Course Syllabus

Fayetteville State University
College of Arts and Sciences
English Department
Composition II
ENGL 120-48 Spring II 2016

I. Locator Information:
Instructor:: B. Blevins
Course # and Name: _ENGL 120-48_ Office Location: _Butler 388A___________________
Semester Credit Hours: _3______________________ Office hours: M-TR: TBA
Day and Time Class Meets: ENGL 120-48, MW, Butler 359 Office Phone: 910-672-1861
Total Contact Hours for Class: _48
Email address: bblevins@uncfsu.edu_


FSU Policy on Electronic Mail: Fayetteville State University provides to each student, free of charge, an electronic mail account ( that is easily accessible via the Internet. The university has established FSU email as the primary mode of correspondence between university officials and enrolled students. Inquiries and requests from students pertaining to academic records, grades, bills, financial aid, and other matters of a confidential nature must be submitted via FSU email. Inquiries or requests from personal email accounts are not assured a response. The university maintains open-use computer laboratories throughout the campus that can be used to access electronic mail.
Rules and regulations governing the use of FSU email may be found at

II. Course Description from University Catalog
English Composition II is a course that continues practice in the composing process with
emphasis on argumentation and research. The course involves gathering, analyzing, and
documenting information from secondary sources, including extensive use of Internet sites. Prerequisite: ENGL 110

III. Disabled Student Services:
Disabled Student Services: In accordance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ACA) of 1990, if you have a disability or think you have a disability to please contact the Center for Personal Development in the Spaulding Building, Room 155 (1st Floor); 910-672-1203.

IV. Title IX – Sexual Misconduct
Fayetteville State University (University) is committed to fostering a safe campus environment where sexual misconduct — including sexual harassment, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking - is unacceptable and is not tolerated. The University encourages students who may have experienced sexual misconduct to speak with someone at the University so that the University can provide the support that is needed and respond appropriately. The Sexual Misconduct policy can be found at the following link:

Consulting with a Health Care Professional - A student who wishes to confidentially speak about an incident of sexual misconduct should contact either of the following individuals who are required to maintain confidentiality:

Ms. Dionne Hall Ms. Linda Melvin
Licensed Professional Counselor Director, Student Health Services
Spaulding Building, Room 167 Spaulding Building, Room 121
(910) 672-2167 (910) 672-1454

Reporting an Incident of Sexual Misconduct - The University encourages students to report incidents of sexual misconduct. A student who wishes to report sexual misconduct or has questions about University policies and procedures regarding sexual misconduct should contact the following individual:

Title IX Coordinator
Barber Building, Room 242
(910) 672-1141

Unlike the Licensed Professional Counselor or the Director of Student Health Services, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator is legally obligated to investigate reports of sexual misconduct, and therefore cannot guarantee confidentiality, but a request for confidentiality will be considered and respected to the extent possible.

Students are also encouraged to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the University’s Police and Public Safety Department at (910) 672-1911.

V. Textbook and Required Materials:

Connelly, Mark. The Sundance Writer. 5/e. United States: Thompson Wadsworth,
2013. ISBN: 13: 978-1-111-84022-6.
Spiral notebook ($1.25-$2.50 size) for the DayBook and a data stick/flash drive.

VI. Course Objectives:
Student Learning Outcomes for English 120:
ENGL 120 Course Objectives
After successfully completing this course, students will be able to
1.Conduct independent research on a topic using various library databases and other research tools
2.Summarize, quote, paraphrase and analyze material in relation to multiple sources
3.Cite material according to a citation style, preferably APA
4.Demonstrate proof of the writing process, including inventing or gathering ideas; researching the library catalog, databases, and other tools by keyword and/or subject searching; planning a draft, writing the first draft; revising; editing; and proofreading.

ENGL 120 contributes to the following FSU Core Objectives:
Information Literacy
1.Define and articulate the need for information that is appropriate to complete a given assignment
2.Select sources; compare and contrast relevant ideas found in sources to questions appropriate for a given assignment
3.Integrate information from various sources to assemble and answer appropriate questions for a given assignment
4.Understand and describe search strategies appropriate for a variety of retrieval systems, including online catalogs, periodical databases, online reference tools, and internet search engines
5.Apply and refine search strategies to suit appropriate purpose and context
6.Evaluate information from multiple sources based on usefulness, reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias; develop own thesis based upon integration of appropriate, reliable, accurate sources
7.Recognize concepts of academic honesty and plagiarism; explain intellectual property
and fair use
8.Document appropriately in text and bibliographic references according to one style; demonstrate personal responsibility by avoiding plagiarism
9.Document in multiple styles as appropriate for given discipline and assignment; construct full awareness of reasoning behind codes of academic honest

VII. Course Requirements and Evaluation Criteria

One research paper (60%): the paper will have a minimum of seven sources and a length of 1500-2000 words or 7-8 pages, not including cover, abstract or reference page.
A complete check list outlining the requirements for the paper and a rubric for the point system are under Content on Blackboard. All students will be required to use Turnitin located in Content, Research Paper on Blackboard and SmarThinking, located under Tools on Blackboard.

Class Participation (20%): The class participation grade involves reading assignments, some department requirements, remediation tests on Blackboard which may be taken multiple times, workshops, online work, homework or group work. I will determine which assignments will receive a grade. Homework is due on the day assigned and at the beginning of each class. We will also use a Daybook (spiral notebook) daily in class to complete assignments, such as, a double entry journal, to take notes, or to plan an assignment. You may use a glue stick (which I will provide) to glue assignments completed on regular paper into the Daybook.

Journals (10 %): The four journal assignments are due as scheduled in the Course Outline. You may access them through Content on Blackboard or click on Discussion. Please make sure your journal entries are appropriate to be shared with the class. I will evaluate journal entries based on clarity and adherence to the assignment; each entry is worth up to 25 pts. Journal entries that are incomplete or late will lose 10 points.

Final Presentation (10%) On the final exam day you will give a brief presentation on the last essay using questions which will be under Content on Blackboard.

I will accept late work without penalty if the student brings an official excuse, such as a doctor’s note; otherwise, no late work will be accepted. There is no make-up for class work, including workshops. If students miss the date for an instructor critique of a rough draft, they must arrange a meeting with me before the final draft of the essay is due or lose the privilege. Students are responsible for all course material from the first day of class to the last day of the semester; this responsibility includes material missed due to late registration and /or excused absences, and all assignments whether or not discussed in class.

Research Paper 7-8 pages, not including the reference or cover pages……... 60%
Class Participation…………………..................................................................20%
Final Presentation…………………………………………………………….. 10%

Grading Scale – This class will use the university’s “10-point” scale as follows:
59 and below=F

Attendance Requirements – According to the Fayetteville State University
Undergraduate Catalog, "Class attendance is required for all students enrolled in
courses at the 100 and 200 levels. Class absences will be excused only when valid
documentation is provided for participation in university sponsored activities, serious illness, and family emergencies." In regards to tardiness, the FSU Catalog states,
"Students are required to arrive at each class on time and remain in class until
dismissed by the instructor."

FSU Policy on Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom (Optional)

The Code of the University of North Carolina (of which FSU is a constituent institution) and the FSU Code of Student Conduct affirm that all students have the right to receive instruction without interference from other students who disrupt classes.

FSU Core Curriculum Learning Outcome under Ethics and Civic Engagement (6.03): All students will “prepare themselves for responsible citizenship by fulfilling roles and responsibilities associated with membership in various organizations.” Each classroom is a mini-community. Students learn and demonstrate responsible citizenship by abiding by the rules of classroom behavior and respecting the rights all members of the class.

The FSU Policy on Disruptive Behavior (see FSU website for complete policy) identifies the following behaviors as disruptive:
1. Failure to respect the rights of other students to express their viewpoints by behaviors such as repeatedly interrupting others while they speak, using profanity and/or disrespectful names or labels for others, ridiculing others for their viewpoints, and other similar behaviors;
2. Excessive talking to other students while the faculty member or other students are presenting information or expressing their viewpoints.
3. Use of cell phones and other electronic devices
4. Overt inattentiveness (sleeping, reading newspapers)
5. Eating in class (except as permitted by the faculty member)
6. Threats or statements that jeopardize the safety of the student and others
7. Failure to follow reasonable requests of faculty members
8. Entering class late or leaving class early on regular basis
9. Others as specified by the instructor.
The instructor may take the following actions in response to disruptive behavior. Students should recognize that refusing to comply with reasonable requests from the faculty member is another incidence of disruptive behavior.
1. Direct student to cease disruptive behavior.
2. Direct student to change seating locations.
3. Require student to have individual conference with faculty member. At his meeting the faculty member will explain the consequences of continued disruptive behavior.
4. Dismiss class for the remainder of the period. (Must be reported to department chair.)
5. Lower the student’s final exam by a maximum of one-letter grade.
6. File a complaint with the Dean of Students for more severe disciplinary action.
Students who believe the faculty member has unfairly applied the policy to them may make an appeal with the faculty member’s department chair.

VIII. Academic Support Resources – Academic support resources available in this class: Smarthinking, Turnitin and University College Learning Center.

Tentative Course Outline
Various school requirements, lab openings, a possible library presentation and
other necessary changes may affect the assignment schedule. I will send emails and
post Announcements about changes, so check your email and Blackboard
each day. The class will continue any assignments unfinished on the day posted in the
syllabus the following class day. Any collaborative work not finished in
class must be completed for homework and is due the next class day.


Week 1
March 16 Wednesday Interim grading period begins
Interim grades serve as a warning to students who are at risk of failing due to non-attendance or poor attendance.

M: Discussion of Syllabus. Discuss Departmental requirements. Discuss Daybook, Blackboard, quizzes, and journals. Review Paragraph/Essay Format. Check the location of the journals on the Discussion Board. Discuss/review “The Research Paper”, “Exceptions to Citing Sources” pp. 552-553; APA: “Writing Parenthetical Notes,” pp. 573-575; “Writing a Reference Page,” pp. 575; References guidelines, pp. 576-581; Sample APA Paper, 582-589; block/long quote,588. Homework: Read the text pages and the syllabus. Review materials for course expectations; complete APA Quiz I on Blackboard under Content due 3/24. Collaborative Assignment (10 points): p.589, Writing Activity #1.

W: Discuss Collaborative Assignment. Discuss research paper. Discuss topics, paraphrasing and argumentation, data bases, and Turnitin which is located under Content, labeled Research Paper, on Blackboard. Discuss rubric and check list for the research paper. Discuss Data Bases. Homework: Complete Comprehensive Test on Blackboard under Content due 3/26. Complete Journal 1 on the Discussion Board due 3/24: List 5 items in the syllabus that relate to grading. Due Monday a printed working reference page of 4 sources and the thesis paragraph; remember to follow the requirements for sources and thesis paragraph discussed in class and the checklist located under Content on Blackboard. Bring the checklist to class or no critique.

Week 2
M: Workshop on working reference page (10 Points) and thesis paragraph. Collaborative assignment--Double Entry (10 points): Students will write key terms (given in class) from APA style on the left of the page and examples/ definitions of the terms on the right side of the page. Students should use pages in the text, 573-589. Discuss Collaborative PowerPoint assignment on APA (5 points) due 3/23 Wednesday. For another view of APA, go to Purdue Online Writing Lab, APA.http://owl.english.purdue. This site may help you in the presentation. Assignment: PowerPoint. Continue working on the essay; you need to have a cover page, an informal outline, at least four references and an abstract for the paper by Wednesday. Remember to begin using SmarThinking.

W: PowerPoint Presentations. Research paper workshop (10 points) on cover page, an informal outline, at least four references and an abstract. Discuss APA first paragraph again and relate to your paper. Individual conferences on problems. Homework: Complete the first page of the paper with at least one short quote and one paraphrase; do not forget to make any necessary corrections on the reference page. Bring the printed copy of the pages and the checklist to class. You must submit the first page and the reference page to SmarThinking and Turnitin. Many students are unable to access SmarThinking at home. You need to submit by Friday in order to get the paper back from ST.Your score should be 10% or under---see the Turnitin points on the check list. Complete APA Quiz on Content on Blackboard.

March 25 Friday Spring Holiday
University closed

Week 3
M: Collaborative APA work on readings pp. 498-499 (10 points): make a block quote from paragraphs 1 and 2 p.498. Remember to make a Reference page. Research Paper workshop (10 points) on homework from Wednesday. Homework: correct your errors and bring to class on Wednesday. Bring your copy of SmarThinking to class.

W: Instructor and peer workshop on the copy of your SmarThinking and highlight in the essay what you corrected as prompted by ST. Collaborative work on pp. 495-496. Paraphrase paragraphs 1-3 in 4 or less sentences and make a reference page. Which essay about bankruptcy makes a more convincing argument and why? Explain in 5-7 sentences (10 points).Homework: Complete BB Diagnostic Test on Content on Blackboard by 4/9. Journal 2: By 5:00 P.M. Thursday 4/7. Answer the following in a paragraph of 5 -8 sentences on the Discussion Board: How do your perceptions on your chosen topic for your essay agree or disagree with the research? You should have added at last 400 words to your paper from other sources by Monday. Remember to submit on Turnitin under Research Paper and to use SmarThinking.

Week 4
M: Workshop on paper with 500 words. Discuss Refutation (conflicting opinions), p. 548, #3. List your three points for the paper and refute each point (10 Points). Work shop on the paper (10 points). Discuss Turnitin. Discuss Data Bases. Discuss credible sources versus non credible sources. Look at a site that you should not use= cheating and Turnitin will know: The Death Penalty: Argumentative Essay
A good site to use is
Homework: Journal 3: In 5-8 sentences, discuss how an opinion paper differs from a documented paper due 4/12. Continue to work on the paper; you should now have at least one block quote and 4 short quotes and 4 paraphrases (10 Points). Make sure you have one example of Refutation in your paper.

W: Instructor and student Work shop on the paper (10 points). Catchup day. Homework: you should have used at least 5 sources by now and have 4 pages. Remember to submit on Turnitin under Research Paper and to use SmarThinking. Try to add one source from Google.

Week 5
M: Work shop on the paper. Ask questions on SmarThinking. Homework: Journal 4 Due 4/16: Why should a writer use refutation in a research paper? You should have 6 sources by now. Plan who you will interview. Continue updating Turnitin and SmarThinking.

W: Workshop on the paper which should be 5-6 pages and follow the checklist. Homework: add one example of refutation to paper. Have 7 sources.

Week Six
M: Work shop on the paper due 4/20. Ask questions on SmarThinking. Homework: Continue updating Turnitin and SmarThinking.

W: Discuss Final Presentation. Research Paper due Printed and with SmarThinking and turnitin. Bring your grades from Gradebook under Tools on Blackboard.

Week 7
T: Individual Conferences. Papers returned at the time of the conference.

TR: Individual Conferences. Papers returned at the time of the conference.

Week 8
M: Final Presentation.

W: Last day of class.


Course Summary:

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