College Composition I

MW Academic 112 F Academic 203

ENG 101-10 9am-950am

Spring 2010

Professor William Patrick Wend

Office Hours

ACAD201 10am-11am MWF

EOffice Hours: Wednesday Evening 8pm-10pm

EOffice Contact Information

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Required Texts

Paul Eschholz, Alfred Rosa, Subject & Strategy: A Writer’s Reader, Bedford, 978-0-312-46309-0

Kirszner & Mandell, The Concise Wadsworth Handbook, Thomson Advantage, 978-1-4130-3061-7

Goals & Focus Of Course

Express thoughts logically, clearly, and coherently in a variety of essays.

Demonstrate mastery of the writing process.

Critically revise and edit student written compositions.

Identify mechanical, grammatical, and spelling errors.

Critically evaluate and respond to selected essays.

Compose an argumentative research essay using MLA format.

Expectations & Policies

Below is a brief description of how I will grade writing in this course:

A: Mastery of essential elements and related concepts, plus demonstrated excellence or originality.

B+: Mastery of essential elements and related concepts, showing higher level understanding.

B: Mastery of essential elements and related concepts.

C+: Above average knowledge of essential elements and related concepts.

C: Acceptable knowledge of essential elements and related concepts.

D: Minimal knowledge of related concepts.

F: Unsatisfactory progress. This grade may also be assigned in cases of academic misconduct, such as cheating or plagiarism, and/or excessive absences.


Attendance is important. I am allowing three, no questions asked, absences. Your grades will be determined by your writing, but attendance and class participation are crucial. If you do not attend class or participate actively, you are unlikely to comprehend the course material well enough to write a skilfull term paper.

Points will be taken off your final grade for having more absences than five. After five absences, your continued presence in this course will be at my discretion. In my experience, students who do not attend class rarely achieve their academic goals.

I will not tolerate frequent lateness. Students will not be allowed into the classroom once 10 minutes have elapsed. Leaving early, without prior permission, is considered disrespectful and will not be tolerated. If this is a morning class and the student has difficulties staying awake or showing up on time, I would strongly suggest finding another section of 101 to take.

Cell Phones & Other Technology Issues

Please turn your cell phone off BEFORE entering the classroom. If your cell phone goes off more than once while class is in a session, you will be asked to leave. I will not tolerate texting or other distractions to the learning experience. Laptops are fine as long as they aren’t a distraction.

In my classes, I have an expectation students will have access to email and computers in general. All of your work will be submitted to me digitally. Given there are public and school libraries, the ILC, coffee shops, etc, students need to budget their time better; I do not see any excuse for having “no access” to email outside of the classroom.

I will not be carrying handouts around all semester. If you miss class or lose a handout, please check the course website within 48 hours of the class to view, download, or print a PDF of the handout in question.


I expect your work to be error free. You are expected to proofread for spelling, mechanics, and grammar. I will mark down for these errors; please revise and proofread often. All papers are to be typed, titled, double spaced, have one inch margins, and given page numbers with your last name. All papers will be submitted digitally to my email by midnight on the due date. I will not be accepting print copies of your papers.

Do not consider your paper submitted until, if and only if, you receive a confirmation reply (usually within 24 hours). If you do not receive one within 48-72 hours, it is the student’s responsibility to get in touch with me about their work. I am not responsible for making sure you hand in your assignments; it is yours. Please make sure you are backing up your work to an external hard drive, flash drive, or other backup method. I will not accept excuses involving crashed computers, broken files, or empty printer ink cartridges.

Term Paper

Your term paper must conform to the sample research paper on page 439 of the Concise Wadsworth Handbook. The term paper will have an introductory paragraph with a thesis, body of essay, and conclusion. This paper should be 1,500-2,000 words NOT including the works cited. Your paper will be written according to MLA documentation. A rough draft will be handed in as part of your assignment grade plus my comments a few weeks before the paper is due. The final draft of the term paper will be due at midnight after our final regularly scheduled class.

All research must be dated after 1999 and gathered using library research at the college library. A minimum of five sources is required for a passing grade. Final paper topics will be discussed around the mid point of the semester.

Rough Drafts

I allow students to submit rough drafts of their writing. Rough drafts will be due by the Monday before the paper is due, which gives me time to properly annotate and return them to you.

Paper Revision Policy

I strongly believe one of the most important lessons I learned about writing was that quality work almost always entails rewriting. In this class I will accept a rewrite of your papers until the Friday after grades are sent back to the entire class. This means if you are not satisfied with your grade, you may resubmit that paper for a predetermined period of time. This time period will be added to the online version of the syllabus and announced during class. After that time period, you may not resubmit.

Obviously, just resubmitting the paper will not count as a rewrite. If you incorporate the feedback I give you on your papers when I send them back, the odds are pretty high you will improve your grade. Only making cosmetic changes will not improve it.

Academic Honesty

Plagiarism will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Be aware that plagiarism includes (but is not limited to) copying someone else’s words without crediting the source; paraphrasing someone else’s words without crediting the source; using someone else’s ideas without crediting the source (even if rephrased in your own words); using facts not universally known which are obtained from a source without crediting the source; asking someone else to write your paper, either in whole or in part; or obtaining a paper or portion thereof by any means and submitting it as an original document. The penalty for plagiarism is failure of the assignment and potentially failure of the course (at the instructor’s discretion), and it may result in suspension or expulsion from the College (at the discretion of the Student Affairs Committee). Please refer to the BCC Student Handbook for additional information regarding College regulations and the handling of plagiarism.


Email is an excellent way to contact me. Please provide a clear subject line and include your name and class section in the text of the email. I will respond to your email within 48 hours.

Upon receiving a paper, I will reply to confirm it. Grading a set of papers normally takes a week. I will announce in class when the final batch has been returned. If you have not gotten your paper back by then, I did not receive it. It is the student’s job to follow up with me if they do not receive their work by then. I suggest checking with me if you do not receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of submitting your paper.

Make Up Work

Work should be handed in on the date it is due. I will accept late work with one full grade taken off the top for each class it is late. If an emergency has come up, I expect an email before the class you will be missing letting me know. Your work will be due at our next meeting, but it would be great if you could email it to me in the meantime as well.

If you are going to be absent for the grammar exam, barring emergency, I need to know before the exam. Failure to do this will result in a zero for the exam.


Participation/Attendance 10%

Three papers 10% each (30% total)

Grammar Exam 5%

Annotated Bibliography/Source Research Project 5%

Final paper presentation 5%

Quizzes 10%

Assignments 10%

Final Paper 25%

A 100-92

B+ 91-88

B 87-80

C+ 79-75

C 74-70

D 69-65

F 64-0

Notification For Students With Disabilities

Burlington County College offers reasonable accommodations and/or services to persons with disabilities. The Special Populations Department offers comprehensive services to all students with any form of disability (with appropriate documentation) which hinders their academic success. Contact Barbara Ericson ex Extension 1208 at (609) 894-9311 or (856) 222-9311 or visit the website at:

Additional Support/Labs

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