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San Antonio College · - · ENGL-English

Composition II

  • Full Term Spring 2017
  • Section 033.26865
  • 3-3-0 Credits
  • 01/17/2017 to 05/13/2017
  • Modified 01/05/2017

Contact Information

Professor: Dr. Lawrence Lennie Irvin
Email: [email protected]
Office: GH 223-D
Phone: (210) 486-0672
English Department
(210) 486-0688


The required textbook for this class is the department adopted single text for this class:

Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing (Compact Edition). 6th edition by Edgar V. Roberts and Robert Zweig

We will also be reading the novel The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Notebook--1 1/2 inch three-ring binder


Intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions. This course fulfills the Communication foundational component area of the core and addresses the following required objectives: Critical Thinking, Communication, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility.


Students must earn a "C" or better in ENGL 1301 or its equivalent.


The Work of the Course:
Essays (50%):
You will be asked to write four essays, each of roughly 750-1250 words.

Daily Work and Assignments (30%):
Daily work and consistent involvement in this class are important. You will write a fair number of informal responses to readings as well as engage in a good deal of peer response and other draft work. You will also keep a class notebook that will be checked twice during the semester, and the grade will count in this category.

I reserve the right to quiz you on any material assigned at any time. Doing your work consistently and following directions carefully and thoroughly will yield high returns in this area.

GRADING in this category is usually done on a four point scale (or multiple of 4). A 4 means you put evident good effort into the assignment and followed directions. A 3 means you didn't put as much effort into the assignment as I was looking for or you didn't follow the directions completely. A 2 means unsatisfactory performance. A 1 means a very poor effort.

4. Final Exam (20%):
The final exam will involve writing a critical essay in-class.


1 Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative research processes.

2 Develop ideas and synthesize primary and secondary sources within focused academic arguments, including one or more research-based essays.

3 Analyze, interpret, and evaluate a vareity of texts for the ethical and logical uses of evidence.

4 Write in a style that clearly communicates meaning, builds credibility, and inspires belief or action.

5 Apply the conventions of style manuals for specific academic disciplines (e.g., APA, CMS, MLA, etc.).

Course Policies

Excessive absences in the form of four absences, according to College policy, will result in your being dropped from the course. Three tardies (a tardy means arriving more than ten minutes late or leaving more than ten minutes early) equals one absence. Missing more than half the class is considered an absence. If absent, you are responsible for the material covered and for any assignments due when your return. You are also responsible for completing your own drop form if you drop the class or you may receive an F. I encourage you to keep me informed about matters that may affect class attendance and/or class performance. Come to class! The consequences for dropping classes have in recent years become much larger (the six drop rule), so come to class!

Pre-Census Participation Equates to Attendance:
Not turning in work in the first two weeks of class equates to being absent, and students who do not turn in work early in the semester may be dropped at the census date for this non-participation.

Electronic Devices and Attendance:
According to college policy, your are required to silence and keep out of sight all electronic devices like cell phones, MP3 or ipods, or other PDAs. This includes ANY electronic device in which you are not "attending" to class work. When you attend to these electronic devices and not what is going on in class, I consider that you are absenting your self from class. In these cases I may or may not give you a warning and then mark you as absent and ask you to leave the class (depending upon your attendance status, this may result in you being dropped from the class). If you have to answer an emergency call, please leave the classroom and return when you have finished.

Late Daily Work:
Late daily work will receive no credit (unless otherwise stated). If you are late for a quiz or miss class when a quiz is given, you get a zero for the quiz.

Late Essays:
Late final drafts of essays will result in the loss of ten points off the essay grade. The essay must be completed within one week of the original due date or the essay is a zero. The essay must be typed to be considered on time. Late first or second drafts lose -5 points off the final essay grade for each late drafts. Essays are due at the beginning of class. I reserve the right to count unsatisfactory drafts as late.

Required Rewrites:
I reserve the right to require you to rewrite an essay if I believe necessary. Rewrites are not automatic or guaranteed, but at the instructors discretion. If you are required to rewrite an essay, it is due within one week of the time you are informed the rewrite is necessary. Late essay policies apply to rewrites.

Essay Requirements:
Not meeting the minimum requirements in essays for length and/or sources will result in an essay with a grade of no higher than a 70.

Class Notebook:
You are also required to keep a notebook where you will keep all class handouts, class notes, and class work. This work should be kept organized chronologically and sorted sensibly. This notebook will be an important learning resource for you and should be reviewed frequently. I will check this notebook two times during the semester. The notebook should be a 1 ½ inch three ring binder. All material should be hole-punched into notebook.

Required Integrity Check:
I require the majority of your work to undergo an integrity check with TurnItIn. This check will insure that this work was written by you and abides by our Plagiarism/Scholastic Dishonesty policy.

Electronic Etiquette
It is expected that you will interact with your peers in a respectful manner in all settings, including electronic ones. The general guideline is that anything that might be considered inappropriate in face-to-face interactions is just as inappropriate online. In addition, you are expected to follow the rules of use for the computer classrooms. Difficulties with electronic etiquette could get you excluded from these activities and even dropped from the class.

Required Writing Conferences:
You are required to have TWO conferences over an essay draft (at any stage) with a tutor in the Writing Center or with me. One tutoring session must be held, at least, on either of our first two essays. The second can be held through our fourth essay. Missing tutoring sessions equates to a late Final draft and -10 points off an essay grade. You are responsible for showing me the Writing Center “stamp” on your paper proving you have attended a tutoring sessions—sessions must be at least 30 minutes to get a stamp.

Institutional Policies


A. Attendance:

Effective Spring Term 2010, student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets. Regular and punctual attendance in all classes and laboratories, day and evening, is required. Students who are absent for any reason should always consult with their instructors. Course syllabi must provide specific information regarding attendance, including, for courses involving the internet, online activity that constitutes “attendance.” Also, both tardiness and early departure from class may be considered forms of absenteeism. In all cases, students will be held responsible for completion of course requirements covered in their absence.

Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to drop a course for nonattendance. Course instructors establish policy with regard to attendance in their respective syllabi and may drop a student for excessive absences. Absences are considered excessive when more than 12.5 percent of the total contact hours of instruction in a semester, including lecture and lab, are missed. For example, in a three-credit-hour lecture class, students may be dropped after more than six contact hours of absences. In a four-credit-hour lecture/lab class, students may be dropped after more than eight contact hours of absences. Absences are counted regardless of whether they occur consecutively.

In special programs with additional accreditation or certification standards, additional attendance requirements may be enforced but faculty must clearly explain these policies in their syllabi. Students who stop attending class for any reason should contact the instructor and the college registrar to officially withdraw from the class. Students may be required to consult with an advisor or designee before dropping.

Failure to officially withdraw may result in a failing grade for the course. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw officially from a class by submitting a completed Withdrawal Form to the Admissions and Records Office.

B. Early Alert and Intervention

Alamo College instructors care about students’ success in every course.  During the semester, students may receive alert emails through the ACES account regarding their progress and ultimate success in a course.  Upon receipt of the email, students are to contact the course instructor to discuss specific tasks or actions to improve success in this course.  In addition, students will also need to meet with their Certified Advisor.  Discussions with faculty and Certified Advisors allows the student to identify actions that will help to successfully complete course requirements at Alamo Colleges.

C. Student Responsibility for Success (Alamo Colleges Policy F.6.2):

As members of the Alamo Colleges learning community, students, faculty, staff and administrators all share the responsibility to create an atmosphere where knowledge, integrity, truth, and academic honesty are valued and expected. A clear acknowledgment of the mutual obligations of all members of the academic community emphasizes this implicit partnership in fostering the conditions necessary for student success.

In this relationship, the Alamo Colleges provides institutional policies, procedures, and opportunities to facilitate student learning that encourage interaction, involvement and responsible participation. Inherent in the academic climate is the expectation that students will assume responsibility for contributing to their own development and learning. Academic success is directly tied to the effort students put into their studies, the degree to which they interact with faculty and peers, and the extent to which students integrate into the campus life.

1. Engagement

  1. Create connections and build relationships with faculty, staff and students (visit during office hours, join clubs and organizations, participate in student activities, etc.);
  2. Stay informed of policies, procedures, deadlines and events for academic and co-curricular activities;
  3. Complete all requirements for admission, registration, and payment by deadlines;
  4. Apply for financial assistance, if needed, complying with all federal, state and local regulations and procedures;
  5. Meet all federal, state and local health care regulations.

2. Communication

  1. Seek guidance from faculty, advisors or counselors for questions and concerns in regards to degree plans, major selection, academic status, grades, and issues impacting college success;
  2. Develop a peer support system to identify student contacts for questions, group assignments, etc. regarding academic and co-curricular activities;
  3. Communicate with College personnel promptly regarding academic or co-curricular concerns and assistance requests;
  4. Carefully consider the information provided by College personnel and make decisions using that information;
  5. Check the Alamo Colleges’ Web Services regularly for emails, holds, student records, financial aid status and announcements;
  6. Submit disability documentation if seeking services and request academic accommodations in advance of each semester.

3. Academic Success

  1. Complete courses with passing grades and maintain good academic standing (2.0 GPA) status;
  2. Read and follow all syllabi;
  3. Purchase textbooks and required supplies in a timely manner;
  4. Attend classes regularly and on time, with as few absences, late arrivals, and early exits as possible;
  5. Arrive to class with all needed materials and completed assignments for that class period;
  6. Be attentive in class and actively participate as appropriate;
  7. Devote sufficient time for studying;
  8. Ensure integrity in all aspects of academic and career development;
  9. Accurately represent one’s own work and that of others used in creating academic assignments. Use information ethically and exercise appropriate caution to avoid plagiarism on all assignments;
  10. Notify faculty in advance or as soon as possible about absences and provide documentation as appropriate;
  11. Consult faculty members in advance when unable to complete projects, assignments, or take examinations as scheduled.

4. Self-Responsibility and Responsibility to Others

  1. Maintain accurate and complete degree/certificate major selection and contact information including name, address, phone number and emergency contact;
  2. Balance personal obligations and educational pursuits. Work with a counselor / advisor to design a realistic schedule that dedicates adequate effort to be successful in college studies;
  3. Know and follow the regulations and guidelines outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook;
  4. Maintain respectful and appropriate behavior within and outside the classroom;
  5. Ask for help when needed. Use all available resources and facilities provided by the College to enhance the learning experience;
  6. Attend scheduled advising sessions, tutorials, and other appointments. Cancel or reschedule only with good reasons as early as possible;
  7. Arrive prepared for tutorial sessions, bringing all needed materials (books, syllabi, rough drafts, calculators, assignment sheets, etc.).

D.  Textbook Availability

A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a university-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.


While other exams are given at the discretion of the instructor, a final assessment is given at the end of each semester for each course. The Final Exam Schedule changes with each term and differs from normal class meeting dates and times. See the Final Exam Schedule in the Catalog/Schedule of Classes in the left hand navigation bar.

A student who must be absent from a final evaluation should petition that instructor for permission to postpone the evaluation. A student absent without permission from a final evaluation is graded "0" on the exam.

Incomplete Grades.  The conditional grade of “I” may be issued to a student having a passing average on all completed coursework but for a justified reason, such as illness or death in the family or by providential hindrance, has been prevented from taking the final examination or completing other required coursework. The “I” becomes an “F” in one hundred twenty (120) calendar days from the end of the term unless the student completes the balance of the coursework with a performance grade of “D” or higher. Re-enrollment in the course will not resolve the “I.”  The student and faculty must fill out an Incomplete Contract, clearly defining the work remaining to be finished.

College Policies


A. San Antonio College is a smoke free campus.

B. Alamo Colleges Police Department Emergency Phone Numbers:

Emergency Phone (210) 485-0911

General Phone (210) 485-0099

Weather Phone (210) 485-0189 (For information on college closures)

C. A Rapid Response Team exists for the purpose of responding to emergencies. If you have a disability that will require assistance in the event of a building evacuation, notify San Antonio College disABILITY Support Services, Chance Academic Center 124C, (210) 486-0020.

D. Students are required to silence all electronic devices (e.g., pagers, cellular phones, etc.) when in classrooms, laboratories and the library.

E. Students must abide by the policies, procedures and rules set forth in the “Student Code of Conduct” and all other policies set forth in the San Antonio E-Catalog.

F.  Student Success Policy:

Click here to read the Complete Student Success Policy

Disability Access Statement – In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to self-identify with the campus Disability Services office. Only those students with appropriate documentation will receive a letter of accommodation from the Disability Services office. Instructors are required to follow only those accommodation and/or services outlined in the letter of accommodation. For further information, please contact the San Antonio College disABILITY Support Services office at (210) 486-0020 or visit the office located on the first floor of the Moody Learning Center. If you have specific needs, please discuss them privately with your instructor.