NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE
Composition and Rhetoric
|A.||Course Title:||Composition and Rhetoric|
|B.||Course Number:||EN 113 - 10171|
|D.||Days/Time:||M T W Th 12:20:00 PM - 1:35:00 PM|
|K.||Time Zone:||Mountain Time|
|L.||Prerequisite(s):||Acceptable score on ASSET, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT, or successful completion of TS 113C or EN 103.|
This course offers an introduction to written communication with emphasis on developing college-level paragraphs and essays. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: TS 113C or appropriate score on a placement test.
EN 113 provides instruction in methods of clear, effective writing, including audience, purpose, prewriting, planning, drafting, revising, and editing. Students learn to evaluate, analyze, and synthesize ideas and to communicate in appropriately focused and logically argued discourse. The course emphasizes critical reading of non-fiction.
Composition and Rhetoric is required for NMJC degree programs, and a passing grade transfers to all public colleges and universities in New Mexico. For transferability to schools outside of New Mexico, please consult the transfer school.
Glenn, Cheryl and Loretta Gray. Harbrace Essentials. 2nd ed. Stamford: Cengage Learning,2015. Print ISBN: ISBN: 978-1337284677
In addition to Harbrace Essentials, this course uses online readings from Pannell Library. These readings are available online on a computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection at no cost to you. If you prefer to print out the readings for offline reading, set aside a budget of approximately $15 for printing. Here is a tutorial on accessing the readings.
USB Flash Drive
Three Ring binder
You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.
Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:
90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
0 - 59% = F
1. Grade Distribution:
Essay One: 10%
Essay Two: 15%
Essay Three: 15%
Essay Four: 15 %
Final Essay: (Timed Essay Assignment): 20%
Participation and small assignments: 25%
Failure to complete any single assignment worth 20% is grounds for failing the course. .
2. All assignments must be computer generated with a word processor and submitted in MLA format to Canvas. Grammar, punctuation, spelling and manuscript appearance always count. Proofread all work before handing it in.
3. Late work on daily assignments worth less than fifty points is not accepted. However, the lowest three scores on daily assignments get dropped at the end of the term, which allows students to miss a few daily assignments without penalty. Also, students can repeat SoftChalk lessons infinitely; repeat each lesson until you get a perfect score.
4. Late work on major essay assignments and exams is accepted for three days (72 hours) after an assignment is due with a 10% late penalty. Daily Assignments are assignments worth less than fifty points; Major Assignments are assignments worth fifty or more points. To arrange a late exam, you must contact Professor Mitchell within 48 hours after the exam closes. Under special circumstances, such as prolonged jury duty and military service, late work may be accepted without penalty at the professor's discretion. Contact Professor Mitchell as early as possible if you feel your situation qualifies as a special circumstance, and we will discuss the situation. Note that Canvas may not prevent you from submitting a late assignment, but it will mark the submission late. Late assignment submission is no guarantee that the assignment will receive a grade; the late policy will be enforced regardless of whether Canvas accepts the late submission or not.
5. Students are responsible for submitting the correct files in the correct format with the correct file name. Resubmissions for mistakes with files is not allowed after I have graded the assignment. Be sure you are submitting the correct file!
New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:
New Mexico Junior College's English and Languages Department uses the Core Competencies established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the
semester, the successful student should be able to:
• Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.
• Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.
• Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.
• Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.
• Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.
• Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.
By the end of the semester, the successful student should be able to:
• Express information concisely.
• Structure and organize information.
• Develop information with content appropriate to an assignment’s purpose.
• Discover and limit a subject for writing.
• Generate a thesis statement for a series of related and unified paragraphs.
• Organize a paragraph around a single point.
• Adopt appropriate voice, tone, and level of formality.
• Generate clear sentences according to standard English syntax.
• Determine supporting details for a topic.
• Demonstrate an ability to use a variety of rhetorical techniques such as: description, cause/effect, analogy/example, narration, definition, comparison/contrast, process, persuasion, and classification.
• Edit and revise writing to improve effectiveness in such areas as: clarity, organization, unity, logic, coherence, and audience appropriateness.
• Proofread a piece of writing to correct grammatical, mechanical, and spelling errors.
• Evaluate writing for organization, execution, and content.
• Show an understanding of intellectual property rights and plagiarism, including the use of appropriate documentation for sources.
• Use basic MLA format.
1. Regular class participation is essential to the objectives of this course. Weekly participation is required. If a student chooses to stop participating in this class, the student must withdraw from the class. The instructor will not drop students from the course.
2. The student is responsible for reading assignments, quizzes, tests, or any other assignments. Students should keep close track of all announcements and the course calendar. Quizzes, tests, and other assignments have specific due dates and will generally become unavailable after the due date and a brief late period. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with all assignments.
3. Any form of academic dishonesty, cheating, unauthorized collaboration, or plagiarism will result in a grade of ‘F’ for the semester. Whether intentional or accidental, plagiarism is theft and a violation of academic honesty. Plagiarism includes submitting assignments you did not write or taking portions of your assignment from a source without giving credit. Plagiarism also occurs when altering wording while retaining the ideas of an uncredited source (paraphrasing). Submitting an assignment or part of an assignment done for another course without the permission of both instructors is a violation of academic honesty. If you wish to submit work originally created for another course, you must receive written permission from both professors. To avoid plagiarism, use quotation marks to enclose phrases and sentences from sources. Use MLA parenthetical citations and works cited entries for all paraphrases and quotations. For additional information about plagiarism and citing sources in MLA format, refer to chapters eleven and twelve of Harbrace Essentials. Your papers are analyzed for plagiarism by turnitin.com and added to the turnitin.com database when you submit them. Students who wish to appeal a professor’s decision regarding this policy should use the Academic Dishonesty Process published in the New Mexico Junior College Student Handbook.
4. College level courses include readings and discussions that may include “adult” topics and language.
5. This course uses videos hosted by YouTube and includes links to pages on the World Wide Web. While I stand by the appropriateness of videos and links that I post, I cannot make any guarantees or promises that clicking on subsequent videos or links suggested by YouTube or other sites will always yield a satisfactory video or browsing experience. Click on videos suggested by YouTube in the embedded videos or links from the pages I post at your own risk!
6. Bookmark https://nmjc.instructure.com/ for direct access to Canvas even if the NMJC website is down.
Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.
Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.
All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.
The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.
Food and Drink Policy
Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.
No Children in the Classroom
In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.
Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.
Smoking/Use of Tobacco
New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.
Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.
Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.
The following outline is intended to provide you with an overview of major assignments. It does not include daily assignments like quizzes, discussion posts, and the like, which are due on a regular basis starting in the first week of class. You will receive detailed instructions on these smaller assignments in each Canvas learning module, and due dates always appear in Canvas.
It is important to note that this is an eight-week course as opposed to a full sixteen week semester, so the pace of assignments is brisk
Introduction: Syllabus and introductory assignments
Fundamentals of Essay Writing
Assignment: Sentence Composing
Essay One Due
Start Essay Two
Essay Two Due
Start Essay Three
Essay Three Due
Start Essay Four
Essay four Due
Final (timed essay)Thursday March 10