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SP 295 Interm Spanish Composition
Richards, Judith C.


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Course

SP 295 Interm Spanish Composition

Semester

S2T 2010 DL

Faculty

Richards, Judith C.

Title

Associate Professor of Spanish and Program Coordinator

Degrees/Certificates

BA Pomona College
MA University of Wisconsin
PhD University of Kansas

Office Location

Cople 215

Office Hours

Virtual office hours:  W 10-12

Daytime Phone

816-584-0289      E-mail preferred

Other Phone

913-963-0168

E-Mail

jrichards@park.edu

Semester Dates

March 15-May 7

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

SP 201 or equivalent

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

  • Repaso. A Complete Review Workbook for Grammar, Communication and Culture
  • Convocación de palabras

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Course Description:
SP 295 Intermediate Spanish Composition: Writing in Spanish at the intermediate level, including a review of grammar. Short Essays and other practical exercises in composition. Prerequisite: SP 202 or equivalent. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:

MY EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY is to facilitate learning for students through required preparation and participation, encourage discussion and respect for ideas, support student efforts to improve skills and enhance knowledge, challenge students’ thinking and expect them to question mine.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate consistent improvement in the skills that contribute to good writing on the intermediate level, including sentence structure, punctuation, vocabulary acquisition and usage, verb concordances, correct idiomatic phrasings, the concise construction of analytical arguments, and the ability to explain your ideas in general.
  2. Exhibit comprehension and skill in writing and in responding to peers' essays and discussion topics.
  3. Participate consistently and knowledgeably in class discussions and demonstrate individual initiative in the reading and discussion activities that precede writing assignments.
  4. Practice and demonstrate improvement in understanding and use of intermediate-level grammar.


Core Assessment:

All Park University courses include a formal assessment strategy that measures mastery of the course’s Learning Outcomes. The core assessment instrument for SP295 is the Final Exam, comprising a reading, analytical questions, an outline for an essay and the essay itself.






Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
 Discussion, grammar reviews and exam, papers, final exam.


Grading:

Weekly writing assignments, discussion

posts and composition outline (8) 50 pts             450

Weekly Essay (6) 50 pts                                    300            

Week 7 Grammar Exam                                      50                

Core Project (Final Exam)                                  100 pts

       

TOTAL                                                            900 pts

Late Submission of Course Materials:
I deduct 10% of assignment points from late submissions.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will exhibit courtesy and good will in discussions and other commentaries.
Vigorous discussion is encouraged for intellectual stimulation but never for deprecating remarks.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Please see syllabus at the bottom of this document, just above the core project rubric.

 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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Attachments:
Course Syllabus

Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Participates consistently and knowledgeably in class discussions and demonstrates individual initiative in the reading and discussion activities that precede writing assignments.

 
Participates frequently in class discussions and generally demonstrates individual initiative in the reading and discussion activities that precede writing assignments.

 
Fails to participate meaningfully in class discussions and/or to demonstrate individual initiative in the reading and discussion activities that precede writing assignments.  
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Consistently exhibits comprehension and skill in writing and in responding to peers' essays and discussion topics, providing new insights and building on others' responses and essays. Frequently exhibits comprehension and skill in writing and in responding to peers' essays and discussion topics, building on others' insights as well as responding to discussion and essay questions. Often fails to participate in discussion of peers' essays and course discussion topics. Late submission of work if at all.  
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Consistently practices and demonstrates improvement in understanding and use of intermediate-level grammar and analytical literary concepts. Often demonstrates improvement in understanding and use of intermediate-level grammar and analytical literary concepts. Erratic or little improvement in understanding and use of intermediate-level grammar.  
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Demonstrates consistent improvement in skills that contribute to good writing at the intermediate level, including sentence structure, punctuation, vocabulary acquisition and usage, verb concordances, correct idiomatic phrasings, the concise construction of analytical arguments; exhibits exceptional ability to express ideas both orally and in writing.

 
Demonstrates improvement in skills that contribute to good writing at the intermediate level, including sentence structure, punctuation, vocabulary acquisition and usage, verb concordances, correct idiomatic phrasings, the concise construction of analytical arguments, and the ability to express ideas both orally and in writing.

 
Fails to demonstrate consistent improvement in skills that contribute to good writing on the intermediate level; unable to express in discussion and essays.

 
 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Consistently engages in pre-essay exercises and grammar assignments, incorporating this knowledge into essays; is constant in the demonstration of individual initiative in discussion and interpretation of these materials. Engages in pre-essay exercises and grammar assignments, incorporating this knowledge into essays; often demonstrates individual initiative in discussion and interpretation of these materials. Fails to participate in and benefit from pre-essay exercises and grammar assignments.  Unable to incorporate new knowledge and concepts into essays; shows no initiative in discussions.  
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Exhibits comprehension and skill in writing and in responding to peers' essays and discussion topics, incorporates new knowledge into writing and discussion, constantly demonstrating correct use of
intermediate-level grammar.


 

Often exhibits comprehension and skill in writing and in responding to peers' essays and discussion topics; frequently incorporates new knowledge into writing and discussion, demonstrating correct use of
intermediate-level grammar most of the time.

 
Fails to exhibits comprehension and skill in writing and in responding to peers' essays and discussion topics.  Little or no evidence of new knowledge in writing and discussion.  Fails to demonstrate correct use of
intermediate-level grammar most or all of the time.
 
 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Achieves grammatical accuracy of 90-100% in all aspects homework and essays.
Displays understanding of analytical and interpretative concepts in essays 90-100% of the time.
 
Achieves grammatical accuracy of 70-89% in all aspects homework and essays.
Displays understanding of analytical and interpretative concepts in essays 70-89% of the time.
 
Achieves grammatical accuracy of less than 69% in all aspects homework and essays.
Displays understanding of analytical and interpretative concepts in essays less than 69%.
 
 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Individual unit components are completed in timely and neat fashion.  Components show evidence of grammatical and analytical concepts. Individual unit components are completed most of the time in timely and neat fashion.  Components generally show evidence of grammatical and analytical concepts. Individual unit components are completed in timely and neat fashion.  Components show evidence of grammatical and analytical concepts.  

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