NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Composition and Literature

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Composition and Literature
    B. Course Number: EN 123 - 30044
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: T Th 8:00:00 AM - 9:15:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Underwood, Daphne
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address: dunderwood@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: No Office Hours Available. Conference is an option or meeting before/after class. Office hours are normally by appointment, however I usually stay after class for students.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of EN 113.
    M. Corequisite(s): None.
    N. Class Location: MH105
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    As a continuation of EN 113, this course focuses on writing effective paragraphs and essays with an emphasis on reading, analyzing, and researching literary genres: short stories, poetry, drama, novels, and/or essays. This course includes a research project and other writing assignments. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: EN 113

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    The study of literature empowers students by introducing them to people, places, customs, and ideas that they might not otherwise personally experience. Learning to communicate this experience enhances the ability of students to make connections between themselves and others, creating a deeper understanding of the world and their roles in it. Critical thinking and analytical skills learned from studying literature are valuable skills for life and any scholastic endeavor, and learning to appreciate the entertainment value of literature provides students with outlets for recreation and relaxation that will last a lifetime.

    Composition and Literature is required for most 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. Stamford: Cengage Learning with Overview of Updated MLA booklet Print. ISBN: 978-1337284677

    The Norton Introduction to Literature. Shorter 12th ed ISBN: 978-0-393-62357-4

    Notebook

    Journal

    Ink pen or pencil

    USB Flash Drive (32 MB or greater)

    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
    

    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

    1. The class grade is determined in this manner: analytical essay (15%); research paper (30%); exams (I, II, III), (40%); class participation and journal, (15%). Exams will be taken in class.

    Keep all assignments handed back to you until final grades have been posted. It is your only proof of having completed the assignment and also of the grade you received. Failure to complete any single assignment worth 20% or more is grounds for failing the course.

    2. All assignments must be computer generated with a word processor and submitted in MLA format to Canvas. Grammar, punctuation, spelling and manuscript appearance always count. Proofread all work before handing it in.

    3. Late work on daily assignments will not be accepted.

    4. Late work on major assignments worth more than fifty points is accepted for three days (72 hours) after an assignment is due with a 10% late penalty. Under special circumstances, such as prolonged jury duty and military service, late work may be accepted without penalty at the professor's discretion. Contact me as early as possible if you feel your situation qualifies as a special circumstance, and we will discuss the situation. To arrange a late exam, you must contact me within 48 hours before the exam closes. Note that Canvas may not prevent you from submitting a late assignment, but it will mark the submission late. Late assignment submission is no guarantee that the assignment will receive a grade; the late policy will be enforced regardless of whether Canvas accepts the late submission or not.

    5. I grade daily assignments within twenty-four hours and major assignments within seventy-two hours. If there is a delay in returning graded work, I will post an announcement in Canvas.

    6. Students are responsible for submitting the correct files in the correct format with the correct file name. Resubmissions for mistakes with files is not allowed after I have graded the assignment. Be sure you are submitting the correct file!
    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 Courses:
    1. Be in class on time, every time!
    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 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

    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 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

    Students should be able to:
    • Demonstrate continued proficiency in EN 113 Learning Outcomes.
    • Recognize and use the basic vocabulary of literary criticism and analysis.
    • Analyze literary works for elements, such as theme, character, plot, setting, symbolism, tone,
    and imagery.
    • Demonstrate how culture, economics, religion, historical influence, etc. affects literary
    meaning.
    • Differentiate between the short story, essay, poetry, and/or drama genres.
    • Construct analysis of literary works in writing.
    • Perform research and integrate sources into writing with proper documentation.
    • Design and execute a properly formatted and documented research paper.
    • Use basic MLA format and citation guidelines.
    • Define a problem.
    • Use appropriate technology and information systems.
    • Collect information.
    • Evaluate and / or analyze information.
    • Organize information.

  10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Class Policies:

    1. Regular class attendance and participation is essential to the objectives of this course. I cannot stress how important it is to be in class in order to pass this course. There is a lot of content to learn and missing more than 6 classes will possibly result in a failing grade for the course. I do not discriminate between absences for school functions or absences for non school functions. An absence is an absence. If a student chooses to stop participating in this class, the student must withdraw from the class through the proper channels. I will not drop students from the course. Athletes will need to complete assignments before the time of absence if their athletic obligations are known ahead of time. Please be in class on time so you do not miss any information.

    2. Do not use cell phones, pagers, tablets, laptops, smart watches, or any other electronic device other than the NMJC computers in the classroom. If there is an emergency situation, please leave your phone on vibrate, and exit the classroom before answering the call. Do not abuse that privilege. Habitual emergency calls or leaving of the classroom warrants a conversation with me.

    3. The student is responsible for reading assignments, quizzes, tests, or any other assignments. Students should keep close track of all announcements and the due dates in the Canvas modules. Quizzes, tests, and other assignments have specific due dates. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with all assignments. I will not accept late daily assignments nor assignments sent through email.

    4. 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.

    5. College level courses include readings and discussions that may include “adult” topics and language.

    6. Bookmark https://nmjc.instructure.com/ for direct access to Canvas even if the NMJC website is down.

    7. I generally respond to canvas messages with questions in less than twenty-four hours. If twenty-four hours passes, and you have not heard from me, please resend your message.

    8. As part of the college community, I expect respect. Any behaviors that do not maintain standards of conduct appropriate for this community will not be tolerated.

    9. I am here to help you succeed in this course. Please let me know if you need help so we can set up a time where I can work with you. Additionally, there is a tool in Canvas that will allow me to help you through the "Conference" link. This allows for real time help with me.

    10. Should in class computers be unavailable, I will schedule exams in the testing center. I will inform the class if this is necessary and will normally allow a one week time span to take an exam unless otherwise stated in the classroom.

  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, 2017. 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

    The following outline is intended to provide you with an overview. 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.

    Week One: Syllabus / Introductory assignments

    Week Two: Fiction

    Week Three: Fiction

    Week Four: Fiction

    Week Five: Analytical Paper Due

    Week Six: Exam I (in class); Fiction; Research Paper

    Week Seven: Fiction; Research Paper

    Week Eight: Fiction; Research Paper

    Week Nine: Poetry; Research Paper

    Week Ten: Poetry; Research Paper Due

    Week Eleven: Poetry

    Week Twelve: Drama

    Week Thirteen: Drama; Exam II (in class);

    Week Fourteen: Drama

    Week Fifteen: Drama

    Week Sixteen: Final Tuesday December 12th 8:00AM