English Composition I
English 101, Section B – 3 credits
Spring 2018

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Course Number & Title: ENG 101, Composition I
Department: English
Term: Spring 2018
Prerequisites: Placement or Completion of ENG 100
Fees & Charges: $25 course fee (Writing Center)
Credits: 3

Instructor Name: Curtis Allen
Section Number: B
Class Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Class Location: Dauch College of Business & Ec (COBE), Room 106
Office Hours & Location: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 1 PM to 3 PM in Bixler 125
On the campus map this is called “Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall." You will also see it referred to as CFHB.
Instructor Email: callen@ashland.edu.
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 stresses the development of effective grammatical and rhetorical form through the assignment of expository and argumentative writing projects. Students will learn to reflect on ideas and observations, to use writing as a tool to sharpen those ideas, to reflect on their own writing process, and to use and cite sources accurately. May not be taken for S/U credit. Meets Core credit for composition I.

Student learning outcomes for this course

  1. analyze issues and language in a sophisticated expository, argumentative, or narrative text
  2. write an argumentative or expository essay that represents an original position or interpretation
  3. explore a thesis, theme, or point of view in depth
  4. support a position or interpretation with specific examples and original analysis or detail
  5. effectively evaluate the context, audience, and purpose to construct writing assignments
  6. order ideas in a way that is appropriate to the context, audience, and purpose of the assignment
  7. use language appropriate to the intended audience and purpose of the assignment
  8. assess sources for credibility, bias, and relevant value
  9. select, integrate, and cite appropriate sources
  10. accurately apply documentation conventions
  11. use language that clearly conveys meaning

Student assessment criteria

Papers for this course will be graded holistically. Holistic grading is an attempt to move beyond a "counting errors" approach to writing; it is an attempt to deal with a piece of writing the way real-world readers would respond. Essentially, the question is "Did this piece of writing work?"

Papers will be evaluated using this rubric from the National Council of Teachers of English. The rubric includes comments in five areas, each of which is divided into four levels of achievement:

  1. Focus & Details
  2. Organization
  3. Voice
  4. Word Choice
  5. Sentence Structure, Grammar, Mechanics, & Spelling

In addition to the marked rubric, students will receive written comments and a letter grade. The eventual letter grade is not an average of the items on the rubric. For example, a paper which is quite good at "Sentence Structure, Grammar, Mechanics, & Spelling" but very poor at "Focus & Details" cannot be an "average" paper. It's a poor paper if it does not accomplish its goal of explaining/arguing a point and supporting its thesis.

The Synthesis/Research paper will receive an additional separate grade on MLA citation format.

Other grading concerns:

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 9am-9pm and Friday from 9am-5pm. Drop in hours are the last two hours of every day (7-9 pm M-Th and 3-5 pm F). For information on how to schedule an appointment, visit: https://www.ashland.edu/administration/center-academic-support/university-writing-center

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 dservices@ashland.edu. 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

This course has no printed textbook; all the readings are available online through Blackboard. If, somehow, you do not have access to Blackboard, you can find all of our assignments and many of the readings on our independent website http://www.allenenglish.me

Recommended course materials

Major Assignments

Essay #1 75 points
Essay #2 100 points
Essay #3 100 points
Essay #4a (Summary) 25 points
Essay #4b (Response) 75 points
Essay #5 125 points
Essay #5 citation 25 points
Essay #6 75 points
Quiz Average 50 points
Midterm Test 25 points
Final Exam 25 points
Attendance/Participation 50 points
Total 750 points

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

Grading Policies

Course Grading Scale (%)
A = 94-100C = 73-75.9
A– = 90-93.9C– = 70-72.9
B+ = 86-89.9D+ = 66-69.9
B = 83-85.9D = 63-65.9
B– = 80-82.9D– = 60-62.9
C+ = 76-79.9F = below 59.9

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.


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.


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.

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).

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

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 101-B Reading and Writing Assignments

In the following calendar:

Predicting the needs of a class such as this is extremely difficult, so the readings below are just the minimum. You should expect more material, and you will find it in the weekly Blackboard folders.

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Week 8

Spring Break

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Week 15

Exam Week

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