English 105: Rhetoric & Composition I

CSU Channel Islands

Professor Rachael Jordan

Catalog Description

Instruction and practice in writing university-level expository and persuasive prose. The subject matter of the course will be thematic and variable. The focus of the course is development of proficiency in conceptualizing, analyzing and writing academic papers. Substantial writing is required.

Course Overview

English 105 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 an accelerated course focused on intensive research-based writing. Students who enroll in this course should feel prepared to begin a research project, including locating resources in Broome Library’s academic databases, in the first week of the semester. 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 1141. I have dedicated office hours for English 105 on Tuesdays from 9:00-1:30. 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. I look forward to working with you!

Student Expectations

  • Students will be given the opportunity for a deep and extended experience with college writing.
  • Students will discuss possibilities, strategies and decisions with their peers and the teacher.
  • Students will work through multiple drafts toward revised and edited versions of their papers.
  • Students will build working relationships with other student writers, in peer response groups and while working on collaborative projects.
  • Students 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 disability requesting reasonable accommodations in this course, please visit Disability Accommodations and Support Services (DASS) located on the second floor of Arroyo Hall, or call 805-437-3331. All requests for reasonable accommodations require registration with DASS in advance of need. You can apply for DASS services here. Faculty, students and DASS will work together regarding classroom accommodations. You are encouraged to discuss approved accommodations with your faculty.


Each student will maintain an electronic writing portfolio throughout the semester. Two artifacts from this portfolio, a midterm and a final, will go through multiple drafts before being submitted for evaluation 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.

Midterm: 20% of final course grade (graded by composition faculty)

Final: 40% of final course grade (graded by composition faculty)

Additional Coursework: 40% of final course grade (graded by ProfessorJordan)

Throughout the semester, you will receive abundant feedback on your work from your classmates, often in small groups, and your teacher, in conferences both in and out of class. You will have ample opportunity to make sure your midterm and final represent your best capabilities as a writer.

For class discussions and critiques of drafts, we will use the same scoring criteria the faculty use in all first year writing classes (see the attached document). 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 written work for your midterm and final. To earn credit for ENGL 105, you must complete ALL assignments and pass both the midterm and the final.

Writing 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.

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 in order to achieve Course Goals and pass ENGL 105. 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 face-to-face class meetings for a blended course.

Blended Learning

You'll notice that a lot of our course involves various online tools. You are expected to engage with all aspects of the course. Through using technology, we are then able to spend our class time doing conferencing, peer review, class discussions, and activities, rather than a traditional lecture format.

Technology Requirements

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

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. You must submit completed assigned work on the dates set by your instructor in order to achieve Course Goals and receive timely and helpful feedback from the instructor and your peers. Late midterms or finals will not be accepted.

Electronic Devices

Cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices can become a problem in the classroom. To prevent them from distracting us, we will abide by the following policies:

  1. All cell phones will be turned off or set to vibrate before class begins.
  2. If you must receive or make a phone call, leave the class to do so.
  3. Since we will regularly be writing during class, you may wish to listen to music as you compose. Use earbuds and turn your volume low enough so that no one else in class can hear your music.
  4. Wearing earbuds during class, except when composing, is inappropriate.
  5. You are encouraged to bring your laptops to class each week. We will use them to write and do Internet research. However, during discussions, presentations, or lectures, it is inappropriate to have your laptops open.
  6. At no time during class is it appropriate to engage in social networking sites like Facebook, surf the net, play computer games, or read email. Computers should be used only for class-related activities. Likewise, texting or instant messaging during class is never acceptable.


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, websites, interviews, conversations, etc. – must be placed in quotation marks and the source identified. Paraphrased material must be cited. Students are encouraged to consult with the instructor if they have questions about appropriate citation methods.By enrolling at CSU Channel Islands, students are responsible for upholding the University’s policies and the Student Conduct Code. Academic integrity and scholarship are values of the institution that ensure respect for the academic reputation of the University, students, faculty, and staff. Cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration with another student, knowingly furnishing false information to the University, buying, selling or stealing any material for an examination, or substituting for another person may be considered violations of the
Student Conduct Code.

According to the
Academic Senate Policy on Academic Dishonesty, “Instructors who are convinced by the evidence that a student is guilty of academic dishonesty shall assign an appropriate academic penalty,” and in cases where “the instructors believe that the academic dishonesty reflects on the student's academic performance or the academic integrity in a course, the student's grade should be adversely affected.”

In this course, if there is reasonable evidence of intentional academic dishonesty that has significantly affected your academic performance and/or impaired your academic integrity, the appropriate academic penalty shall be a failing grade in the course.

In addition, a referral will be made and submitted to the Dean of Students office.
Please ask about my expectations regarding academic dishonesty in this course if they are unclear.

Portfolio Review

Student electronic portfolios will be subject to instructor review throughout the semester. Faculty reserve the right to reject a student’s midterm or final for the reasons listed below. If a student’s midterm or final 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 midterm or final, which will result in your failing the course. Two weeks of class = two face-to-face class meetings for a blended class.
  2. Failure to fulfill the requirements of 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.


  • Due mid-semester. Because the scoring team begins reading midterms immediately, no late submissions can be accepted unless you've made arrangements ahead of time. Required length: 1000+ words. The paper must integrate at least two credible and substantial sources (including in-text parenthetical citations and a works cited) using MLA or APA format.
  • 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 by members of the composition faculty other than the student’s classroom teacher.


  • Due near the end of the semester. Because the scoring team begins reading midterms immediately, no late submissions can be accepted unless you've made arrangements ahead of time. Required length: 1500+ words. The paper must integrate at least two credible and substantial sources (including in-text parenthetical citations and a works cited) using MLA or APA format.
  • 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 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 and Multiliteracy Center

Location: Broome Library, 2nd Floor, Room 2675

Hours: M-Th 9-8pm + 8pm-10pm (Studio Hours); Fri 9-3pm; Sat/Sun 2-6pm

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. Peer consultants
help students at any stage of the composition process in any discipline for writing or speaking (such as slideshow presentations). Students are also welcome to bring in other types of non-academic work such as resumes, letters of application, and personal statements. Our online writing consultants will also work with students if they don’t live on campus or if they have trouble physically getting to our Center.

Our tutors can also help those 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. Student can drop in for a 30 min tutorial session. They can also make an appointment in advance by visiting us at http://www.csuci.edu/wmc, going directly to the Center, or calling 805-437-8934.

Follow This Page + Follow This Page + Following This Page
Follow This Page
Get notified by email when this page has new information!
* We'll only use this to notify you regarding this page
Follow This Page
Get notified by email when this page has new information!
* You'll be able to stop following at any time.
You're following this page!
We'll email you when this page has new information. You can stop following at any time.
You're following this page!
We'll email you when this page has new information.