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Composition Skills

Course Details

Course Number
2113
Section Number
2113
Semester
Summer I 2015
Location
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
209
Days & Times

Sec 301 MTWR 10:10 AM-12:10 PM; Sec 302 MTWR 12:20-2:20 PM

Professor
Dr. Peter Fields (view Profile)

Textbooks

LB Workbook
Custom for MSU 2nd ed
ISBN:
Course Objectives

 

  • Gorrell, Donna. LB Workbook: Custom Edition for Midwestern State University. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2010.  Second Edition: ISBN 13: 978-1-256-95796-6
  • 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

 

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

 Eight quizzes--averaged together for 20 percent; four Blue Books--each 10 percent; final grammar exam (scantron)--20 percent; final Blue Book--20 percent.

 

Your grades in this class are based on this scale: A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%.  

 

Final Exam 06/02/2015 301: 10:10; 302: 12:20
Submission Format Policy

 

NOTE FOR ENGL 2113: For Blue Books, we do NOT use a Works Cited or in-body citing. Blue Books are based on the student’s own thoughts, knowledge, expertise, and personal experience. Students may approximate statistics and authorities to the best of their recollection. Student may quote an authority to the best of their ability. No access to sources is allowed during Blue Books.


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 Summer One, 2015, a missed quiz or Blue Book may be made up later in the day (no questions asked) under these specific conditions:

 

  • The make-up MUST occur the same day the student missed the quiz or Blue Book. The instructor must hear from the student in time for the student to take the make-up. No make-up opportunities are available after 5:00 PM the day of the missed quiz or Blue Book.
  • 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 at the instructor’s office or in a room the instructor designates (again, the same day as the missed work).
  • Of course, the student is at liberty simply to show up at the instructor’s office the afternoon of a missed quiz or Blue Book and ask for a make-up. No appointment is required. But no make-up is guaranteed if the student did not arrange a time agreed upon by the instructor.
  • Students cannot make up quizzes or Blue Books after the scheduled day for that quiz or Blue Book.
  • Students who miss the Grammar Final or Final Blue Book are NOT guaranteed any make-up opportunity.
  • MISSING A QUIZ OR BLUE BOOK DUE TO ILLNESS CANNOT BE MADE UP AFTER THE SCHEDULED DAY UNLESS PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENTATION IS PROVIDED.

 

IMPORTANT: If you know ahead of time that you are going to miss certain days (and certain quizzes or Blue Books) for whatever reason, make sure to meet with the instructor RIGHT AWAY and make a plan to take care of those quizzes and/or Blue Books BEFORE YOU DISAPPEAR.

 

WARNING: Even if the instructor has arranged ahead of time for make-up opportunities, those missed class periods still count under the attendance policy as absences.

 

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. If the semester has significant time remaining, the instructor is at liberty to withdraw you from the course with a WF. Illness, court dates, and MSU sports and theatre are to come from this allowance. Scheduled sports, theatre events, etc. are fully accommodated (when documented) but NO additional absences are allowed.

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 may be invalid if the student has 90 or more earned credit hours.

 

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 just because you stopped by looking for me. E-mail or phone me to make sure.

I am not able to provide instruction by e-mail. I can answer specific questions by e-mail, but not at length or in depth. I am able to review (to a limited degree) during an office appointment, but I do not guarantee an office appointment will cover all the relevant points of what a student may miss or not understand in class. The university is not open on Fridays.

I consider 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 my expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

 

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 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.

Be on time: The instructor takes attendance at the beginning of the class period—if you’re late, make sure he marks you present.

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 instructor is not obliged to warn the student beforehand.

Electronic devices: All electronics must be put away during class. If you need to take a call, address it in the hallway and return to class. ANY USE OF ELECTRONICS DURING A QUIZ OR BLUE BOOK IS ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN. The instructor doesn’t have to confront the student in order to fail the particular test in question. Cheating: Suspected dishonesty of any sort earns a ZERO for the assignment—that’s just the way it is.

Personal Concerns: Use the bathroom IF YOU TRULY HAVE TO ADDRESS THAT NEED. Don’t just take personal breaks. If you leave before a quiz or Blue Book, you are not allowed to make it up.

 

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 301 & 302 SYLLABUS Sum I 2015-20150529-222447.doc

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.