ENGL 1100 Syllabus

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Axelrod, Rise B., and Charles R. Cooper. Axelrod and Cooper’s Concise Guide to Writing.  6th ed. Boston: Bedford St.
    Martin’s, 2012. Print. ISBN: 978-0-312-66890-7.

Hacker, Diana, and Nancy Sommers. A Pocket Style Manual. 6th edition. Boston: Bedford St. Martin’s, 2012. Print.
    ISBN: 978-0-312-54254-2.


  1. To apply strategies of the writing process to expository essays.
  2. To focus on a purpose for writing.
  3. To respond to the needs of different audiences and to different kinds of rhetorical situations.
  4. To use conventions of format and structure appropriate to the rhetorical situation.
  5. To adopt appropriate voice, tone, and level of formality for the rhetorical situation.
  6. To control such surface features as syntax, grammar, punctuation and spelling to produce revised and edited final drafts in Standard Written American English.
  7. To explore and critique ideas by reading, discussion, writing, journaling, and/or peer response to drafts.
  8. To explore the relationship between Christian commitments and practices through writing.
  9. To examine personal and global questions and issues through writing.
  10. To examine one’s obligation for service in personal and professional areas of life through writing.

Satisfactory completion of the writing sequence is one of the requirements of the Liberal Arts Program of Anderson University for all baccalaureate degree students, and this course applies to the “Use of the English Language” area in Part V of the liberal arts curriculum. This requirement stipulates that the student must pass ENGL 1100 with a grade of C-, or better, before he/she can proceed to the final writing course of the sequence, ENGL 1120.  Therefore, should the final grade be a D+ or lower, the student will be required to repeat ENGL 1100.  Some majors may require a C. At the end of the writing sequence, students will demonstrate the ability to write a college-level research paper.


  1. Assigned readings and exercises from the textbook.
  2. Short writing assignments and quizzes.
  3. At least five essays, one of which will be an argument, written through multiple drafts according to your instructor's written policy, submitted within the assigned time frame.  Some instructors may elect to require complete revision of a previous essay, in lieu of essay number five.  To receive a passing grade in ENGL 1100, you must submit all of the major writing assignments.  (Late penalties will be determined by each instructor's written policy.)
  4. Preliminary assignments and drafts leading to the five major papers.  (A paper will not be accepted unless you complete all steps in the writing process, as assigned.)
  5. A final essay, written in class, during the designated final examination period. A final exam, written in class, during the designated final examination period, consisting of an essay. Instructors may also give an exam testing course concepts, in addition to the essay exam.
  6. At least two peer writing tutoring sessions in the Kissinger Learning Center, but more may be required by your instructor.  Students who work with the instructors in the Kissinger Learning Center will be allowed to count those conferences toward the writing tutor requirements in lieu of visiting a peer tutor.

Your final grade will be determined by an average of seven grades: five essay grades (75% percent of final grade), a final exam grade (10% of final grade), and a combined journal/quiz/homework/class participation grade (15% of final grade).

Regular attendance in a writing class is essential; every new assignment will build on skills developed during the previous one.  Therefore, you are expected to attend every class session.  Poor attendance will seriously affect your final grade; according to official Anderson University policy, you may be directly penalized after your number of absences exceeds the number of class meeting hours per week.  For more information concerning this matter, please read your instructor's individual attendance policy.

Any student who must miss a class session for a university-sanctioned activity (athletic events, musical performances, debate team events, etc.) must notify the instructor in writing at least two class sessions in advance of that absence so that she or he can complete and submit in advance, according to the instructor’s directions, any work that will be due on the day when the student will miss.  (The nature of some work, of course, may not lend itself to being completed outside of class.)  The instructor is not required to accept any work that was due on the date of absence after that absence has occurred.  Finally, the university’s attendance policy permits the instructor to reject any make-up work for any absence that exceeds the number of class meeting hours per week (see page 31 in the Anderson University Undergraduate College Catalog, 2006-2008).

The Writing Center is part of the Kissinger Learning Center which houses free tutorial services.  Call 641-4225 for an appointment.  If you have special problems that might affect your performance in this class, you should notify the instructor during the first week of school.  Arrangements can be made for you to work closely with a special instructor or a tutor in the Kissinger Learning Center.

In most situations when a student is caught plagiarizing, that student will fail this course.

School Policy: Plagiarism is dishonesty.  A plagiarized paper will receive a grade of no credit (0), and that grade will count double the original value of the assignment.  In accordance with the Anderson University plagiarism policy, if you plagiarize, your act of dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of the College.  Two such reports may lead to your dismissal from the university.

Definition: "Plagiarism" is the inappropriate use of someone else’s written work.  If you ask someone else to write an assignment for you, or if you re-copy and turn in as your own writing someone else's words, in whole or in part, or if you start with someone else's writing and change the words around, you have plagiarized.  Another form of plagiarism is the use of ideas, words, or phrases from published works without proper documentation, including purchasing and submitting essays from the Internet.

Please come to your instructor’s office, during office hours or by appointment, when you have questions or need help.  We welcome this chance to get to know you better.