research and Documentation, 5th ed., 978-0-312-66192-2


Required or Recommended Readings:  (Please refer to the Course Calendar at the end of this syllabus.)


Supplies:  USB drive, notebook in which to take notes, folder to submit supporting materials that accompany research paper


Student Learning Outcomes:

1.       Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative research processes. (Teamwork)

2.       Develop ideas and synthesize primary and secondary sources within focused academic arguments, including one or more research-based essays. (Communication Skills)

3.       Analyze, interpret, and evaluate a variety of texts for the ethical and logical uses of evidence.  (Critical Thinking Skills)

4.       Write in a style that clearly communicates meaning, builds credibility, and inspires belief or action. (Communication Skills)

5.       Apply the conventions of style manuals for specific academic disciplines (e.g., APA, CMS, MLA, etc.)

6.     Demonstrate personal responsibility through the ethical use of intellectual property. (Personal Responsibility)


Course Requirements and Method of Evaluation: The following is a breakdown of the work you will do in this course and its relative weight in assessing your final grade:


Research Paper  25%

Group Project: Visual Argument 15%

Essays 25%

Quizzes and Class Participation 10%

Labs 10%

Final Exam 15%


(90 - 100 = A, 80 -89 = B, 70 - 79 = C, 60 - 69 = D, below 60 = F)


Research Paper:  The greatest part of work you do this semester will be essay writing. You will write one research paper (a minimum of 6 typed, double-spaced pages). The work you do to produce this paper will take place mostly outside of class (although some class time may be provided for pre-writing, peer review, and instructor feedback). The paper must be typed and formatted following MLA standards, and submitted to Turnitin.com by the deadline time. Hard copies of all research notes, printouts, drafts, and checkpoint documentation must be submitted on the paper due date in your research folder. I will not grade, nor will you receive credit for, any research paper for which there are no accompanying materials. A revision will be allowed only if that essay receives below a “C-“ and no more than 10 points will be added if the revision is approved.


Essays:  In addition to the research paper, you will write two -  three essays ranging in length from four - six pages; the subjects will be taken from your assigned readings, films, or class discussions.


Class Participation/Quizzes/Labs


In order to facilitate good class discussions, I may give quizzes over readings assigned if I get the feeling students are not reading the assigned works. You will also take grammar quizzes to help improve clarity in your writing. (You will be given the opportunity to re-take grammar quizzes at least once.) In addition, I will award participation points to students who attend class regularly (and on time), come prepared for class, add to the quality of class discussions, follow classroom behavior policies, and turn in all work. Because this class meets once a week, at least 10 pts. will be deducted for each time you are absent.


Labs:       You are expected to complete 16 units of lab work in this course.  


Specific Lab Assignments:


·        Mandatory: Each student must visit the Writing Center at least once for the research paper. That visit counts as 3 units of lab work.

·        Mandatory: Each student must have one face-to-face conference with me during the first 7 weeks of the semester (arranged in advance). That conference counts as 2 units of lab work. (Total = 2 units)

·       Visual Argument: research and prep time – 3 units of lab work.


Note: Mandatory labs cannot be made up by doing other labs. Even if you have a total of 16 units, points will be deducted from the total for failure to do the mandatory labs.


Options for additional labs:


·        Writing Center workshop attendance with 1/2 page summary write-up  = 2 units per workshop

·        TED Talks (includes written follow-up): 2 units each (Note: Your TED Talks documents should be original (i.e., clearly viewed by you and written by you and you alone). See Scholastic Dishonesty section below.


All labs must be completed by Monday, Nov. 28.


Note: You must make appointments to see a tutor in the Writing Center. As the semester progresses, appointment slots are difficult to get, so make your appointments in advance. The Writing Center (Rm A104) is open Mon-Thurs 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  (Saturday service begins Sept. 10). To make an appointment, go to www.mywco.com/cpc. Detailed instructions are available once you have registered an account. Please use your cougarmail address!


Grading of labs:

16 units = 100 pts.

14 units = 80 pts.

12 units = 70 pts

Fewer than 12 units = 50 pts. or less


Exam:     Your exam will test you over your knowledge of MLA documentation. The exam counts as 15% of your final grade. Your research and writing of the research paper as well as the other essays will help prepare you for the exam. It is an open-book exam based on the information in the St. Martin’s Pocket Guide to Research and Documentation.

General Description of the subject matter of each lecture or discussion.  Please refer to the Course Calendar at the end of the syllabus.


Classroom Guidelines:


Specifics about essays:  While the work in this course will keep you busy and require good time-management, I always schedule due dates that allow a reasonable amount of time for you to complete assignments. Therefore, late essays will be accepted no later than 48 hours after the original deadline and will receive no grade higher than a C. Late essays receive a letter grade only. I do not put marks or make comments on late essays. All essays will be submitted to Turnitin.com by the announced deadline. Otherwise, they will be counted late.


                Any in-class essays must be written during class time only. If you are absent when the class writes an in-class paper, you must make arrangements to come on campus to make up the paper under the limits imposed on the rest of the class. (The topic options may not be the same.) Think of an in-class essay the same way you would an exam: you cannot work on it outside of class, and you have a limited time in which to complete it. It differs from an exam, however, in that I am there to answer any questions you might have while you are writing and, in general, to help you in any way I can.


                To maintain a quality environment within the classroom, you will not be expected to hand in an essay until I have handed back the previous essay.* This helps you to apply what you have learned from the feedback you received on the first essay to the next essay. Turning in late work, however, puts both of us at a disadvantage. I don’t have enough time to put comments on your late essay—that’s why I put no marks on late essays—and you don’t have time to learn from your mistakes as you draft your next essay.  There’s a domino effect here, and not a good one.


                *The exception to this rule may be the time between the research paper and the last essay. Because of the extended amount of time it takes to grade your research paper, you may be expected to hand in the last essay before you have received your graded research paper.


Attendance and Class Participation:  Because Engl. 1302 is a skill-building course, you cannot afford to miss class. Earning participation points (merged with your quiz average) depends on your keeping up with assignments and sharing ideas in class discussions. You will be expected to contribute intelligently to the classroom conversation and demonstrate your knowledge and awareness of current issues. You cannot do that if you have not completed the assignment for that day, and while you will want to make up that work later for yourself, the class has been denied your contribution.


                I will often post handouts and assignments within Canvas, but you need to understand that Canvas is not a substitute for attending class. Students who do not attend regularly and on time often miss important information about upcoming assignments and, subsequently, risk failing the class. Your presence is important!


I realize, of course, that certain emergencies arise within the course of the semester. You will be expected to keep up with daily assignments (exchange e-mail addresses with two or three students in the class so that you can find out what you missed), and know that the due dates for assignments will remain the same for you as the rest of the class. You may miss a week’s worth of class without penalty (unless you miss a quiz); however, after that, 10 pts. is deducted from your quiz/class participation average for every absence. Sleeping in class or leaving class early will also count as an absence. The message:  Be here (physically and mentally). I’ll do my best to make every class count and not waste your time.


Tardiness:  I check roll at the beginning of class. Students who come in after roll-check will remain marked absent. Tardy students will not be given extra time to begin or finish a quiz. Students who leave after break will be counted absent.

Electronic devices and other behaviors: Practice common courtesy. Turn off cell phones. I do not want to hear them ring or vibrate. I do not even want to see them, so this ban obviously includes text messaging. (You may think I don’t know what your hands are doing in your lap under the table, but it can only be one of two things – and neither is appropriate for the classroom.) If you expect a call or message that is so important you must interrupt class to answer it, don't come to class.  After one incident, I will ask you to leave class. If you receive a call or message during an in-class writing assignment, you will not be allowed to finish the paper. I also do not want to see any other electronic devices such as MP3 players, laptops, or iPads. The gist of this policy is that you are not to do anything that will distract me, you, or those around you and thus impede the learning or creative process.

Withdrawing from classShould you decide it is in your best interest to withdraw from the course, the deadline for dropping a course is Oct. 14 . This procedure that must be initiated by you--I cannot do it for you. You must complete and submit the appropriate forms in the Admissions or Advising offices by the deadline of Oct. 14.


Religious Holy Days: please refer to the current Collin Student Handbook


ADA Statement: It is the policy of Collin County Community College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals who are students with disabilities. This 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 educational opportunity. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the ACCESS office, SCC-G200 or 972.881.5898 (V/TTD: 972.881.5950) or at CPC (D118-I) or (972) 548-6816 in a timely manner to arrange for accommodations.

Scholastic Dishonesty:

The section below is taken from the Student Handbook, section 7.2.3:

Scholastic Dishonesty: (Excerpted from the Collin Student Handbook, Section 7.2.3) Every member of the Collin College community is expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity.  Collin College may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty.  Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts, or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one’s own work material that is not one’s own.  Scholastic dishonesty may involve, but is not limited to, one or more of the following acts:  cheating, plagiarism, collusion, use of annotated texts or teacher’s editions, use of information about exams posted on the Internet or electronic medium, and/or falsifying academic records.  While specific examples are listed below, this is not an exhaustive list and scholastic dishonesty may encompass other conduct, including any conduct through electronic or computerized means:


Plagiarism is the use of an author’s words or ideas as if they were one’s own without giving credit to the source, including, but not limited to, failure to acknowledge a direct quotation. In the preparation of all papers and other written work, students must distinguish their own ideas and knowledge from information derived from other sources. The term "sources" includes not only published primary and secondary materials, but also information and opinions gained directly from other people.

Cheating is the willful giving or receiving of information in an unauthorized manner during an examination or to complete an assignment; collaborating with another student during an examination without authority; using, buying, selling, soliciting, stealing, or otherwise obtaining course assignments and/or examination questions in advance; unauthorized copying of computer or Internet files; using someone else’s work for assignments as if it were one’s own; submitting or resubmitting an assignment (in whole or in part) for more than one class or institution without permission from the professor(s); or any other dishonest means of attempting to fulfill the requirements of a course.

Collusion is intentionally or unintentionally aiding or attempting to aid another in an act of scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to, failing to secure academic work; providing a paper or project to another student; providing an inappropriate level of assistance; communicating answers to a classmate about an examination or any other course assignment; removing tests or answer sheets from a test site; and allowing a classmate to copy answers.


In cases where an incident report has been filed for alleged violation of scholastic dishonesty, faculty are requested to delay posting a grade, for the academic work in question, until the Dean of Student’s Office renders an administrative decision of the case.  Students found responsible for scholastic dishonesty offenses will receive an authorized disciplinary penalty from the Dean of Students Office.  The student may also receive an academic penalty in the course where the scholastic dishonesty took place.  The professor will determine the appropriate academic penalty. (From Collin Student Handbook, Section 7.2.3)


In this course, I will report any cases of suspected scholastic dishonesty on class work (quizzes, essays, responses, presentations, or the final exam) to the Dean of Students Office.  A student found responsible for violating the code of conduct will receive a "0" on the specific assignment and, depending on the severity of the violation, may receive an “F” in the course. Other than sources documented and cited according to MLA standards, all work submitted for a grade must be your own original work that is original to this course. Submitting another's words and/or ideas as your own is plagiarism and that applies to any work you do in this course. Quote carefully and document fully in order to avoid even unintentional plagiarism. Regardless of intent, a student found responsible of plagiarism automatically receives a "0" on the assignment. 


Because plagiarism, collusion, and/or cheating violates a bond of trust between the student and instructor, I reserve the right to refuse to accept any further work from the student and to give the student an “F” as a final grade. I also do not accept nor give credit to papers you may have submitted previously for another course. I screen papers using Turnitin.com.


Course Calendar is linked from top of syllabus page.