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Introduction

Welcome to English 1100: Academic Writing & Reading. Here is a syllabus for the course; you are responsible for the information therein, so read it over carefully and print out a hardcopy.

In this online course, you will be responsible for completing multiple reading and writing assignments within the context of seven modules. This is the first module. While strict deadlines will be upheld for assignments, you are encouraged to work at your own pace. Be sure to read the modules slowly, carefully, and repeatedly; they contain all core information and are designed to provide you with what you need to know while guiding you from the beginning to the end of the course as smoothly and clearly as possible.

You may email me with questions via Pilot. I always answer within 24 hours, usually sooner, on the condition that your emails are written in complete sentences and free of mechanical errors. DO NOT EMAIL ME IN TEXTSPEAK. This is a college writing course. Make sure your queries are polished and professional and I will promptly address your concerns.

This course is run by way of my own website in conjunction with Wright State University's distance learning program Pilot. The index page will operate as your primary resource for the course. You may access this page via www.wright.edu/~david.wilson or via Pilot.

All major and minor assignments should be submitted to me via Pilot on their respective due dates and times. Go to the Dropbox and upload your work accordingly. Barring discussions, assignments may be submitted as .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf files.

You are responsible for monitoring the upload of each assignment you submit. Assignments submitted after their due dates have elapsed (whether it be one day, ten days, or one minute) will not be accepted. Assignments are due every Friday at 11 a.m. The modules for the course and Pilot provide you with all due dates from the beginning to the end of the course, so you are responsible for organizing and managing your time accordingly. Never wait until the last minute to submit work in case of computer glitches, among other issues that might crop up. Always provide yourself with enough time to upload your work.

Grades are based upon a point system tallied throughout the quarter by Pilot. Major assignments are worth 100-200 points. Minor assignments and discussions are worth 10-20 points.

If you do not turn in a major essay, you cannot pass the course. All major essays must be turned in. There are FIVE: an annotated bibliography, a reflection essay, a literary analysis, a literacy narrative, and an argumentative essay.

A Frequently Asked Questions forum is available on Pilot. This is a peer-response space where you may post questions about assignments, due dates, etc. Please refer to this forum before referring to me. If none of your peers are able to answer your question, I will of course do so.

We have one paperback text for this course, The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings and Handbook (Third Edition), which, on this site, will always be referred to as NFG.

In addition, you will also use Owl @ Purdue, an online writing lab.

Due dates and times for assignments are clearly posted at the end of each module and on Pilot. Assignments with no due dates and times (namely readings) are not required to be turned in.

FINAL NOTE: Under no circumstances should parents or guardians of students contact me with questions or concerns regarding a student's performance, grades, or the course itself. Such matters are confidential and protected by university policy. Parents and guardians need to contact the Wright State University administration with questions or concerns. Students, however, should feel free to contact me at any time.

The Student Success Center offers FREE services to help students meet their full potential. Students can find tutoring in any subject, study buddies, one-on-one technology workshops, feedback on writing assignments, and general academic skills coaching.

Location: 182 Andrews
Phone: 419.586.8326
Web: www.wright.edu/lake/ssc

Students who use the Student Success Center for help on their writing assignments will be given 5 extra credit points for each visit. Contact the director, Dr. Christine Wilson, by phone or email, to make an appointment.

Reading & Comprehension

Norton Field Guide (NFG): Read How to Use this Book, Part 1: Rhetorical Situations and Part 8: Handbook. The latter reading, while long, is especially important. Students must possess a working knowledge of the material covered in Part 8, namely SENTENCES, LANGUAGE and PUNCTUATION / MECHANICS.