Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: DENG-0301- Section: 03
Foundations of Composition
|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||TSI Placement Score of 340+ (with an Essay Score of 0-3) or TSI Placement Score of 330-339 (with an Essay Score of 4)|
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
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.
Determine and use effective approaches and rhetorical strategies for given writing situations.
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.
Evaluate relevance and quality of ideas and information to formulate and develop a claim.
Develop and use effective revision strategies to strengthen the writer's ability to compose college-level
Edit writing to conform to the conventions of standard English.
* 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 of view.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA (LSCPA): Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading
material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills 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 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 Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical
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.
Pearson MyLabsPlus Access Code: MyFoundationsLab Integrated Reading/Writing + Math (and Study Skills)
(Available at class homepage www.lamarpa.mylabsplus.com or at campus bookstore)
Week 1: Syllabus review, initial grammar diagnostic
Week 2: Grammar Games, Part 1; MLA formatting workshop
Week 3: Practice Narrative Essay, elements of narrative
Week 4: Library visit, intro to research
Week 5: Elements of description, Practice Description Essay
Week 6: Peer Review, Grammar Games, Part 2
Week 7: Process Analysis, group activity based on process fluency
Week 8: Grammar check-up mid-term, Practice Process Essay
Week 9: Process Peer Review, Intro to Comparison
Week 10: Showcase Showdown group activity, Practice Compare/Contrast Essay
Week 11: Grammar Games, Part 3, sentence building workshop
Week 12: Compare/Contrast Peer Review, Intro to Argument
Week 13: Cover Letter, Argument essay, Grammar Games, Part 4
Week 14: Response paper: What have we learned together?; Cover Letter Peer Review
Week 15: Final Exam Prep, Final Exam (Grammar, Vocabulary, Short Essay)
Week 2: Formatting workshop
Week 4: Library visit
Week 8: Mid-Term Exam
Week 11: Sentence-building workshop
Week 14: Cumulative response paper
Week 15: Final Exam
|Final Exam Date||May 9, 2019 - 11:00 AM Through May 9, 2019 - 1:30 PM|
|Grading Scale||This foundation instruction is designed as a co-requisite, non-credit non-course-based option; therefore, students will receive grades of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory based on a traditional grading scale. Students who earn below 70% average for the semester will receive an grade of Unsatisfactory.|
Practice Essays and Paragraphs: 25%
Grammar Workshop: 25%
Library Literacy: 10%
Class Quizzes and Participation: 20%
Midterm and Final Exam: 20%
|Instructor Policies||Email is the easiest way to get in touch with me (email@example.com). Please remember to include our class name AND section in the subject line (ex. DENG 0301-03).|
|Attendance Policy||Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students with more than four absences from the course will receive an academic penalty to be determined by the instructor|
|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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
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|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|