This page gives you the general requirements and expectations for English 201. It does not give you the daily assignments. You will find those in the Assignments sections that appear on the homepage of my course.
Assignment Sections: As you will see on the course home page, our class is divided into six assignment sections. Each section asks you to read designated chapters in your text, post a comment on the Bulletin Board, exchange a draft and critique with a Peer Editing partner on the Bulletin Board, and submit a finished essay to me by e-mail. Each of these functions has points attached to it, so please do not fail to complete all required peer editing, Bulletin Board assignments, and essays. You could do well on your written assignments and still do poorly in the class if you do not engage in the entire process of the course. I have observed students in my past on line classes losing out unnecessarily on grade points because they failed to complete Bulletin Board assignments or peer editing functions.
St. Martin's Guide to Writing, 6th edition, will be the required text, available through the BCC Bookstore. You will be asked to read, either carefully or quickly, most of the chapters in this textbook. Some chapters will not be assigned.
You may purchase your textbook online, if you have not already done so using the Integrated Registration Bookstore. Go to the BCC bookstore home page, http://bookstore.bcc.ctc.edu. From there, click <Textbooks> on the boxes near the top of the home page. Follow the directions given for the integrated online book ordering and registration system. You may also personally buy your books at the bookstore. You can find store information and hours of operation at http://bookstore.bcc.ctc.edu.
Policy on Lateness: All required assignments must be completed in order to pass the course. Late written work, except the final paper, is accepted up to two (2) days after a due deadline. Thereafter, I will not accept late work, unless you have a compelling and good reason why the work is late. The final paper must be turned in on time or I will not be able to meet the deadline the college sets for turning in grades. This could affect your graduation, receiving financial aid, or transferring to another institution. Obviously, punctuality is important to your ability to complete the course. It is especially important, and required, in posting your comments on the Bulletin Board and in exchanging drafts and critiques with your assigned Peer Editing partners. If you have problems meeting deadlines, communicate with me at once by e-mail at mailto:email@example.com or phone me at (425) 898-9562. It is also very important for you to understand that you will not benefit from the re-write option if you continually turn in late work. All first re-writes must be turned in by the date required in the section assignments, or they will not be considered. In any event all re-written work must be turned in with the final paper.
Reading Standards: You will see on the assignment pages that you may read some chapters quickly while you should read others very carefully. In general, devote as much time as you can to reading, and pay close attention to the good instructions you get from time to time in your textbook on the process of critical reading. Remember that close reading requires concentration and reflection. You will be accountable, with respect to grades, for producing papers that conform to the standards and techniques set out in the readings.
Exercises: You are not required to submit exercises for any of the reading. You may wish, however, to do the exercises for your own benefit.
Tests: There will be no quizzes or examinations.
Basis for Final Grade: Grades will be based upon writing assignments, comments posted on the Bulletin Board, and exchanges of preliminary drafts and critiques between assigned Peer Editing partners. The break down on points is as follows:
Final Paper - 100 points
Writings: Library Assignment 50 points; Annotated Bibliography 50 points;
Bulletin Board - 10 points for Section 1; 15 points for Section 2; 40 points for Section 3 (30 points for the first posting and 10 points for the replies); 5 points for Section 4; 30 points for Section 5 (synthesis comment 10 points, contextualizing comment 10 points, and outline 10 points).
Peer editing is a required part of the course. I do not assign independent points for peer editing. However, if you do not engage in this process in a timely manner, you will receive one letter grade lower on your graded essays that you otherwise would have.
300 total grade points possible.
GRADES: A = 300 - 282; A- = 281 - 270; B+ = 269 - 261; B = 260 - 249; B- = 248 - 240; C+ = 239 - 231; C = 230 - 219; C- = 218 - 210; D+ = 209 - 201; D = 200 - 189; D- = 188 - 180; F = 179 - and below.
You may re-write any of the graded written assignments that you receive a C- or lower on by the time deadlines noted in the eight sections. You will not have time to re-write the final paper prior to my having to submit your grade to the college. A re-write may result in your receiving a better grade, if you take this learning process seriously.
Students in previous classes have found this re-write process, though work, to be extremely valuable in teaching them to become better writers.
Do not fall into the trap of producing a poor or sloppy piece of writing initially and then assume that you will have the time and/or ability to re-write it by the re-write deadline. Initially, doing this will result in your putting off really doing an assignment until you have a backlog of work waiting for you that will interfere with the newly assigned work. Secondly, if I receive an extremely poorly written piece, I retain the option of giving it a low grade and prohibiting your re-writing the piece. This action shall take place at my discretion.
Since good writing requires taking the time to edit and re-write the initially produced piece, you should anticipate and expect to have to re-write at least some of your papers to get the grade that you desire. You may expect me to, initially, grade your essays very closely and completely. This is not done to as a gesture of meanness. All advanced writers are very self critical of their writing skills and habits. This is what makes them good writers, over all. What I desire that you learn is what writing habits you have that you need to changed for you to become a good writer.
My Grading Habits: I do not grade on a pre-determined curve. A review of my grading would show that grades in the B range (B+, B, B-) predominate. I therefore expect most of my students in this course will have grades above the C range. Some students will probably have grades in the A range. However, others may have grades in the C range. They must not feel discouraged. I consider C and C+ writing as entirely respectable for college students. We grow in our writing ability as we meet the challenges of reading and writing in a wide variety of college level courses.
Discussion Forum: For each assignment block, you will be asked to post at least one comment on an electronic discussion location called the Bulletin Board. You may post more if you wish. The Bulletin Board will allow you to exchange comments with the entire class in an easy, well organized way. Depending upon the section, I may initiate the Bulletin Board portion for some assignment blocks with a posting about the currently assigned reading and writing and additional lecture-type comments at the beginning of each section. Thereafter, student comments can expand the discussion. This type of discussion is dependent upon expressed student interest and questions.
Peer Editing: You and an assigned Peer Editing partner will exchange: (1) a draft of each of your writing assignments and (2) a helpful critique of your partner's draft. You will post your draft and critique on the Bulletin Board. You will be assigned to a Peer Editing group. Members of that group will be the only students able to see your draft and read your critique. Peer Editing groupings will be made after the first week of the quarter.
Writing Assignments: You will be asked to submit assigned essays by given dates. I require that these come as an integral part of an e-mail message to reduce the risk of my computer acquiring a virus from opening an attached word file. This will allow me to return your essay with my comment and grade as a simple reply to your e-mail message. Again, please do not send attachments. You may type your finished essay into a regular e-mail message or you may cut and paste it there using a text editor.
I recommend that you save your essays in rich text format (RTF). This lower level of text file is more likely to successfully cut and paste into your e-mail text editor. You may also find that you can pre-write your Bulletin Board comments on your regular word processing program if you save into RTF.
MS Word incompatibilities: In the past, I have discovered that MS Word at certain levels does not successfully paste into e-mail text editors. It also does not paste into the Bulletin Board. I have not heard of any Apple incompatibility yet.
Format for Writing Assignments:
At the left hand corner at the top of your e-mail message screen, give your name, your e-mail address, our course number, the current date, and the number of the writing assignment.
Double space and enter a title without quotation marks on the left hand side of the message screen.
Double space and begin your essay, using single spacing within paragraphs.
Double space between paragraphs.
Correction Symbols and Comments on Graded Essays:
I may use correction symbols from the inside of the final page of your textbook in marking your essays. You should make yourself familiar with these symbols at the beginning of the course. They are linked through reference numbers to sections in your grammar handbook (the shaded section near the end of your textbook). My comments will appear in all caps within brackets throughout your essay. This does not mean I am "SHOUTING" at you, as the Internet custom has developed, so please do not feel that way. I will try to make my comments clear and helpful. If they seem confusing, please ask for further clarification by e-mail.
Communicating with the Instructor: You are strongly encouraged to communicate individually with me by e-mail at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org when you are perplexed by an assignment or when something unusual in your life prevents you from meeting an assignment. With rare exceptions, I read and reply to my e-mail messages five working days a week. I try to read my e-mail on weekends as well, though I make no firm promises to do this. You may also communicate with me by phone at (425) 898-9562. You must communicate with me if you special physical needs that may keep you from successfully completing the online course. I will assist you in contacting the BCC staff who will work with you to accommodate those needs.
Communicating with Other Students by E-mail: You will benefit if you communicate with other students about matters pertaining to the class. Always be polite and respectful with each other, but do not fail to provide good and candid advice on the peer editing functions you perform. This said, it is BCC policy that you do not have to give out a personal e-mail address to another person. Therefore, if you desire not to give out your personal e-mail address, please notify me and we will arrange a Web CT or campus address for you.
Withdrawing from English 102: In the event that you decide to withdraw from this course (or any other on line course), you must remember to contact the Registration office and make sure that you are officially withdrawn. In the past, because it is easy to remove a class from your Web CT, a handful of students did this and assumed that they had withdrawn. They were unpleasantly surprised when they received letter grades at the end of the quarter because they had not officially withdrawn. Removing a class from "My Web CT" does not equate to a withdrawal.
Online Information for Department of English: You should also review the English Department homepage for information about the department, classes, majors, and scholarships. You can find this at http://www.bcc.ctc.edu/english/default.htm.
Distance Education Web Site -- A Great Resource Center: Early in this class, you should visit the Distance Education web site, if you have not already done this at http://www.distance-ed.bcc.ctc.edu/. This is a great resource for you. You should go to the left hand menu and click on "Is it for you?". Take a minute and take the self-guided test. This will help you prepare for the requirements of online learning, or, help determine early on that you may not be ready for this type of learning. You should also surf around this site and familiarize yourself with the information and help that it will offer to you.