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College Reading and Composition


Course Code:  ENGU 099
Credits:  3 semester credits
Through UMass Global

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Credit Information
Course Title:College Reading and Composition
Course Code:ENGU 099
Credits:3 Semester Credits
Credit Provider:UMass Global
Transfer:Can be used as prerequisite, but not degree applicable.
Grading Mode:Standard letter grade
See the Transcript & Preapproval tab for more details.

Course Requirements
Enrollment Type:Schedule8 week course - Class starts on the 1st of the month!
Requires Textbook?YesThis course requires a textbook.
Proctored Final:NoA final paper is to be submitted.
See the Course Details tab for more details.

Course Description
Provides a basic course in college reading and writing. Emphasis is on sentence structure, paragraph and essay structure, grammar, and critical thinking skills.

Prerequisite:   None

Course Pricing
The full cost of the course is $550.00; however, you may use the payment plan to split the cost into two payments.

Payment Plan:
1st payment: $306.00   (Start your class immediately!)
2nd payment: $251.00   (Automatically charged 30 days later.)

Enroll Now - Credit - $550  View Noncredit Option - $350

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Westcott Courses is the teacher of the course, and the official transcript with academic semester credits comes from our partner university UMass Global. UMass Global is regionally accredited by W.A.S.C.. Westcott Courses does not appear on the transcript; the transcript shows our course the same way it would show a traditional class taken on the university's campus.
See the Transcript & Preapproval tab for more details on this topic.

Enrollment Information
This class is an eight week course, and starts on the first of each month. Please see the yearly schedule.

Next course starts: 8-1-2022
Late enrollment through: 8-14-2022
Drop date: 8-8-2022
Course end date: 9-25-2022

Note: Students who enroll after the 14th of the month will be activated on the 1st of the following month. Please let us know if you want to start the course early, and accommodations can usually be arranged.

Textbook Requirement:
IMPORTANT! Make sure you order your books using overnight delivery! You are required to use your books by the end of week 1. Not having your books on time means you will quickly fall behind in the course.

1. Course Packet emailed from Instructor. This will be given to you no later than the 2nd week of instruction. Only A NEW copy is acceptable.

2. Tobar: The Tattooed Soldier (through amazon)
(www.abebooks.com also has a lot of copies from $1.98) Make sure you use overnight shipping!

3. Barnet: Literature for Composition (through amazon) (10th edition only). Make sure you use overnight shipping!
Used from Abebooks.com Make sure you use overnight shipping!

Proctored Final Requirement:
No, a final paper is to be submitted.

Student's Requirements:
You must have internet access.
You must have access to email.
Omega MathTM Courses - you must be at or above a 7th grade reading level. Other courses require at least a 10th grade reading level.

Payment Plan:
The cost of each class can be divided into two payments by checking the payment plan box when you enroll. The first payment is 55% of the total amount, and the second payment is 45% of the total amount. Your first payment will be charged when you enroll, and the second payment will be charged in 30 days. Your course is activated once your first payment is made. There is a $3.50 additional fee for the credit card split for each of the two payments.

If paying by check, you can either send in a check for the two payments 30 days apart. Or you may send in both checks at the same time, with one post dated by 30 days for the 2nd payment. Just click on "Check by Mail" under Payment Information when you enroll. The form at the end of your enrollment will give you the address for mailing the checks.

If you plan to finish the class fairly quickly, then we don't recommend the payment plan. Your registration is not sent into the university until both payments are made, and your registration has to be in before the university will issue a transcript. As long as you don't require a transcript in less than a month, you may use the payment plan.
Transcript:
Westcott Courses/Omega Math is the teacher of the course, and our exclusive partner university is UMass Global. UMass Global is regionally accredited by W.A.S.C., and awards the semester credits and transcript for the individual classes. Once you are finished with the course, we will post your grade with UMass Global and give you the instructions on how to order the transcript from UMass Global's records office. Since Westcott Courses is the teacher, we do not appear on the transcript. The official transcript from UMass Global will show our course the same way it would show a traditional class taken on their campus. See Transferring the Credit for more information.

Taking a course through this program does not require being enrolled in the university as a regular student; anyone can receive the credits for these classes. Any student has the opportunity to earn university credits through UMass Global, part of the Chapman University System!

Transfer Information:   Can be used as prerequisite, but not 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. UMass Global 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 preapproval 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 preapproval. Students are responsible for verifying that courses taken via Westcott/UMass Global satisfy program requirements at their home institution. Additionally, the acceptance of any transfer credit is the decision of the accepting (home) institution.
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Preapproval from your College:
If you would like to make sure your college will accept this course from UMass Global, you can ask your school for preapproval. Send the following email to your counselor or registrar's office:

Dear counselor,
I would like to request preapproval to take ENGU 099 - College Reading and Composition through UMass Global. UMass Global is regionally accredited by W.A.S.C..
You will find the course description for this course, as well as other pertinent information on UMass Global's web site at this URL: https://www.umassglobal.edu/westcott

Note: Your college may be one of the many schools that we are already have agreements with, so check the Associated School page before asking for preapproval. If your school is listed, it will let you know that they accept the course through UMass Global. If your school is not on this list, it just means they have not contacted us to establish an articulation agreement. Students are responsible for verifying that courses taken via Westcott/UMass Global satisfy program requirements at their home institution. Additionally, the acceptance of any transfer credit is the decision of the accepting (home) institution.

Course Information


Course Title:College Reading and Composition
Course Code:ENGU 099
Credits:3 credits
Credit Provider:UMass Global
Grading Mode:Standard letter grade
Proctored Final: No

Textbook Requirement:
IMPORTANT! Make sure you order your books using overnight delivery! You are required to use your books by the end of week 1. Not having your books on time means you will quickly fall behind in the course.

1. Course Packet emailed from Instructor. This will be given to you no later than the 2nd week of instruction. Only A NEW copy is acceptable.

2. Tobar: The Tattooed Soldier (through amazon)
(www.abebooks.com also has a lot of copies from $1.98) Make sure you use overnight shipping!

3. Barnet: Literature for Composition (through amazon) (10th edition only). Make sure you use overnight shipping!
Used from Abebooks.com Make sure you use overnight shipping!

Course Description

Provides a basic course in college reading and writing. Emphasis is on sentence structure, paragraph and essay structure, grammar, and critical thinking skills.

Prerequisite:   None

Learning Outcomes

The goal of this course is to prepare students for English Composition.
After this course, students should have:

  1. Developed reading, writing, critical thinking and study skills.
  2. An understanding of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, editing, revising.
  3. Developed the ability to write a well-organized, well-developed, and well-edited essay.
  4. Developed the skills needed for the final essay exam.


Methods Of Evaluation

Essays 48%
Discussion Boards 25%
Quizzes 27%

Assignments


Students will:
  1. Read and analyze a variety of essays, short stories, and articles.
  2. Write critical responses to a variety of readings, including at least one novel, for a total of 1500-2500 words.
  3. Participate in online discussions and collaborate with their peers on various assignments, including, but not limited to, peer review of essays and group responses related to the reading.
  4. Write 3-4 analytical/expository essays for a total of 2500-4000 words.
  5. Identify their own patterns of error after learning the rules of the most common grammar and punctuation errors.
  6. Understand the elements of writing as a process of prewriting, drafting, and revising.


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, with a minimum coursework time of at least six weeks.

  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)


Code of Conduct:


It is the student's responsibility and duty to read the information below and become acquainted with all provisions of what constitutes academic misconduct involving cheating and plagiarism. Students are required to read each statement below, and the given repercussion. There are no exceptions to these policies, and the pretext of not reading each part will not be deemed as a reasonable excuse to contest the policies.

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.

Respectful communications:

When contacting 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.

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.

The definition of academic cheating is an act of dishonesty in order to obtain a higher grade in the course, and to gain an advantage over other students in the course.

To maintain academic standards, students are expected to practice honesty, integrity and respect at all times. Students who violate the policies of cheating, plagiarizing, or other academic misconduct will result in following actions.

1)   Cheating in any way on the final exam results in an F on the final and an F in the class. This includes, but is not limited to any form of collaboration, use of unauthorized materials, receiving or providing unpermitted assistance on the exam, using outside digital assistance such as a cell phone, tablet, ETC. to communicate with others or access outside websites, having someone else take the exam for you, taking an exam for another student, failing to stop working on the exam when the time is up.

Final exams are secure tests and the intellectual property of Westcott Courses. Taking screen shots of a digital final or copying a paper test is stealing our intellectual property and cheating. It is equivalent to stealing a copy of the final exam off an instructor's desk. When one student obtains the questions on a final, it means that other students who don't have the questions on the final are at a disadvantage. Once a final exam has been compromised it is no longer secure, and the exam is unfair for those who have not performed an act of dishonesty to gain the advantage.

Each of the infractions above represents a result of performing an act of dishonesty in order to obtain a higher grade in the course, and to gain an advantage over other students in the course. The result of any of the above offenses is an F in the course. Students who violate the above policy may retake the course after a first offense; however, a second offense will result in expulsion and students will no longer be able to take other courses at Westcott Courses.

Students are responsible for clicking on the “Proctored Final Information” link (which is on student’s Main Menu), and reviewing the list of Authorized Materials for each course's final exam. Since each course is different, the “Authorized Materials” for each final is different. For example, some courses permit notes, while others do not.

2)   Plagiarism: All of the following are considered plagiarism, and will result in a zero on the plagiarized assignment, and there are no opportunities to redo the assignment.

Merriam-Webster defines plagiarism as “the act of using another person's words or ideas without giving credit to that person” Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:
  • having somebody else write your assignment for you
  • turning in an assignment that contains work that is not your own
  • changing words in phrases, sentences and/or blocks of text without giving credit to the source (paraphrase)
  • copying ideas, phrases, sentences or entire blocks of text without giving credit to the source
  • not crediting the correct source by providing incorrect information

Plagiarism is an act of fraud, and can usually be avoided by using quotation marks and citing the source of the material. Instructors apply plagiarism software to find assignments that contain plagiarized material. Again, assignments that contain one of the above infractions will receive a zero on the assignment and the student will not have the opportunity to redo the assignment.

It is important to note that saving all your assignments to the end of the course, and then turning in multiple assignments that have been plagiarized will result in zeros on all of those assignments. This may mean that you no long have enough points in the course to pass the class. Thus, turning in assignments one at a time and waiting for instructor feedback in-between is important for learning and making sure that you maximize your possible points.

If you have questions, please read more information about plagiarism at plagiarism.org, or ask your instructor.

Other Examples of Academic Misconduct:

1)   Other forms of cheating include altering an exam and submitting it for regarding, providing false excuses to postpone due dates, fabricating data or references, claiming that Westcott Courses lost your test and/or quiz scores, sending emails to Westcott claiming you did not know what you were doing was cheating.
2)   Unauthorized collaboration - working with others on graded course work without specific permission of the instructor, including homework assignments, programs, quizzes and tests.
3)   Copying Westcott Courses content and posting it on the internet. This includes assignments, quizzes, and tests.

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, or at home using the online proctor. Also, the individual signed up for this course will be the one taking the test. Failure to do so will be considered a breach of Westcott Courses policies.

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.

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