Syllabus English 101 - Glendale

Glendale Community College

ENG 101 - 0057 (15577): First-Year Composition

Fall 2011


MW 2:30PM - 3:45PM

HT2 153


Instructor:  Shelley Decker

Phone: (480) 269-5712


Office Hours: By appointment


Required Textbooks and Materials:

·         Vandermey, R., et al. The Glendale College Writer and Research Guide - Compilation.  Ohio: Cengage Learning, 2010. Print.

·         A flash or jump drive for in-class assignments

·         A folder for submitting drafts and essays


Optional Resources:

·         A college level dictionary

  • Access to reliable word processing equipment, such as is available in our computer labs


Course Description:  English 101 places emphasis on rhetoric and composition with a focus on expository writing and understanding writing as a process. It establishes effective college-level writing strategies through four (4) or more writing projects comprising at least 3,000 words in total.


Prerequisite:  Appropriate English placement test score or a grade of “C” or better in English 091.


Course Objectives:  This course will help strengthen your writing skills as you:

·         Analyze specific rhetorical contexts, including circumstance, purpose, topic, audience, and writer, as well as the writing’s ethical, political, and cultural implications.

·         Organize writing to support a central idea through unity, coherence, and logical development appropriate to a specific writing context.

·         Use appropriate conventions in writing, including consistent voice, tone, diction, grammar, and mechanics. 

·         Summarize, paraphrase, and quote from sources to maintain academic integrity and to develop and support one’s own ideas. 

·         Use feedback obtained through peer review, instructor comments, and/or other sources to revise writing. 

·         Assess one’s own writing strengths and identify strategies for improvement through instructor conference, portfolio review, written evaluation, and/or other methods.

·         Generate, format, and edit writing using appropriate technologies.


Attendance: Attendance and punctuality are required.  Due to the amount of work shopping/collaboration in this course, students must attend regularly and participate in class activities.  Failure to attend regularly will affect your final grade—as will chronic tardiness.

·         Students who accumulate more than 6 unexcused absences during the semester may be withdrawn from the class with a grade of “W.”  Chronic tardiness or early departures may also result in a withdrawal.  Students who wish to be withdrawn from the class must request that of me by e-mail.

·          If you anticipate being absent, please notify me in advance either by email or by my contact telephone number.  Please do not contact the English Department. 

·         Be aware you are responsible for making up all missed work and coming to class prepared.  I would advise you to take down the names and numbers/e-mail addresses of at least two other members of the class for occasions such as this.

Late Essay Policy: All late essays will be penalized one letter grade per day late and are no longer accepted for a grade past one week of the deadline. Essays are late when they are 1) not already printed and 2) not submitted to me at the beginning of class (Note well: you may not print essays in class on the day they are due. That is a distraction and will result in a letter grade deduction). I do not accept assignments sent to me via email unless approved by me in advance. 


Cell Phones:  During class time, cell phones must be switched off.


Food and Drink: Neither food nor beverages are allowed in the computer classrooms.


Academic Honesty & Plagiarism: All students are expected to maintain the utmost integrity in the completion of all assignments, exams, and essays in this class.  When you plagiarize, you attempt to pass off another person’s ideas or work as your own.  Unintentional plagiarism is plagiarism nonetheless and will be treated as plagiarism.  The penalty for plagiarism is an “F” for the course.  Please refer to section 2.3.11 – Academic Misconduct in the Maricopa Governance Online Policy Manual; it can be found online in the section for Students via the Glendale Community College website.  Please refer to the Plagiarism Policy for the GCC Dept. of English; it is located online via the Dept. of English website.

Disruptive Behavior: Arriving late, leaving early, texting, or otherwise disrupting the class is disrespectful to me and to your fellow students.  Any student engaging in behavior that disrupts the class will be asked to leave and will not receive participation credit for that day.