English 102CD: Englihs Composition Halbert Summer 2008
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English Composition II Continues the process begun in ENG 101 of developing in the student the values of written communication. Emphasis is place on organizing specific kinds of evidence to support sensible conclusions. Selections from a variety of materials (fiction, poetry, drama, periodicals, etc.) provide the stimulus for discussion and writing. Research techniques are included.


English Composition II at its core is a skills course designed to help students begin to master the expectations of American academic writing needed for success in college and in professional pursuits. Successful students in my sections of the course will demonstrate the ability to do the following:

To address these skills goals, I have designed the course around a specific theme: horror and the monstrous in art.


My courses are designed to deal with adult issues often centering around controversial cultural and historical conflicts. At times, the class readings, lectures, and discussions may question ideas or beliefs that individual students hold dear. In addition, the language used in the course may range from highly technical jargon to the vernacular, including profanity. Students who wish to avoid such a classroom environment should seek another section of the course.


Please realize that by choosing to enroll in this course during the summer, each of you will be attempting to compress 14 weeks' worth of material into six weeks. The class meetings are longer, as are the homework assignments. Realistically, you should allow yourself at least two hours per night to deal with homework for this course and possibly more. This class will push the limits of your endurance: make sure you are ready for this kind of learning experience or get out early.



English 102 will be one of the most challenging courses of your academic career because it moves quickly, requires a wide range of academic skills, and demands more time than the average course. We will complete four major essay cycles consisting of content readings, skills readings, prewriting, drafting, peer revisions, and final drafts. A breakdown of the assignments and relative point values is as follows:

Final drafts of major papers

200 points

Annotated bibliographies

25 points

Major research paper

300 points

Individual drafts of papers

5 points if completed;

-5 if not

Required emails and posts

5 points

Submitting to Turnitin.com

Zero on final draft if not done

Reading checks

5 points

Formal responses and peer reviews

20 points

Formal grammar revisions

50 points

Missed conference

-10 points

Your grade is calculated by adding the total points earned and then dividing them by the total points possible. That average will then be plugged into the college's grading scale.

Montgomery County Community College's Grading Scale:

A: 90-100%
B: 80-89%
C: 70-79%
D: 60-69%
F: 0-59%

Be advised that you must complete all five major papers in order to pass the course. Even if your paper is too late to be accepted under the late work policies, it must be completed by the end of the semester. If it is not, then you will automatically fail for the course, regardless of what your point total is.

In addition, please keep all of your drafts and prewriting together during each essay cycle: when you turn in the final draft of each paper, you will be required to submit all of the drafts that went into the final version as well.


In order to allow students to benefit from the three-step writing process and to turn in the best possible work for evaluation, students will be permitted to revise two of the graded major papers in the course for an entirely new grade provided they meet the following criteria:

1) The assignment/essay must have been handed in on time and without plagiarism. Late or plagiarized papers are ineligible for revision.

2) Students desiring to complete a revision will meet with the instructor or a professional writing tutor at the Learning Assistance Lab. to discuss strategies for successful rewriting before attempting revision.

Note: The original, graded essay must be turned in with the revision. Just turning in a revision does not guarantee you will receive a higher grade. In the event that the revised draft grade is actually lower than the original assignment, you will receive the higher of the two grades; however, a higher revision grade always replaces the original grade, so if you are prepared to work hard, your grade will most likely benefit. See the class web page for more information on the major paper rewrite.


All College policies must be followed and are a binding part of this syllabus. Details on the Student Code of Conduct can be found at http://www.mc3.edu/policy/sa/conduct.htm.


Plagiarism constitutes a serious breach of academic honesty and will not be tolerated. Unless I deem an act of plagiarism or cheating an honest mistake, I routinely assign students an "F" in the course for any act of academic dishonesty without the option of withdrawing from the course. Especially egregious acts will receive an "FX" with an additional notation of academic misconduct on the student's transcript. Please note that submitting work from another class as original work for this course constitutes academic dishonesty. For a full discussion of the Academic Honesty policies, please see http://www.mc3.edu/policy/aa/ethics.htm.

All students in my English courses will submit their papers to TurnItIn.com, a tool that checks your papers against other sources. You will have a chance to see your report and revise it before the final draft is due, should you choose to.


Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) welcomes qualified students with disabilities and endorses the principles of nondiscrimination and reasonable accommodation as described in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). To see if you are eligible for services and reasonable accommodations in this course please review the policy on the Disabilities web site at http://www.mc3.edu/policy/sa/disable.htm.


Regular attendance and punctuality are expected. Students may miss three class meetings without penalty. The fourth absence will result in either a required withdrawal from the course (before the June 16, 2008 deadline) or an automatic F in the course (after the June 16, 2008 deadline for withdrawal without a signature). Each late arrival will count as one-third of an absence. If a student knows he or she will miss a class, that student should alert Dr. Halbert beforehand. Under special circumstances (usually involving a documented medical emergency or a death in the family), you may request permission to remain enrolled in the course if your absences have exceeded three, but such circumstances are rare. Attendance will be taken by sign-in sheet at the start of class: students arriving after the sign-in sheet will be marked tardy. If you arrive late, please wait until the end of class to sign the sheet. Failure to sign the sheet at all constitutes an absence. Students who leave class early must ask for permission prior to the start of class; if you leave without permission before the I dismisses the class, you will be marked absent for the whole period. Good manners suggest that if you know you will miss a class meeting, you will contact me and let me know.


In the event of inclement weather or other emergency, the MCCC School Closing Code is 320 for day classes and 2320 for evening classes. Announcements will be made on KYW (1060 AM) and other local stations. In the event that I have to cancel a class, I will email the class and post a message on Blackboard (assuming I have power at home to access the Internet).


Should you wish to withdraw from the course, the deadline to withdraw without my signature is June 16, 2008. If you do not formally withdrawal, you will receive an F for the course even if you stop attending. After June 16th, I will not sign any withdrawal requests unless you have a documented emergency.

Applications for an "Incomplete" will only be entertained in cases of documented medical emergencies or military call-ups. Audits will not be permitted unless you start the course as an audit student and can convince me that you are willing to do all that work for no grade.


All work is due at the beginning of class on the day listed for the syllabus unless otherwise noted. I hate late work from students: it complicates my ability to grade or simply keep track of your work. More importantly, it devalues the efforts of your classmates who work very hard to meet their deadlines. To discourage late work, I have the following policy:

Late work will kill your grade, so don't do it. If you know ahead of time that you will not be able to complete a task, contact me for an extension. I reserve the right to make an exception to the late policy in the case of an extreme (and documentable) emergency, but that almost never happens.


The Learning Lab, located on the upper floor of the library in College Hall, has computers that students may use. In addition, help from professional tutors on papers for English and other courses is available every day of the week on a walk-in basis. Use of the Learning Lab is strongly encouraged: I've run centers like this, used centers like this, and I believe they are a valuable resource for both struggling and gifted writers because they provide a pair of professional eyes to review a paper and give writers the kind of feedback we all want.


As adults, students and the instructor should know to do the following in class:


I enjoy teaching writing courses: I believe they can be the most empowering classes a person can take in college because the skills you learn can help you in virtually every part of your life. I took this job to help people discover their potential: as long as you are willing to do the work, I will do everything in my power to help you not only pass the course, but to be the best writer you can be.

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