Composition and Rhetoric


  2. A. Course Title: Composition and Rhetoric
    B. Course Number: EN 113 - 10177
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: T 6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Underwood, Daphne
    G. Office: Ben Alexander Student Center (BAC)
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2615
    J. Office Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Room 224
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Acceptable score on ASSET, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT, or successful completion of TS 113C
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: MH128

    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.

    EN113 is typically transferable to most universities, however it is your responsibility to ensure that it will be accepted at another educational institution.





    Ink pen or pencil

    USB Flash Drive (32 MB or greater)

    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 modules. If you prefer to print out the readings for offline reading, set aside a budget of approximately $15 for printing.



    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    1. Grade Distribution:

    Essay One: 10%
    Essay Two: 15%
    Essay Three: 15%
    Essay Four: 20 %
    Final Essay: 20%
    Attendance, Participation, and small assignments: 20%

    Failure to complete any single major assignment or essay worth 20% or more is grounds for failing the course.

    2. All assignments must be computer generated and submitted in MLA format to via Canvas links in this course as I do not accept any assignments by email, phone, or on paper. Grammar, punctuation, spelling and manuscript appearance always count. Proofread all work before handing it in.

    3. Late work on daily assignments worth less than twenty points is not accepted.

    4. Late work on major assignments worth more than twenty points is accepted for three days (72 hours) after an assignment is due with a 10% late penalty. Under special circumstances, such as prolonged jury duty and military service, late work may be accepted without penalty at the professor's discretion. Contact me as early as possible if you feel your situation qualifies as a special circumstance, and we will discuss the situation. Note that Canvas may not prevent you from submitting a late assignment, but it will mark the submission late. Late assignment submission is no guarantee that the assignment will receive a grade; the late policy will be enforced regardless of whether Canvas accepts the late submission or not.

    5. I generally grade daily assignments within twenty-four hours and major assignments within seventy-two hours of the final acceptance date. If there is a delay in returning graded work, I will post an announcement in Canvas.

    6. Students are responsible for submitting the correct files in the correct format with the correct file name. Re-submissions for mistakes with files is not allowed after I have graded the assignment. Be sure you are submitting the correct file!

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal:

    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification/User Name (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Password. When finished, click Login. This will bring up a menu that will allow you to check your T-Bird Outlook email and log into Canvas.
    Tips for Success in Online Courses:

    1. Be in class on time, every time!
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline/modules.


    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, the successful student 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 convincingly.
    • 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, the successful student 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, cause/effect, analogy/example, narration, definition, comparison/contrast, process, persuasion, and classification.
    • Edit and revise writing to improve effectiveness in such areas as: clarity, organization, unity, logic, coherence, and audience appropriateness.
    • Proofread a piece of writing to correct grammatical, mechanical, and spelling errors.
    • Evaluate writing for organization, execution, and content.
    • Show an understanding of intellectual property rights and plagiarism, including the use of appropriate documentation for sources.
    • Use basic MLA format.


    Class Policies:

    1. Regular class attendance and participation is essential to the objectives of this course. I cannot stress how important it is to be in class in order to pass this course. There is a lot of content to learn and missing more than 6 classes in a MWF class, more than 4 classes in a T TH class, more than 2 classes in an evening or summer class will possibly result in a failing grade for the course. If a student is having problems attending class, please come talk to me as I do not wish for anyone to fall behind. However, this is a face to face course and the student needs to attend as this is not a strictly online course. I do not discriminate between absences for school functions or absences for non school functions. An absence is an absence. If a student chooses to stop participating in this class, the student must withdraw from the class through the proper channels. I will not drop students from the course. Athletes will need to complete assignments before the time of absence if their athletic obligations are known ahead of time. Please be in class on time so you do not miss information.

    2. Do not use cell phones, pagers, tablets, laptops, smart watches, or any other electronic device other than the NMJC computers in the classroom. If there is an emergency situation, please leave your phone on vibrate, and exit the classroom before answering the call. Do not abuse that privilege. Habitual emergency calls or leaving of the classroom on a regular basis during class warrants a conversation with me.

    3. The student is responsible for reading assignments, quizzes, tests, or any other assignments. Students should keep close track of all announcements and the due dates for assignments in Canvas modules. Quizzes, tests, and other assignments have specific due dates. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with all assignments. I will not accept late daily assignments, emailed assignments, or written/text assignments.

    4. Any form of academic dishonesty, cheating, unauthorized collaboration, or plagiarism will result in a grade of ‘F’ for the semester. 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 unaccredited 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 Purdue Owl and speak with your professor. Your papers are analyzed for plagiarism by and added to the database when you submit them. Students who wish to appeal a professor’s decision regarding this policy should use the Academic Dishonesty Process published in the New Mexico Junior College Student Handbook.

    5. College level courses include readings and discussions that may include “adult” topics and language.

    6. Bookmark for direct access to Canvas even if the NMJC website is down.

    7. I generally respond to canvas messages with questions in less than twenty-four hours during weekdays. If twenty-four hours passes, and you have not heard from me, please resend your message.

    8. As part of the college community, I expect respect.

    9. I am here to help you succeed in this course. Please let me know if you need or want help so we can set up an appointment to help you. Additionally, there is a tool in Canvas that will allow me to help you through the "Conference" link. This allows for real time help with me.

    10. Should in class computers be unavailable, I will schedule exams in the testing center. I will inform the class if this is necessary and will normally allow a one week time span to take an exam unless otherwise stated in the classroom.

    Financial Aid Information:

    Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements:

    Cumulative GPA – 2.0

    Completion Rate – 67% and above Must successfully complete 67% of attempted coursework. (Withdrawals,
    incomplete, repeated courses, failing grades, and transfer hours will count as attempted coursework.)

    Maximum Credit Hours - 150% of the degree program
    Maximum time frame is determined by multiplying the number of credit hours required for the degree by 150%. Example: If the degree plan requires 60 credit hours, the student may attempt up to 90 credit hours (50 X 150% = 90).

    Additional Information can be found at


    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.


    The following outline is intended to provide you with an overview of major assignments. It does not include daily assignments like quizzes, discussion posts, which are due on a regular basis starting in the first week of class. This outline is tentative and may change.

    Week 1-4 – Intro, Diagnostic Writing Essay and First Essay

    Week 5-6 - Intro to Analysis (Compare and Contrast) with Research - Second Essay

    Week 7-12 - Intro to Research, Intellectual Property, and Making Arguments – Third Essay

    Week 13-15 - Proposals for Research/Controversy paper and Works Cited - Fourth Essay (Research/Controversy)

    FINALS WEEK - May 7, 2018, 6:00 PM