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ICC Comp II Syllabus

INDEPENDENCE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
English Composition II

General Course Information
Instructor: Karen Gudde
Course Number: ENG 1013
Course Title: English Composition II
Semester: Spring 2010
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English Composition I
Division and Discipline: Humanities/Social Science
Class Location: Cherryvale High School

Course as Viewed in the Total Curriculum
The course is designed to help students build upon basic skills mastered through writing assignments accomplished in Composition I. Because success in college and in many positions in the work force depends upon the ability to read critically and to write coherently, Composition II will continue to help you develop these skills. Students will learn to analyze college-level reading material and to write paragraphs and essays that demonstrate unity, coherence, and levels of usage appropriate to the topic, purpose, and audience.  This course meets the general education requirement for written communication and will transfer to regent institutions.  

Textbook and Other Required Materials
Axlerod, Rise B and Charles R Cooper.  The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing, 8th edition.  Boston: Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2008.  

Helpful Websites
Your textbook’s webpage
http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/theguide
Grammar and writing help sites
http://webstercommnet.edu/grammar/index.htm
http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar

Attendance Requirements
Success in this course is directly related to classroom attendance.  Missing class is not an acceptable excuse for incomplete assignments.  If a student is absent or tardy for more than three class sessions, he or she may be withdrawn from this course by the instructor.

Instructor Expectations
Students enrolled in this course should align their conduct with Cherryvale High School’s pursuit of excellence.  Please strive to do your best on each assignment.


Classroom Policy
Academic honesty is of utmost importance in your school work.  Students who plagiarize borrow the language, thoughts, and ideas of another author, directly or indirectly, and claim them as their own. The most blatant form of plagiarism is to use directly quoted material with no quotation marks and no reference to the source. Borrowed material that students paraphrase but do not document is also plagiarism. In fact, any form of cheating-crib sheets during tests, copying another student's work inside or outside of class, buying papers, etc.-is plagiarism. If students have any doubts about borrowing information, they should ask the instructor. Students can expect the following consequences for plagiarism: First offense: The paper receives an F. Second offense: The student fails the course.
(Kansas Core Outcomes)

Core Abilities
Effective Communication:  Using multiple methods to communicate effectively in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Thinking Process: Thinking in a way that is reflective, systematic, rational, and skeptical using cognitive representations, processes, and strategies to make decisions about beliefs, problems, and/or courses of action.  

Information Processing: Gathering, synthesizing, processing, disseminating, and creating information through the use of library resources computers, telecommunications, and other technologies.

Objectives
The two main objectives of this class are to improve your writing skills and to improve your critical thinking skills.  Assignments related to expanding your vocabulary will also be an important part of this course.

Competencies
By the end of the required composition sequence, students should:
• Write in several genres
• Use writing and reading for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating
• Understand a writing assignment as a series of tasks, including finding, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing appropriate primary and secondary sources
• Integrate their own ideas with those of others
• Understand the relationships among language, knowledge, and power
• Learn to critique their own and others’ work
• Practice appropriate means of documenting their work
• Control such surface features as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling

Methods of Evaluation
Grades will be based on both in-class and out-of-class writing assignments, quizzes, exams, and the final exam.  Late assignments will be accepted but will be marked down one letter grade for each day they are late.  

Course Outline
Grammar / Usage / Mechanics
Material covered will be directly related to review and/or learning of skills as indicated by both quizzes and writing assignments.

Vocabulary
As a way of expanding your vocabulary, classroom discussion of new words will be followed by occasional quizzes.

Writing
You will be reading and responding to editorials, essays, and short stories in a variety of ways which include but is not limited to outlining, paraphrasing, and summarizing.  Your assignments will consist of descriptive writing, informative writing, and persuasive writing.  You will also be writing summaries and abstracts of an assortment of non-fiction readings.