Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: ENGL-1301- Section: 50
Composition I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Jeremy Belyeu
Phone(409) 984-6436
Location:Student Success Center - Room: 130
Hours:MWF 12-2PM; TR 9-11AM
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
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 Basic skills competency in reading and writing required. Students must be TSI-compliant in writing or concurrently enrolled in a co-requisite foundations course.
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.
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 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 : Reading skills: Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
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 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.
Textbooks 1. Readings for Writers, 14th Edition, McCuen-Metherell & Winkler,
Publisher: Cengage Learning, ISBN: 978-1-111-83706-8
2. MUST HAVE & BRING BOOK & USB TO CLASS. Black ink pens only.
Lecture Topics
Week 1 & Week 2: Introduction to course, PSLO Pre-Test. Cover syllabus. Log on to LamarPA. Review Degree Plan. Netiquette Review. MLA setup.
Six Traits Good Writing; 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, Final practice paper
Week 15: Final (vocabulary and essay)
Major Assignments
Week 2: PSLO Pre-Test
Week 4: Essay #1: Narration Due
Week 7: Essay #2: Description Due
Week 9: Essay #3: Process Analysis Due
Week 11: Essay #4: Compare/Contrast Due
Week 13: Essay #5, Argumentation/Persuasion Due
Week 14: PSLO Post-Test
Week 15: Final (vocabulary and essay)
Final Exam Date May 13, 2019 - 6:00 PM   Through  May 13, 2019 - 8:30 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Two-page essays: 50%, Reading Quizzes, Response papers 30%, and Final 20%. Extra credit opportunities will be offered throughout the semester & added onto class grade at the end.


All essay grading will be based upon the ten-category ENGL 1301 Essay Rubric available on the class homepage.
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. 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.

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.
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. Missing more than what is allowed during the semester will result in a failure to meet class objectives. Excessive tardiness will, likewise, have an effect on the grade.
Three absences are allowed. Three tardies equal an absence. Please DO NOT disrupt the class by arriving late; it is not just distracting but it is also rude. I will be here, so I expect you to be.
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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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.