• Eastfield College

    Arts and Communications Division

    Fall 2014

    3 Credit Hours

    Instructor: S. McLaughlin

    Room: SHS 211



    Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis. (3 Lec.)  Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 23.1301.51 12


    Student Learning Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes.

    2. Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution.

    3. Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose.

    4. Read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts.

    5. Use Edited American English in academic essays.

    Core Objectives:

    ENGL 1301 develops the following Core Objectives:

    Critical Thinking - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of information.

    Communication - to include effective development, interpretation, and expression of idea through written, oral, and visual communication.

    Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.

    Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making.


    Core Objective Development Statements:

    ENGL 1301 develops Critical Thinking by requiring students to analyze a variety of texts in terms of audience, purpose and style. This analysis serves as the basis for written responses that require the justification of ideas through support and attribution.

    ENGL 1301 develops Communication by requiring students to respond to a variety of texts in the form of revised and edited academic essays.

    ENGL 1301 develops Teamwork by requiring students to engage in collaborative writing and editing processes such as peer review.

    ENGL 1301 develops Personal Responsibility by teaching students the ethical and accurate use of research through proper citation and documentation.



    o   ALL written work MUST contain appropriate corner headings as presented in the MLA Handbook.

    o   ALL class work handed in must be on loose-leaf paper, written in blue or black ink with legible handwriting and correct grammar, usage and spelling.

    o   ALL formal writing assignments are to be typed unless otherwise stated. ALL printing should be done BEFORE class.

    o   The form of all papers – spelling, sentence structure, grammar, usage, etc. – will affect one’s grade. Make sure you proofread and edit well.




    Ø Major Grades– 45%

    Ø Intermediate Grades – 35%

    Ø Minor Grades– 20%

    Ø I will inform you of the grading category for each assignment.




    Tests – Tests, regardless of format, will be designed to allow you to demonstrate your processing of material covered; not that you’ve read, but that you’ve digested, understood and interpreted. Therefore, essay tests will give you the opportunity to express yourself and to show you have engaged your own thought process in comprehending the material. Creative thinking supported by the material covered and not patent, formulaic responses will be most rewarded.

    Quizzes will be given occasionally to allow you to prove that you have done the reading as outlined in the class calendar.




    Papers will focus on your ability to present an analysis of the literary text. Organization and form is of utmost importance. Papers will develop topics that concern a work in its entirety; however, they are not exercises in broad generalizations and universal maxims. Instead, you must limit and define a topic in order to present a concise and well-defended argument. NOTE: I WILL NOT ACCEPT LATE PAPERS. PAPERS TURNED IN AFTER THE DUE DATE WILL RECEIVE A ZERO.

    Critical essays are the stepping stones to larger scale writings, mainly research papers. Essays and Papers may include any of the following:

    ·       In-class essays: formal assignments that will help you develop and enhance critical thinking skills of questioning, analyzing and reasoning.

    ·       1-page proposals to present a research paper idea: your ability to express clearly your intention in future research

    ·       Research papers

    ·       Homework essays as catalysts for discussion over a particular piece of literature


    While some class time will be devoted to using the Sunnyvale High School library for research, it is imperative that students research independently if they want to meet deadlines.


    Participation – “n: sharing the activities of a group” … it is expected of a student earning college credit that he / she positively contribute to the overall quest for knowledge, that he / she builds upon the intellectual comments supplied by his / her classmates, and that he / she accept differing points of view, reactions and criticisms to a piece of literature or writing – including one’s own – in a mature manner.




    o   During all classroom presentations – lecture, film, student-led discussions, etc. – students are expected to be attentive.

    o   When the bell rings to signify the beginning of class, students are expected to be in their seats with only the appropriate text/s and work for that day on their desks.

    o   Courteous behavior is expected at all times. Nothing less will be tolerated.

    o   In general: A respectful attitude conducive to learning is expected at all times.




    o   When it’s necessary to be absent, it is your responsibility to find out what has been missed and to hand in any assignments the following class period. 

    o   If you are absent for the day of a test, I will expect you to take the test the day you return. You and I will make arrangements for time and location of the test.



    I will be available most mornings in my room should you need help or wish to discuss grades, papers, tests, etc. If morning does not work for you, I can be available most afternoons, though you will want to provide advance notice. The best way to reach me is by my Sunnyvale email:  sara.mclaughlin@sunnyvaleisd.com



    ACADEMIC HONESTY & PLAGIARISM—English Departmental Policy

    Scholastic dishonesty is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion.  As a college student, you are considered a responsible adult. Your enrollment indicates acceptance of the DCCCD Code of Student Conduct published in the DCCCD Catalog at http://www1.dcccd.edu/cat0506/ss/code.cfm


    Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on tests, plagiarism and collusion. Cheating includes copying from another students test or homework paper, using materials not authorized, collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test, knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting the contents of an unadministered test, and substituting for another person to take a test. Plagiarism is the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another’s work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one’s own written work. Collusion is the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements.


    Academic dishonesty is a serious offense in college. You can be given a failing grade on an assignment or test, can be failed for the class, or you can even be suspended from college.  In any written paper, you are guilty of the academic offense known as plagiarism if you partially or entirely copy the authors sentences or words without quotation marks. For such an offense, a student will receive a zero on the assignment and could even receive an F for the course. You cannot mix the author’s words with your own or “plug” your synonyms into the authors sentence structure. To prevent unintentional borrowing, resist the temptation to look at the source as you write, unless you are using a direct quote. The authors words, phrases, sentences must be put in your words, in your way of writing. When you do this, you are demonstrating the ability of understanding and comprehension.


    Please be advised that academic dishonesty and plagiarism are serious issues that may result in serious consequences. Students should be aware that they are responsible for their behavior concerning these issues. This class will adhere to the student’s “Responsibility” as detailed in the DCCCD district-wide statement and the Eastfield College Student Code of Conduct explained in the Eastfield College and district catalogs or on-line at the district website (https://www1dcccd.edu/cat0608/ss/code.cfm).


    Consequences for Academic Dishonesty and/or Plagiarism: Any student in this English class found guilty of cheating on an examination or of Plagiarism (using the definitions given for both terms in the attached document) will receive one or more of the following penalties:

    o The grade of zero (0) on that particular assignment.

    o A course grade of F (depending on the severity of the student’s dishonesty or plagiarism).

    o The professor may request that the student drop the class.



    If you are unable to complete this course, it is your responsibility to withdraw.  Withdrawing is a formal procedure which you must initiate; your instructor cannot do it for you.  You must withdraw through the Admissions/Registrar’s Office (C119) in person or by mail by Thursday, November 13.  You may also withdraw through eConnect. Failure to withdraw before the deadline will result in receiving a performance grade, usually a grade of “F.”  You will receive a “W” (“Withdraw”) in each class dropped.  A “W” shows up on your transcript BUT does not hurt your GPA.



    For students who enrolled in college level courses for the first time in the fall of 2007, Texas Education Code 51.907 limits the number of courses a student may drop.  You may drop no more than six courses during your entire undergraduate career unless the drop qualifies as an exception.  Your campus counseling/advising center will give you more information on the allowable exceptions.   Remember that once you have accumulated six non-exempt drops, you cannot drop any other courses with a “W.”  Therefore, please exercise caution when dropping courses in any Texas public institution of higher learning, including all seven of the Dallas County Community Colleges. For more information, you may access: https://www1.dcccd.edu/coursedrops.



    Effective for Fall Semester 2005, the Dallas County Community Colleges will charge a higher tuition rate to students registering the third or subsequent time for a course. All third and subsequent attempts of the majority of credit and Continuing Education/Workforce Training courses will result in higher tuition to be charged.  Developmental Studies and some other courses will not be charged a higher tuition rate.  Third attempts include courses taken at any of the Dallas County Community Colleges since the Fall 2002 semester.  More information is available at: http://www.dcccd.edu/Current+Students/Paying+for+College/Third+Course+Attempt/ .



    If you are receiving Financial Aid grants or loans, you must begin attendance in all classes.  Do not withdraw or stop attending any class without first consulting the Financial Aid Office (C237).  Non-attendance or withdrawals may affect your eligibility to receive further financial aid and could cause you to be in a position of repayment for the current semester.  Also, students who do not withdraw from a class but fail to attend or participate after the drop date are also subject to this policy, that is, may be in a position of repayment for the current semester.



    The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a statewide program designed to ensure that students enrolled in Texas public colleges and universities have the basic academic skills needed to be successful in college-level course work. The TSI requires assessment, remediation (if necessary), and advising of students who attend a public college or university in the state of Texas. The program assesses a student's basic academic skills in reading, writing, and math.  Passing the assessment is a prerequisite for enrollment in many college level classes.  Students who do not meet assessment standards may complete prerequisite requirements by taking developmental courses in the deficient area and passing them with a grade of C or higher.  Additional information is available at https://www1.dcccd.edu/cat0506/admiss/tsi_requirements.cfm.


    Students requesting accommodations due to the presence of a disability must identify themselves in a timely fashion and demonstrate/document the need for accommodation through the Disability Services Office (DSO).  For information regarding the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities, contact (DSO) at (972) 860-8348 voice/TDD.



    In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the College may release information classified as “directory information” to the general public without the written consent of the student. Directory information includes: (1) student name. (2) student address, (3) telephone numbers, (4) date and place of birth, (5) weight and height of members of athletic teams, (6) participation in officially recognized activities and sports, (7) dates of attendance, (8) educational institution most recently attended, and (9) other similar information, including major field of student and degrees and awards received. Students may protect their directory information at any time during the academic year. If no request is filed, directory information is released upon written inquiry. No telephone inquiries are acknowledged. No transcript or academic record is released without written consent from the student, except as specified by law.



    Academic honesty is expected, and integrity is valued in the Dallas County Community College District.  Scholastic dishonesty is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.  Scholastic dishonesty includes, but it not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion.  As a college student, you are considered a responsible adult.  Your enrollment indicates acceptance of the DCCCD Code of Student Conduct published in the DCCCD Catalog.  More information is available at https://www1.dcccd.edu/cat0406/ss/code.cfm.  In this course, violators of the Academic Honesty Policy will receive an “F” for the work done under academic dishonesty and cannot be made up.



    Printing in the Computer Lab (L108), Library, and Learning Assistance Center (LAC) will cost 10 cents a page. You must bring a one, five, ten, or twenty dollar bill to the lab to create a print account before you can print. No change is made in the lab. Once the money is in the bill acceptor, it cannot be retrieved. No cash refunds are possible. An account stays active (and therefore, you can print) as long as the account has value (that is, has money in it).



    Students who will be absent from class for the observance of a religious holiday must notify the instructor in advance.  Please refer to the college catalog section on Student Responsibilities.



    Legal privacy issues prevent your instructor from discussing your work or your grades on commercial e-mail accounts. If you wish to send assignments/drafts as attachments to an e-mail (and the instructor permits it), or if you have a question about your grade, you must open a student e-mail account. The account is free. You may set it up by going to https://www1.dcccd.edu/netmail/activate.cfm   All students receiving financial aid must open a student NetMail account. You can check your NetMail by going to http://www.dcccd.edu/netmail/home.html



    In the event there is inclement weather that affects regular scheduled classes and events on the Eastfield College campus, the Dallas County Community College District and Eastfield College web pages will display a notification of any closings or delays.  If there is no notice of changes or delays, then classes are in session as usual.  You also may refer to announcements on major television and radio stations (like KEOM-FM radio 88.5) in the event that the DCCCD or Eastfield College Internet sites cannot be accessed.



    Grade reports are no longer mailed.  Convenient access is available online or by telephone.  Just use your student identification number when you log in to e-Connect or call DCCCD Touch Tone Services.  Web site address:  http://econnect.dcccd.edu/.  Telephone number: 972-613-1818.



    The instructor reserves the right to amend this syllabus as necessary. A more detailed schedule can be found on the class calendar.