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Syllabus 102-173 Fall 2012

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Online Course

ENG 102-173

Fall 2012

William Patrick Wend



Office Hours

Laurel Hall Faculty Work Rooms M 1030am-1130am WF 11am-12pm

Parker 413B T TH 10am-11am


I am also available by appointment if these hours don’t work for you


Contact Information


Office: 609-894-9311 #1401

Texting: 609-488-4483 (Please make sure you mention who you are in your first text)

Skype: professorwend

Google Talk: professorwend

Yahoo: professorwend

AIM: professorwend



I am primarily online during the early morning except for Wednesday's when I do "EOffice" hours (8pm-9pm)



Required Texts

  • Literature: An Introduction To Poetry, Drama, and Writing Custom Edition For Burlington County College, Pearson, 1-256-28434-5 
  • An additional text for term papers TBD


Optional texts you may want to check out...


 Goals & Focus Of Course

  • Discuss works of literature through extensive reading and discussion.
  • Analyze short stories for plot, setting, characterization, theme, and point of view.
  • Examine poetry for imagery, diction, tone, speaker, language, and structure.
  • Examine plays, focusing on character development, dramatic structure, and performance.
  • Write essays, using MLA-style documentation, analyzing works of short fiction, poetry, and drama.


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 at the end of the semester.


Points will be taken off your final grade for having more absences than four (this will be part of your course contribution grade). After four absences, your continued presence in this course will be at my discretion. I reserve the right to, and will, 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. 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, & 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. I will be taking points off of your course contribution grade for every time that, at the end of class, I can remember you texting during that class.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 earbudsbefore 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 their BCC email 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. Please include a subject and "sign" your email with your name and course section.


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. Most of the time they will be uploaded before class. 


Finally, a matter of general respect: I do not tolerate homophobic, misogynistic, ableist, or racist language in 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 2,000 words NOT including the works cited. Your paper will be written according to current MLA documentation standardsThe final draft of the term paper will be due the final week of classes after our final peer review speed dating session.


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 __________. 


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 one rewrite of a paper 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 one paper for that 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. I am only accepting one revision per student. Please choose which paper you revise carefully. 


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.


Of course, there are no revisions on term papers. 


Extension Policy

Extensions are gifts, not a right. College work involves responsibility and ownership over your individual situation. With that in mind, here are a few caveats about extensions. First, I need to know 48 hours before an assignment is due if you need an extension. This will be clearly addressed on the class schedule. To apply for an extension, we must speak in person or over email immediately. A rough draft of your paper in progress will be required to be handed in at this time. I will then determine whether to grant or deny the extension and how much time would be allotted for it. 

To apply for an extension beyond the 48 hour mark for reasons of hospitalization, bereavement, military service, observance of religious holidays, legal reasons (jury duty, etc), or work related issues (ie: getting called into work at the last minute), written documentation not given before the due date must be in by Saturday night after the due date.

For the following reasons, extensions will not be permitted: short term illnesses and family vacations.

Only one extension will be granted per semester, although an "emergency" extension can be granted under certain circumstances. 


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.


With this in mind, all papers that use in-text citations must have a works cited page. Failure to include a works cited page will be an automatic zero for the 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.


Course Contribution

Sure. I have found in past semesters that "participation" isn't a sufficient means of assessing students. How do you grade shy, or otherwise quiet, students who do very well in your class? At the same time, does a student who does very poorly on papers/quizzes/etc, but "participates" in class deserve a high grade? Instead, I have switched this to an assessment of a student's contribution to the course. How do you do in group work? Are you always on task, or do you take others off task with your actions? Do you bring useful ideas and thoughts into class? Do you go beyond commentary that is intended to please me or make you look smart? Do you experiment, take chances, and offer untested commentary? Are you punctual and always prepared? Do you do more than just listen to me? What about your presence in the class adds to it? These are some of the factors I will consider when assessing your class contribution grade.


A lot of these ideas were inspired by Lisa M. Lane's writing about this issue. 



Course Contribution 10%

Journals 5%

Citation Practice 5%

YouTube Paper 5%

Three Position Papers 10% each (30% total)

Class Leadership Day 10%

Poetry Exam 15%

Final Paper 20%



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 Office of Special Populations offers comprehensive services to all students with any form of disability (with appropriate official documentation) which hinders their academic success. Students must request the accommodation(s) from the Office of Special Populations. Please contact the Special Populations Coordinator at (609) 894-9311 or (856) 222-9311 Ext. 1803 at 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/



Students in my classes are responsible for reading and understanding these course policies. Do you have questions? 

  • Send me an email: wwend@bcc.edu 
  • Talk to me before or after class
  • Come to my office during office hours (Parker 413b)  


If you are a student who has progress reports for a sport, EOF, or anything else, I will only fill these out during office hours. I will not fill them out at the end or beginning of classes.  


The syllabus is a living document. Sometimes, things might not work and we will need to make a change. This syllabus is subject to change at all times. Any changes will be discussed in class and announced on the wiki.  


Week One (Week of August 29th-September 2nd)

  • Announce the syllabus

  • Announce citation practice assignment

  • Announce journal guidelines

  • Announce class leadership assignment 

  • Discussion: Introduce Yourselves  


For Next Week: Read The Storm ()


Remember: If you have not yet purchased the required texts for this class, please acquire them as soon as possible.


Week Two (Week of September 3rd to 8th)

  • Announce first position paper assignment 
  • Read and Discuss The Storm


For Next Time: Read A Rose For Emily ()


RememberSeptember 12th is the final day to withdraw from the course with a 50% refund.


Week Three (Week of September 9th to 16th)

  • Announce second position paper assignment
  • Read and discuss A Rose For Emily


For Next Time: Read The Gospel According To Mark ()




Week Four (September 17th to 23rd)

  • Announce third position paper assignment
  • Read and Discuss The Gospel According To Mark


Week Five (September 24th to October 1st)

  • Announce forth position paper assignment
  • Read and discuss The Lottery


Week Six (October 2nd to October 9th)

  • Announce the fifth position paper assignment
  • Read and discuss Happy Ending


Week Seven (October 10th to October 17th)

  • Read and discuss A Doll House ()


Week Eight (October 18th to October 25th)

  • Read and discuss Death of a Salesman


RememberMidterm failure reports will be sent out to students with below a low "C" or lower during the next week. Said students will also receive a note requesting a meeting with them. 


Week Nine (October 26th-November 1st)

  • Read and discuss Mirror ()


RememberI will be posting midterm grades on Web Adviser over the next week. 


Week Ten (November 2nd to November 9th)

  • Read and discuss The Soul Selects Her Own Society ()


Week Eleven (November 10th to November 17th)

  • Read and discuss Second Fig


Week Twelve (November 18th to 25th)

  • Read and discuss Sonnet 18


RememberQuarter mark attendance warnings will go out to students with three or more absences.


Week Thirteen (November 26th to December 3rd)

  • Poetry take home exam week


Week Fourteen (December 4th to December 11th)

  • Term Paper Topic Discussion


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