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Course policy statement and syllabus from UNG's English 1101
Course policy statement and syllabus from UNG's English 1101

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English 1101
: Dr. Michael Rifenburg
: Michael.Rifenburg@ung.edu
: 206C Dunlap Hall
Office Hours:
M, W, F 8:00a.m.-10:00a.m. and by appointment
Required Materials
 Wardle and Downs, eds.
Writing About Writing: A College Reader
Graff and Birkenstein,
They Say/I Say
The Moves that Matter in AcademicWriting
, 2
ed. Norton.
 Additional readings provided by the instructor
3 ring binder
General Information
The overall objective of FYC is to introduce students to the expectations of college-levelreading and expository writing. To this end, the course will emphasize understandingresearch and writing as processes, generating claims and supporting them withappropriate evidence, rhetorical analysis of your own writing and that of others, and the
critical exploration of the conventions of ―academic‖ discourse. Taking the topic of ―writing‖ as the focal point of our inquiry throughout the
semester, the major papers
 we’ll write for the course serve as opportunities to examine common notions of what
 writing is, what it entails, and how it gets accomplished.
 Assignments and Grading
Final grades will be calculated according to the percentages below. Notice that equal weight is not given to each paper.Literacy Task #1: 18% of final gradeLiteracy Task #2: 20% of final gradeLiteracy Task #3: 20% of final gradeJournal: 15% of final gradePresentation: 12% of final gradeFinal Exam: 15% of final grade
Definition of Letter Grades for Final Semester Grade:
 A 89.5- 100B 79.5- 89.4
Rifenburg Fall 2013
C 69.5- 79.4D 59.5- 69.4F 0- 59.4Keep in mind some majors require a C or higher in order to have fulfilled the courserequirement.
Submission of Work 
Unless specified, I ask that all graded work be typed and submitted to the D2L dropbox.The campus maintains many computer labs if access to a computer is an issue. Pleasefollow the MLA format guidelines below:
Times New Roman or Arial 12 point font (not bolded or italicized)
No extra spaces between paragraphs (if you run Word ’07, this can be
1‖ standard margins
all around
 Your last name and page number on each page after the first
upper righthand corner
No title pages
Titles should be centered. No need to bold, underline, or italicize them
On the first page in the upper left have:
 Your name
My name
I will not accept papers via email or on disk, unless permission has been given.
Unless specified, I ask that you submit your 2 mini-essays and your 3 literacy tasks tothe appropriate D2L dropbox. I will grade your papers using the track changes functionon Microsoft Word and then re-upload your file with the grade. When submitting your paper, be sure to save your paper as one of the following: .DOC,.DOCX, or .RTF.
For most of the reading assigned for our class, I will ask students to perform a readingresponse. The reading responses will be turned in at the beginning of class on the day that the reading is due, will be graded, and then returned. Reading responses willreceive a grade of 0 (not acceptable), 1 (somewhat acceptable), or 2 (acceptable). Unlessspecifically assigned, these responses are not a summary, but an informed response.Each response should be ONE PAGE MINIMUM, typed, double-spaced and placed in your 3-ring binder.
Rifenburg Fall 2013
 While I understand that it may be difficult to write a whole page on some of the articles we will read in class, these reading responses are very helpful for class discussion. We will be using these responses to help springboard class discussions. Additionally,students may choose to use one of our readings in one of the major papers, so thinkingabout the readings ahead of time may be helpful!Keep in mind that
I will not accept late responses without a legitimate excuse,nor will I accept responses over e-mail unless prior arrangements have been made.
Students are allowed three (3) unexcused absences per semester in a course that meetsthree times a week, or two (2) in a course that meets twice a week. The penalties formissing more than that are:
Penalties for Unexcused Absences2x/week Course
3x/week Course Penalty 
3 4 1 letter grade5 7 2 letter grades7 10 Automatic FStudent-athletes and others engaged in Provost-approved activities must notify theinstructor of the reason for the absence
ahead of time
, and arrange to complete allcoursework in a timely fashion.
Make-up Work 
Students are held responsible for all material covered during any absence. I accept latemajor papers, but they will be penalized.
Late papers
 will lose a full letter gradefor each day the paper is late. A paper turned in one day late will be markeddown one letter grade. A paper turned in two days late will be markeddown two letter grades. After two days a paper will not be accepted and willreceive an automatic F. Please note:
one day means one day, NOT one class day.
Ihave attached a schedule to this syllabus informing you of the due dates for all majorpapers; therefore, plan ahead if necessary. I am more lenient on reading responses. If  your absence is excused, any work from the missed class will be due
the first day youreturn to class.
If the absence is unexcused,
 work must be turned in the day it’s
Papers are never finished; we just run out of time. With this in mind, the
option of revising one of the three literacy tasks
is available. Note that this is optional andnot required. Also, to be able to revise a paper, you have to turn on in originally. In

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