Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: ENGL-1302- Section: 72
English Composition II
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Instructor Information
Instructor Caitlin James
Phone(409) 984-6415
Location:Student Center - Room: 416
Hours:By appointment only.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description Intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 or its equivalent Note: Students whose degree plan requires both English 1301 and 1302 must take these courses in sequence.
Prerequisites Basic skills competency in reading and writing required. Students whose degree plan requires both English 1301 and 1302 must take these courses in sequence.
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes. (PSLO Alpha, 1) Measured by pre-test /post-test, essay rubric.
2. Develop ideas and synthesize primary and secondary sources within focused academic arguments, including one or more research-based essays.(PSLO 1 & 4) Measured by class discussion, team work, and essay rubric.
3. Analyze, interpret, and evaluate a variety of texts for the ethiical and logical uses of evidence. (PSLO 1 & 2) Meaured by essay rubric.
4. Write in a style that clearly communicates meaning, builds credibility, and inspires belief and action.
(PSLO 1,2,6) Measured by class discussion and essay rubric.
5. Apply the conventions of style manuals for specific academic disciplines (e.g., MLA writing style). (PSLO 2) Measured by essay rubric.
Core Objectives
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.
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.

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.

Textbooks No textbook required. All readings are public domain and will be attached to assignments by a pdf or website link.
Suggested- Literature: A Pocket Anthology- 6th ed. Sam Gwynn
ISBN: 9780321942746

Lecture Topics
Major Assignments
Week 1: Logging On, Meet & Greet, Literary/Critical Analysis introduction
Week 2: Short stories and discussion questions
Week 3: Short stories and discussion questions
Week 4: Short stories and discussion questions, E1
Week 5: Short stories and discussion questions
Week 6: Short stories and discussion questions
Week 7: Data bases, library, works cited, E2
Week 8: Research Papers
Week 9: Research Papers
Week 10: Research Papers
Week 11: Research Papers
Week 12: Poetry, RP due
Week 13: Poetry
Week 14: Poetry
Week 15: E3
Week 16: Final exam

Final Exam Date May 9, 2019 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 14, 2019 - 5:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Essay#1 15%
Essay#2 15%
Essay#3 15%
Discussion Questions 15%
Research paper 25%
Final 15%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Attendance Policy Online class attendance (logging in to course through LSCPA Blackboard) is recorded and monitored bi-weekly by instructor. Assignment due dates are set to notify instructor of all student submissions, and punitive grade deductions will be amassed by each subsequent day late.
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.