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ENC1102 English Composition II

Course Information

Course ID: ENC1102

Class 4345, 4353, and 4368
Credits: 3 Credits

Term: FALL 2017

Term August 28-December 21 (includes finals week)


Instructor Information

Name: Dr. Kelly Kennedy-Everett

Please use course messages to contact me. If you
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Phone: 305-237-8709

Virtual Saturday 6am-9am

Response 24 hours when the College is in session (this excludes holidays
Policy: & weekends)

Course Description

English Composition II focuses on critical thinking and questioning that lead to

effective reading and writing. Writing is a process that includes pre-writing
(invention) to begin developing ideas, drafting and then revising the discourse, and
proofreading the work
This is the second required general education core course in college level writing.
Observing the conventions of Standard American English, students will compose
informative and persuasive essays, write responses to a variety of literary genres
and/or non-fiction, and produce a documented paper based on research. English
Composition II is required for the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree program. This
course fulfills the Gordon Rule requirement that students demonstrate proficiency
in college-level writing through multiple assignments. 3 credits.
Note: This course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better, and Gordon
Rule Assignments must average a minimum of C for students to fulfill the Gordon
Rule requirement. Student cannot pass this course (no matter their current grade)
if they do not take the FINAL PROCTORED ASSESSMENT.


Successful completion of ENC 1101 (English Composition I) is a prerequisite to this


Miami Dade College's Learning Outcomes

This course addresses the following MDC learning outcomes:

Learning Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading, and
Outcome #1: writing skills.
Learning Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and 2/11
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Outcome #5: historical perspectives.

Learning Demonstrate knowledge of ethical thinking and its application to
Outcome #7: issues in society.
Learning Use computer and emerging technologies effectively.
Outcome #8:
Learning Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative
Outcome #9: activities.

Course Competencies

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Competency The student will compose essays that explain an idea, belief or
1: attitude by:

choosing and limiting a subject that can be sufficiently

developed within a given time, for a specific purpose and
formulating a thesis reflecting the subject and purpose of
the essay.
supporting the thesis with specific details and arranging
them logically.
using appropriate transitional devices.
writing an effective conclusion.

Competency The student will present writing that seeks to persuade an

2: audience to accept a belief, attitude, value or course of action

using logical, ethical, and/or emotional appeals appropriate

to audience and purpose.
demonstrating logical reasoning.
providing sufficient evidence to support the thesis.
clearly acknowledging any sources by using a standard
form of documentation.

Competency The student will write responses to a variety of literary genres

3: and/or non-fiction by: 3/11
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reflecting a literal and critical comprehension of the

providing suitable support and organization.
articulating the authors point of view.

Competency The student will write a documented research paper by:

limiting a topic.
using library and electronic resources to fulfill research
taking notes, paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting
articulating a thesis that demonstrates a logical connection
between research and argumentative techniques.
organizing the text to be congruent with the subject and
purpose of the paper.
using sources in the text to substantiate the thesis.
using a standard form of documentation (APA, MLA,
Chicago, etc.).

Required Textbooks and Materials (available at )

A novel by J. M. Coetzee,
ISBN 13: 9780140296402
Any edition is fine

The Metamorphosis
A short novella by Franz Kafka, ISBN: 9780553213690
An e-version is provided in the online course, but any edition in
print is acceptable if you dont like reading online

Note: There are three (3) options for purchasing the Rules for Writers text.
Choose the one that best suits your needs.

Rules for Writers with Writing about Literature (tabbed version)

with 2016 MLA Update , 8th edition, spiral-bound, by Diana 4/11
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Hacker and Nancy Sommers (with CM Redshelf e-book - 6

month access). This textbook will have all the information necessary
to write a well-documented, correctly credited paper in both MLA and
APA styles. This special edition comes with an access code that
allows you to unlock an eBook in your course. It also has a special
price (approximately 40% discount) that is only available at your
MDC campus bookstore. ISBN: 978-1-319-12561-5.


Rules for Writers with Writing about Literature (tabbed version)

with 2016 MLA Update , 8th edition, spiral-bound, by Diana
Hacker and Nancy Sommers. This textbook will have all the
information necessary to write a well-documented, correctly credited
paper in both MLA and APA styles. ISBN: 978-1-319-08351-9. (This
is the text only without access to the e-book.)


Access code for 6-month access to CM Redshelf e-book - Rules

for Writers with Writing about Literature with 2016 MLA Update ,
8th edition, by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers. This e-book will
have all the information necessary to write a well-documented,
correctly credited paper in both MLA and APA styles. ISBN: 978-1-
319-12556-1. (This is access to the e-text only.)

You may also refer to the Textbook Information page at the Virtual College
website for specific information on the College bookstores and procedures for
ordering textbooks online.

Technology Requirements (Hardware/Software)

Please refer to the LMS Requirements and Plugin Information at the Virtual College
website. Mozilla Firefox is the recommended browser and headsets / microphone
are needed for participation in web-conferencing activities through Blackboard
Collaborate; webcam is optional. In addition, Microsoft Office applications such as
Word, Excel and PowerPoint are standard for Virtual College courses.

Due to the necessity of technology in Virtual College Courses, you must have a
backup plan for using an alternative computer with internet access in case of
problems with your personal computer. If you live in the South Florida area, you
may use the computer courtyards located on MDC campuses. If you have a
technology problem that affects your ability to access your online course, please
notify your instructor immediately. If you can access other internet sites but cannot 5/11
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access your online course, you need to contact the Virtual College Help Desk at
305.237.3800 to seek assistance.

If you have no internet access at all, it is not a Virtual College / online course issue.
Please be aware that the Virtual College's Help Desk does not cover problems that
you may be experiencing with your computer hardware, installation of software,
internet connection, or other technical problems that may require a technician or
intervention from your Internet Service Provider.

Course Content

The course is organized as follows:

Module 1: Writing About Literature: The Novel

Module 2: Writing to Persuade

Module 3: Writing about Literature: Short Fiction

Course Work Requirements

To successfully complete this course you need to spend at least 12 hours average
per week in a 16-week semester which includes readings, completing assignments,
quizzes, exams, etc. Set up a weekly time schedule that allows you sufficient time
to complete the assigned course work by the required due dates. Plan to check-in
and complete assignments at least three times a week. Dont procrastinate! Turn
your work in early or by the due date. Once the last due date for the module has
passed, it will no longer be accessible.
The time required to successfully complete this online course has been carefully
structured to be similar to the amount of time required to successfully complete a
traditional course in the classroom. To successfully complete this course, students
must complete all the assigned coursework.
Discussion There are nine graded discussion boards in this
Boards/Participation: course.

Quizzes and Your coursework for ENC 1102 includes 14

Assignment: graded quizzes based on the assigned reading in each
module and four graded assignments.

Essays: This course fulfills the Gordon Rule requirement

that students demonstrate proficiency in college-level
writing through multiple assignments. 6/11
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You will write three complete essays in this course. A

literary essay, a persuasive argument research paper, and
a proctored final. These essays total the majority of your
grade, and all are Gordon Rule assignments.

Exams: There is a proctored final essay exam in this course.

The final is a Gordon Rule assignment. This means
that if you do not take the exam, you automatically fail
the course.
The proctored final must be completed within the testing
window established by the Virtual College. Please check
the course calendar to find the testing dates for the
proctored exam required in this course.

Students currently have three options when taking a

proctored assessment:

1. MDC Testing Center(s)

2. Remote Proctors and
3. Technology Supported Proctoring

Please visit Virtual College Testing Information for very

important information about proctored testing.

Late and Make-up Deadline dates to complete essays and other

Policy: assignments and exams are listed on the course
Calendar. Ten points per day late will be deducted from
milestone paper grades. No extensions are possible for
the last major paper of the semester. There are NO
EXTENSIONS for Discussion Boards or Quizzes. They
will CLOSE at 11:59pm on the due dates. The professor
will not re-open them for any reason. All assignments are
open on DAY ONE, so please plan accordingly. You can
complete work early.


Understanding Your Grades

Your grades are based on percentages. Be aware that if you are at 69% at the end
of the term, it is not just "one measly point." It is an average of all your grades,
meaning you had too many Ds or failing grades to pass the class. The main reason
students fail this course is for not doing all the assignments. By not letting anything 7/11
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fall to zero, you will be able to add to your final average. Aim to achieve as close to
100% as you can.
Academic Standards

1. Original Work. Assignments such as course preparations, exams,

essays, projects, and term papers must be the original work of the
student. Original work may include the thoughts and words of another
author, but if that is the case, those ideas or words must be indicated in
a manner consistent with the MLA style manual. This also includes
using a paper previously submitted. That is self-plagiarism, which is still
2. Referencing the Works of Another Author
3. Tendering of Information

Acts Prohibited

. Violations of academic responsibility include, but are not limited to those

listed below. If a student commits any of these acts, they will fail the
COURSE, and a letter will be sent to the academic and student dean(s) for
your permanent record. Any student who is found to have cheated twice, has
the potential to be expelled.
1. Plagiarism;
2. Any form of cheating;
3. Conspiracy to commit academic dishonesty;
4. Misrepresentation;
5. Forging or altering documents or credentials; and
6. Knowingly furnishing false information

Work is not original that has been submitted previously by the author or by anyone
else for academic credit. Work is not original that has been copied or partially
copied from any other source, including another student, unless such copying is
acknowledged by the person submitting the work for the credit at the time the work
is being submitted or unless copying, sharing, or joint authorship is an express part
of the assignment. Exams and tests are original work when no unauthorized aid is
given, received, or used prior to or during the course of the examination.
Standards of scholarship require the writer to give proper acknowledgement when
the thoughts and words of another author are used. Students must become familiar
with accepted scholarly and editorial practice in the English Department. It is
plagiarism to represent another person's work, words, or ideas as one's own
without use of a recognized method of citation.
All academic work must be the original work of the student. Giving or allowing one's
work to be copied, giving out exam questions or answers, or releasing or selling
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Grading Criteria
Course Requirements Percentage
Participation (Discussion Boards) 15%
Quizzes and Assignments 15%
Module 1 Essay: Literature 20%
Module 2 Essay: Argument 20%
Module 3 Proctored Final Essay 30%
Total Points Possible 100%

Miami Dade College's Letter Grades

Range Letter Grade
90 - 100 A
80 - 89 B
70 - 79 C
65 - 69 D
64 and below F

Miami Dade College Policies

Students' Rights and Responsibility Handbook

This handbook provides you with the basic information you need to know
as a student at Miami Dade College. Please review the Student's Rights
and Responsibilities Handbook to learn about policies addressing code of
conduct, grade appeals, religious observations, services for students with
special needs, and many other areas. Due to the nature of the online
environment, the information below supplements the Handbook for Virtual
College students.

Academic Dishonesty
Please carefully review the Academic Dishonesty policies in the Student's
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The Handbook identifies "cheating on an examination" as one of the

actions included under academic dishonesty. In this course, you are
expected to complete quizzes and exams independently and without
access to the course's online content or your own study notes. Having
multiple browser windows open, accessing previous quizzes or course
readings, and using your course notes while taking a quiz or exam
constitute cheating. All your course activity is recorded by the BlackBoard
system; activity logs during the times when you are taking quizzes / exams
that demonstrate access to other course components constitute evidence
of cheating, and may result in a failing grade for the corresponding quiz or
You may have access to content in completed quizzes / exams. Copying,
photographing, or any form of duplicating content in any assessment
violates the integrity of the assessment. Such actions will be viewed as
academic dishonesty and may result in a failing grade for the
corresponding quiz or exam.
Plagiarism is another action identified as academic dishonesty in the
Handbook. Presenting the work or ideas of someone else as one's own
constitutes plagiarism, which is why students are always expected to cite
their sources. Through the use of Turnitin, unoriginal work can be easily
identified; if not sourced, this constitutes evidence of plagiarism, and may
result in a failing grade for the corresponding assignment.

Course Withdrawal
After registering, students may change their schedules during the drop /
add period. The dates for this period are listed on the Academic Calendar
that may be found as a link on the Miami Dade College homepage.
If you decide to drop this course and you desire a full refund, you must do
so before the last day to withdraw with a full refund (see College Academic
Calendar for date). If you stop logging on to class without officially
withdrawing through the Registrar's Office, the instructor may withdraw you
for nonattendance. If you continue to log on but do not participate in the
class and complete assignments, the instructor may withdraw you for
Students who do not actively participate in classes may be dropped. For
classes in the Virtual College, students must participate in activities such as
discussions, assignments, etc. Simply entering a course (logging in) does
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Incomplete Grades
An Incomplete is given only where extenuating circumstances exist, such
as documented medical problems or a death in the family, and is issued
solely at the discretion of the instructor. If the instructor agrees to grant an
Incomplete, a written agreement must be completed between the instructor
and the student, specifying the coursework to be completed, in what
manner, and by when. Failure to fulfill the terms of the contract by the end
of the next major term will result in an "F" for the course. A student may not
remove an Incomplete by registering in a subsequent term to re-take the
For more information on Incomplete grades, please refer to the Student's
Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

Hurricane and Other Natural Disasters

In the event of a hurricane or other disaster, the Virtual College follows the
schedule established by the College for campus-based courses. Please
visit the MDC website ( or call the MDC hotline
(305.237.7500) for situation updates. Assignments and due dates will be
adjusted based upon the impact of the storm on our community. However, if
the College reopens and you are still without power or internet access, it is
up to you to have a backup plan (MDC computer courtyards, labs and
libraries; Miami-Dade County public libraries; or similar facilities). Please
keep in touch with your instructor if at all possible.

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