Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: ENGL-1302- Section: 76E
English Composition II
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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 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 re
Prerequisites ENGL 1301 Composition I or its equivalent.
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative research processes.
Develop ideas and synthesize primary and secondary sources within focused academic arguments, including
one or more research-based essays.
Analyze, interpret, and evaluate a variety of texts for the ethical and logical uses of evidence.
Write in a style that clearly communicates meaning, builds credibility, and inspires belief or action.
Apply the conventions of style manuals for specific academic disciplines (e.g., APA, CMS, MLA, etc.)
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
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.

There is no textbook requirement for this course. Reading assignments will be posted free of charge as PDFs and weblinks on the course Blackboard page.
Lecture Topics
Each week we will cover a selection of literature ranging from fictional short stories to poetry to drama. Each week students will be asked to read the assigned works, post in a Discussion Board every Wednesday (answering prompts and questions), and complete a 2-3 page MLA formatted Response Paper based on the weekly readings and discussions; these Response Papers count for almost half of the entire grade for the semester, so they need to be taken seriously and submitted on time in order to succeed in this class. After Spring break, there will be a heavily weighted Research Paper, and we will spend 3 weeks working on this assignment together; you will have multiple parts to this large research paper, and you need to receive my approval on each step before moving on to the next. There will be a Midterm Exam before we break for Spring Break and a Final Exam the last week of the semester. I will also assign pop quizzes over the readings if at any point I feel that students are not engaged in the discussions or reading the assigned texts.
Major Assignments

Week 1: Welcome/Syllabus/Schedule/Discussion Board/ Writing Exercise
Week 2: Fiction/ Discussion Board (DB)/Response Paper (RP)
Week 3: Fiction/DB/RP
Week 4: Fiction/DB/RP
Week 5: Fiction/DB/RP
Week 6: Poetry/DB/RP
Week 7: Poetry/DB/RP
Week 8: Midterm Exam
Week 9: *Spring Break*
Week 10: Research Paper: Topic/Preliminary Bibliography
Week 11: Research Paper: Outline/Quotations
Week 12: Research Paper Due
Week 13: Drama/DB/Quiz
Week 14: Drama/DB/Quiz
Week 15: Drama/DB/RP
Week 16: Final review/ Final Exam
Final Exam Date May 5, 2021 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 5, 2021 - 10:30 AM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
10% - Midterm Exam
10% - Final Exam
15% - Assignments/Quizzes
25% - Research Paper
40% - Response Papers

I hope to complete our Final Exam requirements during the last week of class so that we can finish everything by the last day of class on Wednesday, May 5.
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. Therefore, it's important for each student to check his/her email and class homepage often.

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. The first instance of plagiarism will result in a "0" for the assignment. The second instance will result in expulsion from the course.

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 Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students with more than three unexcused absences will receive an academic penalty in the form of a grade reduction. Excessive tardiness will, likewise, have an effect on your grade.
As an online course, your "attendance" will be noted by your log in access dates on Blackboard, which can be seen by the instructor. Additionally, I will be providing weekly discussion posts in which a student must respond in order to be counted "present" and "participating" in the class.
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.