Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: DENG-0301- Section: 3H
Foundations of Composition
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Instructor Information
Instructor Jeremy Belyeu
Phone(409) 984-6436
Location:Student Success Center - Room: 130
Hours:T: 9-11, 1-3; W: 9-1; R: 9-12
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
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 TSI placement scores indicate that students would benefit from a non-course based option (NCBO) as a co-enrollment requirement for ENGL 1301 Composition I. Students are placed in this course based on TSI numbers, successful completion of base competency courses such as DENG 0410 and 0110, and/or advisory discretion.
Learning Outcomes Learning outcomes correspond to those for ENGL 1301 Composition 1, namely:

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
writing assignments.
Edit writing to conform to the conventions of standard English.
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 (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.
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Hawkes Learning's Foundations of English course software is required for successful completion of the course. The lessons provided will supplement instruction in basic grammar and usage and improve the developing students' consistency and quality of writing. An access code for the software can be purchased by registering at learn.hawkeslearning.com and accessing our course (DENG 0301-3H 12354). Grades for the lessons completed through the Hawkes software will be displayed in the Blackboard gradebook. COMPLETION OF THE HAWKES LEARNING MATERIAL IS REQUIRED TO EARN A SATISFACTORY GRADE (S) FOR DENG 0301.

ISBN: 978-1-941552-55-1
Lecture Topics
Throughout the semester, students must complete the lessons and assignments in Hawkes Learning software corresponding to the following areas of study. Completion of this material is required for success in the course and makes up 50% of students' grades in the course:

5.1    Determining a Style for Writing
5.2    Using an Appropriate Tone
5.3    Maintaining Consistency in Tense and Person
5.4    Correcting Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
5.5    Using Word and Sentence Variety
5.6    Using Parallelism, Coordination, and Subordination
5.7    Using Active and Passive Voice
5.8    Emphasizing Words or Phrases
5.9    Choosing Clear, Concise, and Vivid Words
5.10    Using Inclusive Language
5.11    Proofreading Sentences for Style

7.1    Preparing to Write a Longer Text
7.2    Understanding Genre and Purpose
7.3    Choosing a Topic and Scope for a Longer Text
7.4    Writing a Thesis or Purpose Statement
7.5    Organizing and Outlining a Longer Text
7.6    Writing with Technology
7.7    Writing a First Draft
7.8    Using Paragraphs Effectively
7.9    Revising a Longer Text
7.10    Participating in a Peer Review
7.11    Submitting a Longer Text

8.1    Researching and Writing Responsibly
8.2    Making a Research Plan
8.3    Organizing the Research Process
8.4    Identifying Types of Sources
8.5    Evaluating the Credibility of Sources
8.6    Applying MLA Styles and Formatting
Major Assignments
Week 1: Introductions, Diagnostic, Writing Warm-Up
Week 2: Formatting workshop, Hawkes software sign-up
Week 3: Vocabulary
Week 4: Grammar Check-up
Week 5/6: Sentence Building
Week 7: Main Ideas/Details
Week 8: Mid-Term Check-Up
Week 9: Intros and Conclusions
Week 10: Practicum: The Cover Letter
Week 11: Research: Works Cited Page
Week 12/13: Hawkes Wrap-up, Persuasive Tutorial
Week 14: Cumulative Response Paper
Week 15/16: Final Exam Review, Final Exam

Major assignments are designed to support the successful completion of Composition I and are subject to the instructor's discretion.

Final Exam Date May 6, 2021 - 11:0 AM   Through  May 6, 2021 - 1:30 PM
Grading Scale This foundational instruction is designed as a co-requisite, non-credit non-course-based option (NCBO); therefore, students will receive grades of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory based on a traditional grading scale. Students who earn below a 70% average for the semester will receive a grade of Unsatisfactory.
Determination of
Final Grade
Hawkes Learning assignments: 50%
Supplemental writing activities: 30%
Participation, discussion: 10%
Final Exam: 10%


Course Policies
Instructor Policies Email is the easiest way to get in touch with me (belyeujc@lamarpa.edu). Please remember to include our class name AND section in the subject line (ex. DENG 0301-3H).
Attendance Policy This is a hybrid course with a small enrollment, meaning that everyone will meet once a week in person on Tuesday from 11:00-12:15 in MM101 unless otherwise notified. During our in-person meetings, I will instruct you and explain my expectations for the online materials I expect you to complete throughout the week. I reserve the right--if I think you need additional instruction--to schedule a virtual meeting during the week (probably on Thursday at 11:00 am since our class is scheduled as a Tuesday/Thursday hybrid course.) I will be in my office every Thursday at that time, so feel free to come by and/or schedule a meeting during that time for additional instruction/tutoring or help with your English Comp assignments.

Since we meet in person just once a week, it is very important that you SHOW UP for those meetings. You signed up for the course on that day and time, so it shouldn't be a problem. Students who miss more than THREE (3) in-person Tuesday meetings during the semester will receive a grade of UNSATISFACTORY (U) for the course unless circumstances warrant a reprieve. It's a long semester. Use your absences wisely (if you must.)
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.
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal (My.LamarPA.edu). 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 MyLSCPA.
Other A few notes on plagiarism: Don't cheat. Don't have someone else write your papers, or buy work from an online source. Don't copy and paste online material and try to pass it off as your own. I will know. The first offense will result in a zero on the assignment. The second offense will mean an automatic dismissal from the course and a failing grade.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.