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Syllabus 102-11

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College Composition II

MWF Academic 114

ENG 102-06 11am-1150am

Spring 2011

Professor William Patrick Wend



Office Hours

Parker 413B 1pm-3pm MWF

I am also available by appointment if these hours don’t work for you (I am normally on campus until around 5pm)


Contact Information


Voicemail: 609-836-0641

Skype (By appointment...get in touch)

Google Talk: professorwend@gmail.com

Yahoo: professorwend

AIM: professorwend

Twitter: @professorwend

@wpwend42 (personal account)


Required Texts

Literature: An Introduction To Poetry, Drama, and Writing Custom Edition For Burlington County College, Pearson, 978-0-558-91688-6


Anne Frances Wysocki, Dennis A. Lynch, The DK Handbook, Pearson, 978-0-205-74143-4


Goals & Focus Of Course

  • Express thoughts logically, clearly, and coherently in a variety of essays.

  • Demonstrate mastery of the writing process.

  • Critically revise and edit student written compositions.

  • Identify mechanical, grammatical, and spelling errors.

  • Critically evaluate and respond to selected essays.

  • Compose an argumentative research essay using MLA format.


Expectations & Policies

Below is a brief description of how I will grade writing in this course:

A: Mastery of essential elements and related concepts, plus demonstrated excellence or originality.

B+: Mastery of essential elements and related concepts, showing higher level understanding.

B: Mastery of essential elements and related concepts.

C+: Above average knowledge of essential elements and related concepts.

C: Acceptable knowledge of essential elements and related concepts.

D: Minimal knowledge of related concepts.

F: Unsatisfactory progress. This grade may also be assigned in cases of academic misconduct, such as cheating or plagiarism, and/or excessive absences.



Attendance is important. I am allowing four absences. Your grades will be determined by your writing, but attendance and class participation are crucial. If you do not attend class or participate actively, you are unlikely to comprehend the course material well enough to write a skillful term paper.


Points will be taken off your final grade for having more absences than four. After four absences, your continued presence in this course will be at my discretion. I reserve the right to fail a student based on excessive absenteeism. In my experience, students who do not attend class rarely achieve their academic goals.


I will not tolerate frequent lateness. Students will not be allowed into the classroom once 10 minutes have elapsed. Quizzes will be open for completion during the first 10 minutes of class only.


Leaving early, without prior permission, is considered disrespectful and will not be tolerated. If this is a morning class and the student has difficulties staying awake or showing up on time, I would strongly suggest finding another section of 102 to take.


Smart Phones, Texting, Laptops, Hats, & Other Issues of Etiquette

Please turn your cell phone off BEFORE entering the classroom. If your cell phone goes off more than once while class is in a session, you will be asked to leave. I will not tolerate texting or other distractions to the learning experience. Likewise, if you are observed texting twice during a class, you will be asked to leave. Laptops are fine as long as they aren’t a distraction. Students who use education apps on their smart phones (please tell me about them!) are fine too. Please remove all earbuds before entering class.


In my classes, I have an expectation students will have access to email and computers in general. All of your work will be submitted to me digitally. Given there are public and school libraries, the ILC, coffee shops, etc, students need to budget their time better; I do not see any excuse for having “no access” to email outside of the classroom.


Students are expected to check whatever email they correspond with me from on a regular basis. I do not accept the excuse, “I didn't check my email for two weeks” as a valid problem. Digital correspondence should be written using proper grammar and form. I will not reply to emails filled with texting speak (2, u, 4, lol, j/k) or poor grammar and/or misspellings.


I will not be carrying handouts around all semester. If you miss class or lose a handout, please check the course wiki within 48 hours of the class to view, download, or print a PDF of the handout in question.


Finally, two matters of general respect: I do not tolerate homophobic, misogynistic, ableist, or racist language in the classroom. Also, please remove all hats before entering the classroom.



I expect your work to be error free. You are expected to proofread for spelling, mechanics, and grammar. I will mark down for these errors; please revise and proofread often. All papers are to be typed, titled, double spaced, and given page numbers with your last name. All papers will be submitted digitally to my email by 11:59pm on the due date. I will not be accepting print copies of your papers.


If you use Microsoft Works, I would like you to convert your files (.wps) to something more accessible like .doc or .odt before submitting. Also, students writing in the .pages format will need to do the same. Please see me if you need help.


Do not consider your paper submitted until, if and only if, you receive a confirmation reply (usually within 24 hours, but don't panic if it is closer to 48-72). If you do not receive one within 48-72 hours, it is the student’s responsibility to get in touch with me about their work. I am not responsible for making sure you hand in your assignments; it is yours. Please make sure you are backing up your work to an external hard drive, flash drive, cloud based source or other backup method. I will not accept excuses involving crashed computers or broken files.


Finally, please follow the “24 hour rule” for paper returns. I do not discuss returned student papers until 24 hours have elapsed since I returned them. There will be no discussion in person or via email about them until that time window.


Term Paper

Your term paper must conform to the sample research paper that begins on page 331 ofThe DK Handbook. The term paper will have an introductory paragraph with a thesis, body of essay, and conclusion. This paper should be at least 2,000 words NOT including the works cited. Your paper will be written according to current MLA documentation standards. A rough draft will be handed in as part of your assignment grade plus my comments a few weeks before the paper is due as well as an annotated bibliography. The final draft of the term paper will be due the final week of classes.


All research must be dated after 2000, unless previous permission is granted, and gathered using research at the college library or via the internet. A minimum of three sources is required for a passing grade. This semester, your final papers will be written about, or a topic which your reading peaked your curiosity, during our discussions of various creation myths.


Rough Drafts

I allow students to submit rough drafts of their writing. Rough drafts will be due by the Monday before the paper is due, which gives me time to properly annotate and return them to you. While I can offer guidance and suggestions to improve your writing, the primary responsibility is on the student to allow enough time for revision. I strongly believe in personal ownership and responsibility over your collegiate success.


Paper Revision Policy

I strongly believe one of the most important lessons I learned about writing was that quality work almost always entails rewriting. In this class I will accept a rewrite of your papers until the Friday after grades are sent back to the entire class. This means if you are not satisfied with your grade, you may resubmit that paper for a predetermined period of time. This time period will be added to the online version of the syllabus and announced during class. Normally, this will be anywhere from three to five days. After that time period, you may not resubmit.

Obviously, just resubmitting the paper will not count as a rewrite. If you incorporate the feedback I give you on your papers when I send them back, the odds are pretty high you will improve your grade. Only making cosmetic changes will not improve it.


Academic Honesty

Plagiarism will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Be aware that plagiarism includes (but is not limited to) copying someone else’s words without crediting the source; paraphrasing someone else’s words without crediting the source; using someone else’s ideas without crediting the source (even if rephrased in your own words); using facts not universally known which are obtained from a source without crediting the source; asking someone else to write your paper, either in whole or in part; or obtaining a paper or portion thereof by any means and submitting it as an original document. The penalty for plagiarism is failure of the assignment and potentially failure of the course (at the instructor’s discretion), and it may result in suspension or expulsion from the College (at the discretion of the Student Affairs Committee). Please refer to the BCC Student Handbook for additional information regarding College regulations and the handling of plagiarism.



Email is an excellent way to contact me. Please provide a clear subject line and include your name and class section in the text of the email. I will respond to your email within 48 hours. I do not answer emails with poor grammar or texting speak.


Upon receiving a paper, I will reply to confirm it. Grading a set of papers normally takes a week. I will announce in class when the final batch has been returned. If you have not gotten your paper back by then, I did not receive it. It is the student’s job to follow up with me if they do not receive their work by then. I will not accept late papers or excuses which amount to student's disinterest in keeping up with their email. I suggest checking with me if you do not receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of submitting your paper.


Make Up Work

Work should be handed in on the date it is due. I will accept late work with one full grade taken off the top for each class it is late. If an emergency has come up, I expect an email before the class you will be missing letting me know. Your work will be due at our next meeting, but it would be great if you could email it to me in the meantime as well.


Any quizzes missed will be made up in the testing center in the Parker Center. If you are going to be absent for the grammar exam, barring emergency, I need to know before the exam. Failure to do this will result in a zero for the exam.



Course Contribution 10%

Journals 10%

Citation Practice 5%

Two papers 15% each (30% total)

Annotated Bibliography 5% 

Quizzes 10%

Class Leadership Day 5%

Poetry Exam 10%

Final Paper 15%



There is no extra credit or final exam.


A 100-92

B+ 91-88

B 87-80

C+ 79-75

C 74-70

D 69-65

F 64-0


Notification For Students With Disabilities

Burlington County College offers reasonable accommodations and/or services to persons with disabilities. The Special Populations Department offers comprehensive services to all students with any form of disability (with appropriate documentation) which hinders their academic success. Contact Barbara Ericson ex Extension 1208 at (609) 894-9311 or (856) 222-9311 or visit the website at:http://www.bcc.edu/pages/182.asp


Additional Support/Labs

Burlington County College provides confidential advising and counseling services free to all students through the Department of Academic Advisement & Transfer. For more information about advising and counselling services, visit the Parker Center or call Extension 7337 at (609) 894-9311 or visit the websites:


Advising: http://staff.bcc.edu/advising/


Counseling: http://staff.bcc.edu/counseling/


Free tutoring is also available for all currently enrolled students. For more information regarding The Tutoring Center call Extension 1495 at (609) 894-9311 or visit the website

Tutoring Center: http://staff.bcc.edu/tutoring/


Week One

Monday March 28th

  • Discuss Othello 


For Next Time: If you haven't read the play yet, please do.




Wednesday March 30th

  • Discuss Second Paper Handout 
  • Discuss Othello 


For Next Time: If you haven't read the play yet, please do.




Friday April 1st

  • Discuss Othello
  • Introduce A Doll's House 


For Next Time: Read Act One of A Doll's House (1032-1052)




Week Two

Wednesday April 6th

  • Discussion of act one of Ibsen's A Doll House


For Next Time: Read act two of Ibsen's A Doll House (1053-1068)




Friday April 8th

  • Discussion of act two of Ibsen's A Doll House 


For Next Time: Read act three of Ibsen's A Doll House (1068-1084)




Week Three

Monday April 11th

  • Discussion of act three of Ibsen's A Doll House


For Next Time: Read Plath's Mirror (A-67)




Wednesday April 13th

  • Discussion of Plath's The Mirror


For Next Time: Read Arnold's Dover Beach (727)




Friday April 15th

  • Discussion of Arnold's Dover Beach


For Next Time: Read Atwood's Siren Song (728)




Week Four

Monday April 18th

  • Discussion of Atwood's Siren Song


For Next Time: Read Dickinson's The Soul Selects Her Own Society (685)


Remember: Rough Drafts for your second paper are due to my email by tonight. 


Wednesday April 20th

  • Discussion of Dickinson's The Soul Selects Her Own Society


For Next Time: Read Millay's I, being born a woman & distressed (A-210)




Friday April 22nd

  • No class


For Next Time: Read Millay's I, being born a woman & distressed (A-210)


Remember: Your second paper is due to my email by 11:59pm tonight.


Week Five

Monday April 25th

  • Discussion of Millay's I, being born a woman & distressed


For Next Time: Read Millay's What lips, my lips have kissed, and where, and why (575-576)


Remember: Excessive absenteeism warnings and in danger of failing notices will be sent out this weekend. 


Wednesday April 27th

  • Discussion of Millay's What lips, my lips have kissed, and where, and why


For Next Time: Read Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 (501)




Friday April 29th

  • Discussion of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18


For Next Time: Read Browning's How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways (737)


Remember: EOffice hours tonight from 8pm-10pm


Week Six 

Monday May 2nd

  • Discussion of Browning's How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways


For Next Time: Be prepared for our open class discussion day. We will review for Friday's exam.


Remember: If you are already done with your journal, feel free to submit it. 


Wednesday May 4th

  • Open discussion day


For Next Time: Poetry Exam.


Remember: Study for your exam. 


Friday May 6th

  • Poetry Exam


For Next Time: See you on Monday.


Remember: Your journals are due to my email by Saturday night. 



Week Seven

*****Our final session during finals week is Monday May 9th from 10am-11:50am. I will pass out your final grade spreadsheet and give you your final ebook of notes. We will discuss the course in general and I will get feedback from you*****  

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