Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: ENGL-1301- Section: 80E
Composition I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Chelsey Galloway
Phone(409) 984-7321
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 207B
Hours:Virtual Office Hours: MWF 9-10am; TR 10-11am; Afternoons available by appointment.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

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Course Information
Description Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes.
Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution.
Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose.
Use Edited American English in academic essays.
Core Objectives Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral, and visual communication.
Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points on view.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills-- Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material; Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; Demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Lecture Topics
Students should be prepared to write, then write, and then write some more! (I mean, hey, it is an English class after all!) The course is designed around 5 Major Essays (Narrative, Descriptive, Process Analysis, Compare/Contrast, and Argumentative/Persuasion) worth 70% of the total grade for the semester, and all other written assignments are designed to prepare for and execute these major essays. Students will be asked to participate in weekly Discussion Boards as well as completing other written assignments leading up to each major essay assignment. Students are provided with a Content Folder in Blackboard for each type of essay, in which they will find the many resources available to help them learn about these 5 forms of Academic Essay. Grammar instruction will be provided on each written assignment to help personalize the information to each students' needs.
Major Assignments

Week 1: Introduction to course and classmates/ Syllabus/ PSLO Pre-test
Week 2: Grammar and Punctuation Exercise/ MLA format/ Writing Exercise #1
Week 3: Essay #1 Narration Discussion/ Topic Approval
Week 4: Essay #1 Narration Outline/ Workshop/ Due Date
Week 5: Essay #2 Description Discussion/ Topic Approval
Week 6: Essay #2 Description Outline/ Workshop/ Due Date
Week 7: Revise and Resubmit Essays #1 and #2
Week 9: Essay #3 Process Analysis Discussion/Topic Approval
Week 10: Essay #3 Outline/ Workshop/ Due Date
Week 11: Essay #4 Compare and Contrast Discussion/ Topic Approval
Week 12: Essay #4 Compare and Contrast Outline/ Workshop/ Due Date
Week 13: Essay #5 Argumentation and Persuasion Discussion/ Topic Approval
Week 14: Essay #5 Argumentation and Persuasion Outline/ Workshop/ Due Date
Week 15: Revise and Resubmit Essay #3 and #4; PSLO Post-test
Week 16: Final Exam Review/ Final Exam

Final Exam Date December 9, 2020 - 12:00 AM   Through  December 10, 2020 - 11:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
5% - Attendance and Participation
5% - Final Exam
20% - Daily Grades (Writing Exercises, Revisions, Outlines, Quizzes, Other Assignments)
70% - (5) Essays
Course Policies
Instructor Policies All of the writing in this class must be written by the student enrolled in the class without any outside help.
***Plagiarism policy will be discussed in in further detail; first offense will result in a 0 for the assignment, and the second offense will result in failing the class.*** Ignorance is not a defense. The Plagiarism Contract will be read in class and signed by each student who verifies he/she understands exactly what plagiarism is and the consequences if it is committed. Plagiarism is a serious offense and will be dealt with as such.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students with more than three unexcused absences will receive an academic penalty in the form of a grade reduction. Excessive tardiness will, likewise, have an effect on your grade.
As an online course, your "attendance" will be noted by your log in access dates on Blackboard, which can be seen by the instructor. Additionally, I will be providing weekly discussion posts in which a student must respond in order to be counted "present" and "participating" in the class. Your attendance and participation in my course counts for 5% of your overall grade, and I will be deducting points for lack of participation in our group discussions.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other I will be grading your essays using a ten category 1301 Essay Grading Rubric, which I will provide for you at the beginning of the semester. I will be posting your grades on Blackboard for you to access at any point throughout the semester. If you would like to meet with me about your grade, then you will need to schedule an appointment with me.

***Communication is key. I receive emails directly to my phone, and I am quick to respond. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns at any point in the semester, please feel free to reach out to me. There is no need for you to go through the semester with any unanswered questions or unaddressed issues. I am here to assist you in any way that I can, and I want everyone to get the most out of their online experience this semester!
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.