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Bethune-Cookman University
School of Arts and Humanities
Freshman College

College English I — EN 131 (3 credit hours towards degree) Fall 2012

Instructor:  Suzan SarhanTitle: English Instructor
Office Location: Ranslow 5Office Phone: 386.481.2039
Email: Sarhans@cookman.eduOffice Hours: MWF 9:30-11:30 & 12:50-1:50

PREREQUISITE
Students are assigned to English 131 if they have attained an acceptable placement score or meet equivalent requirements.

B-CU COURSE CATALOG DESCRIPTION

College English I is the first of two sequential courses in college-level writing covering various rhetorical strategies. The course teaches principles for non-fiction prose, from pre-writing and organizing through revising and editing. Students are required to read, discuss, and analyze essays, and autobiographical or biographical selections. Students are required to write several essays and a short documented research paper.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
• Demonstrate competence in standard written English. • Organize an essay into a well written introduction, body, and conclusion determined by purpose and audience. • Apply the principles of the writing process: prewriting, planning, drafting, peer review, teacher conferences, substantive revision, and editing. • Respond critically to readings by summarizing, paraphrasing, analyzing, and evaluating the text. • Employ library research in the creation of at least one essay using paraphrases, summaries, and direct quotations with MLA documentation • Write essays using the following rhetorical modes: narration, exposition, and argumentation. Exposition can include description, example, definition, cause and effect, process, and comparison/contrast. • Produce a minimum of 6,000 words (20-25 pages) according to the Gordon Rule.

TEXTBOOKS
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Cohen, Samuel, ed. 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology. 3rd ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011.

Hacker, Diana, and Nancy Sommers, eds. A Writer’s Reference. 7th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011.

Please be advised that your instructor may assign other required readings for your individual course.

ENGLISH PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (PSLOs) ADDRESSED IN THIS COURSE

1. Critical thinking and communication skills: Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and compose organized and grammatically proficient essays with appropriate diction and syntax.

2. Literary Skills: Students will demonstrate the ability to appreciate and analyze fiction and /or non-fiction literary works of various genres, periods, and nationalities.

3. Research Skills: Students will demonstrate the ability to use research sources, synthesize information, and correctly document a research project using MLA or APA style.

METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
Instructors will use a variety of instructional methods including interactive classroom exercises, small group activities, class discussion, short lectures, and use of software programs, electronic communication, and Blackboard.

ASSESSMENT/ GRADING SCALE
Students’ grade will be accumulated as follows:
Essays 60%
Research Project: 20%
Classwork/Evaluation20%
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Total100%

GRADING CRITERIA
The following grading scale will be observed:
90 % - 100 %A
80 % - 89 %B
70 % - 79 %C
60 % - 69 %D
0 % - 59 %F

ATTENDANCE POLICY
Class attendance is required. After missing six class hours, the student will have a letter grade deducted. Students in Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes will be penalized after missing six classes. Students in Tuesday, Thursday classes will be penalized after missing four classes. Students missing a total of 10 class hours will automatically fail the course.

ACADEMIC HONESTY
Students must submit their own work, and they must acknowledge any outside help...
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