ENGL-0310-03 - Developmental Writing I
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2016 Course Syllabus
ENGL-0310-03 - Developmental Writing I
|Instructor||Brooks, Chandra G.|
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|Course Prerequisites||There are no prerequisites for English 0310. Students are registered into this course due to placement scores.|
|Required Textbooks||My Foundations Lab Plus Access Code|
LSC-PA maintains attendance and participation requirements for all students enrolled in developmental courses. These requirements apply to all developmental students: THEA, non-THEA, and THEA-exempt. Use your allocated absences for ALL of your personal needs. Employment, personal appointments and continuing legal/medical appointment are not e4xemptions from these guidelines. If this class conflicts with your work schedule, continuing medical/legal appointments, or other activities see an admissions advisor immediately. We offer a variety of day, evening, hybrid, and online courses.
Class begins as scheduled and does not end until the instructor dismisses the class. The student will be penalized for any instructional time that is missed. This includes arriving late, leaving early, and exiting the classroom for any reason. If a student leaves the classroom a second time during the same class period, he/she will not be allowed to return and these minutes will be deducted from the semester total.
Attendance counting begins on the first day the student is enrolled regardless of schedule changes. If a schedule change is made, absences that have been accumulated will carry over to the new section.
Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class meeting and turned in to the Attendance Compliance Office each week. No distinction will be made between excused and unexcused absences. All absences will be used to determine attendance penalties and are outlined as follows.
Attendance Penalties: After a student misses 300 minutes of class, the semester grade will be lowered according to the following scale:
301-375 One letter grade
376-450 Two letter grades
451-525 Three letter grades
If the grade is lowered to a "DD" or "F," the student will be required to repeat the course and take EDUC 1300 concurrently. The student may also be dropped from the course due to non-attendance or non-participation. The "F" carries an academic penalty.
|Course Grading Scale||
FD: Below 50
|Determination of Final Grade||
-Tests = 45% (Test 1-4 = 25% + Final Exam = 20%)
-Quizzes = 18% (Assignments & Test Reviews = 13% + F.E. Review= 5%)
-SSC Lab = 12%
-Writing Assignments = 25% (Drafts 7.7 - 7.15)
|Final Exam Date||May 5, 2016 - 8:00 AM Through May 5, 2016 - 7:00 PM|
Week 1-Week 3: Usage and Style, Formal English
Week 4-Week 6: Narrative and Descriptive Essays
Week 7-Week 8: Illustration and Process Essays
Week 9-Week 10: Compare/Contrast, Division/Classification Essays
Week 11-Week 12: Definition, Cause/Effect Essays
Week 13-Week 14: Argument Essays, the Research Process
Week 15-Week 16: Research cont'd.; Final Exam
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Test 1: Week 4
Test 2: Week 7
Test 3: Week 10
Test 4: Week 13
Final Exam (Comprehensive): Week 15
Writing assignments due at instructor's discretion.
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Compose a variety of texts that demonstrate clear focus, the logical development of ideas, and the use of appropriate language that advances the writer's purpose.
2. Determine and use effective approaches and rhetorical strategies for given writing circumstances.
3. Generate ideas and gather information relevant to the topic and purpose, incorporating the ideas and words of other writers in student writing using established strategies.
4. Evaluate relevance and quality of ideas and information to formulate and develop a claim.
5. Develop and use effective revision strategies to strengthen the writer's ability to compose college-level writing assignments.
6. Edit writing to conform to the conventions of standard English.
|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.|
|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 Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
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attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching
and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate
Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.
If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.
What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
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Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
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This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|