ENGL& 102 meets:   Daily 9:30 am – 10:20 am & 10:30 – 11:20 am

Room: D104 & (occasionally) the Resource Room in the Library


Instructor:            David Owens

Office:                  D 111

Phone:                  527 - 4425

e-mail:                 [email protected] or through Canvas mail

Office Hours:       By appointment (scheduled conferences will be held throughout the quarter)


Required Texts and Materials:

Course Objectives:

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


Draft 1: Topic,  Argument, and Preliminary Research

30    points

Annotated Bibliography Draft (5 sources)

30    points

Draft 2: MLA Formatting and Citation/ Works Cited

50    points

Draft 3: Analysis and Source Quality

80    points

Topic Sentence Outline of Rough Draft

30    points

Full Annotated Bibliography (10 sources)

50    points

Draft 4: Structure, Support, and Audience

100  points

Peer Review

30    points

Research Paper Presentation

50    points

Final Research Paper

300  points

APA Conversion

50    points

Quizzes (10)

100  points

Participation and Informal Work

100  points



Total points for Final Grade

1000 points

Contacting the Instructor: The best way to contact me, at any time of day, is to email me through Canvas. If I am in front of my computer, I am alerted when an e-mail arrives, so 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, and it is rare for me not to respond within 12 to 24 hours.

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.

      When I am in my office, 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.

      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. Please don't disturb the large rubber spider resting in a small zen garden. Thank you.

Informal Writing: Students will be asked to complete several informal writing assignments  both in and out of class. These assignments are not “busywork.” They are designed to provide opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of concepts and practice writing techniques. Those assignments that are not completed in class should be submitted to the designated discussion forum BEFORE class on days they appear on the Class Schedule. Students who fail to do so will miss out on valuable practice, feedback and points.

Attendance and Participation: Students will lose 2 points for every day they are absent from a scheduled class. Students may be marked absent if they are not in class by the time I take roll, come without the materials to work that day, or are mentally absent from class. Students who are absent on informal work days may still complete the assignment by the end of the day, but they will be ineligible for extra credit on the assignment and will still lose 2 points for the absence. On the other hand, any student who is actively helpful to other students in class discussion or on the Course Forum will earn participation points. This is the only category in which extra credit points are available (50 points max) apart from the final.

Weekly Quizzes: We will have 10 quizzes in Canvas, worth 10 points each. In most cases these quizzes will require you to apply the concepts we learn each week to hypothetical documents, so students may use their notes and the class handouts 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, so it will be worthwhile to attempt each quiz as soon as we start covering the material. These are mastery based quizzes. They will all be open at the beginning of the quarter, and one will close each week once we have covered the topic. Students can take the quiz as many times as they like, but they will only gain full credit if they earn 8 or better (though a score better than 5 will earn a 5/10). Feel free to give hints of talk over concepts on the Course Forum.

Drafts: Students will be working on the same essay throughout the quarter, which will grow and become more refined as they acquire more research and skill. A draft of this paper will be submitted every two weeks and evaluated according to the final research paper rubric, but the draft grade will be based on selected criteria based on the concepts learned between each draft. All drafts will be evaluated for grammar and most will require a source book.

Annotated Bibliography: Students will compile a 10 source MLA formatted Works Cited page with each source entry annotated with a summary of the main claim and all main supporting points as well as an evaluation of its credibility, bias, and usefulness.

Topic Sentence Outline: Students will turn in an outline of the 4th draft of their research paper with the first sentence of each paragraph that will appear in next draft in order to receive feedback on structure, argument and narrative coherence before the final is due.

Peer Review Letter: After the 4th draft, students will write a letter responding to one other student's draft from the perspective of the ideal audience that responds to the ideas and arguments laid out in the paper in an attempt to find logical errors or unconvincing evidence.

Research Presentation: Students will perform a 5-8 minute presentation including at least one visual aid in which they communicate the main thesis and supporting arguments from their final paper and field questions about their research, methods, reasoning and conclusion.

Final Research Paper: All of the work in this class is designed to culminate in an 8-10 page analytical or argumentative paper that supports a specific thesis using at least 6 quality sources. It will attempt ONE of the following:

Important Note: Earning less than a C ( 70%) on your final research paper for any reason will bar you from earning a C or higher in the class, no matter how many points you have earned.

Source book: The final paper and several of the drafts must be accompanied by a thin 3-ring binder containing copies of the title pages and relevant pages of each source cited in the paper organized alphabetically by author last name so that I can check for problems with accuracy, context, or plagiarism. These must be submitted physically in class on the day the draft is due. No final paper will be graded unless it is accompanied by a complete and organized source book, which will result in a failing grade for the final research paper.

APA Conversion: In order to demonstrate an understanding of various forms of documentation formatting, students will convert their final paper from MLA to APA.

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 and lessons I provide in class to make sure you do not violate these standards.

Submitting Assignments: All assignments should be submitted by the specified due date and time as an attached text document to an assignment drop box in Canvas specifically designated for the assignment or to the appropriate discussion forum as a text submission. My feedback will be returned in the form of a MS Word document (.doc) with review comments in the margin, which will only be visible in a word processor, not an internet-based document reader, like Google drive, but students may request a pdf version of the feedback at any time.

      Students may also submit assignments on paper during class on the day they are due, but the returned feedback will be less timely, less extensive, and less legible, and I will not have a copy if the original is lost.

Late Work: 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, please don’t let an entire week go by without e-mailing me or coming to see me.

Incompletes: No incompletes will be granted unless 500 points of the total course work has already been submitted with an average grade of C or better. 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]. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UE7_EJmn5k for a short video explaining Disability Support Services at WWCC.

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.

eWriting Lab: When you need help with a paper, send it to www.eTutoring.org and an eTutor will review it, within 24-48 hours, returning it with expert advice and suggestions for improving your writing. You can submit up to three drafts of a paper (a long as you revise the paper using the eTutor's suggestions.) See http://www.wwcc.edu/CMS/index.php?id=4057 for a detailed explanation.