English Composition II (ENGL 1302)

Instructor: Laura Arzola

Course Description: Intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions. Core curriculum course. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 Composition I or its equivalent.

Welcome to ENGL 1302!

 

IMPORTANT: You MUST login to your Canvas course (hccs.instructure.com) at least once before the OE date indicated on the Course Syllabus or you will be dropped for never attending. Doing the Orientation does not count as entering the course. You are also required to come into the class at least once per week unless you let me know ahead of time that you will not be able to attend for a specified period of time and for a specific purpose.

 

Note: HCC Libraries have laptop computers, which can be checked out for 2 weeks at a time.

 

Access the class at: https://hccs.instructure.com

We will be working in a new system (new as of fall 2016) for HCC called Canvas. Using this system will likely be confusing at first. Take the time to sit down and “play” with it moving through the various class pages until you begin to get comfortable with it. Ask me questions any time you need to.

  

TO REACH ME:

  • Use Canvas to email me. If Canvas is not working, use my college e-mail at [email protected]
  • My mailing address is: Prof. Laura Arzola/ Dept. of English Studies/ 6815 Rustic/ Houston TX 77087. 
  • You can Text me at 713-252-4042. Do not call. Indicate who you are and what class you are taking with me as I do not have your information in my computer. Here is an example: Mariah Lee 1302 online.

 

PURCHASE YOUR TEXTBOOK IMMEDIATELY!

On the syllabus I have given you various choices for our primary text. You can certainly use previous – but recent -- editions of these books.

 

COMPUTERS: You will need a computer to work this class – of course! But what if your computer breaks down???

  1. Make sure you have copies of all your work saved in a secure place. If you have a flash drive or an external hard drive, that is a good place to store your papers. If not, use your email: Mail papers, journals, rough drafts, preliminary notes to yourself, so you always have access to them.
  2. You can use computers in open labs on campus. These labs are not open all the time, so familiarize yourself with the available times.
  3. HCC Libraries have laptop computers, which can be checked out for 2 weeks at a time. They also have desktop computers for your use on site.

 

This is a challenging class. The class involves a process of showing that you can write in a controlled way, carefully following directions. Looking at the syllabus, you will see many assignments. The fact is that these assignments work together synergistically to help you create your major papers. You build your papers beginning with the body and then moving to the Introduction and Conclusion. You will create pre-writing through your journals. I will not comment on each of these various levels, but you will get feedback on some of them guiding you back toward writing the best paper possible. You will also work with tutors – both online and on campus -- and classmates giving feedback to each other on some assignments. Writing is a recursive process that curves back on itself over and over. It goes like this: Write a little. Review. Change. Write more. Review. Correct. Submit to teacher and tutor. Use teacher and tutor comments to revise. Write again. Review. Read your work as though you had never seen it before. Make final corrections. Take a deep breath! And submit your final draft. Whew! A lot of work but well worth it because over time you build your skill, so that you do not have to revise so many times.

 

If you want to be a good writer, become a reader. Read books that you enjoy. Read writers who write well. Learn from them how to put words together to say what you want to say. This will help enormously when you write.

 

Writing Papers:

  1. In this class you will BUILD or CONSTRUCT papers.
  2. You will learn NEW ways in which to do this. Allow yourself to try these new ways of writing. You may discover they make it EASIER to write.
  3. Scholarly writing is used in this college level class. That means in your formal papers you will not use YOU or I or contractions, such as don’t and can’t.
  4. Edit your work. Edit every piece of writing you submit. Take the time to check it for errors.
  5. SUPER IMPORTANT: ANY time you have a question, ask it! If you think it is silly or unimportant, it is probably a BASIC question that is very important for you to ask. For example, as we were completing our research papers recently, a student asked me: What is a research paper? This question is supremely important. It was a question I had not dealt with in the class, and it was important for the student.
  6. If you decide to withdraw, watch that withdrawal date; you must withdraw before the deadline. You can now withdraw yourself from the class by going to the place online where you registered.

 

If you are unfamiliar with the computer, I would appreciate your sharing that information with me. I expect that you have access to word processing software of some type. And you can go to an open computer lab on campus and ask a technician for help with these elements of setting up a paper. Also the technician may be able to help you access MSWord (without paying extra) through your HCC email. HCC libraries have some laptops available for you to borrow as well.

 

Correctly formatting your papers according to MLA guidelines is part of the grade for this course. We have new guidelines, which just came out in spring 2016. I will have to learn about the changes along with you.

  

It is ESSENTIAL that you KEEP HARD COPIES of all the work you send. Keep that work for at least a year beyond the completion of this course.

 

It is important to have a quiet place in which to write. If you need privacy because it is noisy at home, you can use one of the many carrels available in HCC libraries. They provide a desk space, where you can work without interruption. There are also study rooms in the library.

 

Oh, and I prefer to be addressed as Professor, Prof. Arzola, or Ms. Arzola.  Thank You.

  

Have fun with this course. Ask questions via class email as you need the help.

 

Ask me for help with anything that relates to our class. I will do my best to work with you and support you.

 

Prof. Laura Arzola

 

 

Policies and Procedures for Distance Education Students with ADA Accommodations

Procedures to Obtain Accommodation Letters:

  1. Students with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the appropriate HCC campus Disability Support Services (DSS) Counselor at the beginning of each semester.  Instructors are authorized to provide only the accommodations requested by the DSS office. 
  2. Students who register for online DE courses must notify their campus Disability Support Services Counselor after they register, so that the DSS can then forward the accommodation letter, by email or fax, to DE Counseling.
  3. The DE Counseling staff will send the student an email confirming that the accommodation letter was received and it will be forwarded to the Instructional Support Specialists (ISS) assigned to each course.
  4. The ISS will then email the accommodation letter to the student’s instructor and keep a record of those instructors who confirm receipt of the email.

Instructional Support Specialist (ISS) Responsibilities:

  1. Forward the DE counselor’s email with attached Student Accommodation Notification form and accommodation letter to each instructor.
  2. Note whether the instructor confirms receipt of the email.
  3. Assist with testing arrangements (times, date, location, test drop off and pick up).

Testing Procedures for On-Site Exams:

  1. Students with an on-site DE exam with Extended Time and/or a Special Chair accommodation can test at one of the three Distance Education Testing Locations.
  2. Students with an on-site DE exam with a Distraction Limited Environment, Reader/Scribe, and/or Assistive Technology accommodation should schedule an appointment with a College Campus Testing Center, and make arrangements with their instructor to drop off their exam with the College Campus Testing Center.

Instructor Responsibilities:

  1. Instructors must accept and should confirm receipt of the accommodation letter with DE Counseling, whether sent (via email, fax or snail mail) by Distance Education, the student, or DSS Counselor.
  2. Instructors are responsible for providing the approved accommodations exactly as noted on the accommodation letter, no more or less, and must do so in a timely manner. Instructors should not provide the accommodations retroactively (i.e. allow students an accommodation for a previous assignment prior to when the accommodation was issued).
  3. Instructors who require on-site exams MUST:

o Arrange for the ADA student to test at a Distance Education Testing Location if the student requires Extended Time and/or a Special Chair. 3100 Main is not a testing location for ADA students.

o Arrange for the ADA student to test at a College Campus Testing Center if the student requires a Distraction Limited Environment, Reader/Scribe, and/or Assistive Technology. Distance Education Testing Locations do not offer Distraction Limited Environment, Reader/Scribe, and Assistive Technology accommodations. 3100 Main is not a testing location for ADA students.

  1. Instructors are responsible for providing the College Campus Testing Center with the exam and adhering to the College Campus Testing Center’s procedures. Assigned ISS can assist with testing arrangements (times, date, location, test drop off and pick up).
  2. For questions regarding Distance Education Testing Locations or College Campus Testing Center arrangements, please contact your assigned Instructional Support Specialist.
  3. For assistance or concerns about the actual accommodation issued, contact the College Campus Disability Support Services Office listed on the accommodation letter.
  4. For assistance setting up “Extended Time” in Blackboard or Eagle Online, contact DE Tech Support at 713-718-5275 option 3 or complete the online help form at http://de2.hccs.edu/Vista_Admin/.

Student Responsibilities:

  1. Students with a documented disability are strongly encouraged to request accommodations early (i.e., at least one week prior to a quiz or exam) to allow sufficient time for accommodations to be arranged.
  2. Students should notify their Disability Support Services Office when enrolling into a DE course.
  3. Students are encouraged to discuss their accommodations with their instructors each semester.
  4. Students should contact their instructor’s DE ISS one week prior to all on-site exams to make arrangements:  713-718-5275 option #1.
  5. Students with an on-site DE exam with Extended Time and/or a Special Chair accommodation can test at one of the three Distance Education Testing Locations.
  6. Students with an on-site DE exam with a Distraction Limited Environment, Reader/Scribe, and/or Assistive Technology accommodation should schedule an appointment with a College Campus Testing Center, and make arrangements with their instructor to drop off their exam with the College Campus Testing Center.
  7. It is recommended that students take a copy of their accommodation letter with them to on-site testing locations to better facilitate the accommodation.
  8. Students should be aware of College Campus Testing Center and Distance Education Testing Locations’ hours and procedures.
  9. Complete the AskDECounseling form for additional DE questions or help.

Disability Support Services Counselor Information:

  1. Please provide students interested in DE courses with the following

information:

  1. Students are encouraged to be proficient with computers and have easy access to a reliable Internet connection.
  2. Students who want to take GUST 1270, LEAD 1200, MATH 0306, 0308, 0312, and ENGL 0310 online through DE must demonstrate passing scores on the SmarterMeasure, an online readiness assessment.
  3. Students should notify their Disability Support Services Office when enrolling into a DE course.
  4. DE courses often require an extra amount of time, motivation, and self-discipline. Though they are more flexible due to the nature of online courses they can often be more difficult.
  5. Although DE courses are delivered online, many courses require students to meet on-campus for orientation, labs, and/or exams.
  6. DE students should be aware of College Campus Testing Center and Distance Education Testing Location hours and procedures.
  7. Students should complete the AskDECounseling form for additional DE questions or help.
  8. Once a student enrolls in a DE course, send/scan the student’s accommodation

letter to the attention of DE Counseling by email [email protected] (preferred) or by fax 713-718-5388.

  1. Please include the student’s contact number and email address on

the accommodation letter.

  1. Students are encouraged to have their letter submitted to Distance

Education at least one week in advance of a quiz or exam.

  1. Discuss with students that Distraction Limited Environment, Reader/Scribe, and/or Assistive Technology accommodations for on-site Distance Education exams must be arranged with a College Campus Testing Center. Distance Education Testing Locations do not offer Distraction Limited Environment, Reader/Scribe, and Assistive Technology accommodations. 3100 Main is not a testing location for ADA students.
  2. Provide the student with College Campus Testing Center information and procedures for scheduling an exam.
  3. Distance Education Testing Locations for on-site DE exams can provide Extended Time and Special Chair accommodations.

DE Blurb to be placed on Accommodation letter by DSS Offices:

Extended Time for Distance Education Courses: Instructors who require on-site exams are responsible for making sure the student’s accommodations are in place at the Distance Education Testing Locations. Students must contact their instructor’s Instructional Support Specialist one week prior to all on-site exams to make arrangements. For assistance with setting up “Extended Time” in Blackboard or Eagle Online, contact DE Tech Support at 713-718-5275 option 3 or complete the online help form at http://de2.hccs.edu/Vista_Admin/.

Distraction Limited Environment, Reader/Scribe, and/or Assistive Technology for Distance Education On-site Testing: It is the student’s responsibility to schedule an appointment with a College Campus Testing Center to obtain the accommodations of Distraction Limited Environment, Reader/Scribe, and/or Assistive Technology, if their Distance Education exam is on-site. It is the instructor’s responsibility to make sure the student tests in a distraction limited environment or make arrangements with a College Campus Testing Center. Distance Education Testing Locations and 3100 Main do not offer Distraction Limited Environment, Reader/Scribe, and Assistive Technology accommodations.

 

 

Prof. L. Arzola
Prof. L. Arzola