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San Antonio College · - · ENGL-English

Composition I

  • Full Term Spring 2018
  • Section 193.15566
  • 3-3-0 Credits
  • 01/16/2018 to 05/12/2018
  • Modified 01/04/2018

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Lennie Irvin
Office: GH 223-D
Phone: 486-0672  Fax: 486-1509 
Email: lirvin AT ([email protected]
English Department (210) 486-0688


Required Texts:

  1. Scott Foresman Handbook. Ruszkiwicz. Pearson. 2010. 9th ed.
    ISBN: 9780205751983
  1. Writing With Style. Trimble. Pearson. 2011. 3rd Edition
    ISBN: ISBN-9780205028801
    (2nd edition is ok too)
  2. The Case Against Sugar. Gary Taubes. Knopf. 2016 1st ed.
    ISBN: 978-0307701640

Please have these texts by the first day of class!


Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis. This course fulfills the Communication foundational component area of the core and addresses the following required objectives: Critical Thinking, Communication, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility.


Demonstrate College Readiness through appropriate placement scores and/or completion of developmental sequence in English and/or Reading.

INRW 0420



English 1301 is a writing course; here you will develop your ability to make meaning with language. As we cultivate your innate ability to make and convey meanings through language--your fluency, if you will--we will seek to develop a "writer's sense" where you evolve from an unconscious writer to a more conscious one.

To this end, we will be doing a lot of writing. All the writing assignments will be repeated calls for active inquiry where you are asked to communicate earnestly to an audience. Our main goal will be to start and keep ourselves writing; our main concern will be sharing our writing and talking intelligently about it and what we have done. Our most devoted effort will go into supporting substantive revision, for it is during revision that new learning is most likely to occur and your competence to develop.

During the semester, we will write four essays and various other informal writing pieces. As you work and turn these writings in, your essays will not receive a grade. You will receive feedback from me and from your peers (I will provide some quantitative feedback on a six point scale). All writing during the semester is considered "in process" because at the end of the semester you will select some of your writings to revise once again and put in a collection, a book, a portfolio. Here is when your work will receive a grade. In essence you are working the whole semester to create this end of semester "portfolio" of your writing--it will count the most for your grade.

Everything in the portfolio will be revised from its original form, sometimes many times. While you are composing the assignments during the semester, you also will be able to revise and work on these individual pieces as much as you wish (as many drafts as you wish).

Each writing piece is turned into our online learning environment, and at the end of the semester you will select two of your formal writing pieces and a number of your "other writings" in the course to put in your portfolio. All semester you will be dealing with the issue of "What is writing?" and "What makes good writing?" At the end of the semester during the final exam, you will compose an essay on this topic as a culmination of the course where you use your experience in this class and examples from your writings as the content of this essay.


1 Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes.

2 Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution.

3 Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose.

4 Read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts.

5 Use Edited American English in academic essays.



THE PORTFOLIO of WRITING (50%)--During this term, you will work on many different writing assignments. For the final portfolio, you will compile revised versions of some assignments you select that represent what you have learned this semester. 80% of this grade will be based on a fresh evaluation of your writing, while 20% of this grade will be based on the level of revisions you perform on these writings for the final portfolio. Portfolios are due at the Final Exam.

FINAL EXAM (10%)--During the final exam, you will write a self-evaluation/reflection that will serve as a preface for your portfolio. In this writing piece, you will reflect upon what you have learned in the course--particularly on the topic of "What is Writing? What makes good writing?"--and how the writings in your portfolio provide evidence of what you have learned. 

PEER RESPONSE/DAILY WORK (20%)--Reading and responding to each other's writing will be crucial to developing our writing workshop. Your participation in this class will require you to turn in multiple drafts, do peer response, and write reflective evaluations of your drafts (drafting). I will require you to participate in this endeavor. We will also have various daily assignments and a journal to keep. I reserve the right to quiz you at any time on course material.

ON-TIME DRAFTS and CONFERENCES (20%)--Regular participation is ESSENTIAL for your success in this class (and in college). Timely participation is also important for truly experiencing the drafting and revising process of writing. We will be writing three drafts of each essay, and you are expected to have on-time and complete drafts each time. Late drafts (or those deemed unsatisfactory due to short length or minimal effort) will lose you points in this category of your grade.

I also expect you to participate in two conferences (minimum) during the semester. You could do these conferences with our online tutoring service (Brainfuse), with me, or with a tutor from the Writing Center during this semester. These must be conferences over a draft in progress for our class. The first conference must be completed before the end of Essay #2; the second before the end of essay #4. You can do a third conference for extra-credit. Proof of these conferences must be sent to me for credit.

Here is how your On-Time Drafts and Conferences portion of your grade is calculated (related to one particular essay cycle):

Draft 1 on-time = 6 pts. / late = 0 pts.

Draft 2 on-time = 6 pts. / late = 0 pts.

Draft 3 on-time = 8 pts. / late = 0 pts.

Total Possible Points per Essay = 20


4 Essays @ 20 pts. each = 80 pts.

2 Conferences @ 10 pts. each = 20 pts.

Total possible points = 100


Course Policies


Attendance: Excessive absences (4 for MW/TR classes), according to College policy, will result in your being dropped from the course. In an internet class, participation in the form of turning in work equals attendance, so if you do not participate for a cumulative amount of time equal to two weeks you may be dropped from the class. 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! Turn in work on time. The consequences for dropping classes have in recent years become much larger (the six drop rule), so come to class!

Smart Start/ Census Date Participation:
Not participating early in the class may result in you being dropped before the census date. You could be dropped for either 1) attending the first class and/or not completing the "Smart Start" assignment on time, or 2) not participating in a meaningful way before the census date. This generally means completing specific assignments by this census date. If these assignments are not completed by the designated date, you will be dropped. 

Late Daily Work: All assignments are due on the date assigned. Typically, for face-to-face classes all work is due at the beginning of class, and for online classes work is due by midnight. Daily work constitutes pretty much any assignment that is not a draft of an essay. Daily work that is not turned in on time will not receive credit. 

Late Writing Assignment Policy: All writing assignments are due when assigned, including drafts of essays. Late drafts of essays result in the loss of points from the On-Time Drafts and Conferences portion of your grade. Late Final drafts of essays must be completed within a week or more credit will be taken from your On-Time Draft average. Not completing an essay beyond three weeks of the original due date may result in your being dropped from the course. Unacceptable drafts either due to lack of effort, incompleteness, or severe grammatical problems may be counted as late. Unacceptable Final Drafts may result in a required rewrite due in one week after the essay is returned.

Contact me if you have something serious come up that impedes your ability to do your assignments on time. Within reason, I will make allowances to accommodate you. But you have to contact me as soon as your problem arises and before the work is due for the possibility of an accommodation. 

Peer Response and Writer's Reviews: Typically, for each draft you will do peer response on your peer's drafts and then write a "Writer's Review" before submitting the next draft (or after you write the final draft of an essay). I consider engaging in peer response and doing writing reviews to be crucial activities in this class. In addition to having a daily grade taken on these activities, you must complete all peer responses required and the writing review for that draft to be considered "on time" (Late drafts lose points from your On-Time Draft portion of your grade.)

Conferences: You will be required to have a minimum of two conferences over a draft in process during the semester. These conferences could be with me in my office, with a tutor at the SAC Writing Center, or online with Brainfuse. Face-to-face students must do their conferences at the SAC Writing Center or my office. (I will need documentation for any conference not done with me.) Failure to attend conferences counts against your On-Time Draft and Conferences grade. It will be up to your initiative to set up and come to these conferences. You must come with some piece of writing you are working on for us to talk about. I recommend that you get one conference done before mid-term at least.

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 in the Student Code of Conduct.

Appropriate Computer Use: It is expected that you follow all Student Conduct policies for the College, even online. Violation of these policies could result in your being dropped from the course. In addition, students are expected respectful and civil in their online communications with peers. Our general policy will be that anything that is inappropriate in a face-to-face situation is just as inappropriate online.











Jan. 15







E/G/W #1 



Draft 1-1





Peer 1-1






E/G/W #2 



Draft 1-2



Freewriting Journal Starts



Peer 1-2

Feb. 1 



E/G/W #3 



Draft E1-3 


Freewriting Journal WK1


WR E1-3





E/G/W #4 


E2 Invention


 Draft 2-1


Freewriting Journal WK2



Peer 2-1





E/G/W #5 



Draft 2-2


19 Freewriting Journal WK3


Peer 2-2





E/G/W #6 


 Final Draft   2-3



Freewriting Journal WK4



WR E2-3

Mar. 1
Library Instr-uction


E/G/W #7 



Eval. Sources Lab Exercise
E4 Proposal



Journal WK5








(Spring Break  








E/G/W #8 

E3 Invent


Draft 3-1



19 Freewriting Journal WK6



Peer 3-1




E/G/W #9 


E3 Outline


Draft 3-2



Freewriting Journal WK7



Peer 3-2





E/G/W #10 PJ#10

April 1



Final Draft 3-3

 Freewriting Journal Extra-C


WR E3-3



E/G/W #11 



Authorizing Sources







Preliminary Findings



E/G/W #12 



Draft 4-1







Peer 4-1





E/G/W #13 



Draft 4-2





Peer 4-2


WR 4-2



 Final Draft




 WR E4-3



May 1










Portfolio Due

Final Exam




Institutional Policies


A. Attendance:

Student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets, and beginning Fall 2014, students who do not attend the first scheduled class meeting or contact the instructor will be dropped. Students should verify the drop is completed.

For fully online courses, an attendance verification activity is assigned and must be completed by the 3rd class day.

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 as soon as possible.

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 request through the Course Withdrawal link in ACES.  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 the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District.

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

As members of the Alamo Colleges District 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 District 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 District’s 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.

E. Licensed Concealed Campus Carry

No open carry of firearms is allowed on all property owned, controlled, or leased by the College District, including vehicles operated by the Alamo Colleges District. Concealed carry of a handgun by persons licensed to carry may not be restricted except in locations signed as prohibited areas.

  • Special testing locations requiring a complete surrender of personal effects during testing will be signed as prohibited areas. 
  • Persons may be required to place their purse, backpack or briefcase away from their person, but within their view during tests at the direction of their instructor or test administrator.
  • License holders carrying on campus intending to access prohibited areas must leave their weapons locked in their vehicles.  College lockers are not authorized for storage of handguns by license holders.

Disciplinary Sanctions

Open carry, intentional display, unlicensed carry, and carry in spite of signed prohibition are subject to employee and student discipline, as well as possible prosecution. Unintentional display of a weapon by a license holder must be avoided.  Police will exercise their enforcement discretion. 

If you see a person openly carrying or deliberately displaying a firearm:

  • Call the Alamo Colleges District Police 210-485-0911
  • Do not confront the person or ask if the person has a permit

F. Title IX policy

Information and policy regarding Title IX, Civil Rights Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation can be found in Board Policy H.1.2.


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 District 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. Academic Integrity Policy: College personnel with administrative authority may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. "Scholastic dishonesty" includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion. See Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook for more details.

G. Children in the Classroom: Students should not bring children to a classroom or lab. Faculty members have the right to prohibit children from entering the classroom for safety reasons. Minors under the age of 12 must not be left unattended on campus, including the library. DPS will be notified that unattended children are in the library.

H. Mental Health Services: Free, confidential mental health counseling is available on campus from Melissa Sutherland-Hunt in Moody Learning Center 114. Mrs. Sutherland-Hunt can be reached by phone at 210-486-0397 or by email at [email protected].

I. 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.

 Marketable Skills– A student, through coursework at San Antonio College and attainment of a degree, will obtain the following marketable skills:

COMMUNICATION: A student will effectively convey and understand information verbally, in writing, and/or visually.

CRITICAL THINKING: A student will explore, identify, analyze, and evaluate issues, documents, and circumstances before reaching a conclusion.

EMPIRICAL AND QUANTITATIVE SKILLS: A student will generate, frame, and analyze data to make informed conclusions.

TEAMWORK: A student will be a flexible and resourceful team member who looks at different points of view and works with others to support a shared purpose or goal.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: A student will connect personal choices, actions and consequences, with a commitment to excellence and success.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: A student will build rapport and establish competence within diverse multicultural settings.

PERFORMANCE: A student will create artistic or technical demonstrations through the means of self-expression, language, technology, and/or learned skills.

LEADERSHIP: A student will maintain a productive work environment and confidently motivate others to meet high performance standards.