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course focuses on writing for the vocational, technical, and business worlds.
Designed for students in business, technical, and vocational programs, the
writing includes memos, letters, resumes, reports, and other business/technical
documents. The course also stresses team-building, critical thinking, and
3. Division: English, Math, and Education.
Placement according to IVCC's Accuplacer English placement exam, ACT English
subscore of 21, or successful completion of ENG 0900 or the individualized lab
modules of ENG 0910, ENG 0911, and ENG 0912 and Accuplacer reading exam score of
68 or higher, or ACT reading subscore of 21 or higher, or successful completion
of RED 0900 or the individualized lab modules of RED 0910, RED 0911 and Red
These are the things you should be able to do when you finish this course.
This course addresses the following IVCC general education goals: 1) to communicate successfully, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences and 2) to understand what it means to act ethically and responsibly as an individual in one's career and as a member of society.
To complete the requirements for this course, you will need the following:
You will complete a quiz at the end of each unit. These quizzes may cover reading assignments, handouts, Blackboard discussions, lectures, and any other class material. Quizzes must be submitted through a Blackboard assignment posting by the due date and time to receive full credit.
Miscellaneous assignments may include chapter exercises, collaborative workshops, style exercises, discussion questions, short memos, and a variety of other assignments. Any assignment that fails to meet the requirements or that is not turned in when it is due may receive partial credit or no credit. You will either submit these assignments through a Blackboard assignment posting or complete them in the Blackboard discussion area (each assignment will specify which).
All assignments will graded based on the scale below. Your final course grade will be based upon the same scale.
You may earn back up to 30 points for missed exercise, quiz, rough draft, and writing assignment points. To earn these points, find a periodical article on the Internet about the use of writing in a business, industrial, or technological setting and type a 1-page summary and critique of the article. Each summary/critique must be written carefully and thoughtfully and is worth 10 points. Turn in each summary/critique as an attachment to an e-mail to the instructor and include the URL, or web address, of the article. The last day to turn in a summary/critique is the last day that assignments are due for the course (see Course Schedule).
Because this class is delivered entirely online and we don't meet face-to-face, the class doesn't have a traditional attendance policy.
However, your participation in class activities not only affects your learning, but that of your fellow students, as well. In addition, the quantity and quality of your contributions to the class may affect your class grade if it is "borderline" at the end of the semester.
You are expected to participate regularly in all class activities, including the following:
Be prepared to log into our class Blackboard at least once a day every weekday to check for announcements, work on assignments, respond to questions, turn in work, etc. If you don't log in consistently, you'll probably fall behind rather quickly.
On my end, I'll check in on the class Blackboard and my e-mail each weekday that IVCC is open (typically Monday through Thursday for summer) and possibly other days, depending on assignments, questions, etc. I'll try to respond to questions within 24 hours during the week and no later than on Monday for questions sent to me over the weekend. My goal is to return graded assignments to you within one to two weeks after their due dates.
This course and all the work you submit for it are subject to IVCC’s Academic Integrity Policy, which is available in the current IVCC Catalog and Student Handbook. Everything that you submit for this class must be your own work. If any of your work includes any material from a source, you must give full credit to the source. In other words, that material must be fully documented. Submitting work that is not your own and failing to document source material are both plagiarism, a form of cheating. Plagiarism and cheating in general can destroy your credibility as a writer and are grounds for failing an assignment in this course and/or the entire course. Refer to the IVCC Stylebook (www.ivcc.edu/stylebook) for more information on plagiarism. In addition, you are not allowed to submit work that you completed prior to this class or are working on for another class (for example, for another college course or in high school) without my prior approval. Please discuss with me any concerns you have about these issues.
You may withdraw from this course through November 3. Students have the ability to initiate a withdrawal from classes. By completing the form in the Records Office or through the form located within WebAdvisor, the student is authorizing IVCC to remove him/her from the course. Entering the student ID number serves as the student’s electronic signature. IVCC has the right to rescind a withdrawal in cases of academic dishonesty or at the instructor’s discretion. Students should be aware of the impact of a withdrawal on full-time status for insurance purposes and for financial aid. It is highly recommended that students meet with their instructor or with a counselor before withdrawing from a class to discuss if a withdrawal is the best course of action for that particular student. More detailed information is available at www.ivcc.edu/admissions.
Please take advantage of my availability through our course Blackboard, by e-mail, and by phone to talk to me about a specific writing assignment or the class in general. If necessary, we can arrange to meet at my office on campus. I'm pleased to help you with the class in any way I reasonably can. Get your money’s worth out of your instructors, your classes, and the other services IVCC offers its students.
The IVCC Writing Center offers free, unlimited, one-on-one tutoring for students in any class at any stage of their writing process. The Writing Center staff, which includes faculty and student tutors, is happy to assist students in understanding assignments, brainstorming topics, organizing and developing ideas, and revising and editing drafts. Our Quick Query service provides help with basic writing questions via email. The Writing Center also has handouts on grammar and style, writing reference materials, and documentation manuals available in the Center and in the IVCC Stylebook. The schedule, appointment availability, and Quick Query instructions can be found by visiting the Writing Center web site (www.ivcc.edu/writingcenter), calling the Learning Commons at 815-224-0637, or stopping by the Writing Center in the Learning Commons (D-201).
The library hours and notices of any shortened hours are posted on the library web page. Please plan your work on research assignments accordingly. Many library resources are available online with your IVCC student ID at www.ivcc.edu/libraryhome. Chat online or text the library at 1-815-605-0482 for assistance. The mission of Jacobs Library is to provide resources to enhance the IVCC learning programs and services that enable our community to seek, evaluate, and use information. To fulfill that mission, the library promotes an environment for quiet reading, study, research, and computer access by individuals, as well as small group work in designated areas. Students need to be respectful of this mission and of other students using the library for quiet reading, study, and research. Failure to abide by the rules of the library and failure to follow directions of staff will subject students to the Student Code of Conduct. If you, or a group you are with, are disruptive, you will be asked to leave the library. Jacobs Library (located on the main campus) helps you get to know your college library’s collections and services. A self-guided orientation is available whenever the library is open for you to learn about the library at your own pace. Allow about 20 minutes and bring your IVCC student ID to the library service desk in A-201 to get started. If you prefer to participate in a guided orientation with a library staff member, please bring your IVCC student ID to the library at one of the scheduled times posted at www.ivcc.edu/forms/LibraryOrientation.
If you are a student with a documented cognitive (learning disability), physical, or psychiatric disability (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, AD/HD, post-traumatic stress, and others), you may be eligible for academic support services, such as extended test time, texts in audio format, note-taking services, etc. If you are interested in learning if you can receive these academic support services, please contact Tina Hardy (email@example.com or 224-0284) or stop by the Disability Services Office in C-211.