MOTLOW STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE – SPRING 2010
Tuesday & Thursday, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Instructor: Milton Stanley, M.F.A.W., M.Div.
Office hours: TR 9:20-12:20 and by appointment
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, Fifth Edition
The Little, Brown Handbook, Eleventh Edition
Notebook for free writing, written responses, and quizzes
In this course students will read and be tested over works of fiction, poetry, and drama. Each student will also do a variety of creative and critical writing assignments. For a comprehensive list of course goals and objectives, see the ENGL 2030 Weblog.
- Do all assigned readings in time for quizzes and class discussions.
- Always come to class ready to write about and discuss readings.
- Participate in class discussions.
- Complete and turn in all writing assignments on time.
- Turn in both printed and electronic copies of out-of-class essays (please talk to me if you do not have access to word processing and printing services).
Grades in this course will be assigned according to the following scale:
- A = 90-100
- B = 80-89
- C = 70-79
- D = 60-69
- F = 0-59
Your final grade will be determined according to the following formula:
- Unit tests (3) 30%
- Analytical papers (3) 30%
- Daily quizzes & writing 10%
- Class participation 10%
- Final examination 20%
For out-of-class papers, use a 12-point standard font. Double space your essays on plain white paper with one-inch margins. See The Little, Brown Handbook for manuscript guidelines. Please follow MLA format.
Major Error Policy (grade-killers)
If you’re in this class, then you have already completed ENGL 1010 and 1020 or their equivalents. You’re expected, therefore, to be able to write a solid essay without any of the following errors:
- Comma splice (CS)
- Dangling modifier (DM)
- Sentence fragment (Frag)
- Fused sentence (FS)
- Lack of agreement between subject and verb (SVA)
You are expected to attend classes regularly, and attendance is sometimes critical for adding to class discussions. Please remember that quizzes and in-class writing assignments will be given almost every day and cannot be made up.
Please keep in mind we’re all adults here. Texting, web browsing, making or taking cell phone calls during class, and getting up to leave before class ends is simply rude and shows disrespect to your teacher, your fellow students, and yourself.
Plagiarism is copying someone else's work without giving proper credit to the author. It's cheating, and a single instance of flagrant plagiarism will cause you to fail the course if you're caught. Even inadvertent plagiarism, such as failing to cite a source, is a serious academic offense. Make sure you avoid plagiarism with everything you write. If you're not sure what plagiarism is or how to avoid it, review your Little, Brown Handbook. Use other resources as well, such as the Writing Center and the Turnitin online service. I am available to help you in person or by e-mail, provided you come to me before turning in your paper.
Assignments, helpful information, and special notices will be posted each day on the course weblog: http://msccengl2030.blogspot.com/. Be sure to check the site frequently for important information about the course. Please see me if regular Internet access is a problem for you.
Writing Centers and SmarThinking
You can get one-on-one help with your writing at one of the MSCC writing centers. You also have the benefit of online tutorial help from the SmarThinking service at http://mscc.edu/smartthinking.html. Please take advantage of both.
I accept late work only in unusual circumstances. In no circumstance will I give make-ups for daily quizzes or in-class writing assignments. Late work will be lowered at least one letter grade. I do not accept very late work (e.g., wanting to make-up all three unit exams at the end of the semester).
In most cases, in-class writing will be graded pass/fail. For the in-class average, every passing essay will be averaged as a grade of 100 and every failing essay as a 50. A missed assignment is averaged as a 0. That said, the vicissitudes of life are sometimes outside our control, so I'll cut you some slack. I will drop your three lowest quiz grades and your three lowest in-class writing grades. You’ll also be allowed to rewrite one of your unit essays for a new grade. For rewrites, I will accept only papers that have already been graded and returned.
Please see me if you need special accommodations in keeping with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
You’ve paid money for this course, and I want you to get what you’ve paid for. Should the McMinnville campus be closed due to unforeseen circumstances, we will, if possible, soldier on using the course weblog and other online resources.
The final exam for this course will be given in accordance with the MSCC exam schedule.
This syllabus hits only the high points and cannot include everything you need to know during the semester. Stay tuned for more.
A Final Note
Don't let all these dos and don'ts get you down. I want you to do as well as you can in this course, and I'll do my best to help you. But remember that you're the one in charge of your education, so take the initiative in doing the work, asking questions, and seeking help when you need it. I hope you enjoy the richness of literature we read and study this semester.