English 103: Rhetoric & Composition II

CSU Channel Islands

Professor Rachael Jordan

Catalog Description

Building on the writing strategies developed in English 102, students in English 103 become well versed in a variety of approaches to constructing the types of genres required in their college courses and in the workplace, including research-based prose. Completion of ENGL 103 prepares students for success in their courses across the curriculum.

Course Overview

English 103 is a three-unit course that fulfills the General Education Requirement for English Writing (A-2). In CI's New G.E. Goals and Outcomes, the course is aligned with Outcome 4.2 (Written Communication). It is the second half of our two-semester Stretch Composition Sequence, focusing on intensive research-based writing. Students who have completed ENGL 102 enroll in the corresponding section of ENGL 103 in the second semester, with the same instructor, classmates, and class meeting day and time. As stated in the University Catalog, a minimum grade of C- is required to successfully fulfill the G.E. requirements for English Writing.

Contact Your Instructor

  • My office location is Bell Tower West 1116. You will typically find me there on Mondays from 12:00-1:00, Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30, and Fridays from 12:00-2:00. We can also schedule an appointment to meet in person or virtually. Just ask.
  • The best way to reach me is via email: rachael.jordan@csuci.edu I will also contact you via your campus email, so please check that daily.
  • I will typically respond to student emails Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm. Messages that arrive outside these times will receive responses the next business day.
  • Students are welcome to address me as Professor Jordan or Ms. Jordan.

Student Expectations

  • You will be given the opportunity for a deep and extended experience with college writing.
  • You will discuss possibilities, strategies and decisions with your peers and the teacher.
  • You will work through multiple drafts toward revised and edited versions of your papers.
  • You will build working relationships with other student writers, in peer response groups and while working on collaborative projects.
  • You will work on multiple writing projects at the same time.

Course Goals

1. Critical Thinking: Students will achieve the following:

· an ability to analyze written work

· an ability to frame conclusions from a range of information

· an ability to predict outcomes based on known information

2. Communication Skills: Students will achieve the following:

· an ability to more clearly and more effectively write academic papers

· an ability to effectively and convincingly verbalize their ideas

· an ability to work collaboratively in group processes

· an ability to write effectively for a variety of audiences

· an ability to make appropriate rhetorical choices of genre, diction and style

3. Research Skills: Students will gain the following:

· a familiarity with CI library resources

· a proficiency with basic computing skills

· an ability to discern valid conclusions in research

· a familiarity with major databases

· an ability to design, conduct and evaluate a research project

4. Self Development:
Students will develop

· an ability to reflect cogently on the way learning contributes to personal and intellectual growth

Student Requirements

  • This class will ask you to complete multiple reading and writing assignments on your own time. You should plan to spend about 10 hours a week on your work for this course.
    Take time to identify where and when you’ll do your learning.
  • Collaborative work is a significant part of this course. Your interactions with classmates will take place face to face as well as online.
  • Any sources that you draw upon in your papers must be cited. This includes any material that you quote directly (word for word),
    paraphrase (put into your own words), or summarize. No exceptions.
  • Both your mid-term and final portfolio paper must cite and extensively integrate a bare minimum of two substantial, credible sources, using MLA format, or you will fail the portfolio and not pass the class.
  • All of your writing for this class will be completed on a computer.
  • You must have a campus email account and access to CI Learn and CI Docs. You are expected to check your email at least once a day. Ideally, you will set up your smartphone or laptop, if you have one, to automatically receive campus email the moment it is delivered.
    Clear communication is key to successful completion of our writing courses.
  • You must have some way of saving your drafts. Not just on your laptop, but on a separate thumb drive or cloud-based storage system. My CI provides cloud based storage for all students (Dolphin Files).
  • Please review the Course Calendar and Module Overview to orient yourself to the flow of learning in the class. This class requires regular engagement throughout each module.

Principles of Learning

  • You will learn only as much, or little, as you choose to learn.
  • Each of you has a unique learning style, so not every assignment will appeal to everyone. But the variety should provide you with a chance to show what you're capable of doing.
  • The more often you collaborate with your classmates--in discussion, in study groups, on papers--the richer the experience will be for you.
  • Writing, you will discover, is always a collaborative process.
  • You will teach yourself more than I teach you.
  • You will learn more from each other than you do from me.
  • All of you are capable of succeeding in this class; my job is to help you succeed.

Disabilities Statement

If you are a student with a documented disability who will require accommodations in this course, please register with Disability Resource Programs located in the Educational Access Center, Bell Tower 1541, or call (805) 437-3331 for assistance with developing a plan to address your academic needs. Faculty, students and Disability Resource Programs will work together regarding classroom accommodations. Any requests for course modification, including those related to assignments and/or deadlines, shall be addressed through this process. Please discuss approved accommodations with faculty. All requests for accommodations require appropriate advance notice to avoid a delay in services. All requests for accommodations require appropriate advance notice to avoid a delay in services.



Evaluation

4Assigned papers will go through multiple drafts, with final versions submitted in a midterm portfolio due in Week 6 and a final portfolio due in Week 14. Midterm and final portfolios will be evaluated by the composition team using the scoring criteria accompanying this syllabus. Final grades for the course will be A through F; plusses or minuses may be used at the discretion of the instructor.


40%: Additional Coursework (Online and Face to Face) (graded by Professor Jordan in two increments - mid-term and final)

20%: Mid-Term Portfolio (graded by composition faculty, not Professor Jordan)

40%: Final Portfolio (graded by composition faculty, not Professor Jordan)


Throughout the semester, you will receive abundant feedback on your papers from your classmates, often in small groups, and your teacher, in conferences both in and out of class. You will have the first half of the semester to revise and polish Writing Project 1 for the mid-term portfolio and you will have the second half of the semester to revise and polish Writing Project 2 for the final portfolio so they represent your best capabilities as a writer.


For class discussions and critiques of paper drafts, we will use the same scoring criteria the portfolio readers use in all first year writing classes (see the link below). Those criteria will guide our discussions of how to revise your papers. Remember: most writing is rewriting--so we expect substantively revised and closely edited final papers. To earn credit for ENGL 103, you must complete ALL assignments, whether or not you include them in your portfolios.


Wrting Criteria in the First Year Writing Program at CI

Click above to view our program's scoring criteria, which are used to assess all student writing, including final portfolios.



Remember: Most writing is rewriting. So we expect substantively revised and closely edited final papers in your portfolio.


Classroom Policies

General Attendance


All students are expected to abide by the University Policy on Class Attendance. This important policy includes the statement that students “are expected to attend class regularly” and outlines student responsibilities in communicating with the instructor in the event of an absence. Students must notify instructors, in advance if possible, about any missed classes. According to the catalog, "It is the responsibility of the student to give advance notification, contact the instructor … [and] submit assignments on time.”


Regular attendance is required to order to achieve Course Goals and pass ENGL 103. Therefore, missing more than two weeks of class* will prohibit you from passing the class.
For extenuating circumstances related to a medical condition or disability, please refer to the Disabilities Statement. Two weeks of class = two class meetings for courses that meet once a week or four class meetings for courses that meet twice a week.


Technology Requirements

  • Regular access to a computer (not a mobile device).
  • Regular access to the internet.
  • A recently upgraded web browser.

Technical Support

If you run into technical problems in this course, you should try the following:

  1. Clear your browser’s cache.
  2. Try a different browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome).
  3. Shut down and restart your computer.
  4. Contact the University Help desk helpdesk@csuci.edu or 805-437-8552.

Online Etiquette

The following ground rules will be in effect at all times to help us sustain a respectful and productive learning community throughout the semester:

  • Please consider yourself a member of a learning community. As a community, we are all working together towards our shared objective of successfully completing the goals of this course.
  • Please log in and participate regularly in our online, collaborative activities and discussions. The success of this course depends on the active, engaged participation and distinctive contributions of every community member. If you don’t participate regularly,you will find that the course moves forward without you and will likely find it difficult to become re-engaged.
  • Sharing our thoughts and ideas online requires trust of our fellow community members. Please treat the contributions of others with respect.
  • The technologies we will work with in this class are amazing tools but can also present frustrations from time time. Please maintain a sense of humor and patience when working with these tools. Learning to deal gracefully with the unexpected is a valuable skill you can gain in this course.
  • Everyone in this class, including the instructor, is expected to maintain the attitude of a lifelong learner. Please keep an open mind when introduced to new ideas that may challenge your previously held notions or perceptions.
  • Always ask for help when you need it, and please assist others when possible. You will be amazed by what you can learn when you help teach someone else.
  • Please understand that communications shared through text have a higher likelihood of being misinterpreted than words that are spoken. When you type a thought or a comment, read it carefully before you submit it. If you question the way it is worded, read it out loud to yourself. If you still question the way it's phrased, re-write it. Remember that you can’t unring a bell.
  • If, at any time, you feel that any ground rule has been violated by a member of our community, you are encouraged to bring your concern directly and immediately to Professor Jordan, our community leader. Clearly identify which ground rule has been violated and include specific evidence of the violation. Your concerns will be addressed promptly and in an individualized manner.

Late Work

  • If you keep up with the work, this class is not difficult. If you get behind, the workload may bury you. Although you won't assemble your final portfolio until late in the semester, you will nonetheless need to submit completed drafts of assigned papers on the assigned due dates in order to receive timely and helpful feedback from the instructor and your peers. Late midterm and final portfolios will not be accepted.
  • If you are finding it difficult to keep up with the workload, it is in your best interest to contact your instructor as soon as possible to see if you can get back on track. A repeated pattern of late or missing drafts may prevent you from submitting a final portfolio.


Attendance for Face to Face (F2F) Meetings

  • It is imperative that you consider our F2F class meetings as non-negotiable appointments. Many students have failed this class in the past because of failure to attend class regularly.
  • If anything is going to interfere with your ability to attend one of our F2F meetings, you must inform the instructor immediately so that alternate arrangements may be made.
  • Students must arrive promptly and stay for the duration of each F2F meeting.
  • Please understand that failing to show up for a F2F meeting without prior communication to your instructor and group mates would be very disruptive and should be avoided at all costs. If an unexpected conflict arises, communicating with your instructor and group mates, as soon as possible, is essential.
  • Failing to attend our F2F meetings could prevent you from being able to submit a final portfolio and pass the course.

Common Courtesy in F2F Meetings

  • Phones should be stowed away during F2F meetings unless we are using phones as a tool in our activities. Your full attention will help us make the most of our time together.
  • Please refrain from texting, social media, and other distracting activities when others are taking the time to work with you.
  • You may be using a laptop or tablet when we are meeting face to face. Just be sure to avoid the habit of drifting over to Facebook, Minecraft, or Instagram during those times.
  • No smoking of any kind--including electronic cigarettes--is permitted during our meetings. Please also refrain from any kind of smoking before entering our classroom, as this can trigger asthma in the instructor.
  • Respect for the rights of others seeking to learn and for the general goals of academic freedom must be maintained. Differences of viewpoint or concerns should be expressed in terms that show respect even in dissent. Student conduct that disrupts the learning process will not be tolerated.
  • Treating your colleagues with respect and courtesy will foster a productive learning environment.

Plagiarism

  • This course will adhere to CSUCI’s academic dishonesty policy.
  • All work that students submit as their own work must, in fact, be their own work. If a paper presents ideas or information from other sources, it must clearly indicate the source.
  • Word-for-word language taken from other sources -- books, papers, web sites, interviews, conversations, etc. -- must be placed in quotation marks and the source identified. Paraphrased material must be cited.
  • In accordance with the CSU Channel Islands policy on academic dishonesty, students who knowingly plagiarize ideas or language will fail the course. Students are encouraged to consult with the instructor if they have questions about what might constitute an act of plagiarism or cheating.about what might constitute an act of plagiarism or cheating.

Portfolio Review

  • Student portfolios will be subject to instructor review prior to portfolio collection. Faculty reserve the right to reject a student’s portfolio for the reasons listed below. If a student’s midterm or final portfolio is rejected, the student will not be able to pass the class.
    1. Insufficient student attendance to achieve course goals. As stated in the Attendance Policy above, missing more than two weeks of class* will prohibit you from submitting a final portfolio, which will result in your failing the course, unless there are extenuating circumstances that you discuss with the instructor. Two weeks of class = two class meetings for courses that meet once a week or four class meetings for courses that meet twice a week.
    2. Failure to fulfill the requirements of essay assignments (including draft deadlines and/or expectations, number and/or quality of sources, in-text citations, Works Cited, or other required components). For inquiries related to reasonable accommodations, see the Disabilities Statement.
    3. Student cannot provide multiple drafts demonstrating that the work is the student’s own, produced expressly for this course.

Midterm Portfolio

  • Due during Week 6 of the semester. Because the scoring team begins reading portfolios immediately, no late portfolios can be accepted unless you've made arrangements ahead of time. Required length: 750+ words.
  • Includes one paper that has been revised and edited several times. Be prepared to provide all the drafts demonstrating that the work is yours – not “borrowed” from other texts, students, or the Internet.
  • Evaluated during Week 7 of the semester by members of the composition faculty other than the student’s classroom teacher.

Final Portfolio

  • Due during Week 14 of the semester. Because the scoring team begins reading portfolios immediately, no late portfolios can be accepted unless you've made arrangements ahead of time. Required length: 1000+ words.
  • Includes one paper that has been revised and edited several times. Be prepared to provide all the drafts demonstrating that the work is yours – not “borrowed” from other texts, students, or the Internet.
  • Evaluated during Week 15 of the semester by members of the composition faculty other than the student’s classroom teacher.

Emergency Intervention & Basic Needs Program


As CI’s website points out, “a recent study commissioned by the CSU Chancellor’s Office shows that nearly 25 percent of CSU students either regularly skip meals for financial reasons or lack access to toiletries and sufficiently nutritious food options. In addition, more than 10 percent are displaced from their homes due to things like an unexpected loss in income or personal safety issues.”


If you recognize yourself, or someone you know from this description, please know that there are resources on campus to help, including the Dolphin Food Pantry for students, Emergency Housing, Emergency Funds.


The Dolphin Food Pantry offers free food, toiletries and basic necessities. The Pantry is located in Arroyo Hall, Room 117, and is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 – 4:30.More information on these, and other services available at CSUCI can be found at: https://www.csuci.edu/basicneeds/

Writing & Multiliteracy Center

  • All successful writers get feedback from other writers. And while feedback from a teacher can be helpful, you need to develop other sources, peer sources, that you can rely on long after you graduate.
  • (M-TH 9:00am-8:00pm; Fri 9:00am-3:00pm; Sat/Sun 2:00pm-6:00pm Broome 2675) The Writing and Multiliteracy Center (WMC) provides all CI students with free support services and programs that help them become more effective writers and communicators. They also offer "Studio Hours" from 8:00pm-10:00pm M-TH for students to come in and write. Tutors will be available for quick questions.
  • Peer writing consultants help students at any stage of the composition process in any discipline. Students are also welcome to bring in other types of non-academic work such as resumes, letters of application, and personal statements.
  • Online writing consultants will also work with you if you don’t live on campus or if you have trouble physically getting to the Center. Speaking groups help students who want to talk about or wish to learn new skills in speaking in academic contexts, whether it's oral presentations, in-class discussions, or talking with professors during office hours.
  • To make an appointment to see a consultant or learn more, visit http://www.csuci.edu/wmc. You can also go directly to the Center or call (805) 437-8934.
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