ENG 101 Syllabus


English Composition 1


Ken Clevenger

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Office Location

Southside High School Room 222



Phone Number


Academic Division


Dean of Instructional Services

Office Phone: 256-549-8255

Course Description

English Composition I provides instruction and practice in the writing of at least six (6) extended compositions and the development of analytical and critical reading skills and basic reference and documentation skills in the composition process. English Composition I may include instruction and practice in library usage.


Three semester hours

Days / Time

Monday – Friday 12:10 pm – 1:00 pm

Course Type



Southside High School

Building &


Southside High School Room 222


Successful completion of ENG 093; or a score of 42 or better on the English section of ASSET; a score of 62 or better on the English section of the COMPASS; or a score of 20 or better on the ACT (or equivalent SAT score).




Compass Score

A score of 42 or better on the English section of ASSET or a score of 62 or better on the English section of the COMPASS.

Required Textbook /eText

Rules for Writers (tabbed) - Diana Hacker -- 7th  edition       Bedford/St. Martins (ISBN: 978-0-312-64795-7)

Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings and Handbook -   Bullock, et al -- 3rd edition Norton (ISBN:  978-039319592)

Course Supplies

Paper, pens, computer, and internet access.


eLearning (Blackboard), OWL Purdue, GSCC Online Library

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate strategies for writing essays from development of subject through revision of the essay.
  • Demonstrate the use of focused structure, incorporating logical and coherent generalizations and details on a variety of subjects.
  • Demonstrate basic reference and documentation skills with emphasis on quotes and paraphrases.


(The above objectives will be evaluated through course rubric.)





TEC Objectives





  • Students will learn how to participate in an online classroom environment including accessing online course materials, downloading assignments, and submitting assignments.
  • Students will develop/demonstrate the ability to initiate searches when in need of specific information for special projects/assignments in all courses.
  • Students will be able to recognize reliable sources and determine the usefulness of information gathered using technology resources.


Essay 1 – Example (one pages)5%

Essay 2 - Narrative/Description (two page) 10%

Essay 3 – Analysis/Definition (two pages) 15%

Essay 4 – Problem/Solution (two pages)20%

Essay 5 – Argument (three pages) 25%


Final Essay Exam (two pages) 15% (must be C or better to pass the course)

Evaluation and Assessment

Essay Grades: A+/98; A/95; A-/92; B+/88; B/85; B-/82; C+/78; C/75; C-/72; D+/68; D/65; D-/62; F/50 (Failure to complete an assignment will result in a "0")


Grading Scale: A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 1-59

Make-up Policy

GSCC Policy - Make up work MAY be provided at the discretion and convenience of the instructor.


No late work will be accepted without a documented, verifiable excuse. Excuses for missed assignments will be approved only in the most extreme circumstances: severe illness, death in the family, automobile accident, etc. Students are responsible for contacting the instructor concerning missed assignments.


No make-up will be allowed for daily, in-class activities: for example, quizzes, writings, peer review, etc. Students will take DAILY reading quizzes. Reading quizzes can NOTbe made up. At the end of the term, the two lowest quiz grades will be dropped before that portion of the final grade is averaged.


Plagiarism—accidental or intentional— will not be tolerated. The MLA Handbook for Writers of

Research Papers (4th ed.) defines plagiarism as follows: “To use another person’s ideas or

expressions in your writing without acknowledging the sources is to plagiarize. . . . A

writer who fails to give appropriate acknowledgment when repeating another’s wording or

particularly apt term, paraphrasing another’s argument, or presenting another’s line of

thinking is guilty of plagiarism.” (Section 1.7)


Essays may be submitted to turnitin.com. Turnitin.com is an anti-plagiarism software. It searches a database of student papers, current and archived Internet sources (including Sparknotes, Wikipedia, and sites that sell papers) and some print sources. A report is generated that details any matches between student papers and materials in the database. Undocumented use of secondary sources will result in a zero for the assignment.

Students can access turnitin.com through Blackboard by clicking on the Assignments button. Folders for specific assignments can be accessed there. Submissions will be due in turnitin.com by 12:00 (midnight) on the days listed on the course schedule. The software will not take submissions after those times. Turnitin.com also will not accept more than one submission per folder. Essays will be graded in GradeMark in Turnitin.com; therefore, work CANNOT be graded if not submitted to the database.





Use of Non-Class Electronic Devices






Devices of this type should be silent and never visible during class time. This includes cell phones, laptops, iPods, etc. DO NOT text during class.


Attendance at all scheduled classes is expected. Attendance will be taken daily. All absences are considered unexcused. Emergency situations will be dealt with on an individual basis. Poor attendance negatively affects the Participation Grade.


Arriving late to class is detrimental to a student's progress in the course as well as disruptive to the instructor and fellow students.

Class Participation

An important component in the class is the active participation of students. The instructor will not do all the talking, so it is imperative that students are always prepared to participate.

Common College Instructional Policies

The Standard College Policies apply to all classes at the college and are a part of every official course syllabus; each student receives a copy when he or she completes the vehicle registration/waiver procedure. It is also available from the College website, under the link for Quick Links and School Wide Policies or directly accessed with the document located at http://www.gadsdenstate.edu/academics/pdf/swpolicy.pdf. It is the responsibility of the student to have a copy of these policies and to abide by them. This class syllabus is intended to give further detail about the policies and expectations in each specific class.



The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)




and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states, “No qualified person with a disability may be excluded from, denied benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any course, program, or activity.”Gadsden State Community College strives to create a welcoming environment and will work in good faith to meet the needs of tts diverse populations. Reasonable and appropriate accommodations will be provided for qualified disabled students, applicants, employees, and visitors unless to do so would present an undue hardship or lower the academic standards of the College. Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations should contact the ADA Coordinator or Assistant Coordinator on or nearest their campus to obtain forms for requesting accommodations and documentation requirements, as well as to be informed of campus procedures involving accommodations. Campus contacts include: Dr. Danny Wilborn, Gadsden Area, ADA Coordinator (256-439-6912); Ms. Michele Conger, Ayers Campus (256-835-5451); Ms. Cindy Greer, McClellan Center (256-238-9348); or Mr. Chad Steed, Gadsden State Cherokee (256-927-1802).



Notice of Facility/Program Accessibility: Individuals with mobility impairments should contact the ADA contact on or nearest their campus to obtain information regarding limitations to physical accessibility of some buildings and programs and to obtain accommodations as needed.Students with mobility impairments are encouraged to contact their campus ADA contact person before completing their academic schedules.


SEXUAL HARRASMENT AND DISCRIMINATION POLICY: Gadsden State Community College is committed to providing both employment and educational environments free of harassment or discrimination related to an individual’s race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, or disability as prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and of Title VII (Section 703) of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Any person who believes herself or himself to be subjected to such sexual harassment, intimidation, and/or exploitation should immediately bring the matter to the attention of Ms. Michelle Bradford, Title IX Coordinator, Joe Ford Center, P. O. Box 227 Gadsden, AL 35902-0227, 256.549.6822, or to any academic or administrative officer, dean, director, supervisor, or advisor, who will then forward the complaint to the Title IX Coordinator or the person designated by the President to coordinate the investigation of such complaints.


Summary of Civil & Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement. Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $4,750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. Copyright information can be found under “current students” and “faculty and staff” menus on the homepage and at http://www.gadsdenstate.edu/faculty-and-staff/copyright/index.php.




A student who has a concern about an instructional issue should follow the procedure given below to resolve the issue.

Any college employee who receives a complaint is required to go through the proper chain of supervision in order to insure that the correct procedures are followed to best protect the interests of the student.



  1. Make all reasonable attempts to discuss the problem, i.e., grading, makeup work, etc., with the instructor first.
  2. If no resolution can be agreed upon, make an appointment with the Division Chair that the class falls under (listed on the syllabus) to discuss the problem.
  3. If the student still does not agree with the decision or results of the meetings with the instructor and Division Chair, make an appointment with the Dean of Instructional Services, Dr. Jim Jolly.


Non-academic issues, such as those listed in the Student Handbook under Non-Academic Misconduct, should be reported to the Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr Valerie Richardson.

Course Outline

The course outline and the dates established therein are tentative and subject to change at discretion of the instructor. One week’s notice will be provided for changes.




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