ENGL& 102 meets:   Daily 1:30 am – 2:20 pm

Room: AAA 108 & The Resource Room in the Library




Instructor:            David Owens

Office:                  AAA 111

Phone:                  527 - 4425

e-mail:                 [email protected]

Office Hours:       By appointment


Homepage:           http://web.wwcc.edu/davidowens/

ANGEL login:      http://angel.wwcc.edu/default.asp

ANGEL Help:      http://www.waol.org/general_info/help_desk.aspx


Texts and Materials:


Course Objectives:


Assignments: Check the Class Schedule to see when each assignment is due


5 Paragraph Response Essay

30   points

Sketch Outline

15   points

Supported Argument Essay

75   points

Peer Review

15   points

Research Proposal Worksheet

30   points

Annotated Bibliography (5 source)

25   points

Full Annotated Bibliography (10 sources)

50   points

Research Draft w/ Sourcebook

100 points

Revised Thesis and Outline

20   points

Research Paper w/ Final Sourcebook

200 points

APA Conversion

30   points

Quizzes (10)

50   points

Discussion Forums

40   points

Total points for Final Grade

680 points


Some Notes:


Attendance and Participation: I do not have an attendance policy for this class. However, students who do not make an effort to come to class every day that we meet will quickly find themselves lost, confused, and eventually frustrated to the point of giving up. Therefore, it essential to your success (and the effectiveness of class time) that you come to at least three class periods per week, and that you come PREPARED, having done all the reading and any pre-class homework assignments. Although I am perfectly willing to lecture straight from the reading and on-line material if that will help you to understand, it will be less frustrating and more useful for all of us if you come having read the material, perhaps with some specific questions in mind, prepared to test your understanding of the concepts with some in-class activity. You will always benefit more from attempting something yourself and getting feedback on your efforts than from staring glassy-eyed at the overhead screen while I read to you from the online material you should have read before class. In the end, not doing your homework prior to class will cost you more time and effort if you fail the class and have to re-take it because you have not understood some essential concept.


Informal Writing: Although I do not penalize you for absences, I will give you a number of informal writing assignments to work on both in and out of class. These assignments are not “busywork.” They are designed to give you practice or insight into your writing. It will be to your advantage to do them when assigned – often class activity will depend on the informal work you were asked to do the night before. These assignments will be submitted to the Discussion Forums.


Contacting the Instructor: The best way to contact me, at any time of day, is to email me at [email protected]

I check this e-mail address several times a day and, if I am in front of my computer, I am alerted when an e-mail arrives.

Therefore, responses to your e-mails can sometimes be instantaneous.

At any reasonable time of day, you can usually get a response from me within two hours, if it is clear that a response is called for.

I usually check my campus e-mail a few times each week. It is not the best way to contact me or submit late assignments.

I check my campus mailbox only once a week, if I remember. Submitting assignments there is NOT a good idea. Please place hard copies of assignments on my desk, which is located in office 111. Placed on the desk is a large plastic spider sitting in a Zen garden. Please don't disturb it.
During my office hours, I can be reached at 527 - 4425. At other times of day, you can leave a message at this number, but I usually only remember to check my messages once a week, so it is ALWAYS better to e-mail me a quick message at [email protected]


Submitting Assignments: Even though this class is partially on-line, this does not mean you are free to complete the work at your own pace. Failure to submit assignments to the appropriate Angel drop box or during class time by the due date will result in a significantly reduced score and possibly a failing grade at the end of the quarter. All assignments should be submitted to a drop box in Angel specifically designated for the assignment as an attached text document. I will submit my feedback to you in the form of a MS Word document (.doc) with review comments in the margin. Make sure you have your MS Word view set on "Print Layout" or "Normal" so that you can read the comments. You may also submit assignments on paper, and you will get them back the same way, but you will ALWAYS be required to submit them during class, the comments will not be as extensive or as legible, and you might not get them back in as quickly. Also, if you lose them, I will not have a copy.


Weekly Quizzes: We will have 10 quizzes, worth 5 points each. The class schedule will give you some idea of the emphasis of each quiz and when it will open. In most cases these quizzes will require you to apply ideas from the course material and class discussion to demonstrate your understanding of them, so you may use your notes and the class internet resources on every quiz. I will mainly use quizzes to see how the class understands the concepts essential to research writing, and I will often review concepts the class is having trouble with. You will usually have three attempts at a quiz over an equal number of days, and you will receive feedback after each attempt telling you which questions you got right and wrong. It is to your advantage to attempt the quiz early and come back to it often. Treat it as a learning tool. Quizzes cannot be made up after they are given.


Late Work: All readings should be done by 12:30 pm on the day they appear on the schedule. Assignments are due during class or in the appropriate drop box by 5 pm on the days they appear on the schedule unless I make announcement stating a different due date or time. Major Assignments will lose 10 percent for every day they are late, starting with the hour after they are due. Assignments are also considered late if they are submitted in a form too incomplete to evaluate. I will not accept any assignment after I have handed the graded assignment back to the class. Missed quizzes may not be made up, but you may earn extra points on the final.

Keeping up with the class work and concepts in this class is essential because each step builds on the previous one. If you find yourself falling behind, or if you get less than 70 percent on any major assignment, please don’t let an entire week go by without e-mailing me or coming to see me. You will not succeed on the final research paper if you haven’t taken the steps to get to that level, so don’t expect that large grade to save you at the end of the quarter.


Incompletes: No incompletes given unless 3/4 of the total course work is already completed. A request for an incomplete must be accompanied by a plan for completion.


Disabilities Policy: To request accommodations related to a disability, contact Claudia Angus, Ph.D., Coordinator of Disability Support Services, at 527-4262 or email [email protected]. A short video explaining Disability Support Services at WWCC can be viewed by clicking here.


Writing Center: The TLC offers free writing assistance from trained writing tutors during all stages of the writing process. Located in room 244 (next to the Computer Lab and Student Activity Center) writing tutors are available Monday-Friday from 8:30a-2:30p. To make the best use of your time at the TLC Writing Lab, please bring a copy of your assignment with you, along with notes and course readings, to help tutors better understand the writing context. Understand that the writing tutors will not proofread papers or talk with you about grades. Instead, they will support you as a writer by helping you develop good habits and strategies suitable for a variety of writing situations.


Plagiarism is the submission of work for credit that includes materials copied or paraphrased from published or unpublished works without proper attribution or documentation. You are also committing plagiarism if you attribute your own words or ideas to someone else, or if you submit work previously submitted for another class as original work.

If I suspect a student of plagiarism, he or she will be called in to prove, through the use of notes, drafts and explanations, that they did not plagiarize. If I am not convinced, the paper will be sent up for academic review. If you are found guilty of academic dishonesty either by plagiarizing someone's work or allowing your own work to be misused by another, you will automatically fail English 102 and have to take the course again.

If I find evidence of plagiarism, or even extensive disregard for proper source documentation and attribution standards, on your final research paper, you will automatically fail English 102. It is your responsibility to use the tools I provide in class, your MLA style guide, and turnitin.com to make sure you do not violate these standards.


No final paper will be graded unless it is accompanied by a complete and organized sourcebook.


Important Note: A failing grade on your final research paper for any reason will result in a failing grade for the class.


Reading and Assignment Schedule