Syllabus, Eng. 111 Fall 2020

Rick Dollieslager, Asst. Professor of English

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I. Materials

II. e-Books & Software

III. Purpose

ENG 111 College Composition I is a required writing course in many programs at Thomas Nelson, including all transfer programs. ENG 111 is a prerequisite for ENG 112: College Composition II. ENG 111 transfers to most public four-year institutions in Virginia, usually to fulfill a general education requirement in writing. Students intending to transfer should meet with advisors at Thomas Nelson and the transfer school and should check the transfer school’s transfer guide to see how this course will fit into their curricula.

IV. Catalog Description and VCCS Student Learning Outcomes

English 111 Introduces students to critical thinking and the fundamentals of academic writing. Through the writing process, students refine topics; develop and support ideas; investigate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate resources; edit for effective style and usage; and determine appropriate approaches for a variety of contexts, audiences, and purposes. Writing activities will include exposition and argumentation with at least one researched essay..

V. Instructional Methods and Attendance

Read: "Did I Miss Anything?" a poem by Canadian professor and poet, Tom Wayman, and his explication of it.

The course will be conducted in workshop fashion, requiring individual work at the computers, small group discussion and exercises, peer evaluation, and group or student/instructor conferences. There will be sessions which are predominantly lecture and discussion, but there will be a good deal of in-class activities and projects, so you should expect to and be prepared to work in class at every scheduled meeting.

Homework/class preparation: For each college course that you enroll in, you should expect to spend two to three hours outside of class for every hour of seat time, in order to study and to complete your assignments. English 111 is no different. While this is a hybrid class online class it is a three-credit course, which would meet in a face-to-face classroom for appx. three hours per week. That should equate to 6 to 9 hours of study time per week.

Absences: English Department policy stipulates that I should fill out a drop form for any student who has missed 20% or more of the scheduled classes. I can't help you to achieve your goals if you aren't in class to work toward them. Attendance means one is present for the entire class. Anyone who misses three scheduled classes before the Week 11 final withdrawal date should withdraw or be dropped. I have found that anyone can succeed who tries hard enough. If you must miss class, it is your responsibility to view the Zoom class recording to catch up on what you missed.

VI. Grading and Assignments

Grading: First, keep electronic copy of all handouts and assignments that you receive or do this semester. That way, if there is any question of policy or of accuracy in recording a grade, you have copies of everything of importance. All graded work will be typed. In order to receive full credit, all work will be submitted on time (by the posted or stated deadline). Essays will total 6 points possible and various assignments of lesser magnitude (quizzes, critical thinking journals, tutorials, etc.) will total 2 or 4 points possible. The total points for the semester will be around 60..

We will use the Internet for our readings and research/analysis projects. All of the graded assignments will be worked on the computer and the papers will be submitted to Canvas, our Learning Management System. Canvas will accept uploads in Google Docs format as well as MS Word, PDF, and .rtf (Rich Text Format) which is a save option on nearly all word processing systems.

Format and Deadlines: All final drafts of paragraph and essay assignments will be typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font size with i.d. heading at the beginning, per MLA format conventions. In order to receive timely feedback for revision, all work will be submitted on time. I am in no way obligated to accept late work for any reason whatsoever. If assignments miss deadline, and I choose to grade them nonetheless, grades will be significantly reduced. Projects will not be accepted at all if they are submitted more than a week past due date.

VII. Other Course Policies

Respect: We will discuss a variety of topics in class. It is mandatory that we treat each and every person’s prerogative to express their thoughts and ideas with respect. You don’t have to agree with each other, but you do have to listen and respond respectfully to one another. Opinions themselves are not always worthy of respect; however, in our society a person's right to express them is protected. That protection extends to the classroom. Disrespectful comments will not be tolerated and are grounds for being removed from the class. Because this course is about communicating professionally, gratuitous foul language is not acceptable and the consequences for use of foul language for gratuitous reasons will be addressed as is stipulated in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Because foul language is, nevertheless, a part of our wider culture in this country, study of the nature of the use of foul language as it is sometimes used in context is both non-gratuitous and is germane to the content of a course in rhetoric and public discourse.

Email Policy: During the week, I try to answer email within a day of receipt. Over weekends or holidays, I will return email when the week resumes.

VIII. Instructor Responsibilities

It is my responsibility to guide and support each student’s learning in this course. This means that I do my best to provide clear instructions for all assignments, to identify additional resources as necessary, and to provide rubrics and other criteria for evaluation of assignments. I am here to help you, so do not hesitate to ask me questions.

It is my responsibility as your instructor to:


IX. Rules for Success

X. Success Habits and Behaviors

I care about the future of my country. You ARE the future of this country. Meet me half way: CARE, WORK, SHOW UP, SUCCEED!


XI. TNCC Standing Policies

Plagiarism: In accordance with provisions published in the TNCC Student Handbook, (pages 21-26) disciplinary action will result if intentionally plagiarized work is turned in. The TNCC Student Handbook describes plagiarism thus: "To steal and pass off as one's own the ideas or words of another; to use without crediting the source; to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source; to commit literary theft." Whether intentional or inadvertent, plagiarism is a serious academic offense, and the consequences for intentional plagiarism are severe, as stipulated in the TNCC Student Handbook: "Plagiarism at Thomas Nelson Community College will constitute a dismissible offense..."

TNCC Retake policy: Enrollment in a course is limited to two times. If a student needs to enroll for a third and final time, he or she must submit a written petition to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (or her designee) for approval.

ADA Compliance: If you have any diagnosed physical or learning disabilities please go to meet with Professor Richrd Hurst ( the Office of Student Services, room 117B, to register for support services or accommodations covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

XII. Fall 2020 Important Dates

Last day to drop with a refund: Sep. 4
Last Day to Drop with a Grade of “W”: Oct. 28
Classes End: Dec. 7
Exams: Dec. 8-14; Exam Schedule.

The English Department is part of the Arts, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, which may be contacted at or (757) 825-2799.

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