Syllabus, ENF 1, Fall 2020

Rick Dollieslager, Asst. Professor of English

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I. Materials

II. e-Books & Software

We will use "OER's"--i.e., Open Educational Resources--in this class, which is to say free, available material on the Internet, so you will not need to purchase a textbook for this course. Microsoft Word is our primary word processing system. You need not purchase Word since it is available on campus, and you get a free download of the Microsoft Office products (including Word) provided to you by the college. We will also use Google documents and various Google applications, which are also provided without additional charge to all TNCC students through your MyTNCC login.

III. Catalog Description and VCCS Student Learning Outcomes for ENF

The cornerstones of classroom deportment and academic and professional success: The three R's--Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness. These are qualities that are expected of professionals. The responsibility of college educators is to educate the whole person, develop critical thinkers and good citizens, and prepare people for their professional lives. As such, you and I will conduct ourselves professionally by showing respect to others, and thereby gaining the respect of others; we will take personal responsibility for the work we are to do and for the outcomes we attain; and we will be resourceful in order to achieve the results and successes that we wish to enjoy. In short, your success depends on what you do, not on what others do, or do "to you."

Read the objectives and learning outcomes of English Fundamentals at the link above. The intent of ENF is to help students develop and improve their reading, writing, study and critical thinking abilities for success in college-level courses.

IV. Instructional Methods and Attendance

Read: "Did I Miss Anything?" a poem by Canadian professor and poet, Tom Wayman, and his explication of it. Ours is a "synchronous" on-line class, meaning that twice a week we will meet together on Zoom for regular class meetings.

The course will be conducted in workshop fashion, requiring individual work at the computers, small group discussion and exercises during class or outside of class times, peer evaluation, and group or student/instructor conferences. There will be a few sessions which are predominantly lecture and discussion, but there will be a lot of 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: ENF 1 is an 8-credit course, and students assigned to take ENF 1 meet four days a week, Monday-Thursday starting at 9:30. Our regular class meetings will take place on Tues. and Thurs., and our "office hour" meeting times will be 9:30-10 on Mon. and Weds.

Absences: English Department policy stipulates that I should fill out a drop form for any student who has missed 20% of the scheduled classes or who does not attend the first three 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 six twice-a-week classes will be dropped. There are no exceptions and no excuses will be accepted. I have found that anyone can succeed who tries hard enough. If you must miss class, it is your responsibility to contact your instructor, your classmates and to check Canvas and college email for your assignments. Missed in-class quizzes and other in-class assignments may NOT be made up.

Tardiness: If life intervenes, and you are going to be late, contact me via Excessive tardies will be recorded as absences, with two tardies equaling one absence.

V. Grading and Assignments

Grading: Students must accrue better than 75% on all work for the semester in order for their writing portfolios to be submitted to the evaluation committee. Your placement next semester will depend on the recommendation of the evaluation committee, based on (1) your attendance and tardiness records, (2) the timely submission of all required work, (3) the quality of the work in your writing portfolio and (4) reading comprehension testing. You will earn credit for completing assignments on time and for the quality of the projects you complete, and that credit will be recorded in Canvas Gradbook so that you can be aware of your progress at all times during the semester. The points you total must surpass 75% for your final portfolio to be submitted for evaluation. No more than two projects will be accepted after due date, and no late project will be accepted more than one week later than the original due date.

Keep electronic copy of all handouts and assignments that you receive or do this semester. That way, you have copies of everything of importance. All final drafts of paragraphs, journals, discussion posts, and essay assignments will be typed. In order to receive timely feedback for revision, all work will be submitted on time. If papers miss deadline for final drafts, they will not be included in the semester portfolio, which means the student cannot pass the class.

You are required to have ALL of your work with you at all times that the class meets. This is easily accomplished by using your two paper folders for handouts and printouts, and by storing all of your drafts and projects "in the cloud" through use of Google Drive (available to you in your MyTNCC login).

Progress toward completion. As stipulated in paragraph 1 of this section (Grading), "Students must accrue better than 75% on all work for the semester in order for their writing portfolios to be submitted to the evaluation committee." If, prior to the final withdrawal date in Week Ten, it will be impossible for a student to reach the required score percentage by the end of the semester, I will recommend self-withdrawal or I may initiate withdrawal at that time. It is better to withdraw than to receive a failing grade.

VI. 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.

VII. 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:


VIII. Rules for Success

IX. 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!


X. 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 ( to register for support services or accommodations covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

XI. Spring 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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