English: Essay and Film Study

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Mary Ellen Zaglewski
English 1101, Fall 2012,
CRN 86404 TR: 9:50-11:05 G211
CRN 89139 TR: 11:15-12:30 G221

Office Hours: 11:30-3:30 MW, 3:30-5:30 TR, others by appointment. Office: G110K E-mail: maryzaglewski@clayton.edu Phone: 678-466-4880

Clayton State University - English 1101 Course Syllabus

Course Title: English Composition I
Course Description: This course focuses on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts, with emphasis on exposition, analysis, and argumentation, and also including introductory use of a variety of research skills. Prerequisite: Placement in English 1101 or completion of Learning Support English and/or Reading. A grade of D will not transfer credit to any other academic institution or allow you to take English 1102. Texts: Readings for Writing, Zaglewski text

Writing Matters: A Manual for Writing and Research Connections: Guide to First Year Writing @ Clayton State Skills to be Developed (Course Outcomes)
Students will understand and engage in writing as a process.
Students will engage in the collaborative, social aspects of writing.
Students will write clearly for a specified audience and purpose.
Students will read and write a variety of non-fiction expository and argumentative genres, as well as reading, viewing, and reacting to short stories, films, and poetry.
Students will produce coherent, organized, effective, readable academic writing for a variety of rhetorical situations (print, digital).
Students will learn basic citation formatting in academic writing.
Students will effectively use writing aids (text, handbooks, dictionaries, online aids and resources, tutors, sessions with instructor) to research ideas and improve writing. See also the Clayton State University Core Curriculum outcomes: http://www.clayton.edu/Portals/5/core_curriculum_outcomes_clayton.pdf

Paper Requirements:
Essays: Students will write a total of six essays of approximately 500-750 words each, including a rhetorical reading response, a documented paper, and a final exam essay. Essays should be typed and double-spaced, no font larger than 12, with 1"margins, using MLA format, and students must turn in their rough drafts along with the finished papers. In most cases, essays will be based upon readings, and must include a Works Cited page. Portfolio Requirement: Students are required to create and post a First Year Writing webpage and submit an electronic portfolio on this website in order to pass English 1101. Assistance and instructions for this requirement can be found at the English Department website, in the First Year Writing tab, as well as at the Hub. And, no, you cannot evade this requirement or post your portfolio on your Facebook page. Final Exam: The final examination will be an essay, much like the essays which determine the bulk of the student's final grade. Determination of Grades: Essays 80%; Portfolio Completion 10%; Final Exam 10%. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is contrary to the policy of Clayton State University, and of your instructor. Plagiarism is a form of cheating that involves presenting as one's own ideas the ideas or work of another. Plagiarism will result in a grade of "F" in the course. I use the same methods to discover plagiarism as you might use to commit it. All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Student Life/Judicial affairs. For more information, go to Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities at http://www.clayton.edu/Portals/5/Basic UndergraduateStudentResponsibilities.pdf See also the Clayton State University Student Handbook at http://www.clayton.edu/Portals/46/docs/student-handbook.pdf

If you need academic accommodations for a disability, you must contact Disability Services at 678-466-5445 or disabilityservices@mail.clayton.edu

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