English Composition

English Composition Syllabus


  • Course Code: English 132

    Transcript:

    Yes. Your transcript will come from the records office at United States University. They are regionally accredited and award semester credits.

    Credits: 4 Semester

    Transfer: 4 year degree applicable

    Your college will require any class you wish to transfer to them to be from a regionally accredited college that awards academic semester or quarter credits.They will also want the course description of the course to match their own. United States University is regionally accredited and issues academic semester credits. Our course description will match or exceed your college's description; thus, your college will most likely accept the course and apply it towards your degree. If you would like pre-approval from your school, please send your counselor or registrar's office the link at the bottom of this page.Your college may be one of the many schools that we are associated with, so check the Associated School link before asking for pre-approval. (K-12 use)

    Enrollment Schedule:

    Enroll any day of the year, and start that same day. Students have five months of access, plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. Students can finish the self-paced courses as soon as they are able. Most students finish the lower level courses in 4 - 8 weeks. The upper level math classes, such as Calculus and above, usually take students 3-4 months. (Note: The 30-day extension cannot take your total course time six months beyond the date of enrollment. At the end of the six months, we must post a grade with the university.)

    Required Textbook:

    1. Hawkins, Rose and Bob Isaacson. Uncommon Knowledge. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996 Amazon Link
    2. Joyce, James. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Dover Thrift Editions, 1994. Amazon Link

    Grading Mode:

    Standard Letter Grade

    Proctored Final: No

    Description

    Provides a study of and practice in the use of language and writing of argumentative, analytical essays and research papers. Emphasis is on college-level expository essay construction, communication, and research methods.
    Prerequisite: English 127 with a grade of C or better or assessment test placement.
    The course was created to meet the University of California requirements for Freshman composition.

    Learning Outcomes

    After this course, students should have:

    1. Analyze a variety of texts and their rhetorical structures, arguments and themes. Identify main ideas, types of evidence, organizational patterns, rhetorical strategies, and fact vs. opinion. Type of texts: critical, informative, argumentative, analytical and fictional.
    2. Compose clear, well-developed, substantive argumentative and analytical essays, including a research paper.
    3. Ethically apply rhetorical techniques. Avoiding plagiarism and deception: students must use proper documentation of ideas from others, use of strategies to make it difficult if not impossible for students to cheat. Ethical appeals: Logos, Ethos, Pathos Equitable consideration of ideas and information.
    4. Demonstrate the writing process. Stages: reading, brainstorming, outlining, revising, editing.
    5. Evaluate, analyze, and synthesize sources. Evaluate and analyze: reliability, credibility, and biases. Integrate sources: Integrate sources to support students' arguments.
    6. Employ the rules and logic of the MLA style of documentation. MLA documentation: In-text citation (signal phrases, parenthetical citations, quotations, paraphrase, grammatical synthesis); work cited pages
    7. Write grammatically correct and effective sentences. Style Punctuation, and grammar: syntax, punctuation, and clarity.

    Methods of Evaluation:

    Discussion boards: 12.5%
    Essays: 50%
    Quizzes 12.5%
    Research Paper: 25%

    Although the course is self-paced, if you fail to post anything or complete any assignments for two continuous weeks, you may be dropped from the class. Please email your teacher if you plan to be inactive for more than two consecutive weeks.

    Assignments:

    1. Readings from a range of areas, including composition, argumentation and rhetoric.
    2. Analyze a variety of written and visual texts. 3. Online discussion boards and collaborative assignments.
    3. Argumentative and analytical essays: 4 - 6 essays for a total count of 3500-4000 words.
    4. Analytical or argumentative research paper: 2500 word paper, which involves library research and a minimum of seven sources.
    5. Through writing and oral discussions, analyze texts to identify and evaluate rhetorical and compositional strategies, author's assumptions, evidence, documentation, generalizations, and credibility.
    6. Compose and support thesis statements.

    Assessment:

    A 90-100 A Clearly stands out as excellent performance and, exhibits mastery of learning outcomes.
    B 80-89 B Grasps subject matter at a level considered to be good to very good, and exhibits partial mastery of learning outcomes.
    C 70-79 C Demonstrates a satisfactory comprehension of the subject matter, and exhibits sufficient understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
    D 60-69 D Quality and quantity of work is below average and exhibits only partial understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
    F 0-59 F Quality and quantity of work is below average and not sufficient to progress.

    Time on Task:

    This course is online and your participation at home is imperative. A minimum of 8 - 10 hours per week of study time is required for covering all of the online material to achieve a passing grade. You must set up a regular study schedule. You have five months of access to your online account with a thirty-day extension at the end if needed. If you do not complete the course within this time line, you will need to enroll in a second term.

    Schedule:

    Below is the suggested time table to follow to stay on a 17 week schedule for the course. The following schedule is the minimum number of sections that need to be completed each week if you would like to finish in a regular semester time frame. You do not have to adhere to this schedule. You have five months of access plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. You can finish the course as soon as you are able.

    1. Discussion/Review of reading strategies: 2 weeks
    2. Review of writing as a process: 2 weeks
    3. Analysis of various readings: Ongoing
    4. Review strategies for integrating and synthesizing sources into students' own writing: Ongoing
    5. Review strategies for writing effective sentences: Ongoing
    6. Review strategies for writing effective compositions: 3 weeks
    7. Develop/revise essays: 6 to 8 weeks (approximately 2 weeks per essay)
    8. Develop/revise an argumentative research paper: 4 to 5 weeks

    Conduct Code:

    Code of Ethics:

    Regulations and rules are necessary to implement for classroom as well as online course behavior. Students are expected to practice honesty, integrity and respect at all times. It is the student's responsibility and duty to become acquainted with all provisions of the code below and what constitutes misconduct. Cheating is forbidden of any form will result in an F in the class.

    Respectful communications:

    When contacting Omega Math or Westcott Courses, you agree to be considerate and respectful. Communications from a student which are considered by our staff to be rude, insulting, disrespectful, harassing, or bullying via telephone, email, or otherwise will be considered a disrespectful communication and will result in a formal warning.

    We reserve the right to refuse service. If we receive multiple disrespectful communications from person(s) representing the student, or the student themselves, the student will be excluded from taking future courses at Westcott Courses/Omega Math.

    Grading information and proctored final policies:

    The grading rules are put in place to protect the integrity of online education by stopping grade inflation, which is done by demanding a display of competency in exchange for a grade. By agreeing to the terms of service agreement, you agree to read the 'Grading' Policy from within your account, and the 'Proctored Final Information' page, if applicable. You have 24 hours after your first log-in to notify us if you do not agree to the grading policy and proctored final policy ( if applicable ) outlined in the pages inside of your account, otherwise it is assumed that you agree with the policies. There are no exceptions to these policies, and the pretext of not reading the pages will not be deemed as a reasonable excuse to contest the policies.

    Examples of academic misconduct:

    Cheating: Any form of cheating will result in an F in the class. If there is an associated college attached to the course, that college will be notified of the F due to cheating and they will determine any disciplinary action.

    Any form of collaboration or use of unauthorized materials during a quiz or an exam is forbidden.

    By signing up for a course, you are legally signing a contract that states that the person who is named taking this course is the actual individual doing the course work and all examinations. You also agree that for courses that require proctored testing, that your final will be taken at a college testing center, a Sylvan Learning center, and the individual signed up for this course will be the one taking the test. Failure to do so will be considered a breach of contract.

    Other forms of cheating include receiving or providing un-permitted assistance on an exam or quiz; taking an exam for another student; using unauthorized materials during an exam; altering an exam and submitting it for re-grading; failing to stop working on the exam when the time is up; providing false excuses to postpone due dates; fabricating data or references, claiming that Westcott Courses/Omega Math lost your test and or quiz scores. This includes hiring someone to take the tests and quizzes for you.

    Unauthorized collaboration:

    Working with others on graded course work without specific permission of the instructor, including homework assignments, programs, quizzes and tests, is considered a form of cheating.

    Important Notes:

    This syllabus is subject to change and / or revision during the academic year. Students with documented learning disabilities should notify our office upon enrollment, as well as make sure we let the testing center know extended time is permitted. Valid documentation involves educational testing and a diagnosis from a college, licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.

  • Course Code: None

    Transcript:

    A certificate of completion is issued from Omega Math. This course under the non-credit option does not go through one of our partner universities; thus, a transcript is not included with the course.

    Credits: 0

    Certificate of Completion: Yes

    Transfer:

    If you would like to take this class for personal enrichment, the non-credit course is the exact same class as the credit course; it is just less expensive since it is not sent through our partner university for credit. If you want to transfer the course to your college, you will need to enroll under the semester credit option. If you would like pre-approval from your school, please send your counselor or registrar's office the link to this page. The non-credit courses can also be used to learn the material and then receive credit at a home college using Credit by Examination. (K-12 use)

    Enrollment Schedule:

    Enroll any day of the year, and start that same day. Students have five months of access, plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. Students can finish the self-paced courses as soon as they are able. Most students finish the lower level courses in 4 - 8 weeks. The upper level math classes, such as Calculus and above, usually take students 3-4 months. (Note: The 30-day extension cannot take your total course time six months beyond the date of enrollment. At the end of the six months, we must post a grade with the university.)

    Required Textbook:

    1. Hawkins, Rose and Bob Isaacson. Uncommon Knowledge. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996 Amazon Link
    2. Joyce, James. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Dover Thrift Editions, 1994. Amazon Link

    Grading Mode:

    Standard Letter Grade

    Proctored Final: No

    Description

    Provides a study of and practice in the use of language and writing of argumentative, analytical essays and research papers. Emphasis is on college-level expository essay construction, communication, and research methods.
    Prerequisite: English 127 with a grade of C or better or assessment test placement.
    The course was created to meet the University of California requirements for Freshman composition.

    Learning Outcomes

    After this course, students should have:

    1. Analyze a variety of texts and their rhetorical structures, arguments and themes. Identify main ideas, types of evidence, organizational patterns, rhetorical strategies, and fact vs. opinion. Type of texts: critical, informative, argumentative, analytical and fictional.
    2. Compose clear, well-developed, substantive argumentative and analytical essays, including a research paper.
    3. Ethically apply rhetorical techniques. Avoiding plagiarism and deception: students must use proper documentation of ideas from others, use of strategies to make it difficult if not impossible for students to cheat. Ethical appeals: Logos, Ethos, Pathos Equitable consideration of ideas and information.
    4. Demonstrate the writing process. Stages: reading, brainstorming, outlining, revising, editing.
    5. Evaluate, analyze, and synthesize sources. Evaluate and analyze: reliability, credibility, and biases. Integrate sources: Integrate sources to support students' arguments.
    6. Employ the rules and logic of the MLA style of documentation. MLA documentation: In-text citation (signal phrases, parenthetical citations, quotations, paraphrase, grammatical synthesis); work cited pages
    7. Write grammatically correct and effective sentences. Style Punctuation, and grammar: syntax, punctuation, and clarity.

    Methods of Evaluation:

    Discussion boards: 12.5%
    Essays: 50%
    Quizzes 12.5%
    Research Paper: 25%

    Although the course is self-paced, if you fail to post anything or complete any assignments for two continuous weeks, you may be dropped from the class. Please email your teacher if you plan to be inactive for more than two consecutive weeks.

    Assignments:

    1. Readings from a range of areas, including composition, argumentation and rhetoric.
    2. Analyze a variety of written, audio and visual texts. 3. Online discussion boards and collaborative assignments.
    3. Argumentative and analytical essays: 4 - 6 essays for a total count of 3500-4000 words.
    4. Analytical or argumentative research paper: 2500 word paper, which involves library research and a minimum of seven sources.
    5. Through writing and oral discussions, analyze texts to identify and evaluate rhetorical and compositional strategies, author's assumptions, evidence, documentation, generalizations, and credibility.
    6. Compose and support thesis statements.

    Assessment:

    A 90-100 A Clearly stands out as excellent performance and, exhibits mastery of learning outcomes.
    B 80-89 B Grasps subject matter at a level considered to be good to very good, and exhibits partial mastery of learning outcomes.
    C 70-79 C Demonstrates a satisfactory comprehension of the subject matter, and exhibits sufficient understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
    D 60-69 D Quality and quantity of work is below average and exhibits only partial understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
    F 0-59 F Quality and quantity of work is below average and not sufficient to progress.

    Time on Task:

    This course is online and your participation at home is imperative. A minimum of 8 - 10 hours per week of study time is required for covering all of the online material to achieve a passing grade. You must set up a regular study schedule. You have five months of access to your online account with a thirty-day extension at the end if needed. If you do not complete the course within this time line, you will need to enroll in a second term.

    Schedule:

    Below is the suggested time table to follow to stay on a 17 week schedule for the course. The following schedule is the minimum number of sections that need to be completed each week if you would like to finish in a regular semester time frame. You do not have to adhere to this schedule. You have five months of access plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. You can finish the course as soon as you are able.

    1. Discussion/Review of reading strategies: 2 weeks
    2. Review of writing as a process: 2 weeks
    3. Analysis of various readings: Ongoing
    4. Review strategies for integrating and synthesizing sources into students' own writing: Ongoing
    5. Review strategies for writing effective sentences: Ongoing
    6. Review strategies for writing effective compositions: 3 weeks
    7. Develop/revise essays: 6 to 8 weeks (approximately 2 weeks per essay)
    8. Develop/revise an argumentative research paper: 4 to 5 weeks

    Conduct Code:

    Code of Ethics:

    Regulations and rules are necessary to implement for classroom as well as online course behavior. Students are expected to practice honesty, integrity and respect at all times. It is the student's responsibility and duty to become acquainted with all provisions of the code below and what constitutes misconduct. Cheating is forbidden of any form will result in an F in the class.

    Respectful communications:

    When contacting Omega Math or Westcott Courses, you agree to be considerate and respectful. Communications from a student which are considered by our staff to be rude, insulting, disrespectful, harassing, or bullying via telephone, email, or otherwise will be considered a disrespectful communication and will result in a formal warning.

    We reserve the right to refuse service. If we receive multiple disrespectful communications from person(s) representing the student, or the student themselves, the student will be excluded from taking future courses at Westcott Courses/Omega Math.

    Grading information and proctored final policies:

    The grading rules are put in place to protect the integrity of online education by stopping grade inflation, which is done by demanding a display of competency in exchange for a grade. By agreeing to the terms of service agreement, you agree to read the 'Grading' Policy from within your account, and the 'Proctored Final Information' page, if applicable. You have 24 hours after your first log-in to notify us if you do not agree to the grading policy and proctored final policy ( if applicable ) outlined in the pages inside of your account, otherwise it is assumed that you agree with the policies. There are no exceptions to these policies, and the pretext of not reading the pages will not be deemed as a reasonable excuse to contest the policies.

    Examples of academic misconduct:

    Cheating: Any form of cheating will result in an F in the class. If there is an associated college attached to the course, that college will be notified of the F due to cheating and they will determine any disciplinary action.

    Any form of collaboration or use of unauthorized materials during a quiz or an exam is forbidden.

    By signing up for a course, you are legally signing a contract that states that the person who is named taking this course is the actual individual doing the course work and all examinations. You also agree that for courses that require proctored testing, that your final will be taken at a college testing center, a Sylvan Learning center, and the individual signed up for this course will be the one taking the test. Failure to do so will be considered a breach of contract.

    Other forms of cheating include receiving or providing un-permitted assistance on an exam or quiz; taking an exam for another student; using unauthorized materials during an exam; altering an exam and submitting it for re-grading; failing to stop working on the exam when the time is up; providing false excuses to postpone due dates; fabricating data or references, claiming that Westcott Courses/Omega Math lost your test and or quiz scores. This includes hiring someone to take the tests and quizzes for you.

    Unauthorized collaboration:

    Working with others on graded course work without specific permission of the instructor, including homework assignments, programs, quizzes and tests, is considered a form of cheating.

    Important Notes:

    This syllabus is subject to change and / or revision during the academic year. Students with documented learning disabilities should notify our office upon enrollment, as well as make sure we let the testing center know extended time is permitted. Valid documentation involves educational testing and a diagnosis from a college, licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.