NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Review of English II

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Review of English II
    B. Course Number: TS 113C - 10236
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: M W F 10:00:00 AM - 10:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Simpson, Melissa
    G. Office: Ben Alexander Student Center (BAC) 209
    H. Email Address: MSimpson@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2628
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:30:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:30:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 12:15:00 PM-1:15:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:30:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:30:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 12:15:00 PM-1:45:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:30:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Review of English I or a score between 41 and 69 on the COMPASS test.
    M. Corequisite(s): none
    N. Class Location: BAC220
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course is a continuation of TS 113A Review of English I and builds upon the foundations of usage and of sentence skills. Students will have the opportunity to strengthen their writing ability with the development, support, and organization of ideas using the five paragraph essay. This course cannot be substituted for any of the English requirements that lead to an associate degree. The student must attain a grade of C or better to advance. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: TS 113A Review of English I or attainment of an appropriate score on a placement test

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course is offered to those students who find it desirable and/or necessary to improve their command of the English language-especially writing skills.

    This course is not offered for credit to students who have successfully completed any three-hour course in English; this course cannot be substituted for the English requirement for the associate degree.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Sisko, Yvonne C. American 24 Karat Gold. 4th ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2012.Print.
    ISBN-13:978-0-205-82343-7
    8 1/2" x 11" college-ruled notebook paper
    #2 pencils; blue or black ink pen(s)
    flash drive


    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
    

    The grade for this course is based on coursework completed during the semester including final exams, and recorded on the A-F NMJC grading scale.

    Course Grading Policy:
    Essays (4 essays) 60%
    Assignments, tests, quizzes, daily work 20%
    Final Exam: Essay and Grammar Exam 20%
    You may pass this course with a D, but you must pass this course with a C or better to move to EN 113.

    You will receive a zero for any daily exercises, quizzes, or tests that you miss, unless you speak with me and there is a reasonable explanation,(the reasonability to be determined by myself), as to whether or not a makeup grade will be allowed.

    Tests\quizzes\exercises will be graded in the traditional manner.

    Assignments are due on the date indicated by the instructor/syllabus. Assignments not turned in at the beginning of the designated class period will be considered late and will receive a deduction of one letter grade for each day thereafter. ("Day" means calendar day, not class meeting day.) Any student who exceeds allowed absences may not submit work after the due date. If a student has extenuating circumstances, it is that student's responsibility to visit with the instructor before exceeding the allowed absences. If you are having trouble with an assignment, talk to me before it is due.




  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.

    Students will express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

    Students will use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

    Students will 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.

    Students will integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

    Students will 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:
    • use the steps of the writing process (generating ideas, planning, organizing, drafting, revising, editing) both individually and collaboratively to generate paragraphs and essays.
    • understand and apply standard conventions for clear, effective communication.
    • demonstrate increased self-confidence as a writer through interaction with peers and participation in collaborative groups.
    • read, analyze, and reflect on a wide variety of readings to increase knowledge and understanding.
    • demonstrate increased proficiency in the application of grammar and mechanics in the writing process.
    •demonstrate the use of a paragraph in the context of an essay
    • write well-developed essays with attention to voice, audience, and purpose.
    • write a minimum of four five-paragraph essays that demonstrate increased control of the writing process evidenced by five-paragraph essays that are focused, organized, and well-developed.
    • write an acceptable final exam essay

  10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    • 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. Please note the Withdrawal Policy for additional information.

    • Class begins promptly. If you are tardy, you must notify the instructor immediately after class; otherwise, you will be counted absent. If you leave class early, you will receive a tardy. Two tardies equal one absence. Students who have more than six absences in a MWF course, four absences in a T/Th course, or two absences in an evening course may be dropped from the course by the instructor. All absences and extenuating circumstances need to be explained during office hours – not during class. If students know they are going to be absent, they should make prior arrangements with the instructor. Leave a message at 492-2628. The voice mail works twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The instructor’s class roll is the official record of attendance.

    • Being absent from class does not excuse you from keeping up with assignments. If you must be absent, you are still responsible for all lecture materials, so get notes from a classmate or contact the professor before the next class meeting.

    • Upon entering the classroom, turn off cell phones and any other electronic devices. Students are not allowed to text and/or use the internet during class time. Electronic devices include but are not limited to Ipads, Ipods, earbuds, and headphones. I do not even want to see earbuds hanging around the neck of a student or headphones that are visible such as being wrapped around the neck. Put them away! If this policy is abused, the student will be asked to leave the classroom. The student will receive a zero/absence for that day.

    • Should a student be dismissed from the classroom due to some sort of disruption (excessive talking, disrespectful behavior, electronic device usage, sleeping in class, or any other action deemed disruptive by the instructor), I expect to see such student in my office before the next class meets. Permanent dismissal may result if I deem it necessary to take the problem to the dean.

    • If a student has a special health problem, he or she should (please) notify the instructor. (Please only discuss the situation with me during office hours.)

    • It is up to the student to do assignments and be prepared to participate in class. The student must bring college-ruled notebook paper, pen/pencil, text(s), and other appropriate supplies to each class. If the student abuses this policy, the student will be dismissed from that class period, counted absent, and receive a 0 for any classwork completed during the student's absence.

    • Handouts on various topics will be distributed to the class during the course of the semester. It is the responsibility of the students to make sure they receive all handouts.

    • Students are encouraged to visit with the professor during office hours to discuss his/her course status during the semester. Students who receive a score below 70 on an assignment are required to schedule an office visit.

    • All graded assignments are to be word processed and submitted in Times New Roman 12-point font with one-inch margins on standard 8 ½” x 11” white paper. Handwritten work will not be accepted unless previously addressed by the instructor.

    • Assignments are due on the date indicated by the instructor/syllabus. Assignments not turned in at the beginning of the designated class period will be considered late and will receive a deduction of one letter grade for each (calendar) day thereafter for a period of three days. Students may submit work within the three day policy if they have not exceeded allowed absences. After three days, the student will receive an F/0 for the assignment. Any student who exceeds allowed absences may not submit work after the due date. If a student has extenuating circumstances, it is that student's responsibility to visit with the instructor before exceeding the allowed absences. If you are having trouble with an assignment, talk to me before it is due.

    •If a student misses a scheduled test, he/she may NOT make up the test unless the student visits with the instructor before missing the scheduled test. Make-up tests must be completed within three days of the original test date. Students must pay attention to the final exam test schedule. It is their responsibility to arrive for the final exam on time and in the correct room. Any student arriving ten minutes late to the final will find the door locked, will not be allowed entry and will also be denied a makeup time for the final exam.


    • Failure to turn in a major writing may result in failure of the course.

    • Failure to print an assignment from your home printer is not an acceptable reason to not have an assignment ready to submit. If you must use a college printer to retrieve your assignment, make sure the assignment is printed before you enter the classroom. Printing of an outside assignment is not allowed during class. Be sure you allow yourself enough time to obtain a hard copy of your assignment.

    • Students should keep any returned papers. Actual graded papers are a student's only proof of having completed an assignment.

    • Graded tests will be kept by the professor

    • Plagiarism is discussed in the General Information section. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. You will receive a zero on any assignment that is plagiarized which ultimately could result in a withdrawal from the course.

    • The instructor reserves the right to change the course outline or make exceptions to a policy if she determines it is warranted.

  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 Thursday, April 20, 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

    Review of English II Course Outline—Fall 2016
    Tentative – Subject to Change- This outline does not include all course work or assignments and may be changed at any time at the instructor’s discretion.


    Week One (January 17 - 20)
    Syllabus
    Writing Diagnostic
    Daily Writings

    Week Two (January 23 - 27)
    “The Tell-Tale Heart” Sample Lesson
    Grammar—Eight Parts of Speech
    Grammar worksheet--graded assignment

    Week Three (January 30 - February 3)
    “The Cask of Amontillado”
    Grammar: Simple Sentences

    Week Four (February 6 - 10)
    Writing Process & Five Paragraph Essay
    “Everyday Use” Rough Draft
    Grammar: Fragments

    Week Five (February 13 - 17)
    Grading Rubric
    First Essay Due
    Grammar: Compound Sentences

    Week Six (February 20-24)
    Synthesis Research Paper

    Week Seven (February 27 - March 3)
    Prewriting and Rough Drafts
    Grammar: Run-ons

    Week Eight (March 6 - 10)
    2nd Essay Due
    Grammar: Comma Splices

    Week Nine (March 13 - 17)
    "A Rose for Emily"
    Discussion and Rough Draft
    Grammar: ChompChomp.com

    Week Ten (March 20 - 24)
    “The Story of an Hour”
    Grammar: Subordination

    Week Eleven (March 27 - 31)
    Spring Break

    Week Twelve (April 3 - 7)
    Grammar: parallelism
    Third Major Essay Due

    Week Thirteen (April 10 - 14)
    “The Lady of the Tiger”
    Responsive Writing

    Week Fourteen (April 17 - 21)
    Fourth Essay from prompt
    Grammar Review

    Week Fifteen (April 24 - 28)
    Final Essay
    Grammar Review

    Week Sixteen (Finals May 1 - 5)
    Final Essay Due

    Week Seventeen
    Final Exam: Wednesday, May 10 at 12 PM