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 - 30035
    C. Semester: Fall 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    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: 1:30:00 PM-3:30:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 1:30:00 PM-3:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 1:30:00 PM-3:30:00 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: Virtual
  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:

    Readings
    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

    Technology
    LockDown Browser + Webcam Requirement

    This course requires the use of LockDown Browser and a webcam for online exams. The webcam can be the type that's built into your computer or one that plugs in with a USB cable.

    Watch this brief video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and the webcam feature.
    https://www.respondus.com/products/lockdown-browser/student-movie.shtml

    There is a $10 fee for the webcam feature that's used with LockDown Browser (sometimes referred to as Respondus Monitor). This is a one-time fee that covers the entire course. You will be prompted to make the purchase the first time an exam requires the use of LockDown Browser's webcam feature. Payment can be made with PayPal, Visa or Mastercard.

    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%

    Participation: 10%

    Participation includes: attendance, class discussions, in-class activities, etc.

    Assignments: 10%

    Assignments include: Module 0, diagnostic writing, essay rough drafts, peer reviews, assignments given outside of class, etc.

    Essays: 60%

    You will have a total of four essays for this category. Each essay is worth 15% of your grade.

    Essay One: Narrative Essay
    Essay Two: Intellectual Property Essay
    Essay Three: Analysis Essay
    Essay Four: Persuasive Essay


    Final: 20%

    The final assignment for the course will be a timed essay over the information learned throughout the course.


    Contacting Me

    You can email me through the Canvas Inbox or you can email me at my NMJC email: slitwicki@nmjc.edu

    On the weekdays, I respond to emails within 24 hours. On the weekends, I respond to emails within 48 hours. If you send me an email and do not receive a response in that time frame, please re-send the email.

    Attendance

    Your attendance will have a direct positive or negative impact on your participation. If you miss up to two weeks' worth of class, you may be dropped or asked to withdraw from the course.

    If you get behind in the coursework due to absence, it is your responsibility to be in touch with me about missed assignments.

    You can miss 3 classes (the equivalent of one week of class) before being counted absent.

    Consequences: Being marked absent, which will impact your Participation grade.

    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 for assignments worth 15 points or less 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.

    However, for assignments worth 100 points or more (essay assignments), I may accept them (at my own discretion) with an automatic 10 point deduction.

    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.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

  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. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  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 krueda@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into 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 and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    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.

    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
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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 20, 2018. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  12. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  13. FINALS SCHEDULE
  14. COURSE OUTLINE

    Schedule

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

    Week 1
    Course Introduction
    Syllabus
    Diagnostic Writing Due


    Week 2
    Intro to Essay Writing
    Critical Reading/Writing

    Week 3
    Essay One: Narrative

    Week 4
    Essay One: Narrative

    Week 5
    Essay One Due

    Week 6
    MLA & Plagiarism Intro
    Essay Two: Analysis

    Week 7
    Essay Two: Analysis

    Week 8
    Essay Two: Analysis

    Week 9
    Essay Two Due
    MLA & Plagiarism Continued
    Essay Three: Intellectual Property

    Week 10
    Essay Three: Intellectual Property

    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