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 - 30028
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: T Th 11:00:00 AM - 12:15:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Waters, Susan
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 108
    H. Email Address: SWaters@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2832
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 12:15:00 PM-1:15:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Acceptable score on placement test or TS 113C
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: MH130
  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

    A composition course which provides practical instruction in the principles and methods of clear, effective writing, including analyzing audience and purpose, prewriting, planning, drafting, revising, and editing. Correlatively, the course emphasizes critical reading of non-fiction and analysis and discussion of the readings. This course provides basic writing skills for personal and professional growth; in addition, students learn to evaluate, analyze, and synthesize ideas and to communicate in appropriately focused and logically argued discourse.

    Composition and Rhetoric is required for NMJC degree programs, and the course transfers to most colleges and universities.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Glenn, Cheryl and Loretta Gray. Harbrace Essentials. 2nd ed. Stamford: Cengage Learning,2015. Print ISBN:978-1337284677.

    https://www.nmjc.edu/userfiles/dhulsey/Suggested Readings.pdf
    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: 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

    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.

    Over the course of the semester, students will complete a variety of writing and reading assignments. All work must be computer generated with a word processor and submitted in a standard, 12-point font with one-inch margins. Grammar, punctuation, spelling and manuscript appearance always count. Students are expected to proofread and edit all work before handing it
    in.
    Papers
     The class grade is determined in this manner: response essay, 10%; narration, 20%; comparison/contrast, 25%; cause and effect, 25%; final exam, 10%; class participation and quizzes, 10.
     Papers will be marked down a letter grade for each week they are late (papers ½ week late will be marked down half a letter grade). Papers more than two weeks late will not be accepted; a grade of zero will be given. The way to avoid a nervous breakdown: hand in your papers on time.
    I have not received a paper until it is physically in my hands. E-mailed papers are not an acceptable alternative.

  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

    Students will:
    • 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.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the successful completion of the course, a 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 (or MLA) format.


  10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Attendance
    I cannot stress enough the importance of regular, uninterrupted class attendance. (I do recognize, however, that emergencies arise. If that is the case, you need to contact me.) Missing more than two weeks of classes (MWF-6 classes, TR-4)will result in a failing grade, or in being dropped from the class. You do not have to explain why you have missed class. These absences are yours. Late arrivals and early departures will count for ½ class missed. If you must drop the class, go through the proper channels and file the appropriate papers. By not doing this, you will receive an unfavorable grade for the course.
    Class Conduct
    You are now a member of the college community and it is assumed that you will maintain standards of conduct appropriate to membership in that community. Any behaviors which disrupt the learning of others, or which interfere with the teaching of the class, will not be tolerated.
    Sleeping in class will also result in being asked to leave the class; it will be counted as an absence.
    CELL PHONES MUST BE TURNED OFF--THAT MEANS THAT THEY ARE NOT TO BE USED IN CLASS. YOU NEED TO PLACE PHONES ON THE FRONT DESK AT THE START OF CLASS. IF A CELL PHONE IS USED IN CLASS, THE STUDENT WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE CLASS. THIS WILL BE COUNTED AS AN ABSENCE.


    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 Essentials.[1] Your papers are analyzed for plagiarism by turnitin.com and added to the turnitin.com database when you submit them. Any form of academic dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism will result in a grade of "F" for the semester.


  11. 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, 2016. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

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

    (Course Calendar is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.)

    • Other sources may possibly be included in assignments and class discussion.

    • Readings are to be completed by the first day we meet each week. Papers are due the last day we meet in the week. All readings listed are in THE READER unless otherwise indicated.
    ALL READINGS SHOULD BE DONE BEFORE WE MEET.

    Week 1--Intro. Response essay due.
    Week 2—Narration.
    Week 3—Narration.

    Week 4— Narration due (700 words).Process.

    Week 5—Comparison/Contrast.

    Week 6—Comparison/Contrast.

    Week 7—Comparison/Contrast due (600 words).

    Week 8—Conferences.

    Week 9—Research, plagiarism.

    Week 10—Paraphrase, summary.

    Week 11—Citation.

    Week 12—Cause and Effect.

    Week 13—Cause and Effect essay due (500 words).

    Week 14-Review, conferences.

    Week 15—Review, conferences.

    Week 16—Final Exams.