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  • 1.  INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGE ENG 100 Introduction to Composition Effective Term Fall 2011 Page 1
  • 2. INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGEEffective Term: 201110COURSE PREFIX: ENG 100 COURSE TITLE: Introduction to CompositionCONTACT HOURS: 3 LectureRATIONALE FOR THE COURSE:Students learn to write by practicing writing. Therefore, English 100 helps students develop theirwriting and critical thinking skills by composing five-paragraph essays and reviewing grammar,punctuation, and use of transitions. English 100 is a college preparatory English course thathelps students refine their critical thinking and writing skills, which are essential prerequisites forEnglish 101.PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:English 100 covers material necessary to ensure successful transition from basic English skills,paragraph structure, complex sentence variety (taught in ENG 031 and 032 and reviewed inENG100) to proficient use of five-paragraph essay structure and development of basic criticalthinking skills.COURSE DESCRIPTION:This course is a study of basic writing and different modes of composition and may include areview of usage. In order to advance to English 101, a student must earn a minimum grade of―C‖ and pass an exit exam to be administered at the end of the semester. The exit exam isscored by two full-time English teachers other than the student’s instructor.PREREQUISITES:A grade of ―C‖ or better in ENG 032, score of 70-79 Writing on the COMPASS test, orrecommended placement by the teacher of English 101, Composition I, based uponperformance on the 101 diagnostic sample essay.REQUIRED MATERIALS: 1. Textbook: Wordsmith: A Guide to College Writing 4E, Pamela Arlov, 2010, Pearson 2. Notebook with lined paper, folders, dark blue or black pens, pencils, and flash drives 3. A standard dictionary or thesaurus 4. Computer access – either at home or on campus (More information in Technical Requirements, below) Page 2
  • 3. TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: 1. Basic word-processing skills are needed for this course 2. Access to a computer, printer, and internet are needed for this course and may be completed while on campus 3. Familiarity with WaveNet and/or D2LNote: If you need assistance meeting any of these technical requirements, please contact theappropriate area of service listed under ‘Resources’ below.RESOURCES: 1. Technology assistance – Student Web Support/HelpDesk  Phone - 349.5340  Email - SOS@hgtc.edu,  WaveNet Help Line – Click on the HelpDesk link via WaveNet homepage. 2. Tutoring services – Provided by the Student Success and Technology Center (SSTC) and/or Writing Center – Conway 349-7872, Grand Strand 477-2113, Georgetown 520- 1455 3. Printers, computers, copiers – Located in the library, Student Success and Technology Center (SSTC) 4. Students with disabilities: Please view this section of the College catalog and contact Laura Milling, Coordinator of Student Disabilites, Conway campus, Bldg. 1100, Student Affairs, 349-5249.ATTENDANCE POLICY: Students must be present for a minimum of 80% of their classes. Allabsences are considered as non-attendance and may not be made up or excused (except forjury duty and National Guard duty). A class that meets 70 hours per semester allows for 10hours (not days) of penalty-free absences. Exceeding the absence limit results in thestudent’s immediate withdrawal from the course, which may affect financial aid. Pleasefamiliarize yourself with your instructor’s attendance policy to ensure your success in the class.CLASSROOM DECORUM: Please view the classroom decorum section of the College catalogand familiarize yourself with your instructor’s policies and expectations for acceptable classroombehavior.STUDENT COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students who successfully complete English100 will demonstrate proficiency in the following areas: 1. Grammar and Usage – use subject/verb and pronoun/antecedent agreement, Standard English grammar, and word choice suited to the occasion and purpose Page 3
  • 4. 2. Mechanics - recognize and use punctuation marks, use capital letters, and apply the rules and guidelines of English spelling 3. Sentence Structure - identify the different types of sentences, use sentence variety in original writings, use sentence clarity and logic, and use conciseness in writing applications 4. Writing (formatting) – students will be able to apply the steps of the writing process, identify and apply pre-writing techniques, organize and draft writings that reflect a controlling idea in the introduction, body, and conclusion, write legibly (or use word processing) 5. Writing (content) – students will be able to compose a thoughtful, well-supported and organized five-paragraph essay, which includes a clear thesis statement/controlling idea and adheres to college-level expectations and standards.EVALUATION OF REQUIRED COURSE MEASURES/ARTIFACTS:Grades are based on points from assignments, in-class writings, tests, quizzes, MyWritingLaband/or grammar exercises, in accordance with the system found below, though the points maybe adjusted slightly by instructors. Note that grades of A *, B*, C*, F* are awarded in thiscourse; a D* grade does not exist in English 100.Note: Exit exam results determine whether or not a student passes English 100, regardless ofthe grade prior to the exit exam. Students with a ―C*‖ or higher will be permitted to take the exitexam; others must re-take the course.EXIT EXAM EVALUATION/PROCESS: 1. Approximately two weeks prior to the end of the semester, students whose averages are an A, B, or C, are permitted to take the exit exam. Those whose average is a D or below, must retake English 100 the next semester. 2. Two chances to pass the exit exam are given by the instructor: The first is offered within the last two weeks of the semester; the second is offered during the class’s final exam time slot. Instructors will specify these dates on the syllabus, course page, and/or announce in class or via email. 3. Each exit exam is scored by at least two full-time faculty members of the Communications department, who are not the instructor of the class being graded. 4. The student’s performance on the exit exam determines whether or not the student passes the course. Those who pass either the first or second chance exit exam are permitted to register for and take English 101; those who do not pass the first or second chance exit exam must retake English 100 the next semester. Regardless of a student’s grade prior to taking the exam, s/he will only be able to register for English 101 upon successful completion and passing of the English 100 exit exam. Page 4
  • 5. GRADING: Writing (3-5 5-paragraph essays, at least 2 in-class) 500 points Tests, Quizzes, Homework, MyWritingLab 250 points Exit Essay 250 points Total points 1000 pointsAdditional assignments or tests may be given at the discretion of the instructor; points will be adjustedaccordingly. Note: If using a percentage system, the Exit Essay must be worth at least 25% of theoverall grade.UNITS of STUDY FOR ENGLISH 100Note: Each teacher will address these fundamentals throughout the semester, though differentsections of the course might concentrate on these elements at different times. The CourseOutline below, however, will give you a basic layout of the material and assignments. I. THE BASIC ELEMENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL 5-PARAGRAPH ESSAY  Introduction o Different Types of Introductions (e.g. Broad to Narrow, Anecdote, Contrary Opinions) o Thesis Statement Construction and Integration  Body Paragraphs o Topic Sentences o Transitions o Supporting Points o Explanations o Examples  Conclusions o Different Types of Conclusions o Making the Paper Applicable to Readers II. HOW TO WRITE A SUCCESSFUL PAPER  Preparing to Write  Revising  Formatting  Workshopping  Proofreading Page 5
  • 6. III. ONGOING REVIEW OF GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION AND WORD CHOICE As needed, each instructor will offer individual or collective reviews of the following topics.  Run-On Sentences  Sentence Fragments  Pronoun Agreement, Reference, Point of View  Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers  Parallel Structure  Commas, Semicolons, Colons and DashesCOURSE OUTLINE: Each week, students will take the knowledge they’ve accrued and put it touse. The course will start by concentrating on the basics, which will require homework from thebook and classwork on the materials being taught. As the semester progresses, students willcompose numerous in-class and out-of-class writing assignments. The final exam will requirestudents to prove they have completely grasped how to write a college-level essay.Week 1Students will complete a diagnostic essay and receive an introduction to English 100Week 2Introduction to the Elements of a 5-paragraph EssayThesis Statements—what they are, why they are important, and how they ought to becomposedWeek 3Introductions—why they are needed, different types, and how they should be composedThe Body of the Paper—topic sentences, transitions, and supporting pointsWeek 4The Body of the Paper Continued—Topic Sentences, Transitions, Supporting Points, Explanations, ExamplesConclusions—why they are needed and what you ought and ought not to doWeek 5Workshop Paper 1Revising—how you can help yourself and your colleagues make your papers betterFormatting—how you ought to format college-level papersWeek 6Review of Material from This Class and Previous Classes (e.g. punctuation, grammar)First Timed WritingWeek 7Learning to Think Outside the Box Page 6
  • 7. Reviewing and Critiquing EssaysWeek 8Workshop Paper 2Reviewing and Critiquing EssaysWeek 9-12Workshop Paper 3Complete Numerous In-class WritingsReview and Critique EssaysWeek 13Take the First Chance Exit Exam (Note: those students who do not pass this first chance examwill have another chance to pass during the scheduled exam time.)Week 14Review the Results of the First Chance Exit ExamWork to Resolve Problems Noted by Graders and Prepare for Final Chance Exit Exam Page 7
  • 8. INSTRUCTOR’S PERSONAL INFORMATION SHEETNote: The instructor’s information sheet should be tailored to the specific requirementsand expectations of each individual instructor of the course. These will be individualizedto inform the students of variations in conducting the course. This is a supplement to theCourse Instructional Package, which provides the general departmental guidelines andoutcomes for the course.Instructor’s Name:Office Location:Office Telephone Number:E-mail Address: HGTC addressHome Telephone Number: (Optional)Classroom Decorum: (Optional)Attendance Policy:Tardy Policy:Make-up Test Policy: Page 8