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English 101 – Academic Writing
Mr. Pfarrer / Fall Semester, 2017
Texts: The Prose Reader / The Blair Reader / Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Students develop and refine an effective writing process.  They develop the critical thinking skills necessary to read, write, discuss and research a variety of essay and nonfiction forms. Context for the assignments is provided by readings drawn from academic writing, journalism and a nonfiction text.  Students develop information literacy skills as they engage in the research process.
COURSE OBJECTIVES:  English 101 is designed to equip first-year college students with the essential writing skills necessary for success in their academic and vocational endeavors.  The course emphasizes reading, thinking, discussing, researching, and writing about topical and academic information.  The following skills will be stressed:

  • Critical reading, thinking and discussing
  • Analytical and interpretive responses to a variety of writing genres
  • Paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting material from sources
  • Writing with sources: research, organize, interpret, evaluate, synthesize and document
  • Information literacy (research skills)
  • Academic writing processes of prewriting, drafting, sharing, revising, and editing
  • Strengthening basic writing skills by concentrating on purpose, audience, organization, style, and mechanics
    METHODS OF INSTRUCTION:  Class discussion, direct instruction, group activities, individual conferences.
    REQUIREMENTS:  Students are required to write four essays and a research paper that will count towards a final exam grade.  Unexcused late papers will be penalized ten (10) points per day.  In-class and homework assignments from the text will include writing short pieces such as summaries, paraphrases, outlines, and responses.  There will be periodic quizzes. 
  • Drafts will not be graded, but I will give you specific feedback on them; you should have an oral or written (email) conference with me before handing in your paper.
  • In-class work, quizzes, and homework must be completed during the assigned time. If you are legitimately absent, you may have one day to catch up before receiving a zero on such work.
  • Essays must be typed: hard (paper) and digital (computer) copies are required. Failure to hand in an assigned paper will result in failure for the marking period, and the likely failure of the course. Failure to submit the research paper guarantees failure of the course.
    ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION:  Regular attendance is expected.  Assigned readings will require discussion and analysis.  In addition, writers need readers, and feedback is necessary for effective revision.  A strong participatory presence is a requirement but not a guarantee of an A in English 101.  
    EVALUATION:                    Informal Writing Assignments & Quizzes                         25%
                                                    In-class Discussions, Participation and Engagement     25%
                                                    Formal Essays                                                                         25%
                                                    Research Paper / Final                                                          25%
    This is a college course, which will appear on your permanent transcript.  Students must earn an overall grade of C (73) for three TC3 credits. It fulfills the SUNY General Education Basic Communication requirement.
    STUDENT OBJECTIVES:  This is your class; you will be expected to be an active participant in it by completing assignments on time, participating in class discussions, working in groups, responding to your peers and engaging with your own writing process.  Specific objectives include:
  • evaluating your own writing as you work through the process
  • cooperating with group members as you share, agree, disagree, and defend positions
  • offering and accepting feedback concerning your writing
  • developing critical thinking skills as you read, write, and discuss ideas
  • contributing to large and small group discussions
  • respecting individual or group opinions and the individual rights of all classmates
  • conferring with the instructor frequently throughout the writing process
  • reflecting on the processes of reading, writing, learning, and thinking
    • developing personal goals for your own writing
      Every student at Tompkins Cortland Community College, or enrolled in CollegeNow concurrent course is expected to act in an academically honest fashion in all aspects of his or her academic work: in writing papers and reports, in taking examinations, in performing laboratory experiments and reporting the results, in clinical and cooperative learning experiences, and in attending to paperwork such as registration forms.
    • Any written work submitted by a student must be his or her own. If the student uses the words or ideas of someone else, he or she must cite the source by such means as a footnote. Our guiding principle is that any honest evaluation of a student’s performance must be based on that student’s work. Any action taken by a student that would result in misrepresentation of someone else’s work or actions as the student’s own — such as cheating on a test, submitting for credit a paper written by another person, or forging an advisor’s signature — is intellectually dishonest and deserving of censure.





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