Anderson, Indiana

ENGL 1110 Syllabus

Tue, 2012-04-24 00:40 -- hrimel


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 you must pass ENGL 1110 with a grade of C- or better before you can proceed to the final writing course of the sequence.  Therefore, should your final grade be a D+ or lower, you will be required to repeat ENGL 1110.  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 in-class work based on those readings.
  2. Short writing assignments and quizzes.
  3. At least four 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. To receive a passing grade in the course, 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 major papers. (A paper will not be accepted unless you complete all steps in the writing process, as assigned.)
  5. A final exam essay, which will consist of a revision of one of the major essays plus a cover letter or reflection discussing the revisions. The instructor may also opt to use some of the final exam points for a test over course concepts.

Your final grade will be determined by an average of seven grades: at least four essay grades, a final exam grade, and a combined journal/quiz/homework/class participation 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.