LCCC English 105: College English I Honors
Fall 2006: T&R, 12:45 to 2:06

Instructor: Beth Lynne Ritter-Guth
Office: LRC 305D
Office Hours: Mondays/Wednesdays 9:00-11:00
Thursdays 11:30-12:30
Phone: 610-799-1717

Required Texts:


Course Description
In College English I (ENG 105), students write essays, develop a research paper, and master library skills. Students strive for sound logic, effective use of details, appropriate diction, and correct grammar and mechanics. Students study models of good writing, which include student essays as well as professionally written essays.

Course Objectives
By the end of this course, the students should demonstrate the following capabilities:
  1. To write clear, correct English using college-level vocabulary, using correct spellings, structuring sentences correctly, and using correct grammar idioms.
  2. To organize their writing in a clear, logical fashion with each paragraph focusing on a single idea and made clear, concrete and convincing by the use of specifics; with the essay as a whole consisting of a logical succession of well-developed paragraphs that support a clear thesis, generally introduced in the first paragraph; with each sentence and paragraph showing, through the use of fluent transitions, a logical relationship with earlier sentences and/or paragraphs.
  3. To think in a clear, logical fashion about ideas relevant to human beings, being able to note similarities and difference, being able to classify ideas, being able to avoid common logical fallacies.
  4. To write a research paper demonstrating college-level research skills, including the ability to use technology and meeting the standards set by the Modern Language Association.
  5. To use the library and its services, as evidenced by the successful completion of the required LCCC Library Handbook.

Service Learning Component
This course offers students the unique opportunity to combine academic course work with social service. In developing research skills, students are asked to participate in an Open Access project that uses wikis and blogs to communicate course research to the public. Students are not required to publish their material online, and can, instead, choose to submit materials privately. Students will sign a waiver indicating their choice during the first week of class.

Course Theme
This course will consist of several components. First, we will focus on college reading and writing skills. Specifically, students will use the writing process to compose five essays and a research paper. Second, we will focus on the use of technology in the classroom by utilizing campus resources dedicated to enhancing technological competency. Third, we will focus on understanding and serving the world around us by volunteering our time in the global community. Fourth, we will develop our presentation skills by hosting an end-of-the-semester Poster Session for the college community. Fifth, and finally, we will use the theme of "community" to tie together all five components of this course.

Grading Philosophy
Grades are earned and are not “given” by me or any other instructor. Students are expected to manage time and plan and complete complex writing tasks. I support the terms of academic integrity as established by LCCC. I am committed to preventing grade inflation. I read every assignment twice (once for grammar - once for content), and I do not base my grades on how well I like or do not like a student.

In this class, students will earn numerical grades. If a student's paper is deemed completely unacceptable, he or she may receive an NG (no grade). Students who receive this grade are required to visit the Writing Center to revise the paper, and it must be submitted within one week. Students MUST receive a passing grade on the research paper to pass this class. This means that even if you have A grades on all your other papers, you will fail if you do not receive a passing grade on the research paper.

Additionally, students are required to complete the Library Workbook by mid-term. Students who fail to complete this workbook will be withdrawn from this course with a Y grade (withdraw failing). While the Y grade does not impact your overall GPA, it may impact your ability to maintain financial aid. Students will be expected to complete other assignments (in and out of class). Students who fail to complete these assignments may fail the course. Additionally, I hold the following statements to be true:
· A student will receive an A in this course if his or her work is outstanding and exceptional. The student has “gone above and beyond the call of duty.”
· A student will receive a B in this course if his or her work is above average and has gone slightly beyond “the call of duty.”
· A student will receive a C in this course if his or her work has met the basic requirements of the assignment. Students have met the objectives of the project but have not gone beyond the assignment. This is the most common grade in my class.
· A student will receive a D in this course if his or her work slightly meets the objectives of the assignment but has not reached a “satisfactory” rating.
· A student will receive an F in this course if his or her work does not meet the requirements of the project. Students who fail to submit assignments may not use extra credit to replenish their grades.

Course Requirements
Learning is a hands-on process. I expect all material to be turned in on time, neatly written, and presented well. This course requires a great deal of reading and writing. In order to be a successful student, you must allow plenty of time to prepare for this course. All reading assignments are to be completed by the date listed on the syllabus. These reading assignments will be the foundation of the material discussed in class. Please follow the syllabus, be prepared for all classes, and, most importantly, develop your writing to your fullest ability. The following is a breakdown of class assignments and grading procedures:

Evaluation - Everything counts. All of your work will focus on reading and writing assignments or projects. All assignments are graded on a scale of 1-100: 0-59 F, 60-69 D, 70-79 C, 80-89 B, 90-100 A. The following projects will be weighted as follows:

Essays 45%

Essay 1: Definition (100 points)

Essay 2: Narrative (100 points)

Essay 3: Compare/Contrast (100 points)

Essay 4: Cause/Effect (100 points)

Essay 5: Persuasive (100 points)

Research Paper and Project 25%

Essay 6: Research Paper (200 points)

Project 1: Poster Presentation (100 points)

Exams 20%

Exam 1: In-Class Mid-Term Exam (timed - 81 minutes) 10%

Exam 2: Final Exam (timed - 2 hours) 10%

Class Participation: 10%

Collaborative Work
In-Class Assignments

Course Policies

The attendance policy is strict because your success in this (and every other) course depends on your ability to participate and fully engage in all classroom activities. You will be dropped from this course if you miss more than THREE classes during the semester. Further, if you are not prepared for class; are late more than three times; or leave early more than three times, you will not receive full credit for attendance. Two late arrivals equal ONE absence.

Group Work
We will work together on many projects and assignments. In most cases, you will be graded as a group AND individually. If you are having a problem with a member of your group, please e-mail or see me privately to discuss the situation. Please do not wait until after an assignment is turned in to tell me that "so-and-so" didn't pull his or her weight on the assignment. There are some opportunities when you will be graded solely on your own work within the group.

Extra Credit
Extra Credit projects and assignments are assigned from time to time at my discretion. For example, an extra credit project might include a movie or play review. These projects are strictly voluntary and WILL NOT replace missed work. These opportunities are a privilege and NOT a right.

Academic Integrity
Lehigh Carbon Community College expects that work produced by students will represent their personal effort. Academic dishonesty includes but should not be limited to:
  1. Cheating on tests and exams
    • Use of test aids (crib sheets)
    • Copying
    • Stealing of test questions
  2. Plagiarism – Quoted materials must be enclosed in quotation marks with complete documentation indicating source. Materials used without direct quotations should have the source indicated.
    • Copying any written assignment such as papers, homework, lab reports, ENG 105 research skills workbook
    • Copying any electronic assignments such as papers, homework, lab reports, programs, etc.
    • Purchase of all or part of papers, reports, workbooks, or other assignments
  3. False statements designed to earn a student the right to make up missed work.
All offenses are to be reported to the Dean of Students where a record is made and retained. The faculty member involved will normally decide how to handle each case of dishonesty, unless the penalty exceeds failing the course or affects something other than grades. The consequences of cheating or academic dishonesty may include any of the following:
  1. Retaking the test on the spot
  2. Doing extra work
  3. Receiving a grade of zero on assignment or test
  4. Receiving “F” in the course
  5. Removal from academic program
  6. Suspension from college
Appeals to charges of violation of academic honesty must be submitted within five days of receipt of the charge. Appeals to the charge are heard by the College Judicial Board.

ADAPolicy: Students with disabilities must first contact the Office of Disability Support Services at 610-799-1156 to request course accommodations. Students are also encouraged to personally discuss arrangements with the instructor if there is a need to share medical emergency information.

Paper Submission Guidelines

Late Papers
Your papers are to be turned in on time. You will receive 10 points off for every day a paper is late. You may not fax or e-mail a paper to me unless you have my prior permission. You may not slide your paper under my door; place it in my mailbox, or under my windshield wiper, etc. Additionally, I only grant extensions under severe conditions (severe illness, death in the family). If you think you have a valid excuse, you must request an alternative arrangement with me AT LEAST one week before the paper is due. Please keep in mind that asking for an extension DOES NOT guarantee that you will be granted one. Please plan accordingly.

All pre-work (notes, rough drafts, etc.) are to be turned in with each assignment. Failure to turn these components in will result in the loss of one letter grade from your assignment. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

Final Drafts
Observe all elements of style, including appropriate headings, titles, margins, and documentation (unless otherwise noted).The only fonts that are acceptable are twelve point Arial, Courier, and Times New Roman. Papers must be double-spaced and in proper MLA format. All papers must be submitted in a two pocket folder (you can be as creative as you want with the design). I WILL NOT accept your paper if it is not submitted in a folder.Place all notes, drafts, etc., in the left pocket. The final draft should be placed in the right pocket.

Student Behavior
The classroom is a place where students should feel comfortable expressing their opinions openly and without the fear of retribution. Students are encouraged to “think outside the box.” However, students are expected to conduct themselves appropriately at all times. Students are required to respect the opinions of others and to behave in a manner that fosters intelligent debate and critical thinking. I will not tolerate racial slurs, sexist remarks, excessive cursing or abusive behavior (verbal or physical). Students who are unable to behave accordingly will be referred to Dean Heim.

Classroom Etiquette
In order to create a rich academic environment, the following guidelines will be followed:
1. Students will turn cell phones and beepers to vibrate mode (exceptions are made for EMT, Fire, and Police personnel). I reserve the right to answer your phone if it goes off in my class J
2. Students will not eat or drink in computer classrooms.
3. If you miss a class, you must contact me during my office hours. I cannot devote class time to helping students "catch up" on missed time.
4. My classroom is a place designed to be fun and educational. Please do not confuse “fun” with “pushover.”

The Writing Center
LCCC offers students, free of charge, assistance with writing. During the semester, students may be required to attend tutoring sessions to receive assistance in revising essays. If you receive an NG grade, you MUST schedule an appointment with a writing tutor before revising and submitting an essay. Failure to meet with the tutor will result in a failing grade on the assignment. Also, every student receives a password to with the purchase of their textbook.

The Instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus at any time with proper notification to students.