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English Composition 1

Syllabus: ENG 1001-02 / ENG 1001-05 / ENG 1001-08 (Fall 2017)


R. Rambo
Office: A313
Phone: (815) 224-0338
E-mail: randy_rambo@ivcc.edu
Instructor Home Page: http://www2.ivcc.edu/rambo
Course Home Page: http://www2.ivcc.edu/rambo/eng1001.htm

Office Hours
Monday and Friday: 11:00 am-12:45 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am-12:00 pm, 2:00-2:30 pm
(and by appointment)


There is no required textbook for the course. All assigned readings are available online.

Course Description (from the college catalog)

English Composition 1 allows the student to study and apply rhetorical principles of writing in developing effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays, with particular emphasis on analyzing and writing expository prose about short fiction and non-fiction prose. Students' essays will be based upon their readings of a variety of texts on various topics. The course includes the use of various computer applications, including word-processing and the Internet. The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) equivalent for the course is C1 900.


Writing Placement
Prior to enrolling in an ENG 1001 course, Illinois Valley Community College students must

Reading Placement
Prior to enrolling in an ENG 1001 course, Illinois Valley Community College students must

Required Labs
The English Placement Test may indicate that a student can enroll in ENG 1001 but must also complete a required English lab prior to completing ENG 1001. If the required lab is not completed successfully by the end of the semester, the student must receive a grade of "Incomplete" in the ENG 1001 course.

Just ask the instructor if you have any questions about the prerequisites for the course or the English labs.

General Education Goals

Students successfully completing ENG 1001 will be able to demonstrate the ability

  1. To apply analytical and problem solving skills to personal, social, and professional issues and situations.
  2. To communicate successively, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences.
  3. To understand and use technology effectively and to understand its impact on the individual and society.

Expected Student Outcomes

Upon successful completion of English Composition 1, students will be able to

  1. Read a variety of texts with understanding and appreciation;
  2. Understand invention as a part of the writing process;
  3. Organize and develop ideas effectively and logically in essays;
  4. Develop effective, logical, and well-supported arguments;
  5. Understand and use a variety of rhetorical methods for developing ideas;
  6. Maintain a consistent and appropriate viewpoint, tone, and voice;
  7. Strengthen essays through the revision process;
  8. Write essays free from common stylistic weaknesses;
  9. Write essays free from excessive errors;
  10. Use word-processing software and the Internet to assist in the writing process; and
  11. Understand documentation and plagiarism.



Writing assignments will be evaluated and graded according to the grading standards in IVCC's Style Book at https://www.ivcc.edu/stylebooks/stylebook1.aspx?id=14556. Additional assessment criteria will be given for specific assignments. For the two final revisions, consideration will be given to the extent and quality of revision (possible reorganization, further development and support of ideas, the elimination of errors, etc.).

Course work that is not submitted or that is significantly below the minimum requirement for the assignment will receive a "0," not an "F."

Final course grades will be determined as follows:
10%    Essay 1
10%    Essay 2
15%    Essay 3
15%    Essay 4
10%    Revision 1
10%    Revision 2
15%    Miscellaneous Assignments
10%    Final Exam
  5%    Participation and Attendance

At the end of the semester, final course grades will be calculated using the following scale: 90%-100% = A, 80%-89% = B, 70%-79% = C, 60%-69%= D, 0%-59%= F.

Participation and Attendance

Students are expected to attend class regularly and to be on time for class. Absences may result in a lowered course grade, and more than six absences may result in a withdrawal from the course without warning.

Five percent of the course grade is determined by a student's participation and attendance. Each student begins with a "Participation and Attendance" score of one hundred percent, but this grade will be lowered by five percent for each absence and for each time a student is late for class. The only exceptions are absences due to college-related activities, such as field trips or sporting events for student athletes.

The "Participation and Attendance" grade may also be lowered by five percent for each occasion when a student engages in disruptive behavior in class, such as using a cell phone in class, using the computer for anything unrelated to the class, and persistent chatting.

General Policies / Requirements for Successful Completion of the Course

  1. Come to class regularly and come to class prepared. Students are expected to complete all reading and writing assignments. Failure to complete assignments may result in a substantial reduction of the course grade. The following policy applies to all essays: A draft of at least 600 words will be due at the time of peer critiques. If a student does not have a draft of the required length, one letter grade will be deducted from the revised draft of the paper.
  2. Be active participants in the class. Active and meaningful student participation is expected, so ask questions, offer comments and suggestions, share your thoughts, make a meaningful contribution to the exchange of ideas in the classroom.
  3. Demonstrate a genuine desire to learn and to succeed in the course. A positive attitude can take you far, so be willing to work: read and reread the texts carefully, take pride in your class work, and please see me if you need additional help. You probably need this course for the credit, but try to work hard both to gain the credit and to gain knowledge and better writing skills.
  4. Be familiar with IVCC's "Student Code of Conduct" (in the college's Student Handbook), which stipulates the behavior expected of students. Violations of the "Student Code of Conduct" include "disruption of the educational process." This disruption could include conduct that is detrimental to the learning environment of the classroom, such as persistent tardiness, sleeping in class, use of cell phones in class, or other distracting and disrespectful behavior. Cell phone use in class is prohibited unless permission is granted for course-related use of phones, such as the taking of pictures of information presented in class. Please keep cell phones out of sight. Students text messaging, using cell phones or other electronic devices without permission, or engaging in other disruptive behavior in class will lose "Participation and Attendance" points and may be asked to leave the classroom. Students consistently engaged in disruptive behavior may be withdrawn from the course.

Assignments are due on the due dates. In-class assignments cannot be turned in after the class period during which they are assigned and completed. Essay assignments also are due on the due dates. However, the instructor can approve a late submission of an essay if an emergency or some other legitimate situation arises that prevents a student from turning in an essay when it is due. Talk to the instructor if this situation comes up.  

Working in the Computer Lab

All of our class meetings are held in one of the college's computer labs. The computers should help us complete assignments and should not be a distraction from those assignments. While we are in the computer lab during class time, we must work on material related to the course. Students who use the computers during class time for purposes that are not course related (reading or writing e-mail, playing games, working on assignments for other classes, surfing the Internet for information unrelated to the course, etc.) will be asked to leave the classroom.

Academic Accommodations

If you need support or assistance because of a disability, you may be eligible for academic accommodations through IVCC's Disability Services. Visit office C-211 or https://www.ivcc.edu/disabilityservices.aspx?id=582 or call (815) 224-0634 or (815) 224-0284 for more information.

Plagiarism and Cheating

Plagiarism is the use of another person's ideas, information, or exact words in your own writing without properly acknowledging your source in accordance with a standard system of documentation. In writing classes, plagiarism most often occurs when students use someone else's work and submit it as their own.

Make sure that all of the work you contribute to the class is your own. If a student is discovered submitting work that is plagiarized, depending on the severity of the plagiarism, the student will receive a grade of "F" on the assignment, a grade of "0" without the option to revise, or a failing grade in the course. In addition, the student's name and a description of the incident will be reported to IVCC's Office of Academic Affairs. The Office of Academic Affairs will keep a record of these submissions. According to IVCC's "Student Code of Conduct," "when a student has been identified as committing an act of academic dishonesty twice" in any courses, the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Vice President of Student Services "will conduct an investigation, which may include a formal hearing, and will recommend or impose appropriate discipline."

Most Important of All

It's my job to help you succeed in the course, so please let me help you. Do not hesitate to ask questions and to see me during my office hours. Also, be aware that additional assistance to help you succeed is available through the college's Writing Center. See https://www.ivcc.edu/writingcenter.aspx?id=3542 for more information.

Tentative Schedule: ENG 1001-02 / ENG 1001-05 / ENG 1001-08

Please see the course home page at http://www2.ivcc.edu/rambo/eng1001.htm for daily assignments. This schedule is subject to change.

Week 1 (8/16, 8/18)
Introductions. The course syllabus. Reading assignment to be announced. Review of the Essay form. Explanation of the Diagnostic Essay assignment.

Week 2 (8/21, 8/23, 8/25)
In-class Diagnostic Essay. Explanation of Essay 1: Analysis of a Photograph or Painting. In-class prewriting for Essay 1.

Week 3 (8/28, 8/30, 9/1)
Continued discussion of Essay 1. Organizing and developing ideas in Essay 1. Continued in-class work on Essay 1. Draft of Essay 1 of at least 600 words due for peer critique. Peer critiques of Essay 1.
Tuesday, August 29: Last day to drop the course for a refund.

Week 4 (9/4, 9/6, 9/8)
Revising Essay 1: the thesis statement, topic sentences, and support and development of ideas. Strengthening writing style. Understanding and avoiding grammar and punctuation errors. Second peer critiques of Essay 1.     
No class Monday, September 4 (Labor Day).

Week 5 (9/11, 9/13, 9/15)
Revised Draft of Essay 1 of at least 800 words due. Read "Commas" and "Four Comma Rules." In-class exercise on using commas. Read Katherine Mansfield's "The Garden Party," "The Doll's House," and "The Fly." Quiz over the assigned stories. Explanation of Essay 2: Writing about a Short Story. Generating ideas about the assigned stories. 

Week 6 (9/18, 9/20, 9/22)
Discussion of Essay 2 and the assigned stories. Organizing and developing ideas in Essay 2. In-class work on Essay 2. Essay 2 draft of at least 600 words due for peer critique. Peer critiques of Essay 2.  

Week 7 (9/25, 9/27, 9/29)
Revising Essay 2: the thesis statement, organization, and support and development of ideas. Using quotations effectively. Read "Integrating Quotations into Sentences" and "Using Quotations Properly." Second peer critique of Essay 2.

Week 8 (10/2, 10/4, 10/6)
Revised Draft of Essay 2 of at least 800 words due. In-class exercise on using quotations. Read James Joyce's "Eveline" and "Araby." Quiz over the assigned stories. Explanation of Essay 3: Writing about a Short Story with Sources. Generating ideas about the assigned stories.
No class Friday, October 6 (Development Day).

Week 9 (10/9, 10/11, 10/13)
Discussion of Essay 3 and the assigned stories. Organizing and developing ideas in Essay 3. Locating and using material from secondary sources for Essay 3. In-class work on Essay 3.

Week 10 (10/16, 10/18, 10/20)
Essay 3 draft of at least 600 words due for peer critique. Peer critiques of Essay 3. Revising Essay 3: organizing and developing ideas, using material from secondary sources, integrating quotations with correct punctuation, avoiding errors. Preparing the Works Cited page for Essay 3. 

Week 11 (10/23, 10/25, 10/26)
Revised draft of Essay 3 of at least 800 words due. In-class exercise on identifying and correcting errors in a paragraph. Explanation of Essay 4: Persuasive Essay with Sources. Discussion of possible topics for Essay 4. Finding good online sources for Essay 4.

Week 12 (10/30, 11/1, 11/3)
Continued discussion of Essay 4. Organizing and developing ideas in Essay 4. Using and citing supporting material from sources. Avoiding logical fallacies. In-class work on Essay 4. Draft of Essay 4 of at least 600 words due for peer critique. Peer critiques of Essay 4.
Friday, November 3: Last day for student withdrawal.

Week 13 (11/6, 11/8, 11/10)
Revising Essay 4. Preparing the Works Cited page for Essay 4. Second peer critiques of Essay 4.
No class Friday, November 10 (Veterans Day).

Week 14 (11/13, 11/15, 11/17)
Revised draft of Essay 4 of at least 800 words due. In-class exercise on using sources effectively, in the same format as the practice "Using Sources Quiz." Explanation of the Final Revisions assignment. Using feedback on graded essays to strengthen the essays. Preparing revision plans for the Final Revisions. In-class exercise on strengthening writing style.

Week 15 (11/20, 11/22, 11/24)
Continued work on the Final Revisions.
No class Wednesday, November 22, and Friday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Break).

Week 16 (11/27, 11/29, 12/1)
Continued work on the Final Revisions. In-class exercise on understanding and correcting grammar and punctuation errors identified in the feedback on graded essays. Two Final Revisions due. What to expect on the Final Exam.  

Week 17 (12/4, 12/6)
Final Exam Pre-Test. Answers to the Final Exam Pre-Test.

Final Exam

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