Composition and Rhetoric


  2. A. Course Title: Composition and Rhetoric
    B. Course Number: EN 113 - 10458
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    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: Virtual

    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.


    USB flashdrive.

    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

    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. 15% for participation . This grade is given for every class meeting, and it is either 100 or 0. It pertains to attendance and classroom comportment, and is explained in more detail in the Additional Information section of the syllabus.

    B. 15% for Tasks. Tasks pertain to assignments and student performance, and 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.

    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–will not be excused or allowed to make up any tasks or essays; however, 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 4 A, 4B, and 4C will receive a zero for the task or essay they missed. A zero is considered a grade.

    6. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the instructor has all of his or her grades on file in the instructor’s office.

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

    8. All student essays may be scanned through Turnitin. Com as a safeguard to plagiarism.

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

    10. Due dates and times for tasks and longer assignments listed in the Canvas Modules and on the Syllabus Course Outline are subject to adjustments on a weekly basis.

    11.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

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    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 office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    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


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    1. Students who registered late, or for any reason missed the date the diagnostic assignment was due, have one accademic week from the first class attended to complete the diagnostic. Failure to complete this assignment will result in an F for the course.

    2. Tasks: All tasks are done with the objective of preparing students to write essays in assigned rhetorical modes. Tasks include:the diagnostic writing assignment, quizzes over assigned essays, quizzes over the essay guide, and Canvas on-line discussions.

    3. 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.

    4.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.

    5.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

    6. 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 and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into 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 and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    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.

    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
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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 Friday, February 22, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Week 1
    diagnostic writing assignment & intellectual property pre-test

    Self and Community

    Week 2
    see self and community module

    Week 3

    Essay 1: Self and Community

    Week 4
    See the self and community module

    Week 5
    See the self and community module

    Week 6
    Essay 2: Self and Community

    Intellectual Property

    Week 7
    See intellectual property module

    Week 8
    See intellectual property module

    Week 9
    See intellectual property module

    Week 10
    See intellectual property module

    Week 11
    Essay 3: Intellectual Property

    Language and Education

    Week 12
    See language and education module

    Week 13
    See language and education module

    Week 14
    Essay 4: Language and Education

    Week 15
    See language and education module

    Week 16
    See language and education module

    Final essay exam: 8 AM March 4, 2019 till 11:59 PM March 6,2019