ENC 1101: Bureaucratic Stuff
spring 2006 · MW 12.30-1.45 pm · section 45643 · HUM xxx

Course Objectives

This course will build upon HCC's English cluster of course outcomes such that students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Communicate in standard American English, both in speech and writing
    • Use standard verb forms
    • Master agreement between subject and verb as well as pronoun and antecedent
    • Use proper case forms
    • Use standard practice for spelling and capitalization
    • Punctuate properly
  • Think critically, showing original thought
  • Synthesize and integrate information
    • Students will formulate an argument, construct a viable thesis statement, and support the argument with specific examples and details.
    • Develop an outline
    • Write a 4-6 paragraph theme with an adequate introductory paragraph, sufficiently supported and developed body paragraphs, and an effective concluding paragraph that goes beyond restating the introduction.
    • Use appropriate transitional devices
  • Read critically
    • Students will discern the argument(s) from various sources including essays, advertisements, pictures, etc.
  • Organize a task and follow through to completion
    • Students will write well-ordered compositions that demonstrate knowledge of the techniques necessary for writing an expository paper. The compositions may be definition, classification, cause and effect, comparison / contrast, or topic-based expository writing.
  • Research and document sources
  • Apply the precepts of logic
    • Students will recognize various logical fallacies
  • Attend, participate in, and contribute to group sessions
  • Students shall demonstrate mastery of the following writing skills as required by the Florida Department of Education:
    • Organization
      • Selecting a topic which lends itself to expository writing
      • Determining the purpose of the writing
      • Limiting the subject to a topic which can be developed adequately within the requirements of time, purpose, and audience
      • Formulating a thesis statement which reflects the purpose
      • Developing a thesis statement in the following ways:
        • Providing adequate support which reflects the ability to distinguish between generalized and concrete evidence
        • Arranging the main ideas and supporting details in an organizational pattern appropriate to the expository purpose
        • Writing unified prose in which all supporting material is relevant to the thesis statement
        • Writing coherent prose, providing effective transitional devices which clearly reflect organizational patterns and the relationship of the parts.
    • Effective word choice
      • Using words which convey the denotative (specific) and connotative (associational) meanings required by context
      • Avoiding slang, jargon, clichés, and pretentious expressions
      • Avoiding wordiness
    • Conventional sentence structure
      • Placing modifiers correctly
      • Coordinating and subordinating elements according to their relative importance
      • Using parallel expressions for parallel ideas
    • Effective sentence structure
      • Using a variety of sentence structures
      • Avoiding unnecessary use of passive construction
      • Avoiding awkward constructions
      • Avoiding fragments, comma splices, and fused sentences
    • Consistent point of view
    • Proofreading and revision
    • Students will write at least one impromptu essay.

Course Policies

Attendance & Participation

As this is a lecture- and discussion-based course, its success—and yours as well—will come from your participation in the conversations of the course. As such, your attendance is crucial. You will be allowed 3 absences—these are intended to provide you with the flexibility to cover emergencies. If you squander your absences and then have an emergency, you will have to suffer the consequences: 5 points off your final grade total per absence over the three “freebies.”

Paper Format

All work must be typed and double-spaced using a standard 12-point font unless otherwise specified. Please do not include a cover page. All papers should have a unique title with your last name, page number and date in the lower right hand margin. Margins should be 1” on all sides. All papers must be stapled. Unstapled papers will NOT be accepted.

Academic Honesty

Unless it is specifically connected to assigned collaborative work, all work should be individual. Evidence of collusion (working with someone not connected to the class or assignment), plagiarism (use of someone else's published or unpublished words or design without acknowledgement) or multiple submissions (submitting the same paper in different courses) will lead to immediate failure of this course. All sources of information MUST be documented according to MLA guidelines (see your handbook for references). Any incidence of plagiarism will result in automatic Failure for the course. There are no second chances. All students are expected to honor their commitment to the college's Honor Code.


Every student in this class is expected to participate in a responsible and mature manner that enhances education. Any conduct that disrupts the learning process may lead to disciplinary action or permanent removal from this course.

Grade Complaints

A low grade on a single assignment will not prohibit a good course grade if your work improves. A poor grade on an assignment is not an indication of your worth as a student or any sort of value reflection regarding your character; it is, however, an indication that one or more areas of your scholarship require improvement. If you have a complaint, you should first discuss it with me. After doing this, if you still have grade complaints about multiple assignments and have received a final course grade that is lower than you expected, contact the Dean to contest the final course grade. You will need to provide a copy of every assignment.


I encourage you to see me during my office hours, especially when you have questions about an assignment, need help with a particular writing problem, want extra feedback on a section of a draft, or have questions about my comments on your work. Of course, we can also correspond via e-mail.

Special Accommodations

If, to participate in this course, you require an accommodation due to a physical or learning impairment, you must contact the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities. The office is located in the Student Services Building , Room 208. You may also reach the office by phone: [813] 253.7031, TTD [813] 253.7035, or [813] 253.7336.

Grading Policy

This is a Gordon Rule course; it meets the 6000 word written work requirement that will receive feedback and a grade. ALL work must be completed and turned in on time to satisfy the Gordon Rule.

A: 90-100; B: 80-89; C: 70-79; D: 60-69

Testing / Late Paper Policy

All work must be turned in on time and formatted according to the standards outlined in the syllabus AND on the individual assignment sheet. Impromptu essays cannot be made up.


Take Note!

Any changes or announcements will be identified and posted here. It is your responsibility to check your email regularly and to note any changes made to the syllabus per this web. The web syllabus will always override the print copy.