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College Writing Improvement Syllabus
English 100 section B – 3 credits
Fall 2019

Course Number & Title: ENG 100, College Writing Improvement
Department: English
Term: Fall 2019
Prerequisites: Placement
Fees & Charges: $25 course fee (Writing Center)
Credits: 3

Instructor Name: Curtis Allen
Section Number: B
Class Time: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 9 to 9:50 AM
Class Location: Center for Humanities Bixler, Room 301
Office Hours & Location: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 1 PM to 3 PM in Center for Humanities Bixler, 125
Instructor Email:
My ordinary working hours are 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. If you e-mail me outside of those hours (middle of the night or Sunday morning, for example) you probably will not get a response from me until my next working hours. I do not reply to e-mails while I am teaching a class.
Instructor Telephone: 419-289-5643
Please note that I am only near this phone during my office hours.
Instructor's mailbox: in Bixler 217

Catalog Description

This course focuses on fundamentals of grammatical form and compositional structure in order to improve writing skills required for college-level papers. Students are placed in the course by ACT/SAT scores and high school records. This course is graded S/U; a grade of U requires that the course be repeated until the student achieves an S. It does not satisfy the Core composition requirement and is not open to students with credit in ENG 101 or 102. One section is designated for international students.

Student learning outcomes for this course

  1. Read actively, in order to comprehend and summarize readings.
  2. Read critically, in order to analyze, evaluate and synthesize college readings. Students will also explain how the context of both the reader and the text influence their meaning-making process.
  3. Write expository essays which integrate and synthesize course readings and are clearly focused, fully developed, and logically organized.
  4. Compose essays with sentences which display a developing syntactical maturity and whose meaning is not impaired by excessive grammar, usage and proofreading errors.
  5. Articulate an awareness of their own reading, thinking, and writing processes.

Plagiarism Policy

The University Writing Center

The Ashland University Writing Center (CFHB 104) assists students with take-home writing projects in all disciplines. Students receive one-on-one attention from trained Undergraduate Writing Assistants and can use the Writing Center space for writing and group workshops. Appointments are available Monday – Thursday from 9 AM – 9 PM and Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM. Drop in hours are the last two hours of every day we are open (7 – 9 PM Monday through Thursday and 3 – 5 PM Friday). For information on how to schedule an appointment, visit:

Disability Accommodations

It is Ashland University’s goal that learning experiences be as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on a disability, please contact Disability Services at 419-289-5904, or send an email to The Disability Services office and the course instructor will work together in order to establish accommodations and to meet your learning needs.

Required text and materials

Recommended course materials

Major Assignments

Essay #1 50 points
Essay #2 50 points
Essay #3 75 points
Essay #4 100 points
Essay #5 75 points
Midterm Test 25 points
Qualifying Essay 50 points
Final Reflection 25 points
Quizzes and Short Assg'ts 50 points
Attendance/Participation 50 points
Total 550 points

If you do not submit all of the major numbered essays, you will not pass this course.

Course Grading Scale (%)
A = 94-100B– = 80-82.9
A– = 90-93.9C+ = 76-79.9
B+ = 86-89.9C = 73-75.9
B = 83-85.9U = below 72.9


You may rewrite two of your first four graded papers and submit them for an improved grade. Here are the rules:

  1. Papers that received a C+ (76%) or better will not be regraded.
  2. You will submit the original paper with its grade sheet along with the revised paper and a memo discussing the changes you made and the reasons for the changes.

Note that simply typing in corrections suggested by the instructor (punctuation, spelling, etc.) will not generally result in an improved grade.

Submitting Papers

To facilitate English Department evaluations, we are asking you to upload your essays as electronic copies to the Blackboard drop box. If the only copy available for grading is blank or otherwise unreadable, you will get a zero for the assignment. If you submit a copy that cannot be read, you will be notified and given a chance to load a readable copy, but there is no way a grade can be assigned to a blank page or a page of gibberish.

Grading Policies

Attendance Policy

Your primary job is “student,” and you are expected to take that job seriously. You are expected to show up at the beginning of class, participate, and stay until the end of class. You get three (3) “personal day” absences during the semester which do not count against you.

You will lose attendance credit for:

Excused absences: You must ask me personally (not by e-mail) for an excused absence. The distinction between excused and unexcused absences is at the discretion of the instructor, but you would be wise to document requests for excused absences (note from your doctor, for example).

Locked door policy: The classroom door will be locked 10 minutes after the start of the class session. If you show up later, you must knock, identify yourself, and sign in.

Athletes: When your participation in scheduled University events conflicts with class, you receive an excused absence. Here are the rules:


The Incomplete is a temporary grade given to a student who has completed most of the course and has a passing grade but is unable to complete the course for major reasons beyond his/her control (such as a serious medical problem). The Incomplete is not intended for students who simply did not get around to doing all the work during the semester. The University academic calendar lists the final deadline for making up Incompletes each semester.

Grade Appeals

If you believe your academic rights have been violated, you should, if possible, discuss the matter with your instructor. If you wish to appeal the case, you must appeal to the Director of Composition, before going to the department chairperson, or to the Dean and Academic Council, who may confer with the Provost.

Late Work Policy

Each assignment has a due date printed on the assignment sheet. The assignment is due at the beginning of class on the due date.


English 100-B Reading and Writing Assignments

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Exam Week

Class schedules during Exam Week are not the same as the schedule during the semester! Check your exam schedule!

English 100 does not have a final exam. We will not be meeting as a group this week.

For your convenience, here is a link to the official AU final exam schedule. Use it to figure out when your other courses are having their exams.