Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Spring 2018 Course Syllabus

ENGL-1301-72 - English Composition I

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Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2018
InstructorJudice, Michelle Whitney
Phone(409) 984-6352
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Hours:MWF 1:30-3:30, TR 12:30-3:30 and at your convenience by appointment
Building:Student Success Center (SSC)
MyLamarPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLamarPA campus web portal ( When you’ve logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the “My Courses” tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLamarPA.
Course Information
Course Number11992
Course 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.
Course Prerequisites Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.
Required Textbooks 1. Readings for Writers, 14th Edition, McCuen-Metherell & Winkler,
Publisher: Cengage Learning, ISBN: 978-1-111-83706-8
4. MUST HAVE BOOK & USB. Black ink pens only.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. A student with several absences will suffer a grade reduction. Because this is a totally on-line class, your attendance is gaged by you checking in to the class on Blackboard and participating (in Discussions and/or written Assignments).
Course Grading Scale Please see/use ten category 1301 Essay Grading Rubric.
Determination of Final Grade Two-page essays: 50%, Reading Quizzes, Response papers 30%, and Final 20%. Extra credit opportunities (three maximum) will be offered throughout the semester & added onto class grade at the end.

Final Exam Date May 4, 2018 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 6, 2018 - 11:59 PM
Major Assignments Week 1: Log into Blackboard, write Discussion, take PSLO, read syllabus,
Week 2: Log on to LamarPA. Review Degree Plan. Google: Netiquette Review recommendations of how to properly email an instructor. Read MLA setup. Google Plagiarism and KNOW exactly what it is and why it is not tolerated.
Google: Six Traits Good Writing (KNOW what they are and why they are important); Grammar/Punctuation; Diagnostic (practice)
Week 3: Review/Discuss Narration
Week 4: Essay #1: Narration
Week 5: Review/Discuss Description
Week 6: Grammar/Punctuation
Week 7: Essay #2: Description
Week 8: Review/Discuss Process Analysis
Week 9: Essay #3: Process Analysis
Week 10: Review/Discuss Compare/Contrast
Week 11: Essay #4: Compare/Contrast
Week 12: Review/Discuss Argumentation/Persuasion
Week 13: Essay #5, Argumentation/Persuasion
Week 14: PSLO Post-Test; Review and Final (vocabulary and essay)
Vocabulary, Reading Quizzes, Response Papers, MyWritingLab, and Final
No make-up work. No late work accepted. No outside editing/revising.
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Week 1: Please read above.
Week 2: have already taken PSLO Pre-Test. Carefully have read syllabus. Have logged on to Blackboard and gone through each folder, examining what will be required in this course. Review Degree Plan. Netiquette Review.
Totally familiar with MLA setup (ALL essays and papers MUST be in this format or they will suffer minimum 10-point grade reduction).
KNOW the Six Traits of Good Writing, Grammar/Punctuation; Week 3: Review/Discuss Narration
Week 4: Essay #1: Narration
Week 5:Review/Discuss Description
Week 6: Grammar/Punctuation
Week 7: Essay #2: Description
Week 8: Review/Discuss Process Analysis
Week 9: Essay #3: Process Analysis
Week 10: Review/Discuss Compare/Contrast
Week 11: Essay #4: Compare/Contrast
Week 12: Review/Discuss Argumentation/Persuasion
Week 13: Essay #5, Argumentation/Persuasion
Week 14: PSLO Post-Test; Review and Final (vocabulary and essay)
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
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.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA : Reading skills- Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills ďż˝ Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills ďż˝ Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
Helps the team move forward by discussing merits of alternative ideas; Treats team members respectfully; uses positive facial, vocal or written tone, or language to convey a positive attitude; Motivates teammates by expressing confidence about the importance of the task; Provides assistance/encouragement to team members; Completes all assigned tasks by deadline; Addresses conflict constructively; or helps the group avoid conflict completely.
PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills ďż˝ Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross- relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application.

Course Student Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes.(PSLO 1)measured by essay rubric.
2. Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution.(PSLO 1 & 4)measured by class discussion/team work and essay rubric.
3. Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose.(PSLO 2)measured by essay rubric.
4. Read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts.(PSLO 1,4,6, Alpha)measured by class discussion discussion & essay rubric, Pre-test/Post-test.
5. Use Edited American English in academic essays. (PSLO 2)measured by essay rubric.
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
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

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

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    PLEASE let me know what I can do to help you make it through this semester. IF you do not tell/ask me, I cannot help :-) I will work with you; come talk to me. Cell phones MUST be put out of sight in either backpack or handbag. If student is seen glancing at/checking a phone, cheating (internet access, essays, etc.) will be assumed and student will be asked to leave immediately. PAPER BEING WORKED ON WILL BE GIVEN A 0, zero. Again, PLEASE PUT PHONES ON VIBRATE WHEN ENTERING AND DO NOT HAVE THEM OUT IN CLASS. PS: PLEASE do NOT use ear buds/headphones during class as students wearing these miss valuable instructions and cause the instructor to have to repeat the directions.
Additional Information (Some of this does not apply to the totally on-line section). The parts about all of the work being YOUR OWN definitely do apply. There is NO opportunity to re-write any assignment that is plagiarized, whether intentional or not.
ALL of the writing in this class must be written by the student enrolled in the class without any outside help. The essays are in-class assignments.
Link to Student Handbook section, page 30, on plagiarism:
“Plagiarism” means the appropriation of another person’s work or idea and the unacknowledged incorporation that work or idea into one’s own work offered for credit.
4. “Collusion” means the unauthorized collaboration with another person preparing work for credit.
All essays will be submitted through Blackboard's Safe Assign link and a hard copy will also be submitted at the end of class.

Students will be asked to leave the classroom immediately if caught texting. If caught twice, they will not be allowed to return. NO LATE WORK. NO MAKE-UP WORK. MUST bring flash drive & book to class EVERY TIME we meet. This class can be a lot of fun even though your favorite activity may not be writing. Just be forewarned: we write and write and write and ... you get the picture! STUDENTS MUST TAKE THE FINAL TO PASS THE CLASS.
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 Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations 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.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to 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 programs.

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.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

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.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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