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Composition Skills

Course Details

Course Number
2113
Section Number
2113
Semester
Spring 2015
Location
Bea Wood Hall
Classroom Number
BW 205
Days & Times

ENGL 2113 203 MW 2:00-3:20 PM

Professor
Dr. Peter Fields (view Profile)
Course Objectives

 

Assignment                                                           % of Grade

8 quizzes                                                                     20

4 writing assignments                                                 40

Final Grammar Test                                                   20

Final Essay Exam                                                       20

 

 

Course Expectations

 

  • Write thesis-based essays that provide strong support and specific details.
  • Engage in a writing process that includes invention, drafting, and revision.
  • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking about a timely issue or debatable topic.
  • Demonstrate proficient use of Standard Written English.
 

 

Grading Standards

 

A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%. 

 

Final Exam 05/13/2015 WED 5:45-7:45 PM
Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

 

During Spring 2015, a missed quiz or Blue Book may be made up with no penalty if the student makes an appointment (by phone or e-mail) with the instructor to make it up no later than the NEXT regular class period. These conditions apply:

  • The student must take the initiative. The student is well-advised to contact the instructor the same day as the missed quiz/ Blue Book and arrange for the make-up.
  • Of course, the student is at liberty simply to show up at the instructor’s office during office hours (prior to the next class period)—but a confirmed appointment is the better bet. A make-up is not a right. It is not guaranteed.
  • Contacting and arranging a make-up with the instructor the same day is mandatory in the case of a missed Final. Failure to contact the instructor the same day as missing a Final Grammar Exam or Final Blue Book means a failing grade for that test.
  • Students cannot make up quizzes, tests, or Blue Books as of the beginning of the next class period. A make-up is never guaranteed.
  • The missed class still counts as an absence!

 

 
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

 If you have more than 6 absences (excused or not), you AUTOMATICALLY fail the class. Only official campus closure or instructor absence exempts students from attending. All absences count under this policy: e.g., illness, illness of family member/friend, car trouble, court date(s), house fires, campus sports, theatre participation—all are considered absences and are not excused. Documentation of these absences does not excuse them. No absence is considered valid under this policy if class is in session. Students who are not present at the beginning of class for attendance are marked ABSENT.

Other Policies

 

According to WPR policy, students cannot withdraw from ENGL 2113 if they have 90 or more earned credit hours. Even if the instructor signs the withdrawal, that withdrawal is invalid if the student has 90 or more earned credit hours.

The English Department’s home page is http://www.mwsu.edu/english.  Resources for many of our courses can be found at our home page under Course Descriptions. 

I am happy to review a fine point with you during my office hours, utilizing further grammar/punctuation exercises. But an office visit cannot make up for missing class. The instructor is not available on Fridays or the weekends.

E-mail contact is the most reliable: peter.fields@mwsu.edu. My office phone is 397-4246. Remember: you and I do not have an appointment unless I have verified it.

 Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")–whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

NOTE: For Blue Books, diagnostics, and exercises in ENGL 2113, we do NOT use a Works Cited or otherwise document the content. Students may approximate statistics and authorities to the best of their recollection. Students may also quote a person or source (with quotation marks) to the best of their ability. But students must confine all their ideas to their own knowledge, experience, and imagination. No access to sources is allowed during Blue Books.

Be on time: The instructor takes attendance at the beginning of the class period—and that’s it.

Disruptive behavior: The instructor will file a behavior/conduct report with the Dean of Students (the same day as the problem) if a given student is interfering with class in any way. The student automatically receives a WF for the class if the Dean of Students does not authorize the return of the student. The instructor is not obliged to warn the student beforehand.

Electronic devices: Do not use personal electronics while in class. Any use of electronics during a quiz, test, or Blue Book will mean a “0” for the assignment—automatically. The instructor is not obliged to warn the student or otherwise confront him/her individually during the assignment.

Cheating: Dishonesty of any sort earns a ZERO for the assignment. Cheating on a quiz, Blue Book, or exam results in an automatic withdrawal from the course with an F for the semester grade.

Personal Concerns: If you need to take a call in the hallway or use the bathroom, you may do so without asking permission AS LONG AS WE ARE NOT TAKING A QUIZ OR WRITING A BLUE BOOK. 

Missing Part of the Period: If you leave before a quiz or Blue Book, you are not allowed to make it up. The grade is a zero.

 

 

 

 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

 

 

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Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Calendar Attachment

ENGL 2113 203 MW Spring 2015-20150123-143303.rtf

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.