English 1A Syllabus

Spring 2016

Jefferson Hancock, Instructor

Email: jehancoc at cabrillo.edu

Office hour: online by arrangement

Phone: 477-5638

Course Overview

English 1A is a college composition class. Students entering English 1A have either passed English 100 or assessed into English 1A via Cabrillo College Assessment. The class presents strategies for analytical essay writing, research, and critical analysis of non-fiction. Students are expected to be familiar with basic essay structure and grammatical conventions prior to entering English 1A. Using expository writing strategies taught in the class, English 1A students write 6000-8000 words, roughly 25-30 pages--during the semester. Writing assignments include quizzes, essays, discussions, and a research report using MLA citations. Reading is assigned weekly according the class schedule. In addition, students will watch and respond to videos related to course content. Writing assignments will be based on course readings.

This class uses the Canvas course management system. Please get familiar with Canvas and be prepared to submit assignments through Canvas.

Library 10

Library 10 is a co-requisite for English 1A. This means that students must register in LIBR 10 Section 91955, which is an ONLINE laboratory.
Library 10 will help students with research techniques used for the English 1A research report.

English 1A Course Objectives and Student Learner Outcomes

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



Additional Course Readings

Addditional Readings are assigned according to the class schedule. These readings can be found in the Readings area of the instructor's website: http://www.cabrillo.edu/~jhancock.

User ID: student

Password: connect

Instructor Contact Points

Class Time, Logging in, and Homework

Essay Submissions

Discussions 1-5

Students may receive 1-10 points of credit. To receive full credit the student must demonstrate knowledge of course concepts and readings and must communicate with classmates, adhering to standard conventions of spelling and grammar in the process. Late posts are not counted.

9-10 points = thorough and thoughtful posts demonstrate knowledge of text and concept, responding to more than one classmate

8 points = thorough and thoughtful posts demonstrate knowledge of text and concept, responding to one classmate

7 points = post consisting largely of summary demonstrates knowledge of text and concept. Minor grammar and legibility problems

6 points = incomplete post, serious grammar and legibility problems, may not address assignment

0-5 points = incomplete post, assignment submitted, serious grammar and legibility problems

Semester Grading

By the end of the semester, 1000 points are possible.

900-1000 points = A

800-899 points = B

700-799 points = C

600-699 points = D

000-599 points = F
To determine your grade at any point during the semester add your total points and divide by the points possible.

Class Policies

Plagiarism and Cheating

The following information comes from the Cabrillo College Website:

Plagiarism is the conscious or inadvertent failure to identify the contributions of others. It occurs when someone borrows any part of another's work and submits it, uncredited, as his or her own work. A failure to credit others may result in one or more of the following: a student receiving a failing grade on the assignment, a failing grade for the course, or suspension from college enrollment. Students are expected to know how to credit sources, how to quote and paraphrase, and how to avoid plagiarizing the work of others. If you are unsure, ask your instructor for assistance before you submit your work for credit.


In Mr. Hancock's class, the penalties for plagiarism and cheating are:

Accommodation for Disability

Students needing accommodations should politely and privately inform the instructor. He's happy to accommodate. As required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accommodations are provided to insure equal access for students with disabilities, including hidden disabilities. To determine if you qualify or need assistance with an accommodation, please contact Accessibility Support Center (Formerly DSPS), Room 1073, (831) 479-6379


Updated 1/21/2016