0399 Syllabus for Learning Community E

'English 0399.244
Fall 2016
Days: MWF | Class Times: 11:00-11:50 | Classroom: OCNR 241

Instructor: Chimene (Jimena) Burnett
Office: 213C Classroom East
Office Phone: 825-6084
825-2150 First-Year Program Office
Email: jimena.burnett@tamucc.edu
Web: http://www.tamucc.edu/wiki/ChimeneBurnett/Home
Office Hours: Mondays and Thursdays from 12 to 2 in Classroom East 213C and other times by appointment

Catalog Course Description
A portfolio-based course with integrated CASA tutoring time. Focus on the writing and reading processes, including writing strategies for invention, revision, and editing, and techniques of active reading, such as analysis, inference, summary, and evaluating texts. Course fulfills Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements for reading and writing. (Co-Requisite: ENGL 1302)
Course Purpose / Connections with ENGL 1302
The work that students do in ENGL 0399 is not meant to be isolated from the work they do in ENGL 1302. Instead, ENGL 0399 provides students with additional structured instruction to enable success in ENGL 1302 and other core courses that expect all students to have college-level reading and writing knowledge and skills. Faculty teaching ENGL 0399 and ENGL 1302 collaborate to ensure that discussions about and expectations for writing and reading are complementary and consistent.
Student Learning Goals and Portfolios
The ten learning goals listed below describe the specific kinds of learning that ENGL 0399 faculty members expect you to achieve during the semester. This learning includes knowledge about yourself as a writer and reader, your knowledge about writing and reading as purposeful activities, and your abilities to use writing and reading for multiple purposes. For each of the goals, we expect you to expand your learning, building on what you know and know how to do at the beginning of the semester.
In ENGL 1302, you will establish and maintain a digital portfolio, collecting all the course work for 1302 and for 0399 you are doing. In both courses, regularly during the semester, you will compose reflective overviews that will help you to connect the writing, reading, and research you are doing with the learning goals for each course. At least two times, at mid-term and at the end of the semester, you will assemble and submit a "strategic" portfolio to earn a grade.
The strategic portfolios you submit to earn your grades will include ample and appropriate evidence and an extensive reflective overview. With these portfolios (including the reflective overview and the evidence), you will show and tell how you have expanded your learning during the semester and the extent to which you have achieved the following learning goals for ENGL 0399.

Student Learning Outcomes (State Mandated): Students' portfolios will demonstrate the extent to which they have achieved the following outcomes:

  1. Locate explicit textual information, draw complex inferences, and describe, analyze, and evaluate the information within and across multiple texts of varying lengths.
  2. Comprehend and use vocabulary effectively in oral communication, reading, and writing.
  3. Identify and analyze the audience, purpose, and message across a variety of texts.
  4. Describe and apply insights gained from reading and writing a variety of texts.
  5. Compose a variety of texts that demonstrate reading comprehension, clear focus, logical development of ideas, and use of appropriate language that advance the writer’s purpose.
  6. Determine and use effective approaches and rhetorical strategies for given reading and writing situations.
  7. Generate ideas and gather information relevant to the topic and purpose, incorporating the ideas and words of other writers in student writing using established strategies.
  8. Evaluate relevance and quality of ideas and information in recognizing, formulating, and developing a claim.
  9. Develop and use effective reading and revision strategies to strengthen the writer’s ability to compose college-level writing assignments.
  10. Recognize and apply the conventions of standard English in reading and writing.

Textbook (Instructor's Choice) You do not need to purchase a book for our 0399 course. Instead you will be using online materials and your other textbooks from Learning Community E. Especially for the first six weeks of class, you will need to bring your Contending Voices to class because we will be working with it closely for WP1? for 1302.

ENGL 0399 will also require these other materials:

  • Access to University Network and an active islander email account.

Grade Distributions:

AssignmentsDue Date# of points
Pariticipation and Daily WritingDaily300
Midterm PortfolioWeek 8300
Final PortfolioFinal's Week400
CASA Visits and Extra CreditDaily(100)
! Total ! 100 (+)

University & Course Policies

Classroom/Professional Behavior
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, as an academic community, requires that each individual respect the needs of others to study and learn in a peaceful atmosphere. Under Article III of the Student Code of Conduct, classroom behavior that interferes with either (a) the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or (b) the ability of other students to profit from the instructional program may be considered a breach of the peace and is subject to disciplinary sanction outlined in article VII of the Student Code of Conduct. Students engaging in unacceptable behavior may be instructed to leave the classroom. This prohibition applies to all instructional forums, including classrooms, electronic classrooms, labs, discussion groups, field trips, etc.

In-class Conduct
In general, treat each other and the instructor with respect and follow standards of classroom behavior. Here are a few specifics:

  • We may use cell phones or other electronic communication devices for class activities; otherwise place them out of sight (in a bag, purse, pocket) while in class.
  • Do not talk or make excessive noise while the instructor or another student is speaking to the class as a whole.
  • During group work time, please stay on task and work cooperatively with other group members.

Attendance\\ Be on time, come to class prepared, participate in all class activities, and remain in class for the entire period. Leaving early, coming in late, or refusing to participate in class work will count as an "absence." Absences will affect your course grade.

Late Work/Extensions
If there is a crisis that prevents you from meeting a deadline or attending class, you can request an extension to turn the work in late without a penalty. The approval of an extension is entirely at my discretion and will depend on the reason for your absence, your record of completion of work, and attendance. All extensions must be confirmed by email.

Academic Honesty/Plagiarism
The University will not tolerate plagiarism or any other form of intellectual or academic dishonesty. Violations of academic honesty will be processed under the Procedure for Academic Misconduct Cases 13.02.99.C3.01 (see http://ses.tamucc.edu/grievances.html and the Student Code of Conduct http://judicialaffairs.tamucc.edu//assets/2013-2014StudentHandbook.pdf). All cases of academic misconduct are recorded in the student’s file. Consequences are determined by the faculty member and/or the Academic Integrity Hearing Panel. It is sometimes difficult to understand what plagiarism actually is. Students sometimes commit unintentional plagiarism (not citing sources properly, for example), because they are unaware of the standards that apply. Plagiarism includes

  • using the work of another as your own,
  • down loading or purchasing ready-made essays off the web and using them as your own,
  • using resource materials without correct documentation,
  • using the organization or language of a source without using quote marks and proper citation, or
  • turning in a researched paper without citing sources in an appropriate documentation style.

Be aware that there are many ways to plagiarize. English 1301 and 1302 courses and the Writing Center at CASA will review rules of academic citation. Information academic citation is available at the Purdue University’s OWL: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ and/or from our local Writing Center at CASA.

Notice to Students with Disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please call or visit Disability Services at (361) 825-5816 in Corpus Christi Hall 116. You can also visit their website at http://disabilityservices.tamucc.edu/ and contact them via e-mail at disability.services@tamucc.edu. If you are a returning veteran and are experiencing cognitive and/or physical access issues in the classroom, or on campus, please contact the Disability Services office for assistance.

Academic Advising
The College of Liberal Arts requires that students meet with an Academic Advisor as soon as they are ready to declare a major. The Academic Advisor will set up a degree plan, which must be signed by the student, a faculty mentor, and the department chair. The College's Academic Advising Center is located in Driftwood 203E, and can be reached at 825-3466.

Dropping a Class
You cannot drop a TSI-mandated course. Discuss your options with TSI mentor at CASA.

Grade Appeals
Students who feel they have not been held to appropriate academic standards as outlined in the class syllabus, equitable evaluation procedures, or appropriate grading, may appeal the final grade given in the course. A student with a complaint about a grade is encouraged to first discuss the matter with the instructor. For complete details on the process of submitting a formal grade appeal, please visit the College of Liberal Arts website (http://cla.tamucc.edu/about/student-resources.html).For assistance and/or guidance in the grade appeal process, students may contact the Associate Dean.

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