1301 14365 Syllabus Fall 2021

Instructional Services · English and Communication · English

Composition I-14365ENGL-1301

  • SS 2021
  • Section 1617
  • 3 Credits
  • 09/20/2021 to 12/12/2021
  • Modified 09/19/2021

Course Meetings

Course Modality

Online Synchronous

Meeting Days

Monday/Wednesday

Meeting Times

12 Noon to 1:50 PM

Meeting Location

Online: Webex in our Canvas Course

Welcome and Instructor Information

Instructor: Dr. Randall Watson

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Office: Central Campus English Depot./Online
  • Phone: 713-718-6671

What's Exciting About This Course

The Department of English helps students find and develop their authentic voices, establish political power, and create social capital. We teach critical thinking, close reading, and analysis. We coach students on the rhetoric of messaging with consideration of purpose and audience. We support them as they craft their own narratives. We turn thoughts into words, ideas into interpretations, ambiguity into translation, and silence into voice.

My Personal Welcome

Hello Everyone,

 

Welcome to 1301. We’ll be learning about essay writing over the course of our 12 week session. We’ll examine the basic structure of an essay, covering various elements of an essay such as the thesis, the paragraph, development and support of claims, organizational structure, and how all these different elements interact with each other to create a focused and coherent ‘argument’. (I am working with the assumption that everything—from movies to advertisements to video to news articles to speeches to job interviews to images to fashion choices—can be understood as a kind of argument.)

 

To write well—requires that we read well—that we develop the capacity to analyze both the content of an essay and its structure, its style. For instance, learning how to identify the thesis of an essay helps us to construct our own theses, just as learning how to outline someone else’s essay, identifying the main supporting points, examining means of support provided for those points, helps us to use what we have learned when writing our own essays. So we will analyze essays as a tool to help us learn how to write our own.

 

The course is centered on our weekly discussions. There will be one discussion per week (for 10 weeks), with a set window within which you must complete the assignment. (See “Discussions” on the syllabus and the Assignments/Announcements pages in Canvas) Each discussion presents a link to some aspect of the course material. You watch the video and/or read the article(s) and then post a 200 word response that presents both your response to the material and the introductory prompt, showing that you are familiar with the content presented. You also respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.

 

Sometimes the prompt will be a reader response—which asks you to provide a detailed personal response to the content of the material provided for that week’s Discussion. Sometimes the prompts will be more specific—asking you to identify the thesis, the main points, the kind of essay—as well as your evaluation of the essay—how convincing do you think it is—or not—and why.

 

 

Each discussion is open for 7 days. Again, you will find them under the Discussions

link in the course content—as well as in the modules.

 

There are also several files in the Announcements section that define the basic elements of an essay. Read them in order (They are Numbered.)

 

We will also be writing three essays of at least 900 words each. Check the Assignments page in our Canvas course for those topics and due dates. All essays will be turned in through Canvas. All Discussion are in our canvas course.

 

Please make a careful note of the due dates for all these assignments, as no late assignments will accepted. It is imperative that you complete all assignments within the allotted time frame. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected] through our Canvas course

 

Remember, the pace of a 12 week course is more intense than a normal 16

week semester, so you need to complete all assignments by their due dates. No late

assignments can be accepted. In order to be fair, every student must receive the

same opportunity to complete their coursework. I cannot emphasize this enough--

completing all coursework correctly and on time is your responsibility and one you

must meet in order to be successful in this course.

 

I wish you all a successful semester.

 

Dr. Watson

Preferred Method of Contact

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Office Hours

  • 9-10 AM
  • Monday, Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, After Class; Eng Dept. or our classroom
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Course Overview

Course Description

ENGL 1301 is an intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis. Core curriculum course.

Requisites

Appropriate score on TSI/ACT/SAT/STAAR, INRW 0420, Grade C or better in ELA College Prep course from participating ISDs. Successful completion of INRW 0300 corequisite course. Please carefully read and consider the repeater policy in the HCCS Student Handbook.

English Website

https://www.hccs.edu/programs/areas-of-study/liberal-arts-humanities--education/english/

Core Curriculum Objectives (CCOs)

English courses satisfy three (3) hours of the communication requirement in the HCCS core curriculum.  The HCCS English Discipline Committee has specified that courses address the following core objectives:

  • Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
  • Communication: Students will demonstrate effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication.
  • Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making.
  • Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal. 
    • Composition I, Composition II, Creative Writing, Introduction to Technical Writing, and Technical & Business Writing only
  • Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
    • Literature courses only

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) 

Can be found at:

https://www.hccs.edu/programs/areas-of-study/liberal-arts-humanities--education/english/

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs) 

Upon successful completion of ENGL 1301, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes.
  • Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution.
  • Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose
  • Read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts.
  • Use Edited American English in academic essays.

Word Count Requirement 

Students will write a minimum of 5,000 words over the course of the semester. 

Departmental Practices and Procedures

Department-Specific Instructor and Student Responsibilities

As your Instructor, it is my responsibility to:

  • Provide the grading scale and detailed grading formula explaining how student grades are to be calculated
  • Facilitate an effective learning environment through class activities, discussions, and lectures
  • Provide a description of any assignments
  • Inform students of policies
  • Provide the course outline and class calendar that will include a description of assignments
  • Arrange to meet with individual students as required

As a student, it is your responsibility to:

  • Attend class and participate in class discussions and activities
  • Read and comprehend the texts
  • Complete the required assignments
  • Ask for help when there is a question or problem
  • Keep copies of all documents, including this syllabus, handouts, and all assignments
  • Be aware of and comply with academic honesty policies, including plagiarism, in the HCCS Student Handbook

Program-Specific Student Success Information

As with any three-hour course, expect to spend at least six hours per week outside of class reading and studying the material.  I will provide assignments to help you use those six hours per week wisely.  Additional time will be required for written assignments.  Successful completion of this course requires a combination of reading the textbook, attending class, completing assignments in Eagle Online, and participating in class discussions.  There is no short cut for success in this course; it requires reading (and probably re-reading) and studying the material using the course objectives as your guide.

Instructional Materials and Resources

Instructional Materials

Get any current english handbook that covers grammar, syntax, etc.

 

The essays we read will be provided online in our Canvas Course shell.

Temporary Free Access to E-Book

Here is the link to get temporary free access to a digital version of the text for fourteen days:

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Other Instructional Resources

Courseware

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Course Requirements

Assignments, Exams, and Activities

Types of evaluations and related weights

Type

Weight

Topic

Notes

Narrative Essay

25%

Narrative Essay. See the more detailed description under Assignments.

 

A 1000 word minimum requirement.

Descriptive Essay

25%

Descriptive Essay

Descriptive Essay. See the Assignments for more detailed information.

 

A 1000 word minimum requirement.

Argumentative Essay

25%

Argumentative Essay

Argumentative Essay. See Assignments for a more detailed description.

A 1000 word minimum requirement.

 

Discussions

25%

Discussions

10 Weekly Discussions. 200 Words Each.

 

See a more detailed description in Assignments, the Announcement "On Discussions", and in the Welcome Statement.

Extra Credit

Points added to lowest grade

To Be Determined

I will offer some kind of extra-credit opportunity at some point in the semester. I will let you know ahead of time.

Grading Formula

Resulting grade and related performance levels

Grade

Range

Notes

A

90 to 100

B

80 to 89

C

70 to 79

D

60 to 69

F

Below 60

Instructor's Practices and Procedures

Incomplete Policy

Incompletes will not be given except in the most rare of cases.

Missed Assignments/Make-Up Policy

No Late Papers or Assignments are accepted.

Academic Integrity

I expect all students to comply with the student code of conduct. Any plagiarism, collusion, cheating will result in a failing grade for the assignment and possibly for the class.

Here’s the link to the HCC information about academic integrity (Scholastic Dishonesty and Violation of Academic Scholastic Dishonesty and Grievance):

https://www.hccs.edu/about-hcc/procedures/student-rights-policies--procedures/student-procedures/

Attendance Procedures

Missing more than 3 classes may result in a student being dropped from the course.

 

Every two late arrivals is the equivalent of missing a class.

Student Conduct

All students should treat each other in a respectful manner.

 

No cell phones, lap-tops, tablets etc in class.

 

Disruptive and or harassing behavior will result in referral to the department.

Instructor’s Course-Specific Information

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Devices

No electronic devices in face to face classes.

Faculty-Specific Information Regarding Canvas

This course section will use Canvas (https://eagleonline.hccs.edu) to supplement in-class assignments, exams, and activities.  

HCCS Open Lab locations may be used to access the Internet and Canvas.  For best performance, Canvas should be used on the current or first previous major release of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari. Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. 

Canvas only requires an operating system that can run the latest compatible web browsers. Your computer operating system should be kept up to date with the latest recommended security updates and upgrades.  

Faculty Statement about Student Success

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Social Justice Statement

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HCC Policies and Information

HCC Grading System

HCC uses the following standard grading system:

Grade

Grade Interpretation

Grade Points

A

Excellent (90-100)

4

B

Good (80-89)

3

C

Fair (70-79)

2

D

Passing (60-69), except in developmental courses.

1

F

Failing (59 and below)

0

FX

Failing due to non-attendance

0

W

Withdrawn

0

I

Incomplete

0

AUD

Audit

0

IP

In Progress. Given only in certain developmental courses. A student must re-enroll to receive credit.

0

COM

Completed. Given in non-credit and continuing education courses.

0

Link to Policies in Student Handbook

Here’s the link to the HCC Student Handbook https://www.hccs.edu/resources-for/current-students/student-handbook/   In it you will find information about the following:

  • Academic Information
  • Academic Support
  • Attendance, Repeating Courses, and Withdrawal
  • Career Planning and Job Search
  • Childcare
  • disAbility Support Services
  • Electronic Devices
  • Equal Educational Opportunity
  • Financial Aid TV (FATV)
  • General Student Complaints
  • Grade of FX
  • Incomplete Grades
  • International Student Services
  • Health Awareness
  • Libraries/Bookstore
  • Police Services & Campus Safety
  • Student Life at HCC
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Student Services
  • Testing
  • Transfer Planning
  • Veteran Services

Link to HCC Academic Integrity Statement

https://www.hccs.edu/resources-for/faculty/student-conduct-resources-for-faculty/

Campus Carry Link

Here’s the link to the HCC information about Campus Carry:

https://www.hccs.edu/departments/police/campus-carry/

HCC Email Policy

When communicating via email, HCC requires students to communicate only through the HCC email system to protect your privacy.  If you have not activated your HCC student email account, you can go to HCC Eagle ID and activate it now.  You may also use Canvas Inbox to communicate.

Office of Institutional Equity

Use the link below to access the HCC Office of Institutional Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement (https://www.hccs.edu/departments/institutional-equity/)

Ability Services

HCC strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible.  If you anticipate or experience academic barriers based on your disability (including long and short term conditions, mental health, chronic or temporary medical conditions), please meet with a campus Abilities Counselor as soon as possible in order to establish reasonable accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and Ability Services.  It is the policy and practice of HCC to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.  For more information, please go to https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/ability-services/

Title IX

Houston Community College is committed to cultivating an environment free from inappropriate conduct of a sexual or gender-based nature including sex discrimination, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.  Sex discrimination includes all forms of sexual and gender-based misconduct and violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity.  Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex-including pregnancy and parental status in educational programs and activities.  If you require an accommodation due to pregnancy please contact an Abilities Services Counselor.  The Director of EEO/Compliance is designated as the Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator.  All inquiries concerning HCC policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504), and complaints may be directed to:

David Cross
Director EEO/Compliance
Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity
3100 Main
(713) 718-8271
Houston, TX 77266-7517 or [email protected]

http://www.hccs.edu/departments/institutional-equity/title-ix-know-your-rights/

Office of the Dean of Students

Contact the office of the Dean of Students to seek assistance in determining the correct complaint procedure to follow or to identify the appropriate academic dean or supervisor for informal resolution of complaints.

https://www.hccs.edu/about-hcc/procedures/student-rights-policies--procedures/student-complaints/speak-with-the-dean-of-students/

Student Success

Expect to spend at least twice as many hours per week outside of class as you do in class studying the course content.  Additional time will be required for written assignments.  The assignments provided will help you use your study hours wisely.  Successful completion of this course requires a combination of the following:

  • Reading the textbook
  • Attending class in person and/or online
  • Completing assignments
  • Participating in class activities

There is no short cut for success in this course; it requires reading (and probably re-reading) and studying the material using the course objectives as a guide.

Canvas Learning Management System

Canvas is HCC’s Learning Management System (LMS), and can be accessed at the following URL:

https://eagleonline.hccs.edu

HCCS Open Lab locations may be used to access the Internet and Canvas.  For best performance, Canvas should be used on the current or first previous major release of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari. Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. 

Canvas only requires an operating system that can run the latest compatible web browsers. Your computer operating system should be kept up to date with the latest recommended security updates and upgrades.  

 

HCC Online Information and Policies

Here is the link to information about HCC Online classes, which includes access to the required Online Information Class Preview for all fully online classes: https://www.hccs.edu/online/

Scoring Rubrics, Sample Assignments, etc.

Look in Canvas for the scoring rubrics for assignments, samples of class assignments, and other information to assist you in the course.  https://eagleonline.hccs.edu/login/ldap

Instructor and Student Responsibilities

As your Instructor, it is my responsibility to:

  • Provide the grading scale and detailed grading formula explaining how student grades are to be derived
  • Facilitate an effective learning environment through learner-centered instructional techniques
  • Provide a description of any special projects or assignments
  • Inform students of policies such as attendance, withdrawal, tardiness, and making up assignments
  • Provide the course outline and class calendar that will include a description of any special projects or assignments
  • Arrange to meet with individual students during office hours, and before and after class as required

As a student, it is your responsibility to:

  • Attend class in person and/or online
  • Participate actively by reviewing course material, interacting with classmates, and responding promptly in your communication with me
  • Read and comprehend the textbook
  • Complete the required assignments and exams
  • Ask for help when there is a question or problem
  • Keep copies of all paperwork, including this syllabus, handouts, and all assignments
  • Be aware of and comply with academic honesty policies in the HCCS Student Handbook

EGLS3

The EGLS3 (Evaluation for Greater Learning Student Survey System) will be available for most courses near the end of the term until finals start.  This brief survey will give invaluable information to your faculty about their teaching.  Results are anonymous and will be available to faculty and division chairs after the end of the term.  EGLS3 surveys are only available for the Fall and Spring semesters.  EGLS3 surveys are not offered during the Summer semester due to logistical constraints.

https://www.hccs.edu/resources-for/current-students/egls3-evaluate-your-professors/

Housing and Food Assistance for Students

Any student who faces challenges securing their foods or housing and believes this may affect their performance in the course is urged to contact the Dean of Students at their college for support. Furthermore, please notify the professor if you are comfortable in doing so.  

This will enable HCC to provide any resources that HCC may possess.

Student Resources

Tutoring

HCC provides free, confidential, and convenient academic support, including writing critiques,  to HCC students in an online environment and on campus.  Tutoring is provided by HCC personnel in order to ensure that it is contextual and appropriate.  Visit the HCC Tutoring Services website for services provided.

Libraries

The HCC Library System consists of 9 libraries and 6 Electronic Resource Centers (ERCs) that are inviting places to study and collaborate on projects.  Librarians are available both at the libraries and online to show you how to locate and use the resources you need.  The libraries maintain a large selection of electronic resources as well as collections of books, magazines, newspapers, and audiovisual materials.  The portal to all libraries’ resources and services is the HCCS library web page at https://library.hccs.edu.

Supplementary Instruction

Supplemental Instruction is an academic enrichment and support program that uses peer-assisted study sessions to improve student retention and success in historically difficult courses.  Peer Support is provided by students who have already succeeded in completion of the specified course, and who earned a grade of A or B.  Find details at https://www.hccs.edu/resources-for/current-students/supplemental-instruction/.

Resources for Students:

https://www.hccs.edu/resources-for/current-students/communicable-diseases/resources-for-students/

Basic Needs Resources:

https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/counseling/hcc-cares/basic-needs-resources/

Student Basic Needs Application:

https://hccs.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_25WyNx7NwMRz1FH

COVID-19

Here’s the link to the HCC information about COVID-19:

https://www.hccs.edu/resources-for/current-students/communicable-diseases/  

Sensitive or Mature Course Content

In this college-level course, we may occasionally discuss sensitive or mature content. All members of the classroom environment, from your instructor to your fellow students, are expected to handle potentially controversial subjects with respect and consideration for one another’s varied experiences and values.  

Instructional Modalities

In-Person (P)

Safe, face-to-face course with scheduled dates and times

Online on a Schedule (WS)

Fully online course with virtual meetings at scheduled dates and times

Online Anytime (WW)

Traditional online course without scheduled meetings

Hybrid (H)

Course that meets safely 50% face-to-face and 50% virtually

Hybrid Lab (HL)

Lab class that meets safely 50% face-to-face and 50% virtually

Course Calendar

Syllabus Modifications

The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus at any time during the semester and will promptly notify students in writing, typically by e-mail, of any such changes.

Additional Information

Process for Expressing Concerns about the Course

If you have concerns about any aspect of this course, please reach out to your instructor for assistance first. If your instructor is not able to assist you, then you may wish to contact the Department Chair. 

Dr. Mary Lawson, [email protected], 713.718.2365