NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

Review of English I

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Review of English I
    B. Course Number: TS 113A - 10235
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: T 6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Holloman, Terry
    G. Office: Ben Alexander Student Center (BAC) 208
    H. Email Address: THolloman@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2627
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST); 1:30:00 PM-02:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): TS 103C (Basic English Skills) or a 237-249 on the Next Gen Accuplacer test.
    M. Corequisite(s): none
    N. Class Location: BAC202
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course is designed to assist those students whose ability level in writing requires practice and background development. It provides a review of grammar as well as the teaching of the fundamentals of idea development, support, and organization. This course cannot be substituted for any of the English requirements that lead to an associate degree. The student must attain a grade of C or better to advance. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: TS 103 Basic English Skills or attainment of an appropriate score on a placement exam

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course is offered to those students who find it desirable and\or necessary to improve their command of the English language-especially writing skills.

    This course is not offered for credit to students who have successfully completed any three-hour course in English; this course cannot be substituted for the English requirement for the associate degree.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Folse, Keith. Great Writing 2-Great Paragraphs. 4th.ed. Boston: Heinle Cengage Learning. 2014. (New, student editions only). ISBN-13:978-1-285-19490-5.
    8˝” x 11” college-ruled notebook paper
    #2 pencils; blue or black ink pen(s)
    flash drive



    Suggested:

    dictionary

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    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
    

    The grade for this course is based on coursework completed during the semester including final exams, and recorded on the A-F NMJC grading scale.

    Course Grading Policy:
    Paragraphs (4 Total) 60%
    Assignments, tests, quizzes, journal 20%
    Final Paragraph\Final Grammar Exam 20%
    You may pass this course with a D, but you must pass this course with a C or better to move to TS113C.

    Grade Rounding: Final grades will be rounded up to one (1.00) point. There will be no additional rounding.

    You will receive a zero for any daily exercises, quizzes, or tests that you miss unless you make arrangements to make up the missed work.

    Tests\quizzes\exercises will be graded in the traditional manner.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Students should be able to:
    Learn and practice the six stages of the writing process.
    Write a unified and coherent paragraph based on an appropriate topic sentence.
    Develop a single paragraph using a particular pattern of development.
    Revise a single paragraph to improve its presentation of ideas.
    Understand and write simple sentences that are relatively free from errors.
    Students will analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.
    Students will express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.
    Students will use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.
    Students will 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.
    Students will integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.
    Students will engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Students should be able to:
    • use the steps of the writing process (generating ideas, planning, organizing, drafting, revising, editing) both individually and collaboratively to generate paragraphs and essays.
    • understand and apply standard conventions for clear, effective communication.
    • demonstrate increased self-confidence as a writer through interaction with peers and participation in collaborative groups.
    • read, analyze, and reflect on a wide variety of prose to increase knowledge and understanding.
    • demonstrate increased proficiency in the application of grammar and mechanics in the writing process.
    • write a minimum of four paragraphs that demonstrate knowledge in the effective use of the writing process.
    • read, discuss, and revise selected model paragraphs.
    • write an acceptable final exam.

  10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    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. Please note the Withdrawal Policy for additional information.

    Class begins promptly. If you are tardy, you must notify the instructor immediately after class; otherwise, you will be counted absent. If you leave class early, you will receive a tardy. Two tardies equal one absence. Students who have more than six absences in a MWF class, four absences in a TR class, or two absences in a night class may be dropped from this course. All absences and extenuating circumstances need to be explained during office hours, not during class. If students know they are going to be absent, they should make prior arrangements with the instructor. Leave a message at 492-2627. The voice mail works twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The instructor's class roll is the official record of attendance.

    Being absent from class does not excuse you from keeping up with assignments. If you must be absent, you are still responsible for all lecture materials, so get notes from a classmate or contact the professor before the next class meeting.

    Upon entering the classroom, turn off cell phones and any other electronic devices. Students are not allowed to text and/or use the internet during class time. If this policy is abused, the student will be asked to leave the classroom. You will receive a zero/absence for that day.

    Should a student be dismissed from the classroom due to some sort of disruption, I expect to see such student before the next time the class meets. Permanent dismissal may result if I deem it necessary to take the problem to the dean. If a student is asked to leave class for any reason, the student will be counted absent for that class period.

    If a student has a special health problem, he or she should (please) notify the instructor. (Please only discuss the situation with me during office hours.)

    All major assignments are to be word processed in MLA format and submitted in standard Microsoft Office Word font with one inch margins on standard 81\2" x 11" white paper. Handwritten work will not be accepted.

    Plagiarism is cheating, and any student found guilty of plagiarism will receive a zero on the assignment and possibly fail the class.

    PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION: Please use appropriate, professional language, grammar and structure in your emails. I will do the same. Do not send an email that looks and reads as though it were composed as a text message.
    DON’T:
    hi miss can you pls give me the work 4 2day so I can get it 2u..igot behind bc i m 2 tired. thx
    Do: Dear Professor Holloman,
    I apologize for missing class today. Would you please send me the assignment for today? I do not want to fall behind in my school work.
    Thank you,

    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

  11. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    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 specialneeds@nmjc.edu.

    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.

    Plagiarism
    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 www.nmjc.edu, 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.

  12. CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    Course Schedule – Review of English I - Spring 2019

    The following course outline is tentative and subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any necessary schedule changes will be announced in class.

    Week One January 15
    Intro to Course Syllabus
    Diagnostic Writing
    Journals
    Understanding the Writing Process: The Seven Steps,pp. 244-250

    Week 2 January 22
    Understanding the Writing Process: The Seven Steps,pp. 244-250; graded assignment from chapter.
    Unit One What is a Paragraph? pp. 4-31

    Week 3 January 29
    Unit One continued

    Week 4 February 5
    Unit Two- Developing Ideas for Writing a Paragraph, pp.34-45

    Week 5 February 12
    Unit 3 The Topic Sentence, pp.46-69

    Week 6 February 19
    Unit 4 Supporting and Concluding Sentences, pp. 70-93

    Week 7 February 26
    Unit 5 Paragraph Review, pp.94-115
    1st Major Paragraph Due

    Week 8 March 5
    Unit 6 Definition Paragraphs

    Week 9 March 12
    Unit 7 Process Paragraphs

    Week 10 March 19
    Unit 8 Descriptive Paragraphs 2nd Major Paragraph Due

    Week 11 March 26 Spring Break


    Week 12 April 2
    Unit 9 Opinion Paragraphs

    Week 13 April 9
    Unit 10 Narrative Paragraphs
    3rd Major Paragraph Due
    Grammar

    Week 14 April 16
    Writing from Prompts
    Grammar: Sentence Patterns


    Week 15 April 23
    Grammar Review 4th Paragraph Due


    Week 16 April 30
    In-Class Writing Assignment
    Grammar Review

    Week 17 May 7
    Final Exam Tuesday, May 7, 6:00-9:00 p.m.