Composition and Rhetoric


  2. A. Course Title: Composition and Rhetoric
    B. Course Number: EN 113 - 10176
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: T Th 9:30:00 AM - 10:45:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Mladinic, Peter
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 109
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2831
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Acceptable score on ASSET, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT, or successful completion of TS 113C or
    M. Corequisite(s): None.
    N. Class Location: MH102

    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, 2012. Print. ISBN:13:978-1337284677.

    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. 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 flashdrive.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    An “A” represents excellent work. A “B” represents very good work. A “C” is competent work. A “D” is below average work. An “F” is failing work.

    1. Both the midterm and final grade will consist of the following components:

    A. 15% for participation . This grade is given for every class meeting, and it is either 100 or 0. It pertains to attendance and classroom comportment, and is explained in more detail in the Additional Information section of the syllabus.

    B. 15% for Tasks. Tasks pertain to assignments and student performance, and are described in more detail in the Additional Information section of the syllabus

    C. 70% for the five essays, including the final essay. They will be graded on a 5 point increment scale, from 0 to 100.

    2. Regular and punctual class attendance is important to the attainment of the educational objectives of this course. Attendance is required at all sessions of this course. If a student chooses to quit coming to class, he or she must drop the class. The instructor will not do that for anyone. Failure to drop a class may result in a student’s receiving an “F” in this course.

    3. No make-up’s will be allowed except for the following:
    A. A student absent for a school sponsored activity that is documented by the school.
    B. A student absent for jury duty, who has a written excuse from the proper authorities.
    C. A student absent for active military service, who has documentation from the U.S. Government
    D. The no make-up policy will be in effect for students who are tardy and/or leave class early and consequently miss a task or an essay.
    E. All make-up work must be completed before the date of the excused absence, either during the instructor's office hours or at a time designated by the instructor. Making up the work is ultimately the student's responsibility.

    4. Students absent for any other reason–including doctor visits and hospitalization–will not be excused or allowed to make up any tasks or essays; however, I reserve the right to allow a student to make up assignments for what I determine to be an extenuating circumstance, such as a death in the immediate family.

    5. Students who miss a task or an essay, with the exception of the students mentioned in 4 A, 4B, and 4C will receive a zero for the task or essay they missed. A zero is considered a grade.

    6. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the instructor has all of his or her grades on file in the instructor’s office.

    7. Students may find out their exact grade at any time in the semester.

    8. All student essays will be scanned through Turnitin. Com as a safeguard to plagiarism.

    9. I grade short assignments and respond to students within 24 hours. Major assignments are graded and responded to within 72 hours.

    10. Due dates and times for tasks and longer assignments listed in the Canvas Modules and on the Syllabus Course Outline are subject to adjustments on a weekly basis.


    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, students 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
    • 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, students 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


    1. Students who registered late, or for any reason missed the date the diagnostic assignment was due, have one accademic week from the first class attended to complete the diagnostic. It can be completed during office hours or by appointment only. Failure to complete this assignment will result in an F for the course.

    2. Participation: A student will receive a grade of zero for being absent from a class and for an infraction of any one of the following policies:

    A. Students who are late for class or leave early may be marked absent.

    B. Sleeping.

    C. Blatant inattentiveness while a video is being shown, while the instructor is lecturing, or while the instructor is addressing the entire class. An example of blatant inattentiveness is a sustained (3, 4, 5 minutes or longer) conversation between two students. Another example is a student getting up and leaving the classroom for 10 minutes or longer and then returning, but giving no notice to the instructor as to why he or she left the room.

    D. Any conduct that is determined to be offensive to or disruptive of the class.

    E. No use of laptops or headphones in the classroom.

    3. Tasks: All tasks are done with the objective of preparing students to write essays in assigned rhetorical modes. Tasks include:the diagnostic writing assignment, quizzes over assigned essays, quizzes over the essay guide, and Canvas on-line discussions.

    4. Essays. All essays consist of 5 paragraphs. (A paragraph is a group of 5 to 7 sentences on a related topic, and for a longer paragraph 7 to 9 sentences on a related topic.) An essay is approximately 750 to 850 words.

    5. Plagiarism: 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 chapter thirty-nine of The Little, Brown Essential Handbook.[1] Your papers are analyzed for plagiarism by and added to the database when you submit them. Any form of academic dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism will result in a grade of ‘F’ for the semester.


    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.


    Week 1
    diagnostic writing assignment & intellectual property pre-test

    Self and Community

    Week 2
    see self and community module

    Week 3

    Essay 1: Self and Community

    Week 4
    See the self and community module

    Week 5
    See the self and community module

    Week 6
    Essay 2: Self and Community

    Intellectual Property

    Week 7
    See intellectual property module

    Week 8
    See intellectual property module

    Week 9
    See intellectual property module

    Week 10
    See intellectual property module

    Week 11
    Essay 3: Intellectual Property

    Language and Education

    Week 12
    See language and education module

    Week 13
    See language and education module

    Week 14
    Essay 4: Language and Education

    Week 15
    See language and education module

    Week 16
    See language and education module

    Final essay exam: 10-11:45 AM, Mon. May 8, 2017