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San Antonio College · - · ENGL-English

Composition I

  • Summer - First 5 Week Session Summer 2018
  • Section 022.10647
  • 3-3-0 Credits
  • 06/04/2018 to 07/05/2018
  • Modified 06/04/2018

Contact Information

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

Summer Office Hours: M-R 10-11:15, 1:30-2:00


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)


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. You will also be experiencing the writing process by turning in three drafts for each essay, and doing peer response and writing reviews. You will also be doing less formal writing assignments through our journaling and reviewing various grammatical and style topics. The sub-theme of the entire class will be these two questions: What makes good writing? What should writers do to create good writing? In the final exam, you will write an essay in which you explore your understanding of these two questions.


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.



ESSAYS (50%)
During this term, you will  work on four essays. Each essay will go through three drafts, and you will be expected to revise your writing. The essays will be weighted as follows: E1 = 15%, E2 = 25%, E3 = 25%, and E4 = 35%.  

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 not be accepted and lose credit on the essay grade. Late 1st and 2nd drafts lose -5 pts. each from the Essay's final grade, and late Final drafts lose -10 pts. and must be done within three days or the grade is a zero. 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. Late work not accepted in this category (except for the Finals Drafts of essays).

We will also have daily assignments, a journal to keep, and various other informal writing assignments to do. I reserve the right to quiz you at any time on course material. Late work not accepted in this category.

FINAL EXAM (20 %)-- The final exam will consist of an essay that you will be asked to write. As mentioned above, it will involve answering the questions guiding our whole semester related to what is good writing and what producing good writing involves.

Course Policies


--Summer Attendance: 
Summer school moves almost four times as fast as the regular semester. By State Law and College policy, you may miss up to 12.5% of class, but beyond that amount you may be dropped for non-attendance. For summer school, that means you may miss TWO DAYS, but you may be dropped at your third missed class.

Contact me immediately if you have any kind of issues preventing your participation. 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 three-peat rule and six drop rule), so come to class! Attend!

Late Writing Assignment Policy:  All writing assignments are due when assigned, including drafts of essays. Late drafts of essays result in the loss of -5 points from the Final grade of the essay. Late Final drafts of essays lose -10 points off their grade and must be turned in within three days or the grade will be a zero. Unacceptable drafts either due to lack of effort or incompleteness may not be accepted as an "on time" draft and be assessed the late penalty. Everyone has one late draft that will not count. 

Required Rewrite Policy: The instructor reserves the right to require students to rewrite unacceptable essays. In these cases, all rewrites are due in two days after the essays are returned to the student. Late rewrites will lose -10 points and must be done within three days or the grade is a zero.

Late Daily Work: All work other than essays and essay drafts is considered “daily work.” Late daily work gets no credit.

It is your responsibility to turn in work on time. IF you have circumstances that prevent you from turning in work in a timely fashion, contact me immediately by email to discuss your situation.

Submitting Work When Absent
If you are absent, you are still responsible for turning in work that is due on the date it is due unless you contact the instructor and request an extension. 

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. Credit for this work will be counted in the Drafting Activities portion of your grade. 

Required Integrity Check: I will require 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.

Appropriate Computer Use: I will expect that you communicate with your peers and your teacher in a respectful and decent way. The general guideline we will follow is that anything that would be considered inappropriate in a face-to-face encounter is just as inappropriate online. I will also expect you to honor the privacy of your classmates by not sharing without their permission any personal information (including their email address or writing). Problems with online behavior could result in your being asked to leave the class.

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.