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Course : ENGL

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Fall 2022
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Course Description/ Objectives:

Welcome to English 1143! This course will provide training in rhetoric, including skills involved in the writing process through composition and reading with the addition of particular skills needed for thoughtful research, from selection and analysis to integration and documentation of both print and electronic sources. Students will be required to prepare a research paper of moderate length demonstrating these skills. A grade of C or better is required in this course.

Course Goals:

·     Apply knowledge of rhetoric to make decisions about written communication

·     Engage in a writing process that includes invention, drafting, and revision

·     Write thesis-based academic arguments that provide strong support and specific details

·     Find, evaluate, and synthesize credible sources in support of a research paper

·     Use sources ethically and in contextually appropriate ways and follow a designated style guide

·     Demonstrate proficient use of Standard Written English

·     Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage,

Course Policies


As this is an online course, all notifications will occur via email, so you must check your email multiple times daily. I will be using the D2L email list to send notifications, which should go to your university email address. If it does not go to your university email address, you may forward emails from your D2L email to the university email via Account Settings -> Email -> Forwarding Options. All you need to do is type your email address in the appropriate box, make sure “Forward and mark read in the Inbox folder” is checked, and hit “Save and Close” at the bottom (big blue button).


Online Computer Requirements

Taking an online class requires you to have access to a computer (with Internet access) to complete and upload your assignments. It is your responsibility to have (or have access to) a working computer in this class. Assignments and tests are due by the due date, and personal computer technical difficulties will not be considered reason for the instructor to allow students extra time to submit assignments, tests, or discussion postings. Computers are available on campus in various areas of the buildings as well as the Academic Success Center. Your computer being down is not an excuse for missing a deadline!! There are many places to access your class. Our online classes can be accessed from any computer in the world that is connected to the internet. Contact your instructor immediately upon having computer trouble If you have technical difficulties in the course, there is also a student helpdesk available to you. The college cannot work directly on student computers due to both liability and resource limitations however they are able to help you get connected to our online services. For help, log into D2L.


Desire-to-Learn (D2L)

Extensive use of the MSU D2L program is a part of this course. Each student is expected to be familiar with this program as it provides a primary source of communication regarding assignments, examination materials, and general course information. You can log into D2L through the MSU Homepage. If you experience difficulties, please contact the technicians listed for the program or contact your instructor.



Because this is an online course, attendance will not be measured using a standard metric. Online meetings are mandatory, but unless we have a scheduled online meeting, you will not be required to “attend” a specific location at a specific time. Instead, attendance is measured by completing the exercises and assignments by their deadlines, proving your involvement with course content. On most class days, these exercises will be part of “modules” that will not require any more coursework than you’d perform during an in-person class. There are no excused absences since you can complete work at your own pace prior to its deadline (timed writing assignments are the exception for this rule). An “absence” is counted by not completing an online exercise by its deadline. Each absence will count against your attendance/participation grade, but you are allowed up to 4 “absences” without a reduction to your overall grade. After 4 “absences,” each missed deadline will count as 5% against your overall grade. After 8 absences, you automatically fail the course.



An exercise/discussion is an assignment that addresses a single set of tasks, such as would be completed on an average course day; these can include free writes, reading responses, quizzes, or other written tasks.

A module is a series of exercises and readings that comprise a themed unit of coursework, building to a major assignment. Each module is focused upon an essay or project that counts toward your grade (see grading scheme).

A major assignment is the culminating paper for each module, designed to demonstrate your understanding of the concepts and objectives of that module.

A timed writing is a major assignment that you must complete to pass the class, even though it may be given independent of modules.


Grading Scheme:

·     10%          3 Peer Review Workshops

·     5%            Timed Writing #1      Literacy Narrative (350-word min)

·     5%            Timed Writing #2      Position Essay (350-word min)

·     15%          Formal Essay #1        Argumentative Response

·     15%          Formal Essay #2        Academic Researched Argument

·     15%          Formal Essay #3        Critical Literacy Narrative

·     10%          Digital Portfolio 

·     15%          Presentations of Digital Portfolio

·     10%          Final Exam Essay


Submission Format and Policy:

All formal assignments are to be typed and outside sources documented according to MLA style (do not utilize citation machines. Citation machines only work if you know the citation well enough to enter all of the material correctly). Additionally, all formal papers must be uploaded into the appropriate D2L assignment. By enrolling in this class, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission from me and the other instructor involved in advance.


Late work

Grades of assignments defined as "late" (coming in after the established deadline) will be reduced by 5% of the total points possible for the work each day it is late. After five days late, assignments receive an automatic zero. If you miss a deadline for a week’s exercise or exercises, it receives an automatic zero (as well as counting as an absence). Email the professor as soon as you know work will be late.


Missing work

You must complete all required drafts and final copies of the major assignments in order to receive a passing grade for the course. This applies even if the assignment is so late it receives a zero; you must still turn it in to pass the class.


Academic Honesty

Per the MSU Student Handbook:

“The term ‘cheating’ includes but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (3) the acquisition without permissions, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the university, faculty, or staff.


The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. All formal papers will run through the Turnitin for an originality report. At the very least, plagiarism will result in an F on the assignment; at worst, the consequence will be an F in the course. Offenders will be reported to the Chair of the Department of English, Humanities, and Philosophy. Please understand that students have the right to appeal an alleged incident of Academic Dishonesty. More information about this policy and appeal procedure can be found on page 55 of the Student Handbook


Students with Disabilities

In accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Midwestern State University endeavors to make reasonable accommodations to ensure equal opportunity for qualified persons with disabilities to participate in all educational, social, and recreational programs and activities. After notification of acceptance, students requiring accommodations should make application for such assistance through Disability Support Services, located in the Clark Student Center, Room 168, (940) 397-4140. Current documentation of a disability will be required in order to provide appropriate services, and each request will be individually reviewed. For more details, please go to Disability Support Services.


Add/Drop Information

Classes begin 22 August.

The drop/add deadline is 25 August.

The deadline to file for graduation is 26 September.

The W drop/withdraw deadline is 24 October at 4:00 PM.

Class work ends 3 December.

For more information, visit these links:,, and


Change of Schedule

A student dropping a course (but not withdrawing from the University) within the first 12 class days of a regular semester or the first four class days of a summer semester is eligible for a100% refund of applicable tuition and fees. Dates are published in the Schedule of Classes each semester (and above).


Refund and Repayment Policy

A student who withdraws or is administratively withdrawn from Midwestern State University (MSU) may be eligible to receive a refund for all or a portion of the tuition, fees and room/board charges that were paid to MSU for the semester. HOWEVER, if the student received financial aid (federal/state/institutional grants, loans and/or scholarships), all or a portion of the refund may be returned to the financial aid programs. As described below, two formulas (federal and state) exist in determining the amount of the refund. (Examples of each refund calculation will be made available upon request).


College Policies

Campus Carry Rules/Policies

Refer to: Campus Carry Rules and Policies

Smoking/Tobacco Policy

College policy strictly prohibits the use of tobacco products in any building owned or operated by WATC. Adult students may smoke only in the outside designated-smoking areas at each location.

Alcohol and Drug Policy

To comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 and subsequent amendments, students and employees of Midwestern State are informed that strictly enforced policies are in place which prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of any illicit drugs, including alcohol, on university property or as part of any university-sponsored activity. Students and employees are also subject to all applicable legal sanctions under local, state and federal law for any offenses involving illicit drugs on University property or at University-sponsored activities.

Grade Appeal Process

Update as needed. Students who wish to appeal a grade should consult the Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MSUTexas e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and 2) earned 60 hours. Students may meet this requirement in one of three ways: by passing the Writing Proficiency Exam, passing two Writing Intensive Courses (only one can be in the core), or passing English 2113. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at