ENGL 1120: RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION (BASIC)
THREE CREDIT HOURS
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT SYLLABUS
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Ballenger, Bruce. The Curious Researcher, 7th edition. Longman. ISBN: 978-0205172870
- Produce texts that use appropriate formats, genre conventions, and documentation styles while controlling tone, syntax, grammar and spelling.
- Demonstrate an understanding of writing as an individual and social process that includes multiple drafts, collaboration, and reflection.
- Read critically, summarize, apply, analyze, evaluate and synthesize information and concepts in written and visual texts as the basis for both developing original ideas and claims and integrating their thoughts with those of others.
- Demonstrate an understanding of writing assignments as a series of tasks.
- Develop, assert and support a focused thesis with appropriate reasoning and adequate evidence, appropriate to the rhetorical situation.
- Compose texts that exhibit appropriate rhetorical choices, which include attention to audience, purpose, context, genre, and convention.
ENGL 1120 AND THE WRITING SEQUENCE
Satisfactory completion of the writing sequence is one of the requirements of the Liberal Arts Core of Anderson University for all baccalaureate degree students. English 1120 applies to the “Written Communication” portion of the liberal arts curriculum. This requirement stipulates that the student must pass ENGL 1120 with a grade of C-, or better. Therefore, should the final grade be a D+ or lower, the student will be required to repeat ENGL 1120. Some majors may require a C.
- Assigned readings and exercises from the textbooks.
- Short writing assignments and quizzes.
- Either three or four major writing assignments submitted within the assigned time frame, according to your instructor’s written policy, in the format determined by your instructor. At least one major writing assignment will use MLA documentation style, and at least one will use APA documentation style. To receive a passing grade in ENGL 1120, you must submit all of the major writing assignments. (Late penalties will be determined by each instructor’s written policy.)
- Preliminary assignments and drafts leading to the major writing assignments. (A paper will not be accepted unless you complete all steps in the writing process, as assigned.)
- Final exam.
Your final grade will be determined by an average of six grades: at least four essay grades, a final essay 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.
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT POLICY STATEMENT ON ABSENCES DUE TO PARTICIPATION IN A UNIVERSITY-SANCTIONED ACTIVITY:
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.
THE WRITING CENTER
The Writing Center is part of the Kissinger Learning Center which houses free tutorial services. Call 641-4225 or visit 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.
STATEMENT ON PLAGIARISM
The English Department follows the Anderson University Academic Policies Handbook for our treatment of academic dishonesty.
Academic dishonesty is a serious offense, which the Academic Policies Handbook defines as “the deception of others about one's own work or about the work of another.” Types of academic dishonest which particularly apply to writing courses include, but are not limited to:
- Submitting another's work as one's own or allowing another to submit one's work as though it were his or hers.
- Failure to properly acknowledge authorities quoted, cited, or consulted in the preparation of written work (plagiarism).
- The use of a textbook or notes during an examination without permission of the instructor.
- The getting or giving of unauthorized help on assignments.
- Tampering with or destroying the work of others.
- Submitting substantial portions of the same academic work for credit or honors more than once without permission of the present instructor.
- Lying about these or other academic matters.
If the instructor finds evidence that a student committed an act of academic dishonesty, that student will be reported in writing to the Provost. If the academic dishonesty is a first offense in the course, the student’s grade may be penalized up to double the value of the original assignment. Multiple academic dishonesty offenses within one course will result in the student failing the course.
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.