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INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING

ENGLISH 101 ONLINE


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Catalog Course Description, Prerequisites, and Minimum Grade


Description: Students in this course will work individually and in groups to observe and produce writing
for both academic and workplace settings. The course explores the writing and revision process and
reviews grammar, editing, and proofreading as applied in students own writing. Writing will grow from
different purposes as students compose for varied audiences, formats, and media, including business
documents (email, memo, etc.), a narrative, summaries, executive summaries, rhetorical analysis, a
process description, an annotated bibliography, a research-based APA format position paper on an issue
in the students field, a white paper on that issue, reflections, and presentations. Students who succeed in
this course will be able to produce professional-quality writing that is clear, concise, evidence-driven
and persuasive.
Prerequisites: ACT score of 17+ or corresponding scores on ACCUPLACER test.
Minimum grade: C

Learning Resources
There is no purchased text for this course. Resources will be supplied through the learning management
system (LMS).

ENG 101 Course Overview


Assessment and Grading
Score Grade Score Grade Score Grade

94-100% A 80-83% B- 67-69% D+

90-93% A- 77-79% C+ 64-66% D

87-89% B+ 74-76% C 60-63% D-

84-86% B 70-73% C- 0-59% E

Assessment Activities (Major Assignments) Points

*Narrative 100

Group Rhetoric Presentation 50

*Literature Review 100


Executive Summary 100

Research Question Proposal (Email) 25

Interview Report (Memo) 50

Annotated Bibliography 50

Research Process Description (Memo) 50

Researched Position Paper 200


*White Paper 100

*Corporate Presentation 50

Reflection (Letter) 50

Career Management Assignment 30

Information Literacy Assignments 85


*Assignments posted on LinkedIn

Overall Points in Course Points (1800


total)

Prove Assignments (Major assignments) 1040 (58% of


total grade)

Prepare activities (Readings, Understanding Checks, Kaizena peer 220 (12% of


reviews) total grade)

Teach One Another/Ponder activities (Reflect & Respond discussions, 540 (30% of
Writers Toolbox discussions, Researchers Toolbox discussions) total grade)

Preparation, Participation, and Policies:


Responsibility Policy
ENG 101 is one of the four College-Wide courses that prepare you with skills to succeed in academic
settings and in any workplace.
Your responsibilities in this class are to:
Manage your time so that you stay up to date on readings, activities and assignments.
Turn in all formal and informal assignments on time. No late work is accepted. (Exceptions
can be negotiated in emergencies, but these must be discussed before the work is due.)
Check announcements, LDSBC email, and other email accounts regularly.
Look at feedback on assignments and use it to improve.
Actively engage with discussions; respond respectfully and thoughtfully to others' ideas; offer
input on a regular basis, and support your points with reasons and examples.
Give thoughtful peer feedback and participate fully in group tasks.
Make substantive revisions to new draftsextending or changing the thinking or the organization
of your writingnot just proofreading or touching up As your teacher, my responsibilities are to:
Help you develop as a writer and use writing and editing processes to improve your writing.
Promote a collaborative, Spirit-led environment.
Clearly communicate assignments through the LMS and/or class announcements.
Respond to email/ inquiries within 24 hours on weekdays.
Provide you with clear evaluative criteria (rubrics) for formal, high-stakes assignments.
Provide you with feedback and opportunities to revise your writing.
Help you develop effective collaborative work processes with your peers. Prepare you
with workplace skills.

LinkedIn Career E-portfolio


Each student at LDSBC will maintain a Career Portfolio. The Career portfolio will be
constructed in LinkedIn by adding documents and projects to a basic profile. Over the next two
semesters you will be building a profile, if you do not have one, and adding three projects or
posts to LinkedIn to showcase your growing ability as a potential employee. More information
will be provided in the individual assignments.

Career Services Workshops


Attendance at each workshop is worth 50 points in this course. You are required to attend a
LinkedIn and a Resume workshop for this course and submit proof of attendance. These
workshops will help you as you set up or refine your LinkedIn profile for your eportfolio. If you
attended these workshops in a previous semester, you can submit proof of attendance from
Orgsync for credit.

Course Policies and Procedures:


Choose to live deliberately while you are working on this course. Be present, engaged, curious,
and unplugged from distractions.
Brightspace will be the LMS used to deliver and submit assignments. In addition to the normal
word processing and communication tools, we will also be using Kaizena in the course.
Instructions for this will be provided.
Plan to spend nine to twelve hours each week preparing, reading, responding, writing, and
revising.

Turn in your work on time. ENG 101 course-wide Late Work Policy: Late work is not accepted
in this class. (Exceptions can be negotiated in emergencies, but must be discussed before the
work is due.)

Use APA formatting. Visit the Writing Center if you need support with any part of the writing
process. (Yes, you can visit the Writing Center virtually.) Major papers are weighted heavily
because they reflect what you have learned. To earn a C in this class you must turn in every
major assignment.

Treat each other and each others opinions with respect and consideration. Building and
maintaining a sense of community in this class will help each of us feel safe to express our
opinions and share our ideas.
For the Spirit to be in the center of our learning, we must treat one another with civility and
kindness. This is harder-- and even more important-- in an online environment. Re-read before
you submit. Think about how the reader will feel.

College Policies

Email as the Official Method of Communication


Official College messages to all students will be sent through LDSBC email. Students are
responsible for all information received through their LDSBC email account. Students are
expected to regularly check their LDSBC email accounts for official information from the
College and their course instructors. This policy is to ensure that important LDSBC
communication is received in a timely and consistent manner.

Course Credit Hours & Classroom Preparation Time


LDSBC measures academic credit in credit hours. In accordance with federal regulation, a credit
hour at the College is the amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified
by evidence of student achievement that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of
classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work
each week for one semester hour of credit.

Copyright

The course materials used in this class may be protected by copyright laws. Students are
expected to make a good-faith effort to respect the rights of copyright holders. For more detailed
information, please see the LDS Business College Copyright Policy. Students who disregard the
policy may be in violation of the Church Education System Honor Code, may place themselves
at risk for possible legal action, and may incur personal liability.

Students with Disabilities

Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires that reasonable modifications
be provided for students with physical, cognitive, systemic, learning and psychiatric disabilities.
In order to receive modifications in the classroom, students must first provide documentation of
disabilities to Holly Brinkerhoff, Student Support & Disabilities Interim Director
(hbrinkerhoff@ldsbc.edu; Room 933) in order to obtain a modification form. Students needing
modification for this course may then provide the instructor with a copy of the approved
modification form.
Honor Code Policies and Procedures & Academic Honesty Policy

Students should be aware and review each semester the Honor Code Policies and Procedures and
the Academic Honesty Policy (See link below). The LDSBC learning environment and culture
are created and preserved through commitment to personal conduct that reflects these ideals and
principles. Adherence to these principles creates a community of saints where the Spirit may be
in greater abundance.

https://www.ldsbc.edu/policies-and-procedures/policies-procedures.html

Course Learning Outcomes


LDSBC cultivates a nurturing environment where practical skills are learned and discipleship is
strengthened.
Authentic learning experiences allow students to develop the skills and demonstrate the College-wide
Outcomes and Discipline-Specific Outcomes through the Learning Pattern as they Prepare, Teach One
Another, Ponder, and Prove in their college coursework.
Every LDSBC graduate will be prepared to contribute in their homes, communities, the Lords church,
and future employment having acquired and achieved these highly valued skills and outcomes.
College-Wide Outcomes
1. Confirm personal testimony in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ
2. Collaborate with others using interpersonal skills in an honest, ethical, and Christ-like manner
3. Communicate effectively using written and verbal presentation principles
4. Construct new knowledge using technology and information resource tools
5. Comprehend and think critically to solve problems
6. Cultivate a strong, professional work ethic and lifelong learning opportunities

English 101 Course-Specific Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:


7. Recognize the significance of written communication as a practical work and life skill used in
expressing and establishing professional and personal identity.
8. Produce writing that is professional, clear, concise, evidence-driven, and persuasive.
9. Complete formal and informal writing and reading tasks involving different genres, audiences, and
purposes.
10. Recognize and analyze rhetorical situations.
11. Reflect an understanding of rhetorical situations by using tone, sentence structure, word choice,
figurative language, punctuation, grammar, and visual elements according to audience needs and
values.
12. Use commonly recognized formats and grammar and mechanics appropriate for academic and
professional writing.
13. Develop and establish a flexible writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and various levels of
editing, proofreading).
14. Employ critical thinking skills in reading and in planning, producing, and evaluating writing.
15. Produce clear, coherent and unified writing (introduction, clear thesis, supporting details and ideas,
unified paragraphs, effective transitions, and conclusion).
16. Apply presentation principles to convey information in ways appropriate to a professional audience.
17. Develop effective research skills to navigate library resources and search tools and to evaluate
the credibility of sources.
18. Use sources ethically and effectively for a given audience, including appropriately crediting sources.
19. Adapt classroom research and writing principles to workplace documents and audiences.
Course Organization and Tools
Projects
In this course you will complete three major projects. Smaller assignments will help you to develop the
abilities and knowledge to successfully complete the major projects. Each project concludes with a major
writing assignment that you will write as an academic piece and then revise for a more general audience
and post to your LinkedIn profile.

Your LinkedIn posts will show potential employers your ability as a writer and your growing qualifications
in your field of study. There will be an overview of each project as we begin so that you will have a clear
idea of the major and minor components of the project.

Weeks
There will be three due dates in each week of the course. This will help you to pace your work and
enable us to teach one another in discussions.
The first part of each week will be for the Writers Toolbox. Plan to spend at least two hours on materials
that will help you become a better writer and researchereverything from a grammar and mechanics
review, to rhetorical moves, to research skills. Each toolbox will have a quick quiz that you can use to
check your understanding, as well as some short discussions and assignments.
The middle of each week will be devoted to understanding and drafting the current phase of each writing
project. It will often include writing and submitting writing in Kaizena and participating in peer review.
The last due date of each week will be when you submit your polished writing and account for
participating in activities that were not graded. It is also when you ponder and reflect to deepen your
learning.
You will end each week with a Reflect and Respond assignment that lets you connect your learning to
the gospel and share your insights with your classmates.
You will also end each week with a Weekly Accountability Check where you will report on the ungraded
activities (Toolbox, readings, and peer editing activities, for example) that you completed and receive
credit for them.

For the specific due dates in this course, see the individual units or the left side menu in Brightspace.

Course Resources
There is a module in the left side menu of this course called Course Resources. This is the place to find
the readings, examples of the projects, and other useful materials for reference.

Readings
Sometimes you will have a list of readings that may look like a lot. Bear in mind that most of the readings
are pretty short: 1-3 pages, so the total amount of readings in a list is usually less than a chapter in a
typical textbook. By looking at a combination of shorter readings and video resources, you get the
advantage of several viewpoints on a topic. We will be reading a collection of sources for the second
project. Plan to spend more time on those longer resources (you may even want to read ahead), but bear
in mind that we will be using them several ways.

Kaizena
Kaizena is a free online tool that works with Google Docs for peer review and response. You will be
assigned to join a Kaizena group for the semester. You can also use Kaizena to get instructor feedback
as you are writing and revising. You can highlight and comment easily and receive notifications when
others in your group have posted or commented. Comments in Kaizena can be written or verbal.
Course schedule is in a separate document and on Brightspace.