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Blinn College Bryan Campus

Course Syllabus
English 1302
Composition and Introduction to Literature
Section 332, CRN 20939
Tuesday/Thursday 9:10-10:25 a.m., Academic Building 116
Spring 2013
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Professor Clements
Office: Academic Building 247
Phone: 979.209.7358
Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-noon, Tuesday noon-4:00 p.m., and Friday 10:00 a.m.-noon
E-mail: cclements@blinn.edu
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Course Description
This reading- and writing-intensive prerequisite for sophomore English offerings further develops the analytical thinking and research skills underlying academic success through the study of literature. The student’s writing of genre-based essays, including researched papers, reinforces the thinking skills associated with interpretation, explication, evaluation, analysis, and synthesis. Essays, including a 1500-2000 word documented library research-based paper, are required. Three class hours per week. Credit: three semester hours.

Prerequisite: English 1301

Core Curriculum Course
This is a Core Course in the 42-hour Core of Blinn College. Students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives. The URL for the Blinn College Core Curriculum web site is www.blinncol.edu/corecurriculum.htm.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will

1. demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative research processes; 2. develop ideas and synthesize primary and secondary sources within focused academic arguments, including one or more research-based essays addressing literary works; 3. analyze, interpret, and evaluate a variety of texts for the ethical and logical uses of evidence; 4. write in a style that clearly communicates meaning, builds credibility, and inspires belief or action; 5. produce critical essays that support a thesis, utilize primary and/or secondary sources, apply the conventions of the MLA style manual, avoid plagiarism, and express ideas in clear, grammatically correct prose; 6. demonstrate an understanding of literature as an expression of individual and human values within the social, political, cultural, or religious contexts of different literary genres. -------------------------------------------------

Required and Recommended Texts and Supplies

Hacker, Diana, & Nancy Sommers. A Writer’s Reference with Exercises. 7th ed. Boston:

Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011. Print.

Kennedy, X.J., and Dana Gioia, Eds. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry,
Drama, and Writing. Blinn Custom Edition. New York: Pearson, 2010. Print.

* Standard college level English dictionary (a portable one will do) * AccuScan® testing forms
* Blue Books for written examinations
* Loose-leaf notebook paper
* Photocopies of all articles or sources used in writing your research paper -------------------------------------------------
Tentative Course Schedule (See attachment.)
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Course Requirements
Course work to be evaluated includes but is not limited to
* two 750-word essays, two exams, a research project over an approved topic, and a final exam and final essay; * course inventory, aka pre- and post-tests, to be taken at the beginning and the end of semester; * submission of a minimum of 4000 words written during the semester in the form of essays, tests, and one research-based paper of about 1500-2000 words. * ALL formal work will be submitted to Turnitin.com on the date due. * Class participation will constitute part (at least 10%) of the course grade.

Essay 1=15%
Essay 2=15%
Exam 1=12.5%
Exam 2=12.5%
Research Project (including a rough draft, final draft, photocopies of sources, and oral presentation)=20% Class Participation...
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