NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Composition and Rhetoric

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Composition and Rhetoric
    B. Course Number: EN 113 - 30023
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: M W F 10:00:00 AM - 10:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Litwicki, Shelby
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 110
    H. Email Address: SLitwicki@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2836
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 1:30:00 PM-3:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 12:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 1:30:00 PM-3:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 12:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 1:30:00 PM-3:30:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Acceptable score on placement test or successful completion of TS 113C
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: MH105
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    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.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    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.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Glenn, Cheryl and Loretta Gray. Harbrace Essentials. 2nd ed. Cengage Learning, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-285-45181-7

    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 readings:
    https://www.nmjc.edu/userfiles/dhulsey/AccessingEN113ReadingsinCanvas.pdf

    Suggested:
    None.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    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
    

    Grading Breakdown

    Participation/Discussion: 10%
    Assignments: 10%
    Essays 1-4: 60% (15% per essay)
    Final: 20%

    Attendance

    Any planned absences must be explained to me in advance.

    You can miss three (3) class without penalty to your grade. If you are more than five (5) minutes late to class three (3) times, you will earn one (1) absence. Any exceptions to either of these attendance rules due to emergencies will be left to my own discretion.

    Consequences: There will be a two (2) percent deduction from your overall grade for each additional absence after your three (3) free absences.
    • 3 absences = 0% grade deduction
    • 4 absences = 2% grade deduction
    • 5 absences = 4% grade deduction
    • 6 absences = 6% grade deduction
    Etc.

    Class Conduct

    I fully expect that every student will be courteous, studious, and attentive during class time. However, keep in mind that there are consequences for those who are disruptive or disrespectful towards myself or other students. Failure to follow appropriate classroom behavior will eventually impact your attendance; if you are not using class time appropriately, you are essentially absent anyway.

    Appropriate behavior includes:
    1. Listening to others when they are speaking
    2. Asking questions that are relevant and appropriate to the current discussion
    3. Removing all electronics (cell phones, laptops, tablets, e-Readers, etc.) unless otherwise approved by the instructor
    4. Active participation
    Etc.

    Consequences: Receiving a verbal/written warning and/or being marked as tardy (see attendance policies)


    Late Work

    Late work will not be accepted. I expect you to turn assignments in on time. Any exceptions beyond this rule due to emergencies will be up to my own discretion.

    Consequences: Failing an assignment

    Academic Dishonesty (Plagiarism)

    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.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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 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
    New Mexico Junior College English Program Revised April 2015 Page 12 of a communication.
    • Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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, 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

  10. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    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 specialneeds@nmjc.edu.

    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.

    Plagiarism
    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 www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  11. CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
  12. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  13. FINALS SCHEDULE
  14. COURSE OUTLINE

    Schedule

    **ALL DUE DATES AND ASSIGNMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

    Week 1
    Course Introduction
    Syllabus
    Critical Reading/Writing

    Week 2
    Intro to Essay Writing
    Diagnostic Writing Due

    Week 3
    Essay One: Narrative

    Week 4
    Essay One: Narrative

    Week 5
    Essay One Due

    Week 6
    MLA & Plagiarism
    Essay Two: Intellectual Property

    Week 7
    Essay Two: Intellectual Property

    Week 8
    Essay Two Due
    Conferences
    Essay Three: Analysis

    Week 9
    Essay Three: Analysis

    Week 10
    Essay Three: Analysis

    Week 11
    Essay Three Due

    Week 12
    Essay Four: Persuasive

    Week 13
    Essay Four: Persuasive

    Week 14
    Essay Four: Persuasive
    Conferences

    Week 15
    Essay Four Due
    Review

    Week 16
    Review

    Week 17
    Final