Instructor: Regina Popper ENG: 105




INSTRUCTOR'S PHONE: 595-2263 or call me at home: 962-1287

Email: rpopper@stlcc.edu

GRAMMAR HOTLINE: 513-4474 (Writing Center)



COURSE DESCRIPTION: Honors College Composition II ( En. 105) offers a challenging experience in critical thinking, argumentation, and research. Comp II is a course concerned with critical thinking and writing skills that students can transfer to other areas of their academic, professional, and personal lives. This course will add depth and confidence to students' thinking and writing by focusing on words and language, critical reading of other authors' works and the development of the student's own writing. Students will learn to apply logic and reasoning when writing good argumentative essays, utilize critical thinking when reading and writing about literature, and employ research skills when writing a documented argument.

This course will allow students to further explore the writing process and continue work on correctness and style for an improved writing product. The instructor will also encourage cooperative learning activities, debate and internet research.

TEXTS: Rottenberg, Annette. Elements of Argument. 5th edition. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1997.

Troyka, Lynn Quitman. Quick Access: Reference for Writers. 2nd edition, Upper Saddle River, NJ:Prentice-Hall, 1998. (a writing/grammar handbook)

A college dictionary, such as the Merriam-Webster or New World

A small ring binder for loose leaf paper and several pocket dividers to store notes, essay handouts/essays and grammar handouts)

Several ink pens for all handwritten writing (homework and in-class)

A floppy disk for work in the Computer Lab

A stapler (All homework and assignments must be stapled)

COURSE OBJECTIVES: (For all Comp II students) See Honors List Attached.

During the progress of this course students will:

HOMEWORK: A schedule of assignments will be distributed every few weeks or so. Assigned essays done outside of class must be typed on a typewriter or a computer. See "Guidelines for Submitting Written Assignments" (on next page). Two different sheets will guide you in your various readings and encourage active critical thinking as you read. These "Key Idea" assignments and "Read/Respond" sheets are part of your homework grade.

The standard homework ratio is two hours of homework for each hour in a college class. Since each of our classes is considered one hour, plan to spend about two hours preparing for each class.

Homework assignments are designed to help you understand what you are reading, and they provide the background to help you succeed when you write your essays. All writing must be your own; you may seek advice from me, the Writing Center or others, but the writing itself must be yours and not plagiarized from another source. Plagiarism will warrant an "F" grade and you may be asked to withdraw from the course.

All out-of-class essays must be typed and double-spaced with one-and-a-half-inch margins and 12 point type -- the same size and simple look used on this syllabus or a very close equivalent. You must staple your pages. In-class assignments and homework must be written in ink on loose leaf paper.

Plan to write your essay one day and to carefully proof, edit and revise another day; following this process can significantly boost your grade. Also remember the LATE PAPER RULE (below).


GRADES: An A or a B grade is necessary for Honors credit. A C grade or lower will result in a non-Honors course record.

All four essays (one in-class and three out-of-class essays) and the research paper must be completed to pass the course. Each essay will count as 10% of the grade. Preparation for the research paper will count 10% and the research paper itself will count 10%. Homework and brief in-class writing will count 30%. Attendance will count 10%, to be graded as follows:

(for a M-W- F class)

1-2 absences = A for 10% of grade

3-4 absences = B "

5 absences = C "

6 absences = D "


Seven or more absences would rate an F for attendance and are considered excessive for a class that meets three times a week.Beyond eight absences, a student could be asked to withdraw.

(for a T-TH class)

1-2 absences = A

3 absences = B

4 absences = C

5 absences = D


Six or more absences would rate an F for attendance and are considered excessive for a class that meets twice a week.

Beyond six absences, a student could be asked to withdraw.

This attendance policy is meant to reward good attendance and discourage spotty attendance. In this writing course which uses peer review of papers, attendance is especially important. Repeated tardiness will be noted, and each total of 30 minutes will be tallied as a full absence.

If you miss more than six classes, you may be asked to withdraw from the course. Students who miss several classes early in the semester seldom do well in the course. Of course, emergencies do occur as well as extended illness. Notify your instructor immediately by leaving a message on the office phone. If you are ill, you should stay home. In the case of an extended medical or other emergency, please contact the instructor and discuss arrangements; often accommodations can be made. Prolonged illness or absence for campus sports team events requires a written excuse from a doctor or coach.

A student who receives a grade of C- or below on the first essay assignment must rewrite the essay carefully in order to improve the score (no higher than a C or C+). Future papers which require revisions will not receive a higher score.

LATE PAPER RULE: Papers are due in the beginning of class; otherwise, they are marked down a full grade. An absence does not excuse you from the late paper rule. However, if only one paper is late by the end of the semester, that paper will not be considered late and the original score will be restored.

Students who consistently turn in late papers seem to be the ones who eventually drop out or fail. All essays must be completed to pass the course, and nothing is worse than trying to finish an old assignment when new ones keep coming.

COMPUTER LABS: You are strongly urged to discover the time-saving process of using a computer to write your essays. Revisions become a breeze! The Liberal Arts Computer Lab, in the Communications Building (Room l34), has IBM computers for you to use in writing assignments. Also use the library computer room (the "CAVE") or go to Engineering/Business E-124. An inexpensive disk which is necessary to save your work may be purchased at the Bookstore.

Other local libraries may also have computers available. Check Kinko's in an emergency.

WRITING CENTER : The Writing Center in the Communications Building (Room l38) has tutors to assist you with any part of the writing process. The tutors can give specific assistance with grammar problems and can also help in planning and organizing a piece of writing, but the work must be your own.

EXPECTATIONS: I want to help you complete this course, but you must do your part. You should attend class regularly and do all of the assigned work. All writing should be your own, not copied (plagiarized) or done by another person. Faculty and staff are here to help you learn. Do yourself a favor and don't hesitate to ask questions or get help if you have any problem. Our Writing Center tutors and Administration Building counselors are understanding and helpful whether the problem is academic or personal. Politeness, respect and cooperation are the expected norm for students and instructors.

COURSE WITHDRAWAL: If you run into a crisis or emergency (health or otherwise), please call me to discuss a plan of action. Don't just disappear. If you stop attending, you must officially withdraw at the registrar's office to avoid receiving a grade of "F." Remember that the last day to officially withdraw is Friday, April .

STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: Please meet with me confidentially ASAP to inform me of any special needs you may have so that I may make your learning experience more comfortable and successful.

The college has an office to guide, counsel, and assist students with disabilities. It is called the Access Office. If you have accommodation needs, you will need to get them approved by the Access office. Call 513-4551.