Assignment No 1 Eng 101 Syllabus

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(PACE Program)

Fall 2005

Mondays, 6:00 to 9:30 pm
HA 105 (Covington Campus)

Instructor: Dr. Tamara O'Callaghan
Office: LA 547 (Highland Heights Campus)
Telephone: (859) 572-6977
Office Hours: By appointment

ENG 101 is part of the writing sequence offered by the Writing Instruction Program at NKU. You can learn more about the program and its objectives, requirements, and expectations by consulting the section on "Information for Students" at the WIP website.


The first year writing course is designed to help students make the transition to college by guiding students from writing that is based in personal experience and presented to familiar audiences, toward writing that is informed by research and targeted to wider public audiences. The primary goal is to teach students to communicate clearly and effectively in a university setting, though students are encouraged to transfer the skills they learn to writing situations in other communities. Incorporating critical reading, the course instructs students to observe style as well as content when they read, to become aware of the choices they can make as writers. All students will receive feedback on their writing through workshops, instructor comments, and/or conferences.

Our principal text will be one of the most popular, pre-eminent, and respected newspapers in the US and the world: The New York Times. You will be expected to access the online version of the Times on a daily basis, read through it, print off relevant articles, and bring them to class as needed. Throughout the course, we will use articles and images from the newspaper as models of effective or ineffective rhetoric.

By the end of the semester, you should be able to

  • identify and respond to the basic elements in the social context of writing: audience, purpose, self-presentation.
  • approach writing as a recursive process that requires collaboration with others and multiple revised drafts.
  • explore strategies for generating and organizing ideas, reviewing and revising drafts, and editing and proofreading a polished product.
  • read print and electronic sources critically to identify an author's audience, purpose, claims, reasons, and evidence.
  • locate popular secondary sources in the library and on the Internet, evaluate their usefulness and credibility, incorporate them into an essay, and cite them.
  • define, identify, and avoid plagiarism.
  • be attentive to the rules and conventions of Standard Written American English.

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  1. Diana Hacker, A Writer's Reference , 5th ed. (Bedford/St. Martin's). This handbook is the official writing manual for NKU and will provide all the information you need about style, format, grammar, usage, mechanics, citing sources, etc. Keep this book as a reference tool through all your college years. Do not sell it at the end of the semester because many of your professors at NKU will expect you to have it.
  2. The New York Times. This newspaper will be your "textbook." You will need to register for the online version, which is available free of charge. To do so, go to the registration page of the online version of The New York Times and follow the instructions.
  3. Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Henry Holt and Company, 2001. This book will be the focus of our online discussions outside of formal class meetings and the subject of the final writing assignment for the course.
  4. A good paperback dictionary and thesaurus.
  5. Computer access and an NKU email account. You will need computer access for reading articles on the internet, corresponding by email, and wordprocessing all assignments. You must also make sure that your NKU email account is activated (click here). If you wish to use a different email account, have your NKU email forwarded to that account (to find out how, click here).
  6. Floppy disk(s) with protective carrying case and/or CD-ROMs with protective carrying case and/or a flash drive.
  7. $10.00+. Be prepared to spend about $10.00 to print online articles, photocopying research material from the library, and photocopying one of your draft papers for the entire class (18 copies).

Always bring A Writer's Reference and a computer disk, flash drive, etc. to every class. No exceptions.

Note about computer classroom environment:
You will sometimes be in a computer classroom for this course and you may have some “free time” to work on assignments, essays, or explore the internet on issues discussed in class and in the texts. You will, therefore, need to have all resources available to you, including access to your computer files. NKU supports MS Windows XP and MS Word 2003 as its software; if you use some other wordprocessing software, you will need to learn how to convert it to MS Word 2003 for use in the computer classroom. It is your responsibility to make sure that you can access work from your computer disk, flash drive, etc. for class.

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NOTA BENE: Failure to complete any assignment will result in an automatic "F" for your final grade

Submission of Papers:
When submitting an essay, you will submit a portfolio that includes all work that led up to the essay (outline, handwritten notes, research notes, drafts, revisions, workshop reviews, etc.) to show the process you went through to write the essay. You must also include a brief "process review" in which you reflect on the challenges you faced and the accomplishments you achieved in writing that particular essay. All of the components within the portfolio must be completed and submitted on time according to the course schedule. Neglect of these directions will result in a significant grade reduction or even a failing grade for an individual portfolio. You are responsible for the safe, on-time delivery of assignments, so I urge you to submit them to me personally in class and to keep both printed and electronic copies.

Method of Evaluation:
Major assignments will be graded according to the grading standards set out by the Writing Instruction Program at NKU:

Outstanding, Unique, Exceptional Achievement A
Exceeds All or Most Expectations B
Meets All or Most Expectations C
Meets on Some or Few Expectations D/F

Other assignments, such as the annotated bibliography and exercises, will be graded on a Meeting Expectations (check) and Not Meeting Expectations (check-minus) system. At the end of the semester, you will receive one grade for all these short assignments based on the level of "Meeting Expectations" (that is, how many of them received checks):

90% or more receiving checks A
80-89% receiving checks B
70-79% receiving checks C
60-69% receiving checks D
< 60% receiving checks F

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This is a web-enchanced course. The course will involve electronic reading, writing, researching, etc. We will communicate via email. Check your email regularly as, occasionally, I will post announcements. I will offer a brief tutorial for students who have not used email. You are also expected to consult the course website on a regular basis as it will be updated frequently.

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The Writing Center will assist you, "free" of charge, with any part of your writing process: creating a topic, generating ideas, developing a research strategy, drafting, revising, etc. I strongly encourage you to visit the Writing Center at least once during the semester for additional help and feedback. Students who go to the Writing Center at least twice (for two different papers) will receive extra credit . When you go, bring your assignment sheet and any materials you are working on. The Writing Center is located on the Highland Heights Campus in the Learning Assistance Center, Founders' Hall 209 (tel. 859-572-5475). You will need to go in person to make your very first appointment with them, but then can make future appointments online at TutorTrac.

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You must contribute to the class by attending, participating, working seriously and constructively, and participating actively in workshops, be it in the form of presenting a draft paper or critiquing the work of your peers. General performance in these workshops can result in borderline grades being raised or lowered. Lack of a workshop presentation will lower the final grade for the course by one full letter grade.

Presenting one of your essay drafts to the class is a course requirement. Please be assured that the class workshop is not nearly as intimidating as it sounds. In fact, most students want to present more than one paper once they discover how useful this practice is. You can also depend on me to keep the discussion about your essay positive, so you need not fear any embarrassment.

More information on exactly how the workshops will be conducted can be found at the link on draft workshops for this course.

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Because this course is accelerated and will be completed in only eight weeks, the workload will follow the 3-for-1 rule: for every hour you spend in class, expect to spend a minimum of three hours outside of class reading, writing, researching, or studying.

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This course is a collaborative one and, therefore, a high value is placed on the role of the community (the students and the instructor) with respect to thinking and writing. Class attendance, therefore, is crucial, and you will be expected to arrive to class on time and to stay for its duration. Please be advised of the attendance policy:

  • 2 absences = one letter grade reduction of your final grade
  • 3 absences = failing grade for the course

Want to know why I--as well as many other university instructors--think attendance is important? Read the following articles (PDF format):

  1. Dr. Jonathan Reynolds (History), " Attendance is part of the price students pay for public education," The Northerner (26 Jan. 2005).
  2. Debbie Behler (NKU student), " One's attendance can affect others," The Northerner (2 Feb. 2005).

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Simply put, I do not accept late work. The syllabus, essay assignments, workshops, and due dates for this course are sufficiently detailed that there is NO reason for any work to submitted late. An essay portfolio drops one letter grade if it is not submitted by the required date and time, and it continues to drop one letter grade each day thereafter. Due dates may only be missed without penalty in extraordinary circumstances (i.e. a medical emergency for which you can provide me with a doctor's note within one week of your absence). If a student misses a class and submits the assignment to the instructor's office or email account, it is considered late. Computer malfunctions cannot be an excuse, so please do not wait until the last moment to print an assignment and be sure to keep backup copies on a floppy disk and, if possible, the hard drive of your home computer. Free Late Privilege: You may hand in one portfolio a day later to my office on the Highland Heights Campus without penalty. It is prudent to save this privilege for an unexpected situation. This privilege is optional and not negotiable.

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Please turn off cell phones and pagers for the duration of the class. In order to maintain an environment that fosters open discussion of appropriate topics in an inviting atmosphere, discriminatory or blatantly rude language will not be permitted, nor will personal attacks on any individual. You are responsible for being respectful and courteous in class discussion and in writing, including your email messages. It's the right thing to do-plus, showing respect to your audience will make you more persuasive.

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In A Dictionary of the English Language of 1755, Samuel Johnson defines plagiarism as "Theft: literary adoption of the thoughts or works of another." All work submitted must be written exclusively for this course and is subject to the NKU Student Honor Code. The use of sources (ideas, quotations, argument structures, and paraphrases) must be properly documented. Plagiarism and other forms of cheating will not be tolerated.

The Honor Code is a commitment to the highest degree of ethical integrity in academic conduct, a commitment that, individually and collectively, the students of Northern Kentucky University will not lie, cheat, or plagiarize to gain an academic advantage over fellow students or avoid academic requirements.

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Students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic adjustments, auxiliary aids or services, etc.) for this course must register with the Disability Services Office (DSO). Please contact the DSO in the University Center, Room 320, immediately, or call 859-572-6373 for more information. Verification of your disability is required by the DSO for you to receive reasonable academic accommodation. Further details can be found at the DSO website.

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By deciding to stay in this section of ENG 101, you are agreeing to all parts of this syllabus. In fairness to everyone, the syllabus must apply equally to all students without exception. This course syllabus is in accordance with the NKU Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. All of the above is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

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Revised 22 August 2005
Tamara O'Callaghan
Northern Kentucky University

This syllabus format and design, as well as several assignments, are based on those of
Dr. Jonathan Cullick, WIP Director, and Mr. Eric Mast and Mr. Darrin McMillen, Department of Literature & Language, NKU.

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