Anderson, Indiana

ENGL 1120 Syllabus

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


Ballenger, Bruce. The Curious Researcher. 7th ed. New York: Longman, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-205-17287-0

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

Grade of C- or better in ENGL 1100/1110, or waiver of ENGL 1100/1110 by the English Department’s placement procedures, or acceptable transfer credit equating to English 1110.

As required by the liberal arts curriculum, at the end of this course students will demonstrate the ability to write a college-level research paper, through meeting the following objectives:

  1. To learn to write essays based on diverse sources (i.e. oral, print, electronic).
  2. To apply strategies of the writing process to essays based on sources.
  3. To annotate, summarize, paraphrase, and quote sources.
  4. To analyze, synthesize, and write critically about information gathered from sources.
  5. To locate and evaluate sources.
  6. To integrate their own ideas with those of others.
  7. To use the most prominently employed methods of documentation in research (MLA and APA).
  8. To control such surface features as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

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 1120 with a grade of C- or better.  Therefore, should your final grade be a D+ or lower, you will be required to repeat ENGL 1120.  Some majors may require a C.  (Students who entered AU prior to September 2002 will meet the Liberal Arts requirements with a D.)


  1. Assigned readings and exercises from the textbooks.
  2. Short writing assignments and quizzes.
  3. Preliminary assignments and drafts leading to the three major papers.  (A paper will not be accepted unless you complete all steps in the writing process, as assigned.)
  4. Three major writing assignments submitted within the assigned time frame, according to your instructor’s written policy, in acceptable typewritten form.  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.)
  5. Final exam.

Your final grade will be arrived at in the following manner:
        Essay 1                                                       200 points
        Essay 2                                                       200 points
        Essay 3                                                       200 points
        Quiz/homework/class participation      100 points
        Final exam                                                 100 points

*Instructors may assign a fourth major writing assignment worth an additional 200 points.                                         

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.