Course Policy

Dr. William Major
Fall 2003
ENB 110: Section 11503
Office: Hillyer 128A 
Office Hours: M-R, 12:30-1:30; and by appointment
Telephone:  768-4935
Home Page: http://uhaweb.hartford.edu/major/
E-mail: major@harford.edu
Texts:     Skwire, Writing with a Thesis
                Selected reading from handouts and on reserve
                Several computer disks
 
Class Behavior
All students should conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the college classroom. Anyone engaging in side conversations or other disruptive behavior will be asked to leave. If you continue to engage in what I deem disruptive behavior, I will drop you from the course. We will periodically cover issues suggested by the text—such as race, gender, class, sexuality, and a host of other subjects—that may make you feel uncomfortable during our discussions.  All viewpoints are welcome in this class; I do, however, caution you to be sensitive to your peers in all of your comments.
 
Course Overview
ENB 110 is a composition course designed to help you develop the writing and reasoning skills you will need as capable college-level writers and readers. This course stresses critical analysis, prewriting, revision, editing, and workshop activities as key factors in writing effective papers.
 
You will read, analyze, and write a variety of texts to develop writing skills; to understand relationships between readings and writing; to understand the importance of purpose, audience, and context; and to become more aware of the power of language.  Much of this course is taught as a writing workshop, which means that you will spend a fair amount of class time working on your papers. You will also read and comment on each other’s work. The requirements for this course consist of a minimum of six graded compositions, class participation, quizzes, peer reviews, and conferences. 
 
Course Objectives
The Hillyer College English Department states that this composition course should help you develop the important skills related to each stage of the writing process. Specifically, you will increase your ability:
 
§         in the prewriting stage, to generate ideas, formulate a thesis, and develop supporting details;
§         in the writing stage, to refine the thesis and organize and arrange ideas to create a coherent, unified essay;
§         in the revising stage, to demonstrate an awareness of audience and tone, appropriate diction, and syntax;
§         in the editing stage, to apply the conventions of standard written English.
 
Grades
·         Six (6) compositions of approximately 2-3 typed pages: 80%
·         Class participation, workshop activities, and attendance: 15%
·         Quizzes: 5%
·         You must turn in all graded work at the end of the semester in a portfolio
·         No final exam in this course
 
Note: You must complete all essays to pass the course. If you do not turn in a paper, you will fail the course regardless of your average. A grade of C- or better in ENB 110 is a prerequisite for ENB 111.
 


Your paper grades will reflect several factors:
§         control of the subject stated in a clear thesis statement;
§         logical arrangement of ideas, including effective paragraph division and structure;
§         adequately developed paragraphs with substantial and appropriate evidence;
§         effective sentence variety in length, type, and beginnings;
§         appropriateness and accuracy of diction;
§         form, mechanics, and use of standard written English;
§         appropriate length.
 
Rewrites
You may rewrite one your papers. Please check with me first to see whether a rewrite would be beneficial. Ideally, a rewrite is a “re-seeing” of the paper; it is not simply a retyped version of the paper. If you decide to rewrite your paper, do not limit yourself to the issues I noted on the graded version. I will not re-grade a paper in which you have changed only spelling and grammatical errors. You must turn in the previously graded paper with the revision. This rewrite is due within one week of your receiving the original paper grade, and I will take the higher grade. I suggest that you use rewrite a paper that has received a grade of C- or below. I will not accept a rewrite if you did not turn in the original paper on time, nor will I accept late rewrites.
 
Late Work
You may turn in one late paper this semester without penalty as long as I have it in hand within three calendar days of the due date. This policy includes work you hand in after class on the due date.
 
All other papers, including rough drafts, are due at the beginning of the class period. I accept late papers, but they will be penalized five points for each calendar day they are overdue. For example, a B paper (85 points) due on Monday and turned in on Tuesday will automatically become a B-/C+ paper (80 points). I will also deduct five points from your final paper grade if you do not have a rough draft on the due date. There are times when you may experience computer or printer problems, so please plan ahead for such contingencies. In other words, do not wait until the last minute to write or print your final draft. I will not accept computer, disk, or printer problems as excuses for late work. If you cannot make it to class the day a paper is due, then you should have a friend or classmate bring that paper in.  
 
NOTE:  Please do not take class time to print your papers on their due dates (including rough drafts). There are plenty of printers available on campus. Papers not ready at the beginning of class will be considered late.
 
Class Participation and Attendance
Regular attendance and participation is important to your success. Your input will determine not only your participation grade, but it will also have an impact on the success of the class as a whole. As a writing workshop, ENB 110 provides continuous practice and coaching. You are expected to participate actively in both class activities and homework, whether you are reading, brainstorming, drafting, or critiquing a fellow student’s draft. Although you will often work on your writing assignments in class, our time will also involve discussions, lectures, and quizzes.
 
When we are working on papers in class, quiet is essential. If you talk to your neighbor or if you do not work on your draft, you will be asked to leave and you will be counted absent. Moreover, I will drop you from the course if you are consistently unprepared, disruptive, or you fail to bring in disks or drafts.
 
I take attendance at every meeting.  I follow the Hillyer policy: you may have no more than three (3) absences for TR classes.  Please use your absences when you are ill or when you have a family emergency; no distinction is made between excused and unexcused absences.  Please keep track of your absences. Students who make a habit of missing the class (more than three) will be dropped from the course. Absence from a previous class is no excuse for failure to complete assignments on time.
 
Please bring your books and your drafts to class everyday unless I tell you otherwise. Failure to do so will lower your class participation grade.
Quizzes
You may have several announced and unannounced quizzes throughout the semester. These quizzes will cover lectures and readings. If you are absent on the day of a quiz, you will not be allowed to take the quiz. There are no make-up quizzes.
 
Portfolio
You must turn in all graded work at the end of the semester in a writing portfolio. Do not throw your work away.
 
Bathroom Breaks
Unless you have a medical condition or an emergency, you may not use the bathroom or get a drink during class. Please take care of your needs before class begins. However, there are those occasions when nature must be satisfied, and I never quarrel with nature. Students who make a habit of leaving class to use the restroom will be penalized on their class participation grade.
 
Food and Drink
You may drink the beverage of your choice in class (within reason!), but please, no food.
 
Cell Phones
Please make sure all cell phones are turned off during class.
 
Conferences
I encourage you to stop by my office during office hours to discuss your work at anytime throughout the semester. If my office hours are inconvenient, please make an appointment to talk with me at another time. Individual work in conferences is often one of the most helpful ways to improve your writing.
 
Tardiness
Excessive tardiness is disruptive behavior. Students who arrive after I have taken roll should remind me after class so they are not counted absent. Any student tardy for more than three classes will be counted absent for each day late. Any student who arrives in class more than 10 minutes late will be counted absent. No extra time will be allotted for quizzes.
 
Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the theft of someone else’s work or ideas.  Credit to the source must be given in an appropriate format.  If you plagiarize, you will receive a 0 on the paper and you may fail the course. Depending on the severity of the infraction, I may refer you to the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs for further action. This is a serious offense, and I take violations seriously. If you have a question about citation, please ask. We will have ample opportunity to discuss what plagiarism is and is not, so ignorance is no excuse.