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Course Technology Requirement

From web-based assignments and material to email and Blackboard, ENC 1102 requires consistent access to the Internet, word-processing, desktop publishing programs, and a printer. USF's Technology Policy can be read in full here: http://isis2.admin.usf.edu/compustore/studentpolicy.asp,

Not having access to a computer will be not be an acceptable excuse for not having checked the syllabus for homework, not having checked your USF email address for class announcements, or not having made the required online journal posts.


Students are required to check their USF email account (use of this account is mandatory). If you use an email address other than your USF address, you will be required to forward your USF mail to your regular email address so that you do not miss any announcements.

Please note: Not having access to a computer or system failures are no longer valid excuses. The availability of many open-access computer labs on the Tampa campus makes it easy to continually have access to this course and its information and tools.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is mandatory. This is not a lecture class. Class meetings will be spent engaged in activities that will directly and immediately address your needs as a writer. It is impossible to "make-up" missed days. Unexcused absences will result in one grade off for whatever assignment was due on the day of the absence. Also, for each unexcused absence after three on a three-times-a-week schedule, one-third grade will be taken off your final grade (e.g., for four unexcused absences, a B becomes a B- ; for five, the B becomes a C+ ). The same deductions will be made for a twice-a-week schedule for each unexcused absence after two and for once-a-week courses for each unexcused absence after one.   Missing a scheduled conference with your instructor will be treated the same as any other absence.


Policy on Religious Observances : Students who anticipate the necessity of being absent from class due to the observation of a major religious observance must provide notice of the date(s) to the instructor, in writing, by the second class meeting.


All excused absences (due to illness, emergency, religious holiday, etc.) need to be cleared with your instructor. You will not be penalized for excused absences; however, since there will be a workshop portion of nearly every class, any absences, even if excused, may adversely affect your grade.


Please avoid tardiness. An entire class can be disrupted by a single student who arrives late. Starting with the third tardy, every two tardies will count as one unexcused absence.

It is the student's responsibility to contact a classmate FIRST regarding information about missed work. If you cannot get information from a peer, then contact me.   If a student must miss two or more consecutive classes, communication with the instructor is vital.


Student Conduct Policy


One of the social goals of this course is to create a positive classroom atmosphere that is conducive to discussion and learning. In order to put this endeavor in effect, students should exercise diplomacy when offering criticism, positive or negative, to others.

•  Online communications with your instructors or your colleagues on class assignments should not make use of Internet shorthand. Please do not send me a blank email with an attachment. If you need to converse with me via email, you should do so as a formal email. Most importantly, please be sure to sign your emails!

•  Make sure that you edit online communications carefully for tone as well as for grammar, style, and spelling.

•  Posting deliberately inflammatory material to discussion forums, blogs, wikis, or in emails is unacceptable. Derogatory comments about the subject matter of the course (e.g., "I hate English so much!") are inappropriate and reflect poorly on the poster.

If any behaviors interfere with instruction, whether in the classroom or online, your instructor will follow the policies from the USF Handbook .


For archiving purposes, your instructor may require you to submit electronic copies of your assignments in addition to paper copies. Your instructor may require you to archive your work at Blackboard or print copies.  


Part of a process-driven writing course is seeing how your writing evolves from draft to draft as well as over the semester.    As a result, you are required to submit all drafts, peer reviews, relevant class notes and research [including Xeroxes of all paraphrased and cited sources] along with the final draft. At the end of the semester when you submit your portfolio you are required to include your previous final drafts, the ones with your instructor's comments, in your portfolio.


You must keep all your written work until you have received your final grade for the course. You may archive your work on a disk/CD, a website, or in printed format. If you have questions regarding the grade for an English Composition class, you will be asked to produce all the written work completed during the semester. Also, you need to keep your work that your instructor marks up so that you can submit these at the end of the semester when you turn in your Portfolio. At the end of the semester if your instructor requires paper documents, you may want to submit a self-addressed stamped envelope/folder when you submit your Portfolio so that the instructor can mail back your documents.


Keep in mind, though, that your instructor is not responsible for archiving your work after the final week of the semester.

Disability Accommodations

Any student with a disability should be encouraged to meet with the instructor privately during the first week of class to discuss accommodations (See Student responsibilities: http://www.sds.usf.edu/Students.htm). Each student must bring a current Memorandum of Accommodations from the Office of Student Disability Services that is prerequisite for receiving accommodations. Accommodated examinations through the Office of Student Disability Services require two weeks notice. All course documents are available in alternate format if requested in the student ' s Memorandum of Accommodations . (See faculty responsibilities: http://www.sds.usf.edu/faculty.htm ).



Using your USF NetID, you will be able to access your grades on Blackboard.


Your instructor may grade you on a 1 to 100% basis or a letter grade basis. The Blackboard_Grading rubric will be used for the mathematical breakdown on a 100 point scale to a letter grade scale.


Letter grades, including plus and minus grades, will be given on major writing projects. To determine final grades, the individual grades will be converted to points according to the Grade Point Average grading system as follows:

A+ (96-100) 4.00

B+ (86-89) 3.33

C+ (76-79) 2.33

D+ (66-69) 1.33

A (93-95) 4.00

B (83-85) 3.00

C (73-75) 2.00

D (63-65) 1.00

A- (90-92) 3.67

B- (80-82) 2.67

C- (70-72) 1.67

D- (60-62) 0.67

For final grades, averages within the range between these points will go to the higher grade (e.g., 3.68-4.0 = A ; 3.01-3.33 = B+ ; etc.).


A final grade of C- satisfies specified minimum requirements for grades of C (e.g., Gordon Rule and Composition I requirements). Student exemptions for the writing portion of CLAST require a 2.5 combined GPA in Composition I & II.

Plagiarism and Academic Honesty

Plagiarism   includes the use of a   quotation, that is,   the exact words of a text (interview, lecture,   periodical,   book, or website) without quotation marks and documentation;   the paraphrasing of ideas or   passages from a text without documentation; the inclusion from a text of information not generally known to the general public without documentation; and the following of the structure or style of a secondary source without documentation.

Because plagiarism is a problem at USF (as well as at other universities), you will be asked to review Avoiding Plagiarism, accessible at http://collegewriting.us/FrontPageDocuments/Plagiarism.aspx . After reading this page, you will be required, at the beginning of the semester, to print and sign the Classroom Policies Agreement Form , which your instructor will keep on file and to pass the Plagiarism Self Test . Your instructor may also ask you to complete this exercise in MLA documentation.

For more information about plagiarism policies see:

•  USF Plag iarism Policy   http://www.ugs.usf.edu/catalogs/0405/adadap.htm

•  First Year Composition Plagiarism Policy CompositionProgramPlagiarismPolicy.htm

Incomplete Grade Policy

The grade of I (Incomplete) will be given for only very compelling reasons. Assigning a student the grade of I for Composition I or II must be approved by the instructor and the Director of Composition in  a ccordance with the USF Undergraduate Catalog .

The Disgruntled Student Policy

A low grade on an assignment is not an indication of a student ' s self-worth nor does it necessitate a poor final grade if the student can and does improve. Students who have a complaint about one assignment should discuss the matter with the instructor, not the Director of Composition or the Chair. A student whose complaints have accumulated and is sure her or his final grade will be lower than desired should, per step III A, submit the statement of the particulars to the Director of Composition. Other copies should be distributed as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog. In addition, the student should submit his or her writing portfolio to the Director of Composition. The English Department follows the CAS Grade Grievance Policy outlined at http://www.ugs.usf.edu/catalogs/0506/arcsagp.htm .

Policy for Making up Missed Work

All assignments must be completed on time. Your instructor will not accept late in-class assignments or late out-of-class homework assignments. Your instructor may accept late Projects (for a list of Major Writing Projects see above); however, late projects will be penalized. For each school day that the project is late, one-third grade will be taken off its final grade (e.g., for one day late, what might have earned a B will receive a B- , etc.).





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