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English Department

CCBC, Essex

School of Liberal Arts

ENGL 101, College Composition I Section Designation EDH/EXH

(CRN #) 90112/92508

MWF: 10:10 – 11:05 Room: AHUM 107

Instructor Office Hours: Wed: 3:00 – 5:00

Wed: 12:30 -1:30

TTH: 1 – 2

TH: 9 – 9:30
Basic Course Information
Semester/term and year

  1. Instructor: Robert Miller

  2. Instructor’s office room number: ADMN-332

  3. Instructor’s phone number: 443-840-1960


  1. Instructor’s office hours: See Above

Prerequisites: Successful completion of (ENGL 052 or LVE 2) OR ESOL 052 AND (RDNG 052 or LVR 2). Grade prerequisite for ENGL 102: Students must earn a C or better in ENGL 101.

Emergency Closings: For school cancellations, call 443-840-4567 or listen to local radio and television stations like WBAL.
  1. Course-related concerns: Students should first attempt to take concerns to the faculty member. If students are unable to resolve course-related concerns with the instructor they should contact Associate Professor Brooke Bognanni, Coordinator of English for CCBC-Essex. The CCBC Student Concerns Policy can be found in the 2011-2012 CCBC College Catalog at Concerns Policy.html.

Course Goals

  1. Course Description:

ENGL 101 provides instruction in a writing process that will enable students to develop a topic, organize their ideas, write a draft, revise, edit, and proofread; to access, evaluate, incorporate, and document outside material as a means to develop a topic; and to continue to improve use of grammar, and language.

B. Overall Course Objectives:

Upon complete of this course, students will be able to do the following:

  1. employ a recursive writing process that includes invention, planning, drafting, revising, proofreading and editing;

  2. work collaboratively with peers to plan, develop, and carry out writing projects and provide constructive feedback;

  3. write well-organized, unified, coherent essays with clear and complete thesis statements that express a purpose;

  4. think critically and support the thesis with details, examples, reasons, and other evidence;

  5. employ a variety of rhetorical strategies and modes to express complex ideas;

  6. vary sentence structure and length;

  7. use language in a manner appropriate to a given audience;

  8. conduct research; access and choose appropriate sources from standard library resources which may be in a variety of formats both print and electronic;

  9. evaluate sources (which may be print or electronic) by examining authenticity, currency, validity, and reliability;

  10. incorporate outside material into essays by summarizing, quoting, and paraphrasing correctly;

  11. provide documentation for sources with a Works Cited page and parenthetical citations, using the MLA format; and
  12. conform to the grammar, punctuation, and spelling rules of standard written English with a minimum of errors.

C. Major Topics

  1. Audience awareness

  2. Writing as a recursive process

  3. Essay organization and development

  4. Unity, coherence and clarity in written language

  5. Rhetorical strategies

  6. Sentence variety

  7. Grammar, punctuation and usage review

  8. Summarizing, paraphrasing and quoting

  9. Documenting and citing both print and electronic sources in MLA format

  10. Writing the research paper that employs a variety of print and electronic sources

  11. Revising

  12. Editing and proofreading

  13. The impact of technology on writing

D. Rationale: English 101, the first course in a two-course sequence of writing courses, is one of the essential components of the CCBC General Education Program, providing knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable you to achieve many of your academic and career goals. The course provides you with knowledge that includes basic methods for planning and writing essays, methods of revision, and techniques for editing and proofreading. Most of these methods and techniques can be readily transferred to life-work situations in which you will be required to communicate your ideas and arguments in writing. The fundamental skills that you learn in this course—the thinking as well as writing skills—will enable you to develop exam responses and longer essays for a variety of academic courses as well as job-related writing assignments. In addition, the writing experiences that you have in this course will help you develop attitudes of persistence and cooperation that will enable you to succeed within the diversity of the contemporary world.

  1. Requirements

List of Assignments: Essay 1 15%

Essay 2 15%

Essay 3 15%

Mid-term 10%

Journals 5%

HW 15%

Final Reflective 10%

Group Project 10 %

Oral Project 5%

  1. Instructor’s grading policy: Any late assignment (homework or essay) will be graded down 1 grade per class unless specifically noted on the assignment.

Late Writing Projects: In the interest of fairness, you will be allowed to turn in one final draft of a paper once, one class period late (not including the last paper) with no penalty, at your discretion. You MUST inform me, in person, the class before the paper’s due date that you will be taking your “late paper option”.
In-class assignments, peer review sessions, drafts, and conferences: These cannot be “made up” under any circumstances, since these activities are only effective when conducted “in person
All assignments are due at the beginning of class for which they have been assigned. It is not acceptable to come in and print your paper after class has started.

Paper and Assignment Format: All final work will be turned in as hard copies (on paper). All assignments, including homework, drafts, and source materials must be typed. Use standard weight, white 8 ½” by 11” paper. All work is to be double spaced. Put your name, my name and the date in the upper-left hand corner of the first page. Staple all sheets together. All papers must be handed in together with the “packet”: early drafts, peer reviews, copies of articles (if assigned), and possibly other materials. I will not accept Writing Projects and Essays unless all earlier versions are turned in at the same time as the final version.


Grading for Writing Projects will follow English Department standards, which are based on content, organization, expression, and mechanics.

  • A = 90 - 100

  • B = 80 - 89

  • C = 70 - 79

  • D = 65 - 69

  • F = 60- 64

No paper = 0

  1. Attendance policy: Because writing classes are performance courses that depend upon student attendance for both the class and the student’s success, this policy is non-negotiable. All absences count equally, irrespective of the cause and students who exceed 6 absences this semester will almost certainly fail. There are no excused absences.

Note: Students who participate in college-sanctioned activities and/or who will be unable to meet the attendance requirements for this class should move to another section where their activity schedules will not interfere with their classroom obligations (students can freely switch sections during the first week of the semester). To accommodate students who participate in college-sanctioned activities, sections of this course are offered at various times of the day and week. If you think that this course may conflict with a personal or school activity in which you are involved, please see me immediately.

Also, if you must miss a class, you are still responsible for the material that is presented and/or that is due on that day. Use the lines below to write the names and phone numbers/e-mail address of 2class members. You should contact one or more of them in case you need something turned in or to get information about the class you missed.

__________________________ ________________________
Tardiness: Tardiness is not acceptable. Three lates (10 minutes or more) will equal 1 absence.


If I am absent: If I need to cancel class because my car broke down or if I am ill, I will try to get someone to post a sign. I also will try to email you all, before class. However, if you come to class and I am not here by the time 15 minutes has elapsed (from when class is to start), please assume that class is cancelled.

Please also note: During the semester we will cancel classes so we can hold conferences. If you miss a conference, you will be counted absent for the same number of classes that were canceled in order to hold conferences. For instance, if we cancel class for three days to hold conferences and you miss your conference, that "counts" as three absences. Also, I strongly encourage you to visit me at my office and/or the writing lab for additional help.

  1. Religious Holidays Policy: Students not attending class because they are observing major religious holidays will be given the opportunity, whenever possible, to make up, within a reasonable amount of time, any academic work or tests they miss. Students must make arrangements with the professor in advance of the religious holiday.

  1. Student Out of Class School Work Expectations Policy:

For Face-to-Face Courses: This is a credit/billable hour course. For each credit/billable hour, the student is expected to complete at least two hours of work per week outside of the class, including reading, class preparation, homework, studying, etc. Example: If this is a three credit course, the student is expected to complete at least six hours of work per week outside of the class including reading, class preparation, homework, studying, etc.

  1. Departmental Plagiarism Policy:


(College Plagiarism Policy is included on the “My CCBC Syllabus Tab” on the student portal.)

Academic Integrity: For the College to make its maximum contribution as an institution of higher learning, we must uphold high standards of integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior. In seeking the truth, learning to think critically, and in preparing for a life of constructive service, honesty is imperative. To these ends, the following actions are expected of students:

complete all work without unauthorized assistance;

follow the professor’s instructions when completing all class assignments;

as for clarification when instructions are not clear;

provide proper credit when quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing;

and submit only one’s own work.

Part of each student’s education requires learning how to use information correctly. Using other people’s words or ideas without giving proper credit to the source is plagiarism and is a serious offense. Students who plagiarize unknowingly should be shown their error and instructed in the proper use and attribution of information. Students who plagiarize will experience sanctions, including a written reprimand, failure of the assignment, failure of the course, and/or dismissal from the program. For repeat and extreme offenses, the college reserves the right to suspend or expel students. Suspension and expulsion are actions taken only by the chief student development officer on campus or a designee.
Examples of plagiarism include:

  • Submitting written work taken from another source as one’s own. Examples of other sources are material from a published author or from the Internet;
  • Including in original work undocumented quotations or passages from another writer;

  • Including someone else’s original ideas, opinions, or research ideas without giving him/her credit;

  • Paraphrasing without documentation.

  1. Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCBC is committed to providing equal access educational opportunities for all students with disabilities. A student with a disability may contact the appropriate campus office for an appointment to discuss reasonable accommodations. An appointment must be scheduled within a time period that allows staff adequate time to respond to the special needs of the student. The student must provide the appropriate office with the proper documentation supporting the need for reasonable accommodations. Students are responsible for giving the documentation to the professor during the first week of class.

  1. Writing Center:

Students may get assistance with their writing skills at the campus writing center or with the OWL (on-line writing center). Staffed by CCBC professors, the Writing Center helps students with many facets of composition. Some examples include organizing materials, documenting sources, and understanding professors’ comments. The Writing Consultants do not proofread papers, write any part of the students’ papers, or comment on grades.

Course Procedures

  1. Materials (texts, equipment and supplies)

Required Text: The Little Seagull Handbook, Bullock and Weinberg, W. W. Norton & Company. 2011. Print

Strongly Recommended: A recently published collegiate dictionary

A recently published Thesaurus

Other Materials, Requirements, and Expenses:


Computing Supplies and Printing

Computer Access

  1. Special procedures (Includes policies regarding classroom behavior, style of written assignments, retention of papers, compiling of portfolios, availability of support services, etc.)

    1. Behavior:

It pains me to have to include such a section, but recent semesters have presented unfortunate situations where a lack of classroom etiquette resulted in the disruption of the learning of others. Therefore, the following behaviors will result in an immediate absence for the day: excessive talking, text messaging, taking phone calls, playing electronic games, instant messaging, viewing non-academic websites, completing work for other classes, and sleeping. In addition, I kindly ask that you remove sunglasses and tip hats up, so your eyes are not covered. If, after a verbal warning, your behavior continues to disrupt others, I will ask you to leave the class. You will be welcome to return to class after we meet in my office, during office hours, for a conference.

    1. The public nature of class writing and discussions: Please consider every piece of writing you do for this class to be "public property." Part of becoming a good writer is learning to appreciate the ideas and criticisms of others, and in this course our purpose is to come together as a writing community. Remember that you will often be expected to share your writing with others, so avoid writing about things that you may not be prepared to subject to public scrutiny, or things you feel so strongly about that you are unwilling to listen to perspectives other than your own. This does not mean that you are not entitled to an opinion, but that you adopt positions responsibly, contemplating the possible effect on others.

    1. Classroom Protocol: We will spend most of our class time in large and small group discussions and activities. Some time will also be spent on traditional lecture. Regardless of the class format, you will be expected to be prepared, to listen and to participate appropriately. Failure to do so is distracting to other students and will not be tolerated. I may require you to leave (which will constitute an absence), or if your problem persists, withdraw you from the class.

    1. Please keep ALL graded assignments until the end of the semester.

    1. Inclement Weather/Emergency Closing Policy: In the event that the college (or a specific campus) opens late due to weather-related or other emergency conditions, classes will commence at the announced opening time and resume the normal schedule thereafter for the remainder of the day. Faculty, students, and classified staff should report to wherever they would normally have been at the announced opening time. When class is cancelled due to weather, the schedule will shift down a day, and we will pick up with the missed day when we meet again (for example, if Monday's class is cancelled, we will do the assignments from Monday on Wednesday).

    2. Policy concerning advancement to the next English course: To advance from ENGL 101 to ENGL 102 or ENGL 239, students must earn a “C” or better in ENGL 101.

    3. Student Withdrawal Policy: After the first ten weeks of a regular semester or the first two-thirds of a winter, summer, or late-start class, students can withdraw only under extraordinary circumstances with the permission of the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts.

  1. Support Services: CCBC has a wide availability of support services available to you. Always feel free to come to me to help direct you to someone who can help!

  1. Incompletes: Please see college policy.

For complete course calendar, Please go to the on-line version of your syllabus.

Course Calendar:

The following is not intended to be all-inclusive; but rather a brief outline of the due dates and activities that will occur during the semester. It may (and probably will) be changed, at which time I will hand out a revised calendar.

Week 1


In-class: introductions; syllabus

Assignments due: continue syllabus Read pages 3 – 20 on blackboard

In-class: Ice Breaker. Discuss Journal; Blackboard; safeassign

Writing Assessment; discuss Reading;

Journal 1: what are your goals and hopes for this class, this semester? How do you think you might go about accomplishing those goals? What do you do plan to do this semester, that perhaps you didn't do last semester, to make sure you accomplish what you want to this spring? What do you think are your chances of accomplishing your goal?

Assignments due: read 21- 40 on blackboard; also HW# 1: what's the best idea you got from today's reading? Please explain why.

In-class: MSWord; adobe reader; getting started writing
Week 2



Assignments Due: Read pages 41-63 on Blackboard;

In-Class: Getting started; intros; Essay 1 assigned
JOURNAL 2: How do you feel about being in an ENGL 101 class?

Assignments due: Read pages 40-63 on Blackboard.

In-class: intro/thesis

Week 3


Assignments due: Read “What is Literacy” on Blackboard

HW #2 Do you agree with the article? Why or why not? Give examples.

In-class: Introductions/thesis/

Assignments due: Read on Blackboard “The Achievement of Desire”? HW #3 What is discourse community that you would like to belong to? What are your reasons? What do you need to work on to get there>

In-class: Works Cited/Discourse Groups

Assignments due: Read ““Renegade”” on Blackboard; HW #4 Works Cited

In-class: Audience Exercise/Discourse Communities
Journal-3: Was learning about getting started helpful or a waste of time? Which method do you believe to be best for you? Why?
Week 4


Assignments due: Essay 1 - 1st drafts

In-class: Teacher Conferences

Assignments Due: Read on Blackboard “The Pura Principle”

In-class: Essay 1 - 1st drafts/
Journal 4: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? Has it changed over the years? Tell about it.

Assignments Due: Essay 12nd drafts

In-Class; Peer Review;
Week 5


Assignments Due: Essay 1 – Final draft

In-Class: Intro to Library Databases

Assignments due: read 394-407 on blackboard

In-class: Library Data Bases; Assign Essay 2

Assignments Due: HW #5 Library

In-Class: Discuss Readings: Assign Group Projects
Journal 5: Is college different than you had expected? In what ways? How is it similar to your expectations?
Week 6


Assignments Due: read “Are Living Wills Honored,” page 408, 409, on blackboard;

In-class: Methods of Support

Assignments Due: Read “New Living Will,” page 410; HW #6: #2-pg 409 on blackboard;

In-class: Methods of Support; Work on Group Presentations

Assignments Due: Read “Position,” page 412 on blackboard; Essay 2- first draft

In-class today: peer review
Journals 6: Did the conference help you? Why or why not? Be specific and give at least 1 example.
Week 7


Assignments due today:

In-class today: Midterm

Assignments due today: read “Ignoring,” page 422 on blackboard;

Essay 2 – 1st draft

In-class today: Discussion; Peer Review

Assignments Due: Turn in Journals; Read “A Right to Die”, page 427 on blackboard;; HW #7- Answer question #4 page on 427

In-class today: discuss reading; work on group position statements and group presentations; Assign

4/10 - Last day to change to audit status on transcript 

There will be NO JOURNAL ASSIGNMENT THIS WEEK (I will be grading your journals)
Week 8


Assignments due today: Read “The Sanctity of Life”, page 444; HW #8 – answer any two of the questions on pgs 454-455 on blackboard;

In-class today: TBA

Assignments Due: Essay 2- 2nd Draft

In-Class: peer review

Assignments due today: Read: “In Place of the Old Ethic on Blackboard”

In-class today: Discussion of Readings – Group Activity
Journals 7: answer 2 of the questions on 398 on blackboard;
Week 9


Assignments due today: Final Draft – Essay 2;

In-class today: Discuss 3rd Essay

Assignments due today:.Read: Youth Volunteerism: Should schools require students to perform public service?

In-class today: Intro to Financial Literacy


Assignments due: Read “Free College – We can Afford I” HW 9: Do you believe community college should be free? Be ready to support your argument with examples from the reading?

In-class: Discussion/Questions from beginning of semester.
Journal 8: What one thing would you change about this class? What thing do you like the most?
Week 10


Assignments due: Read: “Student Debt: Is the college loan system fair?”

In-class today: Summary/Paraphrase;

Assignments due: Pre-read Student Aid: How many Low Income Students will be Left Out – This is a rather long reading, but it is important to the understanding of the topic!>

In-class today: Discussion Summary Paraphrase

Assignments due: Read Student Aid: How many Low Income Students will be Left Out

In-class today: Discussion; Summary/Paraphrase quiz
11/2 - Last day to withdraw with “W” or change to audit status on transcript 

Deadline to Withdraw
Journal-9: This is a freebie. Write an extra free write.
Week 11


Assignments due: Read: Look Out for These Federal Aid Changes in 2012

In-class today: HW 10: Write a summary of the article. Do not write more than 1 paragraph. Include one quote from the article. Be sure to cite the quote correctly


Assignments due: HW 11: What do you think should be more important in getting financial aid: merit or need?

Journal 10: Write about the differences between written and oral English.

Assignments due: Story to be announced

In-class: Diction
Journal 10: Discuss how you learn best? What conditions are necessary to facilitate your learning?
Week 12


Assignment due: Read: Recent Changes to the Student Aid Program

In-class: Research for Essay 3

Assignments due: HW 12: Works Cited due for Financial Readings (tba)

In-class: Discuss Research Found
Journal 11: What class exercise helped you the most? Which helped you the least?

Assignments due: Essay 3- first Draft;

In-Class: Peer Review

Week 13


Assignments due:

In-Class: Oral Project Assigned
Journal 12: Discuss something you enjoyed reading. It can be a book, graphic novel, comic…anything at all.

Assignments due: Essay 3, 2nd drafts due

In-class: Final Retrospective is assigned; peer review;


Assignments Due: Final Journals Due

In-class: Work on Projects;
Week 14


Assignments Due: Final Draft Essay 3 due

In-class: Work on Projects

No classes

No classes
Week 15


Assignments Due: Oral Project Due

In-class: Oral Project

Assignments Due: Oral Project Due; Revised Essay (optional) Due

In-class: Oral Project

Assignments Due: Final Reflective Paper Due; Oral Project Due;

In-class: Oral Project
Journals: To be turned in twice per semester (see calendar)

Write minimum ½ page three times a week.

  1. one free write

  2. one class assigned question (see syllabus)

  3. one reaction to a reading assigned that week


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