|Pre-Test/Diagnostic for Grammar and Writing Skills(Full credit given for on-time completion of test)||5%|
|Post-Test for Grammar and Writing Skills||10%|
|Average of all graded grammar exercises||10%|
|Paragraph-length essays (1-2 per week)||25%|
|Three short (2-3 page) essays with revisions|
Worth 5%, 10%, and 10%
|Attendance and Participation||15%|
|Final self-assessment paper||10%|
|A||93% or higher|
|A-||90.0% - 92.9%|
|B+||87.0% - 89.9%|
|B||83.0% - 86.9%|
|B-||80.0% - 82.9%|
|C+||77.0% - 79.9%|
|C||73.0% - 76.9%|
|C-||70.0% - 72.9%|
|D+||67.0% - 69.9%|
|D||63.0% - 66.9%|
|D-||60.0% - 62.9%|
|F||59.9% or less|
If you have a disability that requires instructor consideration please contact the Director of Disability Services at 724-838-4295. It is recommended that this be accomplished by the second week of class.
If you need accommodations for successful participation in class activities prior to your appointment at the Disability Services Office, you should offer information in writing that includes suggestions for assistance in participating in and completing class assignments. It is not necessary to disclose the nature of your disability.
Academic Honesty and Ethical Conduct
Seton Hill University expects that all its students will practice academic honesty and ethical conduct.
The University regards plagiarism, cheating on examinations, falsification of papers, non-sanctioned collaboration, and misuse of library material, computer material, or any other material, published or unpublished, as violations of academic honesty. Violators of the code may expect disciplinary sanctions, which are discussed in the Seton Hill University Catalog, page 30, Code of Academic Conduct.
Many of your college assignments will involve quoting from or responding to other people's words and ideas. However, using those words or ideas without properly citing them, or resubmitting your own work for a different class, constitutes plagiarism.
Paraphrasing the thoughts or written work of another without reference -- even with permission from the source -- is also plagiarism.
Helpful information is available at What It Is and How to Recognize and Avoid It.
Any plagiarism on a draft will result in a zero as the final grade on that assignment. Any plagiarism or cheating on an informal essay, paragraph, or grammar exercise will also result in a zero.
Raimes, Ann. Keys for Writers, Fourth Edition. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
Note: This text will be bundled with a CD that includes a searchable online handbook and a passkey for the WriteSpace Online Writing Environment, which includes web-based writing tutorials, exercises, quizzes, assignments, and essay models.
Most homework will be submitted in electronic form to Turnitin.com. While it will be possible to submit papers after the due date, you may miss out on the opportunity to receive feedback from your peers on late papers, and I may not have time to write detailed comments on your paper.
Any assignments turned in late (draft, informal writing, or revision) without prior permission from the instructor will have the final grade reduced by one third of a letter grade per day that the assignment is late, with weekends counting as two days.
Most classwork will be done on computer. During class, be sure to have electronic access to all your drafts (via a portable drive, on the university's server, or in copies that you e-mail to yourself).
Note: If you ever feel you want more rapid or more detailed feedback on an assignment, make an appointment with me, and I will gladly go over the work with you in detail, regardless of whether it was late or on time.
Students are expected to contribute actively to a positive classroom environment.
Common sense and common courtesy dictates that frequent absences, late arrivals and early departures, use of telephones or headphones, forgetting required materials, rudeness, hostility, or inattentiveness will impact your participation grade. (I'll give you a warning first.)
Those who participate above and beyond the call of duty will receive a bonus.
Students are expected to attend every class. (See Seton Hill University Catalog, p. 28-29, “Class Attendance” and “Excused Absences”.) One absence is permitted without penalty; each subsequent unexcused absence reduces the final grade by one third of a letter grade.
Students who miss class, for whatever reason, are still responsible for the material covered (and activities completed, handouts distributed, etc.) during the class period. Excused absences do not bring automatic extensions.
Students are expected to bring the assigned texts and materials to class, and to participate in class discussion. Serious and thoughtful participation is necessary for effective learning and for an excellent participation grade.
Because a large percentage of your course grade depends on regular completion of routine weekly writing activities, falling behind or procrastinating can lead to big trouble.
If you are absent from class without a documented excuse, on a day when a major assignment is due -- perhaps because you stayed up all night working on the assignment were too tired to attend class -- the assignment that is due will be counted an extra day late. (I'd prefer that you go to bed without finishing the paper, come to class so you don't fall farther behind, and then turn in the paper a little late.)
5.1.1. Emergency Absences
Those who miss class due to an unplanned emergency should submit an “Absence Form,” with proper documentation, as soon as possible.
For each class that you miss, download the word processor version of my “Absence Form” (available at http://jerz.setonhill.edu/teaching/AbsenceForm.doc). It's a short form that will help us both determine whether or what kind of make-up assignments would be appropriate. (I ask that you resist the impulse to ask me to e-mail you a summary of what you missed. I welcome the chance to help you get caught up, but please consult the syllabus and a classmate's notes first, and then bring any specific questions to me.) For some classroom activities, such as listening to peer oral presentations, there may be no appropriate make-up assignment. (See 5.2 Participation.)
5.1.2. Scheduled Absences
Those who miss class due to a scheduled activity should plan to complete all make-up assignments before the missed class. This means that you must submit an acceptable “Absence Form.”
If there is insufficient time for us to agree upon an acceptable suggestion for making up missed work, or if an approved make-up assignment is unsatisfactory, then I may record the absence as unexcused.
The class format will be discussion with some lecture. Your job is not to write down and memorize everything I say in class and then pour it all out during the exam. You won't be evaluated on whether your paragraphs or papers give the "right" answer. Instead, you will be asked to practice your composition skills by presenting your own original thoughts, in a format that follows the conventions of academic writing.
I will often send out bulk e-mails to the address on file for you in the J-Web system. If you check a different address more regularly, please use SHU's e-mail forwarding service so that you don't miss important updates.
At the end of this course, you should be able to
- Create individualized writing learning plans based on the results of diagnostic tests and in consultation with instructor.Practice grammar skills (those applicable to the individual student) through frequent electronic and written exercises, with feedback and explanation, both in and out of class.Practice the grammar skills learned in exercises by focusing on these issues in the composition, revision, and editing phases of the writing process. Develop sustainable main ideas for paragraphs and short essays.Compose grammatically correct (free of both syntax issues and surface errors) sentences in paragraph-length writing assignments.Practice writing process skills such as prewriting, free writing, brainstorming, listing, outlining, mapping, zero drafting, drafting, revising, proofreading, and copyediting.Plan, write, and revise several types of short essays.
From the Shared Syllabus:
Basic Composition teaches students basic writing skills necessary for college success, including grammar and composition. Students will practice sentence construction (in the context of short writing assignments), paragraph construction, and the organization of ideas. Students will build on these basic skills by planning, writing, and revising short essays and experiencing writing as a multi-step process. The course also teaches several types of, purposes of, and audiences for general essays.
Office Visits: I usually leave my door open. If you should happen to drop by when my door is closed, please come back later or send me an e-mail.
Office Hours: Tue 1pm; Wed 1pm; Thu 10am; and by appointment.
Occasionally I step out of my office briefly to run errands during my scheduled office hours. When I do, I usually leave a note on my door. If my light is still on, then I'm probably not far away.