Composition and Rhetoric


  2. A. Course Title: Composition and Rhetoric
    B. Course Number: EN 113 - 10173
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: M W F 11:00:00 AM - 11:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Roberts, Jarod
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 5:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST); 5:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 02:00:00 PM-3:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 02:00:00 PM-3:00:00 PM (MST);
    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.
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: MH130

    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: 978-1337284677

    In addition to The Harbrace, 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 and appear in Canvas modules. 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.



    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


    A - 900 points or more
    B - 800-899
    C - 700-799
    D - 600-699
    F - below 600 points

    Purposeful Practice – 100 points – The section was formally known as participation; however, this section will go beyond attendance and class discussion. While both of those aspects will be included and are important, this section will also include number of revisions turned in, quality of revisions, reading and learning from comments written on essays, and interactions with the professor. At the end of the semester, you will be asked to write a hundred words defending the amount of points you should receive in this area. Students should realize that perfect attendance and reading the assignments will get you a thumbs up, but no points. For points, you will need to speak during the class, bring something to the discussion (The statement: I agree – does not count as participation.) and actively try to improve your writing skills.

    Quizzes and Exercises – 10-25 points each for a total of 100 points – Throughout the semester we will have writing assignments and quizzes about the week’s reading and/or our weekly discussions. These quizzes and exercises cannot be made up so class attendance is very important.

    Memoir Essay – 125 points – This essay will be a personal narrative about 2-3 pages long.

    Textual Analysis Essay – 150 points – This essay will be an analysis of one text and will be 3-4 pages long.

    Comparative Analysis Essay – 175 points – This essay will be an analysis of more than one text and will be 3-4 pages long.

    Proposal Essay – 200 points – This essay will be a research paper and will be 4-6 pages long.

    Final Exam – 50 points – This will be an in-class essay given during the scheduled final.

    Podcast Points – 100 points – During the semester you will need to listen to informative podcasts. A response paper of 125 words (and no more) must be turned in to receive points. This assignment does not have a specific due date. While the professor will remind you about these throughout the semester, students must make the effort to turn these in. Remember: this is a response paper not a summary of what happened. Form an opinion about the episode then explain how that opinion was formed. A maximum of 25 points can be given out for each hour long podcasts or groups of podcasts. Examples of acceptable podcasts are This American Life, Serial, Freakonomics, RadioLab, Ted Radio Hour, StarTalk Radio, Planet Money, 99% Invisible, Decode DC, Stuff You Should Know, StartUp, Stuff You Missed in History Class.

    You may revise all major essays (memoir, textual, comparative, and proposal) as many times as you wish throughout the semester; however, you may only turn in one paper or revision per week. Each paper will be turned into Canvas electronically before class on the due date. These papers must not be late. Essays that are not turned in by the due date will receive zeroes with no chance for revision. All papers should be in .doc or .docx, nothing else. If you turn in work that does not meet length, reference, or formatting requirements, you will be required to revise the paper before receiving any comments or a grade. If you do not receive points on the first draft of your essay, the paper will marked as ungraded for three weeks. If no revision is turned in after three weeks, a zero will be put into Canvas though you will still have the opportunity to revise. Also, you are responsible for the correct draft of papers being turned in properly. Note that all the stated points above are the maximum amounts. On any assignment, you may be given anywhere between zero points and the number stated above. All essay assignments and podcast points will be graded within two weeks of being turned in while quizzes and exercises will be graded within a week. If these deadlines are not going to be met, a message will be posted on Canvas about when to expect to receive grades.

    Headphones, cellphones, and laptops are prohibited in class unless permission is given on a specific day. Anyone using either three or sleeping or not participating will be told to leave, counted absent, and receive a zero for that day’s work. Be respectful and act like a college student.


    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.


    Class Policies:

    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. 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 and added to the 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. Bookmark for direct access to Canvas even if the NMJC website is down.

    6. I generally respond to canvas messages with questions in less than twenty-four hours. If twenty-four hours passes, and you have no heard from me, please resend your message.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    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

    Attendance Policy
    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.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    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.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    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, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 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. This outline is very tentative and probably will change.

    Week 1 - Intro and First Essay

    Week 2 - First Essay Due

    Week 3 - Intro to Research and Intellectual Property

    Week 4 - Second Essay

    Week 5 - Second Essay Due

    Week 6 - Intro to Analysis

    Week 7 - Third Essay

    Week 8 - Third Essay Due

    Week 9 - Making Arguments

    Week 10 - Research

    Week 11 - Fourth Essay

    Week 12 - Fourth Essay

    Week 13 - Fourth Essay Due

    Week 14 - Revisions

    Week 15 - Revisions

    Week 16 - Final