Fall Quarter 2008
Instructor: Mike Warner
Message Phone: (425) 564-4185
BCC email: email@example.com
Office Hours: By appointment only
I. Textbook: Instructor handouts and Writing a Research Paper handout (Kirszner & Mandell)
II. Course Description:
This course emphasizes summary skills, analysis of sources, development of library research skills, and a lengthy investigation of a thesis in a research paper. Students critique various styles of argumentation. Prereq: ENGL 101 or COMM 141 with a C – or better.
III. Course Outcomes/Objectives:
A. Write a humanities-style research paper which includes as part of its composition or process:
1. An objective summary of college-level material which identifies primary and supporting assertions.
2. An evaluation of different types of evidence (i.e., tone/diction, logic/emotion, reasoning).
3. A synthesis of source material with own writing.
4. An original and clearly supported thesis.
5. Proper in-text citations and works cited page.
6. A breadth of varied primary sources, which demonstrates a familiarity with library research skills.
A. Two argumentative essays.
B. One Humanities-Style Research Paper (8-10 pages).
C. Several short reading and/or writing quizzes (based on assigned reading).
V. Grading (Points for the assignments):
Total: 250 pts
F (150 – 00)
A. I will keep a record of your attendance.
B. I take attendance at the beginning of the class. If you arrive late, I may not mark you as having attended class. You should check with me after class to ensure I marked you present.
C. Class Participation/Attendance counts for 20 points of your overall grade. It is a combination grade of your participation in classroom discussions, activities, and your attendance.
D. Please note: The Arts and Humanities department dictates that if a student misses more than 10% of the scheduled classes (usually 9 or 10 classes) during the quarter, the instructor can give the student an automatic failing grade or reduce the student’s grade however he or she feels is appropriate.
III. English 201 Class Policies:
A. Please arrive on time, as the class will begin promptly at the scheduled time.
B. Much of what we cover in class will be beneficial to meeting the course objectives, so attendance is important. If you can not attend a class, it is your responsibility to get the information from a fellow student or me.
C. Plagiarized assignments will result in a failing grade for that assignment. Additional penalties such as failure of the course or expulsion from the college may also occur as appropriate.
D. I will accept late papers. However, I will deduct from the numerical grade 0.1 per class period that the paper is late. If you do not submit a paper, you will receive a numerical grade of 0.0 for the assignment.
E. Eating and drinking in class are fine (within reason) as long as you clean up your mess.
F. If you need special accommodations because of a disability, or have emergency medical needs, or you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, see me as soon as possible.
IX. Miscellaneous Notes:
A. Please note that this syllabus is subject to change. I will notify you of any changes as early as possible.
B. If you have any questions, concerns, or problems about the course, instruction, assignments, or grades, please see me.
C. If you have any questions regarding BCC’s student policies, please refer to the Student Procedures & Expectations section online. The web address is: