Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: ENGL-1301- Section: 72
Composition I
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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 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 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.

We will be reading and responding to a series of stories in PDF format throughout the semester. Links to these texts will be provided on the class Blackboard page. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY A TEXTBOOK FOR THIS COURSE.
Lecture Topics
Weeks 1/2: Beginnings, Preliminary writing activity
Weeks 3/4: Narrative examples, Response
Week 5: Narrative Essay
Weeks 6/7: Description examples, Response
Week 8: Descriptive Essay
Week 9: Process Analysis, Response
Week 10: Process Essay, Choose Research Project Subject
Week 11/12: Research, MLA Citations, Cause and Effect Essay
Week 13: Argument examples, Response
Week 14/15: Argument Essay, Annotated Bibliography and Presentation due
Major Assignments
Week 4: Essay #1: Narration
Week 7: Essay #2: Description
Week 9: Essay #3: Division/Classification Due
Week 11: Essay #4: Compare/Contrast Due
Week 13: Essay #5, Argumentation/Persuasion
Week 14/15: Final Project

Final Projects will be completed and presented on May 3-5 before Final Exam Week begins on Thursday, May 6. Therefore, practically speaking, there is no "final exam" in this course.

Final Exam Date May 3, 2021 - 8:0 AM   Through  May 5, 2021 - 8:0 PM
Grading Scale While focusing on your grades, consider this: students caught cheating on an assignment receive a zero on the assignment. NO EXCEPTIONS. Students caught cheating a second time automatically fail the course. Don't cheat.
Determination of
Final Grade
Two-page essays: 50%, Reading Quizzes and Response Papers: 30%, and Final Project: 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. Students are expected to submit assignments electronically based on the instructor's discretion and/or practical circumstances. All due dates will be posted clearly in the class announcements as well as the actual assignment. Each student will receive an email to his/her MyLamar account when a new announcement is posted. Most essay assignments/drafts will be due at least a week after the assignment is posted.
Here is a link to the LSCPA Student Handbook, Academic Dishonesty 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.

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.

Assignments must be submitted on or before the due date for full credit. NO LATE WORK. NO MAKE-UP WORK. 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!
Attendance Policy Although this is an online course, students are expected to contribute to class discussions and participate in virtual group chats whenever necessary based on instructor discretion. Failure to follow directions and/or pay attention to class announcements/emails will result in failure of the course.
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.
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.