English/Communication Department / Orchard Ridge Campus
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
Oakland Community College, Winter 2013
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Dr. David L. James
Hours: Mondays: 11-12, 3:45-5:30;
Tuesdays: 11-12:00; Wed.: 8:00-9:00, 12:40-1:30; or by appointment.
Email is an excellent way to contact Dr. James.
G-205, Orchard Ridge Campus
Section O1547: Wed., 9:30-12:25, G214
(248) 522-3685; firstname.lastname@example.org
Text: A Pocket Key for Writers, Ann
Raimes, 4th edition
Description: (prerequisite ENG 1510)
Students will write persuasive and argumentative papers.
They will acquire skills in library research and use a process that
includes critical thinking, logical reasoning, and investigation of primary
and/or secondary sources. Students
will write a documented academic research paper.
Write three papers using proper MLA
Use academic library resources to
locate relevant information
Learn how to paraphrase, summarize,
and use direct and indirect quotes
Evaluate evidence for validity and
Demonstrate competence in using
logic, emotion, and ethics in a paper
Understand and practice the
rudiments of sampling techniques and survey development
this course fulfills the following General Education requirements:
Communicate effectively and
think critically and creatively
Websites: Writer’s Handbook:
of Purdue’s Writing Lab:
WP 164 or lower
who miss the first three classes will receive an ‘N’ mark for non-attendance
and will not be able to complete the course.
requiring special assistance (including those affected by the Americans with
Disabilities Act) should contact the ACCESS Office, (248) 522-3480, Room K-111,
who will inform the instructor of any special conditions pertaining to the
compliance with federal law (FERPA), no personal information of yours (grades,
attendance, etc.) will be shared with anyone unless you provide written
participation in class discussions, activities, and in-class writing is a vital
part of this class. You may miss two
classes without penalty (unless you miss an in-class 4-point assignment).
Beyond that, each absence after two will lower your final grade by 8 points.
Arriving 15 minutes late or leaving early constitutes a ½ absence.
To inspire those diligent writers who attend class, 8 points will be
ADDED to your grade if you have less than
two absences for the entire semester. Texting
during class will result in a ½ absence per occasion.
Papers and Exams:
turned in late will be marked down by 10% automatically.
Sorry, but no papers will be accepted beyond
one week from the stated deadline. Late
quizzes are marked down by 1.5 points. If you take the final exam late, your
score will be marked down by four points automatically.
who plagiarize will receive an ‘F’ on their papers with no exceptions and no
opportunity to rewrite. This is a major academic offense.
If a paper contains large passages of plagiarized material, the
instructor has the option of failing
the student for the entire class.
Assumptions about Learning:
philosophy of learning recognizes that students have varying strengths,
weaknesses and learning styles. This is one reason why I use a variety of
grading techniques: writing, tests, group assignments, and presentations, in the
hopes of capitalizing on one or more of those strengths.
I also recognize that students have different attitudes toward learning.
My assumption, however, is that students are here to learn, willingly and
eagerly. They want to take advantage of their education.
Deep learning alters thinking and perception, thereby altering
refund: close of 6th business day from first class
day to withdraw: Friday of the 12th week of class
day of class: April 22
Break: Feb. 25 - March 2
ENG 1520 PAPER ASSIGNMENTS
My advice is to try to find unique, original topics to write about that
have some intense interest to you. No
papers will be accepted on the following overdone topics: school
uniforms, capital punishment, gun control, euthanasia, lowering the drinking
age, legalizing drugs, cloning and stem cells, gay marriage, smoking, abortion,
video game violence and others as decided
by the instructor. Papers should be
double-spaced, in MLA format, using 12 point font.
1520: Schedule of Events (WI)
Introduction and Review of the Writing Situation; Research and Argument;
argument topics; Show Me What You Know Survey
Understanding Argument (read pages 7-22); Arguing to Inquire; MLA
introduction (pages 63-110); freewrite on inquiry argument topic due, 1-2 pages
(4 points); library tour and scavenger hunt (4)
Writing Research Based Arguments (pages 33-48); Readers’ Expectations
(pages 5-9); MLA in-paper citation (4); in-class
Avoiding Plagiarism (49-62); Works Cited and exercise (4); punctuation
review (220-226—quotation marks); in-class
Critique Day: typed draft due with Works Cited (-3 without feedback
sheets); in-class work day; Group Quiz #1 (10)
INQUIRY ARGUMENT DUE (30);
Arguing to Convince; Source-Note Card ppt. and exercise (4); 5 C’s for Style
(159-170); argumentation technique/practice
Freewrite on argument topic due, 1-2 pages (4); Visual Arguments; in-class research and work day
In-class work day; 3 source
cards/6 note cards due (4)
Typed draft due with Works Cited page: Critique Day (-6 without
feedback); logical and emotional fallacies
ARGUMENT PAPER DUE (60);
Arguing to Persuade; survey development; freewrite on final topic due (4); in-class
research and writing
Research methods and survey populations; in-class
research and writing day
Survey pretesting (bring in four copies of your draft survey); 4 source,
8 note cards due (4); in-class research
and writing day
Group Quiz #2 (10); Critique Day: typed draft and Works Cited due (-10
without feedback); final survey due (4); work
day in-class; class evaluation
PERSUASION PAPER DUE (100);
in-class writing prompt: 3 pages min. (30)
Individual Final exam (20);
As always, subject to minor revision.
Updated 12/6/2012 by Joe O'Loughlin ( email@example.com )