COURSE SYLLABUS Your instructor: Contacting me: Office: BTML 726 Required texts


SUMMER 2008 H. Costarides

ENGL 93 (009) English Department,

Mon-Fri, 1:00—2:45, ART 308

City College of San Francisco 452.7216 (voicemail only; I can't answer calls.)

Email is preferred:

Office Hours: by appointment only in Summer; also available in ArtX 265 on Mondays 3p-6p To the Point. Muller and Wiener. San Francisco: Pearson/Longman, 2005. Prentice Hall Reference Guide. 6th edition Crimes Against Logic. Jamie Whyte.


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papers (five out of class essays and several in class essays) final exam discussion questions other assignments (quizzes, in class writings, and more)

Welcome to ENGLISH 93: This course is an introduction to college reading and writing. (This is a reading and writing intensive course that is especially challenging over the summer due to the compressed schedule. You must meet the prerequisite for 93 to enroll.) Over the course of the term, we will read and analyze short essays on a variety of contemporary American issues, identifying strategies and techniques that the authors use. We will also learn the techniques and vocabulary of argument making, while writing our own argumentative papers. The textbook contains excellent information on argument making, the writing process, and introductions to the readings, which I will supplement in discussion and handouts. Our other book, Crimes Against Logic, will introduce us to the centrality that argument plays in “the real world.” We will read Crimes Against Logic gradually throughout the term, culminating in an in class final exam essay. Some of these readings will be challenging, but they will prepare you for the kind of work that awaits you in future courses. We will also use the Prentice Hall Reference Guide as a reference guide to writing. Ultimately, the reading work will serve as a foundation for the written work, which is the largest part of your course grade. Some of the class will be lecture or demonstration, but much of it will require your participation. By using the writing process to plan, draft, review, and revise our papers in in-class workshops, we will learn to approach a college paper assignment as a carefully developed step-by-step project. We also will learn to recognize patterns of error in our writing and how to improve our writing at the sentence level, improving from paper to paper. We will learn to use “grammar” as a tool for helping us express our ideas and not merely as something we get right or wrong. In addition to learning about crafting more effective sentences, we will also learn how to structure our paragraphs and essays more effectively.

Important Dates:

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No Class--Holiday Required In Class Essay Final Exam—Last Day

Course Policies Late papers: If a late paper or other assignment is not submitted within three business days after the due date, the grade for that paper will become an F, unless an extension on that specific assignment has been approved by me in advance. All papers should be ready to be submitted as paper copies at the beginning of class on the due date. Being late or absent on paper due dates is discouraged. If your paper is not ready, just come to class anyway. Even though late papers are subject to a one letter grade penalty and limited or no commentary, we can discuss your late paper in detail during a conference. The last paper will not be accepted late. If you need an extension on an assignment, then you should formally request one from me in advance via email, but keep in mind that over the summer term I usually don't give extensions. Submitting papers: Have assignments ready to hand in at the beginning of class on the due date to avoid having the paper considered late. Unless an assignment states otherwise, please only personally submit papers (whether late or on time) to me in class as paper copies. I do not accept papers or assignments sent by mail, email, fax, or by courier, ones left at my office, or any other method, unless we have made specific arrangements in advance. Essay formatting: All essays and out of class assignments should be word-processed and printed on standard, white 8.5 x11 paper in MLA format. Use this checklist as well as an MLA reference: before submitting papers:
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No title pages or report covers. First page heading includes 4 lines in top left corner: Line 1:Your name, 2:the course, 3:My name, 4:The due date. The fifth line of the first page is your original title for your paper centered in initial caps—no underline, bold, etc. The sixth line begins your first paragraph. Header, top right corner, and right justified on all pages but first is your last name, a space, and then just the page number. Presentation quality printing: single sided printing, black font color, no liquid paper or handwritten corrections. Use 12-point font. Double Space all of the paper. One Inch Margins all round. Indent Paragraphs. Include Works Cited page for all written assignments. Text only—no diagrams, tables, charts, or art unless pre-approved by me, or required by the assignment.

Not meeting essay or MLA formatting requirements for an assignment may result in that assignment not accepted as a valid submission, or a grade reduction. Please use the MLA reference guides of your textbooks to format your papers properly, or an online reference, such as Cyberia's: or Purdue University's OWL lab: Notes and vocabulary: You are expected to take notes during class and to follow our discussions within the text, while marking and annotating what we discuss. You should look up terms and references from our readings that you do not know and make a note of their definition, in order to fully understand the readings and our discussions. Expect pop vocabulary or other quizzes. Academic integrity: Plagiarism and academic dishonesty will result in a failing grade for an assignment, and may lead to other consequences--including referral to the appropriate campus personnel--and an F course grade. It is your responsibility to know how to avoid academic dishonesty and to consult with me if in doubt about a particular situation. Academic dishonesty includes not only plagiarizing from other sources, but also having others write or edit papers on your behalf. Please refer to the English Department Plagiarism handout distributed on the first day of class, and other resources, such as your textbooks. Finally, you may be required to validate your paper or other assignment as plagiarism free electronically as a precondition for its submission to be accepted and considered for a grade. Instructions and requirements for doing so will be detailed in class and other handouts as needed. Three absences max: Attendance for all classes, conferences, and other class activities, like the final, is mandatory. You will not pass the course, regardless of your grades or participation, if you don't attend according to this policy. If you miss more than three complete summer class sessions, or its equivalent in partial absences, your final course grade will be an F, regardless of reasons for the absences. Being late or leaving early will result in a partial absence and will be added to your total hours missed. If you miss more than three classes--you then have the option, as with any other class on your schedule, to drop or withdraw according to the instructional calendar--but I make no guarantee that I will drop you or withdraw you--if you stop attending. If you are absent during the add/drop period, you may be dropped from the course and your spot given to someone else on the waiting list.

When you miss class: If you are absent from the class, even for just a few minutes, get notes and an update from your classmates. Then, bring any leftover questions to me in person upon your return. When you are absent, please don't email me with why you missed class or to ask me what you missed. Over the summer, we are meeting five days a week so you will have lots of opportunity to communicate with me in person about these issues. (If you encounter an extraordinarily serious emergency of some kind, of course, let me know if you feel like I need to know.) Participation: Simply showing up for class is not enough to be counted as present. You must be an active participant. To be counted as present, you must come to class prepared with textbooks, handouts, presentations, and other course materials ready. You may be counted as absent when you do not have your course materials. If you are studying for another class, or reconciling your calendar, or doing whatever besides our work at that moment, you will be counted as absent. By attending the course, you agree to participate in good faith in all activities of the course, including group work and discussions. If you do not participate, you will be counted as absent. Conferences and tutoring encouraged: Please feel free to make appointments with me, or drop by for a brief chat in Cyberia (Artx 265). If you are not able to attend a scheduled conference, please let me know in advance. To maximize appointment time, please prepare your questions in advance and/or bring two copies of your current draft with you. Tutors: In addition to my assistance with assignments, tutors and resources are available on campus at the The Writing Lab, The Reading Lab, WSP, and Cyberia. ( Cyberia in ArtX265: Cyberia is the English department's computer lab with computer stations only for students enrolled in English courses. Cyberia includes software that can help you with various phases of the writing process, and is a great place to draft a paper. Cyberia's web page also includes many different resources for writers of all levels. Web Resources: Reference material for writers that you should use to supplement your textbooks:
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Purdue's OWL site –comprehensive, but easy to use

And CCSF's Cyberia, the English department's computer lab in Artx 265 Wikipedia, though not always the most accurate source, and usually not a good source to cite in a paper, can be real handy to search for references or terms you don't know from readings, or to get an idea where to find out more about the topic you are researching.

Community guidelines: 1.) Do not bring visitors (including relatives) with you to class. 2.) No recording of the class. 3.) Turn off and put away all electronic devices, including laptops, cellphones, bluetooth, headphones,etc. 4.) If your phone repeatedly rings during class, or you insist on using your phone during class, you may be counted as absent each time. 5.) Everyone will speak in turns as prompted and coordinated by me exclusively. 6.) We will maintain the etiquette of a college class; disruptive language or behavior will not be tolerated. If you violate any of the community guidelines or disrupt the class: you may counted as absent, and/or you may be asked to leave for the remainder of that class session, a discipline form may also be submitted, and other school personnel contacted, depending on the circumstances. DSPS: Please let me know of any accommodations or considerations that you may need. If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible. If you need accommodations, or other supportive services, please contact DSPS in the Rosenberg Library - R323 (415) 452-5481 Voice, (415) 452-5451 TDD, (415) 452-5565 FAX.

Email guidelines:
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You may be required to use email in this course to complete particular assignments. I will only acknowledge and reply to emails that contain your actual name that I recognize from the roll. Please include the class you are in and the issues you are emailing me about in the subject line. Do not email papers or assignments to me, unless this has been arranged in advance. In addition to other issues with email that occur occasionally, please keep in mind that the CCSF email system occasionally blocks legitimate emails from students as spam. I usually don’t advise students on papers via email in great detail; please request a conference instead. Sometimes, I may have missed your message, or not had a chance to respond by the time class meets again. If this happens, please talk to me right after class and follow up with me.

All assignments required: All major papers and assignments, including the exams, must be completed and submitted to pass the course with a C or better. Once one major paper or major assignment has become an F due to lateness, your course grade will also become an F, regardless of any other grades earned in the course. Special arrangements to make up missed class work, quizzes, exams, or or other assignments is not guaranteed, especially during the summer term. If you skip the final or the midterm your course grade will be an F, regardless of your other grades. Changes to Syllabus: This syllabus is subject to change and supplement.

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