Syllabus Entrance
Printer Friendly
Email Syllabus
Education Major Version

EN 105 First Yr Wrtng Seminar I:Critical Reading,Writing andThinking Across Contexts.
McGee, Nancy J.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

EN 105 First Yr Wrtng Seminar I:Critical Reading,Writing andThinking Across Contexts.

Semester

U1T 2011 DL

Faculty

McGee, Nancy J.

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D., English Composition, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
M.A., English Literature, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
B.S., Secondary Education, Edinboro State University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania

Daytime Phone

(586) 722-4204

E-Mail

Nancy.McGee@park.edu

Semester Dates

June 6, 2011 - July 31, 2011

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Text: 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology.
Cohen, Ed. 3rd Ed. Bedford St. Martins, 2011.
ISBN: 0-312-60965-5

Text: The Craft of Revision.
Murray. 5th Ed. Thomson/Wadsworth, 2007.
ISBN: 0-8384-0715-3

Text: Portfolio Keeping, 2nd Ed.,
Reynolds and Rice, Bedford St. Martins, 2006.
ISBN: 0-312-41909-0.

Text: Easy Writer: A Pocket Reference, 4th Ed.,
Author: Lunsford, Bedford St. Martins, 2010.
ISBN: 0-312-65031-0.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


Course Description:
EN 105 (C) First Year Writing Seminar I: Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking Across Contexts: An introduction to the recursive processes of writing, the course will emphasize discovery and writing-as-thinking. Students will engage various personal and academics genres, with attention to analyzing the audience and purpose for different writing situations. Course readings expose students to a variety of genres and topics from a range of cultural contexts to promote critical thinking and dialogue. Peer response, reflection and revision are emphasized through a summative course portfolio. 3:0:3 @

Educational Philosophy:
Learning to write well is more than a means of getting good grades: it can mean the difference in the life that the student and his or her family will have, given the importance of good communication skills in the workplace and as a means of protecting oneself as a consumer. I thus approach the teaching of writing as a key component for every student's preparation. Students will vary in the initial skills that they bring to the courses, but everyone can always improve in his or her communication. Because I believe that credibility is of vital importance in getting ideas accepted, I hold student writing to high standards of correctness and organization, since these are the elements that instructors, employers, and others will use to judge the writer. I enjoy the way that online classes provide an opportunity for all students to become instructors, as they share their experiences and perceptions, and I think this aspect adds a richness and immediacy to the learning.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply the writing process to the creation of personal and formal essays (pre-writing, revising, editing, proof-reading, and formatting).
  2. Develop a specific theme and focus that controls and informs the paper.
  3. Develop and clarify material through the inclusion of appropriate details, examples and transitional devices.


Core Assessment:

Every course has a Core Assessment, which is one assignment given in all sections of the course. For En 105 the Core Assessment consists of one final-draft essay from each student’s portfolio, chosen by the student, plus a Reflective Essay. Written at the end of term, the Reflective Essay must describe in significant detail the student’s strengths and a discussion of opportunities for improvement as revealed in the complete portfolio. The reflective essay must also analyze the student’s overall development as a writer over the duration of the semester/term.

Although all students in all sections will present a portfolio that includes evidence of prewriting and multiple drafts, the Core Assessment will consist only of one final-draft essay and the Reflective Essay.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

EN 105 includes the following assessments:
  • Weekly discussion assignments,
  • Five substantial writing assignments, two of which incorporate deep revision,
  • A summative "best works" portfolio including the student's two strongest essays, artifacts related to the writing process, and a reflective introductory essay,
  • Two peer review activities,
  • A "writer's notebook,"
  • A final examination.

All graded components of the course include detailed assignment descriptions and grading criteria.

Grading:
The grading scale for EN 105 maintains an “A” as 90-100%; a “B” as 80-89%, and so on.

COMPONENT

WEEK(S) DUE

POINTS/PERCENTAGE

Weekly Discussions

W1-W8

25/ea = 200 pts = 20 %

Peer Reviews

W5 & W6

25/ea = 50 pts = 5%

Essays

W1-W3

100/ea = 300 pts = 30%

Revision(ed) Essays

W5 & W6

75/ea = 150 pts = 15%

Portfolio

W7

200/ea = 200 pts = 20%

Writer’s Notebook

W8

50/ea = 50 pts = 5%

Final Examination

W8

50/ea = 50 pts = 5%

TOTAL

1000 pts = 100%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
This course has been designed to lead you in steps through the stages of the writing process. Trying to do more than one paper at a time hurts your progress in this. Please plan your work so that you turn your papers in early, rather than risk turning them in late because of technical problems, illness, or other issues. I will accept essays, revisions, and the portfolio up to one week late, with a ten percent penalty for any of these submitted past the due date. (Thus, an essay worth 100 points will receive a ten point penalty.) None of these may be turned in more than one week past the due date.

Discussion board postings must be submitted by midnight on Sundays. The discussion boards will close at that time, so there are no exceptions to the requirement that you participate in class during each week in order to receive participation credit for that week. I do not routinely take points off for initial postings that are done after Thursdays, but if a substantial portion of the class starts posting only on the weekends, I will begin to take three points off initial postings that are done after Thursday.

The writer's notebook assignment and final exam are due during the last week of class. These must be submitted no later than the last day of class (July 31). Park University requires that students who do not take the proctored final exam must receive a failing grade in the class, regardless of other grades. Please be sure to arrange for your proctored exam appointment early in the class. The form will be available for you starting in week two. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All postings must show courtesy to the class. I ask that you refrain from flaming and from using unprofessional language. However, you should challenge each other's ideas. Learning to do so in a courteous way is part of professionalism.

Any questions regarding grades must be sent privately to me, via e-mail. I cannot discuss grades in any way in "public" such as in the discussion forum.

I will post weekly announcements that give an overview of the tasks for that week. Please be sure to read these as well as the syllabus to be sure you are aware of the weekly tasks and any special instructions.

Please be sure to save your papers in MS Word (2004, 2007, or 2010 are all okay) or in Rich Text Format (.rtf). I will not be able to open other formats. Please doublecheck that you have successfully uploaded the correct file.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Below you will find a thumbnail sketch of the course’s major topics, readings, and assignments. You can find details about reading and writing assignments, including due dates, in the weekly unit content. For information about how your work will be assessed, please refer to the “Grading and Assessment” content item under Course Home.
 

Week

Topic

Activities, Assignments


Week 1


Active Reading, Critical Thinking, Effective Writing


Read/Discuss
: Readings from Murray and Reynolds and Rice, additional reading located in “Document Sharing.”

Write: Post introduction; begin writer’s notebook.


Week 2


Persuasion and the Personal Essay


Read/Discuss
: Readings from Cohen and Lunsford texts.

Write: Essay #1.


Week 3


Focus on Focus


Read/Discuss
: Readings from Murray and Cohen texts.

Write: Essay #2.


Week 4


Development and Organization


Read/Discuss
: Readings from Murray, Cohen, and Reynolds and Rice texts.

Write: Essay #3.


Week 5


All Writing is Revising


Read/Discuss
: Readings from Murray and Lunsford texts, additional readings located in “Document Sharing.”

Write: Revision #1


Week 6


Clarity


Read/Discuss
: Readings from Murray text.

Write: Revision #2


Week 7


Reflecting as a Writer


Read/Discuss
: Readings from Reynolds and Rice text.

Write: Portfolio.


Week 8


Academic Research and Writing: Looking Ahead


Read/Discuss
: Reading located in “Document Sharing.”

Write: Final Exam (taken in-person with approved proctor) and Writer’s Notebook due.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Focus                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The main point, or thesis, of the essay is not only abundantly clear to the reader, but gracefully expressed in a clear, personal voice. The main point, or thesis, of the essay is clear, although could be expressed more gracefully. The voice is personal for the most part. The essay lacks a main point and instead presents several potential theses. The voice, while personal, does not always appropriately address the topic. No portfolio is turned in or guidelines are not followed. 
Development                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The essay presents relevant and tasteful detail in a personal voice that supports the thesis and provides an appropriate sense of exploration of topic, with attention to ambiguities as well as certainties. The essay presents relevant detail, but needs further explanation. It is not always clear how the information supports the thesis. Ambiguities are not addressed, or are addressed within a rigid framework. The essay lacks appropriate and relevant detail, and emphasizes information rather than interpretation. Ambiguities are not addressed. No portfolio is turned in or guidelines are not followed. 
Organization                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Details are organized logically, and with a pleasing sense of exploration. Digressions are appropriate and add to the overall argument. Details are logically organized, but are stiff and lack a natural sense of presentation. Digressions are sometimes puzzling. The organizational plan is confusing and often irrelevant to the stated purpose of the essay. No portfolio is turned in or guidelines are not followed. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Central topic is substantial, relevant, and creatively addressed with fresh insight. Personal experiences are appropriately discussed and analyzed to make a point. Personal voice is consistently graceful and appropriate throughout. Central topic is potentially good, but could be further developed. Personal experiences are not always relevant or adequately analyzed. Personal voice is good, but prosaic. Central topic lacks clarity. Personal experiences do not support any obvious point. The voice does not match the purpose of the essay. No portfolio is turned in or guidelines are not followed. 
Technical Skill in Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Writing employs conventions of Standard Written English with grace and style. Writing employs conventions of Standard Written English adequately, with only occasional gaps. Writing shows persistent problems with the use of Standard Written English. Statements are often illogical or incomprehensible. No portfolio is turned in or guidelines are not followed. 
Understanding Audience and Purpose                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The purpose of the essay is abundantly clear through the use of a clearly stated thesis. The writer addresses a specific audience using an appropriate level of discourse and anticipating possible questions. The purpose of the essay is essentially clear, though the thesis could be further clarified. The writer addresses a specific audience, though does not always anticipate reader's questions. The purpose of the essay remains unclear. The writer does not consider the needs of the audience and does not include appropriate discourse. No portfolio is presented or guidelines are not followed. 
Rhetorical Strategies                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The writing presents information skillfully and uses appropriate strategies and organization. The writing presents information adequately using appropriate strategies, although the organizational plan is not always clear. The writing does not employ appropriate rhetorical strategies and lacks a clear sense of organization. No portfolio is presented or guidelines are not followed. 

Copyright:

This material is protected by copyright and can not be reused without author permission.

Last Updated:5/8/2011 6:59:52 AM