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ENGL 1302 Composition II

Dr. Susan Garza
Office FC267
Contact Info and Office Hours

WELCOME to this writing community. Here's the course description as listed in the University Catalog:

Principles, techniques, and processes of written composition, with an emphasis on research and argument. Satisfies the university core curriculum requirement in composition. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301.

Here's info on the course from the First Year Learning Program:

You will work collaboratively with your classmates and other resource persons to benefit from the competencies that each one of you brings to this writing and learning community as we work on various writing activities. And I as the teacher will function as an active participant in the activitiess as well. I will work with you as you make decisions during many stages of the writing, but I will not give you the answers for each decision. You will gather information and use tools to help you make these decisions.

This class will help you gain the skills needed in order to be a good writer and thinker. If you have problems with writing, do not like writing, or have phobias about writing, hopefully this class will help. If you keep up with the work, even though it may be difficult at times, you will probably see a big difference at the end of the class and hopefully have a much different attitude toward writing.

Required Texts and Materials

Writing Workshop This class is designed as a hands-on writing workshop class. You will have an active role as you work on the phases of each project and respond to the work of your classmates and the feedback you receive on your work. This class is designed to give you experiences that are similar to those you will experience in the workplace so you will also receive feedback from others outside the class. We will work on your assignments everyday. The work is on-going and hands-on. Writing is an active process and the more you actively participate, the better results you will see in your writing progress.


60% of your grade will come from the Portfolio activities. You will turn in your portfolio at least three times during the semester for a grade.

20% of your grade will be based on Respect and Responsibility, which equals active participation and a professional attitude.

20% of your grade will come from daily work and homework. If you are active in class and complete the assigned work, then you will get full credit. For each day that you are present in class, if you turn in your homework at the beginning of class, participate in class work and discussions, and complete work assigned in class you will receive a full 5 points. If you only come to class but do not participate or turn in your work, you may receive only 1 point. You need to come to class and be actively involved in everything we do in order to get full credit for this part of the course.


Late Assignments Late assignments must be accompanied by a cover letter that explains why it is late. Keep in mind that in the workplace there would be serious consequences for turning in papers/projects late. Based on your letter, I will determine how much to deduct from your grade. Late assignments will not be accepted if not accompanied by a cover memo that explains why the work is late. Email memos are acceptable if they are written in an acceptable format. Late work can be penalized up to 50% and is subject to a higher evaluation standard than work that is completed on time. Daily work cannot be made up, unless you make arrangements prior to missing class.

Academic Integrity and Dishonesty Students are expected to "demonstrate a high level of maturity, self-direction and ability to manage their own affairs" and to "conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of academic honesty." Please refer to the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi General Academic Policies and Regulations for complete information.

Resources for Students

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