English 1A is an introduction to college writing. In the course, students learn to analyze expository prose, synthesize ideas from essays, and write college-level compositions that reflect mastery of the content and structure of the essay format. In addition, the course provides an introduction to literature through the reading of a Shakespearean play. Students may enroll in English 1A if they have satisfactorily completed the English placement examination or English 250.
Students are responsible for four components in the course: ungraded assignments, short papers, a research paper, and a final examination. Ungraded assignments include such areas as class exercises, participation in small and large group discussions and activities, postings to the web page, and preliminary research paper work; ungraded assignments are evaluated on the basis of the number completed out of the number assigned. The short papers are formal assessments of the ideas and materials presented in the readings and are letter graded and averaged for a composite grade. They are judged according to the following criteria: an excellent paper is one which shows commitment to the project, has a fully developed idea which is adequately supported, clearly expresses the writer's voice and purpose, and is relatively free from grammatical and mechanical errors. Essay drafts are weighted at one half the value of final drafts. The research paper is a major essay developed with the use of secondary sources and presented in MLA format. The final examination is a comprehensive test at the end of the semester that assesses understanding of course content as well as writing skills. Each component counts for 25% of the final grade, and all course work must be completed in order for a student to pass the class.
Papers must be typewritten and turned in at the beginning of class on the day assigned; late papers are lowered one grade. All work should be identified by name, date, and assignment. In-class assignments must be completed in ink. Students may submit rewritten papers for an improved grade within one week after a paper has been returned.Students are responsible for the material covered in class whether they are present or not. As lectures and discussions will not be repeated, it is advisable for students to have someone in class with whom they can exchange notes. Although three absences are allowed, such a number of absences would seriously impede a student's ability to perform successfully in the course.
COMPUTER ASSISTED INSTRUCTION
Students enrolled in CAI (Computer Assisted Instruction) sections will follow the same procedures outlined above except they will use computers to generate, compose, and revise compositions. Instruction in computer protocol and methods of using computers to facilitate writing will be part of the course content. Students will be required to have a computer disk and to prepare all work in MS Word on a Windows 98 compatible computer.
English 1A is a focused writing course, but students who actively engage in the process of composition can expect to gain a mastery over their writing that will serve them well in both their college courses and their future careers.
Students requiring special services or arrangements because of hearing, visual, or other disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disabled Student Services Office.
Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations such as cheating and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action which may include recommendation for dismissal.