Composition and Rhetoric


  2. A. Course Title: Composition and Rhetoric
    B. Course Number: EN 113 - 10176
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 9:30:00 AM - 10:45:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Mladinic, Peter
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 109
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2831
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-1:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-1:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 7:00:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Acceptable score on ASSET, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT, or successful completion of TS 113C or
    M. Corequisite(s): None.
    N. Class Location: MH102

    This course offers an introduction to written communication with emphasis on developing college-level paragraphs and essays. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: TS 113C or appropriate score on a placement test.


    EN 113 provides instruction in methods of clear, effective writing, including audience, purpose,
    prewriting, planning, drafting, revising, and editing. Students learn to evaluate, analyze, and
    synthesize ideas and to communicate in appropriately focused and logically argued discourse.
    The course emphasizes critical reading of non-fiction.
    Composition and Rhetoric is required for NMJC degree programs, and a passing grade transfers
    to all public colleges and universities in New Mexico. For transferability to schools outside of
    New Mexico, please consult the transfer school.



    This course uses online readings from Pannell Library. These readings are available online on a computer, tablet,or smartphone with an internet connection at no cost to you and appear in Canvas. If you prefer to print out the readings for offline reading, set aside a budget of approximately $15 for printing.
    Here is a tutorial on accessing the readings.

    A pen or pencil and a notebook, either spiral or bound, with blank paper for writing in class.


    USB flashdrive.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    An “A” represents excellent work. A “B” represents very good work. A “C” is competent work. A “D” is below average work. An “F” is failing work.

    1. Both the midterm and final grade will consist of the following components:

    A. 20% for participation . This grade is for in-class writing activities and group presentations, i.e., in-class tasks. It is recorded as either full credit, partial credit, or no credit.

    B. 10% for tasks done outside of class. They are described in more detail in the Additional Information section of the syllabus

    C. 70% for the five essays, including the final essay. They will be graded on a 5 point increment scale, from 0 to 100.

    2. Regular and punctual class attendance is important to the attainment of the educational objectives of this course. Attendance is required at all sessions of this course. If a student chooses to quit coming to class, he or she must drop the class. The instructor will not do that for anyone. Failure to drop a class may result in a student’s receiving an “F” in this course.

    If a student does not take the final essay-exam, he or she will receive an F for a final grade.

    3. No make-up’s will be allowed except for the following:
    A. A student absent for a school sponsored activity that is documented by the school.
    B. A student absent for jury duty, who has a written excuse from the proper authorities.
    C. A student absent for active military service, who has documentation from the U.S. Government
    D. The no make-up policy will be in effect for students who are tardy and/or leave class early and consequently miss a task or an essay.
    E. All make-up work must be completed before the date of the excused absence, either during the instructor's office hours or at a time designated by the instructor. Making up the work is ultimately the student's responsibility.

    4. Students absent for any other reason–including doctor visits and hospitalization–may be excused, or allowed to make up any tasks or essays, with prior notification of the doctor visit or hospitalization; also, I reserve the right to allow a student to make up assignments for what I determine to be an extenuating circumstance, such as a death in the immediate family.

    5. Students who miss a task or an essay, with the exception of the students mentioned in 3A, 3B, and 3C will receive a zero for the task or essay they missed. A zero is considered a grade.

    6. Students may find out their exact grade at any time in the semester.

    7. All student essays will be scanned through Turnitin. Com as a safeguard to plagiarism.

    8. I grade short assignments and respond to students within 24 hours. Major assignments are graded and responded to within 72 hours.

    9. Due dates and times for out-of-class tasks and essays listed in the Canvas Modules are subject to adjustments on a weekly basis.

    10.NMJC communication standard:
    • No text language (For example do not use i, BTW, LOL, IDK…)
    • Correct spelling and proper capitalization
    • Complete sentences (Start a sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period.)
    • Logical organization


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's English and Languages Department uses the Core Competencies
    established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the
    semester, students should be able to:
    • Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose,
    aesthetics, and diverse points of view.
    • Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and
    • Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.
    • Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing,
    composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar,
    and mechanics.
    • Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose
    of a communication.
    • Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts,
    and inferences.


    By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
    • Express information concisely.
    • Structure and organize information.
    • Develop information with content appropriate to an assignment’s purpose.
    • Discover and limit a subject for writing.
    • Generate a thesis statement for a series of related and unified paragraphs.
    • Organize a paragraph around a single point.
    • Adopt appropriate voice, tone, and level of formality.
    • Generate clear sentences according to standard English syntax.
    • Determine supporting details for a topic.
    • Demonstrate an ability to use a variety of rhetorical techniques such as: description


    1. Attendance is mandatory. An unexcused class absence, or a tardy (lateness by 10 minutes or more) or leaving class during class for a prolonged period of time, or leaving class early, baring notification beforehand or an emergency, will result in a zero for participation for that particular class meeting.

    This policy pertains to all students in class, those who are presenting on a group topic, and those who are not, in any particular class meeting.

    By itself attendance is not a grade; there is no grade for attendance. However, it is necessary to attend class to participate in student group presentations, and in-class writing activities.

    2. Group presentations of assigned topics: On a regular, rotating basis, you along with 2 or 3 or sometimes even 4 other students will be assigned a topic to present to the class. A student must be in class to be assigned a topic. Failure to participate in the presentation of an assigned topic will result in a zero.

    For the group presentations on assigned topics, each student receives an individual grade, i.e, students in any group get separate grades, one group does not get one grade.

    More about participation:

    If I determine that a student is being inattentive during a group presentation, a writing activity, a video presentation, or a brief lecture, that student will receive a zero for participation for that class meeting.

    Inattentiveness, i.e. being off (the class) topic, takes the form of the following:

    A. Use of headphones, or any other listening devices; use of tablets and laptops

    B. No wearing of hoods (headgear) in the classroom during class

    C. Continual (at repeated intervals ) or continuous (uninterrupted, for a sustained period of time) use of cell phones for any reason, including texting

    D. Continuous or continual (off topic) conversations with other students

    E. Doing work for other classes during our class

    F. Sleeping

    G. Any conduct thought to be disruptive of the learning process during class

    3. Out-of-class tasks constitute 10% of the entire grade; they include essay quizzes and online discussions, and are listed, on a weekly basis, in the course modules.

    Outside-of-class tasks must be done outside of class, and may not be done in-class. With the exception of the diagnostic writing assignment and the final essay-exam, there is to be no use of individual computers, neither laptops nor pc's, during class.

    4. Essays. All essays consist of 5 paragraphs. (A paragraph is a group of 5 to 7 sentences on a related topic, and for a longer paragraph 7 to 9 sentences on a related topic.) An essay is approximately 750 to 850 words.

    5.No writing from previous classes is acceptable: Copying writing from previous tasks, and submission of previous essays or any passages from previous essays is not allowed, and if it is determined that a student has violated this policy that student will receive a zero for either the task or the essay.

    6.Online Discussions: Discussions, out-of-class tasks, necessitate that the student have more than one post in any discussion. If a student has only one post in a discussion, that student will earn a failing grade for the discussion. Please note the discussion rubric in the modules.

    7. Plagiarism: Whether intentional or accidental, plagiarism is theft and a violation of academic honesty. Plagiarism includes submitting assignments you did not write or taking portions of your assignment from a source without giving credit. Plagiarism also occurs when altering wording while retaining the ideas of an uncredited source (paraphrasing). Submitting an assignment or part of an assignment done for another course without the permission of both instructors is a violation of academic honesty. If you wish to submit work originally created for another course, you must receive written permission from both professors. To avoid plagiarism, use quotation marks to enclose phrases and sentences from sources. Use MLA parenthetical citations and works cited entries for all paraphrases and quotations. For additional information about plagiarism and citing sources in MLA format, refer to the OWL link. Your papers are analyzed for plagiarism by and added to the database when you submit them. Any form of academic dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism will result in a grade of ‘F’ for the semester.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.



    In-class tasks are 1) group presentations of assigned topics, 2)in-class writing activities (for which students will earn a grade of either 100, or 50, or 0. Brief lectures and Video presentations are also considered in-class tasks.

    Video presentations are already listed in the Canvas modules.

    A student will not earn a grade for listening to a lecture or watching a video; however, a student may earn a zero in participation for inattentiveness, if it is determined that a student is being inattentive during a lecture or a video in any particular class.

    Brief lectures, writing activities, and student presentations on assigned topics will be listed beforehand, either on the Announcements link or in Canvas messenger.

    It is the student's responsibility to know what activity will be done in class on a day-to-day, week-to-week basis.

    Please check the Canvas modules, the Announcements link, and Canvas messenger.

    The in-class format will consist of the following:

    1. Student presentations on assigned topics
    2. Writing activities, and also reading activities
    3. Brief lectures on specific topics
    4. Videos on authors whose essays are embedded in the course modules

    For what we, as a class are doing on a day-to-day, week-to-week basis, check: The Canvas modules, and also our Announcements link, and Canvas messenger.

    Final essay exam: Mon. May 6, 2019 10-11:45 AM