I. English 104: Communication and Thought II Syllabus

Fall 2007, 3 Credits

The Instructor reserves the right to change/alter this syllabus at any time with proper and adequate notice to students.

Instructor: Beth Ritter-Guth
Biography: Professor Ritter-Guth teaches English, Communication, and Women's Studies FT at LCCC. She has taught English and Communication at DeSales University since 1997. She has a BA in English and Communication from DeSales University and an MA in English from Kutztown. She is pursuing a PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric with a major focus on gender discourse and a minor in the literature of American women. A full Curriculum Vitae is available online.

Phone: 610-799-1717
Email: bguth@lccc.edu or bethritterguth@gmail.com
Skype: Beth Ritter-Guth
AIM: BethRitterGuth
Gmail Chat: BethRitterGuth
Office: Dooling Hall, Room 13
Office Hours: T/R 9:30 -11:00, 1:45-2:15

Texts: None (Bliki-Based Instruction, Open Access Materials) Students need to purchase a working PC Headset (mic and earphones).

Prerequisites: None

Hardware and Software Requirements (if any): Students will be required to access the internet from their dorms, home, or on campus in the various open labs. Students may need to purchase headsets to listen to class materials provided via Podcast or Video. Students will also be expected to create free accounts at http://google.com and http://www.secondlife.com; students will need to download the free software to participate fully in the activities. In this course, we will use Second Life, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Feeds, FURL, Flickr, YouTube, Google Video, Twitter, Blogger, and Wikispaces.

Course Description: A continuation of EN 103. Normally limited to second-semester freshmen, this course is an absolute requirement of the University. Together with EN 103, this course is a prerequisite for all English courses above the 100 level.

Course Meeting Times: 8:10-10:30 HYBRID - Location TBA

II. Student Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, a student will be able to:
  1. Read, write, and think critically about web resources;
  2. Communicate ideas to peers and professionals through voice and written language;
  3. Gather and analyze web materials;
  4. Gather and analyze scholarly documents;
  5. Summarize, paraphrase, and quote documents;
  6. Cite sources using the Modern Language Association formatting for college level writers;
  7. Use Web 2.0 materials to gather, assess, and disseminate research;
  8. Use virtual space to collaborate with international students and faculty;
  9. Prepare formal research documentation by selecting, analyzing, discussing, and citing appropriate and well founded materials.

III. Methods:

Students will engage in various learner-centered activities to aid in the instruction of the course material. This includes, but is not limited to:
  1. Reading, writing, and communicating in standard college level English;
  2. Listening to short lectures in person or via video or audio podcasts;
  3. Using the library to perform research;
  4. Participating in small group and large group discussions;
  5. Participating in team projects;
  6. Using the virtual world, Second Life, to understand complicated materials;
  7. Creating Web 2.0 materials as appropriate to the course;
  8. Preparing dissemination materials (essays, assignments, etc.) for grading;
  9. Engaging in assessment and evaluation opportunities (quizzes, tests, and exams); and
  10. Communicating regularly with the Instructor to identify concerns and special needs.

IV. Evaluation:

Students will be required to submit the following materials for grading:

Essays (4) and Research Paper/Project
Final Exam

Grades are determined using the following scale:
93-100% A
90-92% A-
87-89% B+
83-86% B
80-82% B-
77-79% C+
73-76% C
70-72% C-
67-69% D+
60-66% D
Below 60% F

VI. Attendance:

Students are expected to attend class. Students will be asked to leave class if they are not prepared for the tasks of the day; this includes, but is not limited to, failure to bring materials to class, failure to read the assignments for the day, and failure to prepare materials for the day. If a student is asked to leave class, he or she is conisdered absent for that day. Late work is NOT accepted, but students MAY email work to me using ONLY their DeSales account on the DATE IT IS DUE. Assignments are accepted at the START of class, and are not accepted in the middle or the end of class. If you are sending your assignment via email, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure it arrives by the start of class; technical problems are not an excuse for lateness.

If absences do occur (for whatever reason), it is the student's responsibility to make up whatever work has been missed. Instructors are under no obligation to make special arrangements for students who are absent. Freshmen are limited to twice as many absences as credits are given for a particular course. An absence on class days preceding and following a holiday is counted as a double absence. In cases where classes meet twice a week for 75 minutes each, the first absence shall be counted as a single absence, the second as a double absence. If the class meets once a week for a three-hour period, a single absence is counted as three absences. In ACCESS courses that meet only once or twice a week, students who miss three classes (i.e., the equivalent of eight regular classes of 50 minutes) may be dropped from the class.

Upperclassmen who are on academic probation automatically become subject to the attendance regulation for freshmen. Freshmen and upperclassmen on academic probation who are absent more than twice the number of credit hours in any subject in one semester may be barred from examinations and may forfeit credit in that subject at the discretion of the instructor.

Regular class attendance for sophomores, juniors, and seniors is encouraged, but not compulsory, except as noted below. They are, of course, responsible for fulfilling all the requirements of the courses they take. DeSales University presumes that upperclassmen will be mature and responsible enough to understand that voluntary regular attendance at classes is necessary if course requirements are to be adequately fulfilled.

Permission to make up missed examinations or laboratory exercises may be given at the discretion of the instructor. Students who miss an announced quiz or examination will be given an "F” for that quiz or examination. There are no make ups for quizzes, and exams can ONLY be made up with documentation from a licensed health professional.

VIII. Disabilities

Students with a documented disability who wish to request course accommodations should contact the Director of the Academic Resource Center (Dolling Hall, room 23, extension 1239/1293).