ENG 1123: Composition B
Autumn Semester 2019
Section ST-02 — Tuesday/Friday 14:00-15:25 — Auditorium West
Professor: S. P. Cooper
E-mail Address: spcooper [at] rc [dot] edu
Office Location: Associates Music Centre
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 15:30-17:30
Rochester University Mission Statement
Rochester University prepares students for professional and personal success as they serve in God’s world.
English Department Course Description
Writing critical essays and researched papers. Reading and analyzing various argumentative texts. A final course grade of C or higher (73%-100%) is necessary in order to satisfy the Writing Proficiency Requirement for Rochester University.
Course Placement for ENG 1123
1. Placement or grade of C or better in
(a) ENG 1113 Composition A; or,
(b) HON 2013 Communication and Critical Thinking.
2. Students are also placed in ENG 1123 Composition B if they
(a) Score 600 or above in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing on the new SAT; or,
(b) Score 50 or above in English + Reading on the ACT test.
Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell, eds. Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology. 3rd ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2017. ISBN 978-1-319-06375-7.
Oxford English Dictionary
Students have access to the full Oxford English Dictionary online through the Rochester University Library reference portal. There are also computer programs and mobile applications available for purchase.
Chicago Manual of Style or MLA Handbook
Students who continue to write in the humanities will like be asked to employ one of these styles or another, similar style. Often, new versions will have substantial changes incorporating advances in technology. Older versions may not explain how to cite websites, blogs, social media, podcasts, &c. The current version of the Chicago Manual of Style is the seventeenth edition (ISBN: 978-0226287058), and the current version of the MLA Handbook is the eighth edition (ISBN: 978-1603292627). There are also a number of online resources for the most common citation guidelines from these texts.
Institutional Learning Goals
As part of our ongoing assessment program, this course addresses the following Institutional Learning Goals:
Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of written and verbal forms.
Students will be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and ethically use information, research tools, and methods across disciplines.
Programme Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to produce written texts and verbal presentations consistent with the standards suggested by the National Council of Teachers of English. (ILG: Communication Literacy)
Students will be able to access and evaluate sources of information; to synthesize, analyze, and integrate the arguments of sources; and to summarize, paraphrase, quote, and document sources in accordance with the conventions of scholarly research. (ILG: Information Literacy)
Course Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, students will be able to do the following:
1. Read and analyze a variety of texts, with special attention to rhetorical elements and techniques. (PLOs: Composition, Research)
2. Demonstrate effective writing, in compliance with Rochester University Writing Standards for grammar and syntax, style, punctuation, content, and organization, which are linked to on the Student Portal, Faculty Portal, and Library “Research Help” page. (PLO: Composition)
3. Produce unified, coherent analytical essays. (PLO: Composition)
4. Utilize the writing process, including pre-writing, drafting, peer reviewing, revising, and editing. (PLOs: Composition, Research)
5. Identify, locate, evaluate, and ethically cite information and research across disciplines (PLOs: Composition, Research)
6. Evaluate their development in the above areas and identify potential for further improvement. (PLOs: Composition, Research)
This course will feature 5 major projects along with less formal writing for in-class activities and homework. The lengths given below are minimums: the cover page, index, works cited page, et cetera do not count towards the paper length.
1. Summary and Response (750-1,000 words)
2. Rhetorical Analysis (1,000-1,250 words)
3. Annotated Bibliography (1,250-1,500 words)
4. Argumentative Research Essay (1,500-2,000 words)
5. Multimodal Argument (Equivalent of ~1,500 words)
Format and Submission
• All coursework must be typed and double-spaced, using 12-point Palatino/Palatino Linotype or Times New Roman font, with one-inch page margins, and when submitted electronically, saved in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format.
• All work must be formatted in Chicago or MLA style (including matter such as page numbers, student name, date, etc.).
• To gain credit for revisions (including material from a previous assignment used in a subsequent assignment), all new and changed material must be highlighted using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature.
• Work must conform to the Rochester University Writing Standards, accessible through the Ham Library’s website by clicking on the “Research Help” tab and then clicking on Composition / Writing Standards Document.
In the fields of writing and reading, student classroom participation is imperative. This class is not just about knowledge acquisition but is also about learning the process of how to read closely, interpret texts, and make an argument about the material under study. Students learn to do this by doing it themselves, by watching others (classmates and the professor), and by getting feedback.
As such, students must be prepared to participate in discussions: participation is a course requirement. This entails students having read, annotated, and thought about the complete assignment carefully before class starts. Furthermore, students must bring their copy of drafts to every draft workshop. Because draft workshops involve closely examining drafts, if students do not have their drafts then they are not prepared for class, even if they have read the assignment, and they may be marked absent.
Participation is only affected negatively by attendance (i.e. absences cause students to miss the opportunity to participate). Students do not receive participation credit simply for being present. Participation grade is based upon participation in workshops, lectures, and discussions. To receive a perfect participation grade, a student must participate constructively and substantially in every class meeting and have exceptional (not merely good) participation in workshops. No portion of the participation grade can be ‘made up’.
Final grades are calculated automatically and are not (and will not be) rounded up. It is improper and unethical for students to request modification of a grade except in cases of professor error. Grades are issued according to the letter scale: A (100-93), A- (92-90), B+ (89-87), B (86-83), B- (82-0), C+ (79-77), C (76-73), C- (72-70), D+ (69-67), D (66-63), D- (62-60), F (59-1), and Ø (0).
Grades on individual papers will be weighted as follows:
Project 1: Summary and Response (10%)
Part I – Draft *
Part II – Final 10%
Project 2: Rhetorical Analysis (15%)
Part I – Draft *
Part II – Final 15%
Project 3: Annotated Bibliography (20%)
Part I – Research Questions 5%
Part II – Draft *
Part III – Final 15%
Project 4: Argumentative Research Essay (30%)
Part I – Proposal 5%
Part II – Draft 1 *
Part III – Draft 2 *
Part IV – Final 25%
Project 5: Multimodal Argument (15%)
Part I – Draft *
Part II – Final 10%
Part III – Presentation 5%
Participation and In-Class Work (10%)
* No credit will be awarded unless all drafts are fully submitted on-time.
Late Work Policy
Unless instructed otherwise, all assignments are due at the start of class. Students must contact the professor to request approval and a new deadline before 22:00/10:00P.M. on the night before the due date if work cannot be submitted in time. A doctor’s note or other proof may be requested as a condition of such approval. No comments will be provided for late work. The professor will determine specific grade reductions based on timely prior notification, whether revised deadlines are met, and similar factors. Late work will be accepted and graded only if a new deadline is arranged with the professor in advance. Late work submitted without prior professor approval will not be accepted, and will be assigned a grade of 0%.
Extra Credit Policy
No extra credit will be available in this course.
Course Grade of Incomplete
In circumstances of absolutest extremity, a grade of Incomplete will be considered at the end of the semester only if the student has attended nearly all of the class sessions, has a passing grade, and has signed and submitted an Incomplete Contract, and has obtained the professor’s signature on it.
Class attendance is required, and attendance will be taken at each class session. Arriving more than fifteen minutes late or leaving early without professor approval will count as an absence. Timely attendance, preparedness, and active participation count as ten per cent of the final grade. There are no ‘excused’ absences except where necessitated by the University: after accruing three absences, each additional absence will result in a reduction of the course final grade by five percent, and students will automatically receive an F grade for the course if they exceed five absences. Regardless of the reason for an absence, students are responsible for any material missed, or any assignments due, during class. In-class assignments cannot be made up.
Dropping and Withdrawing
The last day to request course withdrawal is Friday, 1 November 2019.
Please note that the course professor has no ability to change or modify these dates. Students should contact the Office of the Registrar for further information, or speak with a counselor to discuss how drops and withdrawals may affect the ability to receive financial aid.
Plagiarism is the act of copying work from books, articles, and websites without citing and documenting the source. Plagiarism includes copying language, ideas, texts, and visuals without citation (e.g., copying and pasting from websites). Plagiarism also includes submitting papers (or sections of papers) that were submitted for another course, written by another person (including another student), or downloaded from the Internet. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense that is permanently recorded on the student’s record. It will result in a grade of 0 on the assignment, and may also result in a grade of F in the course and suspension or expulsion from the university. Professors are required to report all cases of plagiarism to the Registrar and the Dean’s office.
Code of Academic Integrity
Students should abide by the Code of Academic Integrity for Rochester University. This document may be found by clicking on the link underneath “All Students” on the left-hand side of the student portal log in page.
Classroom Decorum and Respect Policy
• Repeatedly attending class late or leaving early is distracting both to the professor and to other students, and will result in a significant reduction of the course grade, up to and including an F.
• Rude, mean-spirited, divisive, or dismissive attitudes and comments are not appropriate in the university classroom, and consequently will not be tolerated. Attentive and thoughtful conduct is expected and required in every situation.
• All documentation and communication carried out in this course should be written formally, respectfully, and professionally, including both course papers and e-mail communication with the professor and other students.
• Students should ensure that all pagers, cell phones, watches, etc., are turned off (not just set to vibrate) during class time. The professor reserves the right to ask any student to leave if their use of electronic devices becomes a distraction either to the professor or to any other student.
• Students will be asked to share writing and make photocopies for others in class.
• Students are not permitted to photograph or otherwise record other students or the professor without express prior consent.
Students are encouraged to utilise the ACE (Academic Center for Excellence) Lab. This resource is located off the hallway that joins the Fletcher Cafeteria and the cafe. A student may schedule an appointment with an ACE Lab assistant to get assistance with the writing process on papers in this course. Student should provide the assistant with the requirements for the assignment and schedule appointments sufficiently in advance of the assignment due date in order to have time for revision and editing.
Rochester University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. Students with disabilities seeking classroom accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act are required to register with the Accommodations Officer in the Academic Center for Excellence by calling 248.218.2173. Further resources are available on the University website.
For your safety, during the event of a campus lockdown, the professor is in charge and students are instructed to follow the directions of their professor. Please familiarize yourself with the Emergency Guidelines located on the Student Portal.
Schedule of Assignments and Readings
The current schedule of assignments and readings is available online. The professor reserves the right to amend this list as necessary by adding, substituting, or removing readings, assignments, conferences, and other course materials.