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Composition II Syllabus
English 102 sections EW & IW – 3 credits
Spring 2020

Course Number & Title: ENG 102, Composition II
Department: English
Term: Spring 2020
Prerequisites: Placement or Completion of ENG 101
Fees & Charges: $25 course fee (Writing Center)
Credits: 3

Instructor Name: Curtis Allen
Section Numbers: EW & IW
Class Time:
Section EW: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 10 to 10:50 a.m.
Section IW: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 1 to 1:50 p.m.
Class Location:
Section EW: Center for Humanities Bixler, Room 307
Section IW: Center for Humanities Bixler, Room 301
Office Hours & Location: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Center for Humanities Bixler, Room 125
Instructor Email:
My ordinary working hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 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

English 102 is the second course in Ashland University’s two-semester writing sequence and involves continued emphasis on the writing process, critical thinking, close reading, the rhetorical nature of language, and research skills. Meets Core credit for composition II.

Course Content:

Composition II introduces students to the idea of participation in an intellectual community. Although many instructors in Composition II will use literary texts to challenge students to read critically and explore the nuance of language, the focus in Composition II is not on thematic instruction in the mode of the traditional “interpretation of literature” course but on the process by which thematic meaning is conceived, articulated, and debated. Composition II texts will in general be longer or more closely grouped around a subject or idea than texts in Composition I in order to give students a greater depth of material in which to conceive and develop their arguments.

English 102 Student Learning Outcomes

Argumentation - Students will be able to:
Create evidence-based arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Related topics include, but are not limited to:

Research Process - Students will be able to:
Conduct inquiry-driven research on a theme or issue through a process that may include writing reflective responses, summaries, annotated bibliographies, and other examples of processing.
Synthesize information collected and use it within their own writing to form an argument rather than finding information that supports a predetermined argument.

Related topics include, but are not limited to:

Critical Reading - Students will be able to:
Read a variety of shorter and longer literary fiction and nonfiction texts to conduct in-depth analysis of a specific theme or issue.
Confidently discuss, debate, and evaluate different interpretations of a text.

Related topics include, but are not limited to:

Reflection & Metacognition - Students will be able to:
Continue to develop and experiment with their writing process through in-class discussions, peer review, and written and oral reflections on their own writing.
Critique their own and others' works and to reflect on their own development as writers.

Related topics include, but are not limited to:

Conventions - Students will be able to:
Produce clean final drafts that follow the appropriate genre conventions with few or no errors.
Use appropriate citation style conventions including document format, in-text citations, and reference/works cited page for a given writing assignment.

Related topics include, but are not limited to:

Student assessment criteria:

Major essays will be graded according to the English Department Rubric. This rubric divides the paper grade into five areas: Thesis and Structure (25%); Body Paragraphs and Organization (25%); Analysis, Evidence, and Support (25%); Language Style and Voice (10%); and Conventions (15%). Within each area of concern, the instructor will make a holistic judgment and assign a point value. In addition, the longer research/synthesis paper will have a separate grade for MLA citations.

Short writing assignments will receive a holistic grade.

Effort is impossible to grade. Some people do an excellent job of writing with little effort, while others struggle for every word. I cannot judge that. I can only comment on the result.

Core Composition Outcomes

  1. Compose and communicate effectively for a variety of rhetorical purposes
  2. In writing, frame and analyze a problem using relevant information
  3. Write an appropriate argument, report, application, or other expressions of such inquiry

Plagiarism Policy

The Ashland Multiliteracy Center for Writing, Speaking, and Digital Communication

The writing center has expanded services to become the Ashland Multiliteracy Center for Writing, Speaking, and Digital Communication, or AMuLit Center for short.

Receive one-on-one feedback from an AMuLit Center coach on any project that involves communication - essays, speeches, group presentations, lab reports, poster presentations, and much more!

Accessibility Resources and 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 the Student Accessibility Center at 419-289-5904, or send an email to The Student Accessibility Center and the course instructor will work together in order to establish accommodations, and to meet your learning needs.

Tutoring at No Charge

The Tutoring Programs Office is a part of the Academic Support Center on the 7th floor of the Library. We provide academic support for the undergraduate students with free peer tutoring in any of the undergraduate courses and soft skills: time management, study skills, note taking, and test-taking strategies. Assistance is available through one-on-one tutoring, small study group, and in a drop-in help session. Please request tutoring by filling out the form at then click on One-on-One Tutoring, or Soft Skills Tutoring, or look up the Drop-in Help Schedule. Any questions: Denisia Stoops, Coordinator, or 419-207-6779.

Required text and materials:

Required textbooks

Required course materials

Recommended course materials

Major Assignments

Essay #1 (3 pages) 75 points
Essay #2 (4 pages) 100 points
Essay #3 (4 pages) 100 points
Essay #4 (6 pages + MLA) 175 points
Essay #5 (3 pages) 75 points
4 short pieces @ 25 pts. each 100 points
Quizzes and In-Class 25 points
Attendance/Participation 25 points
Total possible 675 points

Students need to turn in all major assignments to pass the 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

Paper Length

Each assignment has a minimum length specified by word count. The word count does not include your header, title of the paper, or Works Cited items. Papers which are less than 80% of the assigned length will have their final grade multiplied by the proportion of the length submitted (for example, if the assignment was 1300 words and the submitted paper was 650, the final grade will be multiplied by 50%).


You may rewrite two of your first three 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.

*There is a commercial program called “Dropbox.” This comment does not refer to that program. You must find and open the Ashland University Blackboard area for our course and upload the paper there.

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:

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.

Additional Information:


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.


English 102 sections EW & IW
Reading and Writing Assignments

In the following calendar:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Spring Break

Week 9

Week 10

Week 11

Week 12

Week 13

Week 14: Reflective Essay

Week 15: Reflective Essay

Exam Week

This course will not have a final exam or meet during Exam Week.