Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: ENGL-1301- Section: 73
Composition I
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Michelle Judice
Phone(409) 984-6352
Location:Student Success Center - Room: 129
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 (TSI complete) in reading and writing required.
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.
* 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.
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.

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.

NO textbook is necessary; all prose and poetry as well as essay directions and examples plus formatting instructions will be provided in Blackboard folders.
Lecture Topics
Link to Student Handbook section, page 30, on plagiarism:

Plagiarism means the appropriation of another person's work or idea and the unacknowledged incorporation of that work or idea into one's own work offered for credit.

All essays will be submitted through Blackboard's Safe Assign link


This IS a composition class and the only way to improve one's writing is to actually write! STUDENTS MUST TAKE THE FINAL TO PASS THE CLASS.

If a student is caught plagiarizing, the grade is a 0. There is NO makeup assignment for a plagiarized paper.
If he/she is plagiarizes a second time, an F will be given for the final course grade.
Major Assignments

Week 1 (June 7 - 11) Essay 1: Narrative essay, Due Sunday June13 by midnight
Week 2: (June 14 -18) Essay 2: Description essay, Due Sunday June 20 by midnight
Week 3: (June 21 - 25) Essay 3: Process Analysis (how-to) essay Due Sunday June 27 by midnight
Week 4: (June 28 - July 2) Essay 4: Comparison-Contrast essay Due Sunday July 4 by midnight
Week 5: (July 5 - 9) Essay 5/Final: Argumentation-Persuasion essay/Final Due Sunday July 11 by midnight

ALL Discussions Due on Sundays at midnight (2 per week = ten points each)

Final Exam Date July 9, 2021 - 8:0 AM   Through  July 11, 2021 - 11:30 PM
Grading Scale 90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F

Please see/use ten category 1301 Essay Grading Rubric.
Determination of
Final Grade
Discussions: 10%; Essay #1: 10%, Essays 2, 3, 4: 20% each; Final: 20%
Plagiarism: A grade of 0 for first time (whatever the assignment is). An F for the entire course if it happens again. Ignorance is NOT a defense. Students MUST know exactly what plagiarism is and the consequences if it is committed. Plagiarism is a serious offense at the college level and will be dealt with as such.

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.
Link to Student Handbook 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.
4. 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.
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! This IS a composition class and the only way to improve one's writing is to actually write! STUDENTS MUST TAKE THE FINAL TO PASS THE CLASS.
If a student is caught plagiarizing the grade is a 0. There is NO makeup assignment for a plagiarized paper. If he/she is plagiarizes a second time, the student will be asked not to return and an F will be given for the final course grade.
Attendance Policy Since this is an online summer Session class, which means we move at a very fast pace, attendance is more a matter of participation. This means students need to stay caught up with Discussions and Essay assignments.
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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Other Plagiarism will be seriously dealt with and a 0 grade given the first time and an F for the class on the second offense. PLEASE don't cheat.

Discussions MUST be a minimum of 300 words EACH.
Essays MUST be in (Modern Language Association) MLA format.

Final note/thought: I am here for you to talk to. PLEASE let me know if life is falling apart, you need extra help, or don't understand something, but don't wait until it is too late. This class IS a lot of work but IF you stay current on assignments and seriously try, you can make it through this class. You have to do some work (writing) for me to help you and that is what I REALLY want to do. But, as my, from the back woods of Maine grandmother used to tell me, "The Lord helps those who help themselves." I can only do so much; you have to participate , pay attention, follow directions, and work hard :-)

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.