Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: DENG-0301- Section: 1H
Foundations of Composition
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Instructor Information
Instructor Anne Christine Rudholm
Phone(409) 984-6330
Location:Educational I - Room: 131
Hours:By appointment only.
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 Score of 340+ (with an Essay Score of 0-3) or TSI Placement Score of 330-339 (with an Essay Score of 4).
Learning Outcomes 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.

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.

All of the readings assigned this semester are available online for free.
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Syllabus review, initial grammar diagnostic
Week 2: Grammar Games, Part 1 MLA formatting workshop
Week 3: Practice Descriptive Essay, elements of narrative
Week 4: Library visit, intro to research
Week 5: Elements of narration, Practice Narrative Essay
Week 6: Peer Review, Grammar Games, Part 2
Week 7: Process Analysis, group activity based on process fluency
Week 8: Grammar check-up mid-term, Practice Process Essay
Week 9: Process Peer Review, Intro to Comparison
Week 10: Showcase Showdown group activity, Practice Etymology/Definition Essay
Week 11: Grammar Games, Part 3, sentence building workshop
Week 12: Etymology/Definition Peer Review, Intro to Argument
Week 13: Cover Letter, Argument essay, Grammar Games, Part 4
Week 14: Response paper: What have we learned together; Cover Letter Peer Review
Week 15: Final Exam Prep, Final Exam (Grammar, Vocabulary, Short Essay)
Major Assignments

Week 2: Formatting workshop
Week 4: Library visit
Week 8: Mid-Term Exam
Week 11: Sentence-building workshop
Week 14: Cumulative response paper
Week 15: Final Exam

Final Exam Date May 10, 2021 - 12:0 AM   Through  May 10, 2021 - 11:59 PM
Grading Scale This foundation instruction is designed as a co-requisite, non-credit non-course-based option; therefore, students will receive grades of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory based on a traditional grading scale. Students who earn below 70% average for the semester will receive a grade of Unsatisfactory.
Determination of
Final Grade
Practice Essays and Paragraphs: 25%
Grammar Workshop: 25%
Library Literacy: 10%
Class Quizzes and Participation: 20%
Midterm and Final Exam: 20%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students with more than two absences from the course will receive an academic penalty to be determined by the instructor.

This is a hybrid course, meaning that everyone will meet in person half the time, and will be online the other half. Check blackboard updates and school email regularly for these scheduling concerns. Since we meet half the time in person, it is important that you show up. And of course, keep up with your online work as well.
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.